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Media Impact Reports

In the Battle for Reality: Social Documentaries in the U.S.

December 2003 Report by: Pat Aufderheide, Co-Director, Center for Media & Social Impact, American University               With substantial funding from: The...

What Keeps Social Documentaries from Audiences–and How to Fix the Problem

“What happens to social documentaries after a brief television airing?”

“Documentaries: Making an Impact,” at the 25th IFP Market in New York City

A discussion of how social issue films and videos are working across borders, platforms, and communities.

Ephemeral for no good reason: the waste of documentary and independent films

By Rick Prelinger The wide availability of inexpensive and user-friendlier production tools has finally brought us closer to the long-deferred dream of mass moving image authorship. But while many...

Socially Engaged Public Access Productions: Making the Road by Walking

By Paula Manley   This paper defines the field of socially engaged media in public access television and provides a framework for how social media is being used in public access TV. Socially...

John de Graaf and “Affluenza”

John de Graaf and "Affluenza" John de Graaf has been producing documentaries, primarily for public television, for 25 years. More than 15 of his programs have been broadcast nationally in primetime...

Melissa Young and ‘Not For Sale’

Melissa Young and 'Not For Sale' Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin founded Moving Images Video Project in 1987 as a way to raise awareness of political and social issues in Central America. The...

Media and Metanoia: Documentary ‘Impact’ Through the Lens of Conversion

By Pamela Calvert This paper considers case studies of three documentaries in terms of what new insights a conversion perspective brings to an understanding of their immediate and long-term impact....

Media For Social Change: Partnerships

By Pat Aufderheide Click here for an in-depth look at the benefits to filmmakers and funders who form collaborative partnerships in pursuit of their goals.

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