Making Your Media Matter Conference, Center for Social Media, Feb 12-13, 2009

The Center for Social Media at American University is having its 5th annual Making Your Media Matter Conference, Feb 12-13, 2009. It has a great focus on the connections between ethics, aesthetics, and funding for media makers — an important issue for all of us working in media during these tough economic times. The conference features keynotes by the noted documentary film makers, George Stoney and Gordon Quinn. Sessions planned include: a special focus on the often perilous balance between money and mission in social issue media (speakers include, Danny Alpert, Executive Producer of See3 and Kindling Group, Julie Goldman, founder of Cactus Three Films, Diana Barrett of the Fledgling Fund and Alyce Myatt, Executive Director of Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media); a panel on outreach (panelists include, Andrew Mer of Snagfilms, Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, film makers of Made in LA; Scott Kirsner, author of CinemaTech; Wendy Levy, Director of Creative Programming of the Bay Area Video Coalition), and a session on art, ethics, and mission (with Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, film makers of War Dance, Cara Mertes, Director of the Sundance Documentary Film Program, Thomas Allen Harris, Director of Chimpanzee Productions, Sky Sitney, Programming Director of SILVERDOCS).

Here’s a link for more information on this important event.

By the way, the website for the Center for Social Media is a great resource for those of us interested in Media Literacy education, with all kinds of information on fair use and public policy issues related to media.

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