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AFI Docs: Storytelling to Make a Difference

Vargas and Peter Perl of the Washington Post at AFI DocsThe transition from Silverdocs to AFI Docs, handled expertly by Sky Sitney, was full of promise for a doc fest that takes the most and best advantage of the Washington, D.C. location.  The fest took 52 filmmakers to the White House, brought Congressional reps and think tank leaders to the movies, and showcased well-crafted films with topical and relevant angles for an audience that was liberally laced with policy wonks of all kinds. Read more...

Fair Use at AFI Docs

At a panel I moderated at AFI Docs, I was astonished to see a packed room at the Newseum in the middle of a weekday--for a session on intellectual property. But filmmakers, lawyers, advocates, and filmgoers all brought tough questions and curiosity.Read more...

Robert West: Pioneer in Social Documentary

Robert WestRobert West, the co-founder with Judith Helfand of Working Films, who died June 6 of brain cancer, was a pioneer of activist engagement strategies. He never was content with goals of information and education; he wanted to see what difference that information and education could make in the world. Read more...

Tribeca Interactive: Manifestos and More

Baratunde Thurston At Tribeca Film Festival's Interactive Day, the fest's interactive strand crackled with energy, as filmmakers and developers traded insights.  Read more...

Fair Use Fearmongering, from Friends?

Kind of BloopCreative geek Andy Baio had a hellish experience with copyright and fair use when he made "Kind of Bloop," a weird and wonderful electronic cover of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. It’s maddening to hear his story, told in a compelling video, of acceding to astonishing payments in an out-of-court settlement. But he’s drawing the wrong lessons from it. Read more...