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Sep 11, 2013 | Post by: dodge No Comments

Nonprofit Video: A Tool for Change

I recently created a 5 part panel series in Washington DC to help nonprofit organizations turn their videos into a tool for change. With expert speakers, many from nonprofits themselves, the panels will focus on the following issues: where to find money for nonprofit video, how to build a robust video strategy, how to work with media professionals, how to turn video into an advocacy tool and innovative uses of nonprofit video.

The series will be held every Friday morning from September 20th through October 18th from 9:00-10:30am at Busboys and Poets on 14th and V in Washington DC. The sessions are affordable and if you sign up for all five, you receive a 20% discount!

Learn more about the event here.

See the incredible panelists here.

And register here

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Mar 29, 2013 | Post by: dodge No Comments

The Impact of Films and Videos

This year’s theme of the Media That Matters conference presented by American University focused on how to measure the impact of social change films. A discussion that is incredibly important and relevant as measurement helps inform whether what we are doing is actually working.

In my new blog post, I list some of my take-aways from the conference and offer tips on how to build a measurment strategy around videos and film. Check it out here.



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Feb 08, 2013 | Post by: dodge No Comments

Presenting at GWU

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking to a documentary film production class at George Washington University (GWU). I showed some clips from past projects and we talked a lot about lighting. I was grateful to have the opportunity to do a little teaching as well as answer some really great questions posed by the students. Favorite questions included, “What do you do when everything you planned or expected falls apart?” or “Have you ever had a source who would not talk to you?” and “How do you get people to trust you when your in their face with a camera?”

I think we have some great documentarians in the making!



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Feb 08, 2013 | Post by: dodge No Comments

Engagement Means Relationship-Building

I recently conducted an interview with Felicia Pride of the Pride Collaborative about how to increase engagement, retain our video audience, and build long lasting supporters. The goal, drive impact.

Check out the new post on The Video Effect.

(Photo courtesy of PBS Slavery By Another Name)



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Jan 10, 2013 | Post by: dodge No Comments

Video Strategy: Engage Local Leaders

Video, when used on a targeted local level can be very effective in generating impact. In my recent interview with Peter Stonier, Senior Director of Visual Storytelling at Conservation International (CI), he explains that by engaging local leaders they are creating films that achieve actual conservation results. Pretty Amazing! How do they do it? Read the full blog post to learn about their creative strategies.

The blog, The Video Effect, focuses on exploring how to leverage video or visual media for greater social change. Basically, how do we turn our videos into the advocacy tools we need them to be. Keep checking the blog or subscribe as I will be posting more interviews with key experts in the field.

(PHOTO: Illegal fishing is a major problem in Sierra Leone. by ©Tommy Trenchard/IRIN)



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Oct 16, 2012 | Post by: dodge No Comments

Creating Video Variety

Video variety allows non-profits to reach wider audiences, multiply distribution channels, and generate greater impact. By giving viewers a constant stream of new and different visual information, nonprofits can paint a more comprehensive picture of who they are and what they do. Take it from the International Rescue Committee (IRC). They have been using video diversity as a strategy and it is working. Read the new interview with Ruth Fertig, Online Community Builder at the IRC.

The interview is posted on my new blog, The Video Effect, which focuses on exploring how to leverage video or visual media for greater social change. Basically, how do we turn our videos into the advocacy tools we need them to be. Keep checking the blog or subscribe as I will be posting more interviews with key experts in the field.

(Photo by Ned Colt/IRC)



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Jul 26, 2012 | Post by: dodge No Comments

The Backpack Journalism Approach

I recently interviewed Bill Gentile of American University and Lee Poston of the World Wildlife Fund for my new blog, The Video Effect. They spoke about how to create great stories using the backpack journalism approach. Check it out here.

The Video Effect blog focuses on exploring how to leverage video or visual media for social or environmental change. Basically, how do we turn our videos into the advocacy tools we need them to be. Keep checking the blog or subscribe as I will be posting more interviews with key experts in the field.

(Photo courtesy of Bill Gentile)



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Apr 10, 2012 | Post by: dodge No Comments

Pageant Promotes Multi-cultural Exchange

I recently finished a short video for the Racines Heritage Foundation exploring the Little Malaika Pageant, a multi-cultural event that promotes cross-cultural exchange among children. Malaika means “angel” in the African language of Swahili so Little Malakia means Little Angels.

Children, from diverse backgrounds, shared their talents, insights and cultural heritage throughout the day’s events. Proceeds from the pageant support education in Africa, both girls education and special education for children with autism.

Click here to watch the 3 1/2 minute micro-documentary video.



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Oct 31, 2011 | Post by: dodge No Comments

Bhutanese Refugees Keep Cultural Traditions Alive

Members of the Bhutanese refugee community in Maryland gathered together on Saturday, October 22 to enjoy a youth-sponsored cultural event filled with song, dance, food and fun.

As a volunteer with the International Rescue Committee of Silver Spring (IRC), I work closely with one Bhutanese refugee family, helping them navigate their resettlement into the United States. I was honored to be invited to this event and partake in this day of celebration.



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Sep 27, 2011 | Post by: dodge No Comments

Join the Paper Doll Campaign!

Female condoms are vital in the fight against HIV/AIDS, but they still only account for less than one percent of the global condom supply. They remain unavailable and unaffordable to millions of people.

If you’re in the Washington D.C. area consider attending the Paper Doll campaign and show your support for increased female condom distribution. The event will be hosted by the global health organization PATH, the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), and Universal Access to Female Condoms Joint Programme (UAFC).



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