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The Power of Film (To Change the World)


The long- running debate about the power of film to effect real change in the world has 'jumped the shark' through the commercial and results-oriented success of numerous documentary and narrative films. From the widespread notoriety of The Help and Kony 2012 to less-known short and feature docs that are moving audiences to action, filmmakers now have the tools and outreach to make a real difference on countless issues.

But while the potential for effecting change is there, important questions remain about the balance between hype and reality, truth and fiction, and exaggerated claims and measurable impacts. The Power of Film (to change the world) is a look at numerous issues that are currently shaping key parts of the future of film.
From studio films to indie features and viral shorts, is a film's power to affect social change determined by a its commercial success or by the actions and attitudes of a potentially smaller but more committed group of viewers?



MODERATOR Turk Pipkin Founder The Nobelity Project

Turk Pipkin is the Founder of The Nobelity Project and the director of the feature docs Nobelity, One Peace at a Time and Building Hope (SXSW Lone Star Audience Award). You may know him as that narcoleptic guy on The Sopranos.

Matt Naylor Co-Founder/Co-Creative Dir Flow Nonfiction

Matt is a Co-Founder and Co-Creative director of Flow Nonfiction, a turnkey creative agency and production company that specializes in creating branded documentaries for nonprofits and socially conscious companies. With clients like Ford, Skype, Procter & Gamble, and the Clinton Global Initiative, Flow is a pioneer in using real stories to help spread the awareness and impact of positive social action.

As a filmmaker, Matt has written, produced, directed, or edited four award-winning films in the last four years. Building Hope, which Naylor produced, won the 2011 Audience Award for best documentary at SXSW. What It's Like which he wrote and directed, also premiered at SXSW last year before going on to play at festivals in three different countries. Matt's latest project, a feature narrative script called Alone, has been optioned and is currently in development with Matt attached as the director.

Matt has spoken in schools, at film festivals, and on radio and television about his work in both film and story-based marketing. He spoke last year to the Austin-based nonprofit Reel Women, and appeared as a panelist at SXSW's, discussing viewer's increasing ability to affect video narratives in real-time.

Larry Waks Partner Jackson Walker LLP

James Moll Producer Allentown Productions

Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar-winner James Moll has produced and directed numerous non-fiction films on a variety of subjects, and is also known for establishing and operating the non-profit Shoah Foundation with Steven Spielberg