Kartemquin celebrates 50th anniversary with film fund

The Chicago-based Hoop Dreams producer is marking its golden anniversary with a new initiative set to provide filmmakers with financial support.
June 27, 2016

Chicago-based Hoop Dreams producer Kartemquin Films is marking its 50th anniversary with a new funding initiative for filmmakers.

The not-for-profit organization – which celebrated the milestone with a #KTQ50 Birthday Party on Friday (June 24) – will launch a new film fund later this year that will aim to provide small grants to projects at critical stages of production, while also supporting “innovative storytelling and diverse new voices in documentary media.”

The program will be made possible through resources provided by the Sage Fund, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Forum Fund.

Elsewhere, the prodco will host a 16-film retrospective at New York’s Museum of Moving Image (August 19 to 27) and a 15-film retrospective at LA’s Billy Wilder Theater (September 16 to 27). Both venues are scheduled to screen Margaret Byrne’s Raising Bertie, which follows three men in rural North Carolina enduring poverty, discrimination and unemployment.

Kartemquin, in partnership with ArcLight Cinemas in Lincoln Park, will also launch a Fall Festival set to feature the titles passing through its filmmaker development programs, which include KTQ Labs, Diverse Voices in Docs and the Kartemquin Internship.

The festival, which runs November 2 to 4, will host screenings of newly completed films and previews of works in progress.

Finally, the City of Chicago’s Millennium Park will honor the producer with “Kartemquin Night” on July 26. The one-night event, which runs during the city’s annual Summer Film Series, will host a free screening of Gordon Quinn and Jerry Temaner’s Inquiring Nuns (1968).

More information regarding all of Kartemquin’s 50th Anniversary events can be found on its dedicated website.

Read realscreen’s profile of Kartemquin on its golden anniversary here.

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