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We celebrate the 4th of July with ten films that define America in 2016

4 July 2016 8:25 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I've done this exercise before, and some of the same films made the list this time, but not all. America in 2016 is different than the America of 2002, and that's part of what I love about this country. And make no mistake... I love this country. I believe America is a nation defined by contradictions. I am both cynical and idealistic about it, and I love it precisely because of the ways it breaks my heart. I am fully aware that one can only exist because of the other. With that in mind, here are ten films that, taken together, define the state of our union in the year 2016.          The Right Stuff Philip Kaufman’s movie celebrating the accomplishments of the Mercury Seven astronauts is more than just a celebration of the pioneer spirit. The film is a gorgeous dream, a poem about heroism and celebrity and ego and optimism. The »

- Drew McWeeny

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Kartemquin: Taking A Look Back at 50 Years of Great Documentary Filmmaking – Exclusive

29 June 2016 1:27 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Friday, 1,000 people gathered in Chicago to pay tribute to 50 years of Kartemquin, a non-profit documentary company that was started by three Univerisity of Chicago students amidst the political activism and direct cinema movement of the 1960s. When Stan Karter, Jerry Temaner and Gordon Quinn founded the documentary unit in 1966 the mission was to challenge social power-structures by telling intimate stories of ordinary people.  Over the years that mission has largely stayed intact, but the method and approach as the company evolved and grew.

Gallery: Kartemquin’s 50 Year History in Pictures

In the 1970s, Kartemquin veered away from auteurism and entered their “collective” period. During this time they took a large step in the direction of left-wing activism and agitprop filmmaking, often becoming partners with those struggling for labor, women’s and civil rights by tackling issues of women’s healthcare, gentrification, race and poverty.

In the 1980s, Kartemquin left »

- Chris O'Falt

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Kartemquin Turns 50: How the Production Company’s Homemade Camera Shaped the History of Documentaries — Watch

24 June 2016 11:33 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The “direct cinema” and “cinéma vérité” movement pioneered by non-fiction filmmakers like Robert Drew and the Maysles was in part fueled by advances in camera technology. Similar to how the digital technology has forever altered our current documentary landscape, in the 1950’s and 1960’s, the big advancement was faster film stock (which needed less light for exposure) and portable 16mm cameras with a crystal sync — which allowed sound to be recorded independently and later synchronized in post-production. That gave tremendous freedom to filmmakers to follow subjects and capture everyday life.

Read More: How the Footage of Bernie Sanders Being Arrested in 1963 Was Discovered By Kartemquin Films

The intimacy and fluidity of these films that spawned from the new equipment inspired three aspiring documentarians from University of Chicago: Stan Karter, Jerry Temaner, and Gordon Quinn, who founded Kartemquin Films (the company’s name came from a combination of letters »

- Chris O'Falt

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22 Deserving Oscar Contenders From the First Half of 2016

24 June 2016 11:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Year after year film releases from January through June get the short end of the stick during the Oscar season, when latter-year entries — many of them fresh off exposure-boosting festival circuits — drown everything out.

There are exceptions, of course, but mostly, without the help of critical kudos and other precursor awards that deign to have long memories, quality work is frequently left in the also-ran pile. In an effort to keep the spotlight trained on deserving contenders, here is a long list of players we’d like to see remembered by the Academy later this year.

[Note: This list only includes films theatrically released to the public through the year’s midway point. Not all festival entries are eligible.]

Best Picture: “Weiner

Rather than save it for the documentary feature category, why not just call one of the year’s best movies exactly what it is? This Sundance hit is somehow the perfect movie for now: Flawed heroes, media obsession with titillation yielding obfuscation of substance — it’s brilliantly in tune with the zeitgeist. »

- Kristopher Tapley and Jenelle Riley

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Interview: Gordon Quinn of Kartemquin Films on Life After 50

23 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the final chapter of a three-part interview, Gordon Quinn of Kartemquin Films desires to evolve forward, soon after the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the iconic Chicago documentary house have past.

The “studio” Quinn co-founded has kept their integrity intact, and strives to keep cinematically exploring human drama that promotes understanding between all levels of contemporary society.

There have been several high profile documentaries that have expressed that understanding, and have forged a pathway that “Hoop Dreams” opened up for them. “Vietnam, Long Time Coming” (1998), “The New Americans” (2004) series on PBS, “No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson” for Espn, “The Interrupters” (2011), “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” (2013) and “Life Itself” (2014) stand proudly alongside the best of the last 50 years, with three more films in post production awaiting release.

Director Steve James Composes ‘The Interrupters’ (2011)

Photo credit: Kartemquin Films

In Part Three, Kartemquin filmmaker Gordon Quinn reflects on the post “Hoops” year, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘The New Yorker Presents’: How Alex Gibney and Kahane Cooperman Curated the Amazon Series

22 June 2016 8:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Produced by Condé Nast Entertainment and Jigsaw Productions, “The New Yorker Presents,” which Amazon revealed in weekly installments starting in February, is unlike anything else. Each of the 10 half-hour episodes is a uniquely curated set of documentary and fiction shorts, comedy, poetry, animation, and cartoons drawn from the rich content of The New Yorker. Both unexpected and hugely entertaining, the series is up for Emmy consideration in the informational program category.

Look at the range of the first two shows. They include Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) on bull riding, Edwidge Danticat on the connection between Jacob Lawrence’s “Migration Series” and outbreaks of racist violence in America, Nick Paumgarten on closing the $2.4 billion Revel casino, cartoons by Roz Chast, Benjamin Schwartz, and Liana Finck, a look at The New Yorker’s archive library and fact-checking department, a beekeeper and a man who raises pigeons who work atop tall buildings, and »

- Anne Thompson

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‘The New Yorker Presents’: How Alex Gibney and Kahane Cooperman Curated the Amazon Series

22 June 2016 8:48 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Produced by Condé Nast Entertainment and Jigsaw Productions, “The New Yorker Presents,” which Amazon revealed in weekly installments starting in February, is unlike anything else. Each of the 10 half-hour episodes is a uniquely curated set of documentary and fiction shorts, comedy, poetry, animation, and cartoons drawn from the rich content of The New Yorker. Both unexpected and hugely entertaining, the series is up for Emmy consideration in the informational program category.

Look at the range of the first two shows. They include Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) on bull riding, Edwidge Danticat on the connection between Jacob Lawrence’s “Migration Series” and outbreaks of racist violence in America, Nick Paumgarten on closing the $2.4 billion Revel casino, cartoons by Roz Chast, Benjamin Schwartz, and Liana Finck, a look at The New Yorker’s archive library and fact-checking department, a beekeeper and a man who raises pigeons who work atop tall buildings, and »

- Anne Thompson

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Interview: Gordon Quinn of Kartemquin Films Revisits ‘Hoop Dreams’

22 June 2016 8:38 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – It has been 22 years since one of the greatest documentaries in film history was released, and it was created right here in Chicago by Kartemquin Films. “Hoop Dreams,” produced by Gordon Quinn (among others) and directed by Steve James, was a turning point for Kartemquin, which had at the time been making socially focused docs for over 30 years. As part of the film company’s 50th anniversary, Gordon Quinn revisits the groundbreaking film.

Hoop Dreams” (1994) was the story of high schoolers William Gates and Arthur Agee, as they and their families experience the ups and downs of their path to basketball glory. Filmed as a fly-on-the-wall series of events, the documentary is a fascinating and emotional narrative on the levels of fulfillment in sports and in life. Snubbed at the Academy Awards for Best Documentary (it did get a nomination for Best Editing), the film earned a status as »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Interview: Gordon Quinn on 50th Anniversary of Kartemquin Films

21 June 2016 10:16 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Two months ago, producer/director/cinematographer/editor Gordon Quinn received the Baadasssss Award from the 2016 Cimm Fest, for his longtime contributions to the cinema scene in Chicago through Kartemquin Films. The famous production house, known for their documentaries, is celebrating their 50th anniversary.

Kartemquin began in 1966 when three newly minted University of Chicago grads partnered to create socially conscious films, and took part of their names – Stan KARter, Jerry TEManer and Gordon QUINn – to form Kartemquin Films. Towards the end of the 1960s, Karter and Temaner had moved on, and the late Jerry Blumenthal stepped in to become the de facto fourth founder. It is Gordon Quinn that remains after 50 years, and he is the standard bearer for a film company that seeks to be a home for independent filmmakers who develop documentaries that deepen our understanding of society through everyday human drama – focusing on people whose lives are »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Champs-Elysees Film Fest Bolsters Connection Between France and the U.S.

3 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Championing French-American cultural ties through film, the fifth edition of the Champs-Elysees Film Festival unspools June 7-14 in the heart of Paris. The famed boulevard is home to several of the city’s finest first-run theaters including the Ugc George V and Gaumont Ambassade. Instead of the usual tentpole pics, the theaters will host a diverse line-up ranging from eight U.S.-backed independents in competition to a political-themed section to archival screenings of acclaimed pics. The fest also features a salute to made-in-Chicago works, master classes and a shorts program, all with a nod to promoting and celebrating Gallic-American cross-cultural influences and relationships.

The brainchild and baby of producer, exhibitor and distributor Sophie Dulac, the festival’s cultural mission is now more important than ever, she says.

“We don’t have a big international film festival in Paris,” she says. “The festival brings people to the most beautiful avenue in the world. »

- Kathy McDonald

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Mondo Unveils Vinyl Artwork for Three Cronenberg Classics

24 May 2016 10:10 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Exciting vinyl announcement from our friends at Mondo:

Mondo, in collaboration with Howe Records, announces three incredible Howard Shore scores from classic David Cronenberg films Naked Lunch, Dead Ringers and Crash. This continuation of Mondo’s Cronenberg series, which began with a soundtrack for Scanners and The Brood, features beautiful and haunting design work and marks the first time all three titles will be available on vinyl.

Can’t wait to own these. While you’re waiting for these records to go on sale, check out this new Hoop Dreams print from Mondo.

Crash (1996) – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2Xlp Music by Howard Shore Original Artwork by Rich Kelly 20th Anniversary. First time ever on Vinyl. Available online at mondotees.com this July $35

Dead Ringers (1988) – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP Music By Howard Shore Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra Original Artwork by Randy Ortiz First time ever on Vinyl. Available online at mondotees. »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Kartemquin: Chicago film-makers on 50 years of slam dunk documentaries

20 May 2016 1:08 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From Hoop Dreams to The Interrupters, the Chicago documentary production company can boast of some of the most searing documentaries ever made

For 50 years, Chicago documentary production company Kartemquin has been making thought-provoking documentaries that have had an international impact. Now 74, artistic director Gordon Quinn, burns with the same passion that saw him establish the collective. Sitting in his Chicago office, awards piled up on the shelves through the French doors, he sets out his original manifesto.

“We wanted to make films to make social change, to give people information, and to change the world for the better. We were very taken with telling people’s stories who don’t usually get told. We felt that that kind of storytelling had an important role to play in the democratic process. That’s what we were very committed to and passionate about; and we still are today.”

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- Alexander Bisley

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Nick Fraser: ‘Documentaries transform reality, and are transformed by it’

27 March 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The editor of the BBC’s Storyville and executive producer of the award-winning India’s Daughter on the richness of today’s documentary film-making

• Ten film-makers’ choices of the 50 documentaries you need to see

Documentaries have acquired a certain chic in recent years. No longer the worthy exclusive property of public television, they’re seen in cinemas and online, at festivals and at gala screenings. Nowadays the likes of Sean Penn and Leonardo DiCaprio want to be executive producers. From a perch at the BBC, I’ve watched this transformation for the past 20-odd years. I can recall shoving a cassette of Hoop Dreams into a Vcr in 1994. I’d been told that the film was nearly three hours long, and would change the way I looked at things. I balked at the length and required persuasion, but I rapidly became immersed in the basketball lives of William Gates and Arthur Agee, »

- Nick Fraser

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Hot Docs Festival Unveils Full Lineup

22 March 2016 7:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Burning topics, boundary-pushing formats, and films by and about women take center stage at the 2016 edition of Hot Docs, North America’s premier doc-cinema festival and confab, which raised the curtain on its full 232-pic slate this morning in Toronto.

The 11-day event opens April 28 with the world premiere of Rama Rau’s “League of Exotique Dancers,” which exposes the golden era of North American burlesque through the real stories of legendary performers.

The marquee program Big Ideas presents the world premieres of U.S. director Beth Murphy’s “What Tomorrow Brings,” about the founder of an Afghan girls’ school, and Tiffany Hsiung’s “The Apology,” a portrait of “comfort women” in Japanese-occupied Asia circa WWII. Other films include SXSW headliner “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru,” Tribeca-premiering “Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four” and “The Happy Film,” and Espn’s “O.J. Simpson: Made in America, »

- Jennie Punter

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Trivia Break: Best Original Song

10 February 2016 4:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Glenn here bringing you some more trivia from this year’s best original song category. Obviously, I could be mistaken about some of these, but, well, in which case la la la, not listening, move along. 

Trivia #1 – 2016 marks the first time in Oscar history that two documentaries have ever been nominated in a category outside of the non-fiction categories. While documentaries have been nominated in the original song category in the past – Mondo Cane in ’62 being the first, I believe – and Hoop Dreams scored a best editing nomination in 1995, this year both The Hunting Ground’s “Til It Happens to You” and Racing Extinction’s “Manta Ray” make for a first that two have been cited.

Trivia #2 – This year’s nomination for “Manta Ray” is the third nomination for an enviro-doc in this category in the last decade. While Melissa Etheridge’s “I Need to Wake Up” from An Inconvenient Truth »

- Glenn Dunks

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Errol Morris, Wim Wenders executive-produce drones doc

9 February 2016 11:21 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: ro*co films represents international sales rights to Berlinale Special title.

Documentary royalty Errol Morris and Wim Wenders have lent their names as executive producers to drones documentary National Bird, which debuts in Berlin this week.

San Francisco-based ro*co films has acquired the international rights to investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker Sonia Kennebeck’s new title, which follows the journey of three whistleblowers determined to break the silence around Us drone strikes.

Nfp will release in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland.

ro*co’s international catalog includes Hoop Dreams, Hell And Back Again, How To Survive A War and The Invisible War. The company’s North American ‘education’ catalogue includes Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison Of Belief and The Hunting Ground.

“National Bird is a provocative and timely investigation into the human costs of the Us military drone program that is destined to have a powerful impact on the debate around drone warfare,” said »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Watch Free Documentaries in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Kartemquin Films

25 January 2016 8:30 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

If you've never heard of Kartemquin Films, that's okay. Although they've been around for half a century, and they produced such classics as Hoop Dreams, as well as one of the most acclaimed releases of 2015, Almost There, they aren't a household name unless your household is filled with documentary filmmakers and fans. It's also okay because you now have a good reason to make it up to them and become acquainted with their work: they're streaming all their films online for free. Not all at the same time, however, and not for very long. Instead, every week this year, in celebration of Kartemquin's 50th birthday, the Chicago-based company is debuting another of their documentaries, in chronological order starting with the recently restored...

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- Christopher Campbell

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'Hoop Dreams' Director Steve James to Receive Hot Docs 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award

19 January 2016 8:47 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: How Steve James Finds Silver Linings When Things Don't Go As Planned (And They Never Do) For over twenty years, Steve James has been a highly acclaimed director and producer in the world of documentary filmmaking. His influential "Hoop Dreams" dazzled audiences in 1994 and is widely considering to be one of the genre's leading titles, and he has had continued success with films like "The New Americans," "The Interrupters," and the recent Roger Ebert doc "Life Itself." Now, James' work will be recognized with an Outstanding Achievement Award by the Hot Docs Festival, the largest documentary festival in North America. Past recipients of the award include Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, Frederick Wiseman, D.A. Pennebaker and Albert Maysles. Along with the award, the festival will be screening an extensive retrospective of James' work. "It's an honor to celebrate a filmmaker of such depth, humanity and integrity as »

- Mike Lown

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