Spring Showcase directors preview their sneak previews

Ahead of the 2013 Kartemquin Spring Showcase, the directors and producers involved have all recorded videos that offer a little preview discussion of the exclusive, world premiere sneak peeks they will be showing this Sunday, May 19, 5pm at Gene Siskel Film Center (get tickets).

The event will offer the audience a forum for intimate discussion of the following works-in-progress: Cooked,
The Homestretch, Mormon Movie, and American Arab.

"We see it as the first independent, intimate look at what Mormons believe." - Xan Aranda

"The common theme is our experience in America as Arabs, and Americans, and how we're dealing with that" - Usama Alshaibi

"What if we considered extreme poverty a serious man-made disaster?" - Judith Heland

"We hope to break some of the negative stereotypes of youth homelessness." - Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare

2013 Kartemquin Spring Showcase
Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N State St.
May 19, 2013 at 5 p.m, with a filmmaker reception following for all ticketholders.
Tickets are now available: http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/kartemquin-spring2013.

Related films: 
Three homeless teenagers brave Chicago winters, the pressures of high school, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, these kids defy stereotypes as they create new, surprising definitions of home. Can they recover from the traumas of abandonment and homelessness and build the future they dream of?
A Coming of Arab story. Iraqi-American filmmaker Usama Alshaibi (Nice Bombs) shares his own story of experiencing racism in post-9/11 America. Showcasing the diversity of Arabs living in the United States, American Arab sparks a frank conversation about identity and perception, and argues for giving people "the space to be complicated."
A provocative investigation into the disasters we’re willing to see and prepare for, and the ones we’re not.

Kartemquin and Freep Film Festival Partner on Midwest Documentary Filmmaker Sustainability Conversation

We're excited to share that Kartemquin Films is partnering with Freep Film Festival, held April 10-14 in Detroit, to host a conversation on filmmaker sustainability and a special rough cut lab. Both events bring to Detroit for the first time initiatives and expertise Kartemquin has pioneered as part of its acclaimed filmmaker development programs and advocacy on behalf of the documentary field.