News for April 2011

Watch Refrigerator Mothers for Autism Awareness Month

Today marks the first day of Autism Awareness Month. You can help commemorate how far we've come in understanding autism by watching Kartemquin's landmark film Refrigerator Mothers. The film portrays the America of the 1950s and 1960s, a time when autism was severely misunderstood, and paints an intimate portrait of an entire generation of mothers, already laden with the challenge of raising profoundly disordered children, who lived for years under the dehumanizing shadow of professionally promoted "mother blame." Upon release in 2003, Refrigerator Mothers won numerous awards and plaudits, with the Autism Society of America review stating that "anyone involved with autism spectrum disorder must see this video... remarkable!" Continued

Your responses to Inquiring Nuns

Inquiring Nuns was broadcast on WTTW in Chicago last night as the opening film in their year-long celebration of Kartemquin's 45th anniversary. A film about two nuns wandering the streets of Chicago asking people "are you happy?" was never going to fail to get a response, and the classic 1968 cinema verite documentary did just that. Here's a selection of some of our favorite responses from Twitter, and your own comments on the film's page on this website: Continued

"Leaner and meaner" Interrupters premieres in Dallas

The Interrupters continued its impressive festival run Saturday with another sold out screening at the Cleveland Film Festival. Interrupters Cobe Williams and Rodney “Hot Rod” Phillips did a road trip with Co-producer Zak Piper, where they joined Producer Alex Kotlowitz on stage after the screening to answer questions following another standing ovation. Cobe reports that one viewer saw the movie twice in Cleveland. He brought his wife back the second time! Zak Piper also reports that while in Cleveland the crew bumped into Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who later gave an endorsement of the film and Ceasefire on his twitter feed. Continued

Chicago Maternity Center in New York

We are delighted to announce a special Kartemquin 45th anniversary screening of the newly restored The Chicago Maternity Center Story in New York City. The screening is presented by Stranger Than Fiction at the IFC Center and will take place on April 19 at 8pm. Gordon Quinn and Suzanne Davenport, two of the film's five co-directors, will attend and take part in a discussion following the screening.Get tickets and more information. See the Facebook event and watch the trailer. Continued


New Yorkers have the opportunity to watch three Kartemquins docs in the coming weeks on the big screen as part of our 45th Anniversary celebrations. Prisoner of Her Past has its New York premiere in a free screening at the Museum of Jewish Heritage tomorrow night. Director Gordon Quinn and Producer/Subject Howard Reich will attend and there will be a post-screening discussion with Yuval Neria, PhD, Director of the Trauma and PTSD Program at Columbia University. Get more information and RSVP. Continued

DOXA hosts A Good Man

DOXA Documentary Film Festival today announced its 2011 line-up, which will feature the Canadian Premiere of A Good Man on May 8 at 12pm. Co-Directors Gordon Quinn and Bob Hercules will both attend the Vancouver screening of the film about dance choreographer Bill T. Jones' creation of a work about Abraham Lincoln, which will be the film's third viewing after showings at Full Frame and Minneapolis/St.Paul festivals. Get tickets and more information.Watch the trailer. Continued