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Two Projects Announced for Peng Zhao and Cherry Chen Fund for AAPI Voices at Kartemquin Films

Two talented and vital Midwest voices are about to be amplified. Kartemquin Films is pleased to announce the first two projects supported by the Peng Zhao and Cherry Chen Fund for…

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Why You Gotta Get to Chicago Filmmaker Kevin Shaw’s ‘Let the Little Light Shine’ This Weekend

“A rousing tribute to grassroots activism with the visceral impact of all six ROCKY movies and a couple of CREED films put together.” So says Michael Phillips of the Chicago…

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April Wright Goes ‘Back to the Drive-In’ with Her New Doc Premiering at the Music Box

April Wright fell in love with movies growing up north of Chicago where she went to the Waukegan Drive-in, The Grayslake Outdoor, and the Keno across the border in Kenosha,…

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Chicago Filmmakers Production Fund Awards Cash Grants of Up to $20,000 Each to Local Artists

Chicago Filmmakers is pleased to announce that the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund (CDMPF) has awarded cash grants ranging from $3,000 to $20,000 to seven Chicago artists for the production…

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Daily Planet’s Michael Gabriele Explores a Brilliant New Artform in 360-Degree Film ‘Flowing with Fire’

Flow is a state of mind. And when you’re in flow, you’re expressing the deepest parts of you. Such is the message at the heart of Flowing with Fire, the new…

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Great Chicago Pitch a Smashing Success, Jennifer Huang’s ‘The Long Rescue’ Wins Top Prize

Think TED Talk meets Shark Tank meets Kickstarter. The Great Chicago Pitch took center stage this month, showcasing diverse, emerging documentary storytellers and celebrating the power of community. The GCP…

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Silver Telly Win for Huffman’s Controversial Film Centered on Chinese Persecution of Muslims

For this documentary film, winning a national award is notable, but only if it helps raise awareness of the atrocities on which it centers. Such is the case for director Brent…

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PHOTO BOOTH: Doc10 Film Festival in Chicago

The Doc10 documentary film festival enjoyed a stellar seventh round celebrating bold and brave voices this month. The festival engaged audiences from May 19 – 22 at the Davis Theatre…

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Doc10 Film Festival Is Here! SCREEN’s Exclusive Chat with the Programmers

Doc10 is Chicago’s only all-documentary film festival and provides a one-of-a-kind experience for its audiences, reaching thousands of local cinephiles over the last several years. The festival runs through this Sunday,…

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Anthony Bourdain Series Heads to Cannes Film Market with Chicago’s Questar and California Pictures

Chicago-based Questar Entertainment is partnering with California Pictures this Spring to bring a large catalog of Questar originals, travel content, and independent films and TV to the 75th Cannes Film Market. …

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Full Frame Announces Lineup; Festival Will Take Place Exclusively Online

Full Frame announces the official festival selections for the virtual 25th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, which takes place online April 7–10, 2022. The NEW DOCS lineup and Invited Program…

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SXSW ‘Shouting Down Midnight’ Earns Raves, Features Texas Collaboration

The biggest film festival in Texas launched a powerful and thought-provoking collaboration between two Lone Star State stalwarts. Texas-based charlieuniformtango teamed up with Austin Director Gretchen Stoeltje’s on her compelling…

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Meet the Six New Diverse Voices in Docs Fellows at Kartemquin

Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago has announced the six new 2022 Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) fellows.  Welcoming the 9th cohort, DVID is a professional mentorship…

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Chicago Filmmaker Bob Hercules to Helm ‘Tom Who’ Doc on Late Night Host Tom Snyder; Snyder’s Daughter to Co-Direct

Leaping from one legend to another. Chicago filmmaker Bob Hercules, who co-directed the Peabody-winning American Masters bio-documentary of the legendary poet and activist Maya Angelou, is set to co-produce and…

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GoTraveler Joins Forces with VIZIO

GoTraveler, an OTT app and linear channel with the world’s largest collection of professionally produced travel shows and series, announced today that some of their top-rated shows are now included…

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Sundance 2022 Top Jury Prizes Go To ‘Nanny,’ ‘The Exiles,’ ‘All That Breathes, ‘Utama’

After nine days, 84 feature films and 59 short films, the juries have deliberated and the audience has voted, and tonight the 2022 Sundance Film Festival’s Awards were announced. The…

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Abigail Disney Doc Marks Chicago Media Project’s Sixth Sundance Film

The Sundance Film Festival is underway, virtually so, with filmlovers (and hopefully filmbuyers) experiencing world premiere cinema from the small screens in their respective living rooms. The festival has marked…

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Sundance Lineup Announced; Chicago Media Project Soars with Five Selections

Sundance is live and in-person once again on the snowy streets of Park City this January. The lineup is here, and anticipation is in the air. The festival, which will…

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Kanye West Documentary ‘Jeen-Yuhs’ Highlights Sundance 2022 Lineup

More than twenty years in the making, the highly anticipated Kanye West documentary jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy from Netflix leads the lineup of feature films set to premiere at the…

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Kartemquin Welcomes Betsy Leonard as Executive Director

Kartemquin Films, the award-winning Chicago-based documentary nonprofit organization, today named Betsy Leonard as Executive Director. Leonard will begin on December 1st, overseeing all aspects of operations, programs, and serving as…

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Documentary Emmys Tonight, with ‘Finding Yingying’ Among Nominees; Director Jenny Shi Talks with SCREEN

The Documentary Emmy Awards Ceremony is set for tonight, Wednesday, September 29th, at 7 pm Central, and Chicagoans have reason to watch and cheer this evening. Jiayan “Jenny” Shi and…

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Kartemquin Films to Host Third Annual Empowering Truth Benefit

Kartemquin Films, the award-winning Chicago-based documentary not-for-profit organization, will host its third annual Empowering Truth Benefit, taking place virtually on November 3rd at 7:00pm CT, streaming live on YouTube. Click…

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Your First Look at the Latest from Oscar Nominees Quon and Quinn

Are you ready to be inspired? The next project from two Oscar-nominated cornerstones of the Chicago documentary is here. Diane Quon, producer of Best Documentary Nominee Minding the Gap, and…

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Telluride Film Festival Is Underway, Here’s the Lineup

The Telluride Film Festival is underway now, and here’s the lineup. TFF’s celebration of artistic excellence brings together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, and artists to discover the best in world cinema…

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Cannes Lions Award and Vimeo Staff Pick Further Mission for Awareness in Series from Sarofsky and Strang

It was quite an accomplishment for the filmmakers from Sarofsky, Kartemquin Films, Museum + Crane, their partners at digital-native agency closerlook, and global immunology company argenx, when the first installment…

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Acclaimed Documentary UNAPOLOGETIC Launches Theatrical Run Aug 20; Directorial Debut for O’Shay

Meet Janaé and Bella, two fierce abolitionists whose upbringing and experiences shape their activism and views on Black liberation. Through their lens, UNAPOLOGETIC provides an inside look into the ongoing movement…

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Lisa Trifone Joins Kartemquin Films; 15 Yr Career Includes Sundance, Music Box Films

With over fifteen years of experience in the independent film industry and a lifelong love of the movies, Lisa Trifone has built a career across a varied list of job…

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Original documentary series from Sarofsky and partners wins Brand Film Award

The partners behind “A Mystery to Me,” an original documentary series created to raise awareness of the rare neuromuscular disease myasthenia gravis (MG), are extremely proud to have earned this…

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Tyshun Wardlaw Shines Light on the Black Youth Experience in Growing Up Milwaukee, Now on HBO Max

You need to know who Tyshun Wardlaw is. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Tyshun Wardlaw has shined an unforgettable light on the Black youth experience in Milwaukee, and HBO MAX…

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Doc Film, Renowned Chef Offer Intimate Glimpse Into Asian American Resilience

In the wake of a tumultuous moment for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) communities nationwide comes a much needed – and delicious – morsel of hope. This Saturday, May…

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Spielberg Funds New Film Foundation

Jewish Story Partners (JSP), a new Los Angeles-based film foundation, has launched with an ambitious vision with $2,000,000 in funding, and will soon announce its first round of grantees. Jewish Story…

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Chinese Persecution of Muslims at the Heart of Huffman’s Controversial Film

“I feel China has become this major superpower and these stories are not being told, especiallynot in the US.” So says Chicago-based documentary filmmaker Brent Huffman regarding his latest film…

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Questlove, CODA Win Big at Sundance

That’s a wrap on Sundance 2021, and it’s Questlove’s world now, we are all just living in it. Best known as frontman for the hip hop band the Roots, or…

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Sundance Slate: 50% Directed by Women, 50% Directed by BIPOC

The Sundance Film Festival lineup is set, and representation is paramount for 2021 showcase of new independent work selected across the Feature Film, Short Film, Indie Series and New Frontier…

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Exclusive: What You Haven’t Heard about Immigration Nation on Netflix

The explosive and controversial documentary IMMIGRATION NATION is now on Netflix and rattling viewers on both sides of this national debate. Screen Correspondent Joanna Kay sat down with co-directors Christina…

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UNAPOLOGETIC Announces World Premiere, REPRESENT to Music Box, Grant for Finitzo, and More

Here is a look at news from throughout the documentary filmmaking community in Chicago… WORLD PREMIERE SET FOR UNAPOLOGETIC: Kartemquin Films is excited to announce the world premiere of Ashley…

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HBO Hit McMILLIONS Directors James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte Interview

Nearly 20 years after the scandal, the story is finally out about the $24 million McDonald’s Monopoly fraud. “We’re just happy somebody told the story,” an FBI spokesman said, at…

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World Premiere Set for Chicago Doc

Chicago director Rob Christopher has announced the World Premiere of ROY’S WORLD, about the childhood of Chicago born/bred writer Barry Gifford, at the 16th Glasgow Film Festival February 26 –…

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