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Documentary Faculty & Alumni Inspire Social Change

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 documentary “Return of the Navajo Boy” […]

September 5, 2011 0
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Viva Doc Alumn Wins Student Academy Award

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 Wonjung when, over the summer, we […]

September 4, 2011 0
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Viva Doc Alumns at Kartemquin Films

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, Kurtis, and Kartemquin). Viva Doc […]

September 4, 2011 0
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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 […]

February 16, 2011 0
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Kartemquin Films Offers Insight Into Critique Process

Kartemquin Films, one of the most reputable documentary production companies in the will be coming to the Doc Center this week to demonstrate the art of the peer review.  Known for their usually merciless stance on their review subjects, they can also be highly instrumental in making a film the best it can possibly be. […]

November 15, 2010 0
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Doxita Season 3: Life is a Progress

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, short and longer format, serious and […]

November 8, 2010 0
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My Strange Email To Ken Burns

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 know a thing or two about […]

September 29, 2010 1
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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 […]

September 28, 2010 0
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If you’re familiar with the Documentary program at Columbia College Chicago, then you've probably seen, heard about, had as a sub, and or had as a teacher Anu. Born in New Delhi, India, she's had many roles on many films, both narrative and documentary. In addition to her teaching duties and involvement with Viva Doc, […]

September 22, 2010 1
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Come to the Lobby in 1104 S. Wabash This Thursday (23rd) from 11-6 for some tasty treats! Flier

September 21, 2010 0
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