Last week, as Donald J. Trump was being inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States in Washington, D.C., festival-goers in Park City, Utah, were preparing for premieres, parties and protests at the Sundance Film Festival. The MIF staff, its board of directors and various colleagues were focusing on how to move forward with effective, engaging storytelling, especially as it pertains to the health of our planet.
Inauguration day is just around the corner, and many funders and journalists are increasingly concerned about the role media play in a free and democratic society. The field is moving quickly to understand the impact of “fake news,” propaganda, hoaxes and biased coverage—both in how they skew information relating to the issues funders care about, and in how they contribute to undermining journalism and democracy.
Vince Stehle, our executive director, spoke with Ethan McCoy and Ellie Buteau of the Center for Effective Philanthropy about how documentaries can drive real change, and what foundations are doing to be more involved.
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