WATCH. LEARN. IMPACT 10.15.18 NEWS from Chicago Media Project




BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY, BISBEE '17, DARK MONEY, OF FATHERS AND SONS, and WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? are among the films shortlisted for the International Documentary Association's award for top feature in 2018. Congratulations to the filmmakers and all involved!


Directed by Dava Whisenant

Produced by Amanda Spain, Dava Whisenant, and Susan Littenberg

Comedy writer Steve Young’s assignment to scour bargain-bin vinyl for a Late Night segment becomes an unexpected, decades-spanning obsession when he stumbles upon the strange and hilarious world of industrial musicals in this comedic music documentary. With Chita Rivera, Martin Short, Susan Stroman, Sheldon Harnick, Jello Biafra.


Directed by Robert Greene

Produced by Susan Bedusa, Douglas Tirola & Bennett Elliott

BISBEE ’17 is a nonfiction feature film by Sundance award winning director Robert Greene set in Bisbee, Arizona, an eccentric old mining town just miles away from both Tombstone and the Mexican border. Radically combining documentary and genre elements, the film follows several members of the close knit community as they collaborate with the filmmakers to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Bisbee Deportation, where 1200 immigrant miners were violently taken from their homes by a deputized force, shipped to the desert on cattle cars and left to die.


Directed by Kimberly Reed

Produced by Katy Chevigny

DARK MONEY, a political thriller, 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. Through this gripping story, DARK MONEY uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold.


Directed by Talal Derki

Produced by Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, Tobias N. Siebert, Hans Robert Eisenhauer

Talal Derki returns to his homeland where he gains the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses on Osama and his younger brother Ayman, providing an extremely rare insight into what it means to grow up in an Islamic Caliphate.


Directed by Morgan Neville

Produced by Morgan Neville, Caryn Capotosto, and Nicholas Ma

Fred Rogers led a singular life. He was a puppeteer. A minister. A musician. An educator. A father, a husband, and a neighbor. Fred Rogers spent 50 years on children’s television beseeching us to love and to allow ourselves to be loved. With television as his pulpit, he helped transform the very concept of childhood. He used puppets and play to explore the most complicated issues of the day—race, disability, equality and tragedy. He spoke directly to children and they responded by forging a lifelong bond with him—by the millions. And yet today his impact is unclear. WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? explores the question of whether or not we have lived up to Fred's ideal. Are we all good neighbors?


DOC10 Films: CRIME + PUNISHMENT, MINDING THE GAP, THE KING, and THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING are among the films shortlisted for the International Documentary Association's award for top feature in 2018. Congratulations to the filmmakers and all involved!


Directed by Stephen Maing

Produced by Stephen Maing, Ross Tuttle, Eric Daniel

Amidst a landmark class action lawsuit over illegal policing quotas, Crime + Punishment chronicles the remarkable efforts and struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest and summons in New York City. A highly intimate and cinematic experience with unprecedented access, Crime + Punishment examines the United States' most powerful police department through the brave endeavors of a group of active duty officers and one unforgettable private investigator who risk their careers and safety to bring light to harmful policing practices which have plagued the precincts and streets of New York City for decades.


Directed by Bing Liu

Produced by Kartemquin Films

Winner of a Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Minding the Gap is a vital and heartrending story about young men growing up in Rockford, Illinois. For years, Bing Liu aimed his videocamera on himself and his skateboarding friends Zach, the charismatic joker, and Keire, the only African American in the group, as they careered through the streets of their run-down post-industrial town. But behind these buoyant images of youthful male bonding and liberation are more sobering secrets—of volatile families and the legacy of domestic violence.


Directed by Eugene Jarecki

Produced by Christopher St. John, David Kuhn

Is Elvis Presley a metaphor for the rise—and fall—of America? In his latest provocative nonfiction salvo, award-winning filmmaker and DOC10 Tributee Eugene Jarecki (The Trials of Henry Kissinger, Why We Fight, The House I Live In) goes on a musical road trip in Elvis’ 1963 Rolls Royce to chart the American dream, both its lofty ambitions and its bloated corruption. Equal parts entertaining and eviscerating, THE KING travels from Memphis to Las Vegas to New York City, charting Elvis’s surge to stardom, and inviting musicians (Emmylou Harris, Chuck D), celebrities (Ethan Hawke, Mike Myers) and commentators (Van Jones, David Simon) to sit in the backseat and opine about The King, his music and empire—and how it all came crumbling down. Jarecki masterfully interweaves archival footage of Elvis’s career with American history, creating a penetrating and “surprising” journey that will “expand and delight your perceptions” (Variety). “The best recent film about how the hell we got here; and more” (Indiewire).


Directed by Mila Turajlic

Produced by Carine Chichkowsky

For decades, a locked door inside one family’s Belgrade apartment has stayed firmly shut. Now, after 70 years, acclaimed filmmaker Mila Turajlic (Cinema Komunisto) opens the door to reveal not just the divisions inside her own home, but the deep fissures that continue to separate her embattled nation. The Other Side of Everything follows the story of Mila and her mother Srbijanka Turajlic, a formidable member of the resistance against Slobodan Milošević in the 1990s, as they grapple with both the contentious past and unsettling present. A probing inquiry into the responsibility of each generation to fight for their future and winner of the top prize at IDFA, the world’s largest documentary film festival, the widely acclaimed and powerfully resonant The Other Side of Everything is an “engrossing” (Variety) and “wryly humorous” (The Hollywood Reporter) family portrait that “beautifully intertwines the very personal with the painfully political” (Filmmaker Magazine)


CMP-funded short GRACE has been acquired by Condé Nast Entertainment / SELF! Since its release last week, it has gotten more than 21,000 views on social media.

Social Media Comments

"Thanks for helping me begin to understand what it's like to be a survivor."
"I think of myself in terms of BC (before cancer) and AC. It was consoling to hear that someone else knows how I feel. Thank you."
"This does more for bc awareness than pink bagels and pink vacuum cleaners."

GRACE will have its festival premiere at DOC NYC on Sunday, 11/11/18


The DOC10 Pitch Brunch Film Team from REPRESENT is having a Kickstarter!

Following the 2016 election and the rise of the modern women's movement, thousands of women across the country are running for office. So what still stands between these women and the offices they seek? REPRESENT is an intimate, surprisingly tender take on the political process. Our stories elevate the strength and conviction of our female candidates and go on to explore the network of support they receive and the impact of these campaigns on their surrounding community. In a year of unprecedented women-led activism, REPRESENT captures the heart of of a grassroots movement and clearly documents the challenges that remain for female leadership in 2018 and beyond.

Represent's Candidates: Julie, Myya & Bryn

So far they have raised $14,625 of the needed $25,000 on finishing funds and they have 18 days to go! Let's push them over the finish line!

We hope to see you at our next film in the Dinner & Docs @ the Davis series, BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY on Nov 14th!

With special live performances from the film by Steve Young, Patt Stanton and Sandra Geller!



Remy Bumppo Theatre Company

October 11 - November 17

featuring CMP's Eliza Stoughton

CMP Members - Contact us for more information about a CMP Night @ the Theatre!

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



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