AT NO COST TO YOU, GET FUNDING FOR Kartemquin Educational Films WHEN YOU:
Buy a Home / Sell a Home / Lease Commercial Property

Buying, Selling, & Leasing Can Help Filmmakers Tell Important Stories

Critically acclaimed documentary producer Kartemquin Films is using the power of film to promote marginalized peoples and encourage dialogue and democracy. As a member of Investing In Communities®, they can receive funding as a result of brokered real estate transactions – home sales, home purchases, and commercial leases. When more supporters use this platform, at no cost to themselves, before engaging a real estate agent, Kartemquin Films will have more resources to produce high quality films exploring important issues in the US and across the globe.

In addition to being a four-time Academy Award and six-time Emmy winning documentary film production team, Kartemquin FIlms is also a mission-driven organization, bringing visionary filmmakers together to highlight real people’s stories. Since 1966, they have explored and provided commentary on society through the eyes of people on the edges of society. Kartemquin Films is elevated by their incredible crew and board, including cinematographer Bin Liu, and singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc. Some of their recent and notable films include Cooked: Survival by Zip code, Eating Up Easter, America to Me, Minding the Gap, and Edit+Eddie.

Bing Liu

Director of the acclaimed 2018 documentary Minding the Gap, Bing Liu was listed by Variety Magazine as one of 10 documentary filmmakers to watch in 2018. The film explores race, masculinity, and responsibility as it follows the story of three young, Illinois men and their shared passion for skateboarding. The film was listed among Barack Obama’s favorite films of 2018, and it has won 28 awards since its release.

Aloe Blacc

Best known for writing the lyrics and singing the hook for the hit Avicci song, “Wake Me Up,” Aloe Blacc has also put his musical talent to work for Kartemquin. He contributed the opening song for their 2015 film Hard Earned. 

Cooked: Survival by Zip Code

On July 12, 2019, Kartemquin released  Cooked, Survival by Zip Code to critical acclaim. The film examines the 1995 Chicago heat disaster that claimed the lives of 739 people.

Eating Up Easter

The 2018 film Eating Up Easter grapples with the fast changing Easter Islands, home of the famous and ancient Easter Island statues. 

America to Me

America to Me, a 2018 production from Kartemquin, follows an academic year for teens in a Chicago highschool, exploring what it means to be a teenager in America today.


The 2017 release Edith+Eddie tells the story of America’s most elderly interracial marriage and the legal and prejudice roadblocks standing in their way. 

Your Purchase, Sale, or Lease Promotes Democracy and Dialogue

At no cost to themselves, anyone who believes that independent filmmakers can make a difference through their art can turn virtually any brokered real estate transaction into funding for Kartemquin Films. For example, the purchase or sale of a $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding. Support their mission by using IIC’s free platform to make arrangements with an agent you already have in mind. Or use IIC to find and choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for the specifics of your residential or commercial real estate needs. Ready to start?

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Focus Area: Arts and Culture, Social Justice

Budget: $500k - $1 million

Want to help this charity with your next real estate transaction?

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As a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, Kartemquin Educational Films is eligible to receive at least 70% of the referral fee when you use Investing In Communities (IIC) to sign up with ANY real estate broker to handle your residential or commercial property transaction. Referral fees are a common expense paid by brokers only to other brokers for much desired referrals. As a licensed broker with a charitable mission, IIC is able to accept referral fees and pass most of those funds to your charity of choice - at no cost to you.
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