Diverse Voices in Docs – a program from Chicago-based producer Kartemquin Films – is readying its final workshop, in which participants pitch in-progress projects to a roundtable of funders.
Now in its third year, the professional development and mentorship program – helmed by Kartemquin director of engagement Beckie Stocchetti - targets emerging documentarians of color, and aims to provide skill enrichment, networking opportunities and discussions on such topics as ethics, fundraising and distribution.
Two recent graduates of the program have gone on to receive funding from the Independent Television Service (ITVS), and Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap and Kelly Richmond Pope’s All The Queen’s Horses were invited to become full Kartemquin productions.
The program is organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago, and each installment features six four-hour-long classes that take place from January to June.
Following the six months of mentorship, the class – which this year has 12 participants – has the opportunity to pitch in-progress films to a panel of funders.
This year’s final session takes place on Saturday, June 20, and features a line-up including N’Jeri Eaton, programming manager of ITVS; Lauren Pabst, program officer for the MacArthur Foundation; Dan Soles, senior VP and chief television content officer at WTTW Channel 11 Chicago; Nikki Heyman, coordinating producer for PBS doc strand ‘POV’; Yvonne Welbon, interim creative director of Chicken and Egg; and Maxyne Franklin, director of Britdoc.
Applications for the 2016 program are to open in October.