News for October 2011

The Interrupters returns to Siskel Center this Friday!

The Interrupters returns to the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on Friday for a two week run, October 7-20. Get times and tickets.   Filmmakers and CeaseFire Illinois staff will attend many of the screenings. The Thursday, October 20, 8:15 pm screening will be a benefit for CeaseFire, with the Gene Siskel Film Center donating their entire share of the box office to the organization.   Continued

DOC NYC takes two Kartemquin Films

Kartemquin is honored to have its two 2011 releases A Good Man and The Interrupters selected for screening at the DOC NYC Festival in New York this November.   A Good Man will screen in its New York City premiere at 11:45 AM, Saturday, November 5 at IFC Center. Tickets are available now. The film, about New York icon Bill T. Jones taking on the legacy of Abraham Lincoln, aptly plays in the DOC NYC "Icons" section, characterized by "Films that bring fresh insights into maverick personalities." Co-director Bob Hercules is attending the screening, along with Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Comapny artistic director Janet Wong. This is one not to be missed!   Continued

Refrigerator Mothers to air on WTTW!

As part of their ongoing tribute to our 45th anniversary, WTTW11 Chicago PBS will air Refrigerator Mothers tomorrow at 10pm (with a repeat broadcast at 4pm on Thursday).   The award-winning 2003 film charts the history of autism misdiagnosis in the 1950's and 1960's, when allegedly 'cold' mothers were incorrectly blamed by the medical community (led by Bruno Bettelheim) for their children's conditions. Through the poignant stories of mothers from the era, Refrigerator Mothers puts a human face on what can happen when authority goes unquestioned and humanity is removed from the search for scientific answers. Learn more and watch the trailer.   Continued

Transmedia awards and opportunities for The Interrupters

The Interrupters has been awarded a grant of $75,000 from the Tribeca Film Insititute's first ever TFI New Media Fund.   The generous grant will go towards transmedia social outreach and engagement, including more "interrupter video stories" and interactive initiatives that will get a wider audience to grapple with the "personal, social and economic forces that contribute to the violence that plagues our cities." Read about the announcement.   Continued

Two Kartemquin Films now 50% off on iTunes

Award-winning Kartemquin films Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita and Milking the Rhino are available for purchase from iTunes at 50% off their regular price from now until October 17th! The promotion is part of the PBS Indies sale on iTunes.   Mapping Stem Cell Research is available on iTunes here. The Peabody award-winning film puts a human face on stem cell research through the story of Northwestern University professor Dr. Jack Kessler's search for a cure for his paralyzed daughter, Allison.   Continued

Virginia Film Festival announces Kartemquin retrospective

An eight-film retrospective spanning every decade of Kartemquin Films' 45 year history will be part of the 2011 Virginia Film Festival this November 3-9, 2001. The tribute will include the state premieres of our new releases The Interrupters and A Good Man, with appearances from Bill T. Jones and co-director Gordon Quinn, and The Interrupters, with director Steve James present. Both Steve James and Gordon Quinn were born in Virginia.   Continued

Historic Pullman screening for Last Pullman Car

As part of the continuing celebration of the 45th anniversary of Kartemquin Films, South Side Projections, the Pullman State Historic Site, and the Bronzeville/Black Chicagoan Historical Society are proud to present a screening of the documentary The Last Pullman Car (1984, Gordon Quinn & Jerry Blumenthal, 16mm) at the historic Clock Tower Building, part of the original Pullman factory complex. Co-directors Gordon Quinn and Jerry Blumenthal, also co-founders of Kartemquin, will be present for discussion.   Continued

The Interrupters storms Chicago... again!

The Interrupters returned to the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago last Friday. Producer Alex Kotlowitz, co-producer Zak Piper and CeaseFire members Ricardo “Cobe” Williams and Marcus McAllister participated in an insightful Q&A. Inspired audience members inquired about everything from the particularities of filmmaking to the logistics and financing of CeaseFire. While some wondered about the personal stances of the Ceasefire members present that night, others just expressed their own feelings about the film, claiming it to be “the most important documentary they had ever seen.”   Continued

Kartemquin partners with Investing in Communities

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