Kartemquin's Fall Festival is one week away!

We're one week away from Kartemquin's Fall Festival Nov. 2-4 in partnership with ArcLight Cinemas Chicago! The festival features groundbreaking work from our filmmaker development programs, Chicago Premieres of newly completed films Unbroken Glass and City of Trees, and never-before-seen previews of docs-in-progress America to Me, Dilemma of Desire, and Eating Up Easter. Unbroken Glass will be having its Chicago Premiere at the festival on Nov. 2 at 8PM, following its World Premiere last Saturday at the Seattle South Asian Film Festival and Texas Premiere at Dallas VideoFest. Director Dinesh Sabu was featured on WBEZ's Worldview discussing the making of the personal doc, and the film has already been lauded as a compelling tool to inspire discussion about mental health. will be having its Chicago Premiere at the festival on Nov. 3 at 8:30PM. A film that explores the complexities of a "green" job-training program in Washington, D.C., the film's director Brandon Kramer recently discussed the film's commitment to honesty and authenticity in a Q&A with us. The film's editor Edwin Martinez was recently featured in International Documentary Association's Documentary Magazine discussing The Hidden Colonialism of Documentary. Five Kartemquin programs alum are featured in our Shorts Showcase 1 on Nov. 2 at 6PM, including Within the Box by Max Asaf, Intuition by Shuling Yong, Embodies by Hillary Bachelder and The Amazing Mr. Ash by Brian Gersten and Beyond Blind by Matt Lauterbach. Four Kartemquin alums are featured in our Shorts Showcase 2 on Nov. 4 at 6PM, including Keep Moving Forward by Brent Bandemer and Emily Strong, Closed for Good by Rachel Dickson, Brooks People by Shahari Moore and Two Together by Mina Fitzpatrick. Our Diverse Voices in Doc program graduation is on Nov. 3 at 6:00PM, and will feature 3-5 minute clips from each of our program participants, spanning topics from the Trans Elder Activist Alexis Martinez, to controversial Holy Week practices in the Pampanga region of the Philippines. The festival closes out with never-before-seen previews of current Kartemquin projects including America to Me directed by Steve James, an epic docu-series following the lives of teachers, administrators and students at Oak Park River Forest High School as they grapple with educational and racial inequity; Dilemma of Desire an exploration of female sexuality by director Maria Finitzo; and Eating Up Easter, an insider's look into the issue of conservation on Easter Island. Don't miss it! Find more information and links to purchase tickets here.
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Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) examines racial, economic and class issues in contemporary American education in the ten-part unscripted documentary series America to Me. Poignant and funny, epic and intimate, America to Me spends an academic year at Chicagoland's elite Oak Park and River Forest High School (OPRF), allowing its students, families, faculty and administration to tell stories of the pressures and challenges teens face today in their own words.

Kartemquin and Freep Film Festival Partner on Midwest Documentary Filmmaker Sustainability Conversation


We're excited to share that Kartemquin Films is partnering with Freep Film Festival, held April 10-14 in Detroit, to host a conversation on filmmaker sustainability and a special rough cut lab. Both events bring to Detroit for the first time initiatives and expertise Kartemquin has pioneered as part of its acclaimed filmmaker development programs and advocacy on behalf of the documentary field.

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The Dilemma of Desire explores the clash between the power of gender politics and the equally powerful imperatives of female sexual desire. A feature length documentary by two-time Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Maria Finitzo, the film follows two scientists and a conceptual artist who are using their work to shatter the myths and outright lies women have been taught about their sexual desire and their bodies.
When he was six-years-old, Dinesh Das Sabu’s parents died. Raised by his older siblings, he had little idea who his parents were or where he came from. Through making Unbroken Glass, he attempts to piece together their story and his own. Uncovering a silenced family history and disturbing truths, Dinesh and his siblings must finally reconcile the past, confronting the trauma of losing their parents and the specter of mental illness.