For years, ESPN had been relatively absent from the sports-doc scene, but after the 2008 release of Dan Klores’s Black Magic, ESPN saw an opportunity to make a statement. Black Magic examined the struggle for civil rights told through the eyes of basketball players at Historical Black Colleges and Universities.Read More →

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 announcedRead More →

Documentaries are primarily made to educate and entertain.  But in some special cases, the impact of their content goes much further.  As faculty member Jeff Spitz would say, “The outreach and impacts from a documentary film can ripple across a decade or more, inspire congress and move mountains.” Jeff’s feature documentaryRead More →

There was no doubt in anybody’s mind that Wonjung Bae is one of the rising young stars in the documentary production field.  She has a considerable knack for capturing emotions and tones, while always having a realistic mindset about what logistics productions will entail. We were so happy for WonjungRead More →

One of the advantages of being involved with Viva Doc is meeting industry professionals and other great networking opportunities. Recently, Viva Doc is proud to announce that a number of our current members and alumns have found themselves interning and even working for esteemed, award-winning documentary production companies (including Towers,Read More →

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 yourRead More →

When: 6:30 pm, Thursday, November 11th Where: 1130 S. Wabash, Room 407d What is doxita? 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, shortRead More →

Dear Ken Burns I started writing this email three times while watching part 2 of the Tenth Inning and deleted each one because I thought I was being ridiculous, but screw it.  I’m a graduate student at Columbia College Chicago on the Documentary Film Track, so I really do knowRead More →