Story Money Impact
Roundhouse Radio 98.3 Vancouver, AUDIO of book arrival, on 'Janice & Cory'. March 2016
Hot Docs, VIDEO of Funding Media for Social Change workshop. Toronto, May 2016
Women in Film & TV Vancouver, Funding Media for Social Change. March 2016.
SFU Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium, Ideas, Media & Social Change. June 2016
Monetizing Your Creativity Podcast, 'Writing Careers'. Feb 2017.
POV Magazine: How to Build an Effective Social Impact Campaign, June 2016
Vancouver Observer: A Resource for Funding Media, May 2016
SydneysBuzz: Film/Media and Social Change - Canada & Beyond, Dec 2016
Reel West Magazine: Book Intro excerpt, July 2016
"This is a remarkable book. Tracey Friesen deftly guides a meditation on the transformative influence that film can play in steering and affirming positive change in the world, and on the financial support and narrative grounding requisite to this shift.”
- Ross McMillan, President & CEO Tides Canada
"A wonderful read I just could not put down. This book is the missing link for production packaging."
- Patti Poskitt, Executive Producer
"Fresh, authentic, and experiential, this book is an asset to every filmmaker who wants to make media that matters."
- Patricia Aufderheide, Professor American University and founder of the Center for Media & Social Impact
“Not all docs can or should ignite social impact, but a good many do. Friesen provides the research, roadmap and tools for this transformative and exciting new space. An essential and compelling read.”
- Chris McDonald, President, Hot Docs
"An new metaphor for looking at the relationship between Story, Money (funding), and Impact. This book is a valuable resource with many concrete stories of real projects.”
- Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams, Life Itself)
“I love that this book starts with Story! I've seen countless talented, hardworking filmmakers falter when faced with the daunting task of translating a great idea and good intentions into a solid plan for making a film that get funded, finished and seen. Friesen offers both practical advice and a healthy dose of inspiration for filmmakers looking to do just that. A great addition to the toolkit for filmmakers looking to make movies that make change.”
- Amy Halpin, International Documentary Association
“Tracey Friesen is perfectly positioned to offer this most useful little tool: STORY MONEY IMPACT. Her work with story during her time with the NFB and inspirational contribution to the media community have resulted in both insight and a unique approach for filmmakers at all stages of their career, from the spark of an idea to the thrill of a hard won premiere screening. Her own credentials, being without question, are complimented by a stellar cast of contributors from storytellers to funders, to programmers to philanthropists, worthy of the who’s who list of media creators and leaders for social change.”
-Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, Canada Media Fund
"Ever wonder about the health of documentary filmmaking? Its financing? Its commitment to social justice? Its competitors amidst Youtube, Vimeo and other emerging social platforms? Tracey Friesen has done more than that. She left her job as a respected NFB producer to ensure documentary filmmaking remains a vibrant medium for social change. Now, she has written about it. Check out Tracey’s thoroughly readable new book, Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change."
- Al Etmanski, social innovator & author of Impact
STORY MONEY IMPACT: Funding Media for Social Change is a book about opportunity. Many mission-aligned filmmakers, financiers and activists share common goals around impact. Today, social-issues storytellers are sharpening their craft, while funders with finite resources focus on reach, and strategic innovators bring more robust impact evaluation tools. STORY MONEY IMPACT illuminates the sweet spot at the core of these three pursuits.
Structured around stories from the frontlines, this book reveals best practices in the fields of documentary, independent journalism and digital content. Practitioners and students of media, as well as those who may finance or employ it for social activism, will gain practical know-how and inspiration.