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Paula Froehle, co-founder and CEO of Chicago Media Project, joined me to discuss the organization’s work. The group starts as an angel investor group for documentary film but it doesn’t stop there. The group also helps to drive innovation in the field and hosts both public and member-only events.
Interview with Paula Froehle, the Co-founder and CEO of Chicago Media Project.
The following is the pre-interview with Paula Froehle. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.
For-profit/Nonprofit: Both- our ecosystem includes CMP the nonprofit & CMP Invest/Impact, our for-profit equity fund.
Revenue model: We are funded by member donations. We have revenue-generating events like Doc10 that supplement.
Scale: We have 55+ members. 4 staff. We have provided $4.5 million in funding support for documentary films.
What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?
We support media to power social change.
More about Chicago Media Project:
CMP acts as a Community Model of Philanthropy, where our generous membership contributions combine to support films and media organizations making a real difference. The CMP model directs our donations into four areas of programming:
CMP’s IMPACT GRANT FUND provides direct support to filmmakers in three major areas: EARLY STAGE FUNDING, FILMMAKER SUSTAINABILITY, and INNOVATION IN OUTREACH.
CMP supports all forms of media and looks to promote artists working in a variety of forms to bring about social change.
Our love of innovation in media will be on display at our IMPACT MASHUP, April 5th, 2018, as the opening night of our DOC10 Film Festival.
CMP curates the best in nonfiction media and brings it to Chicago – and beyond – through our Partners in Advocacy screenings, our DOC10 Film Festival, and our Dinner & Docs @ the Davis quarterly screening series.
Through CMP’s signature Big Table Dinners, we provide exclusive high-quality content from the impact media landscape to members in a social setting.
In addition, we bring members to Sundance, DocNYC, HotDocs and other festivals, providing in-depth, behind-the-scenes access to films, filmmakers, and programmers.
Paula Froehle ’s bio:
A film director, visual artist, educator and entrepreneur, Paula has had a long and notable career in the arts, education and entrepreneurship. As Co-founder & CEO of Chicago Media Project she guides 50+ members in the philanthropic support of social impact documentary films. In addition to CMP, she oversees the CMP Invest/Impact & CMPAC equity funds, which provide equity investments in documentary films with commercial appeal. Paula is a member of the Gamechanger film fund, whose mission is to finance and produce feature films directed by women.
In the field of education Paula has developed and implemented unique curricula in media, the arts and impact at the graduate and undergraduate level, most recently for Saybrook University where she launched a Social Impact Media Specialization within their Transformative Social Change MA degree program. Prior to co-founding CMP, Paula was the Founding Academic Dean of Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy (TFA), where she developed and implemented an intensive, immersive BA degree program in filmmaking, recording arts, graphic design, animation, and game design.
As a filmmaker she has directed 12 films and over 20 media projects. Her directing credits include her feature-length documentary, THE SHOW MUST GO ON, AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF THE FLYING WALLENDAS, which screened at numerous festivals and is distributed by MVD Entertainment Group. She is currently in development on several documentary projects.
As an entrepreneur, in addition to CMP & TFA, she has been involved in the founding of several startups including Opal Pictures design & film production company (2004-pres) and Atavistic Chicago (1988-2006).
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