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SILVERDOCS 2006

The Center was a proud sponsor this June of SILVERDOCS Documentary Film Festival and Conference in Silver Spring, MD. The Center welcomed guests at a reception, sponsored a conference panel, and released a new report, The New Deal. Attendees at Silverdocs included doc filmmakers and fans, members of a strategic communications institute held by American University and OneWorld US, and many industry types. Read more...

HotDocs Launches Docs In Schools

A film festival is usually characterized by screenings, Q&A with filmmakers, parties and with luck, a few business deals. HotDocs, Toronto’s documentary festival and its accompanying Toronto Documentary Forum for project funding, is all of those things—and now more.

HotDocs launched a new program this year called Docs In Schools. Read more...

HotDocs Launches Docs In Schools

Black GoldA film festival is usually characterized by screenings, Q&A with filmmakers, parties and with luck, a few business deals. HotDocs, Toronto’s documentary festival and its accompanying Toronto Documentary Forum for project funding, is all of those things—and now more.Read more...

Center Director Submits Testimony on Smithsonian/Showtime Controversy

3, director of the Center for Social Media, testified on May 25, 2006 before the House Committee on House Administration to raise concerns on the Smithsonian’s 30-year joint venture with Showtime Networks Inc. Aufderheide’s testimony follows an April 17, 2006 public letter that echoes similar concerns to the Smithsonian director Lawrence Small.

The pending Smithsonian arrangement is for Showtime to manage Smithsonian content for a new digital channel called Smithsonian on Demand. Read more...

Public Media and the Smithsonian Controversy

What is the obligation of "the Nation's Attic" to the public? That was the question when the Smithsonian Institution announced a new arrangement with CBS/Showtime to create content, Smithsonian on Demand, for a new digital channel. In a cloudy press release, the national museum announced that henceforth, if a filmmaker wanted to make a film using substantial amounts of Smithsonian materials, that filmmaker had to give digital channel first chance at the film. Would that mean that public television productions would not get made? Read more...