Join us at Chop Shop/1st Ward as CIMMFest celebrates the lifetime achievement of Baadasssss Gordon Quinn, of Kartemquin Films.
6:00 pm cocktail hour
7:00 pm award ceremony with Gordon Quinn interviewed by Bob Hercules
Artistic Director and founder of Kartemquin Films, Gordon Quinn has been making documentaries for over 50 years. Roger Ebert, of the Chicago Sun Times, called his first film Home for Life (1966) "an extraordinarily moving documentary." With Home for Life Gordon established the direction he would take for the next five decades, making cinéma vérité films that investigate and critique society by documenting the unfolding lives of real people. At Kartemquin, Gordon created a legacy that is an inspiration for young filmmakers and a home where they can make high-quality, social-issue documentaries.
He was the International Documentary Association’s 2015 Career Achievement Award recipient.
Bob Hercules is an independent filmmaker and co-owner of Media Process Group—a Chicago-based production company. Hercules' work has been seen widely on PBS, Discovery Channel, IFC, The Learning Channel and in film festivals around the world. His new film, Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and won Best Documentary at the 2016 Boulder International Film Festival. It will air on PBS’ American Masters in February, 2017.
Hercules’ 2011 film, A Good Man (co-directed by Gordon Quinn) aired on American Masters in 2011 and played at many film festivals including IDFA, Silverdocs, Full Frame, DOXA and the Southern Circuit.