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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...

Launching LandofOpportunity

LandofOpportunityLandofOpportunity has officially launched its Beta Interactive Platform for the public. The platform is an experimental web project exploring post-crisis community (re)building in America, that merges compelling multimedia storytelling with curated data, research, and calls to action in one collaborative interactive space.  Read more...

Making Science Matter: Center Co-Director Joins NAS Team to Engage Public with Big Issues

National Academy of SciencesHow are important scientific topics translated and understood by the public, and how are they translated into meaningful public policy? What is the social impact of translating and framing crucial science topics -- including climate change and food safety -- in media, social science, and communication? A new group aims to find out.

Center co-director Matt Nisbet was recently appointed to serve on the Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences, a new National Academies committee launched this week. Read more...