The Kartemquin Catalogue

The Kartemquin Catalogue

The nearly complete Kartemquin catalogue! Over 52 years of groundbreaking, impactful and award-winning documentaries. Offerings include over 50 documentaries as well as special features including deleted scenes and directors cuts.

See the full list of films at www.kartemquin.com/films

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The Kartemquin Catalogue
  • At the Death House Door

    At the Death House Door follows the remarkable career journey of Carroll Pickett, who served 15 years as the death house chaplain to the infamous "Walls" prison unit in Huntsville, Texas. During that time he presided over 95 executions, including the very first lethal injection done anywhere in t...

  • Hoop Dreams

    First exhibited at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the audience award for best documentary, Kartemquin's Hoop Dreams is the remarkable true story of two American dreamers; an intimate reflection of contemporary American inner-city culture, following two ordinary young men on the cou...

  • No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson

    On February 13, 1993, 17-year-old Bethel High School basketball star Allen Iverson entered a Hampton, Virginia bowling alley with several classmates. It was supposed to be an ordinary evening, but it became a night that defined Iverson's young life: a quarrel soon erupted into a brawl pitting Ive...

  • Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries

    A video made to accompany an art exhibit at The Spertus Museum addressing the relationships of African Americans and American Jews. This video takes you in to the studios of 12 artists, six Black and six Jewish, as they prepare their work for the show.

    Media Burn Archive was awarded a grant fr...

  • Chicago Crossings — Extended Unfinished Film

    Directors Gordon Quinn and Jerry Blumenthal began work on an extended film based off the short video they made to accompany the exhibition at the Spertus Museum. However, the extended feature length film was never completed. This rough cut contains some of the additional footage and interviews in...

  • Grassroots Chicago

    A documentary about neighborhood people creating change. Produced for the MacArthur Foundation by Kartemquin Films, this piece features six vignettes on community organizing in different Chicago neighborhoods: LeClaire Courts, Marquette Park, Roseland, Pilsen, Uptown, Rogers Park, and Garfield Pa...

  • Stranded by State Broadcast Part 2

    Illinois has not passed a real budget in over a year, the first state to do so since the Great Depression. The ongoing fight over the budget between Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly has been covered widely, but what do the effects of this lingering crisis look like in peopl...

  • Gerda Meyer-Bernstein Raw Footage Clip

    On May 16, 2018, the Chicago Cultural Center hosted a screening of Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries followed by a panel discussion with Othello Anderson, Gerda Meyer-Bernstein, and Gordon Quinn. This short video showcased some of the camera original footage that did not make it in to the...

  • Othello Anderson Raw Footage Clip

    On May 16, 2018, the Chicago Cultural Center hosted a screening of Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries followed by a panel discussion with Othello Anderson, Gerda Meyer-Bernstein, and Gordon Quinn. This short video showcased some of the camera original footage that did not make it in to the...

  • Stranded by State Broadcast Part 1

    Illinois has not passed a real budget in over a year, the first state to do so since the Great Depression. The ongoing fight over the budget between Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly has been covered widely, but what do the effects of this lingering crisis look like in peopl...

  • Stranded by the State - Episode 8 / Toxic Swaps

    The final episode of Stranded by the State looks at the role big banks have played in destabilizing communities across the country. The same banks who were responsible for the foreclosure crisis in 2008 are now making huge sums of money from predatory loans made to state and city governments.
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  • Stranded by the State - Episode 7 / Child Care Assistance

    Across Illinois, the Child Care Assistance Program helps children remain in child care centers while their parents go to work, often at low-wage jobs. When the state budget didn't pass in 2015, Governor Rauner slashed income eligibility for working families, leaving 90% without access to the vita...

  • Stranded by the State - Episode 6 / Home Visiting for Young Moms

    Filmed around Bloomington, Illinois, this new episode follows an early childhood development program whose funds have been slashed due to the budget impasse. Home visiting is proven effective in promoting child development and preventing neglect or abuse. Across the state, teen moms and their chi...

  • Stranded by the State - Episode 5 / Adult Education

    This episode of Stranded by the State explores how the Illinois budget crisis is causing extreme cuts to adult literacy and education programs—and deeply impacting the families who rely on them. Featuring Chicago's vibrant community organization Centro Romero, we see the effects on ESL, economic...

  • Stranded by the State - Episode 4 / Meals on Wheels

    Seniors are the fastest growing population in the country, and more than half are "economically insecure.” The Illinois budget crisis has led to deep cuts to programs supporting them—including Meals on Wheels—hurting scores of seniors living in poverty. Set in the former manufacturing town of Alt...

  • Stranded by the State - Episode 3 / Homelessness

    Tens of thousands of homeless Illinois residents rely on social services for housing support. The state’s ongoing budget crisis has led to drastic cuts in funding to these programs—up to 40%—leading to more mental health emergencies, more incarceration, and much higher costs for taxpayers. This e...

  • 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...

  • Stranded by the State - Episode 1 / Public Higher Education

    For decades, public higher education has been defunded across the country. And in Illinois, the ongoing budget standoff is "the straw that broke the camel's back". With the state's stopgap budget expiring December 31, 2016, students still don’t know if their current MAP grants will be funded. Thi...

  • The New Americans Episode 7

    The New Americans 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 family in rural...

  • The New Americans Episode 6

    The New Americans 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 family in rural...

  • The New Americans Episode 5

    The New Americans 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 family in rural...

  • The New Americans Episode 4

    The New Americans 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 family in rural...

  • The New Americans Episode 3

    The New Americans 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 family in rural...

  • The New Americans Episode 2

    The New Americans 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 family in rural...