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Media Impact Reports

Code of Best Practices for Sustainable Filmmaking

February 2009 Click here to view or download a PDF of this report. Report by: Larry Engel, Filmmaker and Professor, School of Communication, American University Andrew Buchanan, Producer Produced...

Patricio Guzm

The great Chilean documentarian, Patricio Guzm. Download: guzman.pdf  

Jos de Putter: The Damned and the Sacred

The film screened at the Center for Social Media's Human Rights Film Series 2003 and again in 2005 with de Putter attending to discuss it...

Pull Focus: Jennifer Maytorena Taylor

by Claire Darby In October, we welcomed filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, director of New Muslim Cool, to screen her film and conduct a filmmaking master class with American University students....

Pull Focus: Rebecca Richman Cohen

In its 2010 list of 25 New Faces in Independent Film, Filmmaker Magazine tagged Rebecca Richman Cohen as an “up-and-comer poised to shape...

The State of the Documentary Field: 2016 Survey of Documentary Industry Members

Caty Borum Chattoo Co-Director, Center for Media & Social Impact Executive in Residence, American University School of Communication with The International Documentary Association...

Beyond the hashtags: #Ferguson, #Blacklivesmatter, and the online struggle for offline justice

This research report examines the Black Lives Matter Movement’s uses of online media in 2014 and 2015.

The Journey to the Academy Awards: An Investigation of Oscar-Shortlisted and Nominated Documentaries (2014-2016)

What does it take for a documentary film and its director and producer to make it to the top—the Oscars shortlist, the nomination & the win?

Gordon Quinn

Roger Ebert, of the Chicago Sun Times, called his first film Home For Life (1966) "... an extraordinarily moving documentary." With Home for Life Gordon and Kartemquin established the direction they...

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