KTQ Celebrates Diverse Voices in Docs Graduates

From stories of fighting for civil rights in the 1960s to a closer look at what it means to be a shoe shiner; from a profile of an exiled Iranian film professor to a discussion of adoption in Korea, this year’s Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) graduating fellows explored a wide variety of topics through their films. Now, the community is gearing up for a celebration and viewing of their accomplishments.

Twelve filmmakers will be recognized at the DVID graduation ceremony being held from 6:00 to 9:00p.m. Sunday, October 11th at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center. The event is free and open to the public with an RSVP by clicking here. Attendees will see exclusive screenings of clips from the graduates’ works-in-progress, and hear a keynote address from Media Process Group's Keith Walker, the acclaimed Chicago-based cinematographer whose credits include A Good Man, No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, Catching Hell, Forgiving Dr. Mengele, and the forthcoming Maya Angelou: The People's Poet.

The 2015 graduating DVID fellows are Ahmed Hamad, Dion Strawhorn Jr., Eleva Singleton, Erika Valenciana, Kamasi Hill, Leigh Jurecka, Martine Granby, Mary Horan, Maryam Sepehry, Mina Fitzpatrick, Omowale T Jamal, and Stephanie Sunata.

DVID, which began in 2013 as a collaboration between Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop, is a six-month long professional development intensive and mentorship program for Midwest-based documentary filmmakers of color. Participants meet in 3-hour monthly workshops to receive professional advice and guidance for their films. Beyond connecting filmmakers to the professional documentary community, the program also provides a network of possible collaborators and funders.

Sunday’s event will also act as a launch for the 2016 DVID program. For more information about submitting an application, you can click here. Applications are due by December 18th.