Testimonials

Thank you for the wonderful video you produced for our campaign. . . . I know that it is hard for people to understand how a video can help an organizing campaign, but I can tell you that the video you produced for us made a tangible difference in helping us win the L.A Living Wage Ordinance.
— Madeline Janis-Aparicio, Director, Los Angeles Living Wage Coalition

The video was shown to legislative area networks, church congregations, youth groups, community organizations, political and legal advocacy groups. More than 100 organizations throughout the state saw the video … Homeless youth … were shown the video as part of training sessions which trained them as leaders and spokespersons for the campaign. … I firmly believe that the video played a very important role leading to the Governor’s decision to grant between $3 and $4 million to support a wide range of resources serving Illinois’ homeless youth.
— Les Brown, Director of Policy, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Our associates being small Latino/a construction contractors, deal with many different issues and barriers when trying to become successful businesses. Through the Co-op, those businesses can unite and solve issues and overcome those barriers. The video has become an effective tool in this mission. For example, a member showed the video to one of its suppliers and … his line of credit was increased 100%. Other(s) … have shown the video … and are now seen as credible, organized and legitimate businesses.
— Martin Garcia Raygoza, Program Manager, Resurrection Construction Cooperative

The video has received excellent reviews, and almost universally serves as a great meeting kick-off to get discussions stirred up. The high quality of the production gives viewers a strong impression that ours is a well-organized and serious statewide effort. . . . Another positive feature of the video is that it raises tough issues in a credible and balanced way, thus avoiding the appearance of being partisan. Finally, the video is an excellent resource that we can leave with local activists.
— Jim Kales, Dollars and Democracy Project

This was one of the most professionally managed endeavors in my experience. CVP’s capability to understand the mission was critical.
— Melba Rodriguez, Director of Development and Public relations, St. Augustine College

This video states the problem so much more clearly than we could, and it leaves us free to focus on the need for a solution. As you can see, the new video will be the cornerstone of our efforts, just as the old version was.
— Sharon G. Voliva, Legislation Chairman, Illinois Congress of Parents and Teachers

Like a Robin Hood of sorts, the project wants to reclaim video technology from corporate hands and make it accessible to those who need it most: groups fighting for social change.
— Media Culture Review, The Institute for Alternative Journalism

“We fund the Chicago Video Project because we know that a video they produce will accurately explain an issue, influence public opinion, and mobilize support for concrete solutions to some of our most pressing…problems.”
— Regina McGraw, Executive Director, Wieboldt Foundation

One of the best I’ve ever seen. They definitely had a context and technical support. It’s obvious they accomplished their goal. (referring to the Henry Horner VNR).
— Gordon Quinn, Executive Producer of Hoop Dreams, Washington Post

No Place to Live: Chicago’s Affordable Housing Crisis

  • 2002 Midwest Emmy

The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky & His Legacy

  • Best Documentary, 1999 Philadelphia International Film Festival
  • Special Jury Award, 1999 USA Film Festival
  • Bronze Award, 1999 Worldfest, Houston
  • Honorable Mention, 1999 Columbus International Film Festival
  • Finalist, 1999 Athens (Ohio) Film & Video Festival
  • Finalist, 1999 Louisville Film Festival
  • Finalist, 1999 Dallas Video Festival
  • Finalist, 2000 Nashville Film Festival
  • Finalist, 2000 Brooklyn/Williamsburg Film Festival

The following videos were selected to be featured in the Council on Foundations Annual Video Festival

  • 1992 Henry Horner Mothers Guild
  • 1995 Affordable Housing & Jobs Campaign
  • 1996 The South Loop Campaign
  • 1999 The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky & His Legacy
  • 2005 No Place to Live: Chicago’s Affordable Housing Crisis