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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Before You Tie the Knot: Talking About Partnerships

I recently was invited to present to the Berkeley Film Foundation community about trends in the film impact and engagement space. Lately I've been thinking a lot about the collections of stakeholders who come together around to film and all the various intersecting, and sometimes conflicting, priorities at play. Too often those points of divergence are not discussed until it's too late. So I called on my long time colleague and friend, Ellen Schneider of the Active Voice Lab, to co-create a workshop on the subject with me. The Lab has been looking at this issue over the last few years as it has begun to map out a new framework, the Prenups for Partners to address the issue. (You may be familiar with its well-known predecessor The Prenups: What Funders and Creatives Should Talk about Before Tying the Knot.)

Sadly, Ellen was pulled away at the last minute and unable to join me for the workshop, but we did come up with a fun way to dig into the issues. I invited Cristine Platt Dewey of ro*co films and Donald Young of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) to bravely dust off their acting chops and join me in some role-play. Here's what happened: