Chicago-based production company Kartemquin Films (Life Itself) is readying four in-progress docs, including All the Queen’s Horses (pictured), Minding the Gap, The Prosecutors and Keep Talking, for its Spring Showcase.
Short excerpts from the projects are to be unveiled at the fourth annual event on May 1, which invites viewers to enjoy exclusive previews of never-before-seen footage from the forthcoming docs and provide feedback to the filmmakers.
Kelly Richmond Pope’s All the Queen’s Horses investigates the municipal fraud case of Rita Crundwell – who stole US$53 million from the small town of Dixon, Illinois, more than 20 years ago without getting caught – and the effects the crime had on the town’s security and governance.
Meanwhile, Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap explores the intersection of adolescence, fatherhood and skateboarding through the story of two young adults – one whose father is dead and another who becomes a father over the course of the film.
Leslie Thomas’s The Prosecutors follows lawyers who work to prosecute perpetrators of sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Finally, Keep Talking - which was added to Kartemquin’s roster last summer – will also premiere at the showcase. Directed by Karen Lynn Weinberg, the doc follows the movement to preserve Kodiak Alutiiq, an endangered language with less than 50 fluent Native speakers remaining.
“[The documentaries] exemplify the intimate focus on vital social issues that is at the core of all our work, while showing the great diversity of filmmakers, subjects and storytelling modes currently operating at record levels out of Kartemquin,” said Justine Nagan, executive director at the prodco, in a statement.
The Spring Showcase will take place at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on May 1 at 8:15 p.m. CDT.