Empowering Media That Matters


How-tos on Making Media Matter, from the Games and Media Summit

At the Tribeca Film Fest-based Games and Media Summit, new research revealed common weaknesses in achieving social impact with games.

“Fair Use Makes Documentaries Possible:” News from Tribeca Film Festival 2016

At the Tribeca Film Festival, many documentaries actively employed fair use—another marker of the fact that fair use has become a basic feat

Full Frame Festival

Thanks to American University’s Center on Media and Social Impact (CSMI), six graduate students and I attended Full Frame Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina earlier this month. It was my first...

CMSI Selects Six Fellows to Attend Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC

The Center for Media and Social Impact selected six graduate fellows to attend the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC.

Anatomy of “The Blackfish Effect”

This article was originally posted on Documentary.org. The final chord of "the Blackfish effect" has finally resounded, with a stunning and unprecedented corporate policy announcement from...

Professor Leena Jayaswal Resists the Diaspora

“I don’t think I’ve figured that out yet,” Professor Jayaswal offered as she reflected on her search for personal identity, “It perpetuates my mission.” On March 22, 2016, in the Media...

SXSW Documentaries: Finding a Voice

A close-up of rainforest dweller in the SXSW-featured film Learning to See. Documentaries excel at giving voice to people, causes and perspectives you may never have known or even thought...

SXSW 2016: Storytelling, Immersion, Engagement

The annual tech-meets-film-meets-music extravaganza that is SXSW was crowded with people trying to pick up tips and trends. How crowded was it? Well, the people willing to wait in line for you for...

Fair Use in Filmmaking at SXSW: Beyond Documentary

At SXSW, Hollywood entertainment lawyer Michael Donaldson showed how his firm is applying the copyright doctrine of fair use—the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment,...

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