Sahar Driver

Film + Strategy + Campaign Design + Social Change

Social movements need powerful stories. But if that is all it took to solve social problems, we wouldn’t have any. Strong and compelling stories that grapple with timely and important issues benefit from careful planning to ensure the message reaches the right audiences, in the right ways, at the right times.

I help filmmakers, funders, and movement leaders build strategic partnerships and plans that strengthen their respective projects and contribute to meaningful and sustainable change. Campaigns and projects that I have contributed to, through my work at Active Voice and elsewhere, have gone on to influence public discourse and measurable change related to immigration, racial justice, aging and eldercare, LGBT rights and inclusion, worker advocacy, and more.

 

Titles include: American Promise by Michele Stephenson and Joe Brewster, American Revolutionary by Grace Lee, CARE by Deirdre Fishel and Tony Heriza, Facing Fear by Jason Cohen, Gideon's Army by Dawn Porter, The New Black by Yoruba Richen, Welcome to Shelbyville by Kim A. Snyder, and Who is Dayani Cristal? by Marc Silver.

Partnerships have included: the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Caring Across Generations, Church World Service, Facing History and Ourselves, PFLAG, Teaching Tolerance, and the YMCA of the USA, among many others.

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PORTFOLIO

SOCIAL CHANGE CAMPAIGNS

Non-filmmaker clients have included: BRITDOCCaring Across Generations,  The California Healthcare Foundation,  The John and Wauna Harman Foundation,  The Hartley Film FoundationInforming Change, Project Survival Media, Research Action Design, and  The Video Project. Films and filmmakers I've worked with include:

PROPOSALS FOR FUNDING

I have contributed to a number of proposals for successfully funded campaigns related to film-based impact and engagement, including:

  • CAREfor a national engagement campaign around the  documentary by Deirdre Fishel and Tony Heriza

  • Who Eats Taco Bell?, for a creative transmedia national tour led by the TUG Collective

  • ONWARD, MacArthur Foundation for platform design, development, and engagement campaign implementation*

  • Who is Dayani Cristal?, Ford Foundation for strategy development and US-based and US-Mexico border engagement*

  • JustFilms, Ford Foundation for strategy development for JustFilms filmmakers*

  • Sold, private investor for strategy development and partner cultivation*

  • The New Black, Historically Black Colleges for engagement campaign* implementation

  • Hawo's Dinner Party, Andrus Family Fund BETS-III for video production*

  • Hawo's Dinner Party, Open Societies Foundation for engagement campaign implementation*

GUIDES AND TOOLKITS

I have written and contributed to discussion guides and toolkits to support discussion and action around a range and issues and for a variety of films, including:

*During my time at Active Voice

For more on production credits, see Awards+Credits.