At the next Moving Docs online session for all of our screening partners, we’re looking across the pond again for some cutting-edge inspiration for the outreach work all of us are undertaking.
Kartemquin Films in Chicago have been making social-issue documentaries for more than 50 years – and outreach has been part of that from the very beginning: they’ve always taken their films to the people, they do lots of educational work, and also see themselves as media activists – for example advocating fair use. They’re best known for Hoop Dreams, one of the most successful American documentaries that also triggered a scholarship fund for school children. As an organisation, Kartemquin is not your ordinary production or distribution company either: they’re set up as a non-profit collaborative.
We will have a unique opportunity to talk to Kartemquin’s Director of Communications and Distribution, Tim Horsburgh, who’s been with the company since 2009 and worked on all of its recent titles, including Life Itself, The Interrupters, Typeface, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, The Homestretch, and Almost There.
You’ll be able to ask anything you like – and hopefully you’ll get a lot of inspiration and some practical ideas for your own work.
As preparation, we recommend you watch this 10-minute video giving you a better idea of Kartemquin’s principles and impact work: “Craft, Community, Change.”