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The Saga from Katrina to Isaac: Stories from New Orleans

By Laine Kaplan-Levenson

Little did we know here at Land of Opportunity that mentioning Cowbird in a blog post a few weeks ago would lead to a beautiful storytelling collaboration. Our latest experience provides a great example of how exploring strategy with your audience can lead to new partnerships and opportunities.Read more...

Living, Breathing, Transmedia: Navigating the Non-linear

By Josh Freund

LOPTraditionally when making a documentary, filmmakers present a film that reflects only a sliver of their amassed content. We shoot and shoot and shoot some more, then edit and cut the vast majority of the content to fit the hour or 90-minute mold dictated by broadcast or theatrical release. You see one streamlined version of events: the one we’ve authored and edited, no more no less. However, this shoot, slash and sausage method is no longer the be all-end-all for documentary films. Read more...

Story, Vision, Tech - Executing Web-Native Cinema Projects

Story Vision Tech - The Cycle (image by Ben Moskowitz)

Image by Ben Moskowitz

Creating a project leveraging the web opens up uncountable opportunities for storytellers. Footage that was previously cut due to time constraints, or stories that didn't fit tightly enough within the narrative to be included, can now contribute to the narrative of an interactive project. As freeing as the many options a media maker has may seem, however, they can also be overwhelming.Read more...

Pull Focus: Dawn Porter

Dawn Porter Photo

Dawn Porter is a director/producer and the founder of Trilogy Films. Realscreen named Dawn one of their 2012 Doc Hot Shots 15 emerging directors to watch. Her lastest film "Gideon's Army" follows the personal life of three young public defenders in the deep south, who devoted their lives fighting with a broken criminal justice system. "Gideon's Army" premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO Documentary Films. 

Porter recently visited the Center to share with us her experience in making "Gideon's Army", her relationship with the characters and the film's social impact. Watch her interview unfold below and check out the film’s website for more information.

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Making Your Media Matter 2010: Fiction for Change--How Are Narrative Films Making a Difference?

On this final panel of the day, American University Professor Claudia Myers moderated, while panelists Lisa Cortes, producer of Precious; John Schreiber of Participant Media; and Emily Meyers of Meaningful Media discussed the challenges and rewards of trying to making fiction films that can create social change.

To listen to the podcast of this panel, click here.

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