Kartemquin announces leadership change

1+ Kartemquin Films has announced that current Executive Director Jolene Pinder will be leaving the organization as of October 1. According to the production company, Pinder, who is also a documentary filmmaker, has decided to move back to Louisiana to focus on family. In a letter to the Kartemquin board, Pinder said: “These unprecedented times … Continue reading “Kartemquin announces leadership change”

National Geographic acquires Kartemquinn’s City so Real

3+ National Geographic announced the acquisition of CITY SO REAL, an official Indie Episodic selection at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, set to premiere on the network this fall. From twice Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Steve James (America to Me, Hoop Dreams) and his longtime producing partner Zak Piper (Life Itself, The Interrupters) the fascinating and … Continue reading “National Geographic acquires Kartemquinn’s City so Real”

Kartemquin Films issues statement of solidarity

3+ We at Kartemquin Films stand in solidarity with Black communities against the unchecked brutality, state-sanctioned violence, and pernicious racist ideology alive deep in the soul of this nation. We grieve for the loss of Black lives taken — for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, Tony McDade, Laquan McDonald, Rekia Boyd and … Continue reading “Kartemquin Films issues statement of solidarity”

HULU/Kartemquin Accelerator announce two films

2+ Kartemquin Films announced the two projects that will participate in the first year of the Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator: Traces of Home by director Colette Ghunim and Tres Fridas by director Reveca Torres. The Accelerator program offers two alumni of Kartemquin’s acclaimed Filmmaker Development Programs $20,000 each towards production, and mentorship through 2020 within the award-winning Kartemquin collaborative production model.  The Accelerator program builds upon … Continue reading “HULU/Kartemquin Accelerator announce two films”

Kartemquin’s Gordon Quinn recovering from coronavirus

3+ At a time when the coronavirus case numbers continue to climb, we are happy to pass along the encouraging news that Kartemquin’s co-founder, Gordon Quinn continues to improve. On March 20th Reel Chicago reported that Quinn was admitted to the ER at Northwestern Hospital for symptoms of coronavirus and shortly after was transferred to … Continue reading “Kartemquin’s Gordon Quinn recovering from coronavirus”

Kartemquin Films’ Quinn diagnosed with COVID-19

5+ There are now 134 reported new cases of Coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 422, with at least four deaths. This according to the Chicago Tribune. Unfortunately, among those new cases is Chicago’s acclaimed documentary filmmaker and Kartemquin Films co-founder Gordon Quinn. Quinn, whose credits include Hoop Dreams and recent Oscar nominee Minding the … Continue reading “Kartemquin Films’ Quinn diagnosed with COVID-19”

At Sundance w/Kartemquin’s Steve James & Zak Piper

3+ Reel Chicago correspondent, reporter, and film critic Pamela Powell interviews Kartemquin Films’ Oscar-nominated director Steve James and Emmy Award-winning producer Zak Piper at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Chicago-based documentarian Steve James presented his newest endeavor, a four-episode mini series City So Real, to the Sundance Film Festival patrons just days ago in the … Continue reading “At Sundance w/Kartemquin’s Steve James & Zak Piper”

Kartemquin’s ‘City So Real’ to premiere at Sundance

6+ Kartemquin Film’s City So Real, the newest project by two-time Academy Award-nominated director Steve James, will make its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, running January 23-February 2. The four-hour miniseries is a mosaic portrait of current-day Chicago that delivers a deep, multifaceted look into the soul of America’s third-largest city, set … Continue reading “Kartemquin’s ‘City So Real’ to premiere at Sundance”

Kartemquin announces recipients of $90K in grants

2+ A dozen documentary projects will share rewards of Diverse Voices and Emerging Storyteller Fund grants Kartemquin Films today announced the 12 documentary projects that will receive their 2019 Diverse Voices Accelerator Fund and Emerging Storyteller Fund grants. Both grants are designed to provide funding towards emerging filmmakers who are currently enrolled or who have … Continue reading “Kartemquin announces recipients of $90K in grants”

“Traces of Home” earns Kartemquin support

2+ Chicago filmmaker Colette Ghunim gets a massive boost for a doc about her family’s Palestinian and Mexican roots Hosni Ghunim met Iza Planas on the day he arrived in the United States in the mid-1970s. He was a Palestinian refugee who had spent three decades living in Syria, a relocation forced upon his entire … Continue reading ““Traces of Home” earns Kartemquin support”

Kartemquin benefit to honor Julia Reichert

3+ Empowering Truth Benefit Luncheon will also feature exclusive preview of Steve James’ newest project Kartemquin Films, the award-winning Chicago-based documentary not-for-profit behind films such as Hoop Dreams and Minding the Gap, announced today it will honor documentary legend and three-time Academy Award nominee Julia Reichert at the organization’s 2019 Empowering Truth Benefit Luncheon on … Continue reading “Kartemquin benefit to honor Julia Reichert”

Gloria Steinem joins board of new Kartemquin film

1+ Legendary activist and writer strengthens diverse and powerful leaders advising ‘The Dilemma of Desire’ Writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer Gloria Steinem will join the project advisory board for the upcoming feature-length documentary The Dilemma of Desire. The co-founder of Ms. and former New York magazine columnist strengthens a powerful group of leaders … Continue reading “Gloria Steinem joins board of new Kartemquin film”

Kartemquin names Jolene Pinder as Executive Director

4+ Award-winning, production house welcomes award-winning film veteran from New Orleans to Chicago Kartemquin Films, the award-winning Chicago-based documentary nonprofit organization, today named Jolene Pinder as Executive Director. Pinder joins the organization after serving as Executive Director of #CreateLouisiana since 2017, where she spearheaded statewide and regional advocacy efforts and grantmaking initiatives. She was selected … Continue reading “Kartemquin names Jolene Pinder as Executive Director”

Peabody honors ‘Minding the Gap’ and Kartemquin

5+ The feature doc and the Chicago-based production house earn huge accolades from the prestigious organization Bing Liu’s feature documentary Minding the Gap and Chicago production house Kartemquin Films earned major recognition from the Peabody Awards yesterday. Minding the Gap was listed among eight winners in the Documentary category for programs released in 2018. Kartemquin, … Continue reading “Peabody honors ‘Minding the Gap’ and Kartemquin”

Kartemquin Oscar party celebrates a winning tradition

3+ “Minding the Gap’s” Oscar nomination is part of a Chicago filmmaking tradition that dates back a half-century Although a pair of VIP’s were noticeably absent from Kartemquin Film’s Oscar party last Sunday night, Co-Founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn didn’t seem to mind. “It was great to celebrate Minding the Gap with the Kartemquin … Continue reading “Kartemquin Oscar party celebrates a winning tradition”

Kartemquin announces 2019 Diverse Voices fellows

4+ Chicago doc powerhouse selects eight young filmmakers who will be eligible for up to $20K in in accelerator fund grants The 2019 DVID Fellows (pictured above) Top row, from left to right: Shiraz Ahmed, Aisha Allen, Joua Lee Grande, Milton Guillen | Bottom row, from left to right: Sebastián Pinzón-Silva, Shawn Taylor, Cai Thomas, … Continue reading “Kartemquin announces 2019 Diverse Voices fellows”

Kartemquin remembers Director Bill Siegel

4+ “He took on important stories that no one else was telling.” Kartemquin co-founder Gordon Quinn (Chicago — 11 December 2018) In a website and social media post that begins “with great sadnesss and shock,” Chicago documentary production house Kartemquin Films announced today that award-winning filmmaker Bill Siegel has passed away. Siegel began working with … Continue reading “Kartemquin remembers Director Bill Siegel”

Kartemquin announces recipients of $150K in grants

5+ Chicago-based documentary house unveils grantees to receive funds for emerging and diverse documentary filmmakers in 2019   (Chicago — 1 November 2018) Kartemquin Films announced today the recipients of $150,000 in grants at the 2018 Kartemquin Films Empowering Truth Benefit Luncheon at the Union League Club of Chicago. The award-winning documentary not-for-profit organization also … Continue reading “Kartemquin announces recipients of $150K in grants”

Kartemquin to award $150k grants at 11/1 event

1+ Luncheon to honor emerging documentary producers and acclaimed 2018 releases “America to Me” and “Minding the Gap” (Chicago, 24 September 2018) Kartemquin Films, the award-winning Chicago-based documentary not-for-profit organization, 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, … Continue reading “Kartemquin to award $150k grants at 11/1 event”

Applications open for Kartemquin Diverse Voices in Docs

4+ Kartemquin will award grants ranging from $5-$10K to individual DVID fellows (Chicago — 6 September) — Applications are now open for Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID), a mentorship program for Midwestern documentary makers of color organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago. Eight Midwest filmmakers will be selected from those … Continue reading “Applications open for Kartemquin Diverse Voices in Docs”