May 2, 2015 12:05 pm
We would like to thank all who came to last night's Kartemquin Spring Showcase. We were thrilled to see the sold out crowd at the Gene Siskel Film Center engaging so passionately and thoughtfully with these new works-in-progress; and in turn, to see the four debut directors so eloquently explaining their filmmaking choices, and future hopes for their films.
Our Spring Showcase invited viewers to enjoy exclusive previews of never-before-seen footage from these upcoming documentaries. Moderator Alison Cuddy of Chicago Humanities Festival then channeled an in-depth and insightful feedback session involving the audience, and the conversation long in to the night at a 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 truly embodied the Kartemquin spirit of collaborative creation and meaningful audience engagement. We can't wait to do it again next year!
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.
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.
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.
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.