Kartemquin Films has announced the two new documentary projects that will participate in the second year of the Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator Program for filmmakers of color.
The two new projects include Freedom Hill by director Resita Cox and Still Searching by director Latoya Flowers. They will receive $20,000 each from the Accelerator program towards production, and mentorship through 2021 within the award-winning Kartemquin collaborative production model.
“I am super excited that Kartemquin and Hulu chose two Black womyn filmmakers to invest in this year,” Cox said. “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. Extremely excited and grateful for this opportunity to continue to uplift my home, North Carolina, and the 252 (Eastern NC stand up!).”
Freedom Hill is about Princeville, NC, which was the first town incorporated by freed, formerly enslaved Africans in America. “This historical significance sits on a precipice: [Princeville] is gradually being washed away,” said Cox.
Still Searching, focuses on Chicago hip hop artist and muralist Damon Lamar Reed. Last year Reed “started painting an eye-catching vivid series of portraits titled The Still Searching Project of missing Black women and girls in the Chicagoland area for the past two decades. Due to their lack of local, national, and global media coverage, [Reed] is utilizing his artistry as social justice bringing awareness to their cases and hope to their families that they will be found.”
“I am excited and thankful for my film being selected by the committee in the Kartemquin/Hulu Accelerator Program,” Flowers commented. “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. 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!”
“Kartemquin is thrilled to continue the partnership with Hulu,” noted K. Sujata, interim executive director at Kartemquin Films, “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.”