News for July 2012

Justine Nagan's Mid-Year Letter

Happy summer from our cozy Victorian headquarters on the northside of Chicago.  We are so happy to have air-conditioning.  Despite the heat, our staff and filmmakers are working harder than ever and I felt compelled to check in with you and tell you a bit about all that's going on at Kartemquin.  Last fall as we were celebrating our 45th anniversary, I thought it was going to be a hard year to beat.  Now, almost 6 full months into 2012, we're a buzz with several exciting events and initiatives in the works to share. FILMS Continued

TFI Interactive: Bear 71 and Interactive Storytelling

Interactive, transmedia productions promise to hold a prominent role in the future of documentary. Some of the best work in this arena in the present is being made through the National Film Board of Canada, a friend of Kartemquin and traditionally one of the world's great supporters of independent documentary media. As Kartemquin takes our first steps in this arena - with Interrupt Violence (a web-based extension of The Interrupters, launching in September) and the forthcoming 63 Boycott, among others - we have been watching with interest some of the NFB's great work, as well as other projects supported by the Tribeca Film Institute (partners on Interrupt Violence). Continued

KTQ Labs Spring Showcase Video now online

It's finally here! The compilation video of our KTQ Labs Spring Showcase is now on the web, edited by KTQ sumer '12 intern Hillary Bachelder. Whether you made it or missed it, check out a few teaser clips from the four in-progress films featured at #KTQLabs and hear some of the feedback from our sold-out audience at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Please share, let us know what you think, and be sure to stay involved with the projects: Living Revolution; Almost There; Unbroken Glass and The Trials of Muhammad Ali. They still need your support! Continued

The Homestretch receives MacArthur funding

The MacArthur Foundation has awarded $200,000 to Kartemquin's new production The Homestretch. The documentary, which follows homeless students within the Chicago Public School system, is being produced & directed by Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare and is a co-production with their Spargel Productions. The film was selected as one of only 13 films awarded a total of $1.6million of funding from over 300 proposals MacArthur received, and is due for completion in 2014. You can donate to the film, which still needs funding for post-production.   Continued

The Interrupters: One Year of Impact

July 29th marks the first anniversary of The Interrupters theatrical release. Just one year later, the film has left its mark on international policymakers and local community members alike. The CeaseFire method for violence prevention has caught Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s attention as well, with the City of Chicago recently announcing an unprecedented $1M grant to the organization and its “violence interrupters” to work in collaboration with Chicago Police Department for the first time. That relationship starts today; in itself an amazing development from just one year ago. Continued

Hoop Dreams screening in Chicago for Patio Theater

Kartemquin will donate a special screening of Hoop Dreams to Chicago's historic Patio Theater as a fundraiser for its (already successful!) Kickstarter campaign to purchase a digital projection system and ensure the popular local cinema remains open.  Zak Piper, Kartemquin's director of production, will attend. The Patio is is his local theater and he organized the event with owner Demetri Kouvalis.   The screening takes place at 3:30pm tomorrow, July 14. Tickets are $5 and all funds go to Patio Theater. Get tickets and details for the screening. Continued