Major funders to attend final Diverse Voices in Docs Session

After 6 months of developing their new projects, the 2015 fellows of our Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) program will have final session this Saturday, pitching in front of a roundtable of leading documentary industry funders.

Now in its third year, DVID is a professional development and mentorship program for emerging documentarians of color organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago, and aims to provide skill enrichment, networking opportunities and discussions on such topics as ethics, fundraising and distribution.

At the final pitching panel, the 12 documentary makers in this year's program will meet:
N'Jeri Eaton, Programming Manager - ITVS (Independent Television Service)
Lauren Pabst, Program Officer ‚Äč- MacArthur Foundation
Dan Soles, Senior Vice President and Chief Television Content Officer - WTTW Channel 11 Chicago
Nikki Heyman, Coordinating Producer - POV
Yvonne Welbon, Interim Creative Director - Chicken and Egg
Maxyne Franklin, Director - Britdoc

This year's DVID filmmakers 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
Stephanie Sunata

After this weekend's final session, the filmmakers will present excerpts of their work to the public at their "Graduation Celebration" on October 11, 2015 in Chicago. In 2014, Chaz Ebert delivered the graduation keynote. In 2014, Chaz Ebert delivered the graduation keynote. This year's graduation will take place October 11, 2015, upon which applications for DVID 2016 will open.

Upon graduation we continue to assist the DVID fellows in building their careers - they are now considered life members of the Kartemquin family - by sharing regular industry updates, and by inviting them to be part of special events we've created as sidebars to Chicago International Film Festival and Good Pitch Chicago, for example. Two recent graduates, Bing Liu and Jonathan Ashley, were invited to attend Tribeca Industry Week with their projects.

We've been delighted that two recent graduates of the program have gone on to receive funding from ITVS, and two have also been so strong that we invited them to become full Kartemquin productions: Bing Liu's Minding the Gap, and Kelly Richmond Pope's All The Queen's Horses.

Read more in Realscreen and learn more about Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID).