MacArthur Foundation Funds new Steve James series

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded a grant of $200,000 towards the production of To Bridge the Divide, a new Kartemquin documentary series directed by Steve James.

To Bridge the Divide follows, in-depth, the stories of a dozen students, representing different races, grade levels, socioeconomic classes and educational tracks within a suburban high school grappling with how to address what is commonly (and now controversially) called a "racial achievement gap." The Kartemquin documentary series features teachers, administrators, and community policy-makers with differing perspectives. It also delves into the history and impact of the community's efforts to tackle issues of race and achievement.

Currently in production, the series is directed by Steve James, and produced by John Condne. Line Producer is Risé Sanders-Weir, and Bing Liu, Kevin Shaw, and Rebecca Parrish are Story Producers / Cinematographers. Executive Producers are Gordon Quinn, Betsy Steinberg, and Justine Nagan.

The series was one of 19 grants totaling nearly $2.5 million for documentary and interactive projects announced today by the MacArthur Foundation, a supporter of social-issue film and digital media projects for more than three decades, including several previous films made by Kartemquin. We are delighted to again receive their support for this new series.