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Audience Engagement; Impact; Social Documentary

Media That Won't Move Mountains

MountainfilmSometimes the social change goal isn't to move mountains, it's to stop moving mountains. No one knows this better than Maria Gunnoe, West Virginia resident and passionate advocate against mountaintop removal for coal mining. Gunnoe's presentation kicked off the Awareness Into Action Moving Mountains Symposium at the 2011 Telluride Mountainfilm Festival
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Justice Matters to DC

Filmfest DC 2011Festival Director Tony Gittens tells me that Filmfest DC is the only festival in the world that has a Justice Matters award. I had the privilege of serving on the jury for Filmfest DC’s  2011 Justice Matters series, made possible by the locally based CrossCurrents Foundation. Read more...

Be the Film You Want to See in the World

For director Tom Shadyac, making a film that matters meant making a film that was deeply personal. Speaking after the screening of his documentary I AM, Shadyac said that mediTom Shadyaca is the most powerful when you write and create it from a personal place.Read more...

How to Nail an Oscar Nomination

Paco de Onis and Pamela YatesPamela Yates and Paco de Onis, filmmakers for over 25 years and keynote speakers at the 2010 Making Your Media Matter (MYMM) conference, are taking a grassroots approach to fundraising for an Oscar nomination through Read more...

Lioness: The what and how behind the impact

Lioness Capitol HillWith the news this week that a military commission has recommended that the Department of Defense eliminate policies excluding women from combat, as well as other “barriers and inconsistencies,” we were again reminded of the important role of Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers’ Lioness in raising awareness about the need to provide full recognition f Read more...