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    Initiative connects journalists and filmmakers to enrich storytelling

    Nov. 20, 2014, 1:15 p.m., Posted by Jess Search

    Jess Search is CEO of the BRITDOC Foundation, which Knight Foundation supports to promote excellence in journalism. Video by BRITDOC Foundation on Vimeo.


    A few years ago here at the BRITDOC Foundation we began noticing the deepening relationship between journalism and documentary. It felt like a lot of long-form stories that used to be covered elsewhere were moving to documentary and that many younger people who would once have trained as journalists were more interested in making films.

    So we began to support - with the Bertha Foundation - films in this space, where storytelling and creative filmmaking meet journalism and investigation.  What we are learning is that journalists and documentary filmmakers have a great deal to gain from each other’s crafts and collaborations and that their work can be highly effective in creating social and political impact.  We hope to develop these ideas further and share them more widely with Knight’s support.

    Kevin MacDonald, who won the Academy Award for his film “One Day in September,” has said, “The demand for documentary material is being driven by a decline in trust of the news media. There are terrible things going on in journalism and one of the reasons that documentary is thriving is because journalism is in crisis.” News anchor Christiane Amanpour has gone further, saying “Independent documentary is the last refuge of journalism in America.”

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    100 Words Film Festival

    Nov. 20, 2014, 11:28 a.m., Posted by kbalcerek

    100 Words Film Festival. Shorts, an original film under 40 minutes, used to be a widely popular type of movie widely shown in conjunction with a major feature film in the early years of cinema. But with the extravagance of movie making these days both in...

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  • WeXchange returns to Miami to promote women’s high-growth entrepreneurship

    Nov. 20, 2014, 11:28 a.m., Posted by Susana Garcia-Robles

    WeXchange 2013 drew women from across Latin America and the Caribbean to Miami to network and pitch to potential investors.

    WeXchange is a forum organized by the Multilateral Investment Fund, a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group. It offers women entrepreneurs who operate in Latin America and the Caribbean opportunities to network with mentors, investors and each other. The second annual WeXchange forum, powered by Demand Solutions, will be held in Miami Dec. 11-12. Knight Foundation is among the event’s sponsors. Susana Garcia-Robles is principal investment officer in charge of the the Multilateral Investment Fund’s early-stage equity group.

    So much of the “conventional wisdom” about women entrepreneurs is just not true. Women do have a tolerance for risk. Women are highly motivated to start their own businesses. Women are starting businesses in high-tech fields. Women’s businesses are just as successful as men’s—under comparable conditions.

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