Mitchell Lieber

Author: Mitchell Lieber

Filmmaker Mitchell Lieber is known for his vox populi (voice of the people) documentaries as well as for films chronicling the Holocaust in Eastern Europe and its lingering effects.

Mitch's movie documenting Cubs fans' 108 year quest for a World Championship is a labor of love, as he became a Cubs fan in the 1960's. This Cubs-fan-on-the-street film is rooted in a radio documentary series he produced in 1984 of Cubs fans expressing their glee about winning the division. 

He has been making films since 2007, and produced radio documentaries on a major Chicago radio station, WNIB (now WDRV), from 1978-81. One of these, That Moon Rocket Busted That Cloud, also a vox populi work, features everyday people describing how they feel about snow as they venture out during the last hours of Chicago's huge snow storm of 1979. The city's inadequate snow removal is credited with sweeping Jane Byrne into office as Chicago's first woman mayor, an upset victory over the incumbent, and shift in public opinion informally but clearly captured by the documentary. 

Lieber began working in Chicago radio and media as a teen, interviewing artists like B.B. King as well news makers and people on the street. His WNIB program, This Is A Test, was characterized as "the most culturally satisfying program on the air" in a newspaper article on Chicago radio by critic Ray Townley.

Mitch Lieber's work on the Holocaust has been screened on three continents to critical acclaim, and has received grants from the U.S. State Department, Republic of Germany's Foreign Office, Illinois Humanities Council, the city of Chicago and others.

In addition to being a documentarian, Mitch has a parallel career on the business side of media. As a volunteeer, he has held leadership positions in three media and two marketing non-profits repeatedly serving as chair, vice-chair and treasurer.