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Carlos Javier Ortiz, Documentarian Filmmaker and Photographer, in conversation with James Pepper Kelly

Artist Carlos Javier Ortiz and nonprofit arts director James Pepper Kelly discuss Ortiz’s ongoing work as a director, filmmaker, and photographer (pictured, from the project We All We Got.)

As a documentarian, Ortiz has focused on urban life, gun violence, racism, poverty and marginalized communities for well over a decade. Ortiz’s projects have been widely printed, screened, and exhibited. He has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including a Pulitzer Center Grant (2013), a Black Metropolis Research Consortium Fellowship at The University of Chicago (2015), and a Guggenheim Fellowship for film/video (2016). Ortiz has worked in a number of communities across the US and internationally, but he is primarily a Chicagoan.

James Pepper Kelly is an arts writer, maker, and administrator. He serves as Executive Director of LATITUDE, a nonprofit digital lab that provides artists with access to high-end digital equipment, organizes regular programming, and operates a residency program. He is also a founding member and former Managing Director of Filter Photo, a photo-centric nonprofit that operates a gallery dedicated to photographic artwork and organizes an annual photography Festival in Chicago.

November 07, 2016

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