March 2, 2015 12:12 pm
Kartemquin's Artistic Director Gordon Quinn is in Prague this week for the East Doc Platform organized by the Czech Institut dokumentárního filmu (Institute of Documentary Film - IDF Prague). Gordon Quinn will be speaking on ethics in documentary filmmaking, and presenting a screening of Stevie, on which he was executive producer and cinematographer. Both events are free and open to the public. Stevie screens on Wednesday, MARCH 4, 5:30 pm at Instituto Cervantes de Praga (get details). Gordon's Lecture on Ethics of Documentary Filmmaking takes place on Thursday, MARCH 5, 2015, 10 am – 11.30 am at Instituto Cervantes de Praga. The lecture will address the most essential questions that the documentary filmmakers should be asking themselves when they set out to record a true story, and Gordon's philosophy that "There are no set rules in documentary filmmaking, only decisions about where to draw the line... Ethics is not a set of rules... ethics is asking the questions, and understanding that you have to take responsibility for your decisions." World premiering at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Stevie won the Grand Jury Award For Best Documentary (Joris Ivens Award) at IDFA, the Mayor's Prize at Yamagata Film Festival, and the Excellence in Cinematography Award (Documentary) at Sundance Film Festival. In 1995, filmmaker Steve James returns to Pomona, a beautiful rural hamlet in Southern Illinois to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, for whom James once served as an advocate Big Brother. He finds that the once difficult, awkward child has become - ten years later - an angry and troubled young man. Part way through filming, Stevie is arrested and charged with a serious crime. He confesses to the crime and then later recants. The filmmaker himself is drawn into the film as he tries to sort out his own feelings, past and present, about Stevie and how to deal with him in the wake of his arrest. What was to be a modest profile of Stevie, turns into an intimate four and a half year chronicle of a dysfunctional family's struggle to heal.