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DC Chinese Film Festival Coming to American University

DCCFFThis year, the Center for Media & Social Impact is excited to take part in the Second Biennial DC Chinese Film Festival (DCCFF). Center Associate Director Angelica Das will be serving on the Festival Jury, and on Saturday, September 6, the Center will host a panel discussion and a series of screenings in the American University School of Communication’s Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater. Read more...

New Interactive Timeline Explores Katrina/Sandy Stories

Katrina/Sandy“How can the next one be different?”

That is the question posed by Katrina/Sandy, a new interactive timeline released by LandofOpportunity and Sandy Storyline earlier this week. The timeline consists of videos and documents that bring together the stories, memories, struggles, and hopes of people whose lives were changed by the two most devastating hurricanes in recent US history.  Read more...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Captioning Copyrighted Film for People with Disabilities

DVDsDear CMSI,

I am a librarian at a liberal arts college. Last week a young man who was hearing-disabled asked if we had a film he wanted to use for his chemistry project in captioned audiovisual format. Not only was it not captioned, I couldn’t find anywhere to buy a captioned version of it--it’s an older work.

Can I legally make a captioned copy for him? And can I keep a copy so someone else who’s hearing-disabled could use it too? Read more...

New AIR Webinar Highlights the “Crowd” in “Crowdfunding”

AIR Presents: A Media Maker's Guide to KickstarterCrowdfunding has enabled countless independent media projects that may otherwise have been shelved, but it doesn't guarantee success. Like any fundraising initiative, a successful crowdfunding campaign requires careful thought and planning. "AIR Presents: A Media Maker's Guide to Kickstarter” is a new 45-minute webinar that helps media makers through the process. Read more...

How Fair Use Brought Dream Deceivers to Home Video

Dream DeceiversA new generation is going to see the fabled documentary "Dream Deceivers," because its director employed fair use. 

Back in 1992, David Van Taylor ("A Perfect Candidate," "Good Ol' Charles Schulz") went behind the scenes of a notorious "heavy metal/suicide" trial for his first film.  Two young men had shot themselves, and their parents sued Judas Priest, claiming the youths were mesmerized by subliminal messages.  The masterfully-edited documentary was a look inside the vortex of moral panic.

It was also a copyright nightmare. Read more...