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.

They pitched at The Forum part of IDFA, a critical two-day international co-financing and co-production market, an essential meeting place for filmmakers, TV commissioning editors, producers and financiers.  

“Almost There” tells the story of 82-year-old Peter Anton, a self-taught artist who has obsessively chronicled his life own story, creating a massive autobiography titled “Almost There.”  He is determined to get his book published. The film addresses issues of identity and legacy arising from the collision of biography and autobiography.

The filmmakers showed a 3-minute pitch reel and took questions and critiques about their presentation. Afterwards, they generously took time to sit down and spell the beans about the realities of pitching at the IDFA in a revealing video interview. https://vimeo.com/81105864

Kartemquin sells “American Arab” at IDFA

Kartemquin had an especially strong presence at IDFA this year with three outstanding projects, the world premiere of “American Arab,” which was sold at IDFA, “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” and “Almost There,” which also had its world premiere there.

“American Arab” filmmaker Usama AlshaibiAmerican Arab is Iraqi-born director Usama Alshaibi’s provocative, personal look at the contradictions of Arab identity in post 9/11 America.

Negotiations for the acquisition of Arab were finalized at IDFA late on Nov. 23 by Cargo’s David Piperni, and Kartemquin’s Gordon Quinn, Justine Nagan and Alshaibi.

When asked why he made the film, Alshaibi (director of
“Nice Bombs” and “Profane”) stated: “I didn’t want to make this film, but no one else was and this conversation had to happen.” Following IDFA, the doc will screen at US and international festivals in 2014.

Carey Lundin of Viva Lundin Productions was at IDFA with her film, “Jens Jensen: The Living Green.