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Story Movements

Caty Borum Chattoo

Warwick’s presents
Caty Borum Chattoo
in conversation with Simon Kilmurry

Story Movements

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 4:00pm PST

Story Movements
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On Tuesday, December 8th at 4:00pm PST Warwick's will host Caty Borum Chattoo as she discusses her new book, Story Movements: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social Change, in conversation with Simon Kilmurry. Caty Borum Chattoo is Executive Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI) and Assistant Professor at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. She is an award-winning documentary producer, scholar, professor and strategist working at the intersection of social change communication, documentary and entertainment storytelling. Her book about the role of mediated comedy in social change, A Comedian and An Activist Walk Into a Bar: The Serious Role of Comedy in Social Justice, with co-author Lauren Feldman, was published by University of California Press (2020). Her documentaries have aired in the U.S. and abroad, and she serves on the Board of Directors of The Peabody Awards, Kartemquin Films, and Working Films.

Only a few years after the 2013 Sundance Film Festival premiere of Blackfish - an independent documentary film that critiqued the treatment of orcas in captivity - visits to SeaWorld declined, major corporate sponsors pulled their support, and performing acts canceled appearances. The steady drumbeat of public criticism, negative media coverage, and unrelenting activism became known as the "Blackfish Effect." In 2016, SeaWorld announced a stunning corporate policy change - the end of its profitable orca shows.

In an evolving networked era, social-issue documentaries like Blackfish are art for civic imagination and social critique. Today's documentaries interrogate topics like sexual assault in the U.S. military (The Invisible War), racial injustice (13th), government surveillance (Citizenfour), and more. Artistic nonfiction films are changing public conversations, influencing media agendas, mobilizing communities, and capturing the attention of policymakers - accessed by expanding audiences in a transforming media marketplace. In Story Movements, producer and scholar Caty Borum Chattoo explores how documentaries disrupt dominant cultural narratives through complex, creative, often investigative storytelling. Featuring original interviews with award-winning documentary filmmakers and field leaders, the book reveals the influence and motivations behind the vibrant, eye-opening stories of the contemporary documentary age.

Simon Kilmurry is the executive director of the International Documentary Association (IDA). He oversees all IDA programs and operations, including filmmaker services, funding, educational programs, the IDA Awards, IDA’s Getting Real conference, and advocacy for the field. In 2017 he launched IDA’s Enterprise Documentary Fund, a $1 million annual fund supporting documentary journalism.

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ISBN: 9780190943424
Availability: Usually Ships From Store in 3-5 Business Days (East Coast Fulfillment May take 7-10 Business Days)
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - September 3rd, 2020