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Global Labor Film Festival Returns in May

Global Labor Film FestivalGuest Post by Chris Garlock, Director, DC Labor FilmFest

The second annual Global Labor Film Festival (GLFF) once again encircles the world with cinematic solidarity, touching down this year in Turkey, London, Vermont, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Rochester, N.Y., and Monterey and San Jose, Calif.

Labor film festivals will screen a labor-themed film of their choice during the month of May, chosen because May 1—International Workers' Day—is a national holiday in more than 80 countries and celebrated unofficially in many other countries.


Linear Storytelling, CDs and Privacy: RIP? Social Learning Summit Takeaways

At the annual Social Learning Summit at American University, one word was this: Storytelling is key, but not your father’s or even older brother’s kind of beginning-middle-and-end kind.

Especially the part about the end. As keynoter Joe Gizzi from MXM argued in a presentation about how corporate brands are seducing us these days, stories don’t end any more. "Linear storytelling is officially dead," he pronounced.


Sparking Social Impact at Full Frame Documentary Festival

2014 Full FrameFull Frame Documentary Film Festival earned its reputation as the “filmmakers’ festival” in part by becoming a showcase for powerfully intimate stories, most often about people. “Character-driven” can be a redundant quality when it comes to most modern documentaries, but Full Frame distinguishes both its films and its own character as “bold, personal and very brave.” This was how programming director Sadie Tillery introduced Darius Clark Monroe’s "Evolution of a Criminal," which went on to win both the Reva and David Logan Grand Jury and the Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Awards.


AIM and Shoot Discussion Focuses on Impact and Measurement

AIM and ShootIn March, the Center's creative director Caty Borum Chattoo traveled to Los Angeles to speak at Media Impact Focus: AIM and Shoot, the latest in a series of discussions on cutting-edge media impact analysis methods.