Announcing the 2015 Diverse Voices in Docs fellows

We are delighted to welcome the 2015 Diverse Voices in Docs fellows to their first session today. The Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) Fellowship is a collaboration between Kartemquin Films and Community Film Workshop (CFW) of Chicago. It is a six-month, intensive program designed to help mid-career filmmakers of color increase their skillset, build their professional network, and move their documentary film projects forward toward completion, with the program culminating in a fall graduation showcase featuring a keynote speaker and a public screening of project clips by all fellows. Documentary makers are partnered together and matched with veteran Kartemquin and CFW producers for additional guidance. The 2015 program marks the third annual iteration of DVID. Additional support for the program is provided by Voqal Fund, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Seabury Foundation, and Kat Lei Productions. Continued

High praise and packed houses for Almost There's Chicago premieres

In its triumphant Chicago premiere weekend, Almost There was greeted with two sold out houses at the Gene Siskel Film Center, and a bevy of fantastic reviews and media attention. The overwhelmingly joyous and positive response was extremely gratifying for co-directors Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden, who spent eight years working on the film since first discovering their subject, elderly "outsider" artist Peter Anton. Continued

FIPA to host French Premiere of Saving Mes Aynak

Saving Mes Aynak has been selected for the prestigious FIPA Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels, screening this January 21, 2015 in Biarritz, France. It is a rare honor for an American documentary to screen at the festival, now in its 28th edition. Get details of the screening. Congratulations to director Brent Huffman, producer Zak Piper, and their team. The film follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition by a Chinese state-owned mining company which is eager to harvest $100 billion dollars worth of copper buried directly beneath the archaeological ruins. Continued

Farewell 2014; Hello 2015!

A record-breaking year for Kartemquin saw six of our documentary projects have world premieres in 2014: Life Itself at Sundance Film Festival in January. The Homestretch at Hot Docs in April. On Beauty at Chicago International Film Festival in October. The School Project simultaneously on the web, TV and with a live event at Chicago History Museum in October. Almost There at DOC NYC in November. Saving Mes Aynak at IDFA in November. Continued

A Statement from Indie Caucus: Keep the Public in Public Television

A Statement from Indie Caucus, An Organization Of America's Independent Filmmakers // December 19, 2014 KEEP THE PUBLIC IN PUBLIC TELEVISION DON’T LET WNET LEAD PBS AWAY FROM ITS MISSION OF BRINGING DIVERSE VOICES AND ENGAGING ISSUES TO THE PUBLIC WNET’s sudden decision to move Independent Lens and POV off the established 10pm Monday Thirteen/WNET schedule is an outrage. WNET needs to move Independent Lens and POV back on THIRTEEN in primetime, to best serve its public and to set a best standard precedent for the PBS network of stations. Continued