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Gala


Kartemquin Films

50th Anniversary Gala

june 24, 2016 • Chicago

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Gala


Kartemquin Films

50th Anniversary Gala

june 24, 2016 • Chicago

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.

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Dinner


50th anniversary Dinner

Dinner


50th anniversary Dinner

June 24th, 5pm • Downtown Chicago

Our evening began at an exclusive and spectacular private residence overlooking Lake Michigan and Millennium Park in Chicago. Guests had the opportunity to mingle with producers, directors and subjects from our most celebrated films while feasting on elegant food and cocktails under the stars.

Location

Our exclusive Gala Dinner location, offering these views, will be revealed to ticket purchasers only.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available: contact Nancy McDonald, Nancy@kartemquin.com. Download Sponsorship Information

Leave a special message: View commemorative program book advertising specifications or contact Nancy McDonald, Nancy@kartemquin.com.

$500 Ticket Included

  • Delicious Dinner and Drinks

  • VIP Access to #KTQ50 Birthday Party at Harris Rooftop

  • Streaming access through 2016 to the entire Kartemquin Films back catalog of over 55+ award-winning films

  • VIP access to Special Guests, Filmmakers and Subjects

  • Stunning views and great conversation

  • Business Casual attire


Send checks to:
Kartemquin Films, 1901 W Wellington, Chicago, IL 60657.

Call: 773-472-4366 with queries.


Chaz Ebert, Honorary Chair

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Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert is the CEO of several Ebert enterprises, including The Ebert Company, Ltd, Ebert Productions LLC and Ebert Digital LLC, which publishes the movie review website, Rogerebert.com. She was the Executive Producer of Ebert Presents At The Movies. She hosts The Roger Ebert Overlooked Film Festival (Ebertfest) at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. Ebertfest was co-founded by Chaz and her husband Roger Ebert, and is now in its 18th year. They are also the subjects of the award-winning documentary, Life Itself, based on the New York Times best-selling memoir by Roger Ebert.

For over twenty years she has attended and participated in film festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Chicago, Hawaii, Venice, The Floating Film Festival, South Africa, Karlovy Vary and many others, serving as the president of the IMAX jury at the Hawaii International Film Festival, writing official program notes for the Telluride Film Festival, and reporting by both print and video from the Cannes Film Festival.  

Previously, as a civil rights attorney, she was named Lawyer of the Year by the Constitutional Rights Foundation, and also previously served as a litigator in the areas of environmental affairs, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property litigation.

Her civic and community passions include an interest in programs for women and children and families with an emphasis on education and the arts.  She has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Dubuque, a Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin, and a Law degree from DePaul University.  

Mrs. Ebert is a Life Trustee of the Art Institute and currently serves on the board of directors ofthe Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, After School Matters, and The Tree of Life Foundation of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.  


Media access to event is available. Direct inquiries to Sarah Schwartz - 773-472-4366.

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Party


#ktq50 BIRTHDAY party

Party


#ktq50 BIRTHDAY party

June 24, 8pm • Harris Theater Rooftop

The #KTQ50 Birthday Party was the documentary party a half-century in the making! Special guests, filmmakers, and stars joined together for a unique, unforgettable night.

Location

The Harris Theater Rooftop
205 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

Leave a special message

Contribute an advertisement or message of congratulations to our commemorative 50th Anniversary Program Book.
Download Advertising Specifications

Accommodations

Special rates are available for #KTQ50 Party attendees at the Wyndham Grand. Make sure to enter the correct dates (June 24th – 26th) when making your reservation. 

#KTQ50 Birthday Party Tickets: $50

 

  • Spend the evening with Kartemquin Filmmakers, Stars & Special Guests

  • Eat, drink, and celebrate our 50 years!


Send checks to:
Kartemquin Films, 1901 W Wellington, Chicago, IL 60657.

Call: 773-472-4366 with queries


Tony Sarabia, Your Host

Tony hosts The Morning Shift. It's a live talk show weekdays from 9:00-10 a.m. It offers a dynamic mix of news, culture and music that relies heavily on authentic engagement with listeners on-air and via social media. Tony, a longtime WBEZ journalist who also hosts the weekly music program Radio M, brings his skills as a broadcaster to create conversations with local impact and universal relevance.

“I want to create an ‘of-the-moment’ experience that’s intelligent, serious and fun,” he said. “It's a place for listeners to hear new ideas, voices and feel a sense of surprise.” As host of Radio M, he explores world cultures and people through music and sounds. Tony joined WBEZ in 1990 as an intern for the former program The Mara Tapp Show, later becoming associate producer. He has served as a news correspondent, Arts Editor, and local host of Morning Edition, before becoming host of Passport, now called Radio M.

Tony has also participated in three fellowship programs at NPR in Washington and worked at NPR's Cultural Desk, producing pieces for the network's national news programs. Tony has received an Edward R. Murrow Award, three Lisagor Awards, a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism and an Associated Press Award for his documentary Unlocking the Closet: Stories of Coming Out Later in Life.

Tony has a B.A. in radio/journalism from Columbia College. A native of Chicago, Tony resides in Rogers Park. He has three adult sons: Julian, Alex and Matt.


Media access to event is available. Direct inquiries to Sarah Schwartz - 773-472-4366.

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Sponsors


Sponsors

Sponsors


Sponsors

Thank you so much to all of our sponsors. Your support was instrumental as we positioned ourselves as Chicago's documentary powerhouse for the next 50 years.
 

Lead Sponsors


Official Hotel

Liquor Sponsor

Beer Sponsor

Media Sponsor

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Calendar


Calendar

Calendar


Calendar

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.
See the full events calendar

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.

Screenings

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.

Contact Tim@kartemquin.com to arrange a screening.

Broadcasts

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.

Talks

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.

Streaming

Watch our entire back catalog for free in chronological order week by week at watch.kartemquin.com, 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.