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CMSI Hosts the American Film Showcase

Caty Borum Chattoo on designing for impact. Photo courtesy of Mayra Linares.The Center for Media and Social Impact hosted eleven  filmmakers from Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Bosnia, DRC, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Vietnam, China, Burma and Pakistan as part of the American Film Showcase (AFS).  

AFS is an American film diplomacy program that organizes screenings and workshops with American filmmakers in over thirty-five countries. AFS is a partnership between the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.

The eleven international filmmakers were joined by CMSI’s new Women’s Film Collective, which provides student filmmakers with mentorship and production opportunities.  Read more...

Nuestra Cuba: Women, Filmmaking and Equality

Young girls in Regla, HavanaAfter the Cuban revolution of 1959, cinema would become a major component in the socio-political revolution of the Cuban consciousness. Some filmmakers would experience a rise to fame, while the names of other filmmakers were almost forgotten in the public memory.  In March, as a graduate MFA candidate in the American University School of Communication, I embarked on the filming of Nuestra Cuba (Our Cuba), a documentary that follows the untold stories of the Institute of Cuban Cinematographic Art and Industry’s (ICIAC) first women and Afro-Cuban filmmakers: Sara Gomez and Gloria Rolando.  Read more...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Exhibitions of Copyrighted Art

Protest artDear CMSI,

I work at a museum and I’m on a team that’s putting together an exhibition on art emerging from twenty-first-century protest movements, with a web component and an interactive, online catalogue. Some of the art is digital, some is ephemeral, some of it was created anonymously. I already have access to most of it, but do I need to get permissions before I can use it? Read more...

Q&A With Georgiy Molodtsov, Winner of the "Media That Matters" Award for UNBIND YOURSELF

Poster for "Unbind Yourself" - a social cause marketing campaign in KyrgyzstanGeorgiy Molodtsov, a Fulbright scholar in the MA program at American University, was this year's winner of the "Media That Matters" award for his work on "Unbind Yourself". The project was recently presented at Cannes Lions, the biggest advertising festival in the world.

This interview has been edited and condensed.Read more...

CMSI Co-director Brigid Maher's Social Impact Documentary THE MAMA SHERPAS: MIDWIVES ACROSS AMERICA Premieres in California

From left: Executive Producers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein; Director/Producer Brigid Maher; Co-Producer Kari Barber and Associate Producer Kelsey Marsh. Photo taken by: Jenny Quicksall PhotographyNearly four years after having a VBAC delivery attended by a hospital nurse-midwife, CMSI co-director Brigid Maher’s social impact documentary The Mama Sherpas: Midwives Across America premiered this week at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, CA and at the UCSF Nursing School in San Francisco, CA. Executive producers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (The Business of Being Born) were in attendance.

The premiere events were organized to raise awareness about barriers to midwifery practice and specifically brought light to California AB1306, a full practice authority bill currently pending in CA legislatureRead more...