News for May 2016

#KTQ50: Watch Golub: Late Works Are the Catastrophes for free all week

From today until next Friday, May 13th, the free KTQ50 film is Golub: Late Works Are The Catastrophes (2004). Leon Golub's massive canvasses depict scenes most of us would prefer not to see – mercenary killings, torture, and death squads. Golub offers not simply a profile of a painter with a political conscience, but an investigation into the power of the artist to reflect our times and to change the way we think about our world. This one-hour film juxtaposes scenes of violence and political repression around the world, statements by American politicians and others, the responses of viewers to Golub's exhibitions and an extended sequence capturing the artist at work. In his New York studio, he creates a huge canvas that depicts a brutal assassination – a reminder, he says, of U.S. subsidized activity in El Salvador. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch Grassroots Chicago for free all week

From today until next Friday, May 20th, the free KTQ50 film is Grassroots Chicago (1991). A film that addresses the successes and challenges of community organizing in several Chicago neighborhoods. This 30-minute Kartemquin documentary from 1991 - the debut of Life Itself and Hoop Dreams director Steve James - tells the story of the vibrancy of grassroots organizing in Chicago and how community groups in the city work for social change. Originally produced for the MacArthur Foundation by Gordon Quinn and Jerry Blumenthal, this piece features six vignettes on community organizing in different Chicago neighborhoods: LeClaire Courts, Marquette Park, Roseland, Pilsen, Uptown, Rogers Park, and Garfield Park. Extras included in this package: Continued

Kartemquin opens up archives for historic exhibition

Ahead of our 50th anniversary celebration on June 24th at the Harris Theater Rooftop, we open our archives to the Chicago public with the exhibition “Kartemquin Films 1966-2016: Democracy through Documentary” opening on May 21st and running through August 20th at Expo 72 (72 E. Randolph St, Chicago, IL, 60601). RSVP here to join us for the opening night reception and preview from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m on Friday, May 20. Continued

Keep Talking funded by Vision Maker Media

We're delighted to announce that Vision Maker Media has awarded a grant of $100,000 towards post-production on Keep Talking, directed and produced by Karen Weinberg. With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media's Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native American involvement that ultimately benefits the entire Public Media community. Keep Talking is one of just six projects to receive funding this year. This is the first time a Kartemquin project has received a Vision Maker Media grant, and we are honored to begin a working relationship with them on Keep Talking. The grant means that the film will eventually be broadcast on PBS. Continued

New Mondo Hoop Dreams poster on sale: film airs on TCM tonight

Turner Classic Movies presents a special broadcast of Hoop Dreams tonight at 10pm ET. Get more details. The presentation is part of a month-long TCM celebration of Peabody Awards winners. Hoop Dreams collected a Peabody in 1995 following its original PBS broadcast. If you're unable to get TCM in your location, don't worry: we're streaming the film for free for anyone around the world via as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations. Watch now, wherever you are in the world. On the eve of the TCM broadcast, we're also delighted that Mondo and artist Oliver Barrett have created a new poster for Hoop Dreams, which is pictured above and they are now selling on their website. Continued

DVID alum Derek Grace's COLLEGE WEEK to Premiere on AMERICA REFRAMED

Diverse Voices in Docs (#DVID) graduate Derek Grace's celebrated documentary College Week will premiere next Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET / 7pm CT as part of the fourth season of America Reframed. College Week is an insider’s perspective, rarely represented in mainstream media, about a tenacious group of teachers at Spencer Elementary Technology Academy. The school, located in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, is committed to providing its students with access to technology, while setting high standards of excellence. Largely known for its high rates of homicide, crime, poverty and violence, Austin is one of the city’s largest communities. Continued

Gordon Quinn to give University of Chicago's 2016 Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Human Rights Memorial Lecture

Gordon Quinn, founder and artistic director of Kartemquin Films, will return to his Alma Mater, the University of Chicago, to give the 2016 Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Human Rights Memorial Lecture on June 2, 2016 at 6:00 PM, during the 2016 UChicago Alumni Weekend. Quinn will be interviewed on stage by Jacqueline Stewart, Professor in Cinema and Media Studies and the interim director (2015-16) of the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry. They will be discussing how preserving images of the past is critical to contemporary social justice movements, with reference to our upcoming film '63 Boycott, and other works in the Kartemquin filmography. Continued