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Class Dismissed: Engaging Dropouts and Communities on Public Media

American GraduateWhen the Corporation for Public Broadcasting threw down the American Graduate challenge, Catherine Stifter and friends in California’s Central Valley took it on, and learned 5 key lessons in how to produce engaging public media. Read more...

Pull Focus Interview with Dawn Porter

Dawn Porter

As part of the 2013 Human Rights Film Series, filmmaker Dawn Porter recently visited the Center to share the stories behind her latest documentary project "Gideon's Army." 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...

New Frontier at Sundance: Innovating Story

MIT PanelEach year at the Sundance Film Festival I try to answer a question: why should filmmakers pay attention to the experimental media showcased at the New Frontier exhibition? Read more...

Celebrating Ambulante

Left to right: Elena Fortes, Director of the Ambulante Festival speaks with Pat Aufderheide and Carolina Koppel, Director of Ambulante Mas AllaIf you want to show docs to people who never watch them, try holding your events outdoors. That’s one of the tips that Elena Fortes, programmer of the renowned Ambulante traveling film festival in Mexico, shared on Nov. 1, at the Katzen Arts Center. Read more...