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Can Public TV and Indie Filmmakers Get Along?

At the University Film and Video conference in August, the challenging but rewarding relationship between indie filmmakers and public TV was celebrated—by pubtv insiders as well as indies.

 Panel on public TVAs filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz said in launching the panel discussion, indie filmmakers have a long and sometimes fractious history with public TV, and one that has resulted in more opportunities for makers and more diverse programming. In the 1980s, a decade of continuous and often contentious pressure—for more programming time for indies, who offer the most diverse perspectives and voices on public TV--created the documentary production public TV unit ITVS. Read more...

What makes a documentary durable?

Michael RabigerCILECT North America’s Docu-Day conference opened at American University with a manifesto-like volley from professor emeritus and field leader Michael Rabiger, who asked, “What makes a documentary durable?” His answer: Film art, featuring creative use of elements ranging fr Read more...

Stories Untold

Untold Stories: The Creative Consequences of the Rights Clearance Culture, is a study exploring issues working documentary filmmakers' face with copyright law.


Category 1: Commenting Critically on Media

Category 1: Employing Copyrighted Material as the Object of Social, Political or Cultural Critique

This class of uses involves situations in which documentarians engage in media critique, whether of text, image or sound works. In these cases, documentrarians hold the specific copyrighted work up for analysis.


"Fair Use Is A Right" featuring the Dramatic Chipmunk

"Fair Use Is A Right," was created by AU Alum Kristian Perry and features the Dramatic Chipmunk! Share this with your friends on Facebook and Twitter and spread the word about fair use!