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 2017 are open:
We will facilitate continued engagement throughout the six-month workshop program, and connect you to an expert community, new collaborators, and a wider network of funders and distributors. The program will culminate in exposure through a final public exhibition.
Sample Workshop calendar:
1 Saturday per month // 12-4pm // Jan - June
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.
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 Manger.
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2016 Diverse Voices in Docs Fellows
Alexander T Skalomenos
Ava Thompson Greenwell
Diana Quinones Rivera
Edwin Walker/E. Micheaux
Lesley Martinez Etherly
Theresa Lenore Dumayas Campagna
2015 Diverse Voices in Docs Fellows
Omowale T Jamal
2014 Diverse Voices in Docs Fellows
W. Joelle Gonzalez-Laguer
David D. Grace
Diverse Voices in Docs 2013 Fellows
Camille S. DeBose
Jesus Mario Contreras
Jonathan Ashley Amsterd
Pamela Sherrod Anderson
Tracey Scruggs Yearwood
Diverse Voices in Docs is supported by the 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: The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, CityArts, The Sage Foundation, and KatLei Productions.
Find out how you can support Diverse Voices in Docs.
When you make a contribution to Kartemquin, you enable us to continue telling the stories of the people whose lives are most directly affected by social and political change and who are often overlooked or misrepresented by the media. Thanks to your crucial support, for over 45 years our films have helped to provoke essential dialogue, both in communities and between the general public and policymakers.
With a noted tradition of nurturing emerging talent and acting as a leading voice for independent media, Kartemquin is building on more than 45 years of history as Chicago’s documentary powerhouse.
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