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Pull Focus: Josh Fox

Josh Fox GaslandJosh Fox is the founder and Artistic Director of International WOW Company a film and theater company in New York. In addition to having written/directed/produced more than twenty plays, Josh directed the narrative feature film MEMORIAL DAY (2008) and most recently the Academy Award nominated documentary feature GASLAND (2010).  The film is a personal investigation into the domestic natural gas drilling industry and its devastating impacts on the environment and human health.  Josh as been touring the country with his film and on March 17th, 2011 Josh, joined us here at American University as part of the Center for Social Media's Visiting Filmmaker series (video of Fox's talk available here). Before his screening, we had a chance to sit down with Josh to learn more about his approach to filmmaking and creating social change through media.

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Pull Focus: Yoav Shamir

Tel-Aviv based documentarian Yoav Shamir is an accomplished award-winning director, producer and cinematographer in film and television. He joined the Center on March 31, 2011 as part of our Visiting Filmmaker series. We sat down with him to get an inside look on how he approaches his work. Yoav's films reflects his passion to probe and uncover difficult and polarizing subject matter through an observational lens, delivering penetrating and ethically challenging interviews with an accessible charm. "Even the most complicated sorts of theories can be accessible to everybody, There's nothing that everybody can't understand," he says.

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Pirates, Copyright and Music at SXSW

Pat at SXSWAt South by Southwest, the March extravaganza in Austin, TX that brings together filmmakers, musicians and geeks, copyright issues are ever-present. Our panel, “Neither Pirates nor Moguls: Grey Areas in Music Distribution,”tackled media and music industry piracy claims. Read more...

Realscreen, Footage Houses, and Fair Use

Real ScreenAt Realscreen, the annual scrimmage where aspiring producers of non-fiction television, cable programmers and vendors mix (as usual, in Washington DC), the panel on fair use was titled for conflict: “The New fair Use Battleground: Resetting the Ground Rules.” The panel, funded by the Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors, explored the premi Read more...

Pull Focus: Connie Field

Connie FieldConnie Field is a pioneering social documentary filmmaker whose works include Freedom on My Mind (1994), a history of the civil rights movement in Mississippi, which was nominated for an Academy Award; and The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter” (1981), which is listed in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.   Most recently, she produced and directed Have You Heard from Johannesburg, a seven-part history of the international anti-apartheid movement.

In September 2010, NYU’s Center for Media, Culture and History screened   From Selma to Soweto, an episode from the series.  Earlier in the day, she sat down with Barbara Abrash for an interview.

In honor of MLK Day, CSM is hosting a screening of From Selma to Soweto at American University, Tuesday, January 18, 2011.

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