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“My Quarter-Life Cancer” is a documentary about being a young person dealing with a cancer diagnosis, said alumna Brianna Wellen, the subject of the film.

‘My Quarter-Life Cancer’—from treatment to remission

December 14, 2015

Being a recent college graduate and trying to build a career worries most young people, but having a documentary made about one’s cancer diagnosis is not the route most people would choose while han...

“Scary Stories,” a documentary by Chicago filmmaker Cody Meirick, focuses on the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” trilogy by Alvin Schwartz. The film is set to be released in 2016 for the trilogy’s 35th anniversary.

‘Scary Stories’ documentary to be released in 2016

November 30, 2015

“The Big Toe” is a popular American folklore tale about a boy who finds a human toe in his garden. After eating it for supper, the boy is haunted during the night by a man looking for his missing toe. T...

Director Philip Swift, and filmmakers Emily Strong and Brent Bandemer all were surprised at the amount of support they received in Chicago for their documentaries.

Documentary details Disney’s freaks and geeks

November 23, 2015

Filmmaker Philip B. Swift’s latest documentary, “The Dark Side of Disney,” examines the subculture and sometimes scandalous goings-on at the family-oriented resort in Orlando, Florida.The documentary ta...

The Senior Center on Halsted in which Eva Skye lives is the first LGBT-friendly affordable senior housing facility in the Midwest.

Reeling Film Festival Reels in Viewers with Visions of Progress

September 21, 2015

The 33rd annual Reeling Film Festival opened on Sept. 17 at the Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport Ave., focusing on LGBT filmmakers and films. The week-long festival, which debuted in April 1981, show...

Millennials must take pride in their present and future

By Editor-in-Chief

September 14, 2015

Some viewers of the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards found it funny when Kanye West dubbed himself part of the millennial generation. At 38, he’s not technically part of the 18–34 crew, but his attitudes might be more in line with this generation than many in the appropriate age group. A Sept. 3 Pew Research Center report revealed just 40 percent of millennials identify with the generational label. But why did West, who act...

Appreciation of neon signs marks end of an era

Central Camera Co.’s sign at 230 S. Wabash Ave. is one of the few neon signs left in Chicago. Such signs once illuminated nearly every storefront.

By Metro Reporter

March 30, 2015

Preservation Chicago, an organization advocating for the preservation of Chicago-based historic architecture, neighborhoods and urban spaces, released its annual top seven Most Endangered Buildings list March 4. T...

The online documentary film series “The School Project” explores the issues faced in public school systems nationwide.

Web series addresses Chicago Public School closings

February 2, 2015

in 2013, Chicago Public Schools announced that 49 elementary schools would be shut down due to budget cuts.When the news broke, five film production companies began what is now known as “The School Project,...

Notable Native: Jamelia Amor

By Assistant Metro Editor

December 10, 2014

Jamelia Amor never thought she would direct stage plays. Amor, 36, has been involved in the entertainment industry in a number of different capacities. She is a proud full-figured model and was featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” segment “How to Look Good Naked” in 2008. She is also an actress—she played a role in a short film, “Crossing Jordan,” which was directed by a filmmaker and Columbia student, Marion McMi...

Columbia students and exchange students from Beijing Film Academy worked together last year during Global Digital City Phase I to expand their network internationally.

Global Digital City Phase II to begin in January

December 8, 2014

Cinema art + science students are partnering with the Beijing Film Academy during J-Term and spring break to create a documentary through the Global Digital City Interactive Documentary Project Phase II ...

‘Alternative R&B’ falsely labels artists

By Copy Editor

December 5, 2014

Two months ago, British pop star FKA twigs cringed when a reporter from The Guardian asked her how she felt about being compared to other artists labeled as “alternative R&B.” Her response was brutally honest: “F--k alternative R&B!”She went on to explain her frustration with the label: “When I first released music and no one knew what I looked like, I would read comments like ‘I’ve never heard anyth...

Team captains Daniel Olesen (left), Asher Kline (center) and Morgan Braastad (right) will take the ice for the first time Dec. 7 when the COHL season kicks off.

Renegades on ice: Columbia gets a hockey team

November 24, 2014

For the first time in Columbia’s history, the college will see a Renegades ice hockey team debut later this semester. The team will play its first competitive game Dec. 7 at the B-Level for advanced ...

Michael Moore answered student questions and talked about his documentaries and upcoming projects on Oct. 22 at a last-minute Q-and-A event organized by Columbia’s cinema art + sciences department and the Chicago International Film Festival at Film Row Cinema in the 1104 S. Wabash Ave. building.

Moore advice for Columbia film students

October 27, 2014

A surprise visit from Oscar-winning documentarian Michael Moore  on Oct. 22 drew hundreds of students, faculty and staff to Film Row Cinema in the 1104 S. Wabash Ave. building. Known for his documentaries “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 9/11,” Moore visited the...

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