DCASE awards funds to Unbroken Glass & Almost There filmmakers

Two Kartemquin filmmakers have been awarded individual artist program grants by the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Both grants are for $4,000 each.

Dinesh Sabu received funding for Unbroken Glass, his debut documentary. He will use the funds to continue working towards and assembly edit with editor Matt Lauterbach.

"It's an honor to be one of the artists the City of Chicago has chosen to support," said Dinesh. You should also read his latest blog on the the process and perceptions of making a "personal documentary."

Aaron Wickenden, co-director/co-producer of Almost-There (with Dan Rybicky), also received a DCASE grant. Aaron will use the funding towards the musical score for the festival/theatrical edit of Almost There which is being composed by Joshua Abrams (who also scored The Interrupters and The Trials of Muhammad Ali, both also edited by Aaron). The funds will allow for the development of musical themes for the film, and Joshua will begin recording next week with a core ensemble of local jazz talent on alto saxophone, bass clarinet, celeste, acoustic upright bass, autoharp and percussion.

This caps a great week for Aaron, who was just nominated for an Emmy for his work as co-editor (with Steve James) of The Interrupters.