Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fundraiser in Logan Square for Kartemquin Films’ Newest Documentary

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Fundraiser in Logan Square for Kartemquin Films’ Newest Documentary

WHAT:                       Fundraising event for Kartemquin Films’ newest documentary-in-progress, American Arab—all proceeds support production of the film.

The event will include:
·         Music by Black Bear Combo
·         Arab-themed entertainment
·         Middle Eastern food and cash bar (ticket price includes one drink)
·         Screening of footage from the upcoming documentary American Arab
·         Tickets $40 in advance, $50 at the door 

Advanced tickets are available online at

WHEN:                       Thursday, August 5, 2010
                                    6-9 PM

WHERE:                     Stan Mansion
2408 N. Kedzie (Logan Square neighborhood)
Chicago, IL 

BACKGROUND:       American Arab is a project of Kartemquin’s first-ever Diversity Fellowship, sponsored by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The Ford Foundation.

In American Arab, Iraqi-American filmmaker Usama Alshaibi shares his own story in the aftermath of 9/11, and introduces the audience to other Arab-Americans, developing a frank dialogue about the identity of, and perceptions of Arab-Americans in this country.

Seamlessly weaving historical footage, animation, as well as real-life scenes of people living as Arabs in the U.S., the film will put a human face on the vague complexities of racism in post-9/11 America.

Kartemquin Films is a Chicago-based independent documentary production company. Focusing on people whose lives are most directly affected by social and political change and who are often overlooked or misrepresented by the media, the goal of Kartemquin's films is to open dialogue, both in communities and between the general public and policymakers. Since 1966 Kartemquin Films has produced documentaries that examine and critique society.  Kartemquin is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

CONTACT:        Rachel Pikelny