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SPOTTED! New Report on Social Justice Documentary: Designing For Impact

Center for Social Media is proud to present a new report by our fellows Jessica Clark and Barbara Abrash, Social Justice Documentary: Designing for Impact.

This report is required reading for future filmmakers, producers, funders or anyone who is curious to know the story behind the scenes. By walking through the production process of six award-winning documentaries on social issues and human rights topic, the report gives an in-depth analysis on the different types of impact documentaries can have on our society, and how strategic design in documentary production can help make this possible.

We will be introducing each of the case studies in the following weeks. This week, we are focusing on Not in Our Town, a documentary program made by Patrice O’Neill that sparked international discussion on anti-immigrant violence and national media campaign against hate crime. 

 Not in Our Town III: Light in the Darkness was featured in Center's 2011 Human Rights Film Series. Also we did a pull focus interview with the filmmaker which will be put online very soon. For any one who missed the screening on Thursday, DVDs can be found in AU’s new media center.

More case studies featured in the report will be available (Scheduled as follows).

Oct. 21: Not in Our Town

Oct. 28: A Lion in the House

Nov. 4: The Line

Nov. 11: Lioness

Nov. 18: Out In The Silence

Nov. 25: State Of Fear: The Truth About Terrorism

Stay tuned!


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