Kartemquin Films, Chicago’s nationally renowned voice for independent documentary media, celebrated our 50th Anniversary in 2016.

Our founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn and 50th Anniversary Honorary Chair Chaz Ebert invited over 1,000 guests to a very special celebration on Friday, June 24th in Chicago.

50th Anniversary Gala Dinner

At a spectacular private home, we honored the past and toasted to the future of documentary with the filmmakers and subjects of Kartemquin’s most celebrated films at an exclusive VIP reception before we headed to the #KTQ50 Party. 

#KTQ50 Birthday Party

In a customized space on the Harris Theater Rooftop, we celebrated our legacy, current projects and an exclusive announcement about our future. It was an unmissable reunion party inside a unique time machine extravaganza. 

Please contact RSVP@Kartemquin.com / 773-472-4366 with questions.

If you are unable to attend, please consider supporting our work with a donation.


View a full calendar of 50th Anniversary events, including screenings, masterclasses, broadcasts, and online streaming, and our unprecedented retrospective exhibition at Expo 72 in Chicago from May 20 - August 20. Join the conversation by using #KTQ50.