Learn how media can be a powerful tool to create the social change you want to see.

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Note: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom platform.
Class meets 6 Wednesdays, 4-6pm ET.

Are you passionate about immigrant rights, women’s rights, the environment, economic inequality, peace, LGBTQ rights, racism…?  Join Anne Lewis, an award-winning social documentary filmmaker, to go deeper into the issues and examine how media can be used to bring social change.

From propaganda to humor, this workshop explores the vision necessary to raise awareness and provoke action. Guest speakers include grassroots leaders and communicators. 

In addition to examining successful case studies, students will brainstorm ideas, cover events and/or discussions (even within their own families), and interview at least one local activist about their work in an area of social justice. Explore how to channel your passion about an issue into an inventive and expressive approach that can capture the imagination and attention of an audience.

The class will help you strategize, plan, and execute a short video project of your own of five minutes or less while using accessible tools (such as an iPhone) and free editing software.  

Leave empowered and better equipped to tell the stories you want to tell.

PLEASE NOTE: While no editing experience is necessary, class time will not be devoted to software issues.  If students have technical questions, the instructor will schedule 1:1 appointments to address them.

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Instructor: Anne Lewis

Anne Lewis is an independent award-winning social documentary filmmaker and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches documentary and film editing. She is associated with Appalshop Films, a media arts and cultural center located in Whitesburg, Kentucky, in the heart of the Central Appalachian Coalfields. Her work reveals working-class people fighting for social change. Anne was associate director/assistant camera for HARLAN COUNTY, U.S.A., the Academy Award-winning documentary about the Brookside strike. After the strike, she moved to the eastern Kentucky coalfields where she lived for 25 years.