Please join us Monday, October 17, for the next DocuClub NY with a screening of Minding the Gap, a Kartemquin Films directorial feature by filmmaker Bing Liu. DocuClub works-in-progress screening series is a regular collaboration between IDA and DCTV which offers the public and members of the film community advance access to new documentaries in progress, and the opportunity to participate in intimate feedback conversations with filmmakers and creators.
Following the screening we will be joined by Director Bing Liu, Producer Diane Quon, and Kartemquin Film's Production Manager Nancy McDonald for a feedback discussion moderated by POV's Executive Producer and Director Justine Nagan.
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Screening, followed by a moderated feedback discussion with the filmmakers - 7:00pm - 10:00pm. Drinks lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery.
Space is very limited so please update your RSVP if you can't make it so we can have a real count of the attendees. Admission not guaranteed, all RSVP's are first-come, first-served.
Minding the Gap is the coming-of-age story of a Chinese-American skateboarder/filmmaker, an African-American dishwasher, and a white roofer who bond together as a community of skateboarders in a post-industrial Midwestern city. As traumatic experiences in their childhood begin to surface, their intertwined lives slowly unravel in an intimate portrait of how boys from challenging situations decide the men whom they will become. Shot over the course of three years as a one-man-band, the film comes from a professional cinematographer with a unique insider’s access, perspective, and reasoning for making the film.
Bing moved from China to Alabama to California to Illinois before he was 8-years-old. He received a B.A. in English literature from University of Illinois at Chicago in May of 2011. Since July 2011, Bing has been a member of the International Cinematographer's Guild, working on projects including Jupiter Ascending, Empire, and Chiraq while also making documentaries. In 2015, his short film about two Vietnamese immigrants, Nuoc, won best directed documentary at the Collected Voices Film Festival. Since September 2015, Bing has been a story director and DP for an upcoming mini-series on race and education directed by Steve James. He has taken his Kartemquin directorial feature, Minding the Gap, through Tribeca All Access, Firelight Producer’s Lab, and Chicago Media Project’s DOC10 pitch session.
Before moving back to her hometown of Chicago, Diane spent 17 years in LA working in advertising at NBC and at Paramount Pictures where she was last the Vice President of Marketing. In addition to her role as the Associate Producer on the upcoming Kartemquin Film, Minding the Gap, Diane has worked on the marketing/outreach for many other Kartemquin films including: Unbroken Glass, In the Game and Prisoner of Her Past. Diane’s short documentary, Cliff, Superfan (fiscally sponsored by IDA) begins its festival run in October 2016. In early 2016, Diane joined Peabody-winning filmmaker, Maria Finitzo’s production company, FilmArts Productions, developing both narrative and documentary films.
Gordon is the Artistic Director 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. In 2015 Gordon received the Career Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association. Gordon has been making documentaries for over 50 years and has directed, produced and executive produced numerous films including Home for Life, A Good Man, Life Itself, The Interrupters, and Hoop Dreams.
Betsy joined Kartemquin in December 2015 and oversees its daily operations and development, as well as serves as Executive Producer on Kartemquin projects. Prior to Kartemquin, Betsy spent eight years as Managing Director of the Illinois Film Office where she spearheaded Illinois’ transformation into a world class film destination. She was instrumental in the passage of the Illinois film tax credit and implemented an overall business development strategy resulting in over $1 billion in direct economic impact.
Justine Nagan is the Executive Director of American Documentary, Inc., and an Executive Producer on its two signature series, POV (PBS) and America Reframed (World Channel in partnership with WGBH). POV is the longest running independent documentary series on television. She is a strong believer in the important role of public media in a democracy; diversity and independent voices in popular culture and of documentary as a tool for civic dialogue, new thinking and social change.
Prior to coming to AmDoc, Justine led Kartemquin Films (KTQ) as Executive Director for seven years, as well as being an Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer on KTQ films including Life Itself and The Interrupters by Steve James and The Trials of Muhammad Ali by Bill Siegel. Justine successfully transitioned to the ED role in a historic founder-led organization, and under her leadership the organization significantly expanded its programs to assist documentary filmmakers and saw unprecedented levels of production and financial growth. During her tenure over 20 projects had world premieres including the ambitious Dupont Award-winning six-hour series Hard Earned for Al Jazeera America. She left the organization with a robust production pipeline and a strong financial footing including $1M in support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur and Sage Foundations.
With Kartemquin, she also directed Typeface, an award-winning documentary on American typography and graphic design and the doc short Sacred Transformations.
Justine has a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Harvard Business School, and a Masters from the University of Chicago in the Humanities/Cinema and Media Studies. She is active in the media community and was one of the founding board members of Good Pitch Chicago. Justine lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband Matt and two young sons.
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Founded in 1982, the International Documentary Association (IDA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that promotes nonfiction filmmakers, and is dedicated to increasing public awareness for the documentary genre. Our major program areas are: Advocacy, Filmmaker Services, Education, and Public Programs and Events.
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