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Check out this interview with Precious producer Lisa Cortes!

As we gear up for next month's Making Your Media Matter Conference on February 11 & 12 (if you haven't yet registered, you still can here), we're looking forward to hearing what Lisa Cortes, producer of Precious, is going to have to say on our Fiction for Change panel. Since its debut at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, Precious has been making waves for its gripping portrayal of 16 year-old Precious, an obese, illiterate and pregnant teenager who is struggling to change the direction of her life.Read more...

Pull Focus: Pamela Yates and Paco de Onis

This year's Human Rights Film Series concluded with a packed screening of The Reckoning on October 29th. The film, directed by Pamela Yates and produced by Paco de Onis, follows Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as he issues arrest warrants for the rebel leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, puts 4 Congolese warlords on trial in The Hague, charges the President of Sudan with genocide and war crimes in Darfur, challenges the UN Security Council to have him arrested, and shakes up the Colombian criminal justice system.

Following the screening Pamela and Paco sat down for a lively Q & A session and earlier in the day they also conducted a filmmaking master class for students where they detailed some of the innovative outreach and distribution strategies they have pioneered. You can watch clips from the Q & A and master class below. In January we will be bringing you an in-depth Pull Focus interview with Pamela and Paco as well.

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Missed Mary Lampson and Taking Root?

As part of the Center's Human Rights Film Series, documentary film editor Mary Lampson was on campus on October 15th to screen one of her latest projects,Taking Root, and to present a filmmaking master class to students on working as an editor in documentary film. It was great to have her on campus, and a wonderful learning experience for all. If you couldn’t make it to the screening and the class, you can still watch clips from them here. Read more...

Pull Focus: Jennifer Maytorena Taylor

In October, we welcomed filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, director of New Muslim Cool, to screen her film and conduct a filmmaking master class with American University students. We also grabbed some time to talk about the film and the challenges of making it. The interview, as well as clips from the master class and the post-film Q & A, are below. Read more...

Missed Jennifer Maytorena Taylor and New Muslim Cool?

Documentary filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor was on campus on October 22nd to screen her new film New Muslim Cool and to present a filmmaking master class on how to build narrative and character arcs when you're working with verite footage. If you couldn't make it to the screening and the class, you can still watch clips from them here. Read more...