Documentary filmmakers will gather at the School of Cinematic Arts at DePaul
University for “Verité,” two days of events that offer an in-depth look at the
filmmaking process. Through a film screening, panel discussion and two master
classes, “Verité” creates a venue for students and documentary enthusiasts to
participate in the behind-the-scenes processes that go into creating films and
other nonfiction media.
will feature three filmmakers from Kartemquin Films in Chicago: Dinesh Sabu,
director of “Unbroken Glass;” Gordon Quinn, executive producer of “Hoop Dreams;”
and Leslie Simmer, editor of “The Homestretch.” Events will be held Oct. 28-29
in DePaul’s Daley Building, 247 S. State St. Admission is free and open to the
public, but seating is limited.
‘Unbroken Glass’ film
screening, discussion with filmmaker and mental health experts
Oct. 28, 5-8 p.m.
Film screening, 5
The evening will begin with a screening of the film “Unbroken
years after the death of his parents, filmmaker Dinesh Sabu began a journey to
finally piece together their story.
Uncovering a silenced family history of mental illness, Sabu confronted the
legacy of having a schizophrenic mother who died by suicide, the reality of
growing up an orphaned immigrant, and the trauma of these events.
more information about the Oct. 28 events, contact Anu Rana at email@example.com.
Discussion on mental
illness and suicide in Asian communities, 6 p.m.
the screening, experts will join Sabu for a discussion on issues of mental
health in Asian-American communities. Panelists include:
Harris, faculty member in DePaul’s School of Nursing, will moderate the panel.
Harris in an expert on issues of chronic mental illness, women’s issues in
mental health and the experience of mental illness in the community.
Jha is a research assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago
in the Department of Criminology, Law and Justice. She is also the founder of
the Asian American Suicide
- Rooshey Hasnain is a clinical assistant
professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Disability
and Human Development and the undergraduate rehabilitation sciences program.
The making of
‘Unbroken Glass” discussion, 7 p.m.
Sabu will be the film’s editor, Matt Lauterbach, who is an advocate for
accessible media. Lauterbach served as post-production manager of
Kartemquin Films during two of the most productive years in the organization’s
50 year history, escorting nine films safely to release. Lauterbach is
dedicated to making the arts and digital media accessible to those with low
vision and hearing. He co-directed Chicago’s first Disability Film Festival in
2015 and is now producing an interactive multimedia website called “Beyond Blind,” which addresses common
misconceptions about blindness.
Master classes with Kartemquin
Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
RSVP is required for the following master classes at http://bit.ly/2dLUKf6.
Master class with filmmaker Gordon Quinn, 10
Gordon Quinn will discuss the relationship between the director,
cinematographer and editor, as well as how the experience of taking on the
different roles can influence one’s documentary work. Artistic director and founding member of Kartemquin Films, Quinn
has been making documentaries for more than 50 years. In 1966, the late film
critic Roger Ebert called Quinn’s first film “Home for Life” “an
extraordinarily moving documentary." Gordon executive produced Kartemquin’s
best known film, “Hoop Dreams,” in 1994. The film follows two inner-city high
school basketball players for five years as they pursue their NBA dreams. Its
many honors include: the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, The
Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Chicago Film Critics Award for Best
Picture, Los Angeles Film Critics Association for Best Documentary and an
Academy Award Nomination.
Master class with Leslie Simmer, 1-4 p.m.
Leslie Simmer will discuss editing documentaries and analyzing
editing decisions at different points in a film’s edit. Simmer
is Kartemquin's director of editing as well as senior editor on staff. Her most
recent project is “The Homestretch,” which world premiered at Hot Docs 2014.
She edited and co-wrote the feature documentary “As Goes Janesville,” a co-production between
Kartemquin and 371 Productions which screened on PBS Independent Lens in 2012. Before
that, she edited with Steve James on the ESPN film “No Crossover: The Trial of
Allen Iverson.” She also edited the Emmy-nominated “In the Family,” for which
she received the Best Editing prize at the Best of the Midwest Awards.
About the School of Cinematic Arts
in DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts have access to the latest in motion
picture production equipment, plus state-of-the-art post-production facilities.
Classes take place on campus and at DePaul’s two soundstages on the Cinespace
Chicago Film Studio lot, where students learn alongside project teams from
network television shows and Hollywood motion pictures that are filming in
Chicago. For more information, visit http://www.cdm.depaul.edu/about/Pages/School-of-Cinematic-Arts.aspx.