Bing Liu moved from China to Alabama to California to Rockford, Illinois with his mother all before he was 8 years old. At age 14, he began honing his craft making DIY skateboarding films. When he was 19 he moved to Chicago and began freelancing as a grip while attaining his B.A. in literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. At age 23 he joined the International Cinematographer's Guild, gaining experience on projects such as Sense8, Divergent, Empire, Chicago PD, and Shameless. In 2014 he began collaborating with Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) on his first feature, Minding the Gap, a co-production of ITVS. Bing is also a story director and DP for an upcoming Steve James mini-series, America To Me, produced by Participant Media and Kartemquin Films. Bing is a 2017 Film Independent Fellow and Garrett Scott Development Grant recipient.
Diane worked in LA for over 17 years before moving back to her hometown of Chicago. While in LA, Diane had a successful career at NBC and at Paramount Pictures where she was last the Vice President of Marketing. Since 2015, Diane has been working on multiple documentaries with Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams, Life Itself). She is producing the upcoming documentary Minding the Gap, directed by first-time filmmaker Bing Liu. She is also producing Left-Handed Pianist along with Howard Reich and co-directed by Gordon Quinn and Leslie Simmer. Finally, Diane is also producing The Dilemma of Desire with Peabody Award-winning director, Maria Finitzo. She has also worked on the marketing and outreach on the Kartemquin Films: Unbroken Glass and In the Game. Diane is a 2017 Film Independent Fellow and in 2016 joined Maria Finitzo's production company, FilmArts Productions, developing both narrative and documentary films.
Gordon is the Artistic and a founding member of Kartemquin Films. Gordon is a supporter of public and community media, and has served on the boards of several organizations including The Illinois Humanities Council, Chicago Access Network Television, and The Public Square Advisory Committee, The Illinois Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. A key leader in creating the Documentary Filmmakers Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, Gordon encourages filmmakers to educate themselves on the tenets of the fair use doctrine, frequently speaking to the media, legal, and educational communities about this fundamental right.
Steve James' affiliation with Kartemquin began in 1987 with the start of production of Hoop Dreams, for which he served as director, producer, and co-editor. He has since then become one of the most acclaimed documentary makers of his generation, with noted works being Stevie, The New Americans, The War Tapes, At the Death House Door, The Interrupters, and most recently, Life Itself.
Betsy Steinberg oversees daily operations, including finance and development and serves as Executive Producer on Kartemquin projects. Prior to Kartemquin she spent eight years as Managing Director of the Illinois Film Office where she spearheaded Illinois’ transformation into a world class film destination. During her tenure Illinois Film Office was recognized by the Illinois Arts Alliance with an Arts Advocate Award and Cinema Chicago's Golden Hugo. She also served on the Governor's Roundtable on the Creative Arts and the boards of Free Spirit Media, Chicago Media Project and the Midwest Independent Film Festival. Before her work at the film office, Steinberg developed documentary specials and series for networks such as A&E, History, Discovery and National Geographic. She also supervised, produced and directed documentary specials and series including Emmy nominated Isaac's Storm and The Times Capsule, a coproduction with the New York Times and History Channel. She began her career in Washington, DC working for the late documentarian and media consultant Bob Squier.
With over a decade as an award-winning filmmaker, Joshua Altman has premiered documentaries at almost every prestigious film festival. Four of the films he edited premiered at Sundance: We Live in Public took home the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2009, The Tillman Story was on the 2011 Oscar short list for the “Best Documentary” award, and Bones Brigade: An Autobiography went on to become the #1 documentary on iTunes upon its release. His work writing and editing Code Black earned that film the “Best Documentary” award at the LA Film Festival and was later adapted into a CBS series which is now in it’s third season. His most recent editing endeavor is The Final Year, an HBO documentary following Obama's foreign policy team during their final year.
Nathan Halpern is a Brooklyn-based composer, recently named one of Indiewire's ‘Composers to Watch.’ The 2017 Oscar Shortlist for Best Documentary includes two films he scored (Hooligan Sparrow and The Witness). His score for Rich Hill, winner of the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary, was praised as "one of the best non-fiction scores we've heard in years" (Indiewire). In 2015 he re-teamed with Rich Hill co-director Andrew Droz Palermo for the supernatural thriller One and Two (IFC Films), which Variety called "hauntingly scored." The 2017 Sundance Film Festival featured two films scored by Halpern: Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman and The Workers Cup, of which Variety wrote “prolific composer Nathan Halpern’s evocative score is another big plus.”
KARTEMQUIN FILMS is a collaborative center for documentary media makers who seek to foster a more engaged and empowered society. With a noted tradition of nurturing emerging talent and acting as a leading voice for independent media, Kartemquin is building on over 50 years of being Chicago’s documentary powerhouse. Their films such as The Interrupters, Hoop Dreams, and The New Americans have left a lasting impact on millions of viewers.
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 500 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.
ITVS brings independently-produced, high-quality public broadcast and new media programs to local, national, and international audiences. The independent producers who create ITVS programs take creative risks, tackle complex issues, and express points of view seldom explored in the mass media. ITVS programs enrich the cultural landscape with the voices and visions of underrepresented communities, and reflect the interests and concerns of a diverse society.
ABOUT BETWEEN FRIENDS
Founded in 1986, Between Friends is a nonprofit agency dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and building a community free of abuse. Between Friends' comprehensive programs and services include a toll-free Crisis Line (800-603-HELP), counseling for victims and their children, court advocacy, prevention and education efforts including an extensive teen dating violence prevention program. Thousands are helped all free of charge. http://www.betweenfriendschicago.org
ABOUT THE HAROLD HUNTER FOUNDATION
Established in 2007 in memory of legendary skateboarder Harold Hunter who passed away in 2006, the Harold Hunter Foundation (HHF) is a non-profit, community-based organization in New York City. By leveraging the many positive aspects of skateboarding, the HHF provides a network of support, opportunity and advocacy for under-served NYC youth so they can reach their full potential as skateboarders and young adults. Cornerstone programs include Harold Hunter Day, Skate Camp Scholarships and Digital Media Training. www.haroldhunter.org
ABOUT DOGTOWN COFFEE AND DTC CREW
Located in the landmark Jeff Ho Surfboards and Zephyr Productions space on the corner of Main & Bay Street in Santa Monica, Dogtown Coffee was born out of a desire to honor and protect a key piece of American skateboard and surfing history, and provide a place for community to hang-out and come together.
DTC Crew is a collaboration of skaters, surfers, snowboarders, artists, musicians and activists who call Santa Monica their spiritual home. Their mission is to preserve and evolve the local history while safeguarding the nature that surrounds them. We envisioned an environmentally conscious movement that, through our products, will connect creative generations in a positive way for all our futures. A percentage of all their sales is donated to the Heal the Bay foundation, an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters of Santa Monica Bay safe, healthy and clean.
KAN-WIN’S mission is to eradicate all forms of violence against women, including domestic violence and sexual assault, by empowering Asian American survivors and engaging the community through culturally competent services, community education and outreach, and advocacy. KAN-WIN’s services are designed to empower immigrant survivors to tackle the unique and complex challenges they face and transition from crisis to long-term empowerment. Through intensive wrap around services, we strive to provide a one-stop shop for survivors to minimize the risk of chasing for help. http://www.kanwin.org/services/
Programs & Grants
Diverse Voices in Docs (#DVID) is a professional development and mentorship program for documentary makers of color, organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago. At the core of the fellowship are six engaging three-hour workshops at the Community Film Workshop, with creative advice provided by Kartemquin Films’ world-class staff and associates.
The Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant was founded in 2007 to support singular new voices in documentary film. Its emphasis is on first-time filmmakers with unconventional training, those making formally challenging work, and those grappling with difficult subjects. Welcoming any background, training or subject, the overriding mission is to support unique filmmaking talents at this crucial moment in their careers.
Sundance Institute is a non-profit organization founded by Robert Redford committed to the growth of independent artists. "Minding the Gap" was recently selected as a funding recipient in a distribution of more than $1.9 million to nonfiction storytellers.
Documentary Lab is an intensive five-week program in Los Angeles designed to help filmmakers who are currently in post-production on their feature-length, compelling and original documentary films. The 2017 Film Independent Documentary Lab is supported by Artist Development Lead Funder Time Warner Foundation and is sponsored by Netflix and the National Endowment for the Arts.
"Minding the Gap" was also selected to be part of Film Independent's Fast Track program presenting to over 60 funders and productions companies.
Celebrating twelve years, TAA supports working filmmakers and producers based in U.S. and Puerto Rico who come from communities underserved in the film industry and whose projects are in all stages of development, production or post-production.