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Fair Use Question of the Month: Using Film Clips in Documentary

  Dear CMSI, Can you help me out? I’m in post-production for my new documentary, but my producer and I are deadlocked in an argument about copyright. The documentary focuses on the treatment...

Documentary Filmmaker Jed Riffe on Fair Use

Jed Riffe In 2000, documentary filmmaker Jed Riffe faced a conundrum. He was finishing up post-production on his film Who Owns The Past? and wanted to open the film with 30 seconds of footage from...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Analytic Writing About Art

Dear CMSI, I’m writing a book about the legacy of Keith Haring, examining his effect on modern activism and pop art. In order to demonstrate my point, I need to visually quote extensively not only...

A Real Solution to YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY? How a Documentary Series Is Mobilizing Millennials to #PutAPriceOnIt

Leaving “Poverty Porn” Behind: Changing the Development Narrative

A recent report shows how incorporating a new storytelling framework in videos can build public support for international development.

Community Voice Project Digital Stories Screening, October 26th

Last week on Wednesday, October 26th, the Center for Media and Social Impact at American University hosted the Community Voice Project’s Screening of Community and Student Digital Stories. This was...

A New Vehicle for Change: Can Virtual Reality Drive Conservation?

In one week, hundreds of world leaders will come together in Morocco to address the global challenge of climate change at the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22). However, unlike meetings before, 40...

Building Empathetic Narratives at Story Movements

Ever since I found out about the Story Movements conference, I had been looking forward to attending a conference focused on story-led movements for social change. It’s not every day that you get...

Avi Mograbi: Activist and Filmmaker

  The award-winning Israeli documentary filmmaker Avi Mograbi thinks of himself first as a political activist, and he doesn’t believe his hard-hitting—and often bleakly funny—films are...

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