March 2, 2016 4:04 pm
The 8th Annual Peace on Earth Film Festival, which presents Chicago with new international films that contribute to a culture of nonviolence, social justice and eco-balance, will honor Gordon Quinn and Kartemquin Films' 50 years of making films about people whose lives are most directly affected by social and political change. Gordon Quinn is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Kartemquin Films. Since his first film Home for Life in 1966, Gordon has been a mentor and inspiration to hundreds of filmmakers and associates who have passed through Kartemquin’s studio in Chicago. A key leader in creating the Documentary Filmmakers Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, Gordon was recently honored by the International Documentary Association (IDA) with their 2015 Career Achievement Award and in April 2016 will receive CIMMfest’s fourth annual BAADASSSSS Award, which honors distinguished careers and lifetime achievement in movies. The film festival directors, Nick Angotti, Clayton Monical and Milissa Pacelli will present Gordon Quinn with an award on Friday, March 4th at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater after the 7:45 pm screening of one of his first films, 1970’s What the Fuck Are These Red Squares? The film documents striking students who met at a “Revolutionary Seminar” at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1970 in response to the invasion of Cambodia and the killing of protesting students at Kent and Jackson State Universities. Social activist/cinematographer, Peter Kuttner, who first worked with Gordon Quinn on HUM 255, will introduce and chat with Quinn about his early career. All films screened on Friday will focus on the topics of refugees, terrorism, conflict and resolution. Find the festival's full schedule here.