Upcoming Community Screenings

Community Cinema Chicago presents their the 2011 – 2012 season!

Where: Chicago Cultural Center in the Claudia Cassidy Theater

78 E. Washington St. (across from Millennium Park)

When: SEPTEMBER 29, Thursday, 6:30 PM

Women, War & Peace: Peace Unveiled

What is it about: When the U.S. troop surge was announced in late 2009, women in Afghanistan knew that the ground was being laid for peace talks with the Taliban. Peace Unveiled follows three women in Afghanistan who are risking their lives to make sure that women have a seat at the negotiating table.

Special guests: Abigail Disney, Series Producer, Women, War & Peace

and Gini Reticker, director, Peace Unveiled

Moderator: Alison Cuddy, host of EIght Fourty-Eight on WBEZ

Presented by WBEZ 91.5 FM, Chicago Foundation for Women & Women and Girls Lead



Tip o’ the Month – Doc Production

While a lot can be planned out prior to a documentary shoot (at least, more than folks assume), there are often some on-the-fly decisions that need to be made.  Here is a little pointer that could prove useful in that situation:

Follow this rule: Wow, So Glad I Focused!

W – White Balance (is your camera balanced for daylight or tungsten? get that white piece of paper out and fix that sh!t)

S – Subject (is your subject located in a place that is good for sound, and says something about that person? never film an interview with the person in front of a white wall unless you have a really good reason to… the more distance between a person and the background can create a more interesting image…more depth, more content, and possibly a nice focus effect)

G – Gain (if you're in a dark environment, turning up the gain will adjust the camera settings so that it allows more light in, but the quality of the image may be lowered if the gain is turned up too much)

I – Iris (this device determines how much light will be let into the lens…best not to let this be on “auto” because if you pan the camera to an area that has a lot more or less light {i.e. a bright window, when you're already indoors} the light will shift drastically to accommodate the brightest thing it sees)

F – Focus (uh-derr.. we don't like things out of focus unless it's done for some artsy reason)

Doxita Season 3: Life is a Progress

When: 6:30 pm, Thursday, November 11th

Where: 1130 S. Wabash, Room 407d

What is doxita?
is a traveling festival of documentary films that are under 40 minutes in length.  The program comprised of approximately 80 minutes of film, represents a wide variety of documentary – domestic and foreign, short and longer format, serious and funny.  It is designed to profile the great content and artistic vision that non-fiction short films provide, but that people don't often get a chance to see.

These are the films in the 3rd annual doxita:

Steel Homes (UK, Eva Weber, 10 min.) – Storage lockers provide a holding ground for memories of long-gone loved ones and dreams that still live.  Striking cinematography and sound evoke the minds and personal spaces of average people.

Slaves (Sweden, Hannah Heilborn and David Aronowitsch, 15 min.) – Colorful animation brings alive the tale of two Sudanese youth who were captured for slavery.  The animation and documentary interview technique mask the children’s identity while also creating an engrossing story of survival.

The First Kid to Learn English From Mexico (USA, Peter Jordan, 20 min.) – 9-year-old Pedro Lopez wishes he never left Mexico.  Lush camera and music create this almost-surreal, yet honest and charming portrait of this struggling boy.

12 Notes Down (Denmark, Andreas Koefed, 30 min.) – Jorgis is the star of his boys choir, until the onset of puberty affects what he loves most: his ability to sing.  This beautifully tender portrait follows the journey of a young man facing the need to leave his old identity behind.

Doc Film Screening: Black August

Black August Hip Hop Project (2010) is a documentary directed by writer and filmmaker Dream Hampton (first woman editor of The Source Magazine) in association with Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. The film is intended to raise awareness about political prisoners in the United States and abroad. The documentary features interviews with intellectuals and social activists such as Assata Shakur, Kathleen Cleaver, as well as performances by Hip-Hop artists such as Talib Kweli, Mos Def, David Banner, Dead Pres, and Common. Shot in the span of ten years, Black August Hip-Hop Project takes us to New York City, Cuba, and South Africa.

Q&A to follow after the film screening

See link to trailer below:

Black August


Come to the Lobby in 1104 S. Wabash This Thursday (23rd) from 11-6 for some tasty treats! Flier

Viva Doc Gears Up For Convocation

Every year, Columbia College Chicago hosts Convocation, a welcoming event for new students.  At Convocation students have the opportunity to learn more about various student organizations and academic departments, while enjoying free food and live entertainment.  Viva Doc will be present at Convocation, and looks forward to recruiting new students from various majors, concentrations, and levels of experience.  So, stop by the Viva Doc table to sign up, and get some free candy and Viva Doc swag!

Students looking to learn more about Viva Doc can obviously keep perusing this website, and they can also follow on Twitter (@vivadoc) and Facebook (as 'Viva Documentary').  The group will meet on Tuesdays at 5:30pm during the fall semester in the doc center in 1104 S. Wabash.

Questions/comments/ideas can be sent to: vivadocumentary@gmail.com.

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.

SHOUTBACK – Looking back, Moving forward

Help us kickoff the International Student Documentary Competition 2010 with a screening of past winners!

looking back and moving forward

Friday, March 5th
1104 S. Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

Reception : 6.00pm, Rm 407

Screening : 6.30pm – 8.00pm, Rm 402

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.

Filmmakers at the Forum

Join us for a discussion with directors and producers from the Kartemquin series, The New Americans. To celebrate the rebroadcasting of the groundbreaking series, They've agreed to share some of their knowledge with us on the Viva Documentary Forums.

The series will air as part of Global Voices on Sundays beginning July 5th and is also available for download on iTunes for $1.99 as part of iTunes' Independence Day promotion. Other select documentaries from “Global Voices” series will be available on iTunes this summer on the PBS Indies Channel.

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