Grantee Profile

Kartemquin Films

Grants to Kartemquin Films

  • $11,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 1 year)

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    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Kartemquin Educational Films is a non-profit documentary film collaborative that produces social issue documentary films, and provides mentorship and guidance to independent producers. In 2012, Kartemquin Educational Films led the founding of Indie Caucus, a national group of independent documentary filmmakers that came together to advocate collectively for independent documentary films in the public television schedule. In late 2014, WNET, the PBS station in New York City moved the two primary broadcast programs for independent documentary films, POV and Independent Lens, to its secondary channel, WLIW. This move was met with protest by the Indie Caucus, which interpreted it as part of a larger, troubling trend of marginalizing the role of these films within public broadcasting. PBS and WNET responded by organizing a three city "Listening Tour," a set of public hearings in which members of the community are invited speak about the importance of independent documentaries on public television. Following these Listening Tours, WNET will make a final decision on scheduling POV and Independent Lens in April. The Listening Tour's public hearings have taken place in San Francisco (January), and New York (February); the final stop is in Chicago on March 23.

  • $90,465Active Strategy

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

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    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Kartemquin Educational Films will produce Saving Mes Aynak a documentary directed by Brent Huffman that follows a team of international archaeologists racing to excavate the ancient Afghan city of Mes Aynak before a Chinese mining company destroys it to create an open-pit copper mine. The film documents the experiences of Afghan and international archeologists, the local Afghans, mining company officials, and activists.

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

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    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Kartemquin Educational Films will produce the documentary In the Game, directed by Maria Finitzo. The film follows the members of a girls' soccer team at an under-resourced public school on the South Side of Chicago who hope to attend college. The film will portray the experiences of team members, their teachers, and community members, as the school faces budget cuts and the students deal with the challenges of poverty, family issues, and undocumented status.

  • $120,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

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    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Raising Bertie is a documentary film that examines the struggles of a technology-focused alternative high school in rural North Carolina founded by a local citizen, activist, and parent. The film follows the stories of three students in the school's inaugural class over four years. Raising Bertie takes a close look at the challenges of preparing rural youth living in poverty to participate in the 21st Century economy when they are dealing with multiple social and emotional factors that inhibit their ability to succeed. A MacArthur grant will support costs associated with production and post-production.

  • $120,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

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    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Cooked is a documentary by Judith Helfand and Kartemquin Educational Films that explores how and why communities in poverty are the most vulnerable in disaster situations. The film begins with the 1995 Chicago heat wave, when over 700 people died from heat-related causes, and travels around the United States to look at the emerging growth industry of disaster preparedness. It features individuals and organizations in Chicago working to understand and address the core causes of poverty and isolation to create more resilient and healthy communities.

  • $75,000

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations.

    Awarded by Prince Foundation/Prince Charitable Trusts with support from MacArthur.

  • $75,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

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    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of a documentary film,"American Arab" .

  • $200,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

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    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To produce"The Interrupters" , a documentary film about breaking the cycle of violence in urban America.

  • $15,000Active Strategy

    2008 (Inactive Grant)

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    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of outreach activities, including an opening reception and U.S. premiere of the documentary film, "Milking the Rhino."

  • $13,000Active Strategy

    2008 (Inactive Grant)

    None

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of three short films on MacArthur topics.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Kartemquin Films $819,465 between 2002 and 2015.

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