Kartemquin Films: 50 Years of Democracy Through Documentary

May 21 - August 20

Expo 72, Chicago

We open our archives to the Chicago public with the exhibition “Kartemquin Films: 50 Years of Democracy Through Documentary,” running May 21st-August 20th at Expo 72 (72 E. Randolph St, Chicago, IL, 60601).

For the first time in it’s history, Kartemquin has sorted through over 30,000 elements to curate an exhibition spanning the evolution of the film collective and of documentary filmmaking itself, including the creation of classic films such as Inquiring Nuns (1968), Hoop Dreams (1994) and The New Americans (2003). Cameras, film stills, photographs, documents and more will be on display, with the exhibit continually evolving throughout the three month run as KTQ staff will drop in to add to and reflect on the display.

Additionally, KTQ staff, associates, and filmmakers will host intimate dialogues and talks about filmmaking, social justice, and creating democracy through filmmaking. The full lineup of gallery talks can be found below.
 

Gallery Talks Schedule: May 20th - August 20th, 2016

Coming Up

Wednesday, July 20th 1:30PM

Featured Speakers: Jim Morrissette 

Topic: Legacy Camera and Editing Equipment

Come meet Kartemquin’s Technical Director (and legend), Jim Morrissette for a thorough tour through the exhibit and to hear the stories, mechanics, and evolution around the equipment.

 

TBD

Featured Speakers: Ryan Gleeson and Peter Kuttner

Topic: Saving Kartemquin Films’ 1974 film: Trick Bag

Kartemquin Collective-era member, Peter Kuttner, will discuss the process of saving Kartemquin Films’ 1974 film, Trick Bag (a documentary featuring gang members, Vietnam vets, and young factory workers from Chicago's neighborhoods that tell of their personal experience with racism: who gets hurt and who profits) from a fire that destroyed much of the original material. Discussion moderated by Ryan Gleeson.

 

Monday, July 25th 5:30PM

Featured Speaker: Maggie Bowman

Topic: Kartemquin Trivia

Come and get your Kartemquin Trivia on with Maggie Bowman and fellow Kartemquin nerds on this summer evening!

 

Thursday, July 28th 5:30PM

Featured Speakers: Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden

Topic: Making of Almost There

Director/producers Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden of Almost There will be hosting a conversation about the making of the film and the collaboration process behind it.

 

Monday, August 1st 11:30AM

Featured Speaker: Betsy Steinberg

Topic: Careers in Documentary Film

Kartemquin’s Executive Director, Betsy Steinberg, has over twenty years of filmmaking experience. Prior to Kartemquin she spent eight years as Managing Director of the Illinois Film Office, was Vice President of Business Development for Towers Productions, and began her career in Washington, DC working for the late documentarian and political consultant Bob Squier. Come join her for an intimate conversation on careers in film!

 

Wednesday, August 3rd 1:30PM

Featured Speaker: Liz Stanton

Topic: The making of Hard Earned

Liz Stanton, co-producer of the Al Jazeera and Kartemquin Films TV series, Hard Earned, will be sharing the unique aspect of working with Al Jazeera America, and how this was, in some ways, a different way of working on a Kartemquin project. Stanton will also expound on how the production team maintained the strong, personal, genuine storytelling process that Kartemquin has employed over its rich history, while working in the landscape of a cable funded series.

 

Saturday, August 6th 1:30PM

Featured Speaker: Ife Olatunji

Topic: Collective Voices Ethnographic Film Festival Preview

Ife Olatunji will be showing clips from previous years winners, and holding a discussion of the role of diverse filmmakers in Chicago.

Olatunji is a visual anthropologist, documentary filmmaker, and film critic. Born into a family of artists and activists, she graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Anthropology (‘06), and a minor in photography and African American History. Ife completed her MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester, UK (‘10) after creating a short documentary on daily life for girls in Rajasthan, India. She has since lived in Chicago, taught documentary and film production to youth as young as 6 years old to adults at community centers and The Art Institute of Wisconsin. For the past four years, she has been a media educator with Facets Multimedia teaching media literacy, narrative editing, and documentary filmmaking. As a Diverse Voices in Documentary fellow with Kartemquin, Ife developed her own short observational film, and worked with others to produce and edit their projects. Ife has continued to work with The Community Film Workshop, Reel Black Filmmakers, and Collected Voices: Chicago’s Ethnographic Film Festival.  An advocate for diversity and inclusion, Ife believes race and gender should not be categories of film festivals, but rather the very topics film seeks to explore: www.collectedvoicesfilmfest.com.

 

Monday, August 8th 5:30PM

Featured Speaker: Nora Gully

Topic: Archiving, KTQ History, and Technology

 

Wednesday, August 10th 5:30PM

Featured Speakers: Rachel Dickson and Gordon Quinn

Topic: Making an Archival Film in the Digital Age

Filmmakers Gordon Quinn and Rachel Dickson will talk about their in-progress documentary '63 Boycott, Kartemquin's oldest film still uncompleted. The project, which they are co-producing with Tracye Matthews, began as a website to identify and collect stories from participants appearing in the historic footage that director Quinn and other Kartemquin founders filmed 53 years ago. Using facebook tagging technology, they are finding and interviewing the young boycotters 50 years later. Through a website and blog they are gathering additional personal accounts and crowdsourcing archival materials. This project upends traditional filmmaking where the film comes first, then the website. While not without hurdles, this method has allowed the project to go viral when they found footage that appeared to be Bernie Sanders being arrested at a '63 education demonstration, letting the world wide web confirm it was him and spread it to the media and the Sanders presidential campaign. During the workshop they will share the website, as well as then and now clips of some of the people they've found.

 

Thursday, August 11th 5:30PM

Featured Speaker: Thavary Krouch

Topic: Kartemquin's Diverse Voices in Documentary (DVID)

DVID alumni member, Thavary Krouch, will hold a meeting about the program, share the works-in-progress and host a “Filmmaker Chat” interviewing a fellow DVID current or alums' experiences on topics ranging from diversity in documentary filmmaking to audience engagement and Kartemquin's role in promoting both.

 

Saturday, August 13th 1:30PM

Featured Speaker: Ife Olatunji

Topic: Collective Voices Ethnographic Film Festival Preview

Ife Olatunji will be showing clips from previous years winners, and holding a discussion of the role of diverse filmmakers in Chicago.

Olatunji is a visual anthropologist, documentary filmmaker, and film critic. Born into a family of artists and activists, she graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Anthropology (‘06), and a minor in photography and African American History. Ife completed her MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester, UK (‘10) after creating a short documentary on daily life for girls in Rajasthan, India. She has since lived in Chicago, taught documentary and film production to youth as young as 6 years old to adults at community centers and The Art Institute of Wisconsin. For the past four years, she has been a media educator with Facets Multimedia teaching media literacy, narrative editing, and documentary filmmaking. As a Diverse Voices in Documentary fellow with Kartemquin, Ife developed her own short observational film, and worked with others to produce and edit their projects. Ife has continued to work with The Community Film Workshop, Reel Black Filmmakers, and Collected Voices: Chicago’s Ethnographic Film Festival.  An advocate for diversity and inclusion, Ife believes race and gender should not be categories of film festivals, but rather the very topics film seeks to explore: www.collectedvoicesfilmfest.com.

 

Monday, August 15th 5:30PM

Featured Speaker: Matt Lauterbach

Topic: Making Media Accessible to Deaf and Blind Audiences

Matt Lauterbach will discuss media accessibility, which involves the inclusion of captions for the deaf & hard-of-hearing, and audio description tracks for the blind & visually-impaired. Learn about what these accessibility features are, why they're important, and how to create them. Attendees will be encouraged to view media accessibility as a disability rights issue, as well as a priority for Kartemquin moving forward into the future.

 

Wednesday, August 17th 1:30PM

Featured Speaker: Tim Horsburgh

Topic: Marketing and Distributing Documentary Films

An open session where Kartemquin's director of communications and distribution, Tim Horsburgh, will be sharing stories and advice drawn from his experience and Kartemquin's values.

 

Thursday, August 18th 11:30AM

Featured Speaker: Thavary Krouch

Topic: Kartemquin's Diverse Voices in Documentary (DVID) alumni member, Thavary Krouch, will hold a meeting about the program, share the works-in-progress and host a “Filmmaker Chat” interviewing a fellow DVID current or alums' experiences on topics ranging from diversity in documentary filmmaking to audience engagement and Kartemquin's role in promoting both.

 

Past Talks

 

Wednesday, May 25th 1:30PM

Featured Speaker: Kat White

Topic: Tax incentives and crowdfunding

Kat White of KatLei Productions and an Executive Producer on Kartemquin Films’ The Trials of Muhammad Ali and Life Itself will be presenting a workshop on the mechanics behind Tax Incentives and Crowdfunding.

 

Wednesday, June 1st 1:30PM

Featured Speaker: Suzanne Niemoth

Topic: This for That: Charitable Giving, Impact Investing, and the Evolution of Philanthropy

Kartemquin Vice President of Finance & Operations Suzanne Niemoth hosts an open discussion exploring the rise of the impact investment movement, the ubiquity of “perk” fundraising, and the changing face of philanthropy in the nonprofit fundraising arena. Whether it’s an investor wanting to “do good while doing well” or a crowdfunding campaign supporter expecting a hefty gift  in exchange for their support, a shifting philanthropic landscape heavy on reciprocal benefits suggests the traditional tax incentives for charitable giving (tax deductions, social recognition, the "warm glow" of giving) may no longer suffice in catalyzing donors. Should giving back mean getting back? Does addressing social or environmental issues with the expectation of a financial returns signal a paradigm shift in donor motives? Will this new era of quid pro quo giving supplement or supplant charitable giving? And does it even matter if we’re effecting positive social change?

 

Monday, June 6th 5:30PM

Featured Speaker: Maggie Bowman

Topic: Making of Hard-Earned

Maggie Bowman, a Chicago-based documentary film producer and director, was the Series Producer for the award-winning Hard Earned, a 6-hour series on low-wage workers. The series, which follows five American families for a year, was produced by Kartemquin Films for Al Jazeera America and has been broadcast around the world. In 2016 it won an Alfred I. duPont Award from Columbia University. Bowman’s earlier work has explored American democracy, Catholic seminarians, and Haitian elections. Her work has been shown by PBS on POV, Independent Lens, and Wide Angle and featured at leading film festivals, including SXSW, Hot Docs, and Sundance. Prior to her work in film, Bowman was a union organizer. Enjoy this workshop and return for Bowman’s next appearance for her Kartemquin (nerd) Trivia on Monday, July 25th at 5:30PM.