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”
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”
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”
8+ The Midwest Independent Film Festival announced that April’s First Tuesday will be a celebration of sorts for Chicago’s own Kartemquin Films with a special double feature showcasing both of their 2018 Academy Award Nominated films on April 3! Screening will be Abacus: Small Enough to Jail and Edith and Eddie. Helmed by acclaimed director … Continue reading “Kartemquin’s Oscar-nom’d docs headline MIFF”
8+ Kartemquin Films is headed to the Oscars! Two films by the internationally renowned documentary collaborative have been nominated for the coveted gold statues by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. One is the story of a family’s struggle to overcome seemingly insurmountable and unfair obstacles. The other, a short film about an … Continue reading “Kartemquin goes to the Oscars”
7+ Two new projects by Chicago documentary powerhouse Kartemquin will premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in January. Minding the Gap Minding the Gap is the story of a revelation that occurs when director Bing Liu reconnects with two childhood friends in his hometown of Rockford, IL. Recounting their less than ideal upbringings in … Continue reading “Kartemquin to screen two new projects at Sundance”
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 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.
On the eve of its 50th anniversary, Kartemquin Films is in the throes of many changes, one of the most significant being the appointment of Betsy Steinberg as its new executive director.
The Alaska-based co-producer of Keep Talking, one of four Kartemquin docs-in-progress, and an Alaskan tribal official will fly to Chicago to participate in Kartemquin’s 4th annual Spring Showcase May 1 at the Gene Siskel Film Center.
Tim Horsburgh, Kartemquin’s director of communications and distribution is working on distribution of Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare’s The Homestretch, which begins its premiere Chicago theatrical run Sept. 12 at the Gene Siskel Film Center.
Kartemquin Films has 15 films in progress and is completing six others this year, making 2014 the acclaimed nonprofit production company’s busiest year ever in nearly a half-century of operations.
Among the attendees at the Sundance Film Festival, the mother of all independent film festivals, Jan. 16-26 in Park City, Utah will be 10 lucky Kartemquin staffers. Their hard work last year is being rewarded by an all-expense-paid, 5 day trip to Sundance.
“We’ll have some fun before the busiest year in our 48 year history kicks in,” reports Tim Horsburgh, Kartemquin director of communications and programs. Horsburgh, however, won’t have much time for that promised fun, as he will be handling details for the screening of two Kartemquin docs, starting Sunday, Jan. 19.
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.