CMP was delighted to host Tabitha Jackson, Director of the Documentary Film Program at the Sundance Institute, for a Big Table Dinner on April 9th. CMP members joined special guests at Little Goat Kitchen for a delicious meal and unveiling of the private-label CMP wine, a 2012 Syrah from Alder Springs, Northern Mendocino County, CA.
The evening's talk focused on the power of empathy in art as it relates to documentary film. Ms. Jackson commented upon the ever-widening access to short-form video online, and the ways this can both connect, but also distance, viewers from the lived experience of others. As more and more content becomes available we have access to more and more diverse voices, and yet institutes like Sundance are still crucial to curate the selection and emphasize the importance of art and aesthetic filmmaking. Jackson shared trailers of exemplary films that fit the Documentary Film Program's mandate "Art/Reach/Change," and discussed the ways these projects and others are selected to fit the program's criteria. Guests enjoyed hearing her thoughts about the state of the field, and partook in a lively Q&A exchange after the program ended.
We look forward to having Tabitha Jackson and her colleague Caroline Libresco (who missed the dinner due to weather) in Chicago again for Good Pitch on May 5th!