In 1999, following a career in merchant banking, Stephen Apkon founded the Jacob Burns Film Center, with a vision of establishing a hub for independent, foreign and documentary films and education. The JBFC has grown to become a major cultural destination and a national leader in the field of visual literacy. Since 2001, the JBFC’s education programs, which incorporate film programming and production experiences into the curriculum, have reached 120,000 children, more than 50% of them from underserved communities throughout the tri-state area. More recently, the social entrepreneur is the founder and CEO of Chakana Media, Inc., a newly formed documentary production company that is developing films that focus on critical societal issues. Apkon is the author of The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens.
This presentation was recorded November 8, 2014 by WGTE Public Media at the Toledo Museum of Art as part of the 47th International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA) conference