April 20, 2015 11:14 am
The Spring Showcase has sold out in advance each year and we predict it will do the same again, based on the high level of advance interest surrounding this year's projects: All the Queen's Horses; Minding the Gap; The Prosecutors; and Keep Talking.
Chicagoist writes: "After more than 48 years of speaking truth to power, it's gratifying to witness Kartemquin's continued success. And with projects like these, their future seems assured."
Our Spring Showcase invites you to enjoy exclusive previews of never-before-seen footage from these upcoming documentaries, and give your feedback directly to the filmmakers in the theater and in a post-screening reception. Serving as both a window into our process and an opportunity to impact the future of these works-in-progress, this event embodies the Kartemquin spirit of collaborative creation and meaningful audience engagement. Save that date as tickets will go on sale soon, and each of the previous 3 Spring Showcases have sold out very quickly.
Moderator Alison Cuddy of the Chicago Humanities Festival will host the filmmaker q&a and audience feedback portion of the event.
We can't wait for you to see this excellent new group of films! Tickets: $11 general admission/$6 GSFC Members. All tickets include a post-screening dessert and wine reception in the Gene Siskel Film Center gallery/cafe.
2015 Spring Showcase Films:
All the Queen's Horses is about the largest municipal fraud in American history, investigating how Rita Crundwell stole $53million from the small town of Dixon, Illinois over 20 years without getting caught. The film is being directed by Kelly Richmond Pope, a forensic accountant, professor at DePaul University and founder of Helios Digital Learning, who developed the documentary through our Diverse Voices in Docs program (DVID), where she met the film's producer, Raymond Lambert.
Minding the Gap director Bing Liu is also a DVID graduate. His debut film compares adolescence and fatherhood and skateboarding by telling the story of two young adults—one whose father is dead and another who becomes a father in the film.
An intimate portrait of the brave men and women fighting to end impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict, The Prosecutors follows lawyers who have dedicated and risked their lives to prosecute perpetrators of sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is the directorial debut of Leslie Thomas, the founding Executive and Creative Director of ART WORKS Projects.
Keep Talking follows the movement to preserve Kodiak Alutiiq, a severely endangered language with less than 50 fluent Native speakers remaining. Director Karen Lynn Weinberg will be in attendance at the Showcase, along with co-producer Kari Sherod and Native Village of Afognak Tribal Administrator Melissa Borton; both are traveling in from Alaska to be on the panel to answer questions about their community language revitalization efforts and the Dig Afognak camp after the Keep Talking sample is screened.