Kick the summer off with some documentaries! Celebrate Pride Month with these 8 LGBTQ Doc suggestions from TIME Magazine!
STATE OF PRIDE
THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON
L WORD MISSISSIPPI: HATE THE SIN
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE
TREMBLING BEFORE G-D
PARIS IS BURNING
BEFORE STONEWALL: THE MAKING OF A GAY AND LESBIAN COMMUNITY
These articles look at studios taking stands for civil rights, advertisements in documentaries, and the proposal that we are still in the golden age of Social Impact documentary film!
EURWeb: AMC, NBCU + Netflix to 'Rethink' Investments in Georgia Amid Abortion Ban Controversy
*Netflix is threatening to boycott Georgia if the state’s “Heartbeat Bill” goes into effect, with the streaming giant vowing to pull the company’s multi-million dollar productions over the anti-abortion law. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the controversial bill May 7, which prohibits abortions after six weeks (or once a doctor detects the heartbeat of a fetus) beginning January 2020. Netflix is one of several Hollywood studios that takes advantages of Georgia’s tax incentives for film and television projects. The company has several productions in the state, including the series “Stranger Things” and “Ozark,” along with the upcoming film “Holidate,” but that might change should the bill become law next year."
Los Angeles Times: Brands like HP and Apple Try Film to Reach Young Consumers Who Skip Commercials
Whether the aim is to encourage people to buy photo printers, athletic shoes or even fried chicken, companies such as HP, Nike and Church’s Chicken are increasingly pouring money into documentaries in hopes of capturing the attention of consumers who shun traditional commercials. The trend has been a boon to local filmmakers such as East Hollywood’s Dirty Robber. But it has also stirred debate over the role of advertising in nonfiction storytelling."
ScreenDaily: Is this a golden era for socially conscious feature documentaries?
With so many kinds of media — not limited to newspapers, websites, podcasts, social feeds and television — also covering social issues, political movements or hot-button current affairs, it takes very special filmmaking to cut through all that noise, not only reaching audiences, but having an effect on them. “It could be argued that we are now in the era of peak documentary,” says Dana O’Keefe, who works with New York-based Cinetic Media, which operates across finance, sales and talent management, and has recently worked on documentary hits such as Knock Down The House and RBG. O’Keefe adds: “This is a moment of unprecedented opportunity for documentaries in general and, more specifically, for issue-oriented films."
THE 2019 IMPACT GRANT FUND AWARDEES ARE:
LOYALTY (dir. David Washburn) - Early Stage
Megan Mylan - Filmmaker Sustainability
VIRTUALLY FREE (dir. Andre Robert Lee / prod. Susan MacLaury, Alexandra Blaney) - Innovation in Outreach
Congratulations to the Grantees and thank you to all the applicants this year! We were astonished at the wealth of talent, hard work and beautiful stories!
THE ROJAS FAMILY IS ONLY $3,350 FROM THEIR GOAL OF 15K
Weeks after the premiere of CMP-supported film THE INFILTRATORS at Sundance, on February 27th 2019, subject Claudio Rojas was detained at his routine check-in with ICE. Since his previous detention, Claudio had been checking in with ICE for seven years, without incident. He has no criminal record.
He was held at Krome Detention Center, his passport was taken and on April 4th 2019, he was deported to Argentina.
Without their father / grandfather, the Rojas family is in crisis. They need help to pay for legal bills and to cover domestic bills as Claudio provided the income for the family.
All ticket proceeds from Doc10 film THE INFILTRATORS were donated to the Rojas family. Please consider joining us in donating to the Rojas family as they work to bring Claudio home.
Thank you for making the 16 SHOTS screening a success!
On June 4th, CMP and Showtime brought together over 400 Chicagoans to watch the powerful film 16 SHOTS. Telling the story of the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald and the cover up that ensued at the hands of the Chicago Police Department and local elected officials, this film weaves together a story of systemic police misconduct, and the grassroots activism at the heart of fighting for justice and lasting change.
Following the film, CMP guests heard from director Rick Rowley; journalist, co-producer & Invisible Institute Founder Jamie Kelvin; local activists William Calloway and Trina Reynolds-Tyler; and civilian witness to the shooting Jose Torres as they participated in a Q&A discussion to move the conversation from the screen to the seats.
This gathering is a quintessential example of why CMP was created: bringing together a community of individuals collectively tapping into the power of media to bring about real change.
Impactful films like 16 SHOTS are just the first stepping stone to a larger movement, and we are so proud to cultivate events that inspire dialogue — and ultimately, a much larger social impact.
If you weren't able to join us last week, you can catch 16 SHOTS premiering on Showtime tonight, June 14th at 9PM ET.
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