#SpringShowcase is Sold Out! Meet the Directors

The 3rd annual Kartemquin Spring Showcase is tonight! And it is completely sold out for the 3rd year in a row.

The #SpringShowcase features exclusive previews of never-before-seen footage from four of our upcoming documentaries, with viewer 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. Since we can only fit so many people into Gene Siskel Film Center tonight, follow the conversation on Twitter: @Kartemquin and #SpringShowcase.

Ahead of the event, we also invited the featured projects to discuss what they will be showing. Check out the videos below.

Generation Food
Director: Steve James. Writer/Producer: Raj Patel. Producers: Rachel Wexler, Julie Goodman, Cynthia Kane, Gita Saedi Kiely.

With a billion hungry and two billion overweight people on Earth, everyone knows that the food system is broken. But few people understand that it’s a system, with rules that keep things ticking along. Investors and corporations make millions. Billions suffer the consequences. But a few groups are breaking the rules of how we eat today, so that everyone can eat tomorrow. Steve James (The Interrupters, Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) and Raj Patel (Stuffed & Starved, The Value of Nothing) weave together tales of the system’s destructive creators and creative destroyers, bringing together traders, farmers, grocers and eaters from India to Malawi to Maine to Oakland to show not only how the system works, but how some unlikely people are transforming it.

Discussing the project live on stage: Steve James and L. Anton Seals (Community Engagement Specialist, Eat to Live Garden and Farm). Twitter: @FoodGeneration

In the Game
Director/Producer: Maria Finitzo

In the Game puts on human face on how race, gender and class impact on life opportunities by following the personal story of a soccer coach and the young women he is committed to helping. Originally conceived as a film about the legacy of Title IX and all that is left unfinished in the fight for gender equity, In the Game has instead emerged as a film about the complexity and resilience of Hispanic girls, forced to confront all that life throws their way, as they endeavor to create for themselves the opportunity for a better future.

Discussing the project live on stage: Maria Finitzo (producer/director), Mary Morrissette (producer), and Margaret Stender (President and CEO of Chicago Sky, Co-Owner & Leader of Academy Operations at Flow Basketball Chicago). Twitter: @Inthegamedoc

Raising Bertie
Director/Producer: Margaret Byrne.

In Raising Bertie, we follow three young men over the course of five years as they grow into adulthood in Bertie County, a rural African American-led community in North Carolina. Through their stories, we see the issues facing America’s rural youth, the repercussions of a woefully underfunded rural educational system and one woman’s fight to change the outcome.

Discussing the project live on stage: Margaret Byrne (producer/director), Jon Stuyvesant (director of photography), and Lauren Pabst (Program Officer, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation). Twitter: @RaisingBertie

Hard Earned
Series Producer: Maggie Bowman. Directors: Katy Chevigny, Maria Finitzo, Ruth Leitman, Brad Lichtenstein, Joanna Rudnick

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.

Discussing the project live on stage: Maggie Bowman (Series Producer), Ruth Leitman (Director), Ash-har Quraishi (Al Jazeera America). Twitter: @HardEarnedAJAM


This event is inspired by our regular KTQ Labs: Feedback Screenings Program. KTQ Labs is a monthly program that gives local documentary filmmakers a chance to screen their works- in-progress and receive constructive feedback from Kartemquin staff and associates, free of charge. The wait-list is often six months long with filmmakers eager to receive feedback.

KTQ Labs has helped over 100 films progress towards completion, some of which have gone on to screen at festivals such as SXSW, Hot Docs, and True/False, and to air on PBS Independent Lens and the Sundance Channel.

Notable program graduates include Louder Than A Bomb, What’s the Matter With Kansas?, Scrappers, Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists and Andrew Bird: Fever Year. Interested in applying? Email KTQLabs@Kartemquin.com.