As the platform of documentary storytelling has become more and more common, there’s an urgent need to protect the right to record. Freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of access to information are vital whether you’re a credentialed journalist, a documentary filmmaker or a bystander with a camera. And yet, in our new political climate, these rights are being called into question. Documentary storytellers recording political injustices are being threatened with prosecution by law enforcement and government agencies. These threats are pushing these storytellers into the new role of freedom fighter, with the duty of standing on the front lines in the battle to preserve these freedoms promised in our constitution.
Join in as our panel discusses what’s at stake, why it’s important the documentary filmmaker stay vigilant and what backups and platforms can be used to ensure protection of one’s media if confiscated by law enforcement.
Moderator Courtney Herman, Assistant Professor of Film at Portland State University
Lindsey Grayzel – Documentary Filmmaker
Jodi Darby – Documentary Filmmaker
J. Ashlee Albies – Lawyer