USC-MISC Newsletter: Winter 2015


On March 14th, 2015, Variety and unite4:good will join USC-MISC to present the inaugural conference4:change uniting leaders across all platforms of the entertainment industry to exchange ideas on how to deliver messages that fuel positive social change.
Read more about conference4:change and join the conversation by connecting with us on Twitter and Facebook


This Summer, the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) will offer CTPR 428: Making Media for Social Change. This production class is an opportunity for students to make a short film that advocates social change in any genre. All films will be based on original ideas dealing with a social issue that the student chooses with the intention to motivate viewers to take action. The form can be any style of cinema from fiction to documentary, public service announcement, animation, or multi-media. In addition to creating the film, the students will hear presentations from filmmakers currently involved in advocacy work to discuss their projects. Learn more about the Summer session course and how to reserve a spot here


We have partnered with USC School of Cinematic Arts student and film director, Audrey Emerson, to create The Pamoja Project. The documentary series will share the incredible stories of 3 Tanzanian women who work in the areas of education, microfinance and health in an effort to create lasting change for the people of their country. Read more about The Pamoja Project here or go straight to the film's Indiegogo page and discover how you can get involved here


We have been working with SCA to develop a Media and Social Change minor and the proposal has been officially approved. The Media and Social Change minor will become available for undergraduate students to pursue in the Fall 2015 semester!


  • USC-MISC director Mark Manalo’s thesis film ‘Present Trauma’ won 1st place at the 10thAnnual MY HERO Int’l Film Festival and took home the Relationships First award. 'Present Trauma' is a psychological drama about a Marine veteran struggling to cope with family life after a combat tour overseas. You can watch all the MHIFF award winning films here





Applications for the $5,000 USC-MISC Scholarship are now being accepted through March 1st, 2015. This award will go to one USC SCA Graduate Student who has proven dedication to creating social impact through his/her work. Recipient to be announced March 4thClick here for more information!

Other Announcements

MY HERO Project is now accepting submissions for the 2015 MY HERO International Film Festival. Visit for details

We are working to upgrade our youtube channel into a pro-social video hub. If you've created a video and would like us to feature it, email a link and description to for consideration


*Variety to Honor Halle Berry, Ewan McGregor & More at unite4:humanity
*From our friends at ADAA on Social Anxiety & Alcoholism
*Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields trailer
The Pamoja Project Info Video

To support a future of social change media makers, donations can be made by choosing "Customize Your Gift" and selecting Media Institute for Social Change (MISC)
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USC Media Institute for Social Change is a nonprofit organization of industry professionals who use cinema to create an awareness of social issues and inspire positive actions throughout the world. With a mission to support emerging media makers who weave pro-social messaging into their stories, USC-MISC is changing the world one film at a time.