November 15, 2012 3:55 pm
Head over to our Facebook page to view photos from the launch of Diverse Voices in Docs, our new professional development program from documentary makers. The snaps were taken last week at Community Film Workshop, our partner on the program. Thanks to all who came to the event and shared ideas and feedback with us. The informal gathering confirmed that there was great enthusiasm for the program and its goal of expanding opportunities for and within the Chicago documentary community, and also that there is a high level of unheralded talent already creating films in the city. If you missed the event, want to apply, or just want to find more information, visit the Diverse Voices in Docs page on our site. More great conversation was had at the Chicago Humanities Festival preview of The Trials of Muhammad Ali this past weekend. Director Bill Siegel and Producer Rachel Pikelny showed three exclusive clips and took questions from moderator Laura Washington and a packed, extremely engaged crowd. A selection of photos from the event, along with choice quotes, can be found at the film's Facebook page. Following the event, Bill Seigel told ReelChicago.com that "this film zeroes in on the years 1967 to 1970, when Ali lived in exile within the U.S., stripped of his heavyweight belt and banned from boxing, sacrificing fame and fortune on principle.” Look for it on release in 2013.