NAMAC Executive Director Wendy Levy participated in REMAP: Detroit and was inspired by the conviction of the communities in the rooms, the fearless examination of the challenges, and the celebration of the arts, in the broadest view, as an engine for transformation.
Archive for tag: storytelling matters
By Renee Tajima-Peña
I once considered documentary to be a fallback for filmmakers of color who were shut out of the fiction universe. I was wrong. As it turns out, we may be more under-represented in nonfiction filmmaking. Sundance estimates the proportion of documentary directors of color screening at the festival to be around 15 percent. The Directors Guild of America estimates 82 percent of its narrative members are white males; it doesn't even bother to calculate documentarians.
By Yanqing Yang
Before joining NAMAC’s Creative Leadership Lab, I was building a cultural connection platform for young creative changemakers and thinking about how to build a system of collaboration.
By Sahar Driver
The impact producing space has grown dramatically in the last few years. People are catching on to the power that film has in affecting change around social issues. And as that awareness builds, issue-based funders have taken an increasing interest in using film to advance their goals.
By Kate Fowler
I've been reticent to post about this collection of essays on Central Appalachia recently published on VICE. It includes some important, hard-hitting and necessary stories on stereotyping, healthcare needs for residents of the region, the decline of a mono economy and the rising prescription pill and suboxone epidemic.
A Video Roundtable is a group conversation (like a Google Hangout with better production values!) hosted by NAMAC on the zoom.us platform. They can be curated and produced on any relevant topic, any issue, any film, and hosted by any NAMAC member. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what's next!
By Simon Kilmurry
On behalf of the International Documentary Association, I am writing to express our deep alarm and concern at the recent rejection of a visa application for documentary filmmaker Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami by Immigration New Zealand.
By Erica Ginsberg
What if I told you there was a documentary strand which has shown nearly 100 amazing social issue documentaries about the forgotten stories of contemporary American society followed by provocative conversations on the issues spotlighted?
By Mary T. An
What happens when you put a climate scientist, a filmmaker, and an environmental activist together in a room for a day and ask them to create something?
By Brandon and Lance Kramer
Since we started Meridian Hill Pictures in 2010, we have been privileged to participate as relative newcomers in the long tradition of documentary storytellers who have used the medium of film to share underrepresented perspectives, build empathy for people different from ourselves, and facilitate constructive dialogue about the complexities of the human experience.