News for July 2011

Hamilton + Target = Cool Never Fades

We're very excited for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, featured in our film Typeface, and currently enjoying an unprecedented level of success. This week saw the launch of a video titled "Cool Never Fades," which introduces a new fall line of clothing inspired by the Hamilton museum that will be hitting Target stores from July 11! We can also share this hot-off-the-presses article in The Atlantic, where you can find a bit more about how this all came to be, and direct you to the brand spanking new Hamilton website, which looks superb. Continued

The Interrupters on NPR "Talk of the Nation"

Producer Alex Kotlowitz and star Eddie Bocanegra of The Interrupters were interviewed by Neal Conan for NPR's "The Talk of the Nation" last week at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Listen to the full interview online. Eddie spoke movingly of his experiences as a violence interrupter in Chicago, and his comfort in knowing that he has "made a difference in some people's lives" through his work. Eddie and Alex also took call-in questions from the public. Alex and Eddie were at the festival along with the film's director Steve James and Tio Hardiman, director of Ceasefire Illinois. This week in Chicago, Kartemquin is hosting a Youth Media Summit at Columbia College Chicago. Continued

Chicago Women Leaders reflect on Title IX and In the Game

In the Game, Kartemquin's in-progress documentary about the current state of women's sports after 40 years of Title IX legislation, was the catalyst for a discussion last week among The Chicago Network, a group of the city's leading female executives. A group of around 100 successful women attended the event to share their own stories of the impact of Title IX, before Emily Barr, President and General Manager of Chicago's ABC affiliate station, introduced In the Game director/producer Maria Finitzo, who presented the film's 9-minute demo. The room responded strongly to the evidence of gender discrimination shown in the demo, which also features Chicago Sky Chairman Margaret Stender, a panelist that evening. Also representing the film were producer Mary Morrisette, Kartemquin executive director Justine Nagan, and production associates Shu Ling Yong (a former Kartemquin intern) and Kristina Eschmeyer. Continued

Kenneth Appelhans, of The Last Pullman Car, dies

Kartemquin is sad to learn of the death of Kenneth Appelhans. Kenneth was the leader of the strike action to prevent the closure of Pullman Standard depicted in our 1983 film The Last Pullman Car. We salute Kenneth as a lifelong advocate for worker's rights and social justice, and offer our condolences to his family. We hope to be able to raise funds to release The Last Pullman Car on DVD in the next year. The film will also screen later this year in Chicago as part of our 45th anniversary retrospective. Continued

Engaging Chicago Youth with The Interrupters

The Interrupters screens for the first time in Chicago this weekend. As part of our commitment to engaging communities affected by violence, the audience for the film will be 100 Chicago Public Schools children enrolled in after-school youth media programs. The event will be introduced by Jean-Claude Brizard, the new CEO of Chicago Public Schools. The students will watch the entire film before discussing ways in which they can spread the film's message throughout their communities through their own filmmaking and outreach work. There will also be opportunities to share their own stories of living with violence and making films about the subject. Continued

Typeface: Making an impact from day one

If you're a fan of letterpress, wood type, typography or fashion, you have probably already heard a lot of news about the fantastic new line of Target Style clothing inspired by Hamilton Wood type and Printing Museum. The "Cool Never Fades" line is already in stores and available online from July 17. Amid the excitement, a couple of difference sources have noted the pivotal role of our film Typeface in inspiring the collection's genesis. The design blog Unbeige explains: "The idea for a partnership was sparked when a Target designer caught a screening of Typeface, Justine Nagan‘s 2009 documentary about the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. Continued

New trailer for The Interrupters

Edit: 7/29 - for updated US, UK & Canadian dates please visit the official website.   We are proud to present the new theatrical release trailer for The Interrupters. Please watch, enjoy and share with someone you think should be aware of the film. The Interrupters will be released on July 29 in the USA through Cinema Guild and on August 12th in the UK through Dogwoof. Check the film's events page to see exact details of dates and venues. So far theatrical engagements have been confirmed for the following cities (1 week engagement unless stated): Continued

Typeface limited edition DVDs are sold out!

Thanks to all the legions of Typeface fans around the world, we are now sold out of Typeface limited edition DVDs! The limited edition DVD featured a letterpress poster designed by Bill Moran of Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. Designs by Bill and Jim Moran are now also gracing the bodies of type lovers across the USA thanks to the Target "Cool Never Fades" clothing line inspired by the museum. The creation of the line itself - like so many of the amazing posters, photos and videos you have sent us over the past 3 years - was itself inspired by a Target designer seeing one of the very first Typeface screenings in 2008 at the Walker Art Center. Continued

Milking the Rhino on WTTW this Thursday

Kartemquin's award-winning film <a href="http://" _cke_saved_href="http://""="">Milking the Rhino</a></em> will be broadcast this Thursday, July 21 at 10pm on WTTW 11 Chicago PBS. The broadcast is the fifth film in the Kartemquin <a href="" _cke_saved_href="">45th anniversary</a> series by Chicago's premier public television station. Check out a video of director/producer David E. Simpson introducing the film. <iframe width="512" height="308" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> <em>Milking the Rhino</em> portrays rural Africans at the vanguard of community-based conservation, turning the cameras away from the wildlife and onto the lives of the humans who share the land with them. Continued