Documentaries about the first American town incorporated by freed slaves and an artist using his work to call attention to missing Black women have been selected for the second year of the Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator program for filmmakers of color.
The announcement was made by the Chicago-based non-profit documentary organization Kartemquin Films, which launched the accelerator program with Disney-owned Hulu in 2020. The program gives two alumni of Kartemquin’s filmmaker development programs each $20,000 for production, mentorship and other support.
The selected projects are Freedom Hill by director Resita Cox, which tells the story of Princeville, North Carolina, the first town incorporated municipality in America founded by freed former slaves, which is slowly being washed away by flooding; and Still Searching from director Latoya Flowers, about Chicago artist Damon Lamar Reed, who brings attention to the cases of missing Black women and girls in the area with his paintings, dubbed The Still Searching Project.
“Kartemquin is thrilled to continue the partnership with Hulu to support two more filmmakers this year, who are telling deeply personal stories that resonate on a much larger scale, the impact of climate change and gender-based violence,” said K. Sujata, Kartemquin Films’ interim executive director, in a release.
“I look forward to developing this project with someone who has similar lived-experiences as a Black woman navigating a majority white film industry. I can’t wait to learn from KTQ and Hulu,” added Cox.
“This moment is still surreal for me personally, since it brings my career full circle. In 2011, I started my career in documentaries interning at Kartemquin,” said Flowers. “Kartemquin’s team facilitated my professional development and drive to make films with social/community impact through passionate well-executed storytelling. I am grateful and elated that because of my previous experience, I am now gaining continued mentorship and support with my lab fellow with KTQ/Hulu!”