Minding the Gap earns Sundance Institute Documentary Fund grant

Minding the Gap by director Bing Liu and producer Diane Moy Quon has just been announced as a recipient of the Sundance Institute's prestigious Documentary Fund grant. Minding the Gap is a journey into the post-industrial heartland of the American midwest with a filmmaker and two of his skateboarding friends. Together they navigate intergenerational abuse and battle a downward economic spiral as they transition from childhood to manhood. Continued

Sabaah Folayan (WHOSE STREETS?) to headline 2017 Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) graduation

Kartemquin Films and The Community Film Workshop of Chicago will present the latest graduates of their acclaimed Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) program on October 2, 6pm at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago. Sabaah Folayan, the co-director of acclaimed 2017 documentary Whose Streets?, currently distributed in theaters by Magnolia Pictures, will deliver the keynote speech at the event, where each of the graduates will present a preview of their latest documentary project. The graduation is free to attend. RSVP here. Continued

Applications now open for 2018 Diverse Voices in Docs program!

Applications are now open for the 2018 Diverse Voices in Docs program, a professional mentorship program for independent documentary filmmakers of color. Eight Midwest filmmakers will be selected from those who apply before the November 15th deadline. Apply/find more information HERE. 2018 will be the sixth year of the successful program, which has helped over 60 mid-career documentary filmmakers of color advance their projects through mentorship and skill-sharing since launching in 2013. Continued

Margaret Caples, DVID co-founder, receives Gene Siskel Film Center's Legacy Award

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. Continued

Minding the Gap selected for Film Independent's 14th Annual Fast Track program

Minding the Gap has been selected to participate in Film Independent's 14th annual Fast Track program, taking place at the LA Film Festival June 19-22 in Culver City. This year the program includes 24 filmmakers representing 10 different projects. The Fast Track program consists of three days of intensive meetings with top industry financiers, agents, managers, distributors, production companies and granting organizations with the aims of creating ongoing business and creative relationships and gain exposure. Among this year's industry participants are Bunim-Murray, CAA, Color Force, Electric City Entertainment, Fox Searchlight, Imperative Entertainment and more. Continued

Minding the Gap director Bing Liu receives 2017 Garrett Scott Grant

Director/producer of the upcoming Kartemquin film Minding the Gap, Bing Liu has received the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival's Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant. The film follows Bing as he returns to his hometown and reconnects with two young men he used to skateboard with, uncovering a common thread of domestic violence rooted in their childhoods. Bing will present excerpts from Minding the Gap at the 20th annual Full Frame Documentary Festival on Saturday, April 8 at 1:00PM, prior to a screening of Quest, directed by 2016 grant recipient and KTQ Lab graduate Jonathan Olshefski. Continued

Minding the Gap team chosen as Film Independent 2017 Documentary Lab Fellows!

The team behind Minding the Gap, director/producer Bing Liu and producer Diane Quon have been selected as 2017 Film Independent Documentary Lab Fellows! Film Independent's Documentary Lab Fellowship is an intensive five-week program designed to help filmmakers who are currently in post-production on their feature-length documentary films. Film Independent seeks projects that are compelling, original and demonstrate a unique filmmaker vision. Continued

Applications now open for 2017 Diverse Voices in Docs Program

Kartemquin Films and The Community Film Workshop of Chicago have opened applications for the 2017 edition of Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID). 12 producers will be selected from those who apply before the December 19 deadline. 2017 will be the fifth year of this successful program, which has now helped over 50 mid-career documentary filmmakers of color advance their projects through mentorship and skill-sharing since launching in 2013. Continued

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