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CMP 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

WE SAY THAT WITH AS MUCH ENTHUSIASM AND POSITIVE ENERGY AS WE CAN MUSTER AS WE PONDER THE UNCERTAINTIES THAT AWAIT US OVER THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS: FROM THE CONTINUED ERRATIC BEHAVIOR OF OUR PRESIDENT TO THE THREAT OF A NUCLEAR STAND-OFF WITH NORTH KOREA, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.

Nonetheless, we do have much to look forward to this year!

It starts in January with our annual CMP gathering at the Sundance Film Festival and the premieres of 6 new CMP funded documentaries!

And we're excitedly awaiting the Oscar final nominees announcement on January 23rd!

CMP’s film ICARUS is a leading contender for a Best Documentary nomination, which has been bolstered by the tremendous news coverage of the movie in the wake of the IOC decision to ban Russia from the Winter Olympics.

But first: CMP 2017

As we peek over the horizon of 2018, we want to take a few moments to reflect back on what YOU, our members, made happen at CMP in 2017.

Although it will certainly be remembered for its historic, unprecedented upheaval of both the political and social landscapes, we can be proud of CMP’s accomplishments, thanks to the incredible generosity and support of our member community. And if there is a silver lining, it's that we are more aware than ever of the power of media, and the need for the support of a free press.

CMP MEMBER EVENTS

Sundance 2017

While Donald Trump was being sworn into office last January , many of our CMP members gathered at Sundance to watch great movies, enjoy CMP community sponsored events and join together on Main Street, Park City to collectively participate in the Women’s March Against Hate.

Reinforcing the power of media to bring about social change, we watched the exciting premieres of CMP supported films: Icarus, Trophy, Step, Whose Streets, Bending The Arc and Dina — all of which played to sold out audiences and sold at record prices!

CMP MEMBERS ALSO CONVENED IN OTHER CITIES THROUGHOUT 2017:

IN CHICAGO IN MARCH FOR DOC10 2017,

IN TORONTO IN MAY FOR THE HOT DOCS FIRST LOOK FORUM,

IN L.A. IN OCTOBER FOR OUR BIG TABLE DINNER AT SONY STUDIOS,

AND IN NEW YORK IN NOVEMBER FOR THE DOCNYC FILM FESTIVAL .

+ CMP's First Annual Retreat

WE MET IN CHICAGO IN JUNE TO CELEBRATE OUR community at our FIRST ANNUAL MEMBER RETREAT @ THE FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT DESIGNED EMILE BACH HOUSE, reflecting on our first 3 years and planning for our next 3 and beyond!
AND we gathered AGAIN IN DECEMBER FOR OUR ANNUAL PRE-SUNDANCE DINNER WITH SUNDANCE’S FESTIVAL HEAD, JOHN COOPER (AND FRIENDS).

CMP SPONSORED PUBLIC PROGRAMMING:

CMP's Doc10 Film Festival

IN APRIL CMP’S SECOND ANNUAL DOC10 FILM FESTIVAL OPENED THE LAST WEEKEND IN MARCH AT THE NEWLY RESTORED DAVIS THEATER IN THE HEART OF LINCOLN SQUARE.

Festival goers enjoyed Chicago Premieres of docs like Step, OBIT, Whose Streets and Chasing Trane.

They took in “Continue the Conversation” discussions and other extended programming at our DOC10 Pop-up Lounge, were introduced to exciting works-in-progress docs at the Sunday Pitch Brunch and celebrated the filmmaker recipients of CMP’s first annual Impact Grant Fund awards ceremony.

CMP's DINNER & DOCS @ THE DAVIS

In July, CMP launched our new series, “Dinner and Docs at the Davis,” featuring quarterly Chicago premieres of compelling new docs on the big screen.
Conceived as a year round extension of DOC10, we brought QUARTERLY premiere screenings to CHICAGO of: City Of Ghosts by Matt Heineman, NO Man’s Land by David Byars and Voyeur by Miles Kane and Josh Koury.

CMP’s GROWING COMMUNITY:

CMP’s member circle continued to grow in 2017. By year end, we had invited 12 new members, hailing from Portland, OR to Philadelphia, PA as well as New York and of course, Chicago. We have truly become a nationwide community!

CMP Member sectors

We launched our Planned Giving campaign designed to give CMP a capital reserve fund for greater sustainability and to further expand our grant making and community programming. An incredible number of our members enthusiastically responded to the campaign by committing two and three-year charitable donations ranging from $50k - $150k. By September, we had exceeded our campaign goals, thanks to them!

As an extension of our Dinner and Docs series, in July we also launched our new Associate level membership, which gives new supporters of CMP the chance to experience our community through our public-facing events like Doc10 and Dinner and Docs. We have 10 new Associate members thus far and expect this to grow in 2018!

We also proudly welcomed our first two “junior” level CMP members: the lovely Ms. Sloan Bollinger and the uber-handsome Mr. Russell Schwertfeger! Congratulations to CMP members Heather Bollinger and Andrew and Gigi Schwertfeger on the safe arrival of both beautiful babies in 2017!

CMP’s IMPACT GRANT FUND:

Seed funded in 2016 by 7 CMP “Founding Members”, we made our first cycle of Impact Grant Fund grants in April 2017 at our Saturday evening DOC10 awards ceremony.

Through our relationships with industry partners, we collected over 40 submissions which we narrowed to 12 finalists that were presented to the IGF Advisory Board, which includes the CMP Founding members.

The Advisory Board selected the grant winners in each of the three IGF categories: EARLY STAGE FUNDING, FILMMAKER SUSTAINABILITY, and INNOVATION IN OUTREACH.

an EARLY STAGE grant was awarded to CRIP CAMP by Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham
the FILMMAKER SUSTAINABILITY GRANT was given To Elaine Sheldon, director of RESCUE BREATH AND HEROIN(E) [now on Netflix]
and an INNOVATIVE IMPACT grant was granted to Whitney Dow for his WHITENESS PROJECT series.
We also made an early special production grant to DARK MONEY by Kim Reed, which will have its world premiere at Sundance!

AND THANKS TO THE ADDED FUNDS THAT CAME IN FROM OUR PLANNED GIVING CAMPAIGN, WE WERE ABLE TO CLOSE OUT THE YEAR WITH TWO ADDITIONAL GRANTS:

1. Steve James' new project

In October, we gave an EARLY STAGE grant to the well-regarded Chicago director Steve James to for his next feature film, RIDE OF THEIR LIVES, a unique look into the lives of children on the rodeo circuit.

2. Marty Syjuco & Michael Collins for Almost Sunrise extended outreach

In November, we further supported the incredible work of Marty Syjuco and Michael Collins, the filmmaker team behind ALMOST SUNRISE, through an INNOVATIVE IMPACT grant, which was used to create a wraparound short piece accompanying the POV broadcast premiere screening of ALMOST SUNRISE. We hope some of you are wearing the socks we sent as part of our year end “STAY WARM” gift to our members!

PARTNERSHIP WITH PUBLIC GOOD ON OUTREACH

Finally, we are especially excited about our latest Impact Grant Fund platform, an innovative approach to outreach support developed in partnership with PublicGood, a Chicago company that designs digital campaigns to help audiences get activated.

Together, CMP and PublicGood have developed an impact campaign for the beautiful short film, GRACE, by Rachel Pikelny (funded in large part from CMP donations raised at our DOC10 Pitch Brunch in 2017) that will enable audience members to link directly to sponsor organizations to volunteer time, donate to the cause and learn more about the issues surrounding breast cancer and survival.

CMP will award this campaign engagement platform to one IGF recipient each year.

CMPI/I’s EQUITY FUND:

The big news for CMPI/I in 2017 was the launch of the “high tier” CMPAC fund, which gives CMP I/I investors the ability to invest in more movies and at significantly higher levels and to potentially receive EP level credits on our funded films.

Combined with our regular investment fund, CMPI/I members invested more than $1.5 million in 10 new movies just in 2017!

CMPI/I investors also saw their first big returns in 2017, with record breaking sales of ICARUS, TROPHY, VOYEUR and STEP, among others. Judging by the quality of the movies CMP members invest in, and the reactions from audiences, critics, sales agents and distributors, CMPI/I clearly made its mark in 2017!

WHAT LIES AHEAD IN 2018:

Here’s a brief run-down of what we know you can expect from CMP in 2018:

The CMP group heads back to Sundance in January a la "Groundhog Day" to see another record number of CMP funded premieres. Six CMP-funded movies will premiere, including CMPAC’s first fully-funded movie, 306 HOLLYWOOD, as well as CMP I/I films OUR NEW PRESIDENT, OF FATHERS AND SONS, WON”T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR, BISBEE 17 and DARK MONEY.

DOC10 2018

DOC10 will be held April 5-8th at the Davis Theatre in Lincoln Square, with more new programming including our opening night film, WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR by Morgan Neville,

and the launch of our newest event: DOC10 NEXT: The Intersection of Media, Technology & Documentary Form, which will run all weekend long in our Pop-up Lounge.

We are planning more Big Table Dinners in Los Angeles, Ft. Lauderdale, Philadelphia…and others.

We will return to HotDocs in Toronto and attend the First Look Pitch Forum in May.

We will see the exciting premieres of CMPI/I funded films THE BLUE WALL, INDUSTRIAL MUSICALS PROJECT and THE FOURTH ESTATE.

We will pursue more exciting investments for CMP I/I and CMPAC members. New projects already in the pipeline include THE INFILTRATORS and UNTITLED HOLLYWOOD SEXUAL HARASSMENT films.

And who knows what else?

At CMP, we pride ourselves on being intelligently experimental [Steve’s catchphrase], and always seizing new opportunities that come our way to continue to explore creative ways to expand CMP’s reach.

With the support of our incredibly dedicated CMP Board, expect to see more innovations that make film philanthropy FUN and REWARDING.

Here’s to 2018 and reinforcing the power of media to bring positive change in the world.

Stay warm,

Paula, Steve, Alexander and Eliza

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