CMP curates content, nurtures relationships between filmmakers and funders, and connects our members to the expanding world of impact media through events. Our members gain the opportunity to support new films that further the causes they are passionate about.

 

OUR CO-FOUNDERS

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PAULA FROEHLE

CO-FOUNDER AND CEO

A producer, director, visual artist, educator and entrepreneur based in Chicago, Paula is the Co-Founder and CEO of Chicago Media Project (CMP) - the innovative multifaceted philanthropic community of documentary film lovers who believe in the power of media to bring about social change. Within CMP, Paula guides over 50 members in the philanthropic support of social impact films and filmmaker sustainability. She also co-manages CMP’s equity fund Chicago Media Project Invest/Impact (CMP I/I) that invests in commercially viable documentaries.

Paula has overseen more than $4.5 million dollars of grant and equity funding for numerous documentaries including the Sundance 2019 hits KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE (Netflix) and ONE CHILD NATION (Amazon) as well as the top-grossing biopic of all time WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (Focus Features), THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED (Tribeca 2018), THE FOURTH ESTATE (Showtime) and STEP (Fox Searchlight), to name a few. She served as an executive producer on THE INFILTRATORS (Sundance 2019), 306 HOLLYWOOD (Sundance 2018) and FLY. Paula also co-produced the powerful documentaries BLUE WALL, TROPHY (CNN Films), VOYEUR (Netflix) and the 2017 Academy Award-winning documentary ICARUS.

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STEVE COHEN

CO-FOUNDER AND BOARD CHAIR

A producer, investor, philanthropist and attorney, Steve is the Co-Founder and Board Chair of Chicago Media Project (CMP), the innovative multifaceted philanthropic community of documentary film lovers who believe in the power of media to bring about social change. He is also the Co-Manager of Chicago Media Project Invest/Impact (CMP I/I), the equity fund side of CMP that invests recoupable equity in commercially viable documentaries.

Steve has overseen more than $4.5 million dollars of grant and equity funding for numerous documentaries including the Sundance 2019 hits KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE (Netflix) and ONE CHILD NATION (Amazon) as well as the top-grossing biopic of all time WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (Focus Features), THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED (Tribeca 2018), THE FOURTH ESTATE (Showtime) and STEP (Fox Searchlight), to name a few. He served as an executive producer on THE INFILTRATORS (Sundance 2019) and 306 HOLLYWOOD (Sundance 2018). Steve co-produced BLUE WALL, TROPHY (CNN Films), VOYEUR (Netflix) and the 2017 Academy Award-winning documentary ICARUS.


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