April 18, 2016 10:49 am
WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station, will broadcast Kartemquin's Golub: Late Works Are the Catastrophes at 10pm on Thursday April 21st as part of a year-long series honoring Kartemquin's 50th Anniversary. Golub: Late Works Are the Catastrophes follows the historic artistic journey of the American artist Leon Golub. Begun in 1985, the film ends with Golub's death in 2004, taking us from searing images of interrogations and torture to the ironies and dark humor of old age. Together with his wife and studio partner of 50 years, the prominent anti-war and feminist artist Nancy Spero, we watch as Golub creates ferocious, monumental and prophetic work that reflects what he calls the "disjunctiveness" of modern life. Golub's work of the 70's and 80's remains essential today (still utilized by human rights groups such as Amnesty International), even as they give way to snarling dogs, erotica and wise-cracking meditations on mortality in Golub's later years. Coming up next in the WTTW monthly broadcast series include Prisoner of Her Past airing on May 5th at 10 pm, in which Chicago Tribune journalist Howard Reich investigates a secret childhood trauma resurfacing sixty years later to unravel the life of his Holocaust survivor mother, as well as the broadcast premier of the award-winning Almost There about two filmmakers' complicated relationship with a reclusive outsider artist, airing in July. Kartemquin 50th Anniversary WTTW broadcast schedule January 21, 10 pm - The Homestretch (2014) February 25, 10 pm - The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013) March 24, 9 pm - Now We Live on Clifton (1974) and Winnie Wright, Age 11 (1974) April 21, 10 pm - Golub: Late Works are the Catastrophes (2004) May 5th, 10 pm - Prisoner of Her Past 2009 June - Hoop Dreams (1994) July - Almost There (2014) August - The Chicago Maternity Center Story (1976) September - The Last Pullman Car (1983) October - TBA November - Vietnam, Long Time Coming 1998 December - TBA Other highlights of Kartemquin's 50th anniversary year include several retrospectives and screenings in Chicago and nationwide; an art exhibit; a book, workshops, panels and master classes; and online streaming of the organization's entire catalog of award-winning documentaries via http://watch.kartemquin.com. The full calendar, which will be updated throughout the year as new events and partners are added, is available at www.kartemquin.com/KTQ50. Join the conversation on Twitter at @Kartemquin or by using #KTQ50. The centerpiece event will be a public gala titled "Milestones" to be held at Chicago's Harris Theater on Friday, June 24th 2016. The event will reunite filmmakers, subjects, and prominent partners, fans and alumni from across Kartemquin's five decades for a celebration of the significant moments they have shared in creating over 55 different films since their founding in 1966. Chaz Ebert, President of The Ebert Company Ltd, and Publisher of RogerEbert.com, will serve as the honorary chair of the evening, which will be preceded by a dinner reception at the Chicago Cultural Center.