Art With Impact Blog


New Immigration Doc Screened in Alabama Before Widespread U.S. Release

Would you believe me if I told you that the star of a Will Ferrell movie is responsible for producing one of the most impactful documentaries of the year?

And why not?


Bollywood Gets Low Marks in Portraying Mental Illness

When it comes to mental illness, it looks like Bollywood has some work to do.

...not as much work as Dollywood, however.


Hollywood Film Festival Becomes ‘Socially Conscious’ Under New Leadership

What are the first five things that come to mind when you hear the word “Hollywood?”

So you’re saying “deep awareness of social issues” isn’t even in the top ten…?


Review Round-Up: Maladies

Many of us have mixed feelings about James Franco. He was so adorably spacey in Freaks and Geeks, so mainstream in Spider-man, so solid in Milk, and so unbearably pretentious pretty much everywhere else.

When it gets to be too much, just do what I do and watch him squirm in 127 Hours.


Cambodian Filmmakers Inspire Youth to Follow Their Footsteps at FilmCampKH Workshop

What comes to mind when you imagine “a generation of change makers and filmmakers”?

OK, I’m going to have to ask that you think a little more broadly.


Australian Migrant Communities Cope with Stigma of Mental Illness in New Short Films

If you don’t live in Australia, you may be unfamiliar with the occasion of Harmony Day.

I am sad to say it is not preceded by Bone Thugs-N- Day.


Ohio Students Explore Challenging Social Issues Through Filmmaking

The bar scene can be rough.

Unless, of course, you thrive on eyeliner, Axe Body Spray, and giant quantities of Grey Goose.


Review Round-up: FRANK

It’s time to be frank about Frank.


Anita Hill’s Story is Brought to a Modern Audience in New Documentary

If you were alive and somewhat aware of current events during the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings, the following photo has a certain blush-worthy meaning to you:

If this doesn’t make sense to you, Google it. Apologies in advance.


‘ALIEN BOY’ Brings Law Enforcement’s Treatment of the Mentally Ill to Light

While they serve and protect and put their lives on the line every day for our safety, law enforcement officers are not immune from the scrutiny and less-than-favorable opinions of the public.

…and their less-than-favorable music.

This reality is what makes tragedies like the death of James Chasse even more complex, as the new film Alien Boy brings to light.