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ISBN-10: 0190943424
ISBN-13: 9780190943424
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date: 09/03/2020
Dimensions: 9.20" L, 6.10" W, 0.70" H

Story Movements: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social Change

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Overview

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: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social
Change, 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.

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Reviews

Those researching and writing about documentary films will find in this book a wealth of information. – B. Ghilardi, CHOICE


A pivotal study of the novel understanding of documentary and non-fiction genres in the new millennium. – Modern Times Review


Story Movements should be in the toolbox for all the change-maker-minded. Borum Chattoo's command of language, filled with clarity and passion, makes her readers want to pick up the camera, tell their stories, and change the world. This multi-disciplinary book is essential for academics,
filmmakers, philanthropists, media distributors and any practitioner, from climatologist to social worker, seeking an understanding of the power that documentaries can wield. – Journalism


Combining insightful storytelling with the analytical clarity of academic research, the book makes a compelling argument for documentaries as increasingly important avenues of supporting social change. – Journal of Public Interest Communications


Profoundly illuminating. – Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly


An engaging volume that should appeal to scholars and practitioners alike. – International Journal of Communication


A comprehensive look at the various ways docs have contributed to positive social change in the US. – International Documentary Association


Story Movements couldn't be more timely. In the midst of a global pandemic that is revealing systemic social inequities; when nations around the world face economic crisis; and streets fill with protestors, governments spread misinformation, and social media fuels conspiracy theories and racist
tropes – we are deeply in need of powerful, trustworthy, extensively researched, nuanced documentaries aiming to set the record straight, shine a light on misdeeds, offer counter-narratives to official stories, and change conversations, spark action and mobilize movements.... an inspiring read for
doc filmmakers, enthusiasts and activists. – Lisa Leeman, Documentary Magazine


Caty Borum Chattoo's book provides crucial insight into the ripple effect of documentaries that deal with social issues. It is amazing, upon reflection, to see how personal stories have nudged the conscience of the world. A must-read for anyone interested in social change and the relevancy of the
documentary form. – Sheila Nevins, Executive Producer, MTV Documentary Films


Documentaries have the power to entertain and educate – and, in the right hands, inspire people to take action on the most pressing issues of our day. The genie is out of the bottle, and we are just beginning to understand the ways nonfiction shapes our cultural and political landscape. Caty Borum
Chattoo's examination of the power of documentary is as timely as it is welcome – Stanley Nelson, Documentary Director and Founder, Firelight Media


Story Movements rises above the gloom of cynicism and rage with our media to celebrate the voices in real stories artfully told. Social documentaries draw the contours and complexities of people and issues, and throw open shades drawn against humanity by cynics, charlatans, shouters. Caty Borum
Chattoo's beautiful book reminds us that everything changes, except for these authentic stories and their thundering role in democracy. – Sally Jo Fifer, President and CEO, Independent Television Service


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Details

ISBN-10: 0190943424
ISBN-13: 9780190943424
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date: 09/03/2020
Dimensions: 9.20" L, 6.10" W, 0.70" H
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