News for August 2015

Justine Nagan Leaves Kartemquin Films to become Executive Director/Executive Producer of American Documentary | POV

Justine Nagan has been named Executive Director of American Documentary, Inc. (AmDoc) and Executive Producer of POV (Point of View), its award-winning documentary series on PBS, the AmDoc Board of Directors announced today. Nagan joins AmDoc | POV from the award-winning nonprofit production collective Kartemquin Films of Chicago, where she has been Executive Director and an Executive Producer since 2008. Nagan will split her time between AmDoc / POV and Kartemquin Films this fall to ensure a smooth transition and will relocate to New York with her family in December. Continued

Korea's EIDF to host Almost There Asian Premiere

We are delighted to announce the Asian festival and television broadcast premiere of Almost There will take place this August at South Korea's EBS Documentary Festival (EIDF). Almost There is just one of nine "Festival Choice" films selected to screen in official competition at EIDF. Co-directors Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden will travel to Seoul for the festival, attending the screenings on Thursday, August 27th and Sunday, August 30th. We're delighted to learn that the film's title for the Korean audience will be translated to Peter's Fantastic Atelier or Peter's Beyond Imagination Workshop! Continued

Fledgling Fund to support 10 Regional Government Roundtables for The Homestretch

The Fledgling Fund has committed $15,000 to help The Homestretch team facilitate ten regional screenings and roundtable discussions, bringing together government agencies around the issue of youth homelessness. These agencies include the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Education and others, all of which have an impact on the lives of youth experiencing homelessness. These regional events will take place in November 2015, and funds are still being raised to execute this innovative outreach. You can pledge your own support here. Continued

Japanese and German premieres for Saving Mes Aynak

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) has announced that Saving Mes Aynak will be the featured screening at the 2015 IAFOR Documentary Film Awards. The film's director, Brent E. Huffman, will receive their Honorary Award for 2015 and be the Keynote Speaker at IAFOR's The Asian Conference on Media and Mass Communication (MediAsia2015) and The Asian Conference on Film & Documentary (FilmAsia2015). This year the events take place in November 12-15 at the Art Center of Kobe in Kobe, Japan. Saving Mes Aynak will screen on November 14 in its Japanese premiere. Continued

"Kartemquin at its Best" - In the Game opens in Chicago

On Saturday, the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago will host the U.S. premiere of In the Game, a new documentary film by Peabody award-winning filmmaker Maria Finitzo (5 Girls and Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita). There are still tickets available for select showings across this premiere run, during which Maria Finitzo will attend several screenings alongside the film's participants. Grab your tickets here: Ahead of the opening, early reviews have been effusive in their praise, placing it among our strongest works. Continued

Saving Mes Aynak to screen in DC

Saving Mes Aynak will screen in its Washington, D.C. premiere on September 15 in a special event hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The film's director Brent E. Huffman will attend and be in conversation with Tom Carver, vice president for communications and strategy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a former award-winning journalist for the BBC from 1984 to 2004. RSVP to attend this free screening. Continued

Almost There wins Audience Award at EIDF

A dream week at the EBS Documentary Festival (EIDF) in South Korea for Almost There co-directors Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden has culminated in the film receiving the Audience Award. The filmmakers were there to accept the honor, which followed two successful Asian premiere screenings and a national television broadcast that generated a flood of positive responses online and in-person from viewers receptive to the story of the filmmakers' discovery, curation and caretaking of the life and work of elderly "outsider artist" Peter Anton. View more viewer reactions on the Almost There Facebook page. Continued

Save the date for 2015 DVID graduation

The 2015 Diverse Voices in Documentary (DVID) Graduation will be Sunday, October 11th from 6-9pm at the University of Chicago's Reva and David Logan Arts Center - 915 E. 60th St. Please save the date! DVID Graduation is a special evening where all our 2015 DVID participants are honored and celebrated. The evening will include 3-5 minute clips from each project, a special keynote speaker, and a dessert reception. It also marks the opening of applications for DVID 2016. Stay tuned for more information soon. Continued