February 26, 2016 10:01 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, March 4th, the free KTQ50 film is Winnie Wright, Age 11 (1974). "When one family moves in, then the rest move out. One black family, then all the white families all move out. It's so dumb." - Winnie Wright at age 11. Winnie, the daughter of a steel worker and a teacher, lives in Gage Park, a Chicago neighborhood that is changing from white to black. Her family struggles with racism, inflation and a threatened strike, as Winnie learns what it means to grow up white, working class, and female. In this week's video extra, Winnie Wright, Age 51, original filmmakers Gordon Quinn and Sue Davenport make a visit to Winnie's home where she re-watches herself forty years ago in Winnie Wright, Age 11 with a group of close friends. Original sound recorder, Sue Davenport, reminds grown-up Winnie of how as an 11-year old starlet she was, "very expressive and you had a lot to say. You shared your opinions and feelings freely." Meet Winnie Wright in person on March 12: On Saturday, March 12th at 2PM at the Chicago Cultural center, meet Winnie along with fellow Kartemquin film participant Pam Taylor (star of Now We Live on Clifton) and original 1970s Kartemquin collective filmmakers Peter Kuttner, Sharon Karp, and Suzanne Davenport who will be on stage for a discussion following a screening of three short works from the collective years: Now We Live on Clifton (26 min., 1974), Winnie Wright, Age 11 (26 min., 1974), and Viva La Causa (12 min., 1974). Get free tickets here. The event is hosted by WTTW and in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Kartemquin Films celebrating 50 years of Kartemquin Films. The screening will showcase three short works from the earlier years: Now We Live on Clifton (26 min., 1974), Winnie Wright, Age 11 (26 min., 1974), and Viva La Causa (12 min., 1974). The event is hosted by WTTW and in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Kartemquin Films celebrating 50 years of Kartemquin Films. The Collective Years on DVD: Stay tuned for the upcoming DVD release of The Kartemquin Collection Volume 4: The Collective Years featuring Now We Live on Clifton; 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. Extras included in this package: - Video: Winnie Wright, Age 51 (5 minutes, 44 seconds). Forty years after filming Winnie Wright, Age 11, filmmakers Gordon Quinn (camera) and Sue Davenport (sound) pay Winnie a visit at her home during a viewing of the film with friends and family. - Throwback Photo #1: Kartemquin co-founder and current Artistic Director, Gordon Quinn, and friends. - Throwback Photo #2: Gordon Quinn in the Collective-era late 60s-70s. 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.