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Doc Films

Where: 1212 E 59th St # 3, Chicago, IL 60637 (Max Palevsky Cinema)

What: A volunteer-run film society that hosts nightly screenings of films for the public. 


Doc Films is a student-run film society at the University of Chicago. However it is certainly not student-exclusive. Members of the general public are welcome to volunteer at screenings. Each quarter, students, film-enthusiasts, interested members of the local community and public discuss and propose film series to be voted upon for the next cycle. Doc Films also teaches film projection (both analog--35mm and 16mm--and digital formats!) to any newcomer.

Doc Films is my Third Place Champion. It introduced me to a vast array of people--excited movie-lovers from Hyde Park and the rest of Chicago--who come together to "keep the show running," whilst discovering splendid films, learning new skills and making friendships. 

 People Connection: 

-Promotes lively discussions about the medium of film, inviting people from all sorts of backgrounds and ages to participate

-Hosts different film screenings every night at the Max Palevsky Cinema, appealing to a variety of tastes

Place Connection: 

-Attracts people from all over Chicago to the lovely neighborhood of Hyde Park

-Located in proximity to 57th street restaurants, convenient for a post-movie late-night snack!

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