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Media Impact Reports

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.

The New Deal: Version 1.5, Monetizing and Mission

The New Deal: Version 1.5, Monetizing and Mission is the Center's annual report on the nuts and bolts of digital distribution deal-making. Curious about who's making these deals? Average percentages...

Documentaries on a Mission: How Nonprofits Are Making Movies for Public Engagement

March 2007 Click here to view or download a PDF of this report. Report by: Karen Hirsch, Writer, Filmmaker, Consultant With an introduction by: Matt Nisbet Assistant Professor, School of...

Nurturing Tomorrow’s Doc Storytellers

Leaders of documentary teaching and training programs across the U.S. came together in September to share their stories. They surveyed the range of programs taking advantage of the growth in interest...

Appalshop Calling: From Video to Digital Storytelling

A Presentation Prepared for Making Media Work for Social Change Nairobi, Kenya, September 11, 2006 Sponsored by the Ford Foundation Office for Eastern Africa  Mimi Pickering/Appalshop, Whitesburg,...

Filmmakers with Purpose: An Interview with the Filmmakers of The Heart of the Matter

Filmmakers with Purpose: An Interview with the Filmmakers of The Heart of the Matter By Catherine Gund From the Making Television Matter book, the authors outline the challenges of defining a...

Digital Futures: A Need-to-Know Policy Guide for Independent Filmmakers

What policies are good for independent filmmakers?

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