Minding the Gap opens Next:Wave, makes International Premiere

Sundance Special Jury Award-winning Minding the Gap by Bing Liu will make its International premiere at the CPH:DOX international competition, Next:Wave, a newly created competition "dedicated to emerging filmmakers with the courage to take chances." The fest runs March 15-25 in Copenhagen. The winner of Next:Wave will be found by a jury and announced at CPH:DOX's Award Ceremony on March 23. Find the full list of nominees for the Next:Wave Award 2018 here. Continued

Minding the Gap stuns at Sundance; earns Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking

Less than a week after its sold-out world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Minding the Gap by Bing Liu won the US Documentary Competition Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking last night at the fest's official award ceremonies in Park City. US Documentary Competition Juror Barbara Chai presented the award, saying: "We are so exited to celebrate this extraordinary documentary for its vivacity and freshness of spirit, its unexpected revelation of personal detail, and dazzling, un-choreographed sequences that possess the athleticism and grace of ballet." Continued

America to Me to world premiere at Sundance

The 2018 Sundance Film Festival will host the world premiere of America to Me, an epic 10-part series by acclaimed Director Steve James. A year-long immersion into one of Chicago's most progressive and diverse public schools, located in suburban Oak Park, America to Me explores America's charged state of race, culture and education today with unprecedented depth and scope. Sundance will show several episodes of the series as part of their new Indie Episodic section, which was announced today. The festival is in Park City, UT, running January 18-28. Continued

Minding the Gap to world premiere at Sundance

Kartemquin is thrilled to announce that Minding the Gap, the debut feature from director Bing Liu will world premiere in the US Documentary Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, running January 18-28. The film follows three young men as they bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust-Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship. Continued

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

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