This three-part series will take place at NW Documentary’s Resource Center. With support from Oregon Humanities and in partnership with other organizations and humanities leaders in Portland, the program will encourage new ways of thinking about topics through documentary storytelling and create a starting point for further dialog between community members.
PART ONE: SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL DOCS with Ed Jahn & Kate McMahon
Free & Open to the Public Monday, 8/22 6–9 pm
This program will engage the public in facilitated discussion about how localized documentary journalism can affect legislative and social change on issues of the environment. We’ll show clips from documentaries and talk with two filmmakers’ experiences directly influencing the passage of several key, and previously stalled, legislative bills with their projects.
Kate McMahon produces for the PBS series FRONTLINE, independent filmmakers, and PBS stations. Recent film projects include FRONTLINE: The Vaccine War which examined the science and safety of America’s vaccine program and FRONTLINE: The Meth epidemic, which resulted in sweeping legislative changes related to Meth in Oregon.
Ed Jahn is currently the producer of OPB’s Oregon Field Guide. He has won 11 regional Emmy Awards for his work on Oregon Field Guide as well as the outdoor life program Spirit of Colorado. Ed won the duPont-Columbia Award for Journalism in 2008 for his work on The Silent Invasion, a film he’ll share parts of and talk about the public outreach project.