When: Feb. 17, 2016 | 5-7:30 p.m. Where: The Prince Theater, Philadelphia, PA
Stanley Nelson may have spent eight years making his latest film, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, but it took only two hours to capture the attention of millions around the globe. Premiering Tuesday night on PBS’ Independent Lens, the documentary sparked the No. 1 trending Twitter hashtag—#BlackPanthersPBS—in the world.
Gun violence was the focus of several documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival this year, most notably Newtown, which premiered at the festival on Jan. 24. The film, directed by Kim A. Snyder, revisits the residents of Newtown, Conn., in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre that left 20 children and six teachers dead. Newtown is a gripping exploration into a community’s profound grief and what happens after it becomes the center of a national debate around gun violence.
Earlier this month, Media Impact Funders hosted an OVEE screening featuring clips and conversation from Chasing Ice, a powerful documentary that uses time-lapse video to tell the story of our planet’s changing climate. If you missed the screening but want to be a part of thought-provoking discussion around climate change and the film’s impact, here are some excerpts of the discussions between Vince Stehle, executive director of Media Impact Funders, James Balog, the subject of the film, and Jeff Orlowski, the film’s director. Read more
How do we more effectively communicate issues that matter to the public interest? Join Media Impact Funders at the frank conference—the annual gathering for people who use communications to drive social change—in Gainesville, Fla., on Feb. 24 for an invitation-only preview of intriguing ideas and an opportunity to have a more intimate dialogue with key speakers. Read more
On November 5 at eTown Hall in Boulder, Colorado, Media Impact Funders (MIF) and Vulcan Productions joined forces to assemble top documentarians, journalism outlets and funders focused on climate change.
The day’s speakers honed in on the question of how to assess whether productions are moving audiences and policymakers to action, and how best to collaborate — especially given that all eyes are trained on Paris this week for the COP21 talks. Read more
Each fall, Grantmakers in Health offers programming designed for funders with a strong interest in health policy. This year, GIH invited Media Impact Funders to co-sponsor the event, bringing a media lens to the conversation. The conversation explored how the strategic use of media can expedite health policy objectives, and considered ways to optimize media investments. Read more
Media Impact Funders and Southern California Grantmakers held a convening of funders on Saturday, September 26 in Los Angeles, at the Annenberg Foundation’s Skylight Studios to explore emerging strategies for supporting local and ethnic reporting projects.
Media Impact Funders, Philanthropy New York, and Public Policy Communicators NYC convened a hands-on workshop with innovators, offering funders concrete examples of how to use evaluation methods to better understand the role and impact of media campaigns and productions.
On Thursday, October 1 we hosted our first OVEE screening featuring clips and conversation from Emmy-award winning documentary When I Walk, one of the five powerful films selected for our 2015 Media Impact Festival held in June.
Media innovation in the public interest — what do we want and how do we get it? We explored these questions at our annual day-long Media Impact Forum, where we brought leading funders together with leading makers and thinkers to consider tough questions and emerging trends in public interest media.This year, we met at the Kaiser Family Foundation, located in the cradle of digital innovation: Silicon Valley. Watch speaker videos on our YouTube channel.