New DOC10 fest premieres work of acclaimed doc makers

Another first for Chicago: DOC10, a documentary film festival presented by the Chicago Media Project – the good people who bring us Good Pitch Chicago – April 1-3 at the Music Box Theatre. 

“There’s a strong community of documentary film lovers in Chicago and this festival brings ten exciting new films to them in one great weekend,” says Paula Froehle, cofounder/executive director of nonprofit Chicago Media Project that offers programs and grants to support the power of non-fiction storytelling to effect social change.

The inaugural DOC10 was curated by filmmaker, film journalist and teacher Anthony Kaufman, who also programs the Chicago International Film Festival and notes, “We are currently experiencing an embarrassment of riches in creative nonfiction content.”

All ten films are Chicago premieres of new works from such acclaimed masters as Barbara Kopple, Werner Herzog and Albert Maysles, in a full spectrum from important social issue films and music docs to vérité and experimental works.  

See the full weekend program herehere.

Attendees also will have a unique opportunity to screen “Notes on Blindness,” funded by Good Pitch and winner of Hot Docs 2013 and screenings in 2014 at Sundance and SXSW. It’s accompanied by the ground-breaking interactive, animated VR presentation, “Notes on Blindness—Into Blindness.” 

Six choices of tickets are coupled with tie-in-events held at nearby Uncommon Ground, 3800 N. Clark, with featured musical acts and panel discussions on the current state of documentary filmmaking.