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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ABOUT ME

I am a San Francisco-based impact and engagement strategist, researcher, and educator. I believe change is possible, but I also believe we have a lot of careful and deliberate work to do to get there. Art, in my opinion --with its capacity to move people-- is a powerful force for change... especially story. This is why I do what I do.

I come from a television production and development background. But I turned my attention to the intersection of media and social change in 2006 when a colleague and I began producing independent shows for SF Community Access TV  to uncover issues that were getting buried in mainstream news. My training and focus on story-based impact and engagement began in 2008 at Active Voice, where I worked under the guidance of Ellen Schneider, a pioneer and visionary in the field, and later under the talented and equally powerful, Shaady Salehi.

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When I'm not digging deep into a film's potential to have a lasting impact, I'm either teaching or doing research with this rad collective. I have a PhD in Anthropology and Social Change, which is probably the most predictable thing I could have done as a half-Tehranian, half-Tennessean vagabond (no really, ask me how many cities I'd lived in by age 25). This one fact explains most things about me. I hope to meet you one day, and if we ever do, you'll understand why.