2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Strategic Storytelling: Video As Policy Changer

Monday, March 14
5:00PM - 6:00PM

JW Marriott
Salon 5
110 E 2nd St


Today's criminal justice reform movement tends to advocate in broad terms, using hashtags such as #blacklivesmatter and #endmassincarceration to raise public awareness of critical issues. However, advocates can't ask legislators to simply "end mass incarceration"--a more targeted approach is needed to reform entrenched policies. Our session will explore how advocates, visual storytellers, lawyers, and artists can combine expertise to unravel the web of policies and practices that create an inherently unfair criminal justice system for poor people and minorities. Using recent innovative case studies, we'll consider social impact storytelling strategies with the potential for broad scale.

Hashtags: #sxsw #vidtactics


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Adam Stofsky

Exec Dir

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Ed Kashi



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Molly Crabapple

Artist & Writer

The Lavin Agency

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Wesley Caines

Reentry Specialist

Brooklyn Defender Services

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