March 5, 2020 2:33 pm
2017 Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) Alum Colette Ghunim and 2019 DVID Alum Milton Guillén have been named 2020 Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) MediaMaker Fellows.
Colette Ghunim’s work is rooted in the overlap of social impact and visual storytelling. She is currently in development with Kartemquin on Traces of Home, a feature-length film documenting her journey back to Mexico and Palestine to locate her parents' original homes, which they were forced to leave decades ago. She is also the co-founder of Mezcla Media Collective, an organization supporting 400 women of color filmmakers in Chicago.
Milton Guillén is an award-winning Nicaraguan filmmaker whose work resides in the world of docufiction. His most recent works gravitate around the cinematic intersections of decolonial ethnographic research and the affective image. Milton's films have screened globally at Hot Docs, CPH:DOX, DOK Leipzig, and more. He is the recipient of several artists residencies and grants internationally.
The MediaMaker Fellowship is an artist development program that provides nonfiction filmmakers with critical mentorship, access to industry contacts, structure for workshopping projects in an inclusive and collaborative environment, and career-long relationships with peers. For the 2020 Fellowship, BAVC is awarding $8,000 unrestricted funding to 10 diverse filmmakers in addition to an immersive 8-month experience that includes intimate feedback sessions, all-access travel to True/False Film Festival and the International Documentary Association's Getting Real Conference, learning opportunities with seasoned experts in the field and a built-in support network.
Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) is a nine-month professional mentorship and development program for documentary filmmakers of color, organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago. Founded in 2013, DVID aims to inspire collaboration and skill-sharing among its fellows, and among the larger Midwestern independent documentary filmmaking community. At the core of the fellowship is a series of dynamic workshops led by Kartemquin staff, associates, and invited experts, ranging in focus from storytelling ethics, to fundraising, to distribution, and a pitch session attended by leading funders and distributors. The program culminates with a graduation showcasing fellows work and featuring a keynote speaker.