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By Kathy Dismukes At this month’s Documentary Roundtable Caty Borum Chattoo and Will Jenkins presented Movies & Grassroots Community Engagement: Documentary Films & State and Local Public Policy in the United States. Their report provides perspectives from 15 policymakers, filmmakers, and advocacy leaders who successfully contributed to policy agendas on the state and local levels, with… Read more »

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  Music is Storytelling, Too By Kathy Dismukes   “Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.” ― Keith Richards Preach, bony Stone-y Keith Richards! The Narrative Directors Roundtable meeting this month was on how and why media-makers work… Read more »

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Best Audio Practices with Henninger Gurus By Kathy Dismukes   I still have a lot to learn about production workflow—especially audio—and I bet I’m not alone. By attending this month’s Editors Roundtable program (ably led by Pippa McBride), I got the scoop on how editors work with audio mixers to save time, money, and stress. Held… Read more »

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Tom Wolfe By Jody Hassett Sanchez   For months, I’ve been flummoxed by how to structure a documentary about a journalist and novelist whose pages summons richer visuals than most films, whose dialogues, internal and external, eclipse the best efforts of many a screenwriter and whose literary characters became instant archetypes more memorable than the… Read more »

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Attracting Everything I Needed for My Short Film By Joy Cheriel Brown In 2012, I was digging around my home office and found a short script I had written eight years earlier when I was a Senior in college. It was a contender for my thesis film, but I had decided to put it away… Read more »

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Anim8Nature- The New Storytelling: 101 By Kristin Harris  The Old Storytelling Lots of talk about storytelling these days. Of course humans have been telling stories as long as we have existed, it’s part of our DNA. What I am finding fascinating is how my long career as a producer of preschool media prepares me for the current… Read more »