#KTQ50: Watch Taylor Chain I and 2 for free all week

From today until next Friday, April 22nd, the free KTQ50 films are Taylor Chain I (1980) and Taylor Chain II (1983).

"Blumenthal and Quinn preach nothing; they simply show us determined people fighting for better lives."

— Chicago Tribune

Taylor Chain I: A Story in a Union Local depicts the gritty realities of a seven-week workers' strike at a small Indiana chain manufacturing plant. Volatile union meetings and tension-filled interactions on the picket line provide an insider view of the stresses and conflicts inherent in a democratic union.

Taylor Chain II: A Story of Collective Bargaining, the filmmakers return to the Taylor Chain plant ten years later, in the middle of a recession, to capture the collective bargaining process. Amid anti-union legislation, global competition, and increasing pressure on both sides, labor and management must work together -- against great odds -- to save the plant.

Together, the films received praise and recognition at several festival throughout the world winning the William Friedkin Award at the Chicago International Film Festival and an honorable mention at the American Film Festival. It was also the first Kartemquin film to be nationally broadcast on PBS.

In 1984, the Village Voice called Taylor Chain II, "One of the most startling events in the history of television documentaries was the live unfiltered broadcasts of the McCarthy hearings - Jerry Blumenthal and Gordon Quinn's tape has some of the same excitement. They were allowed to film extremely heated union caucuses and the entire round of contract negotiations at an industrial plant in Hammond, Indiana. Their cinema verité style makes the union meetings in Silkwood look as thrilling and substantial as a bowl of mashed potatoes."

Extras included in this package:
- POSTER original poster art for the film.
- INDUSTRIAL STILLS of Gordon Quinn, Jerry Bluementhal, and Jenny Rohrer hanging out at the factory.

Available for Purchase on DVD:
Both Taylor Chain I and 2 are available on DVD here.

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.

Highlights of our 50th Anniversary include:

  • Our 50th Anniversary Milestones Live Event on June 24, 2016 at the Harris Theater, preceded by a Gala Dinner Reception at an exquisite private home overlooking Lake Michigan. Honorary Chair Chaz Ebert and #KTQ50Gala Committee Chair Adrianne Furniss invite you to join us in celebrating many of our filmmakers, subjects, and partners from across five decades. Funds raised will support our future efforts to create documentary films and nurture documentary filmmakers that play a vital role in the process of democracy. BUY TICKETS AND GET MORE INFORMATION. Contact Mo Johnson Mo@kartemquin.com, 773-472-4366 for sponsorship details. For media inquiries, contact Tim Horsburgh, Tim@kartemquin.com.
  • Kartemquin at 50: Democracy through Documentary, an artifacts & ephemera exhibition at EXPO 72, Chicago, IL, featuring a curated selection of KTQ’s historical photographs, artwork, and video and film mechanics. The exhibit will open May 20, 2016 and run 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 new screenings in Chicago and across the nation, including at the UCLA Film & TV Archive in Los Angeles for fall 2016. Contact Tim@kartemquin.com to arrange a screening.
  • Various workshops, panels, and master classes throughout the year hosted by Kartemquin filmmakers and associates.

A complete listing of the year’s events will be regularly updated at www.kartemquin.com/ktq50. Join the conversation on Twitter by using #KTQ50.