April 10, 2015 6:22 am
We're honored to again be named in Realscreen's Global 100, their annual "listing of the top international non-fiction and unscripted prodcos working in the industry today, chosen through input from our readers." We were doubly pleased to be given a special mention, with Manori Ravindran writing: "Chicago’s powerhouse indie is billed as “sparking democracy through documentary.” And whether that means fighting to keep independent films on public broadcasters – Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn and the Indie Caucus have led the campaign urging PBS station WNET to keep doc strands ‘Independent Lens’ and ‘POV’ on primetime – or launching a six-part digital series examining Chicago’s public education system, Kartemquin brings a social consciousness to everything it touches. Despite the untimely passing of founding partner Jerry Blumenthal in November, the year brought the company a number of triumphs, including Steve James’s critically acclaimed documentary on film critic Roger Ebert, Life Itself, as well as the world premiere of Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden’s doc on artist Peter Anton, Almost There, at DOC NYC. Forging ahead, Kartemquin’s six-hour series Hard Earned – which follows five U.S. families struggling to get by on low wage-work – is to debut on Al Jazeera America in May, while Almost There is to screen in select U.S. and UK theaters later this year." This is our third time in the last five years to be selected for the Global 100. We are one of very few (or perhaps the only?) not-for-profit organizations to be selected on this list. Please support our work.