News for October 2013

"Our kind of town, Chicago is"

We have a number of Chicago events coming up this fall, and wanted to share them all with the fans in our home town. Our producers, associates and staff will be out in force at all of the following - we look forward to seeing you! October 5th - The Trials of Muhammad Ali Chicago premiere! Part of Music Box Theatre's Docs at the Box. Director Bill Siegel will attend. Get tickets. October 20th - Chicago Humanities Festival Kartemquin founder and artistic director Gordon Quinn is speaking on documentary ethics and fair use. Details: Continued

The Interrupters wins an Emmy!

The Interrupters won the Emmy for "Outstanding Informational Programming—Long-Form" tonight in New York City at the News and Documentary Emmys. We at Kartemquin are honored to receive this award, which is shared especially with FRONTLINE, the PBS program that broadcast the film in February 2012, and our production partners ITVS - The Independent Television Service, Rise Films, and distributors Cinema Guild and Dogwoof. Of course, a further special mention must be made to CeaseFire Illinois (Cure Violence) and Ameena Matthews, Eddie Bocanegra, Cobe Williams, Tio Hardiman and Gary Slutkin for sharing their story. Continued

Sage Foundation funds Kartemquin

Kartemquin is delighted to announce that the Sage Foundation has granted us $60,000 towards our general operations, including our programs in support of documentary makers. We were also deeply grateful for their announcement of a $10,000 matching grant at our 2013 Gala on September 20th, which was successfully matched by the attendees at the event! "We are so very grateful for the continued support of the Sage Foundation and their ongoing belief in our mission," said Kartemquin executive director Justine Nagan. Continued

Kartemquin receives CityArts Grant from DCASE

The City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has awarded Kartemquin a grant of $6500 for general operating funds through their CityArts initiative. CityArts is a program that encourages the attainment of artistic excellence and financial stability through general operating support for 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organizations. We are delighted to receive this funding, which is an increase from last year's award. Continued

Illinois Arts Council awards Kartemquin

The Illinois Arts Council has awarded Kartemquin a general operating grant of $11,050 for 2014. This is an increase from their award for previous years, and we are delighted to receive the crucial funding in support of our mission to spark democracy through documentary. Illinois Arts Council Program Grant funds provide support to established not-for-profit organizations that make a significant local, regional, or statewide impact on the quality of life in Illinois. Grants recognize arts programming of high quality that is appropriate to and reflective of the communities served and that broaden opportunities for the public to participate in the arts. Continued

Kartemquin receives Alphawood funding for first time

The Alphawood Foundation has awarded Kartemquin general operating funding for the first time, with support of $10,000 granted for 2014. Alphawood Foundation is a Chicago grant making private foundation working for an equitable, just and humane society. It awards grants to more than 200 organizations a year, primarily in the areas of advocacy, architecture and preservation, arts, domestic violence services, the environment, protection of the rights of LGBT citizens and people living with HIV/AIDS, and other human and civil rights. To support Kartemquin's work, please click here. Continued

American Arab to World Premiere at IDFA

Usama Alshaibi's American Arab will have its World Premiere at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), the world's largest documentary film festival. Our acclaimed film The Trials of Muhammad Ali will also play at IDFA, in its European Premiere. Usama Alshaibi and The Trials of Muhammad Ali director Bill Siegel will attend the festival, as will Gordon Quinn and Justine Nagan (executive producers on both films), and Kartemquin associate Dinesh Sabu (cinematographer on American Arab). Continued

ITVS gives first funding to Mossadegh & Me

The Independent Television Service (ITVS) has awarded a Special Projects Development Grant of $15,000 to Mossadegh & Me, a new Kartemquin film currently in development from director Gita Saedi Kiely. ITVS had also previously supported the film with $15,000 grant through their Diversity Development Fund (DDF). Gita previously worked with us as the Series Producer on our International Documentary Association award-winning series The New Americans (2004). We are excited for her to continue developing this film, which is an intimate revisiting of an unprecedented politically free time in Iran's history. The project description: Continued