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Sparking democracy through documentary since 1966, Kartemquin is a collaborative community that empowers documentary makers who create stories that foster a more engaged and just society.
Our films have received four Academy Award® nominations and won several major prizes, including five Emmys® and two Peabody Awards. Recognized as a leading advocate for independent public media, Kartemquin has helped hundreds of artists via its filmmaker development programs.
Recent productions include 2019 Oscar® nominee Minding the Gap, and 2018 Oscar® nominees Abacus: Small Enough to Jail and Edith + Eddie, and 2018's best reviewed TV series, America to Me. Other recent productions include the Emmy-winning Life Itself, The Homestretch, The Interrupters, and The Trials of Muhammad Ali, the Dupont award-winning series Hard Earned; and Raising Bertie, All the Queen’s Horses, Keep Talking, and ‘63 Boycott.
Kartemquin is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in Chicago. www.kartemquin.com
Stranded by the State - Episode 2 / At-Risk Youth
Illinois’ ongoing budget crisis has led to dramatic cuts to social services—often up to 40%. These programs are vital to protecting the state’s most vulnerable residents, including at-risk youth. The state-wide CCBYS program, focusing on preventative counseling for youth and families, was created to prevent kids from being "dumped" into psychiatric hospitals because their parents or police did not know what to do with them. More than 50% of these programs have been drastically reduced. This is what the crisis looks like for those it is impacting most.