The latest addition to our awards mantelpiece is the Master of Cinema award from Riverrun Film Festival!
“I actually think we did a few things right,” says Kartemquin co-founder and artistic director Gordon Quinn. “We’ve tried to stay true to our core mission but we’ve tried to change with the times. We talk about reinventing ourselves … (and) we have the ability to be flexible and respond to the period of history we live in.”
“As much excited as I am when one of our films receives accolades, I’m even more so when the historical achievements of Kartemquin are lauded,” says Justine Nagan, Kartemquin executive director. “We have a real collective focus on mission and quality and high ethics – and getting people thinking and talking about the world we live in.”
“You hear a lot of cynicism about the younger generation, but that’s not what I perceive,” says Quinn. “The young people at Kartemquin are dedicated, focused, mission-driven and are trying to make a change.”
Kartemquin is honored to be the first organization ever to receive the RiverRun International Film Festival’s Master of Cinema Award.
The award will be presented following a screening of Bill Siegel’s documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali at Wake Forest University on April 9.
Read more about the festival, and our reaction to the award, in Yes Weekly.
“Hoop Dreams ain’t going nowhere, honey.”
Original intermission card for Hoop Dreams PBS broadcast, 1995.
"We screened a fine cut of our film for Peter at the senior home. We’d discussed the edit at length many times before, but this was his first time seeing more than a few minutes of the movie. After about 8 years of knowing each other, 5 years of filmmaking process, 2 art shows and an unquantifiable amount of Pringles… it all boiled down to 90 minutes on screen. When it was over, Peter took off his headphones and said, "Leave it as is. That’s beautiful."
Look out for Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden’s Almost There later this year.
The image at the top compares the new restoration (left) with the original release (right). It is fair to say that very few people have ever truly seen the film as it should look. But the restoration premiered at Sundance 2014 and screens this April at the upcoming Full Frame Documentary Festival.
The recently completed restoration represents the collaborative effort of Sundance Institute, UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Academy Film Archive and Kartemquin Films.
Hoop Dreams was shot primarily on analog Beta SP videotape, so the image was cropped and transferred for its commercial release. Working from multiple elements, including standard definition video masters and a 35mm film print, the project team created a new uncropped, high definition digital master that better represents the pictorial quality of the original videography. Digitally remastered at Modern VideoFilm with sound restoration by Audio Mechanics, this version allows future audiences to see the film as conceived by its filmmakers. Nora Gully managed the restoration project for Kartemquin with archivist Carolyn Faber, and working extensively with Ross Lipman, who oversaw the restoration for UCLA. John Nein at Sundance originated the restoration.
Try to catch the 20 year-old Hoop Dreams this year if you can, looking better than ever before!