Chicago-based Hoop Dreams producer Kartemquin Films will mark the culmination of its 50th anniversary celebrations with the Kartemquin Fall Festival.
The festival, in partnership with ArcLight Cinemas in Lincoln Park, will feature two Chicago premieres, sneak previews of three works-in-progress and titles passing through its filmmaker development programs, which include KTQ Labs, Diverse Voices in Docs and the Kartemquin Internship. Of the 26 projects, 62% are directed by people of color, and 50% are directed by women.
Dinesh Das Sabu’s debut feature Unbroken Glass, which documents the filmmaker and his siblings confronting the trauma of losing their parents at an early age, will launch the festival on Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. ET.
Beginning at 6 p.m. ET on Nov. 3, the Diverse Voices in Documentary, a year-long mentorship program for 12 documentary producers of color, will honor its most recent graduates of the program by showcasing short preview clips from each project. The free event will also include a keynote from (T)ERROR co-director Lyric Cabral.
The Diverse Voices program is coordinated annually by Kartemquin and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago.
At 8:30 p.m. ET, Brandon Kramer’s City of Trees will enjoy its Chicago premiere. The film, which was developed through the KTQ Labs program, documents a community’s fight for equal access to good jobs and safe parks in Washington, DC.
The following day on Nov. 4, the festival will offer exclusive previews of never-before-seen footage of three forthcoming projects, including Steve James‘ America To Me (pictured), a docuseries chronicling a year in the lives of American high school students; Sergio Rapu‘s Eating Up Easter, which explores how Easter Island uses history to deal with environmental and social challenges; and Maria Finitzo‘s The Dilemma of Desire, which looks at the “complex nature of female sexual desire and the ways in which it is both governed, and fulfilled, by notions of expression and repression.”
Additionally, two showcases of short films from Kartemquin’s program alumni will open the evening on both Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. and Nov. 4 at 6 p.m.
“The Kartemquin Fall Festival is a celebration of the accomplishments of our program alumni, showcasing the work for the larger Chicago documentary film community, the general public, and the industry,” said Betsy Steinberg, Kartemquin executive director, in a statement.
The Kartemquin Fall Festival runs Nov. 2 to 4 at ArcLight Cinemas Chicago in Lincoln Park. More information on the festival can be found here.