For the 50th anniversary of Kartemquin Films, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of events to celebrate the legacy of Kartemquin’s work, and the power of documentary to inspire action.
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The Gala

On June 24, 2016 join us for our #KTQ50 Birthday Party at the Harris Theater Rooftop, preceded by our 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner Reception at an exquisite private home overlooking Lake Michigan. Honorary Chair Chaz Ebert and #KTQ50Gala Committee Chair Adrianne Furniss invite you to join us in celebrating along with our filmmakers, subjects, and partners from across five decades. Funds raised will support our future efforts to create documentary films and nurture documentary filmmakers that play a vital role in the process of democracy.


Multiple retrospectives and special event screenings will take place throughout 2016, with venue and festival partners including the UCLA Film & TV Archive in Los Angeles, the Museum of Moving Image in New York, Hot Docs, Ashland Independent Film Festival, CIMMfest, Gene Siskel Film Center, University of Chicago Doc Films, Arclight Cinemas, Block Cinema, Chicago Filmmakers, and more.

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WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station, will broadcast a year-long series of Kartemquin's award-winning films. Also look out for national broadcasts of classics and TV premieres of new works on channels such as PBS, TCM, Comcast Sports Net, and PBS WORLD.

The Art Exhibition

Kartemquin at 50: Democracy through Documentary, is a unique exhibition at EXPO 72, Chicago, IL, telling our story through a curated selection of KTQ’s historical photographs, artwork, objects, and video and film equipment. The exhibit will open May 20, 2016 and run through August 20th. A schedule of talks with Kartemquin staff and alumni will run throughout the summer at the venue.


Free workshops, panels, and master classes throughout the year will be hosted by Kartemquin filmmakers, staff and associates. Kartemquin and the City of Chicago will host free panel discussions in June, July, and August at the Chicago Cultural Center including a special event co-hosted by the International Documentary Association: “IDA Conversation with Steve James” on June 11.


Watch our entire back catalog for free in chronological order week by week at, starting with the very first film, Home for Life (1966), on January 1, 2016, and culminating with the online premieres of new documentaries. Also, grab a special unique offer of a streaming subscription to the entire catalog with your Core Supporter ticket to the #KTQ50 Birthday Party.