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  1. Find Your Audience: Building Long-Term Engagement with Passionate Viewers

    August 7, 2012

    ITVS's Rebecca Huval discusses research, news, and trends that come out of ITVS’s IndiesLab. Documentary filmmakers have complex motivations for producing films. Unlike the makers of, say, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, most nonfiction directors want their viewers to do more than simply pay for theatre tickets. They’re after long-term

  2. Women and Girls Lead Presents a Social Screening of Taking Root

    March 13, 2012

    Join us for an online social screening of Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai this Wednesday, March 14th at 1pm PT/4pm ET. The event, which takes place exclusively online, will feature special guests Lisa Merton, director of Taking Root, Kelly Blynn, co-coordinator of, and Stephen Millls, director of Greenbelt Movement US. Participants

  3. Women and Girls Lead Presents Three Social Screenings as Part of Online Film Festival

    March 9, 2012

    The Women and Girls Lead Online Film Festival will host three social screenings (Taking Root, Troop 1500, and Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes) during the month of March. In celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, Women and Girls Lead presents a month-long online film festival featuring a collection of documentary films by

  4. Filmmaker Lisa Merton Reflects on the Legacy of Wangari Maathai

    January 3, 2012

    Lisa Merton, producer of Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, attended the Nobel laureate and environmental activist's funeral in Kenya in October. Merton offered BTB this report on Maathai's legacy. Taking Root will be rebroadcast on Independent Lens on January 5.Wangari Muta Maathai, the first African woman and the first environmentalist

  5. Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai Memorialized in San Francisco

    November 22, 2011

    Al Gore was just one of several distinguished speakers who came to Wangari Maathai's memorial service at the Delancey Street Theater in San Francisco last week. The environmentalist passed away in September while undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer. Also in attendance was Douglas Goldman (president of the Goldman Environmental Foundation),