Support KTQ in 2014

An Appeal from Justine Nagan

2013! Such an incredible year!

We won an Emmy for The Interrupters. We premiered docs at top festivals including The Trials of Muhammad Ali at Tribeca and American Arab at IDFA. We graduated 18 fellows from our new Diverse Voices in Docs program, a partnership with the Community Film Workshop. We completed an inventory of 47 years of KTQ film history (over 17,000 elements - oh the boxes!). Our sold-out fall gala was the talk of the town for the second year in a row. KTQ helped organize Good Pitch Chicago and the Chicago Film & Media Summit, events that brought new attention and momentum to the city’s growing film community. On top of all of that, we continued our commitment to nurturing the next generation of documentary filmmakers with our acclaimed KTQ Internship program.

In the year ahead, Kartemquin will engage eighteen interns through education and hands-on professional work-place experiences. Interns collaborate on a slate of documentaries in production and attend weekly workshops focused on camera techniques, digital distribution, fundraising, budgeting, fair use in the media, and more. By promoting the filmmaking experience of these aspiring documentarians, the KTQ Internship kickstarts interns’ burgeoning career connections and builds the essential skill and knowledge base to compete in the independent film world.

Columbia College Professor Jeff Spitz explains, “The KTQ Internship is the most sought after internship that I have seen in all my years in documentary film. Most students don’t realize the importance of community unless they go to KTQ and roll up their sleeves for a semester. I’ve seen how this experience changes my students into more engaged citizens and more determined filmmakers.”

Our interns represent the future of documentary, community engagement, and nonprofit arts. With your philanthropy, we will be able to foster these aspiring documentarians and provide career connections that build essential skills to create and compete in the independent film world. In addition, with your help we will continue our efforts to create an extensive KTQ alumni community in Chicago that ensures our future as a vibrant hub of media making and social action.

We couldn’t do our internship, or any of our work, without the support of friends like you. By giving to Kartemquin, your dollars are working to build a future in our community where talented storytellers get the support they need to bring their projects to the masses. We hope you will help us continue to make great films, nurture emerging talent and act as a leading voice for independent media.

Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to directly impact the future of important KTQ initiatives. Your year-end gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000 thanks to an incredible challenge opportunity. Thank you for your belief in the work that we do. We are excited to see you in 2014. Until then, have a wonderful holiday season!


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Warmly,
Justine Nagan
Executive Director, Kartemquin Films

Meet the interns!

Dinesh Sabu

WHO DINESH SABU

WHEN SPRING 2008

WHERE ARE THEY NOW DIRECTOR/PRODUCER, KARTEMQUIN FILMS


Dinesh Sabu is directing and producing his first documentary, Unbroken Glass, at Kartemquin, along with two former interns, R. Patrick Lile (co-producer) and Matt Lauterbach (editor). “Kartemquin has an uncanny habit of attracting and cultivating great people in doc... I feel like I’m constantly challenged and inspired by every new batch of interns I get to meet.”

Ani Mercedes

WHO ANI MERCEDES

WHEN FALL 2012

WHERE ARE THEY NOW MANAGER OF STRATEGY, TEACH FOR AMERICA


After completing her internship and a film on the KTQ Archive Project (which is highlighted on our website), Ani went on to work for another alma mater of hers, Teach for America. Harnessing the skills she developed at KTQ, Ani is now making a film about her attempt to furiously pay off her mammoth student loans so that she can pursue film full time.

Amadi Jordan-Walker

WHO AMADI JORDAN-WALKER

WHEN FALL 2006

WHERE ARE THEY NOW ATTORNEY


A recent graduate of University of Southern California law school, Amadi used what she learned from documentary filmmaking to inform her career as an attorney. “I have been able to incorporate the lessons I learned about telling compelling and effective stories in my work and educational experiences.”

Brendan Kirwin

WHO BRENDAN KIRWIN

WHEN SPRING 2006

WHERE ARE THEY NOW MULTIMEDIA SPECIALIST, SPRINGER


After completing a Masters in Communication, Culture and Technology at George- town University, Brendan carried the Kartemquin philosophy to his current career: “I have an experiential framework that helps me maintain a necessary perspective for my personal and professional media projects... Ironically, it is the very things that Kartemquin fosters -- community, interdisciplinarity, creative problem solving -- that are so important for innovation.”

Kevin O'Dowd

WHO KEVIN O'DOWD

WHEN SPRING 2006

WHERE ARE THEY NOW VIDEO PRODUCER


"...and if you are lucky enough to be invited to a family meal- you’ll have it made.”

Kevin O’Dowd’s freelancing career started after his internship with Kartemquin, where he learned real-life skills like “how to go above and beyond, how to label tapes, how to anticipate action as a sound-op, always do favors for people but remember them so you can call on them in the future... also I learned the art of networking and working your [butt] off.” Kevin’s impressive work ethic paid off as a recent graduate of NYU with a Masters of Science in Global Affairs.

Elliot Greenberger

WHO ELLIOT GREENBERGER

WHEN WINTER 2007

WHERE ARE THEY NOW DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER, DIVVY


Elliot Greenberger thought he wanted to write and produce films, but discovered that he most enjoyed the impact and outreach efforts that were built into and around the films. His internship with Kartemquin “pushed me down a more focused path toward marketing around social causes and businesses” and ultimately led him to pursue an MBA at Yale School of Management.


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