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Submit Your Film to the ISDC!

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The International Student Documentary Competition (ISDC) is currently accepting student documentary submissions from all over the world.

The ISDC is —

…a celebration of student filmmakers from around the world. Students from recognized institutions of higher education with instruction in filmmaking at the undergraduate or graduate level are invited to submit documentaries which have been completed as course work. The work can be originated in any format, style and on any subject, with a maximum length of 30 minutes. Entries must fit into one of the five categories of the competition. Films are pre-selected by a panel of Columbia College documentary faculty and graduate documentary students.

For more visit the ISDC website.

Robert Greenwald Live Streaming Event at Columbia

A screening of the film RETHINK AFGHANISTAN, which Oliver Stone calls an “in-your-face, makes-you-think documentary” and “an indispensable guide to what’s really going on in Afghanistan. Not what you read in the mainstream newspapers or see on television.”

“Rethink Afghanistan” director Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films will participate in a LIVE STREAMING discussion following the screening.

The screening will begin shortly after 6:30 pm. The live streaming event with Greenwald will take place around 8:15 pm.

About Robert Greenwald

Robert Greenwald is a producer, director, political activist, and Brave New Films founder and president. His is currently focused on the RETHINK AFHANISTAN (2009, RethinkAfghanistan.com) documentary and campaign which addresses the misguided U.S. policy in Afghanistan. He has also produced and distributed short viral videos and campaigns like SICK FOR PROFIT (SickForProfit.com), FOX ATTACKS videos (FoxAttacks.com) and THE REAL MCCAIN (TheRealMcCain.com), which were seen by almost a million people in a matter of days.

Greenwald is also the director/producer of IRAQ FOR SALE: THE WAR PROFITEERS (2006), a documentary that exposes what happens when corporations go to war and WAL-MART: THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICE (2005), a documentary that uncovers the retail giant's assault on families and American values and OUTFOXED: RUPERT MURDOCH'S WAR ON JOURNALISM (2004). He also executive produced a trilogy of political documentaries: UNPRECEDENTED: THE 2000 ELECTION; UNCOVERED: THE WAR ON IRAQ (2003), which Greenwald also directed; and UNCONSTITUTIONAL (2004).

About Brave New Films

BRAVE NEW FILMS (BraveNewFilms.org), Greenwald's new media company, uses film to tell stories that build movements and influence debate about the most important issues of the day. Brave New Films released the THE BIG BUY: TOM DELAY'S STOLEN CONGRESS in May 2006 and recently produced two TV series: ACLU FREEDOM FILES and THE SIERRA CLUB CHRONICLES – which can be seen on Link TV, Court TV (ACLU) and via the internet.

Viva Docsters in Link TV "One Chicago, One Nation" Contest

“We're Taking Our Country Back” is a short documentary Columbia College alum Parson Brown and senior documentary student Kevin Gosztola worked on for the “One Chicago, One Nation” Online Video Contest. It takes a look at the challenges communities face culturally, politically, and socially as a result of a growing faction in America known as the Tea Party. It asks communities to consider how they plan to confront the growing threat to public services and social safety nets in communities as a result of an agenda that cries out against Big Government, which is being pushed by Americans who despise America's first African-American president.

Please consider getting a username, logging in, watching the film, rating it, and even leaving a comment. Thank you.

Also, International Student Documentary Competition (ISDC) coordinator and Viva Documentary advisor Anuradha Rana and Columbia television instructor Laurie Little have a short, “Disability Pride” in the contest.

Their film:

“…weaves 'on the street' interviews with verite footage of the 6th Annual Disability Pride Parade in 2009, to convey human experiences that promote pride through the belief that disability is a natural part of human diversity, and should be celebrated. The parade, held every year in Chicago, is the first of its kind in the world and people travel far and wide to attend the event. The next parade is on July 24, 2010 and the filmmaker's hope that this film can persuade more people to attend and show their support for Disability Rights.”

The two filmmakers have already received pages of comments and many, many votes making it highly likely they will be one of the finalists in the Documentary category. And, if you haven't voted and left a comment yet, please do.

The contest ends April 30th. If anymore Viva Docsters post videos, they will be posted here.

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World Shorts ISDC Fundraiser & More

6 Days of Doc Wednesday 4/28

Wednesday 4/28
Bake Sale… 12-5pm in the 1104 S. Wabash lobby… interested in baking?
Contact Mitch at wenkusproductions@gmail.com

Thursday 4/29:
Come support doc filmmaker Zach Mehrbach at Big Screen, starting at 7pm. Big Screen will be in the Film Row Cinema on the 8th Floor of the 1104 S. Wabash Building

Sunday, 5/2:
“World Shorts” fundraiser for the ISDC, $10 at the Viaduct Theatre @8pm, with performances by Pet Peeve, Jon Drake & the Shakes, and the Gentlemen's Guild. Prizes for person wearing the best shorts!

Monday, 5/3:
Looking for Democracy Film Fest in Film Row Cinema from 5pm-8pm, brought to you by the Illinois Humanities Council:
http://www.prairie.org/events/23717/art-hurts-art-urges-voyages-looking-democracy-film-contest-screening

Wednesday, 5/5
Check out dir. Brent Day's “Farm 2 Fork” doc about local organic farming. 4-6pm, Hokin Lecture Hall, 623 S. Wabash. Discussion to follow.


Thursday, 5/6:
“An Evening of Brave New Films” screening featuring 'Rethink Afghanistan' and live Skype Q&A with dir. Robert Greenwald. Doors open at 6pm at the Ferguson Lecture Hall in the 600 S. Michigan Building. Screening begins at 6:30 pm. Q&A at 8:15 pm after the screening. For more, visit bravenewfilms.org and bravenewtheaters.com.

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6 Days of Doc Events


Upcoming Events:

Wednesday 4/28:
Bake Sale… 12-5pm in the 1104 S. Wabash lobby… interested in baking?
Contact Mitch at wenkusproductions@gmail.com

Thursday 4/29:
Come support doc filmmaker Zach Mehrbach at Big Screen, starting at 7pm. Big Screen will be in the Film Row Cinema on the 8th Floor of the 1104 S. Wabash Building

Sunday, 5/2:
“World Shorts” fundraiser for the ISDC, $10 at the Viaduct Theatre @8pm, with performances by Pet Peeve, Jon Drake & the Shakes, and the Gentlemen's Guild.  Prizes for person wearing the best shorts!

Monday, 5/3:
Looking for Democracy Film Fest in Film Row Cinema from 5pm-8pm, brought to you by the Illinois Humanities Council:
http://www.prairie.org/events/23717/art-hurts-art-urges-voyages-looking-democracy-film-contest-screening

Wednesday, 5/5:
Check out dir. Brent Day's “Farm 2 Fork” doc about local organic farming.  4-6pm, Hokin Lecture Hall, 623 S. Wabash. Discussion to follow.


Thursday, 5/6:
“An Evening of Brave New Films” screening featuring 'Rethink Afghanistan' and live Skype Q&A with dir. Robert Greenwald. Doors open at 6pm at the Ferguson Lecture Hall in the 600 S. Michigan Building. Screening begins at 6:30 pm. Q&A at 8:15 pm after the screening. For more, visit bravenewfilms.org and bravenewtheaters.com.

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Tech troubles? Read the new FAQ

Columbia College Chicago students having tech problems can now log in to the new online FAQ and help system. In order to assist students with tech problems through the year, the F&V department has launched a Web based Help Desk.

The site has FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions) and users can request specific help in the following areas:

Audio: Production and Post Production questions
Camera: Bolex and JVC questions
Computer: Hardware, Software and Storage
Final Cut: Editing, Input and Output

Staff are in place the system is tested and working. The site operates out of the MIP Lab and is actively monitored during lab hours.

Please set up an account for yourself. You must use your Columbia email account on the system.

Suggestions for FAQ topics should be sent to Dennis Keeling, dkeeling@colum.edu

Hoop Dreams 15th Anniversary Events

Columbia College alum Michael Latchney writes:

I hope that the year is off to a great start. I am currently working with Kartemquin Films to promote the 15th anniversary of the classic film Hoop Dreams. I wanted to give you a heads up on two events surrounding this grand occasion. The first event is Oct. 16th at 7pm, at 1512 S. Pulaski Rd Chicago IL 60623. This event is free and open to the public. The second event is right in your backyard, Oct. 26 at 7pm, at CCC Film Row. This event is organized by IFP and Kartemquin. Both events are based around community organizing and outreach. Maybe you guys could post these dates on your web site. It is guaranteed to be a good time to watch a classic documentary and network.

You heard it here first, folks. That information for these special 15th anniversary screenings again is:

October 16, 7PM
1512 S. Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60623

Oct. 26, 7PM
1104 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Admission is free.

Want to Learn About Documentary Fundraising?

Groundswell Films is looking for an intern this summer to help research philanthropic and sponsorship leads for The Robben Island Singers, a 360 Media Project. Fundraising is not the most glamorous part of filmmaking, but it is an absolute necessity if you want to make independent work. We are looking for a mature student, with excellent research and written communication skills to work in our downtown Chicago office. Candidate must be well organized and able to meet deadlines. Position is two to three days per week and is unpaid, but includes a stipend to cover your expenses.

Please email Jennifer@amdurspitz.com if you are interested. Thanks.

June 18th Screening of The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo


Synopsis:

Shot in the war zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006, this film breaks the silence surrounding the tens of thousands of women and girls who have been kidnapped, raped and sexually tortured in that country’s intractable civil war. The filmmaker, herself a survivor of gang rape, talks with activists, peacekeepers, physicians and with the rapists themselves. She travels to remote villages to meet rape survivors who have been shamed and abandoned, providing a piercing, intimate look into the horror, struggle and ultimate grace of their lives.

The filmmaker, Lisa F. Jackson will be in attendance at a Human Rights Watch International Film Festival on Thursday, June 18th at 5:30 in the Museum of Contemporary Art here in Chicago. Here are the details:

Benefit Screening and Reception
Thursday, June 18, 2009
5:30 PM
Museum of Contemporary Art
(220 East Chicago Avenue, Education Center Entrance)

Featuring a screening of
The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo
Winner of the Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2008

With special guest Lisa F. Jackson, director
STUDENT – ticket(s) at $25 each

Thurs, 5/14: Trouble the Water screening with Q&A

This Thursday, May 14th, come join us for the free screening/discussion of the Oscar nominated documentary, “Trouble the Water” at Columbia College Chicago.

“Trouble the Water”, is the story that was never told about Hurricane Katrina.

The producers Tia Lessin and Carl Dean will be at the screening to answer questions and raise awareness.

Check out the website, www.troublethewaterfilm.com

Date: May 14th
Location: 623 S Wabash (1st Floor in the Hokin Hall)
Time: 6p.m.- 9 p.m.

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