#DocYourWorld unites Chicago documentary community

Over 60 documentary makers across the fields of journalism, film, radio, and the web will present at #DocYourWorld, a 3-day Chicago symposium on all things documentary. Kartemquin filmmaker and Columbia College Chicago Associate Professor Dan Rybicky (Almost There) created the conference, which features many of our films and filmmakers, including an exclusive sneak preview of clips from The Trials of Muhammad Ali.

#DocYourWorld runs from April 16-18 at Columbia College Chicago and is free and open to the public. Kartemquin-related highlights include:

  • The Interrupters producer Alex Kotlowitz and WBEZ's Linda Lutton will discuss the process of creating their brilliant two-part audio documentary about the impact of violence on Harper High School for This American Life.
  • Editor Aaron Wickenden will present exclusive preview clips of The Trials of Muhammad Ali for the first time, with a special focus on how the film creates powerful emotions through music, sound and archival material.
  • Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn will discuss how his '63 Boycott project is using the web to bring new life to 50-year-old 16mm footage of Chicago's biggest civil rights demonstration.
  • Dan Rybicky will speak about raising funds for Almost There on a panel titled "Getting Money to Make Your Doc."
  • Our Editorial Director Leslie Simmer will discuss Career Paths in Documentary.
  • Patrick Lile, Outreach Coordinator for The Interrupters, will speak about "Making Friends and Building Networks for your Doc."
  • Current KTQ intern Dain Evans will speak at the conference, as will former interns Naomi Kothbauer-Esquivel and John Fecile.

These are just some of our personal connections, we have many more friends, KTQ Labs graduates, and connections among the stellar, cross-platform line-up. Dan says he and other Columbia College Chicago professors create the event because "we wanted people to see all the ways nonfiction content was being developed in this incredible city, the home of documentaries.” Don't miss it.