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Interview: Gordon Quinn of Kartemquin Films on Life After 50

23 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent 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)

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

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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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