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 lasting change. Campaigns 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, health disparities, 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, Welcoming America, and the YMCA of the USA.

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SOCIAL CHANGE CAMPAIGNS

Non-filmmaker clients have included: Doc Society (formerly BRITDOC), the Hartley Media Impact Initiative at Auburn SeminaryCaring Across Generations,  The Hartley Film FoundationInforming Change, Project Survival Media, Research Action Design, and  The Video Project. Through them I have supported documentary impact strategy for nonprofits, strengthening circles of practice between film and faith communities, and other field building efforts —including updating the Impact Field Guide (2019) and producing a series of case studies that support learning in the social impact media and entertainment field (link coming soon).

Films and filmmakers I've worked with include:

Charm City, by Marilyn Ness and Meryam Bouadjemi

Raises Not Roses, by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar

What Counts?, by Nicole Newnham ( Campaign with Health Leads)

Do No Harm, by Nicole Newnham (Campaign with Health Care Without Harm)

CARE, by Deirdre Fishel and Tony Heriza

Being Mortal, by FRONTLINE (Campaign with The California Healthcare Foundation and  The John and Wauna Harman Foundation)

Nine to Ninety, by Alicia Dwyer and Juli Vizza

Who Eats Taco Bell? (non-film), by Gaelyn and Gustavo Aguilar of the TUG Collective

ONWARD, a multimedia campaign by Active Voice for Sojourners*

Facing Fear, by Jason Cohen*

The Whole Gritty City, by Richard Barber and Andre Lambertson*

American Revolutionary, by Grace Lee*

Who is Dayani Cristal?, by Marc Silver & Gael Garcia Bernal*

Sold, by Jeffrey Brown*

The New Black, by Promised Land Films Yoruba Richen*

American Promise, Rada Film Group Michele Stephenson & Joe Brewster*

Elena, by Petra Costa*

Valentine Road, by Marta Cunningham*

America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, by Futuro Media Group*

NPR's Latino USA with Maria Hinojosa, by Futuro Media Group*

Maria Full of Hope, by Marguerite Casey Foundation*

Gaining Ground, Holding Ground Productions Mark Lipman & Leah Mahan*

Shelbyville Multimedia, by Kim Snyder in Association with BeCause Foundation & Active Voice*

Barbershop Punk, by Georgia Sugimura & Kristin Armfield*

Have You Heard from Johannesburg, by Clarity Films' Connie Fields*

Greensboro: Closer to the Truth, by Adam Zucker*

PROPOSALS FOR FUNDING

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

Charm City by Marilyn Ness, for a pilot engagement effort in Baltimore

I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck, supporting a Ford Foundation funded engagement effort

What Counts? for Health Leads to expand their engagement efforts with Nicole Newnham's documentary

CARE, for 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:

CARE, Community Screenings Kit

Nine to Ninety, Educator's Guide and Community Discussion Guide

ONWARD, an online multimedia initiative*

Facing Fear: Dialogue and Reflection Toolkit*

The Whole Gritty City Discussion and Action Guide*

American Revolutionary: Dialogue-Based Event Planning Toolkit*

Made in L.A. Education and Organizing Toolkit*

Gideon's Army at Work Toolkit to Help Advocates Advance Indigent Defense*

Behind Every Promise Discussion Guide, see also video module credit here*

Arab American Stories Educator Resources*

Educator's Guide to the Equal Voice Youth Empowerment Toolkit*

Hawo's Dinner Party: Recipes and Discussion Guide*

Have You Heard from Johannesburg? Discussion Guide*

Greensboro: Closer to the Truth Facilitation and Dialogue Guide*

Child Brides: Stolen Lives Facilitator Guide*

*Starred activities took place during my time at Active Voice

For more on production credits, see Awards+Credits.