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Case Study - STATE OF FEAR: The Truth about Terrorism

State of Fear PhotoState of Fear, a project of Skylight Pictures, is a longform documentary film at the center of a multiplatform local/global strategic human rights and social justice campaign. The film dramatizes the human and social costs of a twenty- year politicized “war on terror” (1980-2000) in Peru, and its contemporary resonance in a post 9/11 world. It poses the question, “How can an open society balance demands for security with democracy?” and demonstrates the positive example of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions for restorative justice.


Camera as Catalyst: Matt Eich

Guest Post by Tara Kocourek

Photo by Kyoko TakenakaMatt Eich makes a point to photograph his subjects as if they are his own family. At the center of his personal mission, and the LUCEO Images’ mission, are relationships. Read more...


Out in the Silence is a feature-length documentary film that shows how the citizens of a small, conservative town in western Pennsylvania confronted homophobia within the boundaries of religion and tradition. An active outreach campaign designed to reach small towns and rural communities nationwide accompanied regional and national PBS broadcasts and festival screenings. The film and campaign, which have fortified a national network of LGBT and civil rights, support organizations reaching underserved communities with special focus on engaging young people.


Notes from the Benevolent Media Festival Part One: Non-profit Storytelling

Benevolent MediaLiz Norton spent the earlier part of her professional career working with policy makers and wondering if her efforts truly helped improve the lives of others. Read more...

Reflections on The Interrupters: Screening | Poetry Reading | Community Dialogue

Panelists at Interrupters ScreeningIn the dark theater, with the credits still rolling, I could hear sniffles to my right and excited whispers to my left. As the brightening lights gradually illuminated the crowd seated around me, their faces reflected what my ears had already suggested – that this film had resonated deeply with this audience and they were now eager to share their thoughts and their experiences. I felt privileged to be witnessing first hand the tremendous social impact that powerful storytelling like this can have. And to see a film inspire such immediate response and community dialogue affirmed for me that I was pursuing the right line of work. The Interrupters was truly a model for Media that Matters if I ever did see one.