SNAPSHOTS Rare Cinematic Shorts, Out-takes and Commercial Work by THE MAYSLES BROTHERS A special program curated for STOP SMILING STOP SMILING presents a selection of work by the documentary pioneers behind Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens and Salesman. This one-night-only program of Direct Cinema portraits and explorations will span both theRead More →

Join us for The Doc Center's 20th Anniversary Bash! Wednesday, April 29th, 4:00pm – 7:00pm 1104 S Wabash Ave, Rm 407, The Michael Rabiger Center for Documentary Come celebrate the past, present and future of Columbia's innovative center for documentary filmmaking! 4:00pm: Food, games, friends, and fun! 5:00pm: A PanelRead More →

Timothy Tamisiea will represent the Viva Doc this Thursday with the only documentary to be accepted into Big Screen 13. Timmy was kind enough to share a rough cut with us at the end of last semester and, just like in real life, everyone there was touched by little LukeRead More →

Photo: Diana Gabriel. Frederick Wiseman has made over 30 full-length documentaries, but says he doesn’t think about his art. He came from a law background and examines institutions across the nation, but says he never does research. The ironies you find in Frederick Wiseman’s films come across when you listenRead More →

A wise man once said, “Let us all cool our jets. Let us all take the time out of our busy schedules to watch great documentary films. That is when we find our peace.” For 2009, Viva Doc has put forth extra effort to curate a film schedule built bothRead More →

January 17th, 2009, at 8:00 pm, Chicago Filmmakers Proudly Presents: SENATOR OBAMA GOES TO AFRICA THE MAN WHO WOULD BE PRESIDENT RETURNS TO HIS AFRICAN ROOTS Director Bob Hercules, Director of Photography Keith Walker, and Editor Melissa Sterne in Person! Located at 5243 N. Clark St. in Andersonville. Single admissionRead More →

Our very own Linda Garcia-Merchant is screening her feature documentary, Las Mujeres De La Caucus Chicana on Wednesday, November 12 at 6-8 PM at Loyola College’s Sullivan Student Center, Glavin Auditorium 6239 N Sheridan Road (Granville exit on RedLine is closer than Loyola Stop) Please show your support by attendingRead More →

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 byRead More →