For the third straight year, CMP offers our members a premium package to the Sundance Film Festival in beautiful Park City, Utah. Our partnership with the Sundance Institute and other affiliate organizations allows CMP to give our members exclusive access to festival screenings and events not available to the general public. Members have raved about their experience in past years, and you know what they say about the third time . . .
This December 1st, we'll celebrate and preview the upcoming second annual DOC10 Film Festival, with a one-night-only screening of the new doc-comedy THE LAST LAUGH.
In this hilarious and poignant exploration of humor, a cavalcade of comedians explore the limits of what makes people laugh. Filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein takes on that most horrific historical moment—the Holocaust—and finds that even the most taboo subjects can spark comedy: It just has to be a very good joke. Both “entertaining [and] thought-provoking” (Variety), The Last Laugh offers amusing proof that “comics are the conscience of the people,” as Mel Brooks says—“even if they’re in bad taste.”
TICKETS to this special screening are available from the Music Box Theatre site
Join CMP for our newest event, a live crowd-funding night for filmmakers. Designed to be a fast and fun way to hear about new docs-in-progress, PITCH + COCKTAILS features three filmmakers giving 5 minute pitches to the crowd over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Each guests commits $100 to the pool and then watches how quickly it grows into significant support! And the audience decides the winning pitch -- it's our community model of philanthropy live in action!
REGISTER + DONATE HERE: https://cmppitch.eventbrite.com
CMP returns to DOC NYC for a second year of full documentary immersion in one wild weekend! The CMP-guided trip to this fantastic New York festival is free to our Change-Makers and Filmanthropists (excluding members' own airfare and accommodations). Contact Sarah Nobles for more details about the trip package, and if you're not yet a member, join now to take advantage of this member outing!
CMP continues our support of the Chicago International Film Festival with another special event -- co-presenting a special panel on a current pressing issue in doc filmmaking at Black Cinema House.
Responding to the harrowing police shootings of unarmed African Americans and wider racial injustices in America, Black Lives Matter has become one of the defining social movements of our times. How important is media to their message, and how can filmmakers best tell the stories of contemporary civil rights struggles in the black community? We check in with the following filmmakers and activists on the frontlines of the conflict:
- Anton Seals, Jr.
- Damon Davis ("Whose Streets?")
- Aemilia Scot ("Shot")
- Charles Alexander Preston (Church on the 9)
- William Calloway (journalist/activist)
Join CMP co-founders Paula Froehle and Steve Cohen at this intimate festival in Camden, Maine, where CMP will be announcing the launch of a new partnership with the Points North Fellowship & Pitch to support emerging documentary filmmakers. Experience a brilliant festival in a beautiful setting, guided by Paula, Steve, and our festival partners for a unique behind-the-scenes experience.
Kick-off CMP's third year with our great community of film-anthropists who support the best in impact media!
CMP is delighted to welcome back the Good Pitch Chicago film ALMOST SUNRISE for the Chicago premiere and two additional events supporting their mission to change the dialogue around veterans' mental health. We're so proud of our involvement with this project and can't wait to share the final film and its impact campaign with our community!
Learn more and register for these three free events by visiting: https://almostsunrisechicago.eventbrite.com
Sundance is one of the highlights of CMP's Member Gatherings. We organize four days of events that give members many opportunities to be together as a group, spend time with filmmakers at the festival, and, of course, see lots of great films. CMP has a special relationship with the Sundance Institute to offer our members access to exclusive credentials and passes at the festival, as well as invitations to private screenings, parties, and filmmaker events.
As part of our CMP @ Sundance Film Festival Package, we have invited John Cooper, the head programmer for the Sundance festival, to come to Chicago for a special Big Table Dinner open only to members and guests who are coming to Sundance. John will preview the films members will be seeing while at Sundance and offer his insider insights about the Sundance experience. And to make the evening more special, the intimate dinner will be personally prepared by the noted Chicago chef, Shin Thompson, of Bonsoiree and most recently Furious Spoon. The dinner will be a seven course Japanese-inspired Kaiseki dinner (an art form in itself!) in a private home. Click here to read more about Shin Thompson.
Only CMP members attending Sundance are invited to cocktails and dinner. Later in the evening we will open up the dessert reception to our larger CMP membership body and specially invited guests.
CMP is excited to welcome back GPC15 film ROMEO IS BLEEDING for the kick-off of our new High School Initiative, a program inspired by the spirit of Good Pitch that aims to bring impact media to youth all around Chicago. This pilot program connects young people to the doc films that speak to them, and empowers them to create media of their own that responds to and engages with these powerful films. Students from around the city will have the opportunity to watch ROMEO IS BLEEDING on the big screen, followed by a performance from the film's star, Donte Clark, a response piece by student filmmakers at Free Spirit Media, and a discussion moderated by selected young leaders. We're so excited to welcome this beautiful film back to Chicago and to launch this initiative with our partners!
This fall we're all about maximizing impact through strategic partnerships. For our November screening we're partnering with David Weinberg Photography and The Center on Halsted as part of a larger series of events, film screenings, and interdisciplinary art exhibitions exploring trans identity and representation called TRANS/FLUENT. On November 19th we're proud to welcome back GPC15 alum Sharon Shattuck with her film From This Day Forward. The evening screening will feature an introduction from Ci3 Director Brandon Hill and a conversation following the film between director Sharon Shattuck and subject Trisha Shattuck, moderated by our own Paula Froehle.
From This Day Forward is a moving portrayal of an American family coping with one of the most intimate of transformations. When director Sharon Shattuck’s father came out as transgender and changed her name to Trisha, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. Her father’s transition to female was difficult for her straight-identified mother, Marcia, to accept, but her parents stayed together. As the Shattucks reunite to plan Sharon’s wedding, she seeks a deeper understanding of how her parents’ marriage survived the radical changes that threatened to tear them apart.
This event is open to CMP members and invited guests.
Now in its sixth year, DOC NYC has quickly become one of the hottest and most important documentary film festivals in the U.S., with excellently curated screenings, panels, and industry events. We are excited to solidify our partnership with DOC NYC this year as an official Friend of the Festival, which means we can offer a special package to our members with access to the opening night film (Barbara Kopple's Miss Sharon Jones! ), concierge ticketing throughout the festival, and at least two CMP-sponsored events over the weekend.
Our partnership means there will be no fee for members to attend festival events, other than providing your own travel and lodging for those dates.
In addition, members have the option to purchase separate tickets to the Visionaries Tribute Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 12, which this year will honor Barbara Kopple, Frederick Wiseman and Jon Alpert. Indicate on the RSVP form below if you'll join us at DOC NYC and this extra event.
This event is open to CMP members only.
CMP's community model of philanthropy continues to support new film projects and emerging filmmakers, and we are proud to announce CMP has come on board as an Executive Producer for a new documentary in production, DROP AND GIVE ME TWENTY. The film follows women from around the country in their quest to take the crown in the 2015 Ms. Veteran America competition, an event conceived to bring awareness to the homelessness among female veterans. The director, Lysa Heslov, is an up-and-coming documentary director with great production backing and a passionate connection to her subjects and the issue.
We are excited to have Lysa with us in Chicago for an exclusive screening of some rough-cut scenes, a discussion about her filmmaking process so far, and a look the future of the film. In the cozy screening room of Soho House Chicago, our members will have an intimate conversation with an emerging talent and the chance to offer feedback in the early stages of what is sure to be an important new film.
With only 30 seats available, CMP members have priority access to this event. We will hold a waitlist for a few additional invited guests.
We're very excited about the special guest we've invited to our second Big Table Dinner of the season: Ellen Schneider, founder of Active Voice, the leading team of communications experts who specialize in working with powerful films to advance movements for social change! Come explore the world of metrics and impact measurement from someone who has been in the field since its inception, and enjoy a delicious dinner at Little Goat Kitchen!
This event is open only to CMP members.
CMP members and friends will remember one of our most-discussed alums from Good Pitch Chicago 2013, BECOMING BULLETPROOF. This heart-felt documentary follows a group of disabled and able-bodied actors as they come together to produce a western period drama, and explores the friendships and frustrations that arise along the way. Engaging a wide audience, BECOMING BULLETPROOF is a film about striving to become a full human being through artistic endeavor and raises questions about the exclusion and marginalization of disabled people from our wider culture. Click here to read a recent glowing NY Times review!
We are happy to welcome the production team back to Chicago as they present a private screening at Soho House for select guests and supporters.
CMP is delighted to offer our members access to one of the hottest tickets at CIFF: Laurie Anderson's HEART OF A DOG. A moving and lyrical film that defies categorization, Anderson's first film in nearly thirty years touches on death, memory, surveillance, Buddhist teachings, and, of course, her beloved dog Lolabelle. CMP is excited to incorporate this important new work into our ongoing conversations this fall about art, empathy, and the changing boundaries of the documentary form.
Laurie Anderson herself will be in attendance for a special Q&A presentation following the film screening, and members are then invited to join an exclusive after-party co-presented by CMP and Elston Films, hosted by Billy Dec at Rockit Bar & Grill. It will be a great night to experience CIFF the CMP way!
Seating is EXTREMELY limited for this unique event. As usual, CMP members receive priority access at no charge; additional tickets will be made available to specially invited guests for a small donation.
"Turning Empathy Into Action: A Dinner and Discussion with Award-Winning Filmmakers"
Come be a part of our community as CMP kicks off the fall season with one of our fantastic Big Table Dinners, including a screening of works-in-progress and a moderated discussion with filmmakers Andrew Cohn (Medora, Night School) and Greg Jacobs & Jon Siskel (Louder Than A Bomb, 102 Minutes that Changed America, Messenger: The Art of Nick Cave) hosted at the home of a generous CMP member.