News for May 2012

David Simpson takes Rhino to West Virginia

Taking his film Milking the Rhino to West Virginia for his first ever visit to the area, filmmaker David E. Simpson jokingly claims he expected "a state full of backwoods hollers, coal mines and toothless denizens." But, just as his own busts open preconceptions of what a nature documentary should focus on and on how Africans manage their environment and conservation issues, David found his own stereotyping fall away as he completed the final leg of his On Screen / In Person tour of the Mid-Atlantic.   Read his final blog on finding the "soulful" parts of Charleston, and an unexpectedly packed screening.   Continued

Happy Mondays! PBS announces new night for documentary strands

Kartemquin is delighted that PBS today announced a new regular spot on their schedule - Mondays at 10pm - for documentary strands Independent Lens and POV. This move is the culmination of months of negotiation between PBS and the programs after they were moved away from their regular Tuesday night timeslots and subsequently lost a large amount of viewers. In response, Kartemquin and other independent documentary filmmakers mounted the PBS Needs Indies campaign to signal our concern over the fate of documentary programming on PBS. Continued

Indies Celebrate PBS Programming Change

Thanks to the 1200+ fans and filmmakers who joined our cause to support independent documentary film programming, PBS announced yesterday it would move Independent Lens and POV to Monday night, PBS' highest-rated evening. The long-awaited change would not have been possible without the groundswell of support from our fans and allies like PBS veteran Bill Moyers and the International Documentary Association. “We really feel that we had an effect,” Gordon Quinn told the New York Times' Decoder media blog. Continued

Typeface premieres in New York City on May 14th

In its long-awaited New York City debut, Kartemquin’s Typeface will be screening on May 14th from 1 to 3 PM as a part of the Parsons New School of Design Festival 2012. The screening will be a followed by a panel discussion with director (and Kartemquin executive director) Justine Nagan, Repeat Press' Mike Dacey, Chris Piascik, and Nancy Laboz of Parcel. The Festival runs from May 1st through May 20th and features primarily cutting-edge student work in various media. Typeface examines the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, and the broader social context behind the advance of artistic technology. Continued