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WATCH. LEARN. IMPACT 11.01.18 NEWS from Chicago Media Project

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CMP-FUNDED FILMS @ 2018 IDA AWARD NOMINATIONS

BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY

Directed by Dava Whisenant / Produced by Amanda Spain, Dava Whisenant, and Susan Littenberg

2018 IDA Best Music Documentary Award Nominee

2018 IDA Creative Recognition for Best Music Score Nominee

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.

BISBEE '17

Directed by Robert Greene / Produced by Susan Bedusa, Douglas Tirola & Bennett Elliott

2018 IDA Creative Recognition for Best Music Score Winner

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.

DARK MONEY

Directed by Kimberly Reed / Produced by Katy Chevigny

2018 IDA Best Documentary Feature Nominee

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.

OF FATHERS AND SONS

Directed by Talal Derki / Produced by Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, Tobias N. Siebert, Hans Robert Eisenhauer

2018 IDA Best Documentary Feature Nominee

2018 IDA Creative Recognition for Best Writing Nominee

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.

WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

Directed by Morgan Neville / Produced by Morgan Neville, Caryn Capotosto, and Nicholas Ma

2018 IDA Best Documentary Feature Nominee

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?

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CMP-FUNDED FILMS @ 2018 CRITICS' CHOICE AWARD NOMINATIONS

DARK MONEY

2018 Critics' Choice Best Documentary Nominee

2018 Critics' Choice Best Political Documentary Nominee

2018 Critics' Choice Best Editing Nominee

2018 Critics' Choice Documentary Award for Best Director Nominee

WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

2018 Critics' Choice Best Documentary Nominee

2018 Critics' Choice Documentary Award for Best Director Nominee

2018 Critics' Choice Documentary Award for Most Innovative Documentary Nominee

2018 Critics' Choice Documentary Award for Best Editing Nominee

THE FOURTH ESTATE

Directed by Liz Garbus / Co-Directed by Jenny Carchman / Produced by Liz Garbus, Jenny Carchman, and Justin Wilkes

2018 Critics' Choice Best Limited Documentary Series Nominee

2018 Critics' Choice Best Political Documentary Nominee

For the journalists at The New York Times, the election of Donald Trump presented a once in a generation challenge in how the press would cover a president who has declared the majority of the nation's major news outlets "the enemy of the people." Oscar-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus witnessed the inner workings of journalism and investigative reporting from the front lines during this administration's first history-making year.

306 HOLLYWOOD

Directed by Elan and Jonathan Bogarín / Produced by Elan Bogarín, Jonathan Bogarín, Troy Herion, Judith Stalter

2018 Critics' Choice Best Cinematography Nominee

2018 Critics' Choice Most Innovative Documentary Nominee

When siblings Elan and Jonathan Bogarín undertake an archaeological excavation of their late grandmother's house, they embark on a magical-realist journey in search of what life remains in the objects we leave behind. 306 HOLLYWOOD transforms the dusty fragments of an unassuming life into an epic metaphor for the nature of memory, time, and history.

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CMP-FUNDED FILMS @ 2018 GOTHAM AWARD NOMINATIONS

BISBEE '17

2018 Gotham Award for Best Documentary Nominee

WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

2018 Gotham Award for Best Documentary Nominee

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CMP-FUNDED FILMS @ 2018 CINEMA EYE HONORS NOMINATIONS

BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY

2018 Cinema Eye Honors Audience Choice Prize Nominee

WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

2018 Cinema Eye Honors Audience Choice Prize Nominee

2018 Cinema Eye Honors Unforgettable Subject - Fred Rogers

THE TALE

Directed by Jennifer Fox / Produced by Jennifer Fox, Sol Bondy, Simone Pero, Oren Moverman, Lawrence Inglee, Regina K. Skully, Laura Rister, Lynda Weinman, Mynette Louie, Reka Posta

2018 Cinema Eye Honors Heterodox Award Nominee

An unforgettable meditation on elusive nature of memory, The Tale is the first narrative feature from Sundance Grand Prize Winner and Emmy nominated writer-director Jennifer Fox, whose documentary films have earned international acclaim for their groundbreaking artistry and unflinching honesty. Based on Fox’s own life story, The Tale sees the filmmaker bravely pushing forward the boundaries of conventional storytelling, creating a dialogue between past and present to illustrate the interplay between memory and trauma.

THE FOURTH ESTATE

2018 Cinema Eye Honors Best Broadcast Series Nominee

306 HOLLYWOOD

2018 Cinema Eye Honors Unforgettable Subject - Annette Ontell

OF FATHERS AND SONS

2018 Cinema Eye Honors Unforgettable Subject - Abu Osama

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CMP-FUNDED FILMMAKERS on the DOC NYC 40 UNDER 40 List

DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, announced “40 Under 40,” a new initiative under the umbrella of its 2018 DOC NYC PRO programming slate. “40 Under 40” celebrates emerging talent in the documentary world, including directors, producers, cinematographers and editors, during the 2018 edition of the festival.

Susan Bedusa (producer, BISBEE '17)

Susan’s most recent films include the 2018 Sundance competition film BISBEE ’17, 2016 Sundance award-winner KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE, and A&E Indiefilm’s Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead, which premiered at Sundance 2015 and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures and Showtime Networks. She is SVP of Production & Development at 4th Row Films.

Joe Bender (producer, OUR NEW PRESIDENT)

Joe Bender is a producer and cinematographer whose award-winning documentaries have screened in festivals around the world. He most recently lensed and produced THE TRUTH ABOUT KILLER ROBOTS and produced the Sundance award-winning OUR NEW PRESIDENT. Other recent work as Director of Photography appears in documentary films and series for HBO, National Geographic, PBS and TED, among others. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Elan Bogarín (director, 306 HOLLYWOOD)

Elan Bogarín’s feature, 306 HOLLYWOOD, premiered on opening night at the 2018 Sundance Festival. In 2017 she was chosen for Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 Faces of Film and was awarded best Emerging International Filmmaker at Hot Docs. Elan was nominated for the Gotham + Spirit Awards for producing BIG FAN which premiered at Sundance.

Assia Boundaoui (director, THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED)

Assia Boundaoui is an Algerian-American filmmaker and journalist. Her award-winning directorial debut THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED investigates decades of FBI surveillance of Muslim-Americans, and world-premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Assia is a fellow at New America and the MIT Open Documentary Lab, where she is iterating a machine-learning fueled sequel to her film.

Jessica Devaney (producer, THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED)

Jessica Devaney is a producer and the founder of Multitude Films. Recent credits include THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED, ROLL RED ROLL, CALL HER GANDA, NAILA & THE UPRISING, and SPEED SISTERS. She has been a Sundance Edit and Story Lab fellow, Women at Sundance fellow, and Sundance Creative Producers Lab advisor.

Sabaah Folayan (director, WHOSE STREETS?)

Sabaah is an award-winning storyteller and Los Angeles native. She attended Columbia University and honed her skills in the non-profit and grassroots sectors before becoming a filmmaker. Sabaah made her directorial debut at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival with WHOSE STREETS?, which chronicles activists living in Ferguson, Missouri when Michael Brown Jr. was killed.

Rachel Pikelny (director, GRACE)

Rachel Pikelny is a Chicago-based filmmaker. Recently, with Siskel/Jacobs Productions, she produced NO SMALL MATTER and directed the short doc GRACE*. Kartemquin producing credits include the Emmy-winning THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI (2014) and A GOOD MAN (2011). A 2017-18 Impact Partners Fellow, she now co-chairs the Documentary Producers Alliance.

Antonio Santini (director, DINA)

Born and currently based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Director of DINA (Sundance ’17 Grand Jury Prize) and MALA MALA (Tribeca ’14 Audience Award).

Dan Sickles (director, DINA)

Dan Sickles is a filmmaker, actor, and writer living in New York City and Paris. Director/Producer: DINA, 2017 (Grand Jury Prize-Sundance Film Festival, Best Feature Film-International Documentary Association), MALA MALA, 2014 (Audience Award Runner-Up-TriBeCa Film Festival, GLAAD Nomination, Best Feature-Cinema Tropical Awards). Founder and Director: El Peligro LLC

Myles Kane (director, VOYEUR)

Myles Kane is director and editor who has worked documentary filmmaking for over 15 years. His films include VOYEUR, AN IMMORTAL MAN, WE WILL LIVE AGAIN, and JOURNEY TO PLANET X. He’s also edited the features ASK THE EXPERT, MADE IN INDIA, and WE ARE WIZARDS.

Maxim Pozdorovkin (director, OUR NEW PRESIDENT)

Maxim Pozdorovkin is the director of five documentary features including THE TRUTH ABOUT KILLER ROBOTS, OUR NEW PRESIDENT, PUSSY RIOT, THE NOTORIOUS MR. BOUT, and CLINICA DE MIGRANTES. Maxim holds a PhD from Harvard University and is a founder of Third Party Films. His next film is HOW TO ROB BANKS FOR DUMMIES.

LEARN

Meet Variety's profiled up-and-comers in Social Impact entertainment, read about why personal political documentaries have been received so well this year (specifically CMP-funded DARK MONEY and WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR), and distributors and producers weigh in about 2018 being a boom year for documentaries.

Hollywood’s New Leaders 2018: Social Impact

Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and seen their rise."

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The surprise in a year of political docs: Why red-meat finger pointing is less potent than the personal

It’s still true, as the slogan of the ’60s and ’70s phrased it, that the personal is political. What is also the case in 2018 is that the political has become deeply, intensely personal...The making of politics personal has led not to partisanship but citizenship. Motivated perhaps by the chaos in Washington, documentarians are looking at what is wrong with society, with issues that impact America as a whole."

Doc success at the box office: trend or new norm?

'There seems to be a hunger for deeper storytelling,' Entelis explains. 'My own personal theory is that everyone spends a lot of time on their phones consuming content in small bits and pieces, but there’s still an underlying hunger for a deeper, more meaningful, well-told story. I think documentaries are filling that void.'"
IMPACT

Alexandra Bombach, director of DOC10 film ON HER SHOULDERS, received the $25,000 Heartland Prize from Heartland Film Festival! And then she donated it to film subject and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nadia Murad.

Director Alexandria Bombach announced the $25,000 prize will be donated to Nadia's Initiative, Murad's foundation "aimed at increasing advocacy for women and minorities and assisting to stabilize and redevelop communities in crisis."
Nadia Murad
Nadia’s Initiative (NI) is a registered 501(c)(3) organization aimed at increasing advocacy for women and minoritiesand assisting to stabilize and redevelop communities in crisis. Presently, the team is embarking on efforts to establish meaningful and sustainable programming in the Sinjar region of Iraq. Since the invasion of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in 2014, the Sinjar region has struggled to ensure the safety and livelihoods of the primarily Yazidi population now displaced throughout the country. Unfortunately, only minimal public assistance has been given for this cause. Consequently, NI seeks to establish both short and long-term programming aimed at redeveloping Sinjar, the ancient homeland of the Yazidi minority."

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!

PLUS

Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN

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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