October 12, 2011

IDA Partners with USC for American Film Showcase

In the name of opening dialogues with communities worldwide, a new partnership has been forged between the IDA and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Thanks to the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Education, the two will join forces to produce the American Film Showcase, a project that will engage international audiences through the universal language of film.

Originally inspired by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's vision of "smart power diplomacy," the American Film Showcase will send American filmmakers and film experts overseas to present independent cinematic projects to a diverse audience. USC and IDA will collaborate to choose films that will promote insights into American life and culture while illustrating different viewpoints.

In addition to presenting the films to overseas audiences, approximately 40 Showcase filmmakers and film experts will conduct lectures and master classes on filmmaking, animation, digital technology and emergent media.

The American Film Showcase follows the past successes of the American Documentary Showcase and reinforces the Department’s use of film as a diplomatic tool and means to bring people together. This season, the Showcase will expand to include feature films that provide fictional interpretations of contemporary issues.