WATCH. LEARN. IMPACT 06.26.18 NEWS from Chicago Media Project



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:


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


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."

Next Up

Dinner & Docs @ Millennium Park - July 10th @ 6:15pm


by James Walsh

The film chronicles Philippe Petit's 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center. It is based on Petit's book, To Reach the Clouds, released in paperback with the title Man on Wire. The title of the film is taken from the police report that led to the arrest (and later release) of Petit, whose performance had lasted for almost one hour. The film is crafted like a heist film, presenting rare footage of the preparations for the event and still photographs of the walk, alongside re-enactments (with Paul McGill as the young Petit) and present-day interviews with the participants, including Barry Greenhouse, an insurance executive who served as the inside man.

With a Special Performance by Tino Wallenda and the Flying Wallendas

PERFORMANCE BEGINS AT 6:15pm and movie follows!

ORDER A COMPANION DINNER BASKET with prosciutto, cheese, bread, and WINE!

We're pleased to offer a dinner basket for two from The Atwood Cafe - just click the button below to order yours - complete with a Dinner & Docs blanket!!

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



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