News for July 2016

#KTQ50: Watch Mapping Stell Cell Research: Terra Incognita for free all week

From today until next Friday, July 15th, the free KTQ50 film is Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita (2007). "This excellent Kartemquin Films documentary is a multifaceted unpacking and demythification of a loaded subject." — Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita is a Peabody Award-winning documentary that puts a human face on the crucial debate over stem cell research. Continued

Gordon Quinn and Kartemquin Named "The Best"

We are honored to announce that our founder, artistic director, and all-around documentary and fair-use guru, Gordon Quinn has been chosen in a reader poll by the Chicago Reader as the best Chicago filmmaker for their Best of Chicago 2016 series. Gordon, along with the rest of the Kartemquin family, just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the company he founded back in 1966 as a young, hopeful, and ambitious filmmaker who had just graduated from the University of Chicago along with fellow co-founders Jerry Temaner and Stan Karter. Continued

Are you happy? Kartemquin night at Millennium Park will make you happy!

“Are You Happy?,” is the question asked by two young nuns roving the streets of Chicago in 1968, followed by a camera, in our classic cinema verite documentary Inquiring Nuns. Inquiring Nuns screens for free at the Millennium Park Summer Film Series on July 26, 6:30pm, as the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Millennium Park Foundation celebrate 50 years of Kartemquin Films with Kartemquin Night at Millennium Park. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch At the Death House Door for free all week

From today until next Friday, July 22nd, the free KTQ50 film is At the Death House Door (2008). "An impassioned portrait of a quest for truth." — Loren King, Chicago Tribune At the Death House Door follows the remarkable career journey of Carroll Pickett, who served 15 years as the death house chaplain to the infamous "Walls" prison unit in Huntsville, Texas. Pickett ministered to 95 men who were executed, including the very first lethal injection done anywhere in the world. After each execution, he recorded a riveting audiotape account of that fateful day. No inmate's execution would haunt Pickett more than that of Carlos De Luna, a young convict whom he firmly believed was innocent. The film tracks the investigation of two reporters who turn up compelling evidence that suggests Pickett was right.  Continued

KTQ50 Gallery Talks are Back!

From July 20th several members of the Kartemquin community will be speaking at the exhibition Kartemquin at 50: Democracy through Documentary. The Exhibition is open daily, is free to all, and will run until August 20th, and is located at Expo 72 ( 72 E. Randolph St.) The exhibition features 50 years of equipment, documents and artifacts. In a recent blog post for PBS' POV documentary strand, Heather McIntosh writes that, "centered around themes of craft, community, and change, the curated items represent the organization’s history and ideologies, not to mention documentary history more generally." Continued

Doc Films to host Typeface screening and design discussion

Like the poster? Then you will love the film! As part of their Kartemquin Summer Series in honor of our 50th anniversary, the University of Chicago's Doc Films (1212 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637) will screen Typeface (2009) on July 28th at 7pm. This is the first screening in Chicago for several years of director Justine Nagan’s award-winning film about the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, and we’re marking it with a special panel discussion about the intersection of modern design and traditional technique. Continued

Kartemquin Films Nominated for Three 2016 Emmy Awards

Congratulations are in order to the Kartemquin Films family! Today, the nominees for the 37th annual News & Documentary Emmy® awards were announced, and two Kartemquin Films, Life Itself and The Homestrech, are in contention. Life Itself was nominated twice – for Best Documentary (Director Steve James, Producers Zak Piper and Garrett Basch, Executive Producers Kat White, Mark Mitten, Michael Ferro, Justine Nagan, Gordon Quinn, Steve Zallian and Martin Scorsese, aired on CNN Films) and for Outstanding Editing: Documentary And Long Form (Editors Steve James and David E. Simpson). Continued

#KTQ50: Watch In the Family for free all week

From today until next Friday, July 29th, the free KTQ50 film is In the Family (2008). "I have never seen a film that revealed the human side of the new genetics more compellingly." — Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Human Genome Project At 31, filmmaker Joanna Rudnick faces an impossible decision: remove her breast and ovaries or risk incredible odds of developing cancer. Armed with a genetic test result that leaves her vulnerable and confused, she balances dreams of having her own children with the unnerving reality that she is risking her life by holding on to her fertility. In the Family follows Joanna as she connects with other women trying to navigate the unpredictable world of predictive genetic testing. Intensely personal and timely, this provocative film asks: How much do you sacrifice to survive? Continued