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Filmmakers with Purpose: An Interview with the Filmmakers of The Heart of the Matter

From the Making Television Matter book, the authors outline the challenges of defining a film's target audience and the creation of an outreach strategy that is flexible but goal-oriented.


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Fair Use Featured at CINE Awards

The importance and useability of Fair Use for filmmakers was featured at the CINE awards in Silver Spring, MD on April 18. CSM director Pat Aufderheide and Washington College of Law Professor Peter Jaszi presented a preview version of the Center's latest video, "Fair Use and Free Speech in Documentary Film" to a packed audience for a panel on the Fair Use initiative's first year.Read more...

Fair Use at Nashville Film Festival

On April 25, Center outreach coordinator Agnes Varnum appeared with documentary filmmaker Byron Hurt and attorney F. Casey Del Casino to share the Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use at the Nashville Film Festival. The Nashville audience included many songwriters, composers and musician. Hurt summed up his experience, "reading the Center's Untold Stories report made me realize that I wasn't alone" in dealing with copyright and Fair Use issues to make his documentary that examines masculinity in hip-hop culture. Read more...

Adrian Cowell

Adrian CowellAdrian Cowell, the eminent filmmaker who catapulted the environmental movement to save the Amazonian rain forests through the television series The Decade of Destruction and Banking on Disaster is the Center's Visiting Filmmaker this semester. Cowell will guest lecture in SOC production classes during the week of March 20. His films will be shown throughout the city during the Environmental Film Festival. He also will hold two public events on campus as part of the DC-wide Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital.


Kim Longinotto's Master Class

One of the highlights of IDFA was a master class by veteran social documentarian Kim Longinotto. The British filmmaker has long won awards and audiences for her films exploring the worlds of women across cultural boundaries. Her film Sisters in Law, delving into the world of two sisters who serve as family court judges in Cameroon, opened the festival. The sisters fiercely defend the rights of women in a society where child abuse and spousal abuse are often sanctioned.