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Fandor Partners With Kartemquin to Release Rare and Underexposed Early Works

Fandor Partners With Kartemquin to Release Rare and Underexposed Early Works

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Fandor will release over 30 films made and distributed by legendary Chicago documentary production studio Kartemquin Films,16 of which will be released November 5. The films in this partnership include the digital premieres of many rare and underexposed early works from Kartemquin, which is best known for producing the Academy Award-nominated “Hoop Dreams,” the multi-award-winning “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” and 2014’s Roger Ebert biography “Life Itself.” 

“I have greatly admired the remarkable work of Kartemquin Films for decades,” said Jonathan Marlow, co-founder and Chief Content Officer of Fandor. “We are absolutely delighted to add their phenomenal documentaries to the Fandor service.”

“It’s a pleasure to have so many of our classic films digitally released for the first time as a collection on Fandor where we know they will be well received by a sophisticated and engaged cinephile audience,” said Tim Horsburgh, Kartemquin’s Director of Communications and Distribution. “This is a great way for anyone who has been curious about what came before our more famous recent works to see both the points of continuity and evolution in Kartemquin’s style of filmmaking ahead of our 50th anniversary in 2016.”

Highlights include:
“Home for Life”
A classic cinéma verité depiction of the experiences of two elderly people in their first month at an elderly home.
“Inquiring Nuns”
Filmmakers and two nuns take to the streets of 1968 Chicago asking citizens “are you happy?”
“The Chicago Maternity Center Story” 
A blistering critique of the corporatization of women’s healthcare.
“The Last Pullman Car” 
Depicting labor struggles, union organizing, and the plight of American industrial workers in the 1970s and 1980s.
“Golub”
A portrait of the iconoclastic political painter, Leon Golub.

“Golub: Late Works are the Catastrophes”
A probing and sobering addendum to the original.

“Grassroots Chicago”
A series of vignettes of community organizers that was the debut short film of legendary documentary director Steve James.
“The New Americans”
An epic seven-hour series following five international families over 3 years before and after they immigrate to the USA.
For a complete list of available films visit the website

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