Steve James to Speak at TIFF and Getting Real 2016

The Toronto International Film Festival will host a keynote conversation between Steve James and TIFF documentary programmer Thom Powers at its 2016 Documentary Conference. Steve James will also be the keynote speaker at the International Documentary Association's Getting Real 2016 conference, held September 27-29 in Los Angeles. Getting Real is "a unique gathering of filmmakers and industry professionals that brings the documentary community together for three unforgettable days of inspiring keynotes, vital conversations, practical workshops, dynamic presentations, insider knowledge, structured networking Unlike any other event on the documentary calendar, Getting Real is designed to inspire filmmakers and give them the skills, information, and networks they need to push their careers to new heights. The event serves as a critically needed field-building incubator that tackles the most meaningful and challenging issues facing the documentary ecosystem." Book your registration here. At TIFF, James will be a part of the day-long Doc Conference on September 13, which will also cover VR, true crime and other documentary trends. The festival's industry conference will run Sept. 9-15, with the festival itself running Sept. 8-18. TIFF organizers will make additional lineup announcements in the coming weeks. Steve James' affiliation with Kartemquin began in 1987 with the start of production of Hoop Dreams, for which he served as director, producer, and co-editor. He has since then become one of the most acclaimed documentary makers of his generation, with noted works being Stevie, The New Americans, The War Tapes, At the Death House Door, The Interrupters, and most recently, Life Itself. He is currently in production on several new projects.
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First exhibited at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the audience award for best documentary, Kartemquin's Hoop Dreams is the remarkable true story of two American dreamers; an intimate reflection of contemporary American inner-city culture, following two ordinary young men on the courts of the game they love.
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.
On February 13, 1993, 17-year-old Bethel High School basketball star Allen Iverson entered a Hampton, Virginia bowling alley with several classmates. It was supposed to be an ordinary evening, but it became a night that defined Iverson's young life.
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.

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Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) examines racial, economic and class issues in contemporary American education in the ten-part unscripted documentary series America to Me. Poignant and funny, epic and intimate, America to Me spends an academic year at Chicagoland's elite Oak Park and River Forest High School (OPRF), allowing its students, families, faculty and administration to tell stories of the pressures and challenges teens face today in their own words.

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.

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