WATCH. LEARN. IMPACT 09.18.18 NEWS from Chicago Media Project


CMP-funded BISBEE '17 opened in New York on Wednesday, September 5 at the Film Forum with a national rollout to follow. You can catch BISBEE '17 here in Chicago for a week-long run on October 5 at the Music Box Theater!


CMP-funded DIVIDE & CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9th.

It is scheduled for NY Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, New Yorker Festival and the Double Exposure Film Festival in October.

Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American rights and plans a Dec 7th theatrical release. A&E Network has television rights to the film.


CMP-funded 306 HOLLYWOOD opens in New York on Friday, September 28 at THE QUAD Cinema with a national rollout to follow!


CMP-funded DARK MONEY has its national broadcast and streaming debut on the PBS documentary series POV Monday, October 1 at 10 pm (check local listings).


Documentaries are making waves in the media as both potential teaching tools and increasingly popular entertainment - but is this a new Golden Age or just a trend ?

Teaching Critical Thinking in English Class With Short Documentary Films

"We reached out to Michael Kellen, who teaches English at Wekiva High School in Apopka, Fla., after we realized that his students have been regular commenters on our weekly Film Club feature since it started in the 2015-16 school year. Here he tells us why and how he uses these films — to help meet the demands of the A.P. Capstone Program, to expand his students’ awareness of other countries and cultures and to help them explore their own beliefs."


‘RBG,’ ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ & ‘Three Identical Strangers’ – Harbingers For New Age of Docs or Flukes?

"Successful documentaries stand out any year because with the possible exception of highly-produced non-fiction fare about political advocacy, cute animals or legendary rock stars, they are often viewed as particularly big gambles, even for veteran distributors hardened by the shifting whims of the box office."


It’s a Golden Age for Women Documentary Filmmakers. Or Is It?

'The Hollywood Reporter gathers the female directors behind deep dives into such topics as Bill Clinton's impeachment, Roger Ailes and Julian Assange for a candid conversation about persistent gender bias, the new demand for nonfiction and how to corner cagey subjects: "We’re detectives."'


A Renaissance for Documentaries: The explosion of streaming services and new sources of financing have some filmmakers saying there’s never been a better time to make documentaries

"The world of documentaries has changed and some people making them today say it’s a golden age for the genre. The quantity and quality of documentaries have increased in recent years, thanks in part to the explosion of streaming services. The services have driven demand for content at the same time that new sources of financing for filmmakers have emerged."

'Variety' Exclusive on CMP

Froehle said, “With ‘The Infiltrators,’ Alex and Cristina are igniting a conversation about violence against immigrants and our team at Chicago Media Project is committed to giving them the tools they need to bring about social change.”

Thank you to all who came out for Dinner & Docs @ the Davis Theater, featuring LOVE, GILDA!

A thought-provoking Q+A from Carisa Barreca (Alumni of The Second City), LauraJane Hyde (CEO of Gilda’s Club), Sayjal Joshi (Current member of The Second City), and Beth Kligerman (Director of Alumni Relations at The Second City), led by CMP CEO, Paula Froehle.
A fantastic meal from Chef Gil Langlois at the Carbon Arc
Some laughs and much appreciation from Paula and Steve

We hope to see you at our next film in the Dinner & Docs @ the Davis series, BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY on Nov 14th!



Remy Bumppo Theatre Company

October 11 - November 11

featuring CMP's Eliza Stoughton

CMP Members - Contact us for more information about a CMP Night @ the Theatre!

Thanks to all CMP members for your support and belief in the power of media to bring about change.



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