THIS MONTH CMP SUPPORTED FILMS ARE IN THEATERS, AT FESTIVALS, AND STREAMING!
Including the Chicago Premiere of
by Kimberley Reed
Gene Siskel Film Center, July 27 - August 2
A political thriller, DARK MONEY examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
''Dark Money,' with its focus on the personal stories of how individuals are impacted by the flood of campaign money in the system, is an example of how 'storytelling matters when you are trying to raise awareness of the issues,' Chuck Todd (Meet The Press) said.” —Ted Johnson, Variety
Now Available on Showtime:
THE FOURTH ESTATE
by Academy-Award nominated director Liz Garbus
Read the stellar reviews:
The Washington Post
"Although it is filled with sort of pulse-quickening journalistic jujitsu one expects — the deadlines, the doggedness, the scoops, the backlash — it is also refreshingly human in scope, stopping more than once to observe the emotional toll on these journalists who are working themselves to the bone."
"It’s about reporters and editors who (for Garbus’ cameras, as least) take an officious delight in holding their egos in check. They’re there to serve the story, even when they can hardly believe what they’re reporting. Their job, in the age of politics-as-advertising-as-demagoguery-as-entertainment, isn’t to go to war with the Trump administration. It’s to keep digging for truth on the dark side of the lies."
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Now in Theaters
WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR
by Academy-Award winning director Morgan Neville
Hits it Big:
The Reviews Are In!
"Moving and illuminating." - The New York Times
“This beautiful film celebrates a deeply good man with a great gift for repairing.” - The Wall Street Journal
“Touching, fascinating and perfectly timed … Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is [Morgan Neville’s] masterpiece.” - Deadline
Included as a frontrunner in “2019 Oscars: Best Documentary Feature Predictions.” “Heart-tugging.” - IndieWire
“To experience Won’t You Be My Neighbor? through to its conclusion is to slowly let one’s guard down bit by bit, song by song, until you may find yourself slumped down in your seat, searching for tissues.” - Slate
“An empathic, enlightened call to arms, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? winds up being as quietly, cozily radical as its subject.” - The Washington Post
Included as one of the “10 Best Movies of 2018 (so far).” “Delightful … The balm of kindness we could all use more of.” - Entertainment Weekly
“A funny, touching and vital doc that is both timely and timeless.” - Rolling Stone
The digital distribution landscape seems more complex every day. This is both exciting for new distribution and impact strategies, but at times confusing when trying to see which ones will "stick". Here are some platforms we're keeping a close eye on:
Blockchain VOD Platform Binge Buys Fulwell 73’s ‘Beyond Bitcoin’ In Seven-Figure Deal – Cannes
Bitcoin is bubbling in Cannes… tech firm Slate Entertainment Group has acquired Fulwell 73’s cryptocurrency documentary BEYOND BITCOIN for its blockchain video-on-demand platform Binge. The seven figure deal is one of a number of crypto-based movements revealed at the market, coming 24 hours Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival revealed that become the first major movie fest to accept cryptocurrency."
At the Movies: Facebook’s Short Film Details Its Anti-Fake News Efforts
Facebook created an 11-minute film, Facing Facts, to shed more light on its efforts to combat misinformation and fake news. Facing Facts is directed by documentary filmmaker, Morgan Neville (director of WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?).
Instagram Joins the ranks of other media platforms to offer hour-long video content:
Instagram's new video service IGTV may go the way of YouTube and Snapchat video, or it may provide a new way of reaching audiences with real content. Read on:
We're thrilled that local startup and Doc10 sponsor Docademia is getting coverage on its innovative approach to bringing documentaries into the classroom:
Docademia is a Chicago-based platform that partners educational institutions with documentary films and the filmmakers who create them. Docademia also develops curriculum for professors to use when introducing each film to their students and it compensates the filmmakers for the use of their art. The organization aims to champion the work of filmmakers from often underrepresented backgrounds. Along with being DOC10 sponsors, we at CMP think their work is pretty special and we hope you will too!
"Our goal is to support filmmakers from marginalized communities,” Abdi said. “We need a cure for the disconnection in our world today…And if we hear each others’ stories and we really listen to each others’ stories, we can connect again.”
On top of the Oscar win, CMP-supported ICARUS continues to make an impact - through the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act introduced in the House last week
New York Times: U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminalize Doping in Global Competitions
On June 12th, the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act, a bill named after Grigory Rodchenkov (whistleblower subject of Oscar-Winning documentary, ICARUS), was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill aims to amplify U.S. law enforcement authority to doping violations overseas. Our hope is that this will also aid in Grigory's lawyers' fight for long-term immigration status for him in the United States. To date, CMP and CMP members have donated more than $100,000 to Grigory's Legal Defense Fund.
ICARUS has also been awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award for NEWS DOCUMENTARY!
"The RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards are among the most prestigious in broadcast and digital news. The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of broadcast and digital journalism."