Kartemquin Films

Kartemquin Films is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1966 by Gordon Quinn, Jerry Temaner and Stan Karter, three University of Chicago graduates who wanted to make documentary films guided by their principle of "Cinematic Social Inquiry." They were soon joined by Jerry Blumenthal who along with Gordon Quinn remains with the organization today.

Kartemquin's first film in 1966, Home For Life -- a chronicle of two elderly people entering a home for the aged -- established the direction the organization would take over the next four decades. Kartemquin evolved into a film collective producing films such as The Chicago Maternity Center Story and the Taylor Chain films. They continued releasing social-issue documentaries (The Last Pullman Car, Golub) largely for public television and the educational market into the 1990s.

Kartemquin's best known film, Hoop Dreams, won several major critics prizes and journalism awards in 1995 and was named on over 150 “ten best” lists. Filmmakers Steve James, Peter Gilbert and Fred Marx examined the complex role basketball plays in the lives of two inner-city high school players. After receiving the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, Hoop Dreams was released theatrically by Fine Line Features and became the highest grossing documentary at that time and one of highest-rated documentaries broadcast on PBS.

Since Hoop Dreams, Kartemquin has continued producing films that examine and critique society by following the stories of real people. At the Death House Door recently premiered at SXSW, and went on to win awards at Full Frame and other festivals. Their recent documentary, Terra Incognita: Mapping Stem Cell Research", follows Dr. Jack Kessler of Northwestern University in his search for a cure for spinal cord injuries using embryonic stem cells. Other recent documentaries have included: The New Americans, a seven-hour miniseries for PBS that follows immigrant families from five different countries; Stevie; Refrigerator Mothers; 5 Girls; and Vietnam, Long Time Coming. In 2007, Kartemquin Films received the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The group is located in Chicago, Illinois and is still run by Gordon Quinn. In late 2008 he transitioned to Artistic Director, and Justine Nagan was named Executive Director. Justine directed Typeface in 2009.

Kartemquin's current projects include "A Good Man," which examines Bill T. Jones' Ravinia Festival interpretive dance piece inspired by Abraham Lincoln and interrogates the myths surrounding political heroes in general; "The Interrupters," which tells the story of a group of men and women in Chicago--most of them former gang leaders--who now work for CeaseFire, an organization that interrupts shootings and crimes in Chicago; and "On Beauty," which follows former fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who after 15 years of working for clients such as Yves Saint Laurent, Elle, and Harpers Bazaar, grew tired of seeing the same ideal of beauty and who now works towards redefining the standards.

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For over 40 years, Kartemquin Films has produced documentaries that examine and critique society through the stories of real people. Their extensive body of work includes such films as Inquiring Nuns, The Chicago Maternity Center Story, Refrigerator Mothers, In the Family and Prisoner of Her Past. Now, in this third volume of a three-part...
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For over 45 years, Kartemquin Films has produced documentaries that examine and critique society through the stories of real people. Their extensive body of work includes such films as Taylor Chain I & II, The Last Pullman Car, Vietnam Long Time Coming and Stevie. Now, in this second volume of a three-part series, you can experience some of...
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