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AFI Docs: Storytelling to Make a Difference

Vargas and Peter Perl of the Washington Post at AFI DocsThe transition from Silverdocs to AFI Docs, handled expertly by Sky Sitney, was full of promise for a doc fest that takes the most and best advantage of the Washington, D.C. location.  The fest took 52 filmmakers to the White House, brought Congressional reps and think tank leaders to the movies, and showcased well-crafted films with topical and relevant angles for an audience that was liberally laced with policy wonks of all kinds. Read more...

Gemma Cubero on Give Up Tomorrow, a Film to 'Save a Life'

gemmacuberoHow did the filmmakers for "Give Up Tomorrow" leverage the film for political action and justice for the film's subjects? Filmmaker Gemma Cubero's research shows how a film's engagement strategies are just as important as the film itself. Read more...

Land of Opportunity: The User Experience

Screenshot from "Land of Opportunity" documentaryWhat does the “user experience” look like for an interactive documentary? LandofOpportunity’s (LoP) Luisa Dantas and Laine-Kaplan Levinson are working closely with Uncharted Digital to figure this out. 

So far for LoP, this means that you are going to watch a short video about an urban equity issue  and then explore layers of additional curated content that knowledgeable  partners have contributed, which will  appear at strategic moments during the video. Read more...

Land of Opportunity: Interactive Design and Intervention

Screenshot of LandofOpportunity DocumentaryOne of the major challenges in interactive media confronting filmmakers—or any media maker—is a fundamental question of how to present a story in a non-traditional format. This was the case for Luisa Dantas and the LandofOpportunity (LoP) team, who recently were “struggling to articulate in creative visual terms what we want to do.” Read more...

Fall 2012 Pull Focus Series

2012 HRFSFilmmakers from the fall 2012 Human Rights Film Series sat down with our graduate fellows to analyze the fundamentals of their films. Answering questions about structural elements, character arcs, creative content, and social impact yielded some surprising results. Read more...