AudFest 2017 – Social Change Through Film: “Telling a Story vs Sending a Message”

July 18, 2017

Participant Media’s Ashley Hasz, Vice’s Dersu Rhodes and PBS’s Phillip Rodriguez discuss what telling a story versus sending a message looks like when making films.

Film and television has a strange ability to motivate and inspire people. What is it that inspires the audience? Is it the message it’s sending? Or the story that it’s telling?  Whatever it is, it can inspire some major social change.

For making nonfiction pieces like documentaries, filmmakers have to decide whether they want to tell the story first or send a clear message. From movies like Food Inc. and even some fiction films like Moonlight, audiences gravitate towards the moving story which has an impactful message as well.

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