Two Projects Announced for the Peng Zhao and Cherry Chen Fund for AAPI Voices at Kartemquin

CHICAGO, IL - Kartemquin Films is pleased to announce the first two projects supported by the Peng Zhao and Cherry Chen Fund for AAPI Voices: Untitled Scientist Project by director Jiayan “Jenny” Shi and Spirited by director Joua Lee Grande. Both filmmakers are alumni of Kartemquin’s acclaimed Diverse Voices in Documentary program.

This first round of the multi-year fund supports two filmmakers with $50,000 co-production awards towards production, and mentorship through 2022 within the award-winning Kartemquin collaborative production model. 


Kartemquin Films Announces the Peng Zhao and Cherry Chen Fund for AAPI Voices

New Initiative Will Support Filmmakers Producing Documentaries Elevating the Experiences of AAPI Communities

CHICAGO, Apr. 4, 2022 — The non-profit documentary filmmaking organization Kartemquin Films today announced a substantial commitment from Peng Zhao, CEO of Citadel Securities, and his wife, Cherry Chen, to support AAPI documentarians and the development of high-impact stories that reflect the varied experiences of their communities.


Announcing the 2022 Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) Fellows

Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago today announced the six new 2022 Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) fellows.

Welcoming the 9th cohort, DVID is a professional mentorship program for Midwestern documentary filmmakers of color, created by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago. Fellows are chosen from a pool of applicants with a demonstrated commitment to social issue documentary. 


DOC NYC Roadtrip featuring Yvonne Welbon, Jiayan "Jenny" Shi, Maria Finitzo, Diane Quon, and Ashley O'Shay

Join us on Facebook Live Wedneday, October 28th at 3:00 – 3:45 pm ET / 2:00 – 2:45pm CT as the next stop on the virtual DOC NYC Road Trip. The series was created to check in with filmmaking hubs across the country. Host Thom Powers will talk with filmmakers, programmers, and filmmaking advocates as they share documentary news and preview some of DOC NYC’s 2020 slate.