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Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries Video Project records

"Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries is a 25-minute 1994 video produced by Kartemquin Films in association with the Spertus Museum to accompany an art exhibit addressing the relationships of African Americans and American Jews. The video explores the studios of 12 artists, six Black and six Jewish, as they prepare their work for the show.

Inquiring Nuns Film Project elements

"Inquiring Nuns" is a 66-minute, 1968 film by Kartemquin founders Gordon Quinn and Gerald Temaner. Two young nuns explore Chicago, from a supermarket to the Art Institute and in front of churches on Sunday, confronting people with the crucial question, ""Are you happy?"" The humor and sadness of these honest encounters lift the film beyond its interview format to a

UE/Wells Film Project elements

UE/Wells is a 15-minute 1975 film by Gordon Quinn, Jerry Blumenthal, and Guillermo Brzostowski. The film follows an organizing drive by the United Electrical Workers Union at the Wells Foundry in Chicago. The multi-ethnic work force of Polish, Arab, Jewish, Hispanic and African American men and women unite together despite the company's efforts to use race as a wedge to

The Chicago Maternity Center Story Film Project records

The Chicago Maternity Center Story is a 60 minute 1975 film by Kartemquin Films. For more than 75 years, the Chicago Maternity Center provided safe home deliveries for Chicago mothers. However, when modern medicine's attitude toward home birth changed and funding from Northwestern University declined in 1974, the center was forced to close. This film interweaves the history of the

Grassroots Chicago Video Project records

Grassroots Chicago is a 30-minute 1991 video directed by Steve James and produced by Kartemquin Films. It is a documentary about neighborhood people creating change. Produced for the MacArthur Foundation, this piece features six vignettes on community organizing in six different Chicago neighborhoods.

The New Americans Video Project records

The New Americans is a 411-minute 2004 documentary television series produced by Kartemquin Films. It follows four years in the lives of a diverse group of contemporary immigrants and refugees as they journey to start new lives in America. We follow an Indian couple to Silicon Valley through the dot-com boom and bust. A Mexican meatpacker struggles to reunite his

Higher Goals Video Project records

Higher Goals is a 30-minute 1992 video produced for television by Kartemquin Films. An educational companion piece to Hoop Dreams, Higher Goals features NBA star Isiah Thomas in a fast-paced, entertaining PBS special that encourages young athletes to put their dreams of professional sports in perspective and focus on getting an education. The real life stories of two high school

Now We Live on Clifton Film Project elements

"Now We Live on Clifto" is a 26-minute 1974 film by Kartemquin Films. It follows 10 year old Pam Taylor and her 12 year old brother Scott around their multiracial West Lincoln Park neighborhood. The kids worry that they'll be forced out of the neighborhood they grew up in by the gentrification following the expansion of DePaul University.

5 Girls Film Project records

5 Girls is a 120-minute 2001 film directed by Maria Finitzo and produced by Kartemquin Films. For two years, filmmaker Maria Finitzo followed five strong young women between the ages of 13 and 17. Unlike the myriad reports, books and ""specials"" that focus on young women as passive and powerless, 5 Girls explores the ways these girls discover the resources

Winnie Wright, Age 11 Film Project elements

Winnie Wright, Age 11 is a 26-minute 1974 film by Kartemquin Films. Winnie, the daughter of a steel worker and a teacher lives in Gage Park, a Chicago neighborhood that is changing from white to black. Her family struggles with racism, inflation and a threatened strike, as Winnie learns what it means to grow up white, working class, and female.

Hum 255 Film Project elements

"Hum 255" is a 28-minute 1970 film by Kartemquin founders Gordon Quinn, Gerald Temaner, and others. In 1968, striking students at the University of Chicago occupied an administration building. Many were suspended and a few were expelled. A year later, two expelled young women were asked by their former classmates to talk about the experience as a class project. The

Hoop Dreams Film Project records

Hoop Dreams is a 176-minute 1994 film directed by Steve James and Produced by Kartemquin Films. First exhibited at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the audience award for best documentary, Hoop Dreams is a reflection on contemporary American inner-city culture, following two ordinary young men on the courts of the game they love. Plucked from the streets

Kartemquin Films records

Kartemquin Films is a not-for-profit documentary and educational film production company founded in 1966 in Chicago by Gordon Quinn, Jerry Temaner and Stan Karter, three University of Chicago graduates who wanted to make documentary films guided by their principle of ""Cinematic Social Inquiry."" They were later joined by Jerry Blumenthal, who along with Gordon Quinn remains with the organization today.

Where's I. W. Abel? Project records

The Where’s I.W. Abel? Project records include original videotape, soundtrack audio, a short video titled Where’s Joe (a co-production of the steel companies and the Steelworkers), an annotated script, transcript of interviews, and labor movement newsletters."

Kartemquin Films Film and Video Project elements

Kartemquin Films is a not-for-profit documentary and educational film production company founded in 1966 in Chicago by Gordon Quinn, Jerry Temaner and Stan Karter, three University of Chicago graduates who wanted to make documentary films guided by their principle of ""Cinematic Social Inquiry."" They were later joined by Jerry Blumenthal, who along with Gordon Quinn remains with the organization today.

Freedom Day Film Project elements

The Freedom Day footage is from an unfinished film project produced by Gordon Quinn, Jerry Temaner, and others when they were students at the University of Chicago and before they formed Kartemquin Films. The original footage was shot in Chicago on October 22, 1963, during a one-day school boycott and march on the headquarters of the Chicago Board of Education

The Last Pullman Car Film Project records

The Last Pullman Car is a 56-minute 1983 film by Kartemquin Films. In 1864, George Pullman began selling his famous railroad sleeping cars which helped him build a vast industrial empire that was supposed to last forever. In 1981, however, Pullman workers found themselves in the midst of a fight not only for their jobs but the future of the

Trick Bag Film Project records

Trick Bag is a 21-minute 1974 film coproduced by Kartemquin Films, Columbia College Chicago, and the Chicago area activist newspaper Rising Up Angry. Gang members, Vietnam vets, and young factory workers from Chicago's neighborhoods tell of their personal experience with racism - who gets hurt and who profits.

What the Fuck Are These Red Squares? Film Project elements

What the Fuck Are These Red Squares? is a 15-minute 1970 film by Gordon Quinn and Jerry and Shirlee Blumenthal. Striking students meet at a ""Revolutionary Seminar"" at the Art Institute of Chicago in response to the invasion of Cambodia and the killing of protesting students at Kent and Jackson State Universities. They explore their role as artists in a