Steve James to be honored by Cinema Eye as one of top documentary filmmakers of the decade

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the Cinema Eye Honors has chosen to recognize the top 20 nonfiction films and top 10 nonfiction filmmakers from the past decade. Cinema Eye polled 110 key members of the documentary community for their votes on the filmmakers and films that helped define Cinema Eye’s first decade. Kartemquin associate Steve James is one of these filmmakers who has been recognized for his documentary, The Interrupters, which won the Cinema Eye Honor for Outstanding Feature in 2012 and is among the Cinema Eye top 20 of the decade, and also for his CEH nominated film Life Itself. Cinema Eye is an international organization that acknowledges the craft and artistry of nonfiction films focusing on filmmakers in the fields of cinematography, original score, graphic design, direction and editing. The organization focuses on representing documentaries that blur the lines between fiction and nonfiction and creating a conversation that shifts the emphasis from importance of topic to artistic craft. The 20 films and 10 filmmakers will be honored by Cinema Eye at an event on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 in New York City, where the organization will also announce its nominees for the 10th Annual Cinema Eye Honors. The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, January 11, at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York. In addition, on Friday, November 4, the Museum of the Moving Image will launch a 10-week screening series of highlights from Cinema Eye’s first decade, with nominated and winning filmmakers on hand to discuss their work. Find out more. Steve James will be a keynote speaker on Tuesday, September 27 at the IDA's Getting Real 2016 Conference, where he will also host a Q&A with Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn at a free public screening of his 2002 film Stevie at 7:30pm at ArcLight Hollywood. Get more details. Steve James' current film, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail will next screen at New York Film Festival on October 6th & 7th, the Double Exposure Film Festival in Washington, D.C. on October 8th, and Chicago International Film Festival. The filmmakers and subjects will attend all screenings. Find out more at
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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.

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle.
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.