KARTEMQUIN EDUCATIONAL FILMS

Sparking democracy through documentary since 1966.

aka Kartemquin Films   |   Chicago, IL   |  www.kartemquin.com

Mission

Sparking democracy through documentary since 1966, Kartemquin is a collaborative community that empowers documentary makers who create stories that foster a more engaged and just society. Kartemquin's films have received four Academy Award® nominations, and won six Emmys® and three Peabody Awards, among several more major prizes. In 2019, Kartemquin was honored with an Institutional Peabody Award for "its commitment to unflinching documentary filmmaking and telling an American history rooted in social justice and the stories of the marginalized." Recognized as a leading advocate for independent public media, Kartemquin has helped hundreds of artists via its filmmaker development programs and championing of documentary. Kartemquin is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in Chicago.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Ms. Betsy A. Leonard

Main address

1901 W Wellington Ave

Chicago, IL 60657 USA

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EIN

23-7430402

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Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

Censorship, Freedom of Speech and Press Issues (R63)

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KTQ Labs

Once a month we gather members of the Kartemquin community together for the critique and discussion of a work-in-progress by an independent filmmaker. These intimate feedback sessions are open for incomplete projects at any stage of production, whether short fundraising demos or feature-length rough/fine cuts. This free program has helped over 150 projects progress towards completion. Films that have participated have gone on to premiere at festivals including Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, SXSW, Hot Docs, Full Frame, DOC NYC, Vienna International Film Festival, and True/False, and to be broadcast on Netflix, PBS (POV, Independent Lens, and America Reframed), OWN, and the Sundance Channel.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Diverse Voices in Docs is a professional development and mentorship program for emerging documentary filmmakers of color, organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago. Backed by funding from Joyce Foundation and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the program hones skills and unites filmmakers who share experiences and expertise across six monthly workshops as they develop new projects.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Peng Zhao and Cherry Chen Fund for AAPI Voices will invest funds and critical support in AAPI-identifying filmmakers making documentary films that center AAPI voices and stories that deepen their audiences’ understanding of the complexity and diversity of the AAPI communities in the US.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent

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Kartemquin Films is a collaborative center for documentary media makers who seek to foster a more engaged and empowered society. With a noted tradition of nurturing emerging talent and acting as a leading voice for independent media, Kartemquin is building on over 48 years of being Chicago's documentary powerhouse.

Kartemquin's goal is to spark democracy through documentary. Our films, such as The Interrupters, Hoop Dreams, and The New Americans have left a lasting impact on millions of viewers. A revered resource within the film community on issues of fair use, ethics, story and civic discourse, Kartemquin is internationally recognized for crafting quality documentaries backed by audience and community engagement strategies, and for its innovative media arts community programs.

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KARTEMQUIN EDUCATIONAL FILMS

Board of directors
as of 06/14/2022
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Board chair

Sylvia Ewing

Strategic Communications, Marketing, and Outreach Director; Elevate Energy

Yvonne Afable

Independent financial professional, Afable Consulting LLC

Gordon Quinn

Artistic Director and founding member, Kartemquin Films

Adam Singer

Producer/Camera Associate, Kartemquin Films

Jason Stephens

Lecturer, Columbia College

Caty Borum Chattoo

Director, Center for Media and Social Impact

Lainey Canevaro

Independent marketing professional

Eric Conley

Vice President of Operations, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Fennell Doremus

Filmmaker

Adrianne Furniss

Philanthropist

Abby Lynn Kang Davis

Founder, character.

Carrie Lozano

Director, Documentary Film Program, Sundance Institute

Patrice Perkins

Attorney, Creative Genius Law

Elspeth Revere

Founder/CEO, Ravenswood Consulting

Neal Robin

Associate, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Stephen Whisnant

Founder/Managing Director, Stephen Whisnant Strategies LLC

Shirley Yang

Head of Marketing for Deposits at Marcus by Goldman Sachs

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