Kartemquin Films: 50 Years of Democracy Through Documentary

May 21–August 20, 2016

Expo 72, 72 E. Randolph St.

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Kartemquin Films: 50 Years of Democracy Through Documentary

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For the first time in it’s history, Kartemquin has sorted through over 30,000 elements to curate an exhibition spanning the evolution of the film collective and of documentary filmmaking itself, including the creation of classic films such as Inquiring Nuns(1968), Hoop Dreams (1994) and The New Americans (2003). Cameras, film stills, photographs, documents and more will be on display, with the exhibit continually evolving throughout the three month run as KTQ staff will drop in to add to and reflect on the display.

Additionally, KTQ staff, associates, and filmmakers will host intimate dialogues and talks about filmmaking, social justice, and creating democracy through filmmaking.

www.ktq50.org/exhibit

Public Programs

Gallery Talks

Wednesday, August 3, 1:30pm

Featured Speaker: Liz Stanton

Topic: The making of Hard Earned

Liz Stanton, co-producer of the Al Jazeera and Kartemquin Films TV series, Hard Earned, will be sharing the unique aspect of working with Al Jazeera America, and how this was, in some ways, a different way of working on a Kartemquin project. Stanton will also expound on how the production team maintained the strong, personal, genuine storytelling process that Kartemquin has employed over its rich history, while working in the landscape of a cable funded series.

 

Saturday, August 6, 1:30pm

Featured Speaker: Ife Olatunji

Topic: Collective Voices Ethnographic Film Festival Preview

Ife Olatunji will be showing clips from previous years winners, and holding a discussion of the role of diverse filmmakers in Chicago.

Olatunji is a visual anthropologist, documentary filmmaker, and film critic. Born into a family of artists and activists, she graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Anthropology (‘06), and a minor in photography and African American History. Ife completed her MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester, UK (‘10) after creating a short documentary on daily life for girls in Rajasthan, India. She has since lived in Chicago, taught documentary and film production to youth as young as 6 years old to adults at community centers and The Art Institute of Wisconsin. For the past four years, she has been a media educator with Facets Multimedia teaching media literacy, narrative editing, and documentary filmmaking. As a Diverse Voices in Documentary fellow with Kartemquin, Ife developed her own short observational film, and worked with others to produce and edit their projects. Ife has continued to work with The Community Film Workshop, Reel Black Filmmakers, and Collected Voices: Chicago’s Ethnographic Film Festival. An advocate for diversity and inclusion, Ife believes race and gender should not be categories of film festivals, but rather the very topics film seeks to explore: www.collectedvoicesfilmfest.com.

 

Monday, August 8, 5:30pm

Featured Speaker: Nora Gully

Topic: Archiving, KTQ History, and Technology

 

Thursday, August 11, 5:30pm

Featured Speaker: Thavary Krouch

Topic: Kartemquin's Diverse Voices in Documentary (DVID)

DVID alumni member, Thavary Krouch, will hold a meeting about the program, share the works-in-progress and host a “Filmmaker Chat” interviewing a fellow DVID current or alums' experiences on topics ranging from diversity in documentary filmmaking to audience engagement and Kartemquin's role in promoting both.

 

Saturday, August 13, 1:30pm

Featured Speaker: Ife Olatunji

Topic: Collective Voices Ethnographic Film Festival Preview

Ife Olatunji will be showing clips from previous years winners, and holding a discussion of the role of diverse filmmakers in Chicago.

Olatunji is a visual anthropologist, documentary filmmaker, and film critic. Born into a family of artists and activists, she graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Anthropology (‘06), and a minor in photography and African American History. Ife completed her MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester, UK (‘10) after creating a short documentary on daily life for girls in Rajasthan, India. She has since lived in Chicago, taught documentary and film production to youth as young as 6 years old to adults at community centers and The Art Institute of Wisconsin. For the past four years, she has been a media educator with Facets Multimedia teaching media literacy, narrative editing, and documentary filmmaking. As a Diverse Voices in Documentary fellow with Kartemquin, Ife developed her own short observational film, and worked with others to produce and edit their projects. Ife has continued to work with The Community Film Workshop, Reel Black Filmmakers, and Collected Voices: Chicago’s Ethnographic Film Festival. An advocate for diversity and inclusion, Ife believes race and gender should not be categories of film festivals, but rather the very topics film seeks to explore: www.collectedvoicesfilmfest.com.

 

Wednesday, August 17, 1:30pm

Featured Speaker: Tim Horsburgh

Topic: Marketing and Distributing Documentary Films

An open session where Kartemquin's director of communications and distribution, Tim Horsburgh, will be sharing stories and advice drawn from his experience and Kartemquin's values.

 

Thursday, August 18, 11:30am

Featured Speaker: Thavary Krouch

Topic: Kartemquin's Diverse Voices in Documentary (DVID) alumni member, Thavary Krouch, will hold a meeting about the program, share the works-in-progress and host a “Filmmaker Chat” interviewing a fellow DVID current or alums' experiences on topics ranging from diversity in documentary filmmaking to audience engagement and Kartemquin's role in promoting both.

 

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