Milwaukee Film Fest to honor Kartemquin Films

The third edition of the festival will feature such Kartemquin fare as Steve James' classic Hoop Dreams and his latest, The Interrupters (pictured), in celebration of the organization's 45th anniversary.
August 23, 2011

The Milwaukee Film Festival will be hosting a celebration of Kartemquin Films in honor of the non-profit organization’s 45th anniversary.

The tribute will include local premieres of two recent Kartemquin releases: Steve James’ The Interrupters (pictured) and A Good Man from Gordon Quinn and Bob Hercules. Also, as part of the Kartemquin focus, James’ classic Hoop Dreams will screen at the fest, as well as a preview screening of the still-in-progress American Arab from Usama Alshaibi.

Filmmakers Quinn, James, Alshaibi and Brad Lichenstein will be attending the 11-day festival, as will Kartemquin executive director Justine Nagan and director of production Zak Piper. They will also take part in assorted panels held during the fest, covering issues ranging from social outreach and engagement to representing labor.

Chicago-based Kartemquin Films was founded in 1966 to produce documentaries that examine society through the stories of real people, and in 2010 had the most productive year in its history, releasing three docs (Typeface, Prisoner of Her Past, and No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson) and beginning production on five works-in-progress.

The Milwaukee Film Festival runs from September 22 to October 2. For more information, visit

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