Kartemquin Films

From KeyWiki
Jump to: navigation, search

Kartemquin Educational Films was founded in 1966, when Gordon Quinn, Jerry Temaner and Stan Karter — three University of Chicago graduates—made the documentary Home For Life, a chronicle of two elderly people entering a home for the aged. Emphasizing the fact that Kartemquin Films is a social-activist organization, the MacArthur Foundation, a sponsor of the organization stated,

"to call Kartemquin Films only a production company would be to understate its impact on the critical societal issues it addresses..."[1]

Tribute to Golub and Montgomery

On November 16, 1989, Jerry Blumenthal presented an excerpt from the 1990 documentary-film produced by Kartemquin Films, entitled "Golub" at the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights Tribute to Leon Golub and Lucy Montgomery, held at the Congress Hotel, Chicago.[2]

Recipient of MacArthur Award

In 2007 Kartemquin Films received the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions from the MacArthur Foundation.[1]

In 2008 the MacArthur foundation gave a $15,000 grant to Kartemquin Films in support of their outreach activities, including an opening reception and U.S. premiere of the documentary film, "Milking the Rhino".[3]


As at Feb. 11, 2010, the following were personnel with Kartemquin Films:


  1. 1.0 1.1 MacArthur Foundation website
  2. Tribute to Golub and Montgomery: Program, Nov. 16, 1989
  3. MacArthur Foundation website: Media Grants