Doc10 Film Festival presents Sweet Dillard

Thu, Mar 30th, 2017

Opening Night!

Chicago Media Project's DOC10 kicks off with a benefit screening for the Merit School of Music. A special performance by Merit students will precede the screening of the Chicago premiere of a music-themed documentary + Q&A with the film team!


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Doc10 Film Festival presents Sweet Dillard

Thu, Mar 30th
Sweet Dillard


Sweet Dillard

A FILM BY: James Virga
Evening includes performance by students from the Merit School for Music Conservatory Program
From their first day of class to a national competition, Sweet Dillard chronicles the exploits of the Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble and their irrepressible band-leader, Christopher Dorsey, as they strive for musical heights. Dorsey lays down the law from the first beat, calling out his students’ cliques—black and white kids automatically inhabit separate sides of the rehearsal room, something Dorsey won’t tolerate. As he declares, “You don’t have to like each other, but you gonna respect each other." Over the course of a year, we follow several individual students and their families, and learn of the often very serious pressures many of them face while still determinedly showing up at every rehearsal to take their seat in the band. At the end of the year, they travel to New York City for the national championships, determined to make their community proud. In our troubled America, these youth listen to their teacher—and come out with solutions for living that all of us can learn from.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 55 mins
Format: DCP

Music Box Theatre

3733 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60613 773 871 6604