Filmmaker Jerry Blumenthal (1936–2014)

Today we mourn the loss of colleague and friend Jerry Blumenthal, a filmmaker and founding partner of Kartemquin Films, who passed away yesterday morning. We present this short video tribute from Media Burn founder Tom Weinberg, followed by highlights from some of Jerry’s early work with Kartemquin.

We’ll have more on Jane Byrne later. For now, you can check out this campaign commercial, footage with Byrne on election night 1979, and Byrne’s Easter at Cabrini–Green.



  1. Bruce says:

    A beautiful soul. I’ll miss him.

  2. Linda Blumenthal Ballesteros says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Jerry. He will be missed.
    Love and my deepest sympathy to his family.

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