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Haskell Wexler

Haskell Wexler, a legendary and Academy Award-winning Hollywood cinematographer and producer of a recent controversial documentary, Who Needs Sleep?, will be visiting the Center for Social Media as...

Dangerous Documentaries: Resources for Filmmakers

Many of the issues most important for our society to recognize and discuss are also those that powerful people or institutions don’t want...

Dangerous Documentaries: Reducing Risk when Telling Truth to Power

Many of the issues most important for our society to recognize and discuss are also those that powerful people or institutions don’t want made public. Non-fiction filmmakers who tell truth to...

Entertainment, Storytelling & Social Change in Global Poverty

Entertainment, Storytelling & Social Change in Global Poverty An Impact Evaluation of Stand Up Planet FEBRUARY 2015 Click here  to view or download a PDF of the Executive Summary. Click...

Assessing the Social Impact of Issues-Focused Documentaries: Research Methods & Future Considerations

October 2014 Click here to view or download a PDF of this report. Report by: Caty Borum Chattoo, Creative Director, Center for Media & Social Impact, American University Angelica Das, Associate...

Social Justice Documentary: Designing For Impact

Social Justice Documentary: Designing For Impact September 2011 Click here to view or download a PDF of this report. Report by: Jessica Clark, Center for Media & Social Impact, American...

Social Issue Documentary: The Evolution of Public Engagement

2009 Report by: Barbara Abrash, Teacher, Curator and Independent Producer SUMMARY Already practiced in partnering for impact—with activist organizations, nonprofit groups, and public...

Honest Truths: Documentary Filmmakers on Ethical Challenges in Their Work

September 2009 Click here to view or download a PDF of this report.       Pat Aufderheide, Co-director, Center for Media & Social Impact, American...

Fahrenheit, Fries, Fox, & Fairness: The New Political Documentary

A discussion of the challenges faced in making films about very hot political subjects.

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