Oz Dox / DYHD? / VCA Lights, Camera, Action! Links

pole_london Sunday afternoon in London Town, April 2013

Thanks to Oz Dox, DYHD? and VCA for inviting me to speak so soon after landing back in Australia from my inspiring Churchill Fellowship travels. Here are some links to projects that I mentioned in the presentations.

Orgs & Projects

Big hART
Oz Dox
Churchill Fellowships
Center for Story Based Strategy
Ngapartji Ngapartji
Blackfella Films
Engage Media
Crossover Labs

Impact Producers & Grass Roots Distribution Orgs

Six Foot Chipmunk New York
Film Sprout New York
Picture Motion, New York
Active Voice, San Francisco
Working Films, Wilmington, North Carolina, New York, and London
Cause & Affect, Los Angeles
MocaMedia, Houston
NewFilmMarketing, Los Angeles, CA
Kartemquin Films, Chicago

Impact Funders

Bertha Brit Doc Connect Fund
Ford Foundation Just Films
Fledgling Fund
Chicken and Egg
Catapault Film Fund
Sundance Institute Documentary Fund


Trembling Before G-d – Films That Change the World
Just Vision Budrus and My Neighbourhood
Julia Bacha Ted Talk – Pay Attention to non violence
The Invisible War and Fitzgibbon Media impact report
Gasland & Gasland 2 – impact report on Gasland by Brit Doc
Age of Stupid
Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji iview and Culture Unplugged
Queen of the Desert
The Tall Man
Go Back to Where you Came From
Rise of the Eco Warriors – see also Cathy Henkel’s AIDC talk on independent filmmaking
The Interrupters
Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Escape Fire
The House I Live In
God Loves Uganda
Blue Vinyl

Crowd Funding


Digital Distro & Video on Demand (VOD)

Distrify – video on demand platform you can embed in own site
Beama Films Australian online
Don’t You Have Docs – Melbourne based doc exchange group using Distrify
Hulu – VOD commercial
Netflix – VOD commercial
Gathr – Crowd booking theatrical distro
Tugg – Crowd booking theatrical distro
Screenburn – facebook video on demand platform; i haven’t researched many of these so not sure which ones are best


New Day Films – USA filmmaker distribution cooperative
Ronin Films – distributes all Big hART films
Antidote Films Australia

Evaluation and impact reports

• Brit Doc have published some great evaluations on the films An Inconvenient Truth, Gasland and Budrus among others.
Working Films – who are an all round inspiring outfit – have made a series of films about films making social change to answer How do social issue documentary films do more than just raise awareness?
• Harmony Institute have published this review of Bully’s impact on social media.
• Pray The Devil Back to Hell film has written a report on its impact
• Participant Media – who make feature films (Lincoln, Promised Land) and docos (An Inconvenient Truth, Food Inc) and now have a TV channel – have also written about their impact

Measuring Impact and articles about impact

Sparkwise is a new data collecting platform that is free and enables you to capture then transform your data in to graphics; I’ve just started playing with this with Queen of the Desert’s social media so I’ll keep you posted on what I think
• The Fledgling Fund has published ‘Assessing Creative Media’s Social Impact’ (PDF)
• Centre for Social Media has published ‘Social Justice Documentary Designing For Impact’ (PDF)
• Bay Area Video Coalition have just released their ‘Impact Playbook’ (PDF)
• Determining the Impact of Film and Video article regarding discussions at Media That Matters conference
• The Arts of Engagement interview with Working Films and Brit Doc about social engagement and impact

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  1. This is gold! This is going to be my holiday reading list! Can’t wait to go through all this (and catch up on your blog!)

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