Media has always played an important role around the globe. We live in a world of influence and social change - and as filmmakers, we want to contribute to a better world.
The question is: How can we make better films that accelerate progress and help people become stronger critical thinkers? How can we expose issues that are important, and publish content that challenges popular conceptions?
These podcasts along with the cinema of change magazine take a multidisciplinary approach and interviews filmmakers, psychologists, researchers and academics. It analyzes success stories of films that had an impact, and portrays companies that are following this path.
Cinema of Change is a platform to bring impact filmmakers together to share ideas and to challenge our assumptions through debate.
Jeanette Milio: Financing your Film
Jeanette Millo is a Producer with 20 years of experience, born and raised in Germany, currently teaching Film Finance at USC. Her students have inspired her to write her new book, Entertainment Finance Today. We talk about what it was like to break into Hollywood as a Native German, the importance of weighing the story you want to tell against what it can make, and how to tell impactful stories.
Daniel Ragussis on Ideology and Radicalization
On this episode of the podcast Ragussis talks about what drove him to create the film. He talks about how he humanized the characters in the film by understanding their ideology and displaying qualities beyond just their views.
This week we're also joined by special guest (TM), a former member of the white supremacist movement from Germany who advises on how best to reform and save those on the path to radicalization. TM discusses his own experiences and how they relate to what's portrait in the film.
Chance Morrison: Content Responsibility
Chance Morrison has worked at HBO for 11 years, holding various positions and currently working in the department for Corporate Social Responsibility.
Chance works on impact campaigns for all HBO content, ranging from Sesame Street to Euphoria.
Stacy Traub: The Impact When Writing a Modern Sitcom
This week on the Cinema of Change podcast we’re talking with writer and show-runner Stacy Traub. Stacy Traub has worked as a writer and show-runner on shows like, Glee, Trophy Wife, The Real O'Neals, and Black-ish.
Mark Litwak: Filmmaking Pitfalls in Deal-Making and Distribution
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 Litwak called, "Filmmaking Pitfalls in Deal-Making and Distribution."
Mark Litwak is a veteran entertainment attorney. As a Producer’s Representative, he assists filmmakers in arranging financing, marketing and distribution of their films. Litwak has packaged movie projects and served as executive producer on such feature films as “The Proposal,” “Out Of Line,” “Pressure,” and “Diamond Dog.” He has provided legal services or worked as a producer rep on more than 200 feature films.
Litwak is also the author of six books: Reel Power, The Struggle for Influence and Success in the New Hollywood(William Morrow, 1986), Courtroom Crusaders (William Morrow, 1989), Dealmaking in the Film & Television Industry (Silman-James Press, 1994) (winner of the 1996 Kraszna-Krausz award for best book in the world on the film business), Contracts for the Film & Television Industry (Silman-James Press, 3rd Ed. 2012), Litwak's Multimedia Producer's Handbook (Silman-James Press, 1998), and Risky Business: Financing and Distributing Independent Film (Silman-James Press, 2004).
He is an adjunct professor at the U.S.C. Gould School of Law where he teaches entertainment law.
Litwak has a B.A. and M.A. degrees from Queens College of the City University of New York. He received his J.D. degree from the University of San Diego in 1977.
We hope you find this conversation interesting and insightful. Subscribe to make sure you don’t miss an episode. Until next time, be the change that you want to see in the world. Then turn it into cinema.
Joshua Oppenheimer: Why Filmmakers Shouldn't Chase Impact
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.
Joshua Lincoln Oppenheimer was born in 1974 in Austin, Texas. He is a two-time Oscar-nominated American film director based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Oppenheimer has a Bachelor of Arts-degree summa cum laude in filmmaking from Harvard University and a PhD from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts in London.
Oppenheimer spent 12 years in Indonesia and returned with two internationally praised documentaries, The Act of Killing (2012) & The Look of Silence (2014), both challenged the documentary film form and shed new light on the minds behind The Indonesian Genocide of 1965-1966.
01:30 How films can change both the world and the people in and behind them. 02:20 - The true impact of films 07:05 The psychology of perpetrators 10:40 What screenwriters and narrative filmmakers can learn about real villains 12:20 Advice to narrative filmmakers to have their films make more impact 15:15 Protecting the artist from his/her impact 19:00 On film criticism and understanding how a film works on an audience 20:35 On motivation, risk-taking and finding your path We hope you find the conversation interesting and evocative. Subscribe to make sure you don’t miss an episode.
Be the change that you want to see in the world. Then, turn it into cinema.
I've heard so much about Blackfish and The Cove. Films really do create huge change in the world! Great show for focusing the understanding and dialogue about it.