Announcing the 2016 Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) Fellows

The fourth cohort of Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) fellows met for their first session at Community Film Workshop Chicago (CFWC) on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016. Now in its fourth year, DVID welcomed 13 mid-career filmmakers of color to develop their projects over the next six months. Projects in the 2016 cohort scale from web-based projects to feature length films to docu-series, with subjects ranging from black advertising, bomba music in Puerto Rico, spirituality within the Native American LGBT community, black female activists in Chicago, community arts centers in Bronzeville and Pilsen, and more.

The Diverse Voices in Docs Fellowship is a collaboration between Kartemquin Films and Community Film Workshop of Chicago. It is a six-month intensive program designed to help mid-career filmmakers of color increase their skillset, build their professional network, and move their documentary film projects forward toward completion, with the program culminating in a fall graduation showcase featuring a keynote speaker and a public screening of project clips by all fellows. Documentary makers are partnered together and matched with veteran Kartemquin and CFWC producers for additional guidance.

Continuing in 2016, the DVID program will include additional opportunities and sessions for the 49 alum of the program. Last year partnerships included Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Doc Fund, Firelight Media, and Good Pitch Chicago. Submissions are currently open for DVID alum to apply for one of two all-access Tribeca Film Festival Industry Days passes.

Support for the Diverse Voices in Docs program is provided by Voqal Fund, The Reva and David Logan Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Seabury Foundation, and Efroymson Fund.

2016 DVID Fellows:
Alexander T Skalomenos
Ashley Mills
Ava Thompson Greenwell
Diana Quiñones Rivera
Edwin Walker
Katherine Nagasawa
Keith Purvis
Kristopher Miner
Lesley Etherly Martinez
Reginald Rice
Theresa Lenore Dumayas Campagna
Vincent Singleton
Wilfred Spears

DVID 2016 Sessions: 
Saturdays, 12-4pm: Jan 23, Feb 27, Mar 19, Apr 23, May 21, June 25. Graduation celebration in October - date TBA.

For more information on DVID, please contact Justin Williams, Kartemquin DVID Program Coordinator: justin@kartemquin.com.