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

DVID was founded by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago in 2013, and has now supported over 75 filmmakers. Funders renewing support for DVID in 2018 include The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Journalism and Media Grant, and a recommended Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. New funders of DVID in 2018 include The Chicago Community Trust’s Cultural Arts Fund and The Field Foundation of Illinois.

2018 fellows participate in eight intensive workshops led by Kartemquin Films’ staff and associates, and invited industry experts, covering topics ranging from storytelling/ethics, fundraising/pitching, distribution/marketing, and impact campaigns and crowdfunding. For the first time in the program’s history a special two-day Impact and Engagement workshop will be held on July 29th and 30th, led by industry expert Shaady Salehi, Principal and Founder of Skyview Strategies.

The program culminates in fall graduation showcase featuring a keynote speaker and sneak previews of the fellows’ projects. Applications for the 2019 DVID fellowship will open this fall and close November 1st.

DVID is one of Kartemquin's several filmmaker development programs (including our internship and KTQ Labs programs), led by our newly-hired Programs and Engagement Manager, Laura Gomez-Mesquita, who joined the Kartemquin team in May of 2018. Gomez-Mesquita comes to Kartemquin by way of prior leadership roles in program management and education at Free Spirit Media and BRIC Arts Media Bklyn. She holds an M.F.A. in Film and Electronic Media from American University and an M.A. in Teaching from National-Louis University.

Former DVID fellows include Bing Liu (2014) and his directorial debut, Minding the Gap. The film has garnered over 25 award recognitions since its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, including the Sundance Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking, the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2018 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature at the 2018 Sarasota Film Festival, and Best Editing: Documentary Feature at the Ashland Independent Film Festival. Minding the Gap was hailed by Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter as, “an audacious feature debut on all levels,” and director Bing Liu was named as one of Variety’s ‘10 Documentarians to Watch in 2018.’

2013 DVID fellow Kelly Richmond Pope’s debut feature, All the Queen’s Horses, a Kartemquin Films and Helios Digital Learning co-production, won the HBO Spotlight Award for Best Documentary following its world premiere at Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, and has been released in theaters nationwide. In April 2018, the film was released on VOD, and was the #1 most-viewed documentary on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Video.

Learn more about all of our filmmaker development programs here.