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Making Dangerous Docs: What We Know So Far

Image by Ralf/Flickr The Center for Media & Social Impact has begun a research project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on the problems filmmakers face when they...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Showcasing Media Literacy Assignments Outside the Classroom

Dear CMSI, I teach media literacy in my 8th grade English class, and one of my assignments is to find examples of different media saying the same thing or carrying the same message. The students...

“Fort Bliss” Premieres

“Fort Bliss,” a powerful feature film on the lives of military families, opened in Washington DC, New York City, Los Angeles and El Paso over the weekend. Written and directed by Claudia Myers,...

Fair Use in Search: TVEyes

Is it legal to record all of TV and then let viewers search for topics and view relevant segments? Yes it is, under fair use. And it goes against everything Fox News argued in a lawsuit it filed...

New Interactive Timeline Explores Katrina/Sandy Stories

“How can the next one be different?” That is the question posed by Katrina/Sandy, a new interactive timeline released by LandofOpportunity and Sandy Storylineearlier this week. The timeline...

DC Chinese Film Festival Coming to American University

This year, the Center for Media & Social Impact is excited to take part in the Second Biennial DC Chinese Film Festival (DCCFF). Center Associate Director Angelica Das will be serving on the...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Captioning Copyrighted Film for People with Disabilities

Dear CMSI, I am a librarian at a liberal arts college. Last week a young man who was hearing-disabled asked if we had a film he wanted to use for his chemistry project in captioned audiovisual...

How Fair Use Brought Dream Deceivers to Home Video

A new generation is going to see the fabled documentary "Dream Deceivers," because its director employed fair use. Back in 1992, David Van Taylor ("A Perfect Candidate," "Good Ol' Charles Schulz")...

Documentary Impact Dialogue

In recent weeks the documentary community has been abuzz with rich conversation about impact assessment and who sets the standard. At the Center we encourage everyone to explore their options, and...

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