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How an Interdisciplinary Transmedia Project Can Address Mental Illness Stigma

Mona Shattell | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
Mona Shattell

How does one go about an interdisciplinary project spanning art and science? How might this look? we set out to explore how mental health advocacy, video game design, and documentary filmmaking could come together to enhance understanding and fight stigma about mental illness.

A Year in Champagne

Terence Clarke | Posted 03.11.2014 | Entertainment
Terence Clarke

That the wine so noted for sprightly bubbles and light-hearted festivity comes from this often difficult setting is the first of many surprises in the film.

A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Green Day's Broadway Moment

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.11.2013 | Arts

A new documentary is taking a behind-the-scenes look at Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's 2010 Broadway debut. "Broadway Idiot," which hit...

Who Needs This Movie?

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 09.16.2013 | Crime
Chris Komisarjevsky

The title of the film alone gives me the chills. And, because one of the murderers carries the same name as I, my family will once again be faced with questions from those whose curiosity proves too much to resist. Just maybe, though, it is important for all of us, myself included, to take a step back.

In Praise of Arranged Marriage: Interview With Filmmaker Rama Burshtein About Fill the Void

Erica Abeel | Posted 07.23.2013 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

"So many times in my life I went out hoping to find a spouse and came home empty handed. I wished someone would bring me options."

Films Can Help Change the World

Bonnie Benjamin-Phariss | Posted 04.27.2013 | Impact
Bonnie Benjamin-Phariss

Film is big business. We track its annual contribution to the "entertainment" sector in billions of dollars. But film is much more than simply entertainment. Film, it turns out, is an ideal catalyst for change.

Cinema Eye Honors Recognizes 5 Broken Cameras, Bully, Detropia and The War Room

Kristin McCracken | Posted 03.24.2013 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

With only two categories rewarding documentary filmmaking at the annual Academy Awards, the nonfiction film community realized it had a void to fill in recognizing the outstanding work in their field.

Video Projects Take Education To The Streets Of New York City

Posted 03.09.2013 | Education

In one of the latest efforts that takes education beyond testing and the classroom, students in New York City are hitting the streets for some visual ...

No Way Out But One: Custody, Abuse and the Family Courts

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 12.26.2012 | Entertainment
Nancy Doyle Palmer

The film is advocacy journalism at its very best, exposing what can happen when men accused of abuse get custody in family courts.

Andre Gregory's Life Chronicled in New Documentary

Steve Karras | Posted 12.04.2012 | Arts
Steve Karras

How does one begin to properly document a life, no matter how extraordinary, when it's far from over?

David France's How to Survive a Plague Reveals How 6 Million Lived Through the AIDS Epidemic

Justine Browning | Posted 11.27.2012 | Gay Voices
 Justine Browning

The archival-based documentary directed by renowned journalist David France manages to be moving, disquieting and gratifying all at once.

'The Koch Brothers Exposed' -- A Conversation With Robert Greenwald

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 08.27.2012 | Entertainment
Marcia G. Yerman

Blazing the trail with novel ways to approach distribution, filmmaker Robert Greenwald has forged a new model for a mashup of documentary filmmaking and political activism.

The Lives of Tiny House People: Direct Cinema Documentary (VIDEO)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 06.27.2012 | Entertainment
Kirsten Dirksen

This week I released via YouTube -- in an attempt to make it some type of "of the people, for the people" -- my documentary We the Tiny House People: Small Homes, Tiny Flats & Wee Shelters in the New and Old World.

There Are No More Movie Stars (Or Why We Must Change Conventional Thinking About Making Movies

Peter Paige | Posted 06.25.2012 | Los Angeles
Peter Paige

There are no more movie stars. I blame TMZ and its reality show brethren, who have taken all the mystery out of celebrity. In movie-making, like pretty much every other business, the paradigm has changed, and we must respond accordingly.

TEDxAthens 2011 -- What Took You So Long to Make Films Disruptive?

Sebastian Lindstrom | Posted 03.31.2012 | Impact
Sebastian Lindstrom

Bringing some much-needed positive energy to a country wracked by economic woes, the theme of this year's TEDx event was disruption. From politics to storm chasing to filmmaking; how do we change the rules of the game?

"Screw the Tripod!" Remebering Ricky Leacock (1921 - 2011)

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 05.26.2011 | Media
Bill Lichtenstein

It's rare to work in an established art form where you can work with and be influenced by those who invented the genre. Not so for documentary filmm...

Books I Couldn't Put Down

Lesley Chilcott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Lesley Chilcott

From a non-expert's point of view, I want to share some of the books that enlightened me, and I think other non-experts may enjoy reading as well.

The Impact of Film on Development

Tom Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tom Murphy

Caroline Baron of FilmAid and Lisa Russell of MDGFive made the case that film can be sued to change the lives of the undeserved at their UN Week Digital Media Lounge session yesterday.