11/6/21: Media Burn at DOC CHICAGO

Free hybrid conference for documentary filmmakers.

The DOC CHICAGO conference brings regional documentary filmmakers together to exchange ideas, learn, and connect. From panels to film screenings and community conversations, DOC CHICAGO offers a gathering place for documentary filmmakers to gain new insights and strengthen our connections across the region.

After a year’s hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, DOC CHICAGO returns as a free hybrid event on Nov 5–7, 2021. Attend online and/or in person at the Chicago Cultural Center for filmmaker panels, discussions, a grant-writing workshop, screenings, and more! Please note that a separate RSVP for each day is needed. Proof of vaccination and masks will be required to attend in-person portions of DOC CHICAGO.

Media Burn’s staff and board will be part of two in-person panels at the Chicago Cultural Center on Saturday, November 6th:

11:30am:  Exploring the Archives

Who gets to decide which media projects are worth preserving? Are you working with communities whose perspectives and history are rarely represented? Whether you’re a filmmaker who is interested in sourcing archival footage or want to preserve your own work, bring your questions to our speakers: filmmaker Alex Halkin, Chiapas Media Project/Americas Media Initiative; Sara Chapman, Media Burn Archive; and Justin Williams, Southside Home Movie Project.

1:15pm: On Collaboration: A Conversation With Judy Hoffman
In the 1970s, Judy Hoffman was active in the Alternative Television Movement and was experimenting with small format video equipment. After assisting French ethnographer and filmmaker Jean Rouch, she became deeply influenced by cinéma vérité and the idea of shared anthropology. Hoffman played a major role in the formation of Chicago’s Kartemquin Films as an original collective member, camera assistant on their early films, and  Associate Producer for Golub. Hoffman was the first woman Camera Assistant in Chicago, working on feature films and numerous PBS series. A major focus of her work has been with the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation of British Columbia, producing films and videos about the reclaiming of Native culture. For over ten years, Hoffman directed a video training program on the N’amgis Reserve so that the Kwakwaka’wakw could create their own videos. Hoffman is a Professor of Practice in the Arts in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago as well as a board member of Media Burn Archive.



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