CIMMfest to honor Gordon Quinn with 2016 BAADASSSSS Award

Kartemquin founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn will receive CIMMfest’s fourth annual BAADASSSSS Award, which honors distinguished careers and lifetime achievement in movies and music. We are delighted for Gordon to receive this honor in our 50th year. Previous BAADASSSSS Award winners are SXSW founder Louis Black, director and music video pioneer Julien Temple, and filmmaker and original BAADASSSSS Melvin Van Peebles, for whom the award was named. CIMMfest will honor Gordon Quinn by showcasing documentary works that depict musical performances and artistic creation. Stay tuned for more details. The eighth annual Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest), a five-day showcase that celebrates the inseparable connection between music and movies, will take place April 13-17, 2016. The festival will showcase 100+ films, live bands and DJs. Festival passes (starting at $79) are available now at, where you can read their announcement of the first films and artists confirmed for 2016. Read more in the Chicago Sun-Times. The Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin Films, Gordon Quinn has been making documentaries for over 50 years. He was recently honored by the the International Documentary Association (IDA) with their 2015 Career Achievement Award. Roger Ebert, of the Chicago Sun Times, called his first film Home for Life (1966) "an extraordinarily moving documentary." With Home for Life Gordon established the direction he would take for the next four decades, making cinéma vérité films that investigate and critique society by documenting the unfolding lives of real people. Kartemquin has gone on to produce over 55 films, and Gordon has been a mentor and inspiration to hundreds of filmmakers and associates who have passed through our studio in Chicago. In 2007 Kartemquin received the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, and in recent years has been honored by the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the River Run Film Festival, the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, and received the Newberry Library’s Altgeld Award for Freedom of Speech. Individual film awards received in the last decade have included Emmys, Peabodys, DuPont-Columbia Awards, and recognitions from the Producer’s Guild of America, Director’s Guild of America, and the International Documentary Association. Gordon has shaped his career around two guiding principles: Democracy and Documentary. In the image above, Gordon Quinn shows off his famous white socks, just part of what makes him a BAADASSSSS.