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Fair Use, Free Speech & IP

Fair Use Question of the Month: Using Film Clips in Documentary

  Dear CMSI, Can you help me out? I’m in post-production for my new documentary, but my producer and I are deadlocked in an argument about copyright. The documentary focuses on the treatment...

Documentary Filmmaker Jed Riffe on Fair Use

Jed Riffe In 2000, documentary filmmaker Jed Riffe faced a conundrum. He was finishing up post-production on his film Who Owns The Past? and wanted to open the film with 30 seconds of footage from...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Analytic Writing About Art

Dear CMSI, I’m writing a book about the legacy of Keith Haring, examining his effect on modern activism and pop art. In order to demonstrate my point, I need to visually quote extensively not only...

Avi Mograbi: Activist and Filmmaker

  The award-winning Israeli documentary filmmaker Avi Mograbi thinks of himself first as a political activist, and he doesn’t believe his hard-hitting—and often bleakly funny—films are...

Filmmaker Courtney Hermann Weighs In On Dangerous Docs

At last year’s University Film and Video Association annual conference, filmmaker and Portland State University professor Courtney Hermann spoke about her own work in relation to CMSI’s...

Getting Real 2016: Pat Aufderheide’s Conference Take

Getting Real 2016 was a remarkable gathering of documentary filmmakers, under the auspices of the International Documentary Association (IDA). What I heard most: Diversity will make us stronger;...

Thank You for Your Service: Impact, Entertainment, Profit

The filmmakers at CreativeChaos, whose projects aim to be “provocative and that move the dial on the cultural conversation” and have “artistic merit, commercial viability, and social...

A Fair Use Code Changes Practice in the Visual Arts: The Numbers

How much difference has the release of the College Art Association’s release of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts made so far? Even a few months after the release in...

Rebel Citizen at Filmfest DC

A quick look at Rebel Citizen showing at Filmfest DC. A film to introduce Haskell Wexler cinematographer and documentarian extraordinaire!

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