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Dinner: 6 - 7pm

Movie: 7 - 9pm



"The film presents an unbiased snapshot of a crisis that ultimately proved a foreshadowing of our current political climate, and what may turn out to be a blueprint of future domestic encounters between our government and civilians."

—Cara Cusumano, TFF2017

In January 2016, armed protestors in Oregon occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to call attention to what they felt was an intrusion by the federal government into their right to make a living. In a larger sense, the “patriot community” introduced itself as disgruntled American citizens with grounds for airing their grievances against a federal government that didn’t have their best interests at heart. The federal government begged to differ.

David Byars’ No Man's Land offers a detailed account of the impasse, displaying unprecedented access to the protagonists of this incident, and culminating in a thrilling climax that resulted in the arrest and acquittal of occupation leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy, and left another man dead.

Dinner & Docs is made possible through the generous donations of CMP MEMBERS and by a grant from The Roger Ebert Foundation. Dinner & Docs is sponsored by DePaul University's MFA in Documentary program.


What we're reading this summer:

State of the Field: A Report from The Documentary Sustainability Summit

On February 10, 2017, the National Endowment for the Arts and the International Documentary Association hosted a one-day Documentary Sustainability Summit featuring 80 filmmakers, producers, distributors, film festival representatives, funders, and other stakeholders in the documentary community, as well as leaders from the federal, state, and local governments.

Key Takeaways:

1. Cross-Sector Connectivity Is Central to Sustainability

  • While we live in an era where more documentaries are produced and viewed any other point in our history, the documentary community is an ever-shifting landscape of evolving technologies, emerging business models, transforming consumer behavior, and uncertainty about future legal and regulatory frameworks.

2. Peer Networks Need Strengthening

  • Through initiatives that establish stronger relationships and multifaceted networks, there is an opportunity for professional development, knowledge exchange, and learning across disciplines, addressing previous gaps in communication.
  • These interconnected networks can bring a new level of collective power and resiliency to the documentary community.

3. Public Sector Needs More Engagement

  • Public officials need to hear directly from documentary community stakeholders so they can understand how public policy decisions can impact the documentary ecosystem.

4. A Sustainable Future Is Dependent on Research

  • The documentary community’s ability to commission and execute a well-planned quantitative and qualitative research agenda will be essential to play an active role in determining future economic structures.

5. Everyone Is a Stakeholder

  • All key stakeholders must engage in this conversation and take action to move the conversation forward.
  • The greatest challenge facing documentary filmmakers is the need to make a living through their work. New funding sources from the private sector is essential to the further development of new documentary films.

Action Items:

  1. Strengthen the field through knowledge exchange, technical assistance, cross-sector collaboration, and professional networks.
  2. Research, data, and metrics are critical to the sustainability and success of the ecosystem.
  3. Public sector needs continual engagement from stakeholders to accelerate its role as funder, convener, and strategist and also examine the impact of various policies on the sector.


Apple is reportedly investing $1 billion in original video content. What will this mean for the documentary landscape?

Apple will invest approximately $1 billion in acquiring and producing original TV shows over the next year, according to The Wall Street Journal. The investment could result in as many as 10 new shows, a source told the publication, with the iPhone-maker looking to match the high-quality output of networks like HBO.

Facebook's officially a media company

As reported by Digiday, Facebook is developing a "spotlight module" tab within its mobile app that will highlight shows and other longform video content created for the platform. Facebook users will watch these videos through the Facebook mobile app and the company's Apple TV and Samsung Smart TV apps. The new feature reportedly will feature half a dozen video series for 24 hours, then refresh with new videos that include Facebook-funded shows and exclusives from its media partners.

CMP is thrilled to support and congratulate

American Documentary + POV on 30 years of programming the best documentaries on TV!

POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction films. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country.

— 2016 AmDoc Highlights —

  • Their broadcast series are available to over 97% of the American viewing public
  • One-third of their programs were directed by filmmakers of color and more than half were directed by women
  • They organized 765 events in more than 300 cities through the POV Community Network of over 10,000 registered users
  • Their programs received coverage in over 500 outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and more, for a combined reach of 2.7 billion impressions

CMP Members: Join POV at its 30th Anniversary Party in New York City

CMP has a limited number of tickets to the NYC Anniversary Benefit

To commemorate their 30th anniversary, AmDoc will host their first benefit fundraiser on Tuesday, September 26 at Liberty Hall at Ace Hotel New York. This exclusive event will bring together high profile filmmakers, philanthropists, and film lovers at a chic cocktail party in one of the city’s hippest venues.

As a sponsor of AmDoc/POV's 30th Anniversary. CMP Members can receive tickets to the benefit on a first come first serve basis.



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