With Kartemquin Films (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Minding the Gap (2018)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

8.1
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90 Metascore

Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust-Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.

Director: Bing Liu | Stars: Keire Johnson, Bing Liu, Zack Mulligan

Votes: 7,496 | Gross: $0.01M

2. Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

8.3
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98 Metascore

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Director: Steve James | Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates

Votes: 24,080 | Gross: $7.83M

3. Life Itself (2014)

R | 121 min | Documentary, Biography

7.8
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87 Metascore

The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel, Martin Scorsese

Votes: 14,735 | Gross: $0.81M

4. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

7.7
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75 Metascore

A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.

Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel | Stars: Vivian Maier, John Maloof, Daniel Arnaud, Simon Amédé

Votes: 12,966 | Gross: $1.51M

5. Finding Yingying (2020)

Not Rated | Documentary

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After a young Chinese student goes missing on an American university campus, her family travels to the U.S. for the first time, hoping to unravel the mystery of her disappearance.

Director: Jiayan 'Jenny' Shi

Votes: 19

6. Stevie (2002)

R | 140 min | Documentary

7.8
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72 Metascore

In 1995, director Steve James (of 'Hoop Dreams') returned to rural Southern Illinois to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, a troubled young boy to whom he had been an "Advocate Big Brother" ten years earlier.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Steve James, Stephen Fielding, Tonya Gregory, Bernice Hagler

Votes: 2,458 | Gross: $0.10M

7. All the Queen's Horses (2017)

TV-14 | 70 min | Documentary

6.8
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In 2012, Crundwell was arrested as the largest municipal fraud perpetrator in the nation's history, embezzling upwards of $50 million as the comptroller and treasurer of Dixon, a city in ... See full summary »

Director: Kelly Richmond Pope

Votes: 308 | Gross: $0.01M

8. America to Me (2018– )

60 min | Documentary

7.3
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A look inside one of Chicago's most progressive public schools, located in suburban Oak Park.

Stars: Charles Donalson Jr., Ke'Shawn Kumsa, Grant Lee, Kendale McCoy

Votes: 343

9. City So Real (2020– )

Documentary

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A modern, multifaceted look at the city of Chicago.

Director: Steve James

Votes: 17

10. The Interrupters (2011)

Unrated | 125 min | Documentary, Crime

7.5
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86 Metascore

A year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Tio Hardiman, Ameena Matthews, Toya Batey, Cobe Williams

Votes: 3,421 | Gross: $0.28M

11. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

7.2
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73 Metascore

A small financial institution called Abacus becomes the only company criminally indicted in the wake of the United States' 2008 mortgage crisis.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Thomas Sung, Hwei Lin Sung, Cyrus Vance Jr., Matt Taibbi

Votes: 2,623 | Gross: $0.10M

12. Eating Up Easter (2018)

77 min | Documentary

6.8
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On Easter Island, the most isolated community in the Pacific uses lessons learned from their past to solve environmental and social challenges brought on by booming tourism and rapid development.

Director: Sergio Mata'u Rapu | Star: Mama Piru

Votes: 41

13. The Dilemma of Desire (2020)

108 min | Documentary

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Explores the work of four women who are shattering myths and lies that women are being told about their sexual desire and their bodies.

Director: Maria Finitzo

Votes: 12

14. The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.3
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74 Metascore

The legal battles of the great American boxer against being conscripted into the US military during the Vietnam War.

Director: Bill Siegel | Stars: Eamonn Andrews, Muhammad Ali, David Susskind, George W. Bush

Votes: 1,046 | Gross: $0.06M

15. Represent (2020)

93 min | Documentary

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71 Metascore

In the heart of the American Midwest, three women take on entrenched political systems in their fight to reshape local politics on their own terms.

Director: Hillary Bachelder | Stars: Bryn Bird, Julie Cho, Myya Jones

16. American Arab (2013)

Not Rated | 63 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

7.5
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Usama Alshaibi, an Iraqi-American filmmaker, confronts the issues on identity and perception toward Arab-Americans in today's society. Alshaibi conveys to the audience that Arab-Americans ... See full summary »

Director: Usama Alshaibi

Votes: 39

17. Unapologetic (2020)

82 min | Documentary

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Set during the height of the Movement for Black Lives in Chicago, 'Unapologetic' captures a community of millennial organizers confronting an administration complicit in state violence against its Black residents.

Director: Ashley O'Shay

Votes: 7

18. Searching for Mr. Rugoff (2019)

94 min | Documentary

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The feature documentary Searching for Mr. Rugoff is the story of Donald Rugoff, who was the crazy genius behind Cinema 5, the mid-century theater chain and film distribution company. Rugoff... See full summary »

Director: Ira Deutchman | Stars: Elyce Bonnell, Peter Broderick, Bea Brydson, Nat Chediak

19. Typeface (2009)

Not Rated | 59 min | Documentary

6.6
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Charting the intersection between rural America and contemporary graphic design.

Director: Justine Nagan

Votes: 207

20. Cooked: Survival by Zip Code (2019)

76 min | Documentary

7.1
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A life and death story about extreme heat, the politics of "disaster" and survival by zip code.

Director: Judith Helfand | Stars: Valerie Brown, Richard M. Daley, Michelle Landis Dauber, Edmund Donoghue

Votes: 58

21. Reel Paradise (2005)

R | 110 min | Documentary

6.4
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63 Metascore

Former indie film "guru" John Pierson takes his family to Fiji for one year to run the world's most remote movie theater.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Georgia Pierson, Janet Pierson, John Pierson, Wyatt Pierson

Votes: 480 | Gross: $0.03M

22. 5 Girls (2001)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary

7.1
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For two years, filmmaker Maria Finitzo followed five strong young women between the ages of 13 and 17. Unlike the myriad reports, books and "specials" that focus on young women as passive ... See full summary »

Director: Maria Finitzo | Stars: Haibihn, Amber, Toby, Corrie

Votes: 32

23. Milking the Rhino (2009)

PG | 85 min | Documentary

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The clichés of nature documentaries ignore a key landscape feature: villagers just off-camera, who navigate the dangers and costs of living with wildlife. The Maasai of Kenya and Namibia's ... See full summary »

Director: David E. Simpson

Votes: 48

24. Raising Bertie (2016)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

6.7
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74 Metascore

Raising Bertie is a longitudinal documentary feature following three young African American boys over the course of six years as they grow into adulthood in Bertie County, a rural African ... See full summary »

Director: Margaret Byrne

Votes: 58

25. Edith+Eddie (2017)

TV-14 | 29 min | Documentary, Short

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Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America's oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart.

Director: Laura Checkoway

Votes: 677

26. Almost There (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

7.8
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70 Metascore

An elderly "outsider" artist living in at-risk conditions befriends two filmmakers and causes controversy at his first major exhibition.

Directors: Dan Rybicky, Aaron Wickenden | Star: Peter Anton

Votes: 87

27. The Homestretch (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

6.7
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67 Metascore

Three homeless teenagers brave Chicago winters, the pressures of high school, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future.

Directors: Anne de Mare, Kirsten Kelly

Votes: 58 | Gross: $0.02M

28. What's the Matter with Kansas? (2009)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

6.2
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56 Metascore

In 'What's the Matter with Kansas?' a politically active Kansas megachurch splinters, moves to an amusement park, and when that fails, a Best Western motel. Meanwhile, an idealistic farmer ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Winston | Stars: Alyssa Barden, Brittany Barden, Dawn Barden, Matthew Barden

Votes: 212

29. A Sister's Call (2012)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

8.2
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A woman who grew up with a mentally-ill mother, tries to find her brother, who hears imaginary friends in his head and has wandered off, possibly suffering from the same illness as his mother had.

Directors: Kyle Tekiela, Rebecca Schaper

Votes: 90

30. At the Death House Door (2008)

98 min | Documentary

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An investigation of the wrongful death of Carlos DeLuna, who was executed in Texas on December 7, 1989, after prosecutors ignored evidence inculpating a man, who bragged to friends about committing the crimes of which DeLuna was convicted.

Directors: Peter Gilbert, Steve James | Stars: Carroll Pickett, Steve Mills, Maurice Possley, Anne Ellis

Votes: 394

31. Saving Mes Aynak (2014)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

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Saving Mes Aynak follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition. A Chinese ... See full summary »

Director: Brent E. Huffman | Star: Qadir Temori

Votes: 1,006

32. Refrigerator Mothers (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

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It is America of the 1950s and 1960s, when a woman's most important contribution to society is generally considered to be her ability to raise happy, well-adjusted children. But for the ... See full summary »

Director: David E. Simpson

Votes: 25

33. Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club (2015)

51 min | Documentary

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Supper club restaurants were the hot dinning trend in the mid twentieth century. They provided a place for people to spend their evenings enjoying cocktails, home cooked, high quality food ... See full summary »

Director: Holly De Ruyter | Stars: Terese Allen, Brenda Bredahl, Jim Draeger, Don Levin

Votes: 17

34. Four Days in Chicago (2013)

83 min | Documentary, History, News

7.6
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Oscar-winning filmmaker Haskell Wexler returns to his hometown of Chicago to document the Occupy Movement's demonstrations against the 2012 NATO Summit.

Director: Haskell Wexler | Stars: Medea Benjamin, Graham Clumpner, Andrew Davis, Bernardine Dohrn

Votes: 11

35. In the Family (2008)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

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At 31, filmmaker Joanna Rudnick faces an impossible decision: remove her breasts and ovaries or risk incredible odds of developing cancer.

Director: Joanna Rudnick

Votes: 24

36. Inquiring Nuns (1968)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

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Two young nuns explore Chicago--from a supermart to the Art Institute and in front of churches on Sunday--confronting people with the crucial question, "Are you happy?" They meet many ... See full summary »

Directors: Gordon Quinn, Jerry Temaner | Stars: Sister Marie Arne, Sister Mary Campion, Stepin Fetchit

Votes: 40

37. The New Americans (2003)

Not Rated | 411 min | Documentary

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The New Americans follows a diverse group of immigrants and refugees as they leave their home and families behind and learn what it means to be new Americans in the 21st century.

Directors: Susana Aikin, Carlos Aparicio, Jerry Blumenthal, Steve James, Indu Krishnan, Gordon Quinn, Renee Tajima-Pena

Votes: 39

38. Cooked (2019)

60 min | Documentary

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Director: Judith Helfand

39. The Last Pullman Car (1983)

Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary

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In 1864, George Pullman began selling his famous railroad sleeping cars which helped him build a vast industrial empire that was supposed to last forever. In 1981, however, Pullman workers ... See full summary »

Votes: 7

40. Higher Goals (1993)

Not Rated | 30 min | Documentary, Short

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Higher Goals encourages young athletes to put their dreams of professional sports in perspective and focus on getting an education. The real life stories of two high school athletes ... See full summary »

Directors: Steve James, Frederick Marx | Stars: Tim Meadows, Isiah Thomas

Votes: 6

41. Generation Food

Documentary | Filming

Today, one in four people is overweight. One in six is malnourished, and more children die from malnutrition than anything else. For the first time in human history, tomorrow's generation ... See full summary »

Directors: Raj Patel, Zak Piper

42. A Good Man (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

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A Good Man follows acclaimed director/choreographer Bill T. Jones for two tumultuous years, as he tackles the most ambitious work of his career, an original dance-theater piece in honor of Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial.

Directors: Bob Hercules, Gordon Quinn | Stars: Nana Amoah, Bill T. Jones, Lindsay Jones

Votes: 11

43. Bootstraps

Documentary | Post-production

Could Basic Income revive the American Dream? The BOOTSTRAPS docuseries shows what happens in the lives of everyday Americans when they receive $1,000 a month, no strings attached. ... See full summary »

Director: Deia Schlosberg

44. Left-Handed Pianist (2020)

Documentary | Filming

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Directors: Gordon Quinn, Leslie Simmer

45. Grassroots Chicago (1991)

Not Rated | 30 min | Documentary, Short

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A documentary about neighborhood people creating change. Produced for the MacArthur Foundation by Kartemquin Films, this piece features six vignettes on community organizing in different ... See full summary »

Director: Steve James

Votes: 6

46. Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita (2007)

PG | 100 min | Documentary

7.6
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Terra Incognita is a feature length documentary film and companion civic engagement campaign featuring the story of Dr. Jack Kessler, the current chair of Northwestern University's ... See full summary »

Director: Maria Finitzo | Star: Terrence Howard

Votes: 33

47. Golub (1988)

56 min | Documentary, Biography

8.3
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Leon Golub's massive canvasses depict scenes most of us would prefer not to see - mercenary killings, torture, and death squads. Golub offers not simply a profile of a painter with a ... See full summary »

Directors: Jerry Blumenthal, Gordon Quinn | Star: Leon Golub

Votes: 29

48. Hard Earned (2015– )

Documentary

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Hard Earned, a six-part documentary series for Al Jazeera America, follows five families around the country to find out what it takes to get by on 8, 10, or even 17 dollars an hour.

Votes: 8

49. Traces of Home (2021)

Post-production

Filmmaker Colette Ghunim takes her parents to find the ancestral homes in Mexico and Palestine that they had fled from decades earlier.

Director: Colette Ghunim | Stars: Colette Ghunim, Iza Ghunim, Hesni Ghunim, Ramsey Ghunim

50. On Beauty (2014)

31 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

9.0
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ON BEAUTY follows fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who left the fashion world when he grew frustrated with having to work within the restrictive parameters of the industry's standard of beauty.

Director: Joanna Rudnick | Stars: Rick Guidotti, Sarah Kanney, Nadia Merchant, Jayne Waithera

Votes: 7


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