Gordon Quinn and Josh Hyde talk about the history of “cinéma vérité,” Kartemquin starting as a filmmaking collective, being the muse for Bob Dylan's song "Quinn the Eskimo" (“The Mighty Quinn”), helping create Hoop Dreams and Minding The Gap, the mission to empower filmmakers, and maneuvering today's distribution reality (streaming, theatrical, and TV) with powerful documentaries that leave distributors "in awe at the power of cinema."
Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin Films, Gordon Quinn has been making documentaries for over 50 years. Roger Ebert called his first film Home for Life (1966), "an extraordinarily moving documentary." With this film, Gordon established the direction he would take for making “vérité” films investigating and critiquing society by documenting the lives of real people. Gordon created a legacy of inspiration for filmmakers and a home where they can make high-quality, social-issue documentaries. Gordon was the executive producer for Hoop Dreams (1994), about 2 inner-city high school basketball players for 5 years as they pursue their NBA dreams. (Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Chicago Film Critics Award – Best Picture, Los Angeles Film Critics Association – Best Documentary, & Academy Award Nomination)
Other Gordon Quinn films include: Vietnam, Long Time Coming, Golub, 5 Girls, Refrigerator Mothers and Stevie. He executive produced Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita and The New Americans. He produced, In The Family, about the human consequences of genetic medicine and executive produced Milking the Rhino, about community-based conservation in Africa, and At The Death House Door on a wrongful execution. As a director, he completed Prisoner of Her Past, a Holocaust survivor suffering from late-onset PTSD, and co-directed the 2011 release A Good Man, about the dancer Bill T. Jones. '63 Boycott, directed by Gordon about the 1963 Chicago Public Schools Boycott. (2017 Chicago Int’l Film Festival, MOMA’s 2018 Doc Fortnight, 2018 Pan African Arts + Film Festival – Audience Award for Best Documentary Short, Short-listed for a 2019 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short)
Gordon’s recent films as executive producer include Minding the Gap (2019 Academy Award nominee, Best Documentary), the America to Me series, Edith+Eddie (2018 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Short), Keep Talking and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2018 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary). Gordon has won many awards, including 3 Emmy awards, the 2015 Int’l Documentary Association (IDA) Career Achievement Award, the Hot Springs Documentary Festival's 2014 Career Achievement Award; the 2015 Houston Cinema Arts Festival Special Tribute Award, the CIMMfest’s 2016 BAADASSSSS Award for career achievement in movies and music and the 2016 St. Louis Int’l Film Festival's Maysles Brothers Lifetime Achievement Award.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/americanfilmmaker/support
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