This year, Doc Chicago will unfold as a free hybrid event on Fri, Nov 5–Sun, Nov 7. Friday afternoon’s sessions and Sunday’s Grant Writing Workshop will be held online, while an in-person gathering will take place on Saturday, Nov 6 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Pre-registration for both online and in-person admission is required via Eventbrite (link will be added shortly).
We are excited to include the following in-person film screenings to our program this year: a short documentary showcase co-presented with Chicago Filmmakers on Saturday evening, Nov 6, and a co-presentation of Meredith Zielke and Yoni Goldstein’s A Machine to Live In as part of the Chicago Underground Film Festival on Sun, Nov 7 (see full descriptions below). Please note: separate admission to screenings applies.
FRIDAY, NOV 5
Friday’s sessions will be held via Zoom. You will receive a Zoom link once you pre-register via Eventbrite.
3pm: Meet the Local Grant-Makers
Are you looking for funding for your next documentary project? Hear from some of the grant-makers who are providing support for projects by local filmmakers and ask them questions during this interactive online session. Presenters include Mark Hallet, Illinois Humanities; Julie Partynski and Kalena Chevalier from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE); and Chicago Filmmakers’ staff who will provide info about the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund. Moderator: filmmaker and writer Julie Englander (see a description below of Julie’s Grant Writing Workshop on Sunday, Nov 7).
4:30pm: Finding Your Audience
Who is the audience for your work and how can you engage with them in an empowering way? This online session will highlight DIY and educational distribution, audience engagement, impact producing, and community screenings. Questions encouraged! Our presenters include: filmmaker Naeema Torres, who worked in home entertainment distribution prior to serving as the impact producer for Chicago filmmaker Ashley O’Shay’s documentary Unapologetic; and Emmy award-winning filmmaker and professor Jay Rosenstein (The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today), who will speak about his work with New Day Films, a filmmaker-run distribution company that has served the educational market since 1971. Moderator: Thavary Krouch, Chicago Film Office.