Film News: Midwest Independent Film Festival Celebrates Kartemquin Films on April 3, 2018

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CHICAGO – It was an amazing Oscar season in 2018 for Chicago-based Kartemquin Films. Two of the their documentary film productions, “Edith + Eddie” by director Laura Checkoway and “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” by Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) were nominated at the 90th Academy Awards. Both films will be showcased at the Midwest Independent Film Festival on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018, at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema in Chicago For more information, ticket purchasing, click here.

‘Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,’ Directed by Steve James
Photo credit: PBS Distribution

“Edith + Eddie” was nominated in the Documentary Short category at the 2018 Oscars, and involves an interracial couple who are age 96 and 95, threatened by a family feud that might tear them apart. “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” is about a small bank in New York City’s Chinatown, who became a scapegoat during the 2008 financial and banking crisis, and was Oscar nominated for Documentary Feature. Producers Betsy Steinberg, Mark Mitten and director Steve James of Kartemquin Films will appear at the screening on behalf of the films.

The Midwest Independent Film Festival is a year-round movie event in Chicago that takes place the first Tuesday of every month, at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema. The festival has been recognized by Chicago Magazine in their “Best of Chicago” issue, and has become one of the top places for local filmmakers, producers and actors to network in the city.

The Midwest Independent Film Festival presents “Edith + Eddie” and “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 (6pm start), at Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark Street, Chicago. For more information about the festival, click here. For an interview with director Steve James during Oscar Week, click here. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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