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Celebrating New Leadership at CMSI

The CMSI Team at MTM 2015, Left to right: Pat Aufderheide, Angelica Das, Caty Borum Chattoo, Brigid MaherThe Center for Media & Social Impact officially welcomes new co-directors Caty Borum Chattoo and Brigid Maher, who have both been actively involved in programming over the last year. You can rely on the same great programs and content you’ve come to love, including the 2015 Human Rights Film Series, the 2016 Media That Matters conference, field reports, and fair use guides, to name a few. You’ll also be hearing in coming months about exciting new projects in social documentary and media, impact assessment, production incubation projects and more.

Chattoo and Maher are both faculty members in the School of Communication at American University (AUSOC) with distinguished backgrounds in film production, social impact media, and social-change communication strategy. Read more...

Pat Aufderheide to be Honored with Stoney Award

Pat Aufderheide moderating An Afternoon with George Stoney at the National Gallery of ArtThe Center is proud to announce that founder and longtime director, Pat Aufderheide, is the recipient of the 2015 "George C. Stoney Award for Outstanding Documentary Work" from the University Film and Video Association (UFVA). From UFVA: The award is "given annually by the UFVA's Documentary Working Group caucus to an individual (or production team) who demonstrate(s) the values that George Stoney promoted throughout his career--stories that represent the poor, the lesser known, the working class, and as a hallmark, engage social injustice themes." Read more...

Fair Use in the Visual Arts: The News Spreads

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual ArtsSince the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts launched in February, it has begun conversations in libraries, archives, editorial offices, and classrooms. (Need a refresher on that code? Check out this video!) Now, it's picking up fans.

The Society of Architectural Historians has just endorsed the Code and other organizations have also expressed their enthusiasm. Read more...

PBS and WNET Keep Independent Documentary in Primetime

After months of public and private discussion that raised fundamental questions about the purpose of public TV, PBS and WNET have struck an agreement to support the public TV series that showcase diverse, independent voices: Independent Lens and POV. Read more...

THE MAMA SHERPAS Premieres in Los Angeles on May 27

The Mama SherpasIncoming Co-Director at CMSI, Brigid Maher, announced today the acquisition of her upcoming documentary The Mama Sherpas, by BOND/360 and executive producers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein. The Mama Sherpas will premiere on May 27th in Los Angeles, followed by regional, VOD and DVD releases.

"I'm humbled and honored to have Abby and Ricki come on board as Executive Producers," said Maher, associate professor in American University’s School of Communication. "Their 2008 film The Business of Business Born had a groundbreaking impact on how women made choices around birth and inspired me to tell the story of hospital midwives who are working to bring the C-section rate down through their women based approach. Read more...