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Journey to the Academy Awards: 2018 Documentary Film Diversity Report
Movies & Grassroots Community Engagement: Documentary Films & State and Local Public Policy in the United States. Volume 2, Films & Public Policy Series
The Laughter Effect: The [Serious] Role of Comedy in Social Change
When Movies Go to Washington: Documentary Films & Public Policy in the United States (Vol 1)
The State of the Documentary Field: 2016 Survey of Documentary Industry Members
Connecting Audiences with OVEE, an Online Screening Platform: An Assessment of The Homestretch PBS Documentary
Beyond The Hashtags: #Ferguson, #Blacklives examines the #Blacklivesmatter movement’s uses of online media in 2014-2015.
An examination of the (2014 - 2016) of Oscar-shortlisted, -nominated and -winning documentary films.
This report examines risks and resources for filmmakers challenging the status quo.
Visual arts community launches Code of Best Practices in Fair Use!
Public TV remains leading source of diverse programming.
“Stand Up Planet” Impact Evaluation Demonstrates Power of Comedy for Change
Our latest report takes an in-depth look at the range of media impact tools currently available.
CMSI selected eight graduate fellows led by Faculty Fellow Professor Maggie Stogner, to attend the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
Picture Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival
A documentary festival can feel like an exercise in resisting hopelessness. Films on refugees, cruel research experiments, income inequality, murder —...
Toby Shimin, editor for This Is Home; Penelope Falk, the editor for STEP; Carla Gutierrez, editor for RBG; George O’Donnell, editor for Jackie Robinson
When I looked at the schedule for the Full...
RT @bzelizer: Comedy and social justice, increasingly important in these times and thankfully always under @CMSImpact's watchful eye. #ASCm
@CMSImpact Director @CatyBC and @lfeldman17 will be discussing "Comedy and Social Change: The Effects of Satire and https://t.co/EwyusHh4HF
Who is a #comedian? A journalist, an entertainer or an "information subsidizer?" Read @dannagal's brilliant piece o https://t.co/y0JCekBaNP
RT @balfour_michael: Tribeca Interactive: Experiencing the Obvious Is Work https://t.co/PHg0B8y4kO via @CMSImpact
RT @knightfdn: As we continue to study television news, its role in informing communities, and possibilities for the future, we are also ex
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