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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,...

SXSW for Good: Obama, Abortion, Harassment, Diversity

On launch of the 30th SXSW Interactive and Film Festival, using media and tech for the public good was front and center. Government needs tech.  Pres. Obama used his opening keynote for an...

Straight From the Underground: Freedom and Street Art in Havana

Splashes of color stand out against Havana’s aging buildings and Spanish architecture. The walls of parks, school playgrounds, abandoned buildings and alleyways are filling with the work of street...

Fair Use Week: Plenty to Celebrate

To herald Fair Use Week, we’re recalling some of the ways in which creating codes of best practices has changed what people can make and say for the better:   ARTISTS: When the College Art...

How To Use Copyrighted Material in Your Work | Fair Use Week

Don't shy away from using copyrighted material while making art. The Code of Best Practices for the Visual Arts explains how under section three. The Code launched in February of 2015, a year later...

Sundance Awards Women

This year’s Sundance documentary awards showcased some of my favorite recent films, made by and about women. The top award winner was Sonita, a compelling cinéma vérité profile by Iraian...

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