CMP was so proud to launch our brand-new High School Initiative on December 7th, 2015 with a screening and performance at the Chicago History Museum. We welcomed back the GPC15 alum filmmakers of ROMEO IS BLEEDING to screen the full length version of their documentary, with a live performance from the film's star, Donté Clark. Donté's story of healing his community of Richmond, CA through poetry and art inspired this new program to offer an outlet of creative expression through film to young people from all around Chicago. Watch his moving performance here:
Our partners at Free Spirit Media created a beautiful response piece to ROMEO IS BLEEDING, highlighting the kind of work that students in the summer workshops will make with the mentorship of our staff, partners, and select doc filmmakers. Their short, A TALE OF TWO CITIES, takes a classic piece of literature and applies it to their own current circumstance and community, just as Donté did with Romeo & Juliet. We were so awed by what these young filmmakers created, and proud to showcase it as the pilot piece of our new initiative.
We're looking forward to building out this program for youth in the coming months, leading to the summer workshops and a capstone event in the fall of 2016. Click here to learn more about the program and sign up to get involved!