#KTQ50: Watch What's Happening at Local 70? for free all week

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, April 8th, the free KTQ50 film is What's Happening at Local 70? (1975).

Striking workers in one Chicago unemployment compensation office talk about working conditions that led to a walkout in July, 1975. Workers and claimants suggest possible solutions to the problems of understaffing and compulsory overtime. Directed by Kartemquin Collective member Judy Hoffman, What's Happening at Local 70? was shot on 1/2 inch videotape using a Portapak and edited in-camera, before being shown to other offices to encourage them to support the strike.

Utilizing the grassroots power Kartemquin is now well known for, they held screenings for the next nine weeks of this film in bars and restaurants near local offices followed by public discussions. At a Chicago-wide meeting, union officials tried to suppress the viewing of the tape, but in the end the Director of Unemployment Compensation for the State of Illinois was fired. The film stands as record of effective and immediate social impact documentary making.

What's Happening at Local 70? is available on DVD through Labor Stories.

Extras included in this package:
Series of stills: a selection of behind the scenes stills from the film of the picketing and strike action.

Available for Purchase:
Now available for purchase The Kartemquin Collection Volume 4: The Collective Years featuring Now We Live on Clifton; Winnie Wright, Age 11; Viva La Causa; and Trick Bag. All four films are released on DVD for the first time, in digitization of original 16mm prints newly restored through a grant from the National Film Preservation Fund. Get more information and order your copy here.

Listen up:
The film's director, Judy Hoffman, recently stopped by the studio to participate in a series of recorded conversations with Kartemquin's Director of Communications and Distribution, Tim Horsburgh. She has worked in film and video for over 40 years. She was active in the Alternative Television Movement of the early 1970's, experimenting in the use of small format video equipment, and was the first female Camera Assistant in Chicago. Hoffman joined the Kartemquin Collective in the early 1970s and continued to play a major role in the organization for many years, working on many of their film productions, including as the Associate Producer on Golub, which debuted at the 1988 New York Film Festival. She is still an active member of Kartemquin, and is a respected professor at at the University of Chicago Department of Cinema and Media Studies and Department of Visual Arts. Listen to the full interview here.

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.