February 5, 2016 9:08 am
In 2016, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary. We also invite you to watch all our films for free, week by week, at http://watch.kartemquin.com.
From today until next Friday, February 12th, the free KTQ50 film is Marco.
When the wife of one of the filmmakers decides to give birth without pain medication using the Lamaze method of childbirth–and coached by her own husband–she is confronted with disbelief, superstition and downright hostility. In order to find a doctor who will respect their wishes, the parents-to-be have to make arrangements with a hospital in Wisconsin and race over the state line when the baby comes. This frank and sensitive cinéma vérité documentary follows the young couple as they learn about natural childbirth, discuss their plans with friends and medical staff, and experience the actual labor and birth of their son, Marco.
"Informed with love and filmed with skill…It vividly captures the suspense, humor, agony, tenderness and wonder of a human birth."
- Richard Christiansen, The Chicago Daily News
The soundtrack was composed by Philip Glass (who also scored Inquiring Nuns for Kartemquin). Marco is the son of Kartemquin founder, Jerry Temaner, He would leave the organization soon afterward to get a real job to help pay for the baby!
The film serves as a historical reference for the logistical challenges faced by the Vérité filmmakers shooting in such a delicate, intimate situation, on a converted Auricon 16mm camera with a custom-built crystal-controlled power supply that allowed wireless sync sound, doing away with the cable between the camera and Nagra audio recorder. The camera only took 400ft loads of film, which equated to just 11 minutes of shooting time per load, so cinematographer Gordon Quinn had to extra careful that he did not miss the moment of birth.
Extras included in this package:
- Family photos: Marco as a newborn baby.
- Movie poster: An original poster for the movie with American Film Festival, Chicago Film Festival, and Venice Film Festival laurels.
- Extra video: Behind-the-scenes home video of the Temaners.
- Extra video: Marco and his family revisited their experience making the documentary...40 years later.
See the full #KTQ50 streaming schedule and more information at www.kartemquin.com/ktq50.
Highlights of our 50th anniversary year will include:
- A Milestones gala event on June 24, 2016 at the Harris Theater, preceded by a dinner reception at the Chicago Cultural Center. This evening will reunite and celebrate many of our filmmakers, subjects, and partners from across five decades. The Honorary Chair is Chaz Ebert. Contact Mo@kartemquin.com for tickets and sponsorship details.
- A 50 years of Kartemquin art exhibit featuring historical photographs, artwork, and video and film mechanics. The exhibit will be open May 20, 2016 through August 20th.
- Free online streaming of every Kartemquin film in chronological order week by week at http://watch.kartemquin.com, starting with the very first film, Home for Life (1966), on January 1, 2016.
- Throughout 2016, monthly WTTW PBS broadcasts of our films.
- Multiple retrospectives and premiere screenings across the nation, including at the UCLA Film & TV Archive in Los Angeles in fall 2016.
- A series of Chicago screenings and events.
- Various workshops, panels, and master classes hosted by our filmmakers and associates.