Hulu Announces Partnership with Chicago Production Company

Hulu Announces Partnership with Chicago Production Company

Digital streaming powerhouse Hulu has announced a partnership with legendary Chicago documentary production house Kartemquin, and here is your first look at the inaugural two films of the Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator.

TRACES OF HOME by director Colette Ghunim and TRES FRIDAS by director Reveca Torres will each receive $20,000 each towards production, and mentorship through 2020 within the award-winning Kartemquin collaborative production model.

The Accelerator program builds upon a successful relationship between Hulu and Kartemquin on the Oscar and Emmy nominated documentary MINDING THE GAP, directed by Bing Liu and produced by Diane Quon, which also won a Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Filmmaking at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Liu originally developed the film through Kartemquin’s Diverse Voices in Docs program, of which both Torres and Ghunim are also graduates.

Let's take a look at these two new documentary features in production...

TRES FRIDAS

Two artists paralyzed by spinal injuries discover a shared connection to Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and decide to recreate her painting, Dos Fridas, using themselves as models.

“It is an honor to have such an opportunity for mentorship and support from both Kartemquin and Hulu. This experience will provide me with the tools and confidence to tell this story and future stories authentically and creatively. I love being part of the KTQ community and look forward to learning and developing as a filmmaker,” said TRES FRIDAS director Reveca Torres.

TRACES OF HOME

In attempts to discover her own roots, filmmaker Colette Ghunim embarks on a journey with her parents to find their ancestral homes in Mexico and Palestine, after they were forced to leave decades ago.

"Being selected for the Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator Program for a film so personal to me is a true honor. Kartemquin Films has been the catalyst for both Traces of Home and my emerging career in documentary filmmaking. I applaud their intentionality to push for equity by lifting up filmmakers from communities often ignored,” said TRACES OF HOME director Colette Ghunim.

Looking Ahead

“Access to meaningful development opportunities for underrepresented filmmakers is critically important, especially as we see just how under-resourced our community of independent documentary filmmakers of color are in this pandemic moment. This intervention — to bring a streaming service together with filmmakers at an earlier stage in the storytelling process — is where we want to be. Here at Kartemquin, we could not be more proud to support Colette and Reveca and the transformative films they are making. Both are powerful storytellers and incredible movement builders in their communities,” said Jolene Pinder, Executive Director.

Congratulations to both of these outstanding filmmakers! More updates forthcoming here at screenmag.com as these features continue on into production later this year.