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

Major funders to attend final Diverse Voices in Docs Session

After 6 months of developing their new projects, the 2015 fellows of our Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) program will have final session this Saturday, pitching in front of a roundtable of leading documentary industry funders. Now in its third year, DVID is a professional development and mentorship program for emerging documentarians of color organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago, and aims to provide skill enrichment, networking opportunities and discussions on such topics as ethics, fundraising and distribution. At the final pitching panel, the 12 documentary makers in this year's program will meet: N'Jeri Eaton, Programming Manager - ITVS (Independent Television Service) Lauren Pabst, Program Officer ​- MacArthur Foundation Continued

View photos and reactions from the Spring Showcase

We would like to thank all who came to last night's Kartemquin Spring Showcase. We were thrilled to see the sold out crowd at the Gene Siskel Film Center engaging so passionately and thoughtfully with these new works-in-progress; and in turn, to see the four debut directors so eloquently explaining their filmmaking choices, and future hopes for their films. See below for the top tweets and click here for photos of the night, and more information on this year's projects: All the Queen's Horses; Minding the Gap; The Prosecutors; and Keep Talking. Continued

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