Diverse Voices in Docs

Diverse Voices in Docs (#DVID) is a professional development and mentorship program for documentary makers of color in the Midwest, organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago.

At the core of the fellowship are six engaging three-hour workshops at the Community Film Workshop, with creative advice provided by Kartemquin Films’ world-class staff and associates. Each session will provide practical skill-enrichment designed to help incubate your next documentary project, as well as time to network and share experience with your cohort of participants.

Applicants should be filmmakers who 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.

Applications for 2018 are now closed.

1. PROJECT DEVELOPMENT. Led by a variety of filmmaking professionals from Kartemquin.
2. STORYTELLING & ETHICS. Led by Artistic Director and Co-Founder Gordon Quinn.
3. FUNDRAISING & FINANCE. Research, prospecting, grantwriting, editing a demo, event planning and crowdfunding.
4. DISTRIBUTION & OUTREACH. Led by Director of Distribution + Communications Tim Horsburgh and Director of Engagement + Programs Emily Strong.
5. KTQ LABS CRITIQUE & SKILL WORKSHOPS. Hosted at Kartemquin, with the Kartemquin community of filmmakers and special guests invited to critique works-in-progress.
6. FUNDER ROUNDTABLE. A panel discussion with a select group of Chicago funders in media arts and documentary distributors about the current industry landscape, documentary support and upcoming deadlines.

Location: All sessions except for the KTQ LABS critique will be hosted at Community Film Workshop, In Residence at the Harris Park, 6200 S. Drexel, Rm 201, Chicago, IL 60637: Phone: (773) 752-9335.

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 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 $100 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: travel expenses, project funding, legal advice, equipment or post-production access.
For more information on the program please email Emily Strong, Programs and Engagement Manager or Anuradha Rana, Diverse Voices in Docs Program Coordinator.


Kartemquin preps Diverse Voices in Docs roundtable - Realscreen.
'Diverse Voices In Docs': Documentary Powerhouse Launches Program For Filmmakers Of Color - Huffington Post.
Kartemquin Films Starting Development Program For Documentary Filmmakers of Color - Shadow & Act / IndieWIRE.
Barber Shop Show Episode 103: Diverse Voices in Docs - Vocalo.org

2018 Diverse Voices in Docs Fellows

Sohib Boundaoui
Joshua Jackson
Jamaar Jervis
Miasarah Lai
Kevin Shaw
Jiaiyan 'Jenny' Shi
David Weathersby
Teresa White

2017 Diverse Voices in Docs Fellows

Cam Be
Bridget Botchway Bradley
Tanikia Carpenter
Latesha Dickerson
Messiah Equiano
Colette Ghunim
Dani Jackson
Aaron Johnson
Jamel Russell
Raza Siddiqui
Reveca Torres
Urooj Yazdani

2016 Diverse Voices in Docs Fellows

Ashley Mills
Alexander T Skalomenos
Ava Thompson Greenwell
Diana Quinones Rivera
Edwin Walker/E. Micheaux
Katherine Nagasawa
Keith Purvis
Kohl Miner
Lesley Martinez Etherly
Reginald Rice
Theresa Lenore Dumayas Campagna
Vincent Singleton

2015 Diverse Voices in Docs Fellows

Ahmed Hamad
Dion Strowhorn
Eleva Singleton
Erika Valenciana
Kamasi Hill
Leigh Jurecka
Martine Granby
Mary Horan
Maryam Sepehry
Mina Fitzpatrick
Omowale T Jamal
Stephanie Sunata

2014 Diverse Voices in Docs Fellows

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
Lajwanti Waghray

Diverse Voices in Docs 2013 Fellows

Camille S. DeBose
Darryl Pitts
Derek Grace
Grantlin Banks
Heather Charles
Jesus Mario Contreras
Jonathan Ashley Amsterd
Junko Kajino
Kelly Pope
Pamela Sherrod Anderson
Philister Sidigu
Raymond Lambert
Ronnie Reese
Shahari Moore
Shuling Yong
Tony Williams
Tracey Scruggs Yearwood
Zia Nizami

DVID Sponsors
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Diverse Voices in Docs is supported by The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, Voqal Fund, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Bertha Foundation, The Seabury Foundation, the Efroymson Family Fund, Kartemquin Films, and Community Film Workshop.

In the past, DVID has been supported by: CityArts, The Sage Foundation, and KatLei Productions.

Find out how you can support Diverse Voices in Docs.