As the application deadline for the 2016 Diverse Voices in Docs approaches, Kartemquin and Community Film Workshop are celebrating the achievement of alum Raymond Lambert, a producer on Chicago’s Media Process Group’s Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, which will make its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
“By providing training, access, and opportunity, Kartemquin is at the forefront of the film industry with DVID. I learned a great deal and met many talented filmmakers; several of whom I continue to collaborate with to this day,” said Lambert.
Raymond Lambert was a part of the inaugural 2013 DVID fellowship class, where he received 6 months of professional development and mentorship.
Lambert is also the producer of a Kartemquin’s work-in-progress, All the Queen’s Horses, directed by Kelly Richmond Pope, also a graduate of the Diverse Voices in Docs program.
After 3 successful years, the program has continued to flourish that Kartemquin has hired a part-time program coordinator dedicated to its continual growth, Mr. Justin Williams.
“The air is primed for Chicagoans to tell their own stories own their own terms — these stories need a platform and development. We really want filmmakers of color to consider applying for our 2016 Diverse Voices in Docs cohort and take their stories to the next level,” said Justin Williams, Diverse Voices in Docs Coordinator.
“Our goal is to empower ordinary citizens in the use of media and to provide them access to resources to produce first-voice social issue documentaries,” said Margaret Caples, Executive Director of The Community Film Workshop.
Since 2013, Diverse Voices in Docs (#DVID) has incubated documentary projects of nearly 50 Midwest-based filmmakers of color. Organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago, participants meet six times in four-hour monthly workshops to receive professional advice and guidance for their films. Beyond connecting filmmakers to the professional documentary community, the program also provides a network of possible collaborators and funders.