Articles Tagged Activism

The Sarasota 350: Reject This!

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“I don’t think we should see each other anymore.” “It’s not you, it’s me.” “I just want to be friends.” “Thanks, but no thanks.” However it’s put, rejection sucks. It makes us question our worth and, yes, even our very existence. It happens when we get dumped, passed over for a job, or, if you’re… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: Vanessa Domico of Outcast Films

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Vanessa Domico was tired of seeing too few LGBT films, so she drew on her expertise as a film distributor and founded Outcast Films. Outcast Films focuses on politically-charged issues like gay marriage and meth addiction, to intimate explorations of sexual identity and self-acceptance. Since its founding in November 2004 and public launch the following… Read more »

Beg, Borrow, or Steal? Deciphering Fair Use for Filmmakers

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David Van Taylor first engaged questions of Fair Use when he was working on his film Dream Deceivers in 1990, a documentary that explored the lawsuit filed against the heavy-metal band Judas Priest by the family of James Vance, a teenager who tried to commit suicide after smoking marijuana and listening to the group’s lyrics…. Read more »

After the Oscar: An Interview with Cynthia Wade

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As a sophomore at Smith College, Cynthia Wade found herself witness to a small scandal: a friend discovered she was pregnant and decided leave college, marry her boyfriend and have her child, going against the feminist attitude many of her classmates held. So, in true documentarian form, Wade’s first instinct was to get it on… Read more »

Making the Decision to Re-Release

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In 1981, filmmakers Carolyn Strachan and Alessandro Cavadini received acclaim for Two Laws/Kanymardra Yuwa, a documentary about the struggle for Aboriginal groups from the Northern Territory to live within both their own and Australian law. Screenings in Australia, including at the Sydney Opera house and throughout Europe, eventually brought Strachan to the United States for… Read more »

ITVS: Has This Key Funding Partner Lost its Way?

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In 2007, filmmaker Joanna Rudnick learned that her application for funding from the Independent Television Service (ITVS) had been accepted. Rudnick, a first-time director, had applied for ITVS funding to finance the completion of her documentary In the Family, a look at women who are aware they carry a genetic predisposition to breast or ovarian… Read more »

From Box Office to Ballot Box

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With days left until the 2008 presidential election, images are flooding airwaves and video streams, vying for position as the lasting impression conjured just moments before pulling the lever. Perhaps David Bossie’s meticulously edited footage capturing Barack Obama as a radical while rap lyrics issue a chilling call to “paint the White House black.” Or,… Read more »

Getting it Covered: Video the Vote

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Between polls, pundits, and analysts, predictions of the upcoming presidential election seem endless, with many agreeing this could be yet another tight race where, in certain states, every vote will count. And if you think that’s just a cliché, think of this: in 2004, George W. Bush won by taking Ohio with 118,601 votes, or… Read more »

Let’s Make A Deal: SAG Strike Looking More Likely

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The continued standstill between the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) to re-negotiate a new contract makes a strike look increasingly likely. The previous contract expired June 30, 2008. On October 1, SAG’s negotiating committee asked its 120,000 members to vote to allow strike authorization for its… Read more »

Living with a Mutation

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It’s hard enough being a single woman dating in your early thirties. But, imagine having to tell the person you’re dating that you carry the gene mutation for cancer, and will eventually need to remove your ovaries and possibly breasts. Now, imagine having to tell that person you’re delaying the process because you’re waiting to… Read more »