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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...

Category 4: Employing archival material in historical or biographical sequences

Citizen King Download | Length: 1:17 In the American Experience documentary "Citizen King," Orlando Bagwell used a central portion of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, in which...

Category 3: Incorporating Incidental Sounds and Images in Documentary Footage

5 Girls Download | Length: 0:25 In 5 Girls, Maria Finitzo filmed a teen party where Lauryn Hill song played in the background. She employed fair use because the girls chose for themselves to use...

Category 2: Sampling popular culture to portray societal conditions

Money for Nothing Download | Length: 0:37 In Money for Nothing, Kembrew McLeod argued that popular music stars were being chosen for their ability to cross-promote their work. McLeod claimed...

Diversity in Independent TV Documentaries: Is Public TV Different?

Diversity in Independent TV Documentaries: Is Public TV Different?   Table Of Contents Results Background Methods Conclusion Authors Results Minorities Independent Lens and POV, which have...

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...

Fair Use in Documentary Film Discussion Clips

VIDEOS For each video, consider the following questions: Why is this video fair use? What specific categories of fair use does the video employ? What arguments can you make for why this video is...

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...

Recut, Reframe, Recycle

When college kids make mashups of Hollywood movies, are they violating the law? Not necessarily, according to the latest study (PDF) on copyright and creativity from the Center and American...

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