It's something many of us are inquiring after in our work, but what really is change? What does it mean and what makes change possible?
Since 2001, Active Voice has been designing and implementing successful engagement programs that harness the power of filmmaking towards advocating for community-based and community-defined change. In this artsENGAGE blog salon post, Shaady Salehi, Executive Director of Active Voice, reflects on best practices Active Voice has learned about creating the conditions through which change can occur.
In October 2012, the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar named Anita Reher as Executive Director. Anita Reher was the co-founder of the European Documentary Network (EDN), a membership-based association created in 1996 with more than 1000 members from 60 different countries. Anita helped build this non-profit service organization into the premiere resource for documentary filmmakers in Europe. Anita is also extremely generous with her time and a consummate educator. Case-in-point: she chose to answer our questions while traveling the world on a shooting and research trip.
The International Documentary Association (IDA), along with Film Independent (FIND), National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), Women Make Movies, National Alliance for Media Art and Culture (NAMAC) and the University Film and Video Association (UFVA), claimed victory after lending their names to an amicus brief filed last year on their behalf on a pro bono basis by entertainment attorney Michael C. Donaldson in support of the documentary film community in which it urged the United States Tax Court to recognize that documentary films are overwhelmingly undertaken in pursuit of profit.
I’m a film guy. I like celluloid on reels. I like the whirring machines that play them. This love affair started in my late teens. Seeing Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire changed my life, ditto for Lina Wertmuller’s Seven Beauties. Discovering the nauseating spectacles of John Waters blew my freakin’ mind as did the Rocky Horror cult.
The movie star Tony Curtis died this past week at 85.
Curtis occupies a special place in my mental pantheon, as the embodiment of Hollywood's shrewd and cynical rendering of cultural identity during the middle years of the last century.
Are makers of experimental and personal works isolated narcissistic beings, working in codes that are inaccessible to most of us, and constantly reflecting on their existential crises?