Kartemquin goes to the Oscars

Kartemquin Films is headed to the Oscars! Two films by the internationally renowned documentary collaborative have been nominated for the coveted gold statues by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. One is the story of a family’s struggle to overcome seemingly insurmountable and unfair obstacles. The other, a short film about an elderly … Continue reading “Kartemquin goes to the Oscars”

Kartemquin to screen two new projects at Sundance

Two new projects by Chicago documentary powerhouse Kartemquin will premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in January. Minding the Gap Minding the Gap is the story of a revelation that occurs when director Bing Liu reconnects with two childhood friends in his hometown of Rockford, IL. Recounting their less than ideal upbringings in a … Continue reading “Kartemquin to screen two new projects at Sundance”

Hoop Dreams scripted series coming to HBO Max via Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad

Warner Bros. TV has announced that Lena Waithe (The Chi, Master of None, Queen & Slim, Ready Player One) has inked a new deal that will bring the acclaimed documentary Hoop Dreams to HBO Max as a scripted series. Hoop Dreams is a 1994 American documentary film directed by Steve James, and produced by Frederick Marx, James, and Peter Gilbert, … Continue reading “Hoop Dreams scripted series coming to HBO Max via Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad”

Sundance announces Women at Sundance | Adobe Fellows

Sundance Institute announced today the 11 artists selected for its first-ever Women at Sundance | Adobe Fellows, designed to meaningfully support women artists creating bold new work in film and media, with a priority on filmmakers from historically underrepresented communities. The fellowship includes a $5,000 cash grant, skill-building workshops, and year-round mentorship from Sundance Institute staff … Continue reading “Sundance announces Women at Sundance | Adobe Fellows”

2020 SXSW announces Jury and Special Awards

There may not have been a SXSW Film Festival this year due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, but that did not stop awards. The 2020 Jury and Special Award winners of the 27th SXSW Film Festival, announced the winners of the film festival, which includes Chicago-based filmmaker Jiayan “Jenny” Shi’s documentary, Finding Yingying, distributed by Kartemquin. … Continue reading “2020 SXSW announces Jury and Special Awards”

New doc recounts Russell Simmon’s alleged assaults

Music mogul Russell Simmons has been accused of sexually assaulting over twenty women. ON THE RECORD is a documentary that tells the story of several of his accusers, and the film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival today, January 25th. The film features interviews with a number of women who have accused Simmons of rape, including Sil Lai Abrams, … Continue reading “New doc recounts Russell Simmon’s alleged assaults”

Siskel to host “On Location” program during construction

Taking a cue from loyal patrons, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will begin making extensive renovations and technical upgrades to its State St. facility on Friday, Dec. 1. The process will continue through Thursday, Jan. 4. Theater 1 and Theater 2 will have the 17-year-old seats … Continue reading “Siskel to host “On Location” program during construction”

AbelCine’s Chicago Cinema Tech Expo

AbelCine’s Chicago Cinema Tech Expo this Saturday will be “bigger than we’ve ever done before,” says Brian Khan, the company’s Business and Community Development Specialist. “Every year, we do a signature event,” he continues. “We did the open house two years ago, the Fall Tech Expo last year. This year, we’re going to have dozens … Continue reading “AbelCine’s Chicago Cinema Tech Expo”

Promotions and appointments at Cutters Studios

Award-winning production and post facility Cutters Studios hired or promoted a trio of talented women within the ranks of its Chicago office over the summer. Associate Producer Natalie Stone graduated from Columbia College in 2013 with a degree in Post Production and several credits — including producer, editor and director — on the award-winning documentary … Continue reading “Promotions and appointments at Cutters Studios”

Polaroid Wall Party updates history of film community

Tomorrow’s Polaroid Wall Party at the Wishbone will bring together many of the pioneers who started building Chicago’s film community long before computers took over the editing suite.

“Everyone wants to see what has become of each other,” says IPA cofounder Scott Jacobs, who organized the 5:30-8:30 p.m. event with Kartemquin, Film Archives and Media Burn Archives.

Odd Machine

by Ed M. Koziarski This is the second of a two-part report. BEACON ENTERTAINMENT INC. 5125 Blodgett, Ste. 218, Downer’s Grove Joel David Swiney, 630/663-9956 Based in Downer’s Grove with offices in Denver and in Austin, Texas. Produces independent film, provides visual effects and custom titles, 2D and 3D character animation, compositing, modeling, wire removal … Continue reading “Odd Machine”