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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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Crafting High Impact Environmental Media

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

Crafting Media Strategies that Accelerate Policy Change

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 Forum: Philanthropy and the Digital Future

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.

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Media Impact Festival 2015 Program

The Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film and Digital Media presented to Virunga

Additional 2105 Media Impact Festival selections:
Chasing Ice
Girl Rising
When I Walk
Who is Dayani Crystal? Read more

Music Discovery in Public Radio

Music and cultural programming drive social change and community engagement in important ways, and public radio plays a crucial part by reaching younger, more diverse audiences and sparking local conversations and connections. We held a special discussion with key funders, public radio station managers and musicians about non-commercial radio’s role in reflecting, shaping and cultivating community; and explored why funders are supporting this evolving media format. Read more


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MIF Monthly newsletter: September/October 2017

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