Announcing our 2017 Diverse Voices in Doc fellows!

Our 2017 cohort of Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) fellows met for the first time this past Saturday, kicking off the 5th year of the professional development and mentorship program for documentary filmmakers of color since its launch in 2013.

DVID is organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago. The chosen cohorts receive hands-on advice from experienced Kartemquin and Community Film Workshop staff and award-winning filmmakers, before pitching to a panel of major funders, including representatives from ITVS, MacArthur Foundation, WTTW Channel 11, POV, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and Bertha BritDoc Foundation. This past November, a graduation ceremony for the 2016 DVID fellows was held at the Arclight Cinema Chicago as part of Kartemquin’s Fall Festival. Acclaimed documentarian Lyric Cabral, director of Sundance award-winning film (T)error, gave the keynote address to the class of 2016.

“I am inspired by Kartemquin’s commitment to nurturing storytellers of color and voices which, for the sake of our democracy, are in critical need of promotion....It is refreshing to be a part of the majority, not a minority, while celebrating the form we all love,” said Cabral.

Currently, two in-progress films from DVID fellows have become Kartemquin projects: Minding the Gap by Bing Liu and All The Queen's Horses by Kelly Richmond Pope.

2017 DVID Fellows and Mentors

  • Jamel Russel
    Mentor: Margaret Byrne
  • Urooj Yazdani
    Mentor: Maria Finitzo
  • Dani Jackson
    Mentor: Liz Kaar
  • Raza Siddiqui
    Mentor: Peter Kuttner
  • Reveca Torres
    Mentor: Matt Lauterbach
  • Colette Ghunim
    Mentor: Dan Rybicky
  • Tanikia Carpenter
    Mentor: Dinesh Sabu
  • Cam Be
    Mentor: Pamela Sherrod
  • Latesha Dickerson
    Mentor: David Simpson
  • Messiah Equiano
    Mentor: Ian Kibbe
  • Aaron Johnson
    Mentor: Susanne Suffredin
  • Bridget Bradley
    Mentor: Shuling Yong

DVID Sponsors
DVID is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Additional supporters include: The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, Voqal Fund, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Bertha Foundation, The Seabury Foundation, the Efroymson Family Fund, Kartemquin Films and Community Film Workshop.

In the past, DVID has been supported by: CityArts, The Sage Foundation, and KatLei Productions.