MNFF honors Steve James with Sustained Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking Award

Acclaimed director Steve James will receive Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival's 'Sustained Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking Award' on the closing night of the fest at 6:30PM on August 26. The fest will also screen James' 2018 Academy Award-nominated film Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, the first two episodes of James' upcoming Starz-acquired series America to Me, and Bing Liu's Minding the Gap (executive produced by James). Screenings: Saturday, August 25 7:15PM - Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Sunday, August 26 1PM - America to Me Sunday, August 26 4PM - Minding the Gap Continued

2018 Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) annual Funders Panel brings industry leaders to Chicago

Leading documentary industry funders will visit Chicago on Saturday, June 23rd to assess the eight in-progress projects being made by Midwestern documentary makers of color through Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID), a nine-month professional mentorship program organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago. Funder panelists gathering at the DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts to review pitches and view previews by the 2018 DVID cohort will include: Chloe Gbai, POV Jannet Nuñez, ITVS Hajnal Molnar-Szakacs, Sundance Institute Marjon Javadi, Doc Society Leslie Fields-Cruz, Black Public Media Dan Soles, WTTW Continued

Minding the Gap wins twice at Sheffield Doc/Fest

Not only making its UK premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest, but stirring and stunning fest-goers, Minding the Gap earned both the New Talent Award and the Doc Audience Award at the 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest. The film has now earned 28 award recognitions since its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in January. Impressions from #SheffDocFest viewers: Thrilled that @MindingGapFilm won TWO awards at @sheffdocfest - an expertly executed film that weaves multiple narratives into a tale about growing up. Plus, there's some great skateboarding. Congratulations Bing! https://t.co/LGXhoxQAXM Continued

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