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The Kartemquin Fall Festival at ArcLight Cinemas


November 2-4, in partnership with ArcLight Cinemas Chicago in Lincoln Park, Kartemquin presents a three night festival to cap off its 50th Anniversary year, featuring: 

  • Groundbreaking work emerging from its filmmaker development programs: KTQ Labs, Diverse Voices in Docs, and the Kartemquin Internship
  • Exclusive previews of works-in-progress, including AMERICA TO ME, director Steve James’ new series on Oak Park and River Forest High School
  • Chicago premiere of new film, UNBROKEN GLASS, directed by Kartemquin associate and internship alumnus Dinesh Das Sabu
  • 2016 Diverse Voices in Docs Graduation featuring a keynote speech by Lyric Cabral, director of Sundance award-winning PBS documentary (T)ERROR

(CHICAGO, IL-- October 11, 2016)Kartemquin Films will mark the culmination of its 50th Anniversary year with The Kartemquin Fall Festival, to be held in partnership with ArcLight Cinemas at the the ArcLight Chicago NEWCITY locationin Lincoln Park, Chicago, on three nights from Wednesday, November 2nd to Friday, November 4th, 2016. The Kartemquin Fall Festival at ArcLight Cinemas once again offers the cinemas guests an unparalleled experience in their commitment to independent cinema.

The Kartemquin Fall Festival features two Chicago premieres, sneak previews of three works-in-progress, and fresh new work from emerging Midwest documentary makers who have graduated from Kartemquin’s acclaimed filmmaker development programs. More information can be found at, and to purchase tickets please go to

“Throughout this year our 50 year history has been showcased and honored in a number of thrilling ways. But we wanted to now put an emphasis on the new projects and rich documentary filmmaking talent that is in our community,” said Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin co-founder and Artistic Director. “This event is a chance to get a glimpse of the future of documentary filmmaking in Chicago.”

“Kartemquin’s incredible history as a creative conduit for documentary filmmakers, makes them an exciting partner to celebrate and share the future of cinema with ArcLight guests,” states Gretchen McCourt, Executive Vice President Cinema Programming, ArcLight Cinemas

The Festival opens at ArcLight Cinemas Chicago NEWCITY location with the Chicago premiere of UNBROKEN GLASS, the debut feature of director Dinesh Das Sabu, in which the filmmaker and his siblings confront the trauma of losing their parents at an early age. Dinesh Sabu interned at Kartemquin in 2008 and subsequently developed the film there as a co-production, with several other former interns becoming key crew members, including editor Matt Lauterbach, co-producer R. Patrick Lile, and cinematographer Ian Kibbe. The film screens at 8pm on Wednesday, November 2nd, with a reception to follow. 

On Thursday, November 3rd at 6pm, the 2016 Diverse Voices in Documentary (DVID) Graduation honors the participants of this program, which mentors 12 producers of color each year. The free event will include short previews clips from each project, a keynote by Lyric Cabral, co-director of (T)ERROR, (winner of the Special Jury Award for Breakout First Feature at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival), with a reception to follow. It also marks the opening of applications for DVID 2017. RSVP here. DVID is a year-long mentorship program for documentary producers of color coordinated by Kartemquin and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago.

On Friday, November 4th at 8pm, the Kartemquin Fall Showcase offers exclusive previews of never-before-seen footage from three upcoming documentary projects, inviting viewers to give feedback directly to the filmmakers. AMERICA TO ME, directed by Steve James (HOOP DREAMS), is an epic series covering a year in Oak Park and River Forest High School, one of the country’s most exemplary and diverse public high schools, as students, teachers and administrators grapple with decades-long racial and educational inequities. Sergio Rapu's EATING UP EASTER explores how the most isolated community in the Pacific - Easter Island - uses lessons learned from their past to solve environmental and social challenges brought on by booming tourism and rapid development. Maria Finitzo's THE DILEMMA OF DESIRE explores the complex nature of female sexual desire and the ways in which it is both governed, and fulfilled, by notions of expression and repression.

Two showcases of the best short films from Kartemquin’s program alumni will open the evening on both Wednesday, November 2nd at 6pm and Friday, November 4th at 6pm. 

On Thursday, November 3rd at 8:30pm, CITY OF TREES, a documentary about one community's fight for equal access to good jobs and safe parks in our nation's capital which was developed through Kartemquin’s KTQ Labs program, will have its Chicago premiere.

“The Kartemquin Fall Festival is a celebration of the accomplishments of our program alumni, showcasing the work for the larger Chicago documentary film community, the general public, and the industry,” said Betsy Steinberg, Kartemquin Executive Director.

Filmmakers will be present at every screening. More information can be found at, and to purchase tickets please go to

Earlier Event: October 28
2 Screenings of LITTLE SISTER
Later Event: November 3
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