1. Hard Earned - Series Trailer

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    Sundays 10 pm ET / 7pm PT, starting May 3 on Al Jazeera America. www.hardearnedseries.com “Hard Earned,” produced by the Emmy and Peabody-winning documentary production team behind films such as “Hoop Dreams,” “The Interrupters,” “The Trials of Muhammad Ali,” and “Life Itself,” is a provocative and in-depth look at the lives of five working-class American families. In six one-hour episodes, Al Jazeera America follows the families both at work and at home, as they juggle the rising costs of housing, education, food, medical bills and more – all while working low-wage jobs. As widening economic inequality and the wealth gap continue to increase in the U.S., can these lower-income families get ahead? How are wage stagnation, student loan debt and demographic shifts in the workforce contributing to financial instability for many Americans? Official website: www.hardearnedseries.com https://www.facebook.com/HardEarnedAJAM Twitter: @HardEarnedAJAM Find Al Jazeera America in your area: www.aljazeera.com/getajam Link to online version of press release: https://kartemquin.com/news/coming-to-al-jazeera-america-on-may-3-hard-earned Read an interview with Hard Earned Series Producer Maggie Bowman: https://www.kartemquin.com/news/interview-with-maggie-bowman-producer-of-hard-earned Series Producer: Maggie Bowman Series Editors / Co-Directors: Liz Kaar, David E. Simpson Jose & Elizabeth Story Director: Katy Chevigny DJ & Takita Story Director: Maria Finitzo Emilia Story Director: Ruth Leitman Percy & Beverly Story Director: Brad Lichtenstein Hilton & Diana Story Director: Joanna Rudnick Executive Producers: Steve James, Justine Nagan, Gordon Quinn Co-Producers: Mary Morrissette, Elizabeth Stanton Associate Editor / Post Production Supervisor: Hillary Bachelder Original Music: Norman Arnold Opening Song: Aloe Blacc Narrator: Elizabeth Laidlaw Production Company: Kartemquin Films

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    • Almost There Official Trailer (2015 Documentary HD)

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      "Almost There means not getting what you set out for." For many, Peter Anton’s house embodies an end-of-life nightmare: the utility companies long ago shut off the heat and electricity, the floorboards are rotting, and the detritus of a chaotic life is precariously stacked to the ceiling. But for the filmmakers Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden, Anton’s home is a treasure trove, a startling collection of unseen and fascinating paintings, drawings, and notebooks, not to mention Anton himself, a character worthy of his own reality TV show. Though aging, infirm, cranky, and solitary, Anton also is funny and utterly resilient. Rybicky and Wickenden’s remarkable journey follows a gifted artist through startling twists and turns. By its quietly satisfying ending, Almost There has provided enough human drama for a season of soap operas, plus insights into mental illness, aging in America, and the redemptive power of art. (2015 True/False Festival synopsis) WORLD PREMIERE : DOC NYC - November 2014 LOS ANGELES PREMIERE: ArcLight Documentary Series: curated by IDA's Marjan Safinia - November 2014 CHICAGO PREMIERE: Gene Siskel Film Center Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Premieres - January 2015 MONTANA PREMIERE: BIG SKY Documentary Film Festival - February 2015 MICHIGAN PREMIERE: UICA Grand Rapids - February 2015 OFFICIAL SELECTION: Big Muddy Film Festival - February 2015 MISSOURI PREMIERE: TRUE/FALSE Film Festival - March 2015 WINNER: EMERGING DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER AWARD: Geneva Film Festival - March 2013 OHIO PREMIERE: Cleveland International Film Festival - March 2015 JURY AWARD FINALIST / BEST OF FEST: Sebastopol Film Festival - March 2013 Special screening: Wexner Arts Center, Columbus, OH - April 2015 OFFICIAL SCREENING: Midwest Independent Film Festival - April 2015 WISCONSIN PREMIERE: Wisconsin Film Festival - April 2015 Special screening: CIMMFest/Lake FX, Chicago, IL - April 2015 WINNER: SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: Sarasota Film Festival - April 2015 MINNESOTA PREMIERE: Minneapolis/St. Paul Film Festival - April 2015 ARIZONA PREMIERE: Arizona International Film Festival - April 2015 www.kartemquin.com/films/almost-there www.almostthereproject.com

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      • Hoops Dreams 20th anniversary - a side by side comparison

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        Comparing the original release with a new digital restoration created in honor of the film's 20th anniversary. First exhibited at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the audience award for best documentary, Kartemquin's Hoop Dreams is the remarkable true story of two American dreamers; an intimate reflection of contemporary American inner-city culture, following two ordinary young men on the courts of the game they love. The recently completed restoration represents the collaborative effort of Sundance Institute, UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Academy Film Archive and Kartemquin Films.

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        • Hoop Dreams - Let it Rain (20th anniversary digital restoration)

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          From a new digital restoration created in honor of the film's 20th anniversary. First exhibited at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the audience award for best documentary, Kartemquin's Hoop Dreams is the remarkable true story of two American dreamers; an intimate reflection of contemporary American inner-city culture, following two ordinary young men on the courts of the game they love. www.kartemquin.com/films/hoop-dreams

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          • Hoop Dreams - Arthur's Birthday (20th anniversary digital restoration)

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            From a new digital restoration created in honor of the film's 20th anniversary. First exhibited at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the audience award for best documentary, Kartemquin's Hoop Dreams is the remarkable true story of two American dreamers; an intimate reflection of contemporary American inner-city culture, following two ordinary young men on the courts of the game they love. www.kartemquin.com/films/hoop-dreams

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            • Life Itself: Official Trailer (2014)

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              In theaters, on demand and on iTunes July 4th. Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) and Executive Producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Raging Bull) and Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List, Moneyball) present LIFE ITSELF, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, wistful, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself, explores the impact and legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America. www.ebertmovie.com

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              • Trials of Muhammad Ali Premiere at the Music Box

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                Video recap of the Chicago premiere of THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI at Chicago's Music Box Theatre. www.kartemquin.com/films/the-trials-of-muhammad-ali Filmed by Arpita Aneja and Marriah Kern. Edited by Marriah Kern.

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                • Steve James - LIFE ITSELF Indiegogo update

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                  LIFE ITSELF, a new documentary about Roger Ebert, is currently fundraising on Indiegogo: http://igg.me/at/EbertMovie From his editing room, director Steve James gives an update on the progress of the film so far. LIFE ITSELF, the first ever feature-length documentary on the life of Roger Ebert, covers the prolific critic’s life journey from his days at the University of Illinois, to his move to Chicago where he became the first film critic ever to win the Pulitzer Prize, then to television where he and Gene Siskel became iconic stars, and finally to what Roger referred to as “his third act”; how he overcame disabilities wrought by cancer to became a major voice on the internet and through social media. Director Steve James (HOOP DREAMS) has conducted interviews with over two dozen people, including lifelong friends, professional colleagues, the first ever interview with Gene Siskel’s wife, and filmmakers Errol Morris, Werner Herzog, Ramin Bahrani, Gregory Nava, Ava DuVernay, and Martin Scorsese, who is one of the executive producers. “This movie is a love story really –– Roger’s love for movies, for Chaz, and even in his own way, his love for Gene. Ultimately, though, it’s a film about Roger’s love for life itself.” - Steve James

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                  • American Arab - Documentary trailer

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                    A Coming of Arab story. Iraqi-American filmmaker Usama Alshaibi (Nice Bombs) shares his own story of experiencing racism in post-9/11 America. Showcasing the diversity of Arabs living in the United States, American Arab sparks a frank conversation about identity and perception, and argues for giving people "the space to be complicated." www.AmericanArabMovie.com The film world premiered at IDFA 2013, the world's largest documentary festival, and had its US premiere at the 2014 Big Sky Documentary Festival before gaining an honorable mention as the closing night film of the Chicago Underground Film Festival. The American Library Association praised it as a "a potent discussion starter," and Documentary magazine wrote that "in the great tradition of American personal documentary film, Alshabi also struggles with what it means to be a filmmaker who happens to be Arab-American. Less concerned with aesthetics than ideas, he uses the camera as a tool to dig for answers about identity, art and filmmaking that are often overlooked." The Underground Film Journal wrote that Usama Alshaibi "is one of our most important filmmakers, a fact further defined by this engaging and enlightening documentary." Explore Usama's unique perspective today on iTunes, DVD and Cable VOD! Our thanks to Passion River for getting the film on these outlets. The film is also available to screen for institutions through Cinema Guild. "Probes what you might call the Arab-American dilemma... smart and complicated... you immediately have a connection to these people." - The Chicago Tribune.

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                    • Martin Scorsese asks you to support Life Itself, a documentary about Roger Ebert

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                      Martin Scorsese gives LIFE ITSELF two thumbs up — and thinks you should too. Please support: igg.me/at/ebertmovie In this heartfelt video, LIFE ITSELF executive producer and cinema legend Martin Scorsese asks for your support of the Indiegogo campaign for our new documentary about the great film critic Roger Ebert. LIFE ITSELF, the first ever feature-length documentary on the life of Roger Ebert, covers the prolific critic’s life journey from his days at the University of Illinois, to his move to Chicago where he became the first film critic ever to win the Pulitzer Prize, then to television where he and Gene Siskel became iconic stars, and finally to what Roger referred to as “his third act”; how he overcame disabilities wrought by cancer to became a major voice on the internet and through social media. Director Steve James (HOOP DREAMS) has conducted interviews with over two dozen people, including lifelong friends, professional colleagues, the first ever interview with Gene Siskel’s wife, and filmmakers Errol Morris, Werner Herzog, Ramin Bahrani, Gregory Nava, Ava DuVernay, and Martin Scorsese, who is one of the executive producers. “This movie is a love story really –– Roger’s love for movies, for Chaz, and even in his own way, his love for Gene. Ultimately, though, it’s a film about Roger’s love for life itself.” - Steve James Support the film: igg.me/at/ebertmovie

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