The Impact Roundtable: Moviemakers On Social Action Films that Matter

Many of the subjects featured in the discussion were members of the online documentarian community, Doculink. These moviemakers have recently made socially and environmentally themed films with the intent of sparking awareness and change. Primarily, we wanted to know how working moviemakers, with a range of budgets, generated and measured the impact of their films – the perennial challenge for activist artists of any kind. We also wanted to know what inspired them to use film as a medium for positive change, and if they had any advice for aspiring documentarians with a passionate need to right a social or environmental wrong.

The following roundtable features the highlights of our discussion (for Portello’s full article, check out our Spring issue.) The Doculink moviemakers that participated are:

  • Sue Wilson, writer, producer, and director of Broadcast Blues, an award-winning documentary film about how our broadcast media system became broken and what we can do about it.
  • Scott Ryan, director and producer of Manifesto, a documentary series about creating change in the lives of everyday people through their own personal manifestos.
  • Robert Bahar, producer and writer of Made in L.A., an Emmy award-winning feature documentary that follows three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a major clothing retailer.
  • Ines Sommer, director, producer, and cinematographer of Beneath the Blindfold, a documentary about four torture survivors and their attempts to rebuild their lives.
  • Holly Mosher ( of HummingbirdVanishing of the BeesFree For All, and most recently Pay 2 Play, a film about pay-to-play politics in the United States…

Read the rest of The Impact Roundtable: Moviemakers On Social Action Films that Matter, originally posted in MovieMaker Magazine.