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Social Issue Documentary: The Evolution of Public Engagement

Documentary films are serving as the core for innovative spaces and practices that mark a new kind of public media – accessible, participatory and inclusive. This article examines the campaigns surrounding three films: Not in Our Town, Lioness, and State of Fear to uncover how emerging strategies for online and offline engagement are laying the groundwork for "public media 2.0."


An Interview with Peter Davis, director of Hearts and Minds

Peter Davis, an Emmy/Peabody Award winner, made waves in the documentary film world with his 1974 film about Vietnam, Hearts and Minds. This incendiary film caused great controversy at the time, and has since become regarded as one of the most grippingly honest films about the Vietnam War ever made.


Liz Garbus

Academy-Award Nominated, Sundance Grand Jury Prize-Winning and Emmy- Award Winning Producer/Director Liz Garbus, co-founder of Moxie Firecracker Films in New York City, is one of the most celebrated young voices in American documentary filmmaking. She will be visiting American University as the Fall 2007 visiting filmmaker on November 8, 2007, when we will be screening her latest film, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib in the 2007 Human Rights Film Series. See our website for details on this special event.


Haskell Wexler

Academy Award-winning cinematographer, film producer and director Haskell Wexler will join the Center for a public screening and discussion of his film Who Needs Sleep?. Join us March 7th at 5:30 in the Wechsler Theater, 3rd Fl., MGC!


2007 Making Your Documentary Matter Conference Participant Biographies

Read the bios of our list of participants in the 2007 Making Your Documentary Matter Conference.