July 27, 2017 10:58 am
Margaret Caples, both the co-founder of Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) and executive director of the Community Film Workshop, will receive the Gene Siskel Film Center Legacy Award at the 23rd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival on August 6th at 5:30PM. Caples will be presented with the award ahead of the festival's screening of the Chicago Premiere of Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities. A reception in honor of Caples will follow the screening. Established in 2012, DVID is a professional development and mentorship program for emerging documentary makers of color. At the core of the program are six intensive three-hour workshops held monthly at the Community Film Workshop, with creative advice provided by Kartemquin's world-class staff and associates. The Community Film Workshop has taught classes in video and multimedia production in under-served communities since 1971. Of DVID, Caples says, "Our goal is to empower ordinary citizens in the use of media and to provide them access to resources to produce first-voice social issue documentaries. It is also imperative to distribute media made by and about people of color to an international audience to broaden the discussion on universal problems of inequities." Currently, two in-progress films from DVID fellows have become Kartemquin projects: Minding the Gap by Bing Liu and All The Queen's Horses by Kelly Richmond Pope. The Black Harvest Film Festival runs at the Gene Siskel Film Center from August 5-31. The opening night of the film festival features Brooks People by DVID graduate Shahari Moore. For more information on DVID and how to apply, visit www.kartemquin.com/diversevoices.