News for February 2015

Pullman designated National Monument; watch our film on this Chicago treasure

On February 19, 2015 President Barack Obama will officially designate the south Chicago neighborhood of Pullman as America's next National Monument, and Chicago's first National Park site. To mark this great news, we are now releasing this video online free for 2 months. It can be found, along with many other extras, on the DVD for our classic film The Last Pullman Car. Historic Pullman Factory 2011 Screening of THE LAST PULLMAN CAR from Kartemquin Films on Vimeo. Continued

True/False gets Almost There

We're delighted to announce that Almost There will screen at the 2015 True/False Film Festival, held this March 5-8 in Columbia, Missouri. The film's screening times are: Fri, Mar 6 / 5:00PM / Little Ragtag Sat, Mar 7 / 9:45AM / The Vimeo Theater at The Blue Note Sat, Mar 7 / 8:30PM / Forrest Theater Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden's film about their discovery and caretaking of elderly artist Peter Anton was one of just 38 films selected from over 1,200 submissions and is our first film to screen at the increasingly popular and prestigious festival since 2011, when The Interrupters (on which Wickenden was an editor), screened there. Continued

Life Itself now available on DVD and Blu-Ray

Use Coupon Code Ebertmovie2015 to get 15% off the Blu-Ray and DVD of Life Itself, our award-winning documentary on Roger Ebert, before the end of February 2015 at the Kartemquin Store. Voted Best Documentary of 2014 by The Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critic’s Choice Awards), The National Board of Review, and The Producers Guild of America, and multiple other critics' associations, the film is also available for digital download on iTunes. Continued

Hoop Dreams: where are they now?

A new article in The Guardian, "Hoop Dreams: where are the main figures now?", looks back at the lives of those featured in the legendary 1994 documentary. Describing the lives of Arthur Agee, William Gates, Gene Pingatore, Sheila Agee, Bo Agee, Curtis Gates, Emma Gates, and Luther Bedford, the article summarizes material drawn from interviews and news reports published since the release of Hoop Dreams, and shows the enduring impact of this beloved film. Continued

The Homestretch aims to #EndYouthHomelessness

Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare's The Homestretch continues to gather strong momentum in its social impact campaign's bid to end youth homelessness. With multiple screenings set across the country (and more coming into us each day), political activity, and media interest ahead of the April 13th world television premiere of the film on PBS Independent Lens, there is cause for optimism that the film is helping to bring much need attention and action to this issue. Continued

Almost There adds more festivals

Almost There has a flurry of festival appearances ahead. The film was recently announced as an official selection at True/False, Cleveland International Film Festival, Sebastopol Film Festival, Geneva Film Festival, and Wisconsin Film Festival. Fresh from a great experience at Big Sky (read all about it), and sold out shows in Chicago and Grand Rapids, Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky's film - which world premiered at DOC NYC in November 2014 - has great momentum heading in to spring and beyond. The film's confirmed list of appearances is now below, and with more due to be added soon. February 28 / 1PM at Big Muddy Film Festival in Carbondale, IL. Continued

RSVP for "Restoring Justice," third event in The School Project series

The School Project, a collaboratively-made transmedia documentary series about public education, hosts its third public event on Thursday, March 5th at 5:30pm at the North Lawndale College Prep Collins Campus Auditorium in Chicago. RSVP now to attend for free and see the world premiere of episode Restoring Justice, followed by a discussion moderated by Xavier Ramey of the University of Chicago Social Innovation & Philanthropy. Panelists include Miriame Kaba of Project NIA, Karen Van Ausdal of Chicago Public Schools Social and Emotional Learning, Quabeeny Daniels of Mikva Challenge, and Pam Purdie, independent restorative justice practitioner and trainer. Continued