2014 Schedule

April 23rd

Social Media Panel

9:30 AM 33 E. Congress Room 219

The social media panel features Jessica Galliart of Red Eye, Gywnned Stuart of the Chicago Reader and Scott Smith, formerly of Chicago magazine. Also joining them are FT faculty Teresa Puente and Ruth Leitman.

Work from SMA Study Abroad: Journalism in Peru and Radio in Iceland and Columbia/Beijing Film Academy Interactive Documentary Presentation

11:30 AM 916 S. Wabash Room 150

Photography: Documenting a Moment in a Click

12:30 PM 33. E Congress Room 210

The photo panel features Rob Hart, Candice Cusic and Hossein Fatemi. Rob is a former Sun-Times photojournalist, Candice is a Pulitzer-winner formerly of the Chicago Tribune and Hossein is an Iranian photographer now living in Chicago whose work was recently featured in the New York Times and FP magazine. Moderated by Jackie Spinner.

2nd Story Performance

1:30 PM 1104 S. Wabash 8th Floor

The 2nd Story performance will feature stories by Bobby Biedrzycki, Megan Stielstra, and Elizabeth Nungaray.

Ehsan Ghoreishi: Going Undercover to Make a Film

2:30 PM 1104 S. Wabash 8th Floor

Join us for a discussion  with Ehsan Ghoreishi about his personal doc tracing a friend’s Jewish heritage in northern Iran.  Ghoreishi, a CCC graduate, will talk about going undercover to make a film about Iranian Jews. The film is on hold for safety of subject matter. Facilitated by Ted Hardin.

Hard Earned: A New Documentary Series by Kartemquin Films for Al Jazeera America

3:30 PM 1104 S. Wabash 8th Floor

This 6-part documentary series by Kartemquin Films for Al Jazeera America, follows five families around the country to find out what it actually takes to get by on eight, ten or even fifteen dollars an hour. Panelists from the production team include: Cinematographer Dana Kupper (CA+S faculty), Associate Producer Liz Stanton, Directors Ruth Leitman (CA&+S faculty), Katy Chevigny (via Skype).

Radio Industry Night

4:30 PM 33 E. Congress

Join faculty and professional guests in welcoming Seniors and advanced Juniors from the Radio Department into the professional community with this lively review and networking reception.

Third Coast Presentation

7:00 PM 33 E. Congress

Based in Chicago, the Third Coast International Audio Festival (TCIAF) curates sound-rich audio stories from around the world and shares them with as many ears as possible – on the radio, on the Internet, and at public listening events all over the place.

April 24th

Mohammad Ehsani: Iranian Filmaker

9:30 AM 1104 S. Wabash 8th Floor

A look at Ehsani’s new film about Iran’s Lake Urmia. Located between East and West Azerbaijan, Lake Urmia is the third largest salt water lake on earth. It has dried up more than 70 percent over the past few years. The film is narrated in the voice of the Lake itself, crying for help and trying to gain international attention to its suffering. The environmental catastrophe of the lake will not only affect Iran, but Iranian neighbors near the area such as Iraq and Turkey.

Experimental Documentary: When Form Listens to Story

10:30 AM 1104 S. Wabash 8th Floor

With CCC students Mikey Buszczak and Michael Zarowny: an overview of the impulses, various filmmakers, and two current student projects whose forms are as dynamic as their stories.

#DocYourWork: Student Panel

11:30 AM 1104 S. Wabash 8th Floor

See works in progress from Columbia students across the college!

Documenting the Other

1:30 PM 1104 S. Wabash 8th Floor

Documenting the Other is focused on the documentarians who tell the stories of the non-mainstream, the people who have been marginalized, either through their own actions or society’s indifference and prejudice. Moderated by Michael Caplan.

#DocYourColumbia featuring TV, Radio, and the Columbia Chronicle

2:30 PM 1104 S. Wabash 8th Floor

Mark Kelly, Vice President of Student affairs, and representatives from the Columbia Media groups, including The Chronicle, WCRX, and Frequency TV gather to discuss how Columbia represents itself to the community and to the world. Where can we go in the future? Moderated by Michael Caplan

Storytelling Workshop

3:30 PM 1104 S. Wabash 8th Floor

This personal narrative storytelling workshop explores how performance informs and inspires the writing process. Intended for both experienced writers looking to take that draft to the next level and first-timers who want to kick-start their art, we’ll push the pencils aside to dig into the story.  This workshop will be facilitated by Megan Stielstra, based on the Story and Performance personal narrative class in the Department of Creative Writing.

Game Design + Interactive Art + Programming: Documenting Interactive Projects

5:30 PM 1104 S. Wabash 8th Floor

Panelists Janell Baxter, Matt Board, Greg Corness and David Noffs will discuss documentation of interactive works in the areas of Game Design, Interactive Art, and Programming.

Advice from Alumni

6:30 PM 1104 S. Wabash 8th Floor

This panel features advice from featured alumni Jessica Mattison (Video Producer, Museum of Contemporary Art), Laura Boyd (Video Producer – Cinematographer, Chicago Tribune), Mitch Wenkus (Producer/Cinematographer, Greenpeace — via Skype), Scott Thiel (Producer, NFL TV), Ronit Bezalel (Filmmaker), and John Farbrother (Editor, Louder Than a Bomb; Food Patriots; Kurtis Productions).

Announcement of Projects Selected for Fernanda Rossi’s Documentary Doctor Workshop

7:15 PM 1104 S. Wabash 8th Floor

Students will get a chance to get advice from Fernanda Rossi at a future date. Submit your works in progress to Ruth Leitman!

Chicagoland: A Documentary Series Case Study

7:30 PM 1104 S. Wabash 8th Floor

Only taking one year from pre-pro to air date is a surprisingly quick turnaround time for an 8-hour prime time series.  This project reportedly started with an unusual degree of access to Rahm Emmanuel made possible by his brother, Ari Emmanuel, the powerful Hollywood agent.  Rham actually mentions brother Ari a few times during the show. A lot has been written about this series, especially Rahm’s portrayal and the fact that Ari represents the production company founders, Marc Levin & Mark Benjamin.  Come to the exclusive Q&A panel on the 8-hour CNN docu-series centered on all things Chicago.

#DocYourWorld After Dark: Viva Doc’s Student Party!

8:30 PM 1104 S. Wabash 4th Floor/The Doc Center

As the final event of of #DocYourWorld, join Viva Doc and students from across the college as we celebrate the end of the week by sharing each other’s work, discussing panels, and eating a lot of yummy snacks!


Trailer photographs Photographs courtesy Steve Liss/Americanpoverty.org.

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