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Media That Matters for the Emerging Filmmaker

This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Center’s annual conference, profiled in "The MTM Publication" now available online. As an emerging filmmaker, the conference stood out to me as...

Groundbreaking Documentary Releases Mayan Language Version

Imagine empowering a new generation of human rights activists with a language that less than 40% of people speak in your country. “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator” tells the story of that...

Social-Issue Docs Shine at AFI Docs

At AFI Docs, now in its second year, powerful, well-crafted social issue movies struggled to make connections with audiences committed to their issues. The festival that grew out of Silverdocs...

Rewriting History Through Documentary

I’ve just discovered a gem on Netflix. For a limited time, the epic Ken Burns series “The Civil War” is streaming in its entirety—all nine “Ken Burns effect” episodes of daguerreotype...

Media That Matters, Making a Difference

Image by Media Impact Funders At the latest Media Impact Funders (MIF) event, “Remaking Public Media,” the short- and long-term impact of public media was never far from the discussion....

HathiTrust Decision: Good News for Media That Matters

The June 10 appeals court decision on HathiTrust advances the useability of fair use, protects innovation and helps makers of media that matters. HathiTrust is a service of a consortium of more than...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Orphan Works in Historical Reporting

Dear CMSi, I am a local reporter in Bedford Falls.  Recently, an old Main Street storefront that was condemned was taken down, as part of a major restructuring of the business section of town....

“Stand Up Planet” Premiering Wednesday 5/14

“Stand Up Planet,” the two-part documentary that utilizes the power of comedy for change, hits television screens across the US this Wednesday, May 14 at 7 pm ET / 6 pm CT on Pivot and LinkTV....

Fair Use Question of the Month: Copyrighted Material as Documentation

Dear CMSI, I’m a reporter for the Events and Styles section for my newspaper. Last week I was at a music awards event, where I saw one of the posters advertising the event had a hilarious typo in...

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