REACT to FILM News Blog Post: January 19, 2013

This week in my REACT to FILM blog Female Directors Bring Change to the Big Screen!

Last week, The New York Times reported that 9 percent of the top 250 movies at the domestic box office last year were made by female directors. That’s a 4 percent bump from last year showing that slowly, but surely, more women are taking charge behind the camera.

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REACT to FILM News: Female Directors Bring Change to the Big Screen

19. January 2013 by Caroline Albanese
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REACT to FILM News Blog Post: January 4, 2013

“When you love yourself, you don’t hurt other people… and you treat others as equals.” – Angela Davis, The Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1975.

This week on the REACT to FILM blog, I reflect on Race and the American Dream withThe Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1975 and  Planet Rock: The Story of Hip-Hop and the Crack Generation

REACT to FILM News: Race and the American Dream

04. January 2013 by Caroline Albanese
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The frustrations of working from home

People tend to romanticize the term “working from home.” Sure, you get to sit in your PJs while you work, TV on the background, in the comfort of your own home, but there’s one thing that working from home does not permit you to do.

And that is working in the office.

After I accepted the position of Social Media intern, Lindsey had asked me if it would be possible for me to come into the office twice a week to learn the ropes. Since I work full-time during the breaks, I told her I wouldn’t be able to but I would be able to work from home.

Lindsey was fine with it, and for the first two weeks of working from home it was nice – I got to learn the tone REACT took with their accounts, write interesting blog posts and was still able to work.

However, Lindsey has left on vacation, and now my correspondence is with Dahlia, one of the heads of the company. Incredibly sweet and pleasant, it’s hard to read tone via email, which is challenging, especially for someone who has just started.

There’s something that is lost with modern technology – while the convenience of being able to answer and respond to emails through cellphones is remarkable, I do not have the ability to read a face through email. I cannot tell a tone of a message through hits font. And the same goes for my superiors. Lindsey and I had worked together before, though briefly, we had an established relationship in-person.  It’s a connection that no amount of 🙂 or !!! can re-create.

I’m excited to start for real on Jan. 22, to go back into the office and really meet the names of the numerous contacts that are piling in my inbox.

That, and my pajamas are becoming rather uncomfortable, and there’s nothing good on TV.

03. January 2013 by Caroline Albanese
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REACT to FILM News Blog Post: December 28, 2012

“It took Microsoft and Apple 10 years to learn to talk, so it’s not surprising that it took a little bit longer for charters and other public schools. It’s pretty clear there is more common ground than battleground.”

This week on the REACT to FILM blog, I discussed changing the way American students are taught, highlighting The Lottery and Let’s Talk About Sex.

REACT to FILM News: Changing how our children are taught

28. December 2012 by Caroline Albanese
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REACT to FILM News Blog Post: December 21, 2012

“After the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the topic of violence and guns in communities is being openly discussed on Capitol Hill.”

From the React to Film blog, I talk about the trend of needing a tragedy to trigger social change as seen in Living for 32 and The Interrupters.
REACT to FILM News: Tragedy triggering a change in thought 

21. December 2012 by Caroline Albanese
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REACT to FILM News Blog: December 14, 2012

“Personal problems are easy to identify, but when problems happen to many individuals within a specific community, the personal becomes political. Documentaries serve as a great medium to bring to light social issues that inspire action in a person to change the politics in their community.”

From the REACT to FILM blog, this week I talked about the visual social change promoted by Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry and Miss Representation.

REACT to FILM News: Taking a visual Approach to social change

14. December 2012 by Caroline Albanese
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First day on the job: Dec. 11, 2012

Having this be my first day at REACT to FILM, it was 3 hours of being given email, twitter, facebook, and blog access for the company’s various sites.

It was also a day of meeting new people. Asides from Lindsey Jacobson, who will be my mentor for the next three months, I also met the Founder and President, Coralie Paul.  As REACT’s office is very tiny, being so close (literally) to the head of the entire organization is sort of intimidating.

Coralie was nice, though, but very quiet. I mostly worked with Lindsey, who had me working on queuing up tweets and Facebook posts for the upcoming week. My first tweet went live tonight:

I also began drafting up my first blog post, which is due by midnight on Thursday. I will be researching 3 films, looking up news articles that relate to their issues as well as photos for the blog. They’ll be around 600-800 words.

11. December 2012 by Caroline Albanese
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My aims, REACT to FILM

The of this blog is for me to research the impact of documentary filmmaking through the eyes of up-and-coming talent from high school and the college chapters of the nonprofit React to Film programs, as well as from amateur filmmakers around the New York City area.

Some of the films showcased through the program were Robert Kenner’s documentary “Food Inc.”, which examines corporate farming in the United States, and “Wasteland,” by Lucy Walker, João Jardim and Karen Harley, which focuses on the Brazilian poor who are employed to pick out recyclable material from garbage.

Along with the program, the chapters provide education about critical social issues through the medium of documentary films, and I’m curious to find out how they plan and conduct their work, and to compare with other programs in the field.

I will spend time with Lindsey Jacobson, the director of the high school chapters of React to Film. Assisting her in her role of community organizing and coordinating the social events, I will have the opportunity to observe and report on behind-the-scenes planning, as well as following the working of the social media desk, through React to Film’s Twitter, Facebook and Blog.

These social media platforms aim to engage viewers in the students’ work, and to be a gateway in critical conversation and dialogue about social change. I will track how well these goals are realized.

As part of this project I will write a blog that aims to engage readers with innovative new forms of film. The entries will be features about up-and-coming young artists who are using documentaries, short films and other visual mediums to promote social change. The goal of the blog is to provide a narrative for the film’s creators, and a medium for those who are interested in getting involved with humanitarianism to receive the message. The journalism faculty will monitor the blog and critique my work as the semester progresses.

The goal of this project is to expand my reach as a writer by becoming more involved in community organizing and addressing social injustices. Film, much like writing, provides a narrative and in effect a message, that can reach a widespread audience.

09. December 2012 by Caroline Albanese
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