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#AFIDOCS Panel – Content that Matters, Engagement that Counts

The American Film Institute‘s Documentary Festival, AFIDOCS, was held June 18th-22nd in Washington, DC. The 5-day festival took place in various venues throughout the city and at the AFI Silver Theatre. The festival highlighted documentary film as a medium that harnesses the potential to inspire change.
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Build Community from Day One

During a recent panel at the 10th Anniversary of Docs in Progress, I encouraged filmmakers to begin building community or audience around their project from day one. Here are some reasons why:
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We’re All Characters in Life’s Great Narrative

On March 22nd, I was privileged to be one of sixteen incredible speakers selected to give a TEDx Talk at Furman University.

In my talk, I discussed my once tumultuous relationship with my father. I explained that it was not until I learned to appreciate the multiple dimensions of his character, was I able to humanize him and  restore our father-daughter bond.

That realization led me to an incredible moment of clarity where I discovered that ultimately we’re all characters in life’s great narrative. Continue Reading

User Generated Content: How to Actually Receive Submissions

During the Q&A session of a recent talk about transmedia that I gave at Confab MN, someone in the audience asked about ways to get audiences to submit content. Her organization wanted to collect stories related to their mission and wanted to know some best practices. Continue Reading

Slavery By Another Name’s Open Society Campaign

We co-created the educational component for Slavey By Another Name, the documentary film produced by Twin Cities Public Television, directed by Sam Pollard and based on the book by Douglas A. Blackmon.

We’re happy to share that the film is now the focus of a new education project from tpt National Productions, Slavery by Another Name: Digital Storytelling. This initiative is funded by the Open Society Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

The project will educate African American and Latino boys and their teachers about this shameful and little-known chapter in American history. The yearlong initiative will include professional development workshops led by our own Felicia Pride and will be held in New York and Jackson, Mississippi.

Felicia will kick-off the project at the end of February by moderating an online OVEE screening and panel discussion to introduce the initiative to a wide group of educators and encourage them to participate in workshops and use the educational materials in their classrooms.

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Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth to Premiere in the US on PBS

Arguably one of the most preeminent authors and activists of our time, Alice Walker’s life’s work is equally compelling and inspirational. Filmmaker Pratibha Parmar, beautifully captures Walker’s influence in her new documentary, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, which chronicles Walker’s extraordinary journey from her birth in a paper-thin shack in cotton fields of Putnam County, Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th Century.

We’re doubly excited about this new film project as we’ll be collaborating with the filmmakers on developing an educational component for the film and executing various engagement activities including social media and strategy. We hope you’ll tune in to watch the film on PBS American Masters on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 9 pm EST.

The film offers audiences a truly penetrating look at the life and art of an artist, a self-confessed renegade and human rights activist. If you’re planning to watch, we also encourage you to follow along and chat with us as we live tweet using the hashtag #beautyintruth.

Media that Matters Conference 2014

Our pc partners are doing lots of great things in 2014 and we’re happy to be in the mix. In a few short weeks, we’ll be front and center as The Center for Media and Social Impact at American University (CMSi) hosts their 10th Annual Media that Matters (MTM) Conference.

Held each year, the MTM Conference is designed for established and aspiring filmmakers, nonprofit communication leaders, funders, and students who want to learn and share cutting-edge practices to make their media matter. This year the conference will take the form of various workshop options. The two-day conference will be held February 6-7, 2014.

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From StoriesLab: Speaker James Carter talks Transmedia Storytelling for Engagement

From StoriesLab is a series that highlights the wonderful work of the speakers featured at StoriesLab. Registration is open for this half-day interactive exploration into the possibilities of story.

Ever had a slight panic attack trying to figure out the best way to tell your organization’s story across multiple media platforms?

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From StoriesLab: Speaker Jessica Clark Discusses Measuring Impact of Cross Media Projects

From StoriesLab is a series that highlights the wonderful work of the speakers featured at StoriesLabRegistration is open for this half-day interactive exploration into the possibilities of story.

You know that phrase, “all politics is local”? Well, while the sentiment can carry multiple interpretations, the overarching theme is that the most impact happens on the ground level.

AIR recently announced the results of a highly anticipated new initiative called Localore which echoes this very concept, applying it to public media innovation, and aligning with an overarching goal to reinvigorate local news. Jessica Clark, media strategist at AIR, and StoriesLab speaker helped to make the initiative a reality.

The recently launched Localore.net showcases the inventive projects that AIR producers have led at 10 stations across the country.

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You’re Invited: StoriesLab

Part of the goal for our StoriesLead initiative is to set the stage for those aha! storytelling moments.

That’s why we hail ourselves as catalysts for great storytelling, because we want to provide a multilayered platform where innovations in storytelling are front and center.

Enter StoriesLab. A half-day interactive exploration into the possibilities of story, StoriesLab is a project of StoriesLead and co-presented by Pride Collaborative and the Center for Social Media.

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diy days NYC, Here We Come!

In a few weeks we’re hitting the road and heading to The Big Apple for diy days NYC.

Presented by Reboot Stories and the New School, diy days is best described as “a roving gathering for those who create.” In a series of talks and workshops, creative minds from all over will collide.

The goal? To spark dialogue, experimentation, and  hopefully collaboration, surrounding the latest ideas about funding, creating, distribution, and sustainability of creative efforts.

The best part? You get to access this gold mine of creativity for free. The event is  organized completely by volunteers and is cost-free to participants. Think of it as a kind of open-source platform for creative innovation.

We are particularly excited this year because we’ll be  helping to tell the story of the event through social media. Storytelling, participation, and media? In heaven.

Last year, our own Felicia P presented on extending a project’s reach through education and was a member of an international team that created an ebook to chronicle the narrative of diy days NYC. The book, which you can download here for free, is part of LEARN DO SHARE, a documentation and learning resource about narrative experiments and social innovation efforts ventured at diy days.

One last thing. Maybe you have some creative prowess of your own that you just can’t keep to yourself. If you’re eager to share your expertise with others, then you should know that the event’’s Creative Sparks Presentation has slots to be filled. Selected speakers will be given 10 minutes and 10 slides to present something inspiring and innovative with the chance to win micro grants, mentorship, and 30 days of free office space.

In a nutshell, diy days is a lab, playground, and learning center for the creative.

Hope to see you there.

Hanging out with Transmedia Players

Last week PC’s resource and education initiative, StoriesLead, tuned in to the first InterActs Live Hangout event by way of Google+ Hangouts.

The engaging conversation brought together transmedia players across disciplines to discuss how they utilize various platforms to engage audiences.
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How I Pulled Off an Epic Storytelling Event (and You Can, Too)

by: Felicia Pride

In June, I left New York for Washington, D.C. It’s no secret: New York is bursting with opportunity, especially for those of us who work in media. I knew what I was leaving behind in the Big Apple—a growing ecosystem for media and story innovation, areas where I’ve focused energy for the last few years.

Landing in D.C., I was desperate to find a similar ecosystem. Of course this was the wrong approach, trying to fit the city into a New York box, without embracing its individuality. So when I removed unfounded expectations, I found talented storytellers producing highly creative projects, progressive institutions using media to engage audiences in fresh ways, and more.

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Innovations in Storytelling Captured on Video

Back in November as part of DC Week 2012, we wrangled up some great speakers to share their expertise on innovations in storytelling. Hosted by our founder and chief content officer, Felicia Pride, the event included dynamic featured projects which highlighted technological advances that have allowed storytellers to explore new platforms.

It was our pleasure to have the chance to showcase the cutting-edge work of these skillful storytellers. That’s why we call our StoriesLead initiative a catalyst for great storytelling. Whether you’re an organization, an individual creative, or a story lover, our goal is to fill-in the gaps and serve as an impetus for creating stories that rock.

Be sure to stay tuned because we’re always working on more ideas, tips, and resources!

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When Story Turned Social – PC to Host Social Media Week Event

Hey all you Facebookers, Tweeters, Google Plusers and the like, have we got a treat for you! In just a few short weeks Social Media Week will be upon us.

If you haven’t already heard, this massive, multi-event, event has quickly become the authority on the social media terrain. Their mission? To help people and organizations connect through collaboration, learning and the sharing of ideas and information.

The week-long affair, whose bragging rights claim 100k members in 26 cities across the globe, will offer a smörgåsbord of events for attendees to sink their teeth into. We at PC are stoked to be organizing one of the events for the DC-based conference through our StoriesLead project.  We invite you to come join the party at what we’ve titled: When Story Turned Social: At the Intersection of Story and Social Media.

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IJNET Highlights Pride Collaborative in 5 Tips for Transmedia Storytelling

Pride Collaborative’s Anatomy of a Story Webinar and DC Week’s Story Innovation event were mentioned in IJNET’s recent article offering useful tips on transmedia storytelling.

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Felicia Pride to Speak at Confab 2013

London will be the backdrop to host the 2013 Confab Conference from March 25th-27th. Our very own, Felicia Pride, will be among the many dynamic speakers set to grace the stage at the event.

The Confab Programme is a content strategy conference that spans over three days. Two days of presentations are followed by a full day of workshops.  Whether you be an experienced professional or a newbie just breaking on the scene, this event will have something for everyone.

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