News for June 2012

The Interrupters & Stop The Violence With Art at The National Museum of Mexican Art

Eddie Bocanegra is a man who gets little rest.  While the world was introduced to him as a ‘violence interrupter’, Eddie has stayed busy as a student, a teacher, an advocate for ex-offenders, an accomplished artist and as a mentor.  This summer, Eddie in collaboration with the National Museum of Mexican Art, The Interrupters Outreach Team and several other Chicago youth art organizations will challenge Chicago youth to “Stop The Violence With Art.”  The summer-long initiative is a call-out to Chicago teens to create pieces of art that express their experiences and emotions pertaining to violence.    Continued

Hyphenated Humor world premiere tonight

Tonight see the world premiere of Hyphenated Humor, a new short documentary made by University of Chicago students in collaboration with Kartemquin. The free screening and food and drink reception starts at 7pm at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts and is open to the public.   Hyphenated Humor is the product of a new experiment for both Kartemquin and the University of Chicago's Cinema and Media Studies department. The film follows Arab-Issh, a group of emerging multi-ethnic comics who use comedy to discuss their lives, struggles and experiences as they straddle two cultures while living in Chicago.   Continued

Read Usama Alshaibi's "Forced Artist Statement"

"Motion unfixed, in flux, with no obvious resolution – this is an exciting place for me to explore. The notion of the immigrant, the sense of displaced citizen in transition, is becoming a contemporary reality for many of us. With real and imagined fears of global terrorism and an unstable economy, we are all, in a sense, experiencing a state of anxiety and transformation." Kartemquin's first Diversity Fellow, Usama Alshaibi, is getting close to completing his new documentary American Arab. Get to know him and his filmmaking philosophy better by reading his "Forced Artist Statement". Continued

Hoop Dreams Reunion in New York

As part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center screened Hoop Dreams this week, leading to a memorable reunion for the filmmakers and subject Arthur Agee. Pictured here outside the Lincoln Center are (l-r) Fred Marx, Peter Gilbert, Ira Deutchman, Arthur Agee, and Steve James (sadly Will Gates couldn't make it). In 1994, they were present for the film's NYFF premiere, the first time a documentary had ever closed the renowned festival (which it did to great acclaim amid a stunning line-up of films). Continued

Happy 70th, Gordon Quinn

Kartemquin's Artistic Director Gordon Quinn is 70 years old today. We celebrate Gordon and his amazing work since co-founding this organization in 1966 at the age of just 24, with his first film, the prophetically titled Home for Life.   Gordon is an inspiration to all who know him through Kartemquin. A producer of over 50 documentaries and a mentor to hundreds of filmmakers and staff who have passed through KTQ, he is a living legend. He has also raised the tide for all independent media makers through his pioneering advocacy of fair use rights and spearheading of movements such as PBS Needs Indies and in pushing for the creation of ITVS.   Continued

Australians stunned by Stevie broadcast

Kartemquin's 2002 documentary Stevie aired on Australian television for the first time this weekend, drawing a strong response from viewers. The devastating story of filmmaker Steve James' relationship with troubled Stevie Fielding, the IDFA award-winning film is among our most provocative and compelling works, as the social media reactions of the ABC2 viewers showed. We've shared some of the best responses below. If you would like to know more about Stevie, the film is available on DVD. Australian viewers can also watch the film on iView. Continued

The Interrupters to screen on Capitol Hill

Edit 7/23/12 - Read an ACLU recap of the event.   In the past year Kartemquin's The Interrupters has had over 400 community-organized screenings worldwide, on top of an additional 130-plus theatrical bookings, and a huge PBS FRONTLINE broadcast. But, one of the most important screenings of the film may come just next week as the film screens for elected officials on Capitol Hill in an event organized by the American Civil Liberties Union.   Continued

63 Boycott gets first funding from Illinois Humanities Council

We're delighted to announce that the Illinois Humanities Council has given initial funding of $5,000 to 63 Boycott, a new Kartemquin documentary being produced/directed by Gordon Quinn and produced by Zak Piper.   63 Boycott looks at the Chicago School boycott of 1963 when more than 200,000 Chicagoans, mostly CPS students, marched to protest the segregationist policies of CPS Superintendent Benjamin Willis, who placed aluminum mobile school units on vacant lots as a permanent solution to overcrowding in black schools.   Continued

Gordon Quinn to Deliver Keynote at the 2012 Alliance for Community Media Conference

The Alliance for Community Media (ACM) has announced that Gordon Quinn, artistic director and founding member of Kartemquin Films, will keynote its opening plenary at the 2012 ACM Conference & Exhibition in Chicago on August 1st. As well as being an acclaimed filmmaker, Gordon is an ardent supporter of public and community media.  He has served on the boards of several organizations, including The Illinois Humanities Council, The Chicago Public Access Corporation, and The Public Square Advisory Committee, The Illinois Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Continued