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The 2016 Media Impact Forum in photos

Photography by Albert Yee

From the looks of it, we had a lot of great conversations going on throughout the day during our Media Impact Forum on June 28. Check out our gallery here.

Want more on the Media Impact Forum? Go here. There you’ll find the link to our Storify and the entire video archive from the day.

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“Who Is Dayani Cristal” OVEE recap: Must-see excerpts from our online screening & chat


“These people, as much as they are invisible in life, they are invisible in death. It’s very hard to identify them. Nobody’s out there looking for them.”
-Who Is Dayani Cristal

Last week, we hosted an OVEE screening featuring clips and conversation from Who Is Dayani Cristal, a 2013 Sundance award-winning documentary that retraces the steps of Yohan, a Honduran migrant who died on a journey to cross the border into the United States.

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“If You Build It”: A screening & conversation about building better communities

When: March 13, 2016 | 7-9:30 p.m. EST
Where: Sofitel Hotel | 120 S. 17th St. | Philadelphia, PA 19103

Please join us from 7-9:30 p.m. on March 13 at the Sofitel Hotel in Philadelphia for a screening of the documentary film If You Build It, followed by a conversation with filmmakers Christine O’Malley (Wordplay; I.O.U.S.A.) and Neal Baer (ER; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit).

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Highlights from “Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter: A conversation with Stanley Nelson”

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—#BlackPanthersPBSin the world.

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Gun violence takes center stage at Sundance with premiere of “Newtown”

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.

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“Chasing Ice” OVEE: Must-see excerpts from our online screening & chat

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

Join us at frank2016 for a discussion on the science of storytelling

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.
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