Multiple Kartemquin producers to speak at IFP Chicago conference

Join several Kartemquin producers this Friday and Saturday, October 10-11, at the IFP Chicago Conference, held at the Film Row Cinema, Columbia College Chicago - Cinema Art + Science, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor, Chicago, IL. Steve James, who has been a producer here since beginning work on Hoop Dreams in 1987 through to this year's Life Itself, will provide the conference's closing event on Saturday 11th at 3:30pm: an in-depth 75 minute discussion of his career, moderated by the Chicago Tribune's Nina Metz. Steve was recently selected as the #1 filmmaker on New City's Chicago Film 50. On Friday 10th at 10am at Kartemquin's leadership of Justine Nagan and Gordon Quinn will present a panel on Fair Use & Copyright for Filmmakers, along with our regular legal counsel, Robert Labate of Holland & Knight. Find out more about Kartemquin's pioneering role in fighting for filmmakers' fair use rights. On Friday 10th at 3:45pm, Justine Nagan and Hard Earned Series Producer Maggie Bowman will discuss producing this upcoming 6-part series (airing on Al Jazeera America in 2015) as part of More than One: Producing the Documentary Series. Joining them will be along with Bob Hercules (Media Process Group), and Greg Jacobs (Siskel/Jacobs), who we have been collaborating with on The School Project. Mormon Movie (Working Title) director Xan Aranda will speak on Saturday 11th at the Women at the Helm panel. Other panelists at the conference include DVID graduate Anuradha Rana, and Naomi Walker and L. Anton Seals, who have both worked as outreach coordinators on Kartemquin films. It promises to be a great event - don't miss it! Conference details are available at
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Hard Earned, a six-part documentary series for Al Jazeera America, puts aside economic debates and follows five families around the country to find out what it takes to get by on eight, ten or even 15 dollars an hour. The series turns an intimate lens on this group of 21st century American dreamers. They fight against all odds to thrive, when it takes everything they have to simply survive.
Based on his memoir of the same name, Life Itself recounts the surprising and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that’s by turns personal, wistful, funny, painful, and transcendent.

Kartemquin Films to announce inaugural grant recipients at 2018 Empowering Truth Benefit Luncheon

Kartemquin will for the first time announce recipients of $150,000 in grants for up to 15 films at the 2018 Kartemquin Films Empowering Truth Benefit Luncheon, taking place on November 1st at 11:30am at the Union League Club of Chicago.

Grants of up to $20,000 will be announced for eligible projects by debut or emerging filmmakers who are already receiving support through Kartemquin’s revered production process, which has guided over 65 award-winning, socially impactful films since the collective was founded in 1966.

First exhibited at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the audience award for best documentary, Kartemquin's Hoop Dreams is the remarkable true story of two American dreamers; an intimate reflection of contemporary American inner-city culture, following two ordinary young men on the courts of the game they love.
On February 13, 1993, 17-year-old Bethel High School basketball star Allen Iverson entered a Hampton, Virginia bowling alley with several classmates. It was supposed to be an ordinary evening, but it became a night that defined Iverson's young life.
In 1995, filmmaker Steve James returns to Pomona, a beautiful rural hamlet in Southern Illinois to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, for whom James once served as an advocate Big Brother.