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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...

DOCUMENTED: The Dream and the Reality

Jose attends a Mitt Romney presidential campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa When Jose Antonio Vargas’ New York Times article confessing his illegal immigrant status surfaced, it was just the...

The Craft of Cinéma Vérité: SXSW and Tribeca

What’s “real” cinéma vérité? Two recent festival films show us the real thing. A great work of cinéma vérité makes it easy for you to believe that you’ve been given a window into...

Work in Festival Documentaries: Can We Talk About It?

What does it take to showcase workplace issues in a festival documentary? While at the Tribeca Film Festival, which showcases an eclectic variety of documentary styles and subjects and has been...

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