WATCH. LEARN. IMPACT. NEWS from Chicago Media Project 6.5.17

Welcome to the latest edition of

WATCH/LEARN/IMPACT

Ideas to ABSORB. Stories to REFLECT upon. Channels for ACTION.

THAT'S THE POWER OF MEDIA.

READ ON!

WATCH

Did you love DOC10? Are you looking for more great documentaries premiering right here in your hometown? WE HAVE GOOD NEWS!

ANNOUNCING:

CMP's DINNER & DOCS @ THE DAVIS

Our latest addition to the CMP lineup of programs for Chicago!

Join us for a quarterly series of documentary premieres & special events at the stunning Davis Theater, 4614 N Lincoln Ave.

On a quarterly basis we'll host great new docs paired with fabulous dinners prepared by chef Gil Langlois at CARBON ARC restaurant, followed by Q&A with the director and special guests.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR JULY 13th

For the launch of DINNER & DOCS: 6pm dinner, 7:30pm movie. Sign up now and receive a fifth movie in your first year!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

FOR CMP MEMBERS: DINNER & DOCS is complimentary - all that's required is an RSVP for each event!

FOR NEWCOMERS: If you're not already a member, we're offering a limited number of CMP ASSOCIATE level memberships. For a $500 charitable donation to CMP, you'll receive invites to:

If you donate by July 1st, we are offering a couples discount of $850 for two people! Use discount code ASSOCIATE at checkout.

Learn

TINY BUT MIGHTY: an approach we believe in!

What is TINY BUT MIGHTY?  It's a philosophy about fundraising that enables everyone to contribute- and for everyone to feel a big impact from small donations. TINY BUT MIGHTY pools resources & donations to create larger grants in support of great documentary films.

At CMP, we believe in it and create events for members & the public to support in this manner. Our DOC10 Pitch & Mimosas Brunch raised $20,000 in two hours during a live pitch of documentary projects:

  1. GRACE by Rachel Pikelny,
  2. AREA 2 by Josh Simon and James Sorrel, and
  3. UNTITLED WOMEN & THE INTIFADA PROJECT by Suhad Babaa of JUST VISION.

This event followed the success of our TINY BUT MIGHTY end of year campaign and our PITCH & COCKTAILS event at the Soho House in November where we raised $10,000 in an hour for films:

  1. SHOWGIRLS OF PAKISTAN by Anam Abbas & Saad Khan,
  2. THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED by Assia Boundari, and
  3. THE BLOOD IS ON THE DOORSTEP by Eric Ljung.

Add CMP to the growing list of supporters of the power of TINY BUT MIGHTY donations. Crowdfunding platforms Kickstarter, IndieGogo and Crowdrise, among others, have been around for the last decade. And because we love all things charts & graphs (otherwise known as evidence of impact) here are some interesting data points from Kickstarter alone:

CROWDFUNDING STATS FROM KICKSTARTER:

To date, $3,076,573,627 has been raised on Kickstarter alone, from 12,987,389 supporters (1/3rd of which are repeat backers); 38,455,706 pledges for 125,770 projects. When you do the math, that means the average donation is just $250 - ! Talk about the power of TINY BUT MIGHTY donations. A few additional & interesting stats:

Category With the Highest Success Rate: Dance - 62.56%

Lowest Success Rate: Fashion - 27.42%

Film & Video's Success Rate: 37.22%

Successfully Financed Projects That Raised More Than $1 Million: 234

Highest Total Amount Raised by One Project: $10,266,845 (Pebble E-Paper Watch)

Kickstarter-Financed Films That Appeared at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017: 15

Want more? We knew you would! Here are more Kickstarter Stats.

Want to see interesting visualizations of this data - like the entire history of kickstarter broken down by city - like Chicago - represented by the dots behind our TBM dogs? Told you it's addictive! Check out KICKSTARTER STATS BY CITY and more!

IMPACT

Lately we've been thinking a lot about the "magic bullet" theory - and no, we're not referring to the Kennedy assassination conspiracy theory, but rather that odd and antiquated idea that any piece of media can be a "magic bullet" for bringing about social change. An idea that went out of fashion in the 70s has re-emerged, thanks to big data, that one piece of media (in our case a documentary) has the power to solely be the force of change - that one film tells the story so well, captivates and engages at such a deep level, that it is responsible for social change on an issue.

But frankly, we don't buy it. At least not "whole hog" as my mother is wont to say. And especially not "hook line and sinker" as my father (the old fisherman) would add.

We believe when it comes to media, social change occurs from an accumulation of media: films, social media, blogs, podcasts, news reports. That it's the combination of all of these things- the interrelation- that brings about increased awareness and finally systemic change.

And many times this can take years. And precisely because it does take years - of concentrated focus, of multiple stories and films and media, of a sense that a pressure on an issue exists- that we feel the importance of and are dedicated to supporting these important projects.

The website STORYPILOT does a great job of illustrating the interconnected nature of stories by cataloging films and media related to particular social issues and approaches. STORYPILOT's dynamic interface provides viewers with a resource for finding movies on similar topics. So the next time you're searching for a film on climate change, or wondering what else is out there about justice reform (to name but two), check out STORYPILOT - it can provide some answers.

CMP NEWS:

SPECIAL GUESTS AT THE CMP RETREAT!

(for members only)

We're excited to announce these special guests at our First Annual CMP Retreat June 27th & 28th at the beautiful Emil Bach House on the north side of Chicago:

On June 27th we welcome Chris McDonald from HOTDOCS First Look program and Abby Disney of FORK FILMS who will present her series WOMEN WAR & PEACE. And on June 28th for CMP I/Iers we welcome Dan Cogan from IMPACT PARTNERS, Elan & Jonathan Bogarin, the brother/sister duo behind 306 HOLLYWOOD, and Shaul Schwarz & Cristina Clusiau of TROPHY fame who will be pitching their new project FLY.

Sound interesting?

If you're not already a member, you can still join now and attend the retreat to hear from these exciting social impact media folks and projects. It's a great way to immerse yourself in the world of impact media and the special community of CMP.

AND FINALLY

As promised, here's this edition's compelling piece of short media. From FIELD OF VISION, FIRST LOOK MEDIA's video platform presenting compelling pieces of journalistic documentaries we link you to Laura Poitras' short PROJECT X:

PROJECT X by Laura Poitras & Henrik Moltke

Filmstill, PROJECT X by Laura Poitras

Not sure if you've ever seen this building in lower Manhattan, otherwise known as Titanpointe, but if you've strolled past it and wondered what's inside (as there are virtually no windows and perhaps only 2 doors) then this doc's for you! But be warned, it's a little eery....

Enjoy! And see you next time!

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