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The One Where Independent Filmmakers Learn from PR Professionals

While independent filmmakers have been turning to the Internet to promote their films for years, as social networks grow and platforms become saturated with users, they are facing new challenges in getting the word out and engaging viewers. I recently attended a Public Relations Society of America workshop focused on “Writing for Social Media” in the hopes of learning from the pros some to help filmmakers navigate the social media landscape for promotion and outreach.Read more...

Pull Focus: Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest

Good Fortune Jeremy & Landon "It wasn’t that many years ago that we were driving production vans and crashing into garbage trucks," says Jeremy Levine. Only a few years out of Ithaca college, Jeremy Levine '06 and Landon Van Soest '04 share their experiences from the making of the 2009 Silverdocs WITNESS Award winner, Good Fortune. As part of Pull Focus series we bring you their approach to filmmaking, their outlook towards documentaries and  "a lot of lessons ... learned the hard way."

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Pull Focus: Susan Koch

Susan Koch is an Emmy- and Peabody-winning filmmaker whose most recent film, The Other City (2010), explores a Washington, DC that visitors rarely see; a city ravaged by HIV/AIDS.  Susan is also the director and producer of Kicking It (2008), co-directed and producer of Mario's Story (2006), and the director of City at Peace (1998). On October 14, Susan joined us at American University to screen and discuss The Other City. Before the screening, we sat down with her for this interview.

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Pull Focus: Rebecca Richman Cohen

Rebecca Richman CohenIn its 2010 list of 25 New Faces in Independent Film, Filmmaker Magazine tagged Rebecca Richman Cohen as an “up-and-comer poised to shape the next generation of independent film."  It’s easy to see why. Her first feature documentary, War Don Don, which she both produced and directed, has not only racked up awards and accolades, but was picked up for broadcast by HBO.  The film follows the trial of accused war criminal Issa Sesay and in the process takes a hard look at international criminal justice. This October we brought Rebecca to campus to screen War Don Don as part of our 2010 Human Rights Film Series.  We interviewed her before her screening.

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November Events!

The Center for Social Media is proud to be presenting three exciting November events. On NovePhoto by Peter Van Agtmaelmber 10 join us for Camera As Catalyst, an evening with visiting Magnum photographer Peter van Agtamael. In honor of Veterans Day, November 11, CSM is hosting a screening of The Way We Get By, a moving documentary about troop greeters featuring Q&A with the filmmakers. Read more...