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We were thrilled to, once again, host Artistic Director John Cooper, Documentary Programmer Hussain Currimbhoy, and Head of Individual Giving, Rachel Denny, for dinner and conversation about all things Sundance! They spoke of our 7 films that will premiere this year, as well as provided insight into the process through which they choose the festival lineup. Members were treated to a "behind the scenes" look at this most prestigious festival!
We are thrilled to report that we have supported 7 of the US Documentary films premiering at the Sundance Film Festival January 19-29, 2017!
They represent support from both the non-profit side of CMP as well as CMP I/I, which truly demonstrates the power of community modeled philanthropy through grants and investment.
To give you an idea of how steep the competition was this year, here are the stats:
For the 2017 festival, 113 feature-length films were selected, representing 31 countries and 36 first-time filmmakers, including 19 in competition. These films were selected from 13,782 submissions including 4,068 feature-length films and 8,985 short films. Of the feature film submissions, 2,005 were from the U.S. and 2,063 were international. Ninety-five feature films at the festival will be world premieres.
So without further adieu, our films are:
- Icarus (CMP I/I)
- Trophy (CMP I/I)
- Step (CMP I/I)
- Dina (CMP I/I)
- Whose Streets (CMP grant)
- Strong Island (GPC13, CMP grant, as well as support from individual members)
- Bend the Arc (CMP I/I)
Read more about the festival here.
CMP's CEO Paula Froehle and Anthony Kaufman, programmer of our DOC10 Film Festival, appeared on local program "The Bill and Wendy Show" on WGN Radio on December 1st to announce the return of DOC10 in 2017 and to talk about our preview screening of Ferne Pearlstein's comedy doc, THE LAST LAUGH. The interview was a fun, freewheeling conversation about the power of documentary film to help us understand and empathize with others, an especially potent idea in this day and age. Check out the interview to hear more from Paula and Anthony on comedy, their favorite docs, and what to expect from DOC10 in 2017! Listen here: http://wgnradio.com/2016/12/01/the-doc10-film-festival-the-last-laugh/
imPact is CMP's crowdfunding app for films that allows you to learn more about new projects, get updates on their progress, and chip in to show your enthusiasm for films you love. Take a look at the films we support under the MEDIA tab - where you chip in as well! When everyone in our community gives just a little bit, it can add up to a significant gift for the independent storytellers who need our support now more than ever.
We're excited to share the app with you today, so DOWNLOAD it for free from iTunes or Google Play and DONATE to the films that speak to you.
There you can also stay tuned for announcements about our next CMP events, including our second Pitch + Cocktails event in 2017 as part of DOC10.