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Making Documentaries Matter Online

by Pat Aufderheide

What’s the best way for filmmakers to take advantage of new online environments for public knowledge and action? 6’s study for the Center for Social Media, Big Dreams Small Screens, provides one set of learning lessons. Read more...

DocAgora (it's spreading!)

DocAgora, which launched at the International Documentary Festival at Amsterdam (IDFA) in November, is becoming a feature at documentary festivals. The one-day event that features innovative and participatory strategies in documentary has just been accepted as one of the offerings at HotDocs (http://hotdocs.ca/) in late April. The Center for Social Media has joined as one of the cosponsors and organizers, along with an exciting team that includes Canadians Peter Wintonick and Amit Breuer. You can catch a glimpse of the inaugural event at NFB's Gerry Flahive's blog, at http://hotdocs.ca/.

Blogging "Making Your Documentary Matter"

The Center's conference on Jan. 31-Feb. 1 is creating echoes in the blogosphere. Check out Erica Ginsberg's blog of Robert Greenwald's keynote at http://docsinprogress.blogspot.com/ , which itself has already migrated to a few other blogs. And let us know where you're blogging about it!

Docs and Social Networking at Sundance 2007

If you’re not one of the anointed, the Sundance Film Festival is a lot about cold toes and long lines, $20 parking fees, discovering that three other people are sharing the condo living room floor and finding out that you’re on the wrong bus. What do you expect in a tiny mountain town invaded annually by more than 40,000 people, every one of them on some kind of a mission?

As the most important meeting place of independent filmmakers, though, it’s also about intersections probable and improbable. The panels, mixers and parties are at least as important as the movies. Read more...

Center Director Pat Aufderheide Receives 2006 IDA Preservation and Scholarship Award

The Center for Social Media is proud to announce that Center Director Pat Aufderheide is the recipient of the 2006 International Documentary Association Preservation and Scholarship Award. This distinguished award recognizes the accomplishments of an individual who has devoted his or her career to providing a forum to promote the work of documentary film and video makers. The Center applauds Pat for all she has done to foster a robust environment for documentary film.Read more...