Kartemquin Films records

Descriptive Summary

Kartemquin Films records
Kartemquin Films
92.0 Linear feet
Predominant Dates
Bulk, 1980-1995
Kartemquin Films

Acknowledgements and Access

This collection was part of the BMRC Survey Initiative, 2009-2011. For current information about the collection and its status, please contact Kartemquin Films at info@kartemquin.com

Historical note

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. Kartemquin evolved into a film collective, producing social-interest documentaries such as The Chicago Maternity Center Story, the Taylor Chain films, The Last Pullman Car and Golub, largely for public television and the educational market. Kartemquin's best known film, Hoop Dreams, won several major critics prizes and journalism awards in 1995 and was named on over 150 “ten best” lists. Kartemquin Films productions have been distributed nationally and internationally, often accompanied by outreach and education campaigns. By engaging the larger public and policy-makers in the process of learning and understanding, Kartemquin hopes to make films that can lead to real social change.

Scope and Contents note

The Kartemquin Films Records include general research files not related to any specific Kartemquin Films productions, production notes related to Kartemquin Films projects, general correspondence, memorabilia, and financial records including payroll, accounts payable and receivable, invoices, and banking statements.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2011 March 24 by Andrew Steadham.

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