Documentaries & Social Change

The renaissance of documentary films is having real impact and influence on social change. How can documentaries best achieve this purpose? How can filmmakers be best equipped to operate in today’s vastly expanded digital space, including navigating difficult issues of “fair” and “transformative” use? Hosted by: Jeremy Kagan, award-winning filmmaker and founder of Change Making Media Lab at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC. With: master filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, (Racing Extinction, The Cove); Jennifer Taylor, multiple award-winning documentarian (Paulina, Home Front, New Muslim Cool); Shaun Spalding, leading intellectual property attorney at New Media Rights; Stephen Most, award-winning writer, filmmaker, playwright and author of Stories Make the World, Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary.

Sausalito Room

October 18th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm



Jeremy Kagan
Director, Writer and Producer
USC’s School of Cinematic Arts
Louie Psihoyos
Executive Director
Oceanic Preservation Society
Shaun Spalding
Assistant Director
New Media Rights
Stephen Most
Jennifer Taylor
Associate Professor
UC Santa Cruz
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