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"Mountain Top Removal" doc screening Oct 16th

Ever wonder where your electricity comes from? Come to the screening and find out why ‘the energy crisis’ is such an important part of the Presidential campaign. You are cordially invited to attend the Chicago premiere of Michael O’Connell’s award-winning documentary Mountain Top Removal.

October 2, 2008 0
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Tip of the Day 9

This tip was provided by a journalism student: when calling up subjects or potential interviewees, always assume that they won’t be available between the hours of 11AM and 2PM to account for differing lunch schedules.

September 30, 2008 0
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Facets Seminar Series Presents: Michael Rabiger

Michael Rabiger is Professor Emeritus at Columbia College, the director of documentaries for the BBC and independently, and the author of the worldwide best-selling books, Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics, Directing the Documentary and Developing Story Ideas.

September 29, 2008 0
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Tip of the Day 8

Have you ever put off getting b-roll and cutaways by telling yourself or your crew “we’ll just get these later…” You won’t!

September 28, 2008 0
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"Throwing Plates" Screening at ArtWalk Ravenswood Oct 4th, 5th


Columbia MFA Candidate Deirdre Lee writes: I’ll be screening my most recent documentary…

September 27, 2008 0
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5 Awesome things doc-makers have done

Documentary films often have the rather vague goal of “social change.” That could mean any number of things depending on who you ask, but here are five tangible examples of doc-makers doing awesome stuff which definitely had an impact…

September 27, 2008 0
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Tip of the Day 7

Interviewees don’t have to be present when you’re setting up lighting and camera equipment. In fact, it’s often better if they’re out of the room so you can concentrate and don’t have to bother with small-talk.

September 26, 2008 0
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Review of “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North”


In Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers a horrifying family secret.

September 25, 2008 0
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Four Films the Viva Doc Staff Just Couldn’t Finish

It happens all the time. A film gets great reviews, but once you’ve seen it you can’t help but wonder “Wait, what was the big deal again?!” Sometimes documentaries are so bad we can’t even bear to finish watching them. Here are four of these, according to Viva Doc staff members.

September 25, 2008 3
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Viva Doc Sept 24 Meeting Recap

We had a great kickoff meeting this semester on Wednesday September 24th in the Doc Center suite on the 4th floor of the 1104 S. Wabash film building. Over 21 people showed up, and Viva Doc alum Suree Towfighnia (the Colum grad who made PBS’ Standing Silent Nation) stopped by to say it was probably […]

September 25, 2008 0
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