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Live-Streaming Friday: Caty Borum Chattoo on Comedy for Change

At this year’s Media That Matters conference, American University School of Communication Executive in Residence and Center for Media & Social Impact Co-Director Caty Borum Chattoo spoke about...

Bleeding-Edge News at SXSW

SXSW panels and events take the pulse of cutting—OK, bleeding—edge trends in tech for film. Seven takeaways from panels: #1: Streaming video: Open and closed video streaming platforms are now...

Like, Link, Share: New Tools for Legacy Organizations

New research proves that established and traditional cultural institutions--museums, orchestras and libraries--are adjusting to a new digital reality. Looking to accommodate the public expectation of...

Dollars, Doughnuts and Distribution

Festgoers line up outside the Box Office at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning to pick up passes and reserved tickets. (Photo by Rebecca Allen) A few dollars and a doughnut are what most filmmakers can...

Do Filmmakers Know Their Rights?

Maidan Conversation on the filmmaker v. journalist distinction that happened at Sundance was also picked up at this year’s True/False Film Fest. Filmmakers who took some big risks took part in an...

Josh Oppenheimer Wants to Reinvent the Human Rights Film

At the Based on a True Story conference associated with the True/False Film Fest, filmmaker Josh Oppenheimer explained why his latest film, The Look of Silence, is not about past genocide but about...

Hunting Ground Registers Impact on Its Debut

The Hunting Ground, the latest film from Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (The Invisible War), vividly demonstrates the power of well-told stories to effect change. At a private screening in Washington,...

Documentaries Telling Truth to Power

Many of the issues most important to understand and discuss are also those that powerful people or institutions don’t want made public. How do independent makers of documentaries that tell truth to...

Building Outreach Campaigns

Brigid Maher conducts an interview for her upcoming film about midwives working in the hospital system With growing consensus about the importance of social impact in documentary filmmaking, many...

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