Cinema Of Change

Cinema Of Change We are a social impact entertainment magazine that explores social change - and all of the challenges that come with it. For narrative as well as documentary filmmakers.

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06/07/2020
Gravitas Ventures

Gravitas Ventures

From executive producer Ice-T, the new documentary “Public Enemy Number One” is a resource to learn about the racist U.S. drug policies from the Nixon administration to the present day. Pre-order now on Apple for only $6.99 for a limited time of 72 hours >>> apple.co/375gfE1

While many of us are at home, this time allows for reflection. Is there a business case for Social Impact Entertainment?...
05/18/2020
Are movies with positive messages better than those without?

While many of us are at home, this time allows for reflection. Is there a business case for Social Impact Entertainment? Here's a quantitative analysis to answer your questions.

When I'm thinking about what movies I enjoy, I rarely consider whether they have a positive message or contain positive role models. But on a subconscious level, I'm sure these factors play a part in how much satisfaction I get from the flick. For example, I enjoyed The Wolf of Wall Street but felt....

As a last minute reminder to our fellow impact producers, producers, directors and writers: _Tomorrow_ is the deadline t...
02/20/2020
Hollywood Delegation Invite.pdf

As a last minute reminder to our fellow impact producers, producers, directors and writers: _Tomorrow_ is the deadline to sign up for the SBCC Summit in Morocco.

Here's a private invite to our "Hollywood Delegation" - message our co-founder Tobias Deml if you want to join us (and bring enough industry experience to the table). It's a sizeable investment in your impact education (Flight from the US + $725 for the summit), but we've seen a ton of these kinds of events and the SBCC Summit is by far the deepest pocket of impact knowledge on the globe. Supported by Cinema Of Change, Prodigium Pictures and the PGA Social Impact Entertainment Task Force.

02/12/2020
VIBE Arts

VIBE Arts

This year’s Toronto Black Film Festival - TBFF kicks off in a few days and we are excited to co-present the Canadian Premiere of STRIVE by Robert Rippberger. Share this post for your chance to WIN 2 tickets to the screening! #TBFF2020

Sundance opened this year with an incredibly honest, personal, hilarious, perverted and powerful documentary about a gro...
01/24/2020
"Crip Camp": Unified Disability opens Sundance 2020 - Cinema of Change

Sundance opened this year with an incredibly honest, personal, hilarious, perverted and powerful documentary about a group of teenagers with disabilities that start out as summer camp buddies and end up holding the longest occupation of a federal building in U.S. History. Here's our take on why you should watch the movie, and what the film missed.

What happens when a bunch of teenagers go to summer camp in their height of puberty? The wreak havoc, have a great time, try some contraband drugs, and fool around with each other in a virginity-defying quest for adulthood. What happens if these teenagers have Polio, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, S...

A systemic issue that plagues the film and television industry in recent decades - skewing towards allowing more financi...
01/13/2020
Hollywood Assistants Are Fed Up and No Longer Afraid to Say So

A systemic issue that plagues the film and television industry in recent decades - skewing towards allowing more financially privileged feet in the door -, and isn't well-known outside the industry: The working conditions for assistants.

Emboldened by #MeToo, entry-level workers in the entertainment industry have banded together for more money and better behavior from their bosses.

Good news filmmakers! After an interesting outcry of leading filmmakers over the past three years about Smart TVs destro...
01/06/2020
Filmmaker Mode | Experience UHD | Ultra High-Definition Premium™

Good news filmmakers! After an interesting outcry of leading filmmakers over the past three years about Smart TVs destroying cinematic images with arbitrary "improvements" such as brightening and noise treatments, the UHD Alliance announced the Filmmaker mode in August.

Now, LG electronics announced at their CES press conference that this mode will be available in every device in their 2020 line-up. Its ready to go!
www.filmmakermode.com

Filmmakers, Hollywood Studios, consumer electronics companies and the UHD Alliance have collaborated to make this next-level home theater viewing experience possible. By disabling all post-processing (e.g. motion smoothing, etc.) and preserving the correct aspect ratios, colors and frame rates, Film...

Given the current climate, a podcast not to be missed. Director/Writer Daniel Ragussis with former Neo-Nazi TM Garret.
08/15/2019
Imperium invoking empathy to shine light on domestic terrorism - Cinema of Change

Given the current climate, a podcast not to be missed. Director/Writer Daniel Ragussis with former Neo-Nazi TM Garret.

This Cinema of Change podcast is with Daniel Ragussis, writer/director/producer of Imperium starring Daniel Radcliffe, that centers around an FBI agent who infiltrates a white supremacist group to uncover a domestic terror plot. Though initially Radcliffe’s character, Nate Foster, suspects the obv...

HBO leads the way in impact filmmaking both in front of and behind the camera. Find out more here and subscribe to the C...
08/09/2019
HBO's Chance Morrison on Storytelling and Corporate Social Responsibility - Cinema of Change

HBO leads the way in impact filmmaking both in front of and behind the camera. Find out more here and subscribe to the Cinema of Change podcast.

“You are serving up medicine to people. You should be responsible enough to give people directions on how to take that medicine.” Chance Morrison is a passionate advocate for impactful cinema, serving on the board of Bowery Residents Committee as Junior Board Chairwoman, creating the Ask Chance ...

08/02/2019
www.who.int

With such a divide between those who make film and public health, papers like these are a must read. #13reasonswhy

https://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/resource_media.pdf

07/16/2019
Norah O'Donnell on the legacy of "CBS Evening News"

Norah O'Donnell on the legacy of "CBS Evening News"

At the end of her first show as anchor of "CBS Evening News," Norah O'Donnell reflected on the legacy of journalists at CBS News. One was Edward R. Murrow.

A bit about USC and their approach to Cinema of Change.
07/16/2019
What is UCS' Media Institute for Social Change? - Cinema of Change

A bit about USC and their approach to Cinema of Change.

The Media Institute for Social Change, known as MISC, is a production and research institute at the USC School of Cinematic Arts focused on using media as a tool for effecting social change. Founded in 2013 by Michael Taylor, a producer and Professor in the School’s famed Film & Television Product...

06/13/2019
Striver's Row

The first feature film resulting out of our efforts at Cinema Of Change: Striver's Row had its trailer released and is playing this weekend in Miami and San Francisco!

The "Strive" trailer is out - feel free to share away!

Story: Kalani (JoiStaRR) is a teenager living in Harlem, New York with her older brother Jacob and her younger sister Bebe while her mother struggles to make ends meet. Her college counselor Mr. Rose (Danny Glover) sees great promise in her future.
As Kalani's siblings get caught in a myriad of problems, Kalani teeters on the brink of ruin as she struggles to keep both her family and her dream of getting into Yale intact. Strive reminds us that hard work, optimism, and perseverance in the face of overwhelming adversity is the essence of what it is to be alive.

Produced by Scott Rosenfelt (MYSTIC PIZZA, HOME ALONE, SMOKE SIGNALS). Written by Piper Dellums (Disney's THE COLOR OF FRIENDSHIP) and Harlem Native Sha-Risse Smith. Directed/Produced by Robert Rippberger (7 DAYS IN SYRIA). Starring Grammy Nominated Joi "JoiStaRR" Campbell, Shaylin Becton (FRESH OFF THE BOAT, BROADWAY’S THE LION KING), Danny Glover (THE COLOR PURPLE, LETHAL WEAPON, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU), Chelsea Lee Williams, and Ricky Flowers Jr. . Music by Warryn Campbell (9 time Grammy Winner producing for Alicia Keys, Mary Mary, Missy Elliot, and Kanye).
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06/03/2019
Officer Deon Joseph

Officer Deon Joseph

Dear Hollywood...You are hurting us all.

So I talked to a man yesterday who says his 12 year old daughter, overnight developed a fear of police officers based on watching one Netflix series called “The Hate You Give.” I told him that was the goal of the film and others. To create an atmosphere of hatred and fear toward police officers based on the actions of a few to push an agenda. After meeting me and talking about my career, he was excited to go home and tell his daughter the side of police work no one wants to show on tv, social media, or the news.

Dear Hollywood, media and social media;. I’m not asking you to portray us as angels who can do no wrong. But what you are doing now is making it so hard for us to hire cops (Especially people of color), gain community trust, and make a lasting difference in crime ridden communities.

You are actually creating the primers that breed unnecessary confrontations, and division among communities we desperately want to help who do need us.

There is an honorable rule in my profession that deserves some attention so there can be balance.

Just something to chew on for you, if you care.

Podcast with Stacy Traub, show-runner/EP/writer of The Real O'Neils, Glee, and Blackish. Offering a very interesting per...
06/01/2019
Stacy Traub: The Impact Of Writing a Modern Sitcom - Cinema of Change

Podcast with Stacy Traub, show-runner/EP/writer of The Real O'Neils, Glee, and Blackish. Offering a very interesting perspective on TV shows making an immediate impact.

Subscribe to Podcast   Welcome to the Cinema of Change podcast with Tobias Deml and Robert Rippberger. Cinema of Change is a magazine and community that challenges the conventions of film and its ability to effect change in the world. This episode is an interview with television producer-writer Sta...

A good way to look back at last year:
03/19/2019
The 15 most significant social impact films of 2018 - USC News

A good way to look back at last year:

The Media Institute for Social Change at the USC School of Cinematic Arts identifies 15 movies that not only entertain but expand our understanding, change our perspective and challenge us to do something.

An interesting perspective - who are the tastemakers, and how does their demographic composition affect viewership, cens...
03/07/2019
Men vastly outnumber women in film criticism. Here are the movies affected most.

An interesting perspective - who are the tastemakers, and how does their demographic composition affect viewership, censorship and promotion of minority-featuring content?
What we do know is that most critics are male - 77.8% on Rotten Tomatoes at least, as the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found.

Seventy-eight percent of critics are men — but films like “Ocean’s 8” and “The Zookeeper’s Wife” are much preferred by female critics.

More, more, more: After a great event at The Producers Guild of America, we were able to identify 10 new organizations a...
02/12/2019
The Cinema of Change Ecosystem - Cinema of Change

More, more, more: After a great event at The Producers Guild of America, we were able to identify 10 new organizations and companies for the Cinema Of Change ecosystem.

If you're looking to make a dent in history, here are 130+ powerful allies for you:

Cinema of Change Ecosystem – Overview Research Institutions (11) Center for Media & Social Impact Development Impact Evaluation Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media Harmony Institute John Hopkins Communication Programs Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment The Global Media Center for So...

Take a look at the relative changes of genres over the years. Fascinating!
02/07/2019

Take a look at the relative changes of genres over the years. Fascinating!

There were claims that Gillette censored comments and dislikes - but nobody had proof.Our original research shows that G...
01/22/2019
Can We Believe The Gillette Ad? - Cinema of Change

There were claims that Gillette censored comments and dislikes - but nobody had proof.
Our original research shows that Gillette potentially set a record in relative comment deletions - measured among 8 other "Most Disliked" videos in YouTube history.

In this article, one of our writers has suggestions for how Gillette could have done better strategically to make an impact on men's identity without alienating them.

How the impact ad alienated its core customer base and potentially set a record by deleting a third of its 500,000 YouTube comments

08/16/2018
Cycle

If you ever wondered about the experience that people of color have at esteemed universities - Netflix provides an inside perspective.
This is, coincidentally, the very subject that the latest Cinema of Change narrative feature film, Striver's Row, thematizes.

“Black people do belong at Yale.”

Interested in Entertainment Law? Check out our podcast with Mark Litwak, a veteran entertainment attorney in charge of a...
05/25/2018
Filmmaking Pitfalls in Deal-Making and Distribution - Cinema of Change

Interested in Entertainment Law?

Check out our podcast with Mark Litwak, a veteran entertainment attorney in charge of assisting filmmakers in arranging, financing, marketing and distributing their films.

Subscribe to Podcast Welcome to the Cinema of Change podcast with Tobias Deml and Robert Rippberger. Cinema of Change is a magazine and community that challenges the conventions of film and its ability to effect change in the world. This episode is an interview with entertainment attorney Mark Li....

Since the 21st century, American cinema has made concerted efforts to remake global features, but how does the translati...
05/22/2018
Translated Screams - Cinema of Change

Since the 21st century, American cinema has made concerted efforts to remake global features, but how does the translation of international horror films play into Hollywood culture and its depiction of women?

“Film schools get a bad reputation. It could be because Werner Herzog says they are a waste of time and money, because S...
05/20/2018
Are Film Schools Doing Enough? - Cinema of Change

“Film schools get a bad reputation. It could be because Werner Herzog says they are a waste of time and money, because Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Sir Ridley Scott, Peter Jackson, David Fincher, and Paul Thomas Anderson didn’t go or dropped out no later than the first day, or because those that do enroll, emerge under a mountain of debt.”

Thinking about going to Film School? Check out the article our editor, Robert Rippberger wrote about film schools and their potential.

Film schools get a bad reputation. It could be because Werner Herzog says they are a waste of time and money, because Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Sir Ridley Scott, Peter Jackson, David Fincher, and Paul Thomas Anderson didn’t go or dropped out no later than the first day, or because those tha...

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