Filmmakers and journalists have long recognized the important role that storytelling and “voice” have in expanding perspectives and fostering a collective conversation, a practice that is all the more urgent in the age of siloed newsfeeds and assaults on “media elites.” This panel examines a fast-developing trend that builds narrative agency from the ground up, in an effort to reach the unlikely viewer: the emergence of first-person and community initiated storytelling. Affordable and readily available technology, for one, is bringing those living an experience into the investigative process, and opening new channels for them to tell their own stories. We’ll hear about unique collaborations between reporters, filmmakers and residents, as well as strategic supporters developing skills and outlets for citizen journalists. We’ll also explore what happens when a filmmaker shares a distinct vulnerability with her subject, and uses personal experience as the starting point of a cinematic investigation.
Session Category : 2017