Kartemquin, Community Film Workshop and Chaz Ebert to honor documentary makers of color at Diverse Voices in Docs 2014 Graduation

Event: October 5th, 6:00pm at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 East 60th Street, University of Chicago. FREE. RSVP: http://kartemquin.com/diversevoices.

Graduating fellows from Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID), a professional development and mentorship program for documentary makers of color, will be celebrated at a free, public event at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center at 6:00-9:00pm on October 5th.

Chaz Ebert, publisher of RogerEbert.com, will present a keynote address followed by a screening of clips from works-in-progress created with the support of Diverse Voices in Docs, a collaboration between veteran film institutions the Community Film Workshop of Chicago and Kartemquin Films.

The October 5 celebration will also serve as the launch for applications to the 2015 program, as well as a networking and information-gathering event for veteran and emerging Chicago filmmakers.

RSVP to the event, and apply for 2015, at http://kartemquin.com/diversevoices.

Established in 2013, Diverse Voices in Docs enrolled its second class of 19 documentary makers in January 2014. The filmmakers received 6 months of project development and consulting on their individual documentary films from Kartemquin producers and special guests, and continue to receive ongoing advice.

“It was exciting to see the great depth and diversity in the projects this year, and we look forward to sharing that with an audience,” said Margaret Caples, Executive Director of the Community Film Workshop.

“This is an event designed to bring the Chicago documentary and film production community together in celebration of diversity,” said Justine Nagan, Kartemquin’s Executive Director. “In this second year, we’ve again been astounded by the talent of the DVID filmmakers, and warmed by their willingness and desire to forge long-term collaborations with us and each other.”

The 2014 graduating class are Jeff Baraka, Cathena Evans, W. Joelle Gonzalez-Laguer, David D. Grace, Stephen Hatch, Thavary Krouch, Bing Liu, Esau Melendez, Bryant Monteilh, Noel Occomy, Ife Olatunji, Lourdes Ortega, John Owens, Anuradha Rana, Toni Reed, Anton Seals, Kamau Tyehimba, Samuel Vega, and Lajwanti Waghray.

Funding for the program was provided by Voqal Fund, The Academy for Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, The Sage Foundation, The Seabury Foundation, KatLei Productions, Kartemquin Films, and The Community Film Workshop. For 2015, the Academy has increased their funding after seeing the program’s success.

At the core of the Diverse Voices in Docs program are six intensive three-hour workshops held monthly at the Community Film Workshop, with creative advice provided by Kartemquin Films’ staff and associates. Each session provides practical skill-enrichment designed to help incubate the attendee’s next documentary project, as well as connecting them to an expert community, new collaborators, and a wider network of funders and distributors. In 2014, the fellows received an opportunity to pitch their projects to a host of major documentary funders such as MacArthur Foundation, Independent Television Service (ITVS), WTTW, and Illinois Humanities Council.

2015 Diverse Voices in Docs application information and submission form: www.kartemquin.com/diversevoices.

Application deadline: Friday, December 12th

Workshop sessions focus on applied learning and honing skills in areas such as fundraising, storytelling, production techniques, distribution and marketing.

Further perks for enrolled filmmakers include networking sessions introducing them to notable broadcasters, funders and distributors; access to Kartemquin’s invite-only “KTQ Labs Feedback Screenings” program, where Kartemquin’s filmmaker community provides free rough-cut consulting; and access to job listings and informational resources.

Eligibility Criteria
Applicants should have played a principal role in a completed production (producer, writer, director, editor, etc.) and have experience or work history that demonstrated their commitment to social issue documentary.
Applicants are evaluated solely by their application
Applicants must be a legal US resident
Applicants must NOT be a full-time student
Applicants commit to participating in all aspects of the program and attending all 6 classes.
There is no application fee. An enrollment fee of $110 is due upon acceptance to the program.
Decisions will be based on finalist interviews and work samples.

The Diverse Voices in Docs program will not provide: project funding, legal advice, equipment or post-production access.

About Kartemquin Films
Kartemquin Films is a collaborative center for documentary media makers who seek to foster a more engaged and empowered society. With a noted tradition of nurturing emerging talent and acting as a leading voice for independent media, Kartemquin is building on over 48 years of being Chicago's documentary powerhouse.

Kartemquin sparks democracy through documentary. Their films, such as The Interrupters, Hoop Dreams, and The Trials of Muhammad Ali have left a lasting impact on millions of viewers. A revered resource within the film community on issues of fair use, ethics, story and civic discourse, Kartemquin is internationally recognized for crafting quality documentaries backed by audience and community engagement strategies, and for its innovative media arts community programs. Kartemquin is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. www.kartemquin.com

About Community Film Workshop
Community Film Workshop has trained and mentored three generations of film, video and photographic artists in Chicago and nationally. Graduates work on nationally distributed feature films, at television stations, at media production centers and in the arts in Chicago and throughout the nation. Other graduates have become independent producers, cultural workers, teachers and media arts administrators.

Community Film Workshop of Chicago provides classes in video production and multimedia in under-served communities. Its teaching philosophy is rooted in the practice of the artist mentor relationship. CFWC believes that the difference between media about an indigenous group and those produced by people of that group is the producers' perspective. The disciplined and nurturing style of Community Film Workshop anchors the organizations core values of media’s positive transforming power.