Minding the Gap stuns at Sundance; earns Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking

Less than a week after its sold-out world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Minding the Gap by Bing Liu won the US Documentary Competition Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking last night at the fest's official award ceremonies in Park City. US Documentary Competition Juror Barbara Chai presented the award, saying: "We are so exited to celebrate this extraordinary documentary for its vivacity and freshness of spirit, its unexpected revelation of personal detail, and dazzling, un-choreographed sequences that possess the athleticism and grace of ballet." Continued

America to Me to world premiere at Sundance

The 2018 Sundance Film Festival will host the world premiere of America to Me, an epic 10-part series by acclaimed Director Steve James. A year-long immersion into one of Chicago's most progressive and diverse public schools, located in suburban Oak Park, America to Me explores America's charged state of race, culture and education today with unprecedented depth and scope. Sundance will show several episodes of the series as part of their new Indie Episodic section, which was announced today. The festival is in Park City, UT, running January 18-28. Continued

Minding the Gap to world premiere at Sundance

Kartemquin is thrilled to announce that Minding the Gap, the debut feature from director Bing Liu will world premiere in the US Documentary Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, running January 18-28. The film follows three young men as they bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust-Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship. Continued

Minding the Gap earns Sundance Institute Documentary Fund grant

Minding the Gap by director Bing Liu and producer Diane Moy Quon has just been announced as a recipient of the Sundance Institute's prestigious Documentary Fund grant. Minding the Gap is a journey into the post-industrial heartland of the American midwest with a filmmaker and two of his skateboarding friends. Together they navigate intergenerational abuse and battle a downward economic spiral as they transition from childhood to manhood. Continued

Sabaah Folayan (WHOSE STREETS?) to headline 2017 Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) graduation

Kartemquin Films and The Community Film Workshop of Chicago will present the latest graduates of their acclaimed Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) program on October 2, 6pm at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago. Sabaah Folayan, the co-director of acclaimed 2017 documentary Whose Streets?, currently distributed in theaters by Magnolia Pictures, will deliver the keynote speech at the event, where each of the graduates will present a preview of their latest documentary project. The graduation is free to attend. RSVP here. Continued

Applications now open for 2018 Diverse Voices in Docs program!

Applications are now open for the 2018 Diverse Voices in Docs program, a professional mentorship program for independent documentary filmmakers of color. Eight Midwest filmmakers will be selected from those who apply before the November 15th deadline. Apply/find more information HERE. 2018 will be the sixth year of the successful program, which has helped over 60 mid-career documentary filmmakers of color advance their projects through mentorship and skill-sharing since launching in 2013. Continued

Margaret Caples, DVID co-founder, receives Gene Siskel Film Center's Legacy Award

Margaret Caples, both the co-founder of Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) and executive director of the Community Film Workshop, will receive the Gene Siskel Film Center Legacy Award at the 23rd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival on August 6th at 5:30PM. Caples will be presented with the award ahead of the festival's screening of the Chicago Premiere of Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities. A reception in honor of Caples will follow the screening. Continued

Minding the Gap selected for Film Independent's 14th Annual Fast Track program

Minding the Gap has been selected to participate in Film Independent's 14th annual Fast Track program, taking place at the LA Film Festival June 19-22 in Culver City. This year the program includes 24 filmmakers representing 10 different projects. The Fast Track program consists of three days of intensive meetings with top industry financiers, agents, managers, distributors, production companies and granting organizations with the aims of creating ongoing business and creative relationships and gain exposure. Among this year's industry participants are Bunim-Murray, CAA, Color Force, Electric City Entertainment, Fox Searchlight, Imperative Entertainment and more. Continued

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