Major funders to attend final Diverse Voices in Docs Session

After 6 months of developing their new projects, the 2015 fellows of our Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) program will have final session this Saturday, pitching in front of a roundtable of leading documentary industry funders. Now in its third year, DVID is a professional development and mentorship program for emerging documentarians of color organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago, and aims to provide skill enrichment, networking opportunities and discussions on such topics as ethics, fundraising and distribution. At the final pitching panel, the 12 documentary makers in this year's program will meet: N'Jeri Eaton, Programming Manager - ITVS (Independent Television Service) Lauren Pabst, Program Officer ​- MacArthur Foundation Continued

View photos and reactions from the Spring Showcase

We would like to thank all who came to last night's Kartemquin Spring Showcase. We were thrilled to see the sold out crowd at the Gene Siskel Film Center engaging so passionately and thoughtfully with these new works-in-progress; and in turn, to see the four debut directors so eloquently explaining their filmmaking choices, and future hopes for their films. See below for the top tweets and click here for photos of the night, and more information on this year's projects: All the Queen's Horses; Minding the Gap; The Prosecutors; and Keep Talking. Continued

All The Queen's Horses Already Making Headlines

Upcoming Kartemquin production All The Queen's Horses recently appeared on the pages of The Chicago Tribune. In the April 8th edition of the Chicago Confidential column, Melissa Harris covers the history of the infamous financial fraud and filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope's production process. The documentary portrays the events surrounding the arrest of a Dixon, IL comptroller named Rita Crundwell for the embezzlement of $53 million of city funds. Harris drolly calls the film "the business school version of those anti-DUI educational videos shown in high schools" while highlighting the social utility of Pope's documentary. Additionally, she provides insight into Pope's unique viewpoint as a forensic accountant and associate professor at DePaul University. Continued

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