Gordon Quinn is Home and AIDC Masterclass is Available

3+ AIDC was Gordon Quinn’s last public engagement before becoming ill with COVID-19. It is with deep excitement and gratitude that we can announce Gordon’s return home following hospitalization.  “I thank everyone for thinking of me and supporting me and Meg,” Gordon said. “I’ll continue with physical therapy at home with a visiting therapist over the next … Continue reading “Gordon Quinn is Home and AIDC Masterclass is Available”

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”

Executive director being sought to replace Kartemquin’s co-founder Gordon Quinn

Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin’s founder and current president, will relinquish management responsibilities as part of a transition designed to ready the legendary documentary production house for future growth.

Kartemquin expects the search to “take some time,” said Justine Nagan, Kartemquin’s director/communications and distribution.

The executive director position is open to applicants willing to respect the socially-conscious philosophy that has driven the group’s oeuvre for 42 years.

Kartemquin’s Gordon Quinn directs doc based on Howard Reich’s “Prisoner of Her Past” Trib series

Kartemquin Films is teaming with Tribune music critic Howard Reich to document the life of Reich’s mother, Holocaust survivor Sonia Reich.

Howard Reich approached Kartemquin a year ago about adapting his 2003 Trib series, “Prisoner of Her Past,” into a documentary of the same name.

“There was some resistance at first because of the subject matter of the Holocaust,” said Kartemquin development director Joanna Rudnick, who is producing “Prisoner of Her Past” with Reich.

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’ 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”

DePaul presents free Kartemquin doc master classes

Master classes on documentary filmmakers by the experts — Kartemquin filmmakers, founder / artistic director Gordon Quinn, director Dinesh Sabu and director of editing / senior editor Leslie Simmer — is being presented Oct. 28-29 by DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts for “Verite,” and it’s free and open to all.

Kartemquin’s festival of new doc projects at ArcLight

Kartemquin Films will cap its 50th anniversary with the Nov. 2-4 Kartemquin Fall Festival, to be held in partnership with ArcLight Cinemas, 1500 N. Clybourn, in Lincoln Park.

The festival, says Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin co-founder and Artistic Director, “emphasizes new projects and rich documentary filmmaking talent in our community and provides a glimpse of the future of documentary filmmaking in Chicago.”

Here are highlights of the three-day festival.

Kartemquin makes impact at international doc fest

At the recently concluded IDFA Documentary Festival Amsterdam Kartemquin artistic director Gordon Quinn and director Dan Rybicky faced a roundtable of 50 television commissioning editors to pitch their doc, “Almost There,” in their quest for $150,000 to complete post and obtain international distribution.

PBS date of 11/11/11 for Kartemquin/MPG dance doc

After four years in the making, A Good Man, the feature-length documentary about choreographer Bill T. Jones’ creation of a dance-theatre piece about the life of Abraham Lincoln, will air on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 (11/11/11) as part of the PBS Fall Arts “Festival” series.

A Good Man represents the Chicago arts scene in the PBS series.

The production began in 2007 as a co-production between Kartemquin’s Gordon Quinn and Media Process Group’s Bob Hercules. They were also the co-directors.

Kartemquin scores another prestigious grant

A $75,000 DEVELOPMENT GRANT from the National Endowment for the Humanities was awarded to Maria Finitzo for the production of her Kartemquin Films documentary “Encounters with the Other.” Production begins in early 2011. Gordon Quinn and Justine Nagan are executive producers.

The doc examines the way Bolivia’s Tsiman? people preserve their traditional culture as they transition from subsistence to technological lifestyles.

MPG’s 25 years revisited at Siskel Center

BOB HERCULES AND KEITH WALKER’S Media Process Group celebrate their 25th anniversary with a retrospective screening of excerpts from six of their documentaries starting with 1989’s “Baseball’s Heirlooms” (1989) at the Gene Siskel Center Oct. 21.

Other films are “The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky and His Legacy ” (1999), “Forgiving Dr. Mengele” (2006), “Senator Obama Goes to Africa” (2007), “Radical Disciple: The Story of Father Pfleger” (2009).

Also screening is MPG’s in-progress “A Good Man,” Bob Hercules’s collaboration with Gordon Quinn, about choreographer Bill T.

“Looking for Democracy” is IHC’s contest theme

The Illinois Humanities Council is seeking entries for its second annual “Looking for Democracy: How to Make It, How to Sustain It” short film/video contest.

The grand prize winner receives a private consultation with Kartemquin’s Gordon Quinn, a selection of Karteqmuin’s award-winning films and their film shown at IHC’s upcoming “Civic Cinema” event.

Dance and politics collide in PBS doc

Chicago’s two non-fiction heavyweights — Kartemquin Films’ Gordon Quinn and Media Process Group’s Bob Hercules -? are currently filming a feature-length documentary, to air on PBS in late 2010.

Dance and politics collide in “A Good Man,” about choreographer Bill T. Jones’ exploration of the legacy of Abraham Lincoln, a unique co-production between Kartemquin, MPG, American Masters and the Ravinia Festival.

Kartemquin board names new executive director

Kartemquin Films has appointed current associate director Justine Nagan to succeed co-founder Gordon Quinn as executive director of the 42-year old producer of socially relevant films.

Quinn, 66, will assume the new position of creative director and will devote time to producing and directing documentaries.

“I believe we could not have found a better person for the job,” said Quinn in announcing the appointment.

Retrospective of Kartemquin’s 40 years at U of C

A TRIBUTE TO KARTEMQUIN FILMS on its 40th anniversary, “Truth in Motion: A Retrospective of Kartemquin Films,” will be held Nov. 3 and Nov. 10-12 at the University of Chicago Film Studies Center.

All events are free, only the Nov. 12 master class on documentary filmmaking with Kartemquin founders Gordon Quinn and Jerry Blumenthal requires pre-registration at human-rights@uchicago.edu. At Cobb Hall, 5811 S. Ellis; street parking available. See www.kartemquin.com.

Retrospective of Kartemquin’s 40 years at U of C

A TRIBUTE TO KARTEMQUIN FILMS on its 40th anniversary, “Truth in Motion: A Retrospective of Kartemquin Films,” will be held Nov. 3 and Nov. 10-12 at the University of Chicago Film Studies Center.

All events are free, only the Nov. 12 master class on documentary filmmaking with Kartemquin founders Gordon Quinn and Jerry Blumenthal requires pre-registration at human-rights@uchicago.edu. At Cobb Hall, 5811 S. Ellis; street parking available. See www.kartemquin.com.

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”