News for January 2018

Keep Talking has its Chicago premiere this Friday!

Keep Talking by Karen Lynn Weinberg will have its Chicago premiere at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Friday, January 5th at 8:15pm. A pre-screening reception begins at 7pm. A second showing will take place on January 11th at 8:15PM. Tickets here. Post-screening discussion panelists: 1/5/18: Director Karen Lynn Weinberg, co-producer Rachel Rozycki and Alutiiq Language Advocate Dr. Alisha Drabek; moderated by Dorene Wiese, CEO of the American Indian Association of Illinois 1/11/18: Director Karen Lynn Weinberg, co-producer Rachel Rozycki and Professor and Chair of the Department of Linguistics and Humanities, Lenore A. Grenoble; moderated by Dorene Wiese, CEO of the American Indian Association of Illinois. Continued

'63 Boycott to have NYC premiere at MoMA's Doc Fortnight 2018

'63 Boycott, a film by Rachel Dickson, Tracye A. Matthews and Gordon Quinn, will have its New York City premiere at Doc Fortnight 2018 as part of the 17th Annual International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). '63 Boycott will screen on Monday, February 19 at 1:00PM, preceding the film Black Memorabilia by Chico Colvard. Filmmakers in attendance. Doc Fortnight, MoMA's annual international festival of nonfiction film, returns for its 17th year with 12 days of innovative approaches to documentary filmmaking from February 15-26. '63 Boycott is also slated to have its LA premiere at the Pan African Film + Arts Festival, running February 8th-19th. About '63 Boycott Continued

Steve James earns DGA Award nomination for Abacus

Acclaimed director Steve James earned a nomination today from the Director's Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for his latest film, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail. This is James' fourth DGA Award nomination. He won in 2994 for Hoop Dreams, and was also nominated in this category in 2008 and 2011 for At the Death House Door and The Interrupters. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Continued

All the Queen's Horses begins encore run at Gene Siskel Film Center tomorrow

All the Queen's Horses will have an encore run at the Gene Siskel Film Center beginning tomorrow, January 12th. Purchase tickets here. Screenings as follows: Friday, January 12, 2:00PM Saturday, January 13, 5:15PM (Director Kelly Richmond Pope in-person) Sunday, January 14, 3:00PM Tuesday, January 16, 7:45PM (Director Kelly Richmond Pope in-person) Wednesday, January 17, 7:45PM (Director Kelly Richmond Pope in-person) About All the Queen's Horses Continued

Edith+Eddie, Abacus nominated for 90th Academy Awards®

Kartemquin is absolutely thrilled to share that both Edith+Eddie and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail have been nominated for the 90th Academy Awards® in the Feature Documentary and Documentary Short categories, respectively. Edith+Eddie is directed, produced and edited by Laura Checkoway; produced by Thomas Lee Wright; co-produced and edited by P. Corwin Lamm; co-produced by Karina Rotenstein; with cinematography by Neil Barrett and John Larson. The film is executive produced by Cher, Steve James, Gordon Quinn and Betsy Steinberg. Continued

In memory of Norb Brylski

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Norb Brylski, a central subject of our 2009 film Typeface. Norb passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018 at the age of 94. After serving in the Army Signal Corps during World War II in England and Norway, Norb returned home to Wisconsin and began a printing apprenticeship at the Franciscan Monastery in Pulaski and eventually opened his own print shop. When the print shop proved less than lucrative, he took his printing knowledge with him to the Hamilton Mfg Co. in Two Rivers where he worked in the wood type shop the entirety of his Hamilton career, before transitioning into one of the best loved volunteers at the new Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. Norb was beloved by the filmmakers and other subjects of Typeface, many of whom still cherish wooden letters cut by Norb himself. Continued

Minding the Gap stuns at Sundance; earns Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking

Less than a week after its sold-out world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Minding the Gap by Bing Liu won the US Documentary Competition Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking last night at the fest's official award ceremonies in Park City. US Documentary Competition Juror Barbara Chai presented the award, saying: "We are so exited to celebrate this extraordinary documentary for its vivacity and freshness of spirit, its unexpected revelation of personal detail, and dazzling, un-choreographed sequences that possess the athleticism and grace of ballet." Continued