More than documentaries
Films is on record with the Museum of Modern Art as the longest continuously running student film society in the nation. Founded by Chicago students in 1932 as an informal film society, Doc
Films officially moved on campus in 1941. It is an all-volunteer, student-run organization. When it began, it presented mostly silent classics to 30 or 40 students. It ended its first year with crowds of over 200. Entertainment Weekly
recently rated Doc
Films the best student-film society in the country.
Philip Kaufman, AB’58
Philip Kaufman, AB’58, directed the 1978 classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers,
in addition to The Right Stuff
(1983), The Unbearable Lightness of Being
(1988), Henry & June
(1990), and Quills
Hayden Schlossberg, AB’00
In his fourth year as a Chicago history major, Hayden Schlossberg, AB’00, along with friend Jon Hurwitz, wrote and sold a screenplay to MGM. 2004’s Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
follows two stoner roommates—an investment banker and a medical school applicant—on a nighttime quest for munchies, while hitting on such social ills as racism and workplace stereotypes of Asian Americans.
Kimberly Peirce, AB’90
Kimberly Peirce, AB’90, studied English and Japanese literature, then did an MFA in film at Columbia University. She received great acclaim for her film, Boys Don’t Cry
which she directed and co-wrote, and which won Hilary Swank an Oscar for best actress.