Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) is a professional development and mentorship program for emerging documentary filmmakers of color, organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop. At the core of the program are six engaging monthly workshops, with creative advice provided by Kartemquin Films’ world-class staff and associates. Each session provides practical, skills-based enrichment designed to help incubate and strengthen the participants' next documentary projects.
As the presidential election is getting closer and surveys put both candidates in a tight race, one thing has been clear: issues about women's rights have been at the forefront of many animated debates between the two ends of the political spectrum. This is nothing new.
As part of the Illinois Humanities Council's Cafe Society discussion series, Girls in the Game president and CEO Amy Skeen will be leading a talk about gender equality in sports, exploring the changes and challenges since the victory of Title IX 40 years ago. The discussion will include a preview of Maria Finitzo's film In the Game, a Kartmequin documentary currently in production that explores how Title IX has changed the face of sports in American society.
And This is Free and Chicago Maternity Center Story will screen at the Sundown in K-Town Festival in Chicago this July. The festival, which is a collaboration between the Better Boys Foundation (BBF) and Facets Multi-Media, is comprised of a series of social documentaries that exemplify the role of independent filmmaking in reporting about and shaping Chicago.
Maria Finitzo's 5 Girls, an award-winning documentary that closely follows five teenagers in Chicago as they navigate adolescence, will air on WTTW Wednesday night at 10pm.
The film originally aired on PBS' P.O.V. strand, and was praised for its depth and candor by critics, with the Boston Globe stating it revealed a portrait of teenage female life "we've seen little of in mainstream media."
Watch a new video introduction to the 2001 film from director/producer Maria Finitzo below:
Doc Films' 10-week Kartemquin retrospective continues this Sunday, November 20 at 7pm with The Chicago Maternity Center Story & Women's Voices: The Gender Gap. In celebration of Kartemquin's 45th anniversary, The University of Chicago's Doc Films is bringing the art of documentary storytelling back to the place where our history all began…
Attending this event and leading the discussion after the screening will be:
Suzanne Davenport and Jerry Blumenthal, filmmakers;
Kay Harvey, doula and ICTC member;