Kartemquin Educational Films

Chicago, IL   |  www.kartemquin.com

Mission

Kartemquin Films is a home for independent filmmakers developing
documentary as a vehicle to deepen our understanding of society through
everyday human drama. Focusing on people whose lives are most directly
affected by social and political change and who are often overlooked or
misrepresented by the media, Kartemquin's films open up a dialogue, both
in communities and between the general public and policymakers.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Ms. Justine Nagan

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

In recent years, Kartemquin has grown and formalized its
popular community screening program which gives a monthly opportunity for local
documentary filmmakers to screen their works-in-progress and receive
constructive feedback from Kartemquin staff and associates free of charge. We
have found that this type of service is especially lacking in Chicago for
emerging artists without institutional relationships or strong ties in the
local media community. In 2012, Kartemquin will continue to devote at least one
afternoon each month to the popular screenings. The service is offered gratis
for any area social-issue documentary filmmaker, including students and
first-time filmmakers, as well as other established documentarians. The
response for this program from both emerging and veteran filmmakers is such
that this is one of the most valuable filmmaker community resources in the
region. Our wait-list is often four months long.

 

To date, KTQ Labs has helped just under 100 films progress
towards completion, some which have gone on to screen at festivals such as
SXSW, Hot Docs, and True/False, with others airing on PBS Independent Lens and
the Sundance Channel. Notable titles include Louder Than A Bomb(http://www.louderthanabombfilm.com/) ; and What’s the Matter With Kansas?(http://whatsthematterwithkansas.com/)

Population(s) Served

Kartemquin is accustomed to receiving record numbers of
intern applications from both journalism and film students across the country.
We plan to host a total of 15 interns in 2012, both undergraduates and
post-graduates—many from around Chicago. We value our interns as productive
members of our team and seek to engage them in, and expose them to, the full
documentary film production process from budgeting to post-production, all the
way through distribution and marketing. Kartemquin itself currently
employs 4 former interns in key staff positions, including Production Director
and Executive Director.

 

Across the past few years, the internship
has grown to involve a heavy amount of web-based work, allowing them not only
to help with our social media presence through twitter and facebook, but to
actually manage the process and voice as well. Additionally, we teach
invaluable workplace skills such as content and website management with basic
HTML and our CMS drupal. In addition to this hands-on experience, we offer the
intern workshops on topics such as: lighting and sound, camera techniques,
fundraising, budgeting and fair use in the media. Including staff time and
supplies, this internship program costs Kartemquin about
$21,000 a year, but in future years we’d love to be able to cover a working
stipend for our extremely talented pool of interns, which would tack on an
additional $15,000 a year. Without additional funding, it’s difficult for us to
even devote the resources to the program itself, let alone the stipend, which
is why we are seeking additional support not only to keep the internship
vibrant, but also to attract a larger pool of talented candidates who wouldn’t
otherwise be able to take on an unpaid internship.

Population(s) Served

Staff and associates routinely take on speaking and
teaching engagements in Chicago and will continue to do so throughout 2012. We
plan to make appearances at career fairs for local college and universities,
give guest lectures at high schools and colleges across the city, and continue
to educate the media, legal, business, and academic communities about the
importance of film as a tool for education.

Population(s) Served

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.

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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 6/5/2016
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Board co-chair

Adrianne Furniss

Executive Director, Benton Foundation


Board co-chair

Eric Conley

Division Vice President, KentuckyOne Health

Yvonne Afable Secretary

Independent financial professional, Afable Consulting LLC

Ed Bachrach

Civic Leader and Founder of Build Cambodia

Stuart Fagan

President Emeritus and Professor of Public Administration at Governors State University

Maria Finitzo

Director/Producer Associate, Kartemquin Films

Susan Morrison

Director, Founding Member - Women Moving Millions

Preston Pugh

Partner, Attorney - Pugh, Jones & Johnson

Gordon Quinn

Artistic Director and founding member, Kartemquin Films

Adam Singer

Producer/Camera Associate, Kartemquin Films

Jason Stephens Treasurer

Lecturer, Columbia College

Lauren Foley

Vice President, Jasculca Terman Strategic Communications