Dec 2nd 2020

Join us for film clips from the new 5-part docuseries City So Real and conversation with Filmmakers Steve James & Jackson James.


The Doc Talk Show: City So Real

Q&A with filmmakers Steve James & Jackson James

Producer & Host: Jeff Spitz

December 2nd at 7 PM

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City So Real is a 5-part docuseries about Chicago by Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Steve James.

Join Director Steve James, his cinematographer son Jackson James (Colum Alum) and Doc Talk Show Host Jeff Spitz for a Zoom version of the live show. The evening will progress through film clips followed by conversation about this fascinating and complex portrait of contemporary Chicago. City So Real delivers a deep, multifaceted look into the soul of a quintessentially American city set against the backdrop of its history-making 2019 mayoral election, the tumultuous 2020 summer of COVID-19, and the social upheaval following the death of George Floyd.

Spitz will engage audiences in conversation about the art of documentary. What makes City So Real a masterful portrait of Chicago? How does James capture and edit intimate Chicago scenes that reveal universal truths?

The Doc Talk Show Producer and Host Jeff Spitz is a filmmaker and Associate Professor of Cinema & TV Arts at Columbia College Chicago. The Doc Talk Show is a monthly series of carefully curated themed shows with diverse non-fiction filmmakers. To date, The Doc Talk Show has presented over 175 filmmakers.

The Doc Talk Show is a program of Groundswell Educational Films, NFP.

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