MacArthur Foundation Funds Two Kartemquin Projects
January 17, 2014 by Mike McNamara
The MacArthur Foundation has awarded grants to eighteen new documentaries, including two being made in Chicago: IN THE GAME, directed by Maria Finitzo of Kartemquin Films, and a collaborative project on the Chicago Public School closings, being made in partnership with some of Chicago's most renowned documentary filmmaker collectives, including Media Process Group, Siskel/Jacobs, Kindling Group, Free Spirit Media and Kartemquin.
IN THE GAME follows the ups and downs of an inner city girls’ soccer team to reveal the very real obstacles that low-income students confront in their quest for higher education. For three years, filming has been ongoing at Kelly High School on Chicago’s south side. Set in a primarily Hispanic neighborhood, Kelly is an inner city public school struggling to provide the basics for their students, many of whom do not make it to college, either because they cannot compete academically or because their families do not have the financial resources to send them to college. The film is directed by Peabody Award-winner Maria Finitzo (5 GIRLS, MAPPING STEM CELL RESEARCH: TERRA INCOGNITA).
THE SCHOOLS PROJECT documents the 2013 closing of 47 Chicago public elementary schools and how these closings are a microcosm of the fight for public education in America. The project is a collaboration between Media Process Educational Films, Siskel/Jacobs Productions, Kartemquin Films, the Kindling Group, and Free Spirit Media, with additional involvement of the Chicago Sun-Times, WTTW, and freelancers Melissa Sterne and Rachel Dickson. More info on this project here.
This is the second consecutive year in which Kartemquin has had two endeavors funded by the MacArthur Foundation, with COOKED and RAISING BERTIE both receiving support in 2013.