News for January 2015

FIPA to host French Premiere of Saving Mes Aynak

Saving Mes Aynak has been selected for the prestigious FIPA Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels, screening this January 21, 2015 in Biarritz, France. It is a rare honor for an American documentary to screen at the festival, now in its 28th edition. Get details of the screening. Congratulations to director Brent Huffman, producer Zak Piper, and their team. The film follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition by a Chinese state-owned mining company which is eager to harvest $100 billion dollars worth of copper buried directly beneath the archaeological ruins. Continued

High praise and packed houses for Almost There's Chicago premieres

In its triumphant Chicago premiere weekend, Almost There was greeted with two sold out houses at the Gene Siskel Film Center, and a bevy of fantastic reviews and media attention. The overwhelmingly joyous and positive response was extremely gratifying for co-directors Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden, who spent eight years working on the film since first discovering their subject, elderly "outsider" artist Peter Anton. Continued

Announcing the 2015 Diverse Voices in Docs fellows

We are delighted to welcome the 2015 Diverse Voices in Docs fellows to their first session today. The Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) Fellowship is a collaboration between Kartemquin Films and Community Film Workshop (CFW) of Chicago. It is a six-month, intensive program designed to help mid-career filmmakers of color increase their skillset, build their professional network, and move their documentary film projects forward toward completion, with the program culminating in a fall graduation showcase featuring a keynote speaker and a public screening of project clips by all fellows. Documentary makers are partnered together and matched with veteran Kartemquin and CFW producers for additional guidance. The 2015 program marks the third annual iteration of DVID. Additional support for the program is provided by Voqal Fund, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Seabury Foundation, and Kat Lei Productions. Continued

The Homestretch heads to Paris

The European Premiere of The Homestretch will be at The Paris Human Rights International Film Festival (FIFDH Paris) which runs from April 7th through the 21st. Screenings will be held at Luminor, Hôtel de Ville. The FIFDH Paris has, for the last 10 years, been the most important cultural manifestation on the theme of Human Rights in France. Each year, they offer directors from all over the world the opportunity to present their work and to meet the public. From over 500 films that are watched each year, they select only about 20 works to be shown, and we are deeply honored to be among them. Continued