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Rewriting History Through Documentary

Ken Burns: The Civil WarI’ve just discovered a gem on Netflix. For a limited time, the epic Ken Burns series “The Civil War” is streaming in its entirety—all nine “Ken Burns effect” episodes of daguerreotype goodness. Even “Orange is the New Black” will have to go on hiatus for me to soak in the uninterrupted hours of PBS history bliss. Read more...

Dissecting Impact for Public Media

Dissection DThe Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) embarked over the last several months on a series of conversations around the country called Dissection, workshops “devoted to deepening our sense of what media impact is, how to measure it and why it matters.” They brought together key journalists, documentary filmmakers, industry leaders, foundations and academics, culminating in Dissection D: Impact, hosted at American University. Read more...

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. Read more...

ROAMING WILD at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Roaming WildRest assured that if you make a film there is a festival that is an excellent fit. As co-producer of "Roaming Wild," I had the privilege of being part of the team that hosted the world premiere at the Santa Babrara International Festival (SBIFF). Just one week after Sundance, a whole new crowd migrates to the ocean breezes of southern California with reinvigorated excitement for all things film. Read more...

Media Impact Thread at Sundance 2014

2014SundanceThis year's 2014 Sundance Film Festival had a noticeable theme of media impact from New Frontier to "The Power for Story" to "At the Lodge." The festival programmers seem to be recognizing what media makers have known for a long time--audiences are talking back and asking hard questions. This year's festival created a number of spaces for that conversation, most directly through a discussion at New Frontier led by Wendy Levy, director of New Arts Axis and 2013 Media That Matters keynote speaker. Read more...