As media storytelling is increasingly a central tool for social change efforts, filmmakers, activists and funders are working even more closely. Social issue documentary filmmakers who want to make a lasting impact are creating partnerships with funders, advocacy groups and distributors. Yet, these communities don’t necessarily share language, culture, expectations, or even a common vision. Too often, miscommunication gets in the way of great collaboration.
So how do you find the right partners? And how do you ensure that you are all on the same page before you get too far? This day-long intensive workshop will outline how to ask the right questions when partnering with organizations to support your work. Learn how to make an effective film while retaining your artistic voice.
This workshop – developed after years of research at Active Voice/Lab – will address the issues posed below:
Filmmakers want to be part of an ecosystem, but they must also strike a balance between their artistry, income, and activism.
Advocacy allies want more clarity, strategy, and shared expectations when working with filmmakers.
Distributors must compete in fluctuating markets and need a lot of control over who sees what, when, and where.
Funders and donors realize that stories are essential to social change, but often want to know about the storyline, the impact potential, the timelines and other hard-to-predict factors before they can commit.
Led by Ellen Schneider, the founder and director of Active Voice/Lab, participants will learn how to navigate the conflicts that arise when making a documentary on a social issue.
This theoretical and practical workshop is designed for a small group of professionals (25 people maximum) and will expose participants to a broad range of analysis and creative approaches to creating a working collaboration between filmmakers, advocacy groups, distributors and funders.
Over the course of the day, we will go over case studies of successful partnerships that pushed an issue forward. Participants will come away with a solid foundation on which to build productive future partnerships. Guest instructors include Leslie Fields-Cruz (Executive Director at Black Public Media), Michele Stephenson (Director, American Promise), Kirsten Kelly (Director, The Homestretch) and more.
The cost of this workshop is $125.