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AU's Center for Social Media Hosts Making Your Media Matter '09 Conference

WHAT:  Making Your Media Matter '09 Conference

SPEAKERS: 
- Danny Alpert, executive producer, See3 and the Kindling Group
- Diana Barrett, founder, Fledgling Fund
- Robert Bahar, filmmaker, Made in LA
- Almudena Carracedo, filmmaker, Made in LA
- Andrea Nix Fine, filmmaker, War Dance
- Sean Fine, filmmaker, War Dance
- Julie Goldman, founder, Cactus Three Films
- Thomas Allen Harris, director, Chimpanzee Productions
- Larry Kirkman, dean, American University’s School of Communication
- Scott Kirsner, blogger, CinemaTech
- Wendy Levy, director of creative programming, Bay Area Video Coalition
- Andrew Mer, Snagfilms
- Cara Mertes, director, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program
- Alyce Myatt, executive director, Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media
- Sky Sitney, programming director, SILVERDOCS

WHERE:  Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016

WHEN:  Thursday, February 12 and Friday, February 13 (schedule below)

DETAILS:  Registration is $100; $50 for students with ID. For information, call 202-885-3778

MEDIA:    Maggie Barrett, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5951 or barrett@american.edu

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 21, 2009) – American University’s Center for Social Media will hold Making Your Media Matter 09’ on Thursday, February 12 and Friday, February 13. All events will be held in the Abramson Family Recital Hall in the university’s Katzen Arts Center.

The conference is for established and aspiring filmmakers, non-profit communications leaders, funders and students looking to learn and share cutting-edge practices for creating media that matters.

Conference speakers include a variety of filmmakers, nonprofit communications executives, activists, outreach specialists and media pioneers. Panel discussions will address the latest tools and trends in creating and distributing social issue media. The schedule of events is as follows:

February 12
5:30 p.m. Introduction by Larry Kirkman, dean of AU’s School of Communication
5:50 p.m. Mini-keynote address about ethics in social issue filmmaking, George Stoney
6:15 p.m. Keynote address about the ethics of CinemaVerite, Gordon Quinn
7:30 p.m. Reception

February 13
9:00 a.m. Registration and demos
10:00 a.m. Welcome and logistics
10:15 a.m. Money and Mission— An in-depth panel discussion about funding social issue media and how media makers can meet the demands of funders while fulfilling the ethical needs of their creations. Featuring:
- Danny Alpert, executive producer, See3 and the Kindling Group
- Julie Goldman, founder, Cactus Three Films
- Alyce Myatt, executive director, Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media
- Diana Barrett, founder, Fledgling Fund
11:45 a.m. Announcements
11:50 a.m. “Birds of a Feather” lunch—Conference attendees and panelists discuss different topics in break out groups during lunch.
1:15 p.m. Raffle
1:30 p.m. Outreach and Connection—Panel discussion focusing on the various ways outreach and audience connection can be incorporated into social-issue media. Featuring:
- Andrew Mer, Snagfilms
- Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, filmmakers, Made in LA
- Scott Kirsner, blogger, CinemaTech
- Wendy Levy, director of creative programming, Bay Area Video Coalition
3:00 p.m. Networking break
3:30 p.m. Art, Ethics, and Mission—Panel discussion about how to marry the ethics of media-making with the aesthetic choices required to make powerful art. Featuring:
- Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, filmmakers, War Dance
- Cara Mertes, director, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program
- Thomas Allen Harris, director, Chimpanzee Productions
- Sky Sitney, programming director, SILVERDOCS
5:00 p.m. Reception

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.

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