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Pirates, Copyright and Music at SXSW

Pat at SXSWAt South by Southwest, the March extravaganza in Austin, TX that brings together filmmakers, musicians and geeks, copyright issues are ever-present. Our panel, “Neither Pirates nor Moguls: Grey Areas in Music Distribution,”tackled media and music industry piracy claims. Read more...

Pull Focus: Connie Field

Connie FieldConnie Field is a pioneering social documentary filmmaker whose works include Freedom on My Mind (1994), a history of the civil rights movement in Mississippi, which was nominated for an Academy Award; and The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter” (1981), which is listed in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.   Most recently, she produced and directed Have You Heard from Johannesburg, a seven-part history of the international anti-apartheid movement.

In September 2010, NYU’s Center for Media, Culture and History screened   From Selma to Soweto, an episode from the series.  Earlier in the day, she sat down with Barbara Abrash for an interview.

In honor of MLK Day, CSM is hosting a screening of From Selma to Soweto at American University, Tuesday, January 18, 2011.


The One Where Independent Filmmakers Learn from PR Professionals

While independent filmmakers have been turning to the Internet to promote their films for years, as social networks grow and platforms become saturated with users, they are facing new challenges in getting the word out and engaging viewers. I recently attended a Public Relations Society of America workshop focused on “Writing for Social Media” in the hopes of learning from the pros some to help filmmakers navigate the social media landscape for promotion and outreach.Read more...

Pull Focus: Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest

Good Fortune Jeremy & Landon "It wasn’t that many years ago that we were driving production vans and crashing into garbage trucks," says Jeremy Levine. Only a few years out of Ithaca college, Jeremy Levine '06 and Landon Van Soest '04 share their experiences from the making of the 2009 Silverdocs WITNESS Award winner, Good Fortune. As part of Pull Focus series we bring you their approach to filmmaking, their outlook towards documentaries and  "a lot of lessons ... learned the hard way."


Pull Focus: Susan Koch

Susan Koch is an Emmy- and Peabody-winning filmmaker whose most recent film, The Other City (2010), explores a Washington, DC that visitors rarely see; a city ravaged by HIV/AIDS.  Susan is also the director and producer of Kicking It (2008), co-directed and producer of Mario's Story (2006), and the director of City at Peace (1998). On October 14, Susan joined us at American University to screen and discuss The Other City. Before the screening, we sat down with her for this interview.