CMP Past Events 2017

For the most comprehensive summary of our events, as well as discussions we are engaged in, please check out our blog.

Below is a sampling from our past:

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2017: DINNER & DOCS @ THE DAVIS THEATER

David Byars’ No Man's Land offers a detailed account of the impasse, displaying unprecedented access to the protagonists of this incident, and culminating in a thrilling climax that resulted in the arrest and acquittal of occupation leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy, and left another man dead. The film presents an unbiased snapshot of a crisis that ultimately proved a foreshadowing of our current political climate, and what may turn out to be a blueprint of future domestic encounters between our government and civilians.


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JULY 17, 2017: DINNER & DOCS @ THE DAVIS THEATER

City of Ghosts by Matthew Heineman

On a quarterly basis we'll host great new docs paired with fabulous dinners prepared by chef Gil Langlois at CARBON ARC restaurant, followed by Q&A with the director and special guests.


APRIL 29 - MAY 2, 2017: BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE HOTDOCS FILM FESTIVAL & FORUM

Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, offers an outstanding selection of over 200 films from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences of more than 200,000. We take a small group of CMP members to experience this festival up close and personal. Meetings with HotDocs programmers, filmmakers, and international sales agents make this trip educational and a fantastic insight into the world of international documentary financing! Reserve your place today!


MARCH 30 -APRIL 2, 2017: DOC10 FILM FESTIVAL at THE DAVIS THEATRE, 4614 N Lincoln Ave.

DOC10 FILM FEST is back for a second year of ten documentary gems and ten Chicago premieres. 4 days of movies, dinners, pitches, filmmakers, and events! SAVE THE DATE! And check out DOC10.ORG for more info!


MARCH 7, 2017: THE LEGEND OF SWEE'PEA at the MWIFF

We join the Midwest Independent Film Festival in screening this fantastic sports documentary about a basketball legend and his fall from grace. A lead-up to DOC10, it's a real crowdpleaser! Click here to reserve your seat!


Feburary 2, 2017, 8 PM: SOLITARY presented by CMP & Doc10 Film Festival

Director: Kristi Jacobson

In this chilling investigative portrait, award-winning filmmaker Kristi Jacobson gains unprecedented and unrestricted access to the supermax Red Onion State Prison in the Appalachian mountains. Through startlingly intimate interviews, we hear about violent childhoods, the dangers of prison life, and the struggle to maintain sanity within 23-hour-a-day solitary confinement in 8' x 10' cells. Interwoven with the inmates' heartrending stories are the voices of the corrections officers, who attempt to maintain their own humanity amid the dehumanizing conditions of their workplace. "Penetrating" and "immersive" (Los Angeles Times) and "intelligent, thoughtful and tough" (Flavorwire), this extraordinary documentary--nominated for this year's Truer than Fiction Spirit Award--uses evocative sound design and compelling personal stories to create a vivid and complex snapshot of crime and punishment in America today.

Post-screening discussion with director Kristi Jacobson and Uptown People's Law Center Executive Director Alan Mills and Prisoners' Rights Coordinator Brian Nelson, moderated by DOC10 curator/journalist Anthony Kaufman.

Courtesy of HBO Documentary Films.


January 26, 2017, 7pm.: I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO at the Dusable Museum Of African American History

Director: Raoul Peck

Presented in conjunction with Rainbow PUSH Coalition

Unsparing as history and enthralling as biography. It’s an evocation of a passionate soul in a tumultuous era. Full review

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

You'll spend a kaleidoscopic and transporting 90 minutes living inside James Baldwin's mind, coming thrillingly close to his existential perception of the hidden meaning of race in America.Full review

                                                                                                 Owen Gleiberman
                                                                                                 Variety