FESTIVAL NEWS

6/25/2013 MTM Update

Dear Friends and Supporters of MTM,

We wanted to share with you the following update about the Media That Matters Film Festival and Media That Matters programming and services. Due to organizational restructuring, Media That Matters will be on hiatus until further notice. We would like to thank all of you who have submitted your wonderful work to the 13th Annual Media That Matters Film Festival. Unfortunately, the October 2013 festival has been postponed indefinitely. All of your submissions will be considered for the next, future festival, upon our return from hiatus. As always, thank you for your support and commitment to media for social justice.

-The MTM Team

Published on June 25, 2013

Thank You for Submitting to the Thirteenth Annual Media That Matters Film Festival

Dear MTM Friends,

We wanted to extend a BIG thank you to all of you who submitted your work to, and helped spread the word about the Call for Entries for, the upcoming Thirteenth Annual Media That Matters Film Festival!

Our Call for Entries is now closed and we are thrilled to report that we have received hundreds of awesome submissions of all styles and genres, including documentaries, narratives, music videos, experimental work and PSAs. These submissions were filmed and produced all over the world—and we mean ALL OVER! Cameroon, India, Republic of Macedonia, South Africa, Japan, Iran, Uganda, Kenya, Israel, Palestine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Portugal, The Philippines, Brazil, Malaysia, Egypt, Haiti, United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Pakistan, Singapore, Cuba, Senegal, Sri Lanka ... just to name a few!

We are currently in the initial stages of reviewing your films, so sit tight and check your in-boxes in August! We will be contacting the finalists then. Sorry, due to the volume of submissions we have received, we will not be able to contact those who have not been chosen as finalists. Best of luck and thanks again!

-The Media That Matters Team

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Published on May 31, 2013

MTM Film ‘Lady Razorbacks’ Featured in Center for Asian American Media Broadcast With OVEE TV

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. In celebration, the Center for Asian American Media hosted an online screening of Asian-American short films in conjunction with OVEE TV.

The April 30 broadcast featured one of our very own from the Media That Matters family: “Lady Razorbacks” by Laura Green, winner of the Community Engagement Award at the Twelfth Annual Media That Matters Film Festival.

When a group of Pacific-Islander women struggle to start a rugby team in East Palo Alto, they find the field to be an unexpected sanctuary.

Watch “Lady Razorbacks” below!

 

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Published on May 8, 2013

5/9 Reel Lives Cocktail and Youth Media Event

You’re invited! Join our parent organization Reel Lives for a night of cocktails, live jazz, and youth media in support of the Reel Lives youth-media education program in South Africa!

Thursday, May 9th, 2013
6-8 PM

The 8th Floor
17 West 17th Street
New York, NY
(646) 839-5908

Get more details on the event, hosted by The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, and purchase your tickets here. Learn more about Reel Lives’ work with youth in South Africa by checking out films from our Cape Town 2012 students here and below. We hope to see you at the event!

 

Watch “A Closet in Makhaza”
by Reel Lives Cape Town 2012 student Kuhle Riti

A CLOSET IN MAKHAZA (Vimeo) from Reel Lives on Vimeo.

 

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Published on May 8, 2013

MTM Film ‘Walking Home’ and Director Nuala Cabral Featured on HuffPost Live Segment

In recognition of International Anti-Street Harassment Week, HuffPost Live aired a segment (April 9), “Hollering Isn’t Harmless,” highlighting efforts to combat street harassment. Featured in the discussion was Nuala Cabral, director of the short film “Walking Home,” the winner of the Speaking Out Award at the Eleventh Annual Media That Matters Film Festival.

Cabral is also the co-founder of FAAN Mail, a Philadelphia-based media literacy and activist project formed by women of color.

Check out Cabral on HuffPost Live, watch her film “Walking Home, and find out what you can do to fight street harassment with our “Take Action Links.”

Congrats, Nuala!

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Published on April 10, 2013

4/5 Scribe Video Center & PNC Arts Alive Present ‘Street Movies!’ Featuring Media That Matters Film

Media That Matters is proud to be a part of Scribe Video Center‘s “Street Movies! Presented by PNC Arts Alive: Transformation and Civil Rights,” an evening of film screenings about the past and present struggle for social justice.

The showcase of justice-oriented short films includes the Media That Matters 7 winner of the Sustainability Award, “We Are the Zaballeen” by Mai Iskander.

The documentary follows an Egyptian teenager named Adham, one of 60,000 Zaballeen, entrepreneurial garbage collectors who collect and recycle one-third of Cairo’s waste. But the Zaballeen find themselves at a crossroads when the city they keep clean hires foreign multinational disposal companies to take over Cairo’s garbage collection. Watch the Zaballeen’s efforts to evolve their trade as Egypt modernizes its garbage disposal system.

April 5, 7:00PM
University of the Sciences Griffith Auditorium
600 S 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Admission is free! Get all the details on the event here.

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Published on March 7, 2013

4/18 Reel Lives Screening at the American Folk Art Museum

In collaboration with our parent organization Reel Lives, the American Folk Art Museum is hosting a special screening of three immigration-themed documentaries made by Reel Lives students!

The event will explore the experiences of immigrant teens in America, as part of New York City’s 10th annual Immigrant Heritage Week, organized by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

Films:
“Segundo Hogar” by Hosbel Hernandez
“Off the Deresch” by Etty
“Burning Tibet” by Jampal Tsering

Discussion with the filmmakers to follow!

Thursday, April 18
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street)
New York, NY 10023

Admission is free, but space is limited! RSVP: Rachel Rosen at 212. 265. 1040, ext. 381, or rrosen@folkartmuseum.org.

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Published on March 4, 2013

Sno-GLOBE Equality Alliance 2013 Winter Film Festival Features Media That Matters + Reel Lives Films

We are proud to announce that the Sno-GLOBE Equality Alliance 2013 Winter Film Festival will showcase a lineup of LGBTQ-themed films, including pieces from both the Media That Matters library and the Reel Lives collection of student work!

Join Sno-GLOBE for an afternoon of inspiring LGBTQ films, stories, resource tables and social reception. See films by Reel Lives graduates like “Fahisha” by Nabila, and from previous Media That Matters Film Festivals, like MTM6’s “A Girl Named Kai” by Kai Ling Xue.

Sunday, March 24
1:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Everett PUD Theatre
2320 California St.
Everett, WA 98201


Check out the festival schedule and get your tickets here!


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Published on March 4, 2013

Thirteenth Annual Media That Matters Film Festival Application


* THIRTEENTH ANNUAL
*
MEDIA THAT MATTERS 
FILM FESTIVAL APPLICATION

All applications and online screeners must be emailed to
mtm@reel-lives.org by May 15th, 2013
.
Include MTM13 Submission + Title of Project in the subject line.

Application Information:
Please include the following application information in the body of your email submission.

Title of Project

Hyperlink to project (YouTube or Vimeo with password if necessary)

A synopsis of the project (250 words, please attach)

Director’s Statement including bio (no more than 1 page)

Country (countries) of official production and filming

List of key people with short bios (100 words) involved in project (if applicable:
(ie: Producers, Cinematographer, Editor, Digital Effects, Sound)

Language spoken in project, if more than one, please list (all foreign language submissions must be subtitled in English):

Please list official website of project (if any):

Year Created

Primary Project Contact Info:
Name
Email
Title
Company/Organization
Address
City
State/Province
Zip Code
Country
Telephone

_________________________________________________________

Terms and Conditions:

Official Media That Matters Film Festival (MTM) Submission Rules

Final deadline for all submissions is May 15, 2013. All entry fees are non-refundable.  All films must have a running time of 12 minutes or less. The Media That Matters Films Festival (henceafter referred to as MTM) is permitted non-exclusive limited use of film titles, trailers, posters and film excerpts for promotional use including online, print or broadcast media.  Filmmakers (hereafter referred to as Applicant) fully retain all rights, title and interest in their films and all intellectual property.

The Applicant (individual, company, organization) submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless MTM from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

MTM reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film with a submission form that is considered to be delinquent due to the non-payment of any or all submission fees. MTM may attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form in an effort to bring the payment status of the account up-to-date. MTM disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the Applicant and inform the Applicant of any payment delinquency or other deficiency of a submission form.

Films accepted by MTM into the Festival will be placed, at the sole and absolute discretion of the Festival Programming department.

Published on February 28, 2013

Call for Entries for Thirteenth Annual Media That Matters Film Festival Now Open!


* THIRTEENTH ANNUAL
*
MEDIA THAT MATTERS 
FILM FESTIVAL



Thank you for your interest in submitting your film to the 2013 Media That Matters Film Festival. Submissions are now open. Please copy and paste the application form on this page and email it to us with a hyperlink to your film, do not forget to include any necessary login or password information.

Following New York City Premiere, Awards Ceremony, Educator’s Forum and industry networking events in early October 2013 (date TBD), your film will take part in the Media That Matters international, multi-platform campaign with DVD distribution, broadcasts, streaming and hundreds of screenings across the globe! Hundreds of thousands of people, including educators, activists and nonprofits, will watch and use your film.

Film Length:
Keep it short; all submission must be under 12 minutes.

All Genres:
Documentary, animation, PSA, experimental, narrative, music videos - be creative!



Social Issues:
Any and all

This year we are looking for films on Environment and Sustainability, Healthy Living for Young People, Sexual Identity—but all social issues are accepted. Youth produced projects are encouraged.



The following are our deadlines and fees for this year:

Early Submission Deadline:

March 28th, 2013
  FREE ENTRY

Official Submission Deadline:

April 24th, 2013
  $10 ENTRY FEE - General Submission
  FREE ENTRY - for students with valid ID

Final Deadline:

May 15th, 2013
  $20 ENTRY FEE - for everyone 25 year of age and over
  $10 ENTRY FEE - for students with valid ID

Other Media Formats Accepted: 
DVD - Submitted DVDs must be Region 0. All submissions should be labeled with filmmaker name(s), title of the piece, year, organization, company, school (if applicable) and length of piece.

Mail entries to:
Reel Lives | Media That Matters
136 Metropolitan Avenue, 4C
Brooklyn, NY 11249 USA

Film Producers are responsible for insurance and shipment costs of films mailed to MTM. All entrants certify that they have been given full rights to use any and all components in their films.

All applications and online screeners must be emailed to mtm@reel-lives.org by May 15th, 2013. 

Include MTM13 Submission + Title of Project in the subject line.

If you have any questions you may contact us at mtm@reel-lives.org. Please include MTM13 Submission Question in the subject line.

 

 

Thank you for your interest in submitting your film to the
2013 Media That Matters Film Festival
.

Published on February 28, 2013

PhillyCAM Broadcasts Media That Matters 12 Collection

Attention Philly-based filmmakers, educators, students and activists! Philadelphia Community Access Media is broadcasting films from the Media That Matters 12 collection!

Films will be broadcast on Saturdays in March and April at 7:30 PM. 

PhillyCAM is a non-profit organization and community media center, which operates Philadelphia’s public access television network. Watch PhillyCAM on Comcast Cable 66/966 or Verizon Fios 29/30 in Philadelphia.

Tune in!

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Published on February 28, 2013

3/1 - 3/7 IFP Presents the New York Premiere of ‘Future Weather’

Media That Matters is excited to share the news of the New York City premiere of “Future Weather,” an award-winning film about an environmentally obsessed teen, by Jenny Deller. 

“Abandoned by her dreamer single mom, a teenage loner becomes obsessed with ecological disaster, forcing her and her grandmother, a functioning alcoholic, to rethink their futures.”

Starring Amy Madigan (“Field of Dreams,” “Gone Baby Gone”), Lili Taylor (“Say Anything,” “Six Feet Under”), and Perla Haney-Jardine (“Kill Bill Vol. 2,” “Spider-Man 3”), “Future Weather” makes its New York debut March 1 - 7 at reRun Gastropub Theater, presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project.

A week of filmmaker events and discussions will accompany the screenings, including “Barriers and Opportunities for Women in Independent Film,” with Melissa Silverstein, Indiewire’s Women and Hollywood & Artistic Director and co-founder of Athena Film Festival, and hosted by New York Women in Film & Television.

Check out the full schedule of screenings and events here, and get your tickets here!

Watch the “Future Weather” Trailer

 

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Published on February 28, 2013

2/15 American University Center for Social Media Annual Media That Matters Conference

Attention filmmakers, non-profit professionals and students who work to inspire social action and change; the American University Center for Social Media is hosting its annual Media That Matters Conference on February 15, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

The 2013 conference theme is “Measure for Measure,” focusing on impact strategies for documentary film and socially engaged media.

Attend panel discussions with speakers from organizations and foundations like The Fledgling Fund, and take advantage of additional Feb. 14 workshops including, GET YOUR IMPACT STRATEGY HUMMING and MEDIA ENTREPRENEURSHIP: LESSONS FROM THE FIELD.

Register here!

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Published on February 8, 2013

Media That Matters Films Featured at Montana Human Rights Network Social Justice Film Festival

This past Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 21), the Montana Human Rights Network hosted its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Justice Film Festival with the help of films from the Media That Matters collection.

MTM pieces were screened during the festival, alongside films from Basic Rights Oregon’s Our Families community education project. This year, the event was also a celebration of the non-discrimination ordinance passed by Montana’s Helena City Commission. Approved by unanimous decision in December 2012, the ordinance prohibits sexual orientation-based discrimination in housing, employment and several public accommodations.

Learn more about social justice as it pertains to sexual orientation and gender identity by watching Media That Matters’ Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender-themed films here.

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Published on January 31, 2013

Media That Matters 12 Film ‘The Last Iceman of Chimborazo’ Wins Student Film Award

Congratulations to Media That Matters 12 filmmaker Gabriela Lozada! After winning the Sustaining Traditions prize at the MTM12 film festival, Lozada’s documentary, “The Last Iceman of Chimborazo,” earned the award for Best Student Film at the 2012 American Conservation Film Festival.

Earlier this month (January), The Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Md. honored the award-winning film with a screening in partnership with the ACFF.

“The Last Iceman of Chimborazo” captures 68-year-old Baltazar Ushca as he works to preserve tradition in his Ecuadorian village near the Chimborazo volcano. Locals attribute healing and sacred powers to an ingredient within the volcano, and Baltazar is the last man who knows how to extract it.

Watch “The Last Iceman of Chimborazo” here!

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Published on January 29, 2013

1/21 Montana Human Rights Network Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Justice Film Festival

What: The Montana Human Rights Network‘s 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Justice Film Festival & Non-Discrimination Ordinance Celebration

When: January 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Where: Myrna Loy Center; Helena, Montana

Details: Films from the Media That Matters collection to be featured at the festival!

Schedule:
4:00 PM Short Film Festival
5:30 PM Reception, including a presentation of the Annual Walt Brown Award

For more information, call 442-5506 x10

Published on January 21, 2013

Makers of Media That Matters 8 Film ‘Argentina Turning Around’ Share New Economic-Democracy Project

Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin’s film “Argentina Turning Around” documents Argentina’s recovery from the country’s economic crisis of the late 1990s and early 2000s through inspiring grassroots and community development initiatives. The film won the Labor Award at the Media That Matters 8 Film Festival. Continuing their exploration of economic democracy through documentary film, Young and Dworkin have unveiled a new project entitled, “Shift Change: Putting Democracy to Work.” The film focuses on the successes of worker cooperatives in North America and Mondragon, Spain, and seeks to demonstrate how those employee-owned businesses manage to compete in today’s economy, all while providing secure employment and democratic environments for their workers. Learn more about “Shift Change” here, and watch Young and Dworkin’s “Argentina Turning Around” on the Media That Matters YouTube channel here.

Published on January 15, 2013

Chief of Health and Nutrition for UNICEF Mozambique Praises MTM12 Film ‘The Story of Cholera’

“If only communities could see this video,” Chief of Health and Nutrition for UNICEF Mozambique Emanuele Capobianco writes of the Media That Matters film, “The Story of Cholera,” in Saude e Vida, a blog about the public health system in Mozambique.

Citing recent data, Capobianco reports that the number of cholera cases in Mozambique has continued to fall for the third year in a row.

He goes on to praise Deborah Van Dyke and Yoni Goodman’s animated film “The Story of Cholera,” recipient of the Media That Matters 12 Film Festival Global Health Award, as “incredibly educational and effective in delivering the message of how to prevent and be safe from cholera.” Find out more about “The Story of Cholera” here and watch the film here.

Published on December 26, 2012

Receive a FREE MTM DVD When You Donate to Reel Lives This Holiday Season!

What’s Up With Reel Lives Anyway?

Ohh nothing much.
Except that in 2012 we set the bar pretty high.

Like what?
- Our young filmmakers producing 63 films
- Reaching 50,000+ new viewers
- Taking on Media That Matters Film Festival
- Launching our 1st International Program in Cape Town South Africa

How did we do it, you say?
- Love and hard work from Staff, Students, Interns, Volunteers and Partners
- Generous support from our Funders
- Very little sleep, socializing or time to call (sorry mom.)

But that was the tip of the iceberg!
We rely on support from our communities, family and friends if we want 2013 to look even half as awesome.

Please help us out by kicking in a few bucks!

DONATE NOW!

*Special Offer*
Donate over $5 before midnight, Dec. 31 and you wil receive the MTM11 DVD for FREE
Remember - all donations made before this time are tax deductible for 2012.

Word to the wise…
Purchasing additional MTM titles (including Pre-Order- MTM12!) will also help us continue our work as well as keep you and your loved ones engaged and informed.

Happy holidays from all of us at Reel Lives!

Please help us spread the word by forwarding on to fellow students, teachers, staff, friends, family, Facebook’ers, Twitter followers and Santa.

Published on December 19, 2012

Media That Matters 12 Filmmaker Sean Strub Talks HIV Criminalization With Truthout

After winning the Health Justice Award at Media That Matters 12, filmmaker and activist Sean Strub spoke with Truthout about his work to end HIV criminalization and his film, “HIV Is Not a Crime.”

“I think a lot of people with HIV almost feel there is a resentment that we’ve survived,” Strub tells Truthout. “And increasingly [we’re seen] through the prism of our potential to infect others. Seeing us - defining us - as viral vectors, potential infectors. The most extreme manifestation of that is the criminalization of HIV.”

Strub continues, “We know that stigma is a huge obstacle preventing people from getting tested. Most HIV transmissions come from people who don’t know they have it. Once someone gets tested and know they have it, their sexual behaviors become much less risky than those who have HIV and don’t know it.” Read the full interview here.

Strub is the Executive Director of Sero, a not-for-profit human rights organization that works to combat HIV criminalization and stigma. Find out more about Sero here, and learn more about Strub’s film here.

Published on December 18, 2012

11/10 MTM12 at Teaneck International Film Festival, Teaneck, NJ

For the third consecutive year TIFF partner’s with Arts Engine Twelfth Annual Media That Matters Short Film Festival.

Like so many other events in Teaneck, the idea of a film festival emerged in Spring 2005 out of discussions among ordinary citizens. With the support of the nonprofit organization Puffin Foundation, a small group of dedicated volunteers set out to create an event that would present a collection of compelling and imaginative feature-length films, documentaries and shorts—from a variety of cultures; foster cross-cultural connections; honor talented young Bergen County filmmakers; and encourage filmgoers to rediscover Teaneck’s appeal as a shopping and dining destination.

The first film festival was held in November of 2006 at the Cedar Lane Cinemas and DanceArt Creative Center on Cedar Lane as well as at the Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck, N.J. It drew more than 1,200 filmgoers over the course of the weekend.

Presently, the film festival draws over 3,000 filmgoers each year and has expanded its venues throughout the Teaneck area. The film festival has developed a niche in the film festival circuit by establishing Activism/Making Change as a permanent theme.

Check out the lineup and make sure to catch MTM12!

Published on November 10, 2012

11/8 MTM12 Screening at DATV Fundraiser, Dayton, OH, 7:30PM

Help support DATV and be inspired by short films that aim to make a difference in our lives. DATV presents the “Media That Matters Short Film Festival” on Thursday, November 8th at 7:30pm, at the Neon Movies in Downtown Dayton. 

“By presenting this showcase DATV hopes to inspire Dayton area residents to use media to help make a difference in our community,” said Dan Suffoletto, Marketing Director.

Tickets to the festival are only $10 and may be purchased online at www.datv.org, at the Neon Movies box office, or at DATV’s Public Access Center located at 280 Leo St. in Dayton.

Check out the interview on local news channel WDTN with the event organizers!

Published on November 8, 2012

11/02: FREE MTM12 Educator Workshop, hosted by the School of Visual Arts SocDoc Program - CANCELLED

UPDATE: This event is cancelled due to effects of Hurricane Sandy. Rescheduling information to follow!

As the presenting partner of MEDIA THAT MATTERS, the youth media organization Reel Lives will host an interactive workshop that models ways teachers can use Media That Matters and Reel Lives films in their classrooms; this event will be free to educators and held on Friday, November 2, 2012 at the School of Visual Arts MFA Social Documentary program (SocDoc). SocDoc is excited to once again host Media That Matters at its theatre on West 21st Street; the department will also be hosting information sessions for prospective students for Fall 2013 the following day on Saturday, November 3, and again on December 3.

This workshop will be led by Viraj Kamdar, currently the Lead Curriculum Writer for New Technology Initiative at NYC Department of Education. We invite educators and life-long learners alike to attend; as a special takeaway, all participants will receive complimentary media DVDs to bring home after the workshop - we hope to see you there!

What: Media That Matters 12 Educator Workshop - FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
When: Friday, November 2, 2012, doors open at 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Where: SVA MFA School of Visual Arts | 136 West 21st Street, 1st Floor | New York, NY 10011
Website: http://www.mediathatmattersfest.org

About Media That Matters
Founded by Arts Engine, Media That Matters is the premiere showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day.  Locally and globally, online and in communities around the world, this critical media collection engages diverse audiences and inspires them to take action. For more information, please visit www.mediathatmattersfest.org.

About Arts Engine
Arts Engine, Inc., was a nonprofit organization that supported, produced, and distributed independent media of consequence and promoted its use by advocates, educators and the general public. After over a decade as a trusted source of media that matters, Arts Engine officially ceased operations in September 2012. For official statements or media inquiries, please contact stevemnyc@gmail.com.

About Reel Lives
Reel Lives is a 501(c)3 using media to support education, empowerment and social change. Their approach consists of an integrated set of programming that achieves both depth and breadth of service via Core, Graduate and International Programs, Media That Matters Collection and Curricula Development. For more information, please visit www.reel-lives.org.

About SVA MFA Social Documentary Film
School of Visual Arts (SVA) is a college of art and design whose mission is to educate students who aspire to become professional artists or to work in arts’ many related fields. The MFA Social Documentary Film program guides & supports emerging artists to explore fully the social documentary film form and, in so doing, to find innovative ways to examine and communicate the core experiences and events that define us. For more information, please visit www.mfasocdoc.sva.org or contact us at mfasocdoc@sva.edu.

Published on October 19, 2012

10/25: You’re Invited to the MEDIA THAT MATTERS 12 World Premiere

Arts Engine and Reel Lives kick off MEDIA THAT MATTERS 12 with a world premiere, hosted by the Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV). This exciting new slate of MEDIA THAT MATTERS films will screen at the historic media arts center in Chinatown on Thursday, October 25, 2012 for a $6 suggested donation, with students and youth FREE; no one will be turned away, and all proceeds will go to DCTV in celebration of its 40th anniversary. Local filmmakers and youth producers from around the city will be attendance. Join us for this very special event and find out about more MEDIA THAT MATTERS screenings, workshops and events throughout the year.

What: 12th Annual Media That Matters Showcase Premiere (open to the public)
When: Thursday, October 25, 2012, doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $6.00 suggested donation | students & youth FREE
Where: DCTV | 87 Lafayette Street, New York, NY | dctvny.org
Website: http://www.mediathatmattersfest.org

About Media That Matters
Founded by Arts Engine, Media That Matters is the premiere showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day.  Locally and globally, online and in communities around the world, this critical media collection engages diverse audiences and inspires them to take action. For more information, please visit www.mediathatmattersfest.org.

About Arts Engine
Arts Engine, Inc., was a nonprofit organization that supported, produced, and distributed independent media of consequence and promoted its use by advocates, educators and the general public. After over a decade as a trusted source of media that matters, Arts Engine officially ceased operations in September 2012. For official statements or media inquiries, please contact stevemnyc@gmail.com.

About Reel Lives
Reel Lives is a 501(c)3 using media to support education, empowerment and social change. Their approach consists of an integrated set of programming that achieves both depth and breadth of service via Core, Graduate and International Programs, Media That Matters Collection and Curricula Development. For more information, please visit www.reel-lives.org.

Published on October 11, 2012

Arts Engine & Reel Lives launch MEDIA THAT MATTERS 12

ARTS ENGINE LAUNCHES 12TH MEDIA THAT MATTERS SHOWCASE WITH PRESENTING PARTNER REEL LIVES: Latest collection highlights international issues, women and youth perspectives; NYC events include world premiere (10/25) and free educator workshop (11/02)

ARTS ENGINE, INC & REEL LIVES proudly launch the 12th Media That Matters䋢 Showcase with a world premiere at the historic Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 7 PM. Featuring twelve short films on the most important issues of the day, this screening is open to the public with a suggested $6 donation at the door; students and youth will be admitted for free.

The 12th Media That Matters Showcase (MTM12) marks the final year programmed by Founding Partner Arts Engine. After prescreening hundreds of submissions from over 20 countries, Arts Engine invited a jury of activists, educators, and filmmakers to select the year‰Ûªs twelve award winners. Arts Engine officially closed its doors this September and announced the new home for the curated Media That Matters collection and crowdsourced MediaRights.org with Reel Lives. Reel Lives is an international youth media organization that will ‰ÛÏensure the longevity of the programs for years to come.‰Û Over the summer, Arts Engine transitioned over 180 Media That Matters short films to Presenting Partner Reel Lives, who look forward to unveiling the new face of MTM in 2013 with a more prominent focus on education and youth participation.

MTM12 also represents a creative and programmatic shift from previous years, beginning with a live-action trailer produced by San Francisco-based, socially conscious design collective Otherwise. This year‰Ûªs showcase prominently features international issues, women and youth perspectives, all encapsulated in the Jury Prize winner, AISHA‰ÛªS SONG (directed by Orlando Von Einsiedel) about a young Nigerian woman overcoming physical and societal barriers. Other films include the timely Women & Girls Matter award-winner, FOUR WOMEN, ONE REVOLUTION, produced by Four Corners Media, and the Youth Prize, GROWING UP REFUGEE, about a young filmmaker‰Ûªs Karen classmate. New York-based filmmakers won awards for serious social issue short docs, such as Michael Collins and Marty Syjuco‰Ûªs tale of a Haitian woman‰Ûªs resilience in GERTHY‰ÛªS ROOTS, Sean Strub‰Ûªs depiction of laws against the ‰ÛÏviral underclass‰Û in HIV IS NOT A CRIME, and Ibis Productions‰Ûª ECHOES OF INCARCERATION, produced by New York City youth with imprisoned parents.

Following the New York premiere, all twelve films will be available to purchase on DVD and stream online at mediathatmattersfest.org, where users can customize their own playlists of favorite films from this year‰Ûªs showcase as well as view previous collections. In addition to DVDs, broadcast, and community screenings around the country, Reel Lives will ring in the new year at the helm of the Media That Matters collection pushing the organization‰Ûªs agenda of education, empowerment, and social change. Reel Lives‰Ûª Founder and Executive Director Lyle Kane said, ‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs hard to contain my excitement about making Media That Matters‰Ûª collection of amazing films the flagship of our educational and outreach initiatives.  MTM changes us as an organization, and hopefully we can dramatically increase the impact of these films in classrooms, and other forums around the world.‰Û Reel Lives will host an interactive workshop that models ways teachers can use Media That Matters and Reel Lives films in their classrooms; this event will be free for educators and held on Friday, November 2, 2012 at the School of Visual Arts Social Documentary department. All workshop participants will receive complimentary media DVDs to use in the field.

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MEDIA THAT MATTERS 12 FILM DESCRIPTIONS

AISHA‰ÛªS SONG - JURY AWARD
Nigeria & UK (9:18) | dir. Orlando Von Einsiedel

Partially blinded by an unknown illness, Aisha has a chance meeting that sends her life in a completely different direction.

FOUR WOMEN, ONE REVOLUTION - WOMEN & GIRLS MATTER AWARD
Egypt & USA (8:55) | dirs. Micah Garen & Marie-Helene Carleton

Four Egyptian women talk about their experiences in the revolution.

GROWING UP REFUGEE - YOUTH FILMMAKER AWARD
USA (5:28) | dir. Seanna Randall

A young Karen girl tells about her experiences in a Thai refugee camp.

ECHOES OF INCARCERATION - SPEAKING OUT AWARD
USA (9:58) | prod. Ibis Productions

Young filmmakers speak out about the overlooked national tragedy of children with incarcerated parents.

HIV IS NOT A CRIME - HEALTH JUSTICE AWARD
USA (8:12) | dir. Sean Strub, edit. Leo Herrera

HIV Criminalization has created a “viral underclass” creating different laws for different groups of people based on the viruses they carry.

THE STORY OF CHOLERA - GLOBAL HEALTH AWARD
Israel & USA (4:29) | dir. Yoni Goodman, prod. Deborah Van Dyke

Making visible the invisible cholera germs brings to life the teaching points of cholera prevention.

THE LAST ICEMAN OF CHIMBORAZO - SUSTAINING TRADITIONS AWARD
Ecuador & USA (11:46) | dir. Gabriela Lozada

Deep in the Chimborazo volcano is hidden an ingredient to which people attribute healing and sacred power ‰ÛÒ Baltazar is the last man on earth who knows how to find it.

GERTHY‰ÛªS ROOTS - BELIEF MATTERS AWARD
Haiti & USA (10:34) | dir. Michael Collins, prod. Marty Syjuco

The story of a strong and inspiring Haitian-born woman and her quest to make a difference in her beloved homeland.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN WHO
LOVES HIP-HOP? ‰ÛÒ PERSPECTIVES AWARD
USA (8:00) | dir. Briana Noble. prod. Free Spirit Media

Exploring the hip hop community through the lens of an African American woman.

LADY RAZORBACKS - EMPOWERMENT AWARD
USA (4:07) | dir. Laura Green

When a group of Pacific Islander women struggle to start a rugby team in East Palo Alto, they find the field to be an unexpected sanctuary.

HUMAN RIGHTS ARE FOR EVERYONE! - KNOWLEDGE IS POWER AWARD
USA (2:52) | prod. Wide Angle Media

What are human rights and why are they important?

Stories of TRUST: Calling for Climate Recovery - CHANGEMAKER AWARD
USA (6:49) | prods. WITNESS, Our Children‰Ûªs Trust & iMatter: Kids vs. Global Warming

Protect our TRUST. Restore our ATMOSPHERE.

Published on October 1, 2012

10/12: Short Films about Sustainability & International Communities at the University of Hawaii

The Department of American Studies at the University of HawaiæÈi at M€noa presents a collection of brief documentaries focusing on themes of environmental justice and the impact of modernity and globalization on the Asian/Pacific Basin. Thematically, each of these films looks at issues of community, reconstruction, and sustainability under the context of “After Empire” - modernization, global warming, and militarization.

After the films are shown, we will be hosting a discussion with Professor Liam Kelley of the History Department as well as poet and performance artist, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner.

Location: Center for Korean Studies Auditorium
Date: Friday, 12 October 2012
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 PM

**The Leaves Keep Falling is co-sponsored with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies. The films shown were programmed by Theresa Christine Navarro of “Media That Matters,” and the event will be moderated by Pahole Sookkasikon, PhD. student in American Studies.

Published on October 1, 2012

Fall 2012: Media That Matters and Black Documentary Collective at Harlem Stage on Screen

Check out another exciting season of HARLEM STAGE ON SCREEN! For over 30 years, the interdisciplinary arts organization Harlem Stage has presented over 500 films in a variety of programs, reflecting the diversity of Harlem by creative independent filmmakers whose work deserves notice. 

We are proud to partner with the Black Documentary Collective to curate short films for the following events:

A SHADOW FROM THE LYNCHING TREE (Directed by Carvin Eison), preceded by I AM SEAN BELL
7:30pm, Tuesday, October 16

A Shadow from the Lynching Tree is an arresting film that revisits a bleak and violent chapter in American history during which record numbers of African-Americans were terrorized and lynched in the name of white racial supremacy.

SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME, preceded by BOOKS NOT BARS
7:30pm, Wednesday, November 14

A 90-minute film that challenges one of Americans‰Ûª most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation.

EVENT INFORMATION
Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Ave (at West 135th St)
New York, NY 10031
Tickets $10

Published on September 13, 2012

8/17: Media That Matters screening at IMPACT 2012, presented by Culture Project

Come join Arts Engine on Friday August 17th at 7pm for a screening of short films that are part of Media That Matters collection related to constitutional rights.  The screening is hosted by Culture Project, and is part of the series, Democracy Matters, a series of artistic events that draw attention to issues related to voter suppression and and voting rights. This series is one of the many that are featured in Culture Project’s IMPACT 2012 festival.

Going on through August 26, Culture Project’s IMPACT offers a main stage to artists, activists, musicians, directors, economists, provocateurs, filmmakers, patriots and visionaries. The Festival will consist of documentaries, satirical political comedy, music, theater and new art created by emerging and established artists along with provocative conversations focusing on subjects crucial to the decision making process and the preservation of our democracy and constitution.  Two other events worth checking out that are part of the Democracy Matters series:
Tuesday August 14th 8pm: Urban Word NYC, a spoken word, poetry and hip-hop performances by teens part of Urban Word’s creative writing and art programs
Sunday August 18th 7pm: Artists in Residence, IMPACT 2012 Resident Artists discuss, create, and rehearse new work surrounding the week‰Ûªs topics

EVENT INFORMATION
Culture Project
45 Bleecker Street
(near Lafayette St)
New York, NY 10012
Subway: B. D, F, M to Broadway/Lafayette or 6 to Bleecker Street

Suggested ticket donations are $10, and all events are pay-what-you-can
To purchase tickets, visit Culture Project, or call 866-811-4111

ABOUT CULTURE PROJECT
Culture Project, an organization dedicated to addressing critical human rights issues by creating and supporting artistic work that amplifies marginalized voices. By fostering innovative collaboration between human rights organizations and artist, Culture Project aims to inspire and impact public dialogue and policy, encouraging democratic participation in the most urgent matters of our time.

facebook.com/nyc.culture.project
@Culture_Project

Published on July 31, 2012

Media That Matters™ 12 Jury


Karim Ahmad

KARIM AHMAD oversees several funding initiatives at ITVS, including the Open Call, the Diversity Development Fund and the innovative web series FUTURESTATES, for which he reviews projects for funding and works with greenlit filmmakers to develop both non-fiction and fiction content from conception to completion. He previously served as Feature Development Director at San Francisco production company Momentum Cinema, where he wrote and produced the award-winning narrative feature film Harrison Montgomery, starring Martin Landau. Karim has served as a panelist for numerous film funders and festivals, worked extensively as an independent story consultant, and received his BA from Pomona College.


Kellie Anderson-Picallo

KELLIE ANDERSON-PICALLO is the Director of Media Education at Auburn Media, and is an ordained Presbyterian PC (USA) minister. An Emmy-Award winning producer, she knows the power of the media to create transformation. Her call is to help responsible voices use the media as a pulpit to further the common good. Kellie, who brings her years of producing and writing into her ministry, is a frequent preacher and teacher.


Danielle Beverly

DANIELLE BEVERLY has been a documentary filmmaker since 1999. She was Field Producer for ‰ÛÏRebirth‰Û which premiered at Sundance 2011, aired on Showtime on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, screened at The White House, was selected to represent the US Department of State on a tour of American films, and won a Peabody Award in 2012. ‰ÛÏRebirth” is a longitudinal documentary tracking the healing of five people affected by 9/11 over a decade, as well as the rebuild of The World Trade Center in 35mm time-lapse film. It will be a permanent exhibit at the National September 11th Memorial & Museum.

Danielle is in post-production on her documentary ‰ÛÏOld South‰Û, which follows gentrification in a Georgia community ‰ÛÒ she worked as a solo crew to shoot, direct, and produce the project.

Danielle‰Ûªs first documentary ‰ÛÏLearning to Swallow‰Û (2005) premiered in competition at Silverdocs, screened internationally, and traveled to small rural communities as part of The Southern Circuit. In 2007, she produced the ITVS International Global Perspectives documentary series ‰ÛÏTrue Stories: Life in the USA”, hosted by Danny Glover, which has aired in 20+ developing countries.  In 2006, she was nominated for an Emmy for the PBS series ‰ÛÏKeeping Kids Healthy‰Û, and was selected for the CPB/PBS Producers Academy at WGBH.

Danielle was a 2011 Flaherty Fellow at The Robert J. Flaherty Seminar and received a 2012 Rynne Research Fellowship from The Center for Peacemaking. She has received grants from The Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, The Lucius & Eva Eastman Fund, NYSCA, and The Puffin Foundation. She was a Professor of Filmmaking at the University of Notre Dame and is currently a Visiting Professional in Residence in Digital Media at Marquette University.


Dominique Elbourne

DOMINIQUE (Nikki) ELBOURNE was born and raised in Trinidad, and moved to New York in 2009 to attend Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School. While going to school, Nikki became an intern for the organization Reel Lives, where students tell their stories through documentaries. Her experience at Reel Lives made filmmaking a new interest and loves everything about it, especially editing. Nikki graduated from Manhattan Comprehensive in 2010 and continues to work with the staff in making short films about the school. Nikki will begin her freshman year at the Borough of Manhattan Community College with a major in Film Studies. Her hobbies include soccer, reading, writing, and listening to music. To find out more about the program, and watch films from Nikki and youth producers like her, visit Reel-Lives.org.


Matisse Bustos Hawkes

MATISSE BUSTOS HAWKES is the Communications Manager at WITNESS, which provides creative and strategic leadership on digital communications for the organization. Prior to WITNESS, she spent two years at Aperture, the fine photography foundation, as the publicist. She later worked at PixelPress, a multimedia company for social change where she helped produce projects such as “The End of Polio”, with UNICEF and WHO which featured the work of world-renowned photojournalist Sebastiao Salgado. For more information, follow WITNESS @witnessorg and her @matissebh on Twitter, and check out her new initiative on Youtube, The Human Rights Channel (a collaboration between WITNESS and Storyful).


Lisa Lee

LISA LEE is a tech geek by day and a do-gooder by night. During work hours, Lisa proudly works in Diversity and Inclusion at Facebook and chairs the company’s Asian American Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group. Outside of work, Lisa has dedicated her time to numerous causes, mainly issues in the Asian American community and issues facing girls and women.

From 2008 to 2011, Lisa served as the pro bono publisher of HYPHEN Magazine, an award-winning publication and website that covers Asian American arts, culture, and politics. Since she became the publisher in 2008, the volunteer-run organization’s annual budget has doubled through development and fundraising efforts that she implemented and supervised. Under her leadership, HYPHEN also embarked on marketing efforts that increased its readership by 100%. In 2010, along with the Strategic Planning Committee, Lisa led HYPHEN to successfully complete its first three-year strategic plan.

In February 2011, Lisa co-founded Thick Dumpling Skin, a community forum dedicated to discussing body image issues and eating disorders in the Asian American community. The site was picked by Audrey Magazine as one of the best blogs of 2011.

Lisa was listed on Angry Asian Man’s list of 30 Most Influential Asian Americans under 30 in 2009 and is the recipient of the 2011 San Francisco Emerging Leader Asian American Heritage Award. She is a frequent speaker on panels and at workshops on media-related issues for Asian American college students, young professionals and nonprofit managers. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley in Mass Communications and Theatre & Performance Studies, Lisa is committed to using her communications and social media background to create a more complex representation of Asian America.

Read more about her at www.misslisalee.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/lisalee, and follow her on Twitter @rrrlisarrr.


Carol Tizzano

CAROL TIZZANO is an art and media educator and an award-winning producer. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for NAMLE (National Association for Media Literacy Education). She teaches art, media studies, and production to children, teens, and adults at the elementary through university levels and in community settings. She presents on a wide range of topics for diverse audiences. Workshop and presentation themes include media literacy basics; media representation of girls and women; media and pop culture related to gender and diversity; critical viewing; creating animation; the impact of commercial and consumer culture; linking art education and media literacy; animation production; and independent media. As a presenter and educator, Carol bridges the worlds of theory and practice and makes the content accessible and useful.

Her documentary, “PicturePerfect”, addresses how women and girls are depicted in popular culture and the resulting impact. She is co-author of “Kids Talk TV: Inside/Out”, a media literacy resource that provides a solid foundation for creating media literate youth. As a PBS freelance producer, she has covered the arts and cultural scene of northeast Ohio. Her work as an educator and producer reflects her commitments to valuing diversity, advocating social justice, and supporting the arts.

Published on July 31, 2012

7/25: Film Screenings on Economic Justice in the Developing World at Bluestockings

Join Arts Engine for a film screening, co-hosted by Global Goods Partners of BREAD, SEEDS OF HOPE: SOUTH AFRICA, and AFTER THE HARVEST on Wednesday July 25th at Bluestockings. Each of these films touch on economic growth and development within the developing world. In today’s world, where economic conditions seem to be fighting against communities working to make a living, these films tell the story of such communities around the world who face similar economic hardships. All three films were featured in previous Media that Matters festivals.

The screening is free, with a suggested $5 donation at the door, and open to the public.

Easiest access to Bluestockings is by taking the F train to 2nd Avenue stop or JMZ to Essex/Delancey Street stop.

Published on July 18, 2012

June Discount: 10% off MTM11 for Educators

School’s (almost) out for summer and Arts Engine is excited to offer educators a special end-of-the-year discount on our specially curated Media That Matters collection. These short films have been integrated in media literacy programs, classroom curriculum and non-profit awareness raising campaigns across the country and include subject-specific Take Action links and free online discussion guides via the Media That Matters website. For the month of June, you can add this important resource to your classroom toolkit and receive 10% off the Media That Matters 11 DVD by entering the promo code TN1008 upon checkout; discount only applies to Schools, Libraries & Community Organizations, and Universities, Colleges & Institutions.

About MEDIA THAT MATTERS 11
Producer: Arts Engine
Run Time: 92 minutes
Enter the Promo Code TN1008 to receive a 10% discount upon checkout

Films include:

Walking Home (4:03 min, USA)
Directed by Nuala Cabral. Produced by Third World Newsreel (Filmmaker Nuala Cabral in person)
Walking Home is an experimental piece about women ritually facing street harassment as they walk home. Shot in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, it mixes 16mm film, video, poetry and music in an effort to honor and reclaim our voice, name and humanity in the public sphere. This is for the walkers, talkers and those who say nothing.

After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffee Lands (6:11 min, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua)
Directed by Brian Kimmel, Producer, Laura Peterson
In a recent survey of small-scale coffee famers in Mexico, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, over 67% indicated they were unable to maintain their normal diet for 3-8 months of the year. After the Harvest is a film that brings the day-to-day challenges of the thin months to life in the voices of coffee farmers themselves, and shares the successes of creative projects that have been established to eliminate this annual period of food insecurity.

Amen (4:35 min, USA)
Directed by Yusef Haron. Producer, Michelle Chan
Amen is about two men from different faiths and race, who come to an understanding in a local dinner, that they aren‰Ûªt as different as they may have thought.

Article of Faith (10 min, USA)
Director and produced by Christina Antonakos-Wallace
A portrait of Sikh-American activist Sonny Singh, as he organizes New York City Sikh-youth to combat harassment in their school. Article of Faith is part of a larger documentary project entitled with Wings and Roots currently in production.

Burning Barriers (8:16 min, USA)
Producer: Tribeca Film Institute/ Summer Arts Program
Female firefighters have been protecting homes and saving lives for thirty years but continue to remain in the shadows of their male colleagues. Burning Barriers aims to highlight the struggle of these brave women to gain acceptance inside the firehouse as well as in their communities and families.

Everybody‰Ûªs Nuts (12 min, USA)
Director and producer Fabian Euresti
This film explores the choice of two individuals whose economic circumstances 20 years ago are still much the same.

Isa‰Ûªs Final Draft (9:24 min, USA)
Produced by Global Action Project
By choosing to focus on the personal journey of a young undocumented woman, the youth producers highlighted both the interpersonal and institutional challenges that disempower their community.

It‰Ûªs In Your Hands (2:34 min, USA)
Director and produced by Andrew Hinton
A young couple in Maharashtra working in health and sanitation in India supports local villagers in implementing solutions to improve water access and quality, and raising awareness of sanitation issues. 3.5 million children die annually due to diarrhea and acute respiratory infection worldwide - more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. A simple act can save large numbers of these kids: hand washing with soap.

LGBT Teens in Chicago (5:13 min, USA)
Produced by Free Spirit Media
LGBT Teens in Chicago was created by five youth working with non-profit organization Free Spirit Media in partnership with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. The youth filmmakers explore the topic of homosexuality in high schools in Chicago, exposing various youth perspectives and seeking to promote understanding and respect.

My Fellow American (2:49 min, USA)
Directed by Rob Gardner. Produced by Alex Kronemer and Unity Productions Foundation
What if recognizable faces, faces of neighbors and friends were suddenly vilified by public rhetoric. What would you do?

Sick Wid It (10:01 min, USA)
Directed and produced by Ryan Malloy and Briar March
One dance style, born of the streets of Oakland is giving youth a way to express themselves on the dance floor.

The Leaves Keep Falling (12:02 min, USA)
Director: Isaac Haney-Owens Producer: Isaac Haney-Owens and Talking Eyes Media
As part of its herbicidal program during the Vietnam War, the U.S. military sprayed some 12 million gallons of Agent Orange defoliant on Vietnam. Forty years later, the toxin Agent Orange is still wreaking havoc on three generations of Vietnamese civilians.

Talking About It (5:04 min, USA)
Director: Isaac Haney-Owens Producer: BAYCAT
A young filmmaker and photographer brings us into his world of living with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Published on May 31, 2012

6/20: THE NEXT WAVE (MTM9) and HOME: THE GREAT MIGRATION OF THE 21st CENTURY at Harlem Stage

Join Arts Engine and Harlem Stage on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 for a screening of the Media That Matters short film, THE NEXT WAVE. Directed by Jennifer Redsearn and Tim Metzger, THE NEXT WAVE follows the struggle of the world‰Ûªs first climate change refugees, the Carteret Islanders; the film won the Jury Award at Media That Matters 9.

The program will also include the Black Documentary Collective short film, A SHADOW FROM THE LYNCHING TREE, directed by Carvin Eison, which revisits a turbulent chapter in American history by juxtaposing the music of the THE ROOTS with provocative images of our violent racial past.

Both short films will precede the feature film, HOME: THE GREAT MIGRATION OF THE 21ST CENTURY. For five years filmmaker Naimah Fuller examined the staggering number of blacks leaving major cities and relocating to the south. In his film Home: The Great Migration of the 21st Century, Naimah studied the ‰ÛÏpush-pull‰Û factors of this new phenomenon by exploring historical and current conditions facing blacks in the north and the south.

Event Information
Harlem Stage on Screen
Presented in Partnership with the Black Documentary Collective & Media That Matters
7:30pm, Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
New York, NY 10031

Ticket Information
Members $8
General $10
Buy Tickets

Published on May 30, 2012

6/8: Media That Matters 11 at Scribe Video Center, with Filmmaker Nuala Cabral

Did you miss the New York premiere of Media That Matters 11? Fret not - we’re proud to announce a FREE screening of the entire program for Philadelphia audiences at Scribe Video Center on Friday, June 8, 2012. Founded in 1982, Scribe Video Center is a place where emerging and experienced media artists can gain access to the tools and knowledge of video making and work together in a supportive environment. Based in Philadelphia, Scribe has established eight ongoing programs designed to meet the needs of the general public and media artists, including workshops, documentary projects for youth, and the monthly on-site screening series Storyville. In addition to screening all thirteen films in the 11th Media That Matters showcase, Scribe Video Center is also excited to announce that WALKING HOME filmmaker Nuala Cabral will be in attendance. Hope to see you there!

Event Information | MORE INFO
Media That Matters 11
Presented in Partnership with the Arts Engine & Scribe Video Center
7:00pm, Friday, June 8, 2012
Scribe Video Center
4212 Chestnut Street 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
FREE & Open to the public

Storyville is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Published on May 26, 2012

6/8: Media That Matters 11 at Scribe Video Center, with Filmmaker Nuala Cabral

Did you miss the New York premiere of Media That Matters 11? Fret not - we’re proud to announce a FREE screening of the entire program for Philadelphia audiences at Scribe Video Center on Friday, June 8, 2012. Founded in 1982, Scribe Video Center is a place where emerging and experienced media artists can gain access to the tools and knowledge of video making and work together in a supportive environment. Based in Philadelphia, Scribe has established eight ongoing programs designed to meet the needs of the general public and media artists, including workshops, documentary projects for youth, and the monthly on-site screening series Storyville. In addition to screening all thirteen films in the 11th Media That Matters showcase, Scribe Video Center is also excited to announce that WALKING HOME filmmaker Nuala Cabral will be in attendance. Hope to see you there!

Event Information | MORE INFO
Media That Matters 11
Presented in Partnership with the Arts Engine & Scribe Video Center
7:00pm, Friday, June 8, 2012
Scribe Video Center
4212 Chestnut Street 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
FREE & Open to the public

Storyville is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Published on May 25, 2012

Media That Matters shorts part of In The Life Media Transgender Film & Video Online Festival

Last week, In The Life Media and Arts Engine cohosted an evening of transgender film and video shorts at the In The Life Media Studio in New York City.

For those of you who were unable to join us, we now present an online version. VoilÌÊ: An online film festival exploring the transgender experience, gender identity, and personal stories from gender non-conforming young people. To watch now, click here or copy and paste the url “http://www.itlmedia.org/blog/entry/watch-an-online-festival-of-transgender-film-and-video-shorts” to your internet browser.

Want to find out more about gender identity and expression? Here are different ways you can get involved and take action:

  • Check out this website with information for LGBT youth

  • Sign up for e-mail updates from In The Life Media

  • Stand up against intolerance in schools and meet anti-LGBT bullying issues head on with GLSEN & ThinkB4YouSpeak

  • Start support at home with Gender Spectrum

  • Watch April’s episode of Becoming Me

    If you’re interested in finding out more about these films, or hosting a screening of transgender film and video shorts with your group, please contact {encode=“screenings@artsengine.net” title=“screenings@artsengine.net”}.

    Published on May 2, 2012

    Arts Engine & Cinemagical Media present Mindful Media Engagement in San Francisco

    In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore the challenges and opportunities of engaging in active media citizenry in this digital age. Often, we plug in and tune out, eventually we find ourselves overwhelmed by social network streams and soundbytes. Join us for this media screening and workshop where we explore mindfulness and media engagement practices, resources, and tools that allow us to communicate in new and compassionate literacies.

    Event Information
    Mindful Media Engagement: From Passive Consumer to Compassionate Citizen
    Presented by Arts Engine & Cinemagical Media
    5:30pm, Monday, May 14, 2012
    Wix Lounge San Francisco
    2601 Mission Street @ 22nd Street, 3rd Floor (above US Bank)
    San Francisco, CA
    FREE - RSVP required


    Program Curators & Workshop Leaders

    Kirthi Nath is a filmmaker, producer and educator committed to social benefit and celebrating how ordinairy people inspire extraordinarily change. She is the founder and lead creative producer at Cinemagical Media, a conscious media company. Kirthi is active in her personal filmmaking and currently working on a transmedia project about modern day mindfulness.
    Follow @kirthinath

    Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Theresa Navarro contributes over seven years of experience in production, programming, and public relations. She has collaborated with multimedia arts organizations and educational institutions in California and Hawai‰Ûªi, and presented lectures and workshops across the country on community engagement and empowerment in the digital age. In 2011, she was featured as one of 15 Asian Pacific American Women Leaders for her work in promoting the media arts. 
    Follow @theresaxtine

    About the Organizations

    CINEMAGICAL MEDIA provides artistic, compelling, high quality video services for companies, non-profits and individuals who use media to inspire, instigate and further positive social change and promote healthy communities and human connections. Our expertise in media production covers a wide range from producing, filming, editing to distribution, and our background as artists with experience in social media and community engagement lends itself to producing media that is creative, heart-based and strategic. Connect: @hi_cinemagical.com // www.cinemagicalmedia.com

    ARTS ENGINE, Inc., a 501(3)(c) organization incorporated in the State of New York, supports, produces, and distributes independent media of consequence and promotes the use of independent media by advocates, educators and the general public. By fostering the production and use of independent film, video and new media, Arts Engine connects media makers and active audiences in order to spur critical consideration of pressing social issues. Arts Engine presents the Media that Matters festival, look out for it in your town.
    Connect @arts_engine // http://www.artsengine.net

    Published on May 1, 2012

    5/23: Eyes on the Fair Use Prize (MTM6) and 125 Franco’s BLVD at Harlem Stage on Screen

    Join Arts Engine and Harlem Stage on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 for a screening of the MTM short EYES ON THE FAIR USE PRIZE. Winner of the Fair Use Award, EYES is a cautionary tale about intellectual property - a hot button issue for any budding documentary filmmaker - and how it affected an award winning Civil Rights documentary.

    Our MTM short film will screen alongside the feature film, 125 FRANCO’S BLVD. Directed by Sia Kyorkor and Jacob Templin, this documentary looks at the legendary artist Franco the Great, who started painting murals on storefront gates in 1968. The film follows the conflict that arises when his street art is threatened by a new city law that will remove the famous painter‰Ûªs 40 year old security gate canvas.

    Event Information
    Harlem Stage on Screen
    Presented in Partnership with the Black Documentary Collective & Media That Matters
    7:30pm, Wednesday, May 23, 2012
    The Gatehouse
    150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
    New York, NY 10031

    Ticket Information
    Members $8
    General $10
    Buy Tickets

    Published on April 30, 2012

    4/21: MTM films with Venice Arts & Kennedy Center Event celebrating

    In celebration of the Kennedy Center’s What’s Going On Now nationwide project, for which Venice Arts is the Southern California Youth Partner, we will host an Open Screen event featuring your videos exploring how the themes raised by Marvin Gaye’s seminal album continue to resonate today. The evening will also feature the final version documentary short “We Win or We Die,“which focuses on the Egyptian uprising and premiered in workshop form at Venice Arts Gallery last summer, as well as a selection of short films from Media That Matters.

    Join the celebration & showcase your talent! Submit your work by emailing Elysa at elysa@venice-arts.org.

    Event Information
    What’s Going On Now
    Media That Matters & Venice Arts in partnership with Kennedy Center
    7:00-9:00pm, Saturday, April 21, 2012
    1702 Lincoln Blvd.
    Venice, 90291
    RSVP to Elysa at {encode=“elysa@venice-arts.org” title=“elysa@venice-arts.org”}

    Published on April 6, 2012

    4/19: An Evening of Transgender Film and Video with In the Life Media

    Join Arts Engine and In The Life Media for an evening of transgender film and video. Featuring four shorts exploring the transgender experience, the evening will also include a lively discussion with special guests. Space is limited for this free event; to RSVP, visit the In the Life Media event page.

    BECOMING ME
    Produced by In The Life Media

    Eight families with transgender and gender non-conforming children ranging in ages from 5 to 25 share their stories. With the healthy development of their children at stake, parents must confront binary perceptions of gender, widespread transphobia and controversial parenting decisions.

    I’M JUST ANNEKE (MTM10)
    Directed and Produced by Jonathan Skurnik

    Anneke is 12-year-old tomboy who loves ice hockey. Everybody she meets assumes she’s a boy. The onset of puberty has created an identity crisis for Anneke. Does she want to be a boy or a girl when she grows up, or something in between?

    SLIP OF THE TONGUE (MTM6)
    Directed by Karen Lum
    Produced by Youth Sounds Factory

    Using slam poetry as a soundtrack, Slip of the Tongue is adapted from a spoken word poem by Adriel Luis looking at perceptions of beauty, ethnicity, and body image.

    I’M NOT A BOY (MTM7)
    Directed by Julie Joyce
    Produced by Listen Up! & Frame by Frame Fierce

    Julie Joyce is not a boy. She is more than just an intense, fast-talking New York City sixteen-year-old. She’s a trans-gendered youth who wants what all young people want to be heard and to have a positive space to live and grow.

    Event Information:
    An Evening of Transgender Film and Video
    Presented by Arts Engine & In the Life Media
    6:30-8:30pm, Thursday, April 19, 2012
    In the Life Media Studio
    184 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor
    New York, Ny 10010

    RSVP here

    IN THE LIFE MEDIA
    For twenty years, In The Life Media has been a leading media organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement. One of the nations most honored and influential LGBT groups, In The Life Media creates social and political change by examining issues critical to LGBT individuals and providing audiences with powerful ways to advance equality within, and beyond, their communities. Produced by In The Life Media, the Emmy-nominated series, IN THE LIFE, was the firstand remains the onlyLGBT newsmagazine on public television. IN THE LIFE is a two-time Emmy Award nominee, a Lambda Legal Liberty Award honoree, a Seigenthaler Award recipient from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and a Ribbon of Hope Award recipient from The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

    Published on April 4, 2012

    4/11: Free Screening of Superstar (MTM7) and Jesse Owens doc at Harlem Stage

    Join us for a free screening of Harlem Stage on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 for a screening of the MTM short SUPERSTAR. Winner of the Emerging Voice Award, Superstar documents one young man’s quest to realize his dreams. Filmmaker Naiquan Green will be in attendance for the post-screening Q&A.

    Our MTM short film will screen alongside Laurens Grant’s feature, JESSE OWENS. Produced, directed and written by the team behind the Emmy-Award-winning documentary Freedom Riders (Laurens Grant and Stanley Nelson) bring you the story of the most famous athlete of his time, whose stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world. The film will premiere on the PBS series American Experience Tuesday, May 1 at 8:00pm… more info

    Event Information
    Harlem Stage on Screen
    Presented in Partnership with the Black Documentary Collective & Media That Matters
    7:00pm, Wednesday, April 18, 2012
    The Gatehouse
    150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
    New York, NY 10031

    RSVP at {encode=“boxoffice@harlemstage.com” title=“boxoffice@harlemstage.com”} or call (212) 281-9240 ext. 19 or 20

    Published on April 2, 2012

    Media That Matters & The Black Documentary Collective screening at Harlem Stage

    Join us at Harlem Stage on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 for a screening of the MTM short A Loud Color. Directed by Brent Joseph the film follows New Orleans native Louis Harding as he revisits the contributions of notable African Americans in his post-Katrina neighborhood.


    The film will screen along Shukree Tilghman‰Ûªs feature More Than A Month. With More Than a Month, filmmaker Shukree Tilghman challenges the establishment by campaigning to end Black History Month! This often comedic cross-country documentary offers a candid look at race and power in ‰ÛÏpost-racial‰Û America.


    The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m.


    For more information and to purchase tickets please visit: harlemstage.org

    Published on February 7, 2012

    Upcoming Screenings of Media That Matters!

    January 16 - The Apollos (MTM 7)
    JCC Manhattan Presents Artists Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Monday, January 16th
    6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
    2537 Broadway at 95th Street

    http://www.jccmanhattan.org/performances?page=cat-content&progid=25056

    @JCCManhattan

    January 28 - MTM 11 Collection

    Saturday, January 28th
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Providence Inner City Arts
    Roots Cultural Center
    276 Westminster St. Providence, RI.

    http://www.rootscafeprovidence.com/

    @ProvidenceRoots

    Published on January 13, 2012

    Working Films Seeks Media Makers Addressing Aging and Elder Rights

    REEL AGING: REAL CHANGE
    March 23 - 27, 2012


    Working Films, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, announces Reel Aging: Real Change, an initiative that will tie compelling documentary films and transmedia projects that explore aging to ongoing policy work and grassroots campaigns supporting older populations globally. Applications are due by January 6, 2012.  Reel Aging: Real Change will begin on March 23, 2012 with a four-day residency where eight to ten media teams will sharpen their strategies for audience and community engagement. On Tuesday, March 27, the teams will present their projects to regional, national and global NGOs, funders, government agencies, activists, and policy makers ‰ÛÒ all leaders in the field of aging who have a track record of supporting elder rights, respect and health. The goal: to embed the film and media projects into on-the-ground efforts by the advocates in the room. Hosted in Washington, DC in collaboration with the Center for Social Media at American University, this day-long, strategic convening will launch a collaborative campaign between the participating media makers and the NGOs.

    We are seeking applications from media makers for participation in Reel Aging: Real Change. All nonfiction projects that explore the aging experience are eligible to apply, and applicants may be at any stage of production or distribution, from new and completed projects to works-in-progress.


    Application Deadline: January 6, 2012.

     

    Registration Fee: NONE. This residency includes lodging, meals, and materials. Participants are responsible for covering their own travel; limited stipends are available.

     

    Submission: Please complete application form online at workingfilms.org/reelaging

     

    Please Help Spread the Word: Please forward this announcement to friends and colleagues and share www.workingfilms.org/reelaging on Facebook and Twitter.

     

    Published on November 21, 2011

    Upcoming MTM 11 Screenings

    Don’t miss your chance to see the 11th annual Media That Matters collection on the big screen.


    November 12, 2011
    3 p.m.
    Teaneck International Film Festival
    Davis, Saperstein & Salomon
    375 Cedar Lane, Teaneck, NJ 07666



    November 17, 2011
    7:30 p.m.
    Dayton Access Television / Neon Movies
    280 Leo St. Dayton, Ohio 45404

    Published on November 11, 2011

    A GIRL LIKE ME SCREENING Wednesday 10-2-11

    Media That Matters & BDC at Harlem Stage Presents


    The Black Girl Project, by Aiesha Turman
    A Girl Like Me, by Kiri Davis


    *Moderated by Toni Blackman*


    Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7:30p


    For more information and to purchase tickets please visit: harlemstage.org

    Published on November 2, 2011

    MTM 11 Panels & Workshops Available Online Now!

    If you weren’t able to make it out to our Impact and Women & Girls Matter panels and workshops, there is no need to worry!


    You can view them here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/media-that-matters-2010


    Please contact us at {encode=“festival@artsengine.net” title=“festival@artsengine.net”} with any suggestions or comments of future panels you would like to see.

    Published on October 31, 2011

    Watch MTM 11 Online Now!!!

    Media That Matters䋢 is the premiere showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day. Local and global, online and in communities around the world, Media That Matters䋢 engages diverse audiences and inspires them to take action.

    All thirteen films from the collection are currently available for online streaming at www.mediathatmattersfest.org/watch/11.  This unique interactive experience will give viewers the opportunity to comment on their favorite films, connect with fellow fans of Media That Matters, and, for the first time, customize their own playlists of favorite films from the eleventh annual collection and years past.

    From Director of Technology David Wright: “This year we will be incorporating a new feature called the Issue Builder that will allow you to make a playlist of your favorite films from the Media That Matters collection. Host an inspiring custom screening with your favorite films, share your playlist on popular social media sites or build a curriculum around specific issues and stream it online.”

    Join us today and be one of the first to experience the newest way to watch all your favorite Media That Matters films!

    Published on October 31, 2011

    Media That Matters Presents Women & Girls Matter

    We have heard the unnerving statistics: In commercial film, only 7 percent of directors, 6 percent of directors of photography, and 20 percent of producers are female. Women fare slightly better in documentary, where they make up 28% of directors and 11% of directors of photography. Still, the figures are dismal. Women and Girls Matter, a day of panels and workshops at Media That Matters䋢, is designed to look at the obstacles and opportunities for women and girls in filmmaking and new media, highlighting the values women bring to their work, and open up a dialogue for ways to create new spaces for female voices in the field.
    While the day focuses on the needs of women in film, we hope to conclude the day with concrete actions for participants to take to help bring the voices of women and girls out of the margins and into the mainstream. Arts Engine is hoping in the next year to sponsor more events focusing on women & girls in film and new media. The dialogue generated at the event will help shape the direction of those activities.

    Since this event is designed to be a series of intimate conversations, space is extremely limited. While we are able to offer these conversations at no cost to participants, you MUST register in advance. Registration will open on Friday, September 30th. You can register online at womenandgirlsmatter.eventbrite.com


    Opening Doors and Windows: Access and Gender in Documentary Filmmaking
    9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    The making of a successful documentary film depends on access to the film’s subject(s). This includes building a relationship of trust to establish intimate access, as well as having the ability to go everywhere your subject goes in order to have physical access.
    To what extent does gender play a role in the ability to follow a subject? What are the obstacles and opportunities for female filmmakers in establishing access? How do these obstacles and opportunities shape choices, from choosing a topic through the logistical planning of shoots, crafting interview questions and capturing the most intimate moments? How does gender play a role in creating boundaries and in the relationship between the subject and the filmmaker?
    Join established filmmakers as they share their personal experiences with the ways in which their gender has played a role in the creation of their films. The session will allow ample time for questions and dialogue.
    Panelists:
    Kirsten Johnson, Director of Photography: The Oath, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, Co-Director: Deadline
    Yoruba Richen, Producer/Director: Promised Land
    Lisa F. Jackson, Producer/Director: The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo, Sex Crimes Unit
    Moderator: Michelle Materre, Independent Distribution and Marketing Consultant and Professor of Media Studies, New School


    Breaking and Entering:  A Young Women‰Ûªs Guide to Starting a Career in Film
    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    The younger generation has great access to audiences; filmmaking and editing technology is cheaper than ever and web-based distribution platforms are open to all. What is the current climate for young women and girls breaking into filmmaking? What resources are available, and what is lacking? Are roles behind the camera gendered?
    Hear the story straight from girl media makers and their mentors. We‰Ûªll discuss opportunities for advancement as well as obstacles they faced and lessons learned along the way. 
    Panelists:  youth female filmmakers from Maysles Institute, ReelWorks
    Moderator:  Kathleen Sweeney, Media Studies Faculty, The New School for Public Engagement, author of Maiden USA: Girl Icons Come of Age


    Throwing Open the House: What Next for Women and Girls in Film and New Media?
    2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

    Even as women have continued to make significant headway in other industries, the film business has remained a heavily male-dominated shop. Despite this reality, women filmmakers have not only persevered, but in recent years have been the driving force behind some of the industry‰Ûªs most powerful feature and documentary films.
    In what ways can female leadership impact gender norms in the film industry?  How are the values that women bring to the table informing not only what media we create but how we create it?  What can gatekeepers do to open doors and bring more women into the circle? What are the steps to engaging the interest and cultivating the talents of the next generation of girls?
    Join a panel of changemakers as they evaluate the shifting landscape and explore solutions to breaking down more barriers for women and girls in filmmaking.
    Panelists:
    Beth Davenport, Women’s Institute Online Program Manager, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies; Director: Pushing The Elephant
    Mallika Dutt, President & CEO, Breakthrough
    Aina Abiodun, Film Futurist; Founder, Aina Media, Inc.
    Moderator: Teresa Basilio, Director of Media In Action, Global Action Project


    Building a Community: A New Media Audience Engagement Workshop
    4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

    New Media platforms have become essential for filmmakers to reach audiences and engender action.  Technology has the power to transform human behavior, shift culture, and shape institutions. 
    Join us as we watch Burning Barriers (Jasmine Fox, Matteo Mobilio, Laura Weisbord, and Brithney Williams), a youth-directed Media That Matters film about women firefighters. A facilitator will guide us through the New Media/Film landscape, sharing some extraordinary projects emerging at the intersection of these two worlds.
    Small facilitated groups will have the opportunity to brainstorm their own New Media projects based Burning Barriers, each group planning a website, a game, a social media plan, or an online distribution strategy. Each group will also come up with a list of actions (new media or conventionally based) to take following the workshop to help promote the roles of women and girls in film.
    No prior experience or technological skills are necessary.
    Moderator:  Judith Helfand, Chicken & Egg Pictures


    *we will continue to update you as additional panelist and moderators are added.

     

    For more information please {encode=“festival@artsengine.net” title=“email”} us!

     


    Women & Girls Matter is a joint project of Arts Engine, Inc. and The Center for Social Media.

     

    Published on October 29, 2011

    Media That Matters: IMPACT

    On October 28th the day after the NYC premiere of the eleventh annual Media That Matters collection, Arts Engine will host a free day-long series of conversations for filmmakers, activists and educators.
    The day will be organized into three interactive 90-minute sessions. You can sign up for one or for all three. Since this event is designed to be a series of intimate conversations, space is extremely limited. While we are able to offer these conversations at no cost to participants, you MUST register in advance. Registration will open on Friday, September 30th. You can register online at mtm11impact.eventbrite.com


    Fair Use Workshop for Youth Filmmakers
    12:00 ‰ÛÒ 1:30 p.m.

    What is ‰ÛÏfair use‰Û? Can I use my favorite song or a clip from a film/tv show in my project? Can I get sued for copyright infringement if I‰Ûªm under 18? If you‰Ûªre a youth filmmaker and you‰Ûªve asked yourself these questions, this is the workshop for you. Patricia Aufderheide, Director of the Center for Social Media, in Washington, DC., and one of the nation‰Ûªs leading experts in fair use, will guide you through an interactive workshop covering everything you wanted to know about fair use but didn‰Ûªt know who to ask. All ages are encouraged to attend this workshop!

     

    Show Me The Money: Using Grassroots Fundraising Strategies To Finance Your Film
    2:00-3:30 p.m.

    Despite the myriad resources now available, filmmakers will eventually face the reality that maxing out their credit cards may be not enough to finish their projects. For the very few, it will be easier to successfully navigate the grant system of fundraising; for everyone else—first-time and/or inexperienced filmmakers, those not ‰ÛÏwell-connected,‰Û or belonging to an underrepresented community—this path can be endlessly frustrating. In this panel, we explore alternatives to the ‰ÛÏfoundation-industrial complex,‰Û and focus on how filmmakers can use individual donors, fiscal sponsorship, and private family foundations to help finance their films.
    Panelist: Marilyn Ness (Director, Bad Blood) Eleanor Whitney, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
    Moderator: Felix Endara, Filmmaker Services Manager, Arts Engine, Inc.

     

    Beyond The Screen: Incorporating Media Into Your Lesson Plan
    4:00-5:30 p.m.

    In a multidimensional classroom, media is one of the most effective ways to engage students in learning. But we can go beyond simply screening a film in the classroom by incorporating it more fully into the curriculum. Using a film from our eleventh annual collection as a case study, our panelists will develop strategies to turn this work into a lesson plan.
    Panelists: MTM 11 filmmaker, Rhys Daunic, Board Member the National Association of Media Literacy and co-founder/ Program Director of The Media Spot
    Moderator:TBD

     

    *we will continue to update you as additional panelist and moderators are added.

     

    For more information please {encode=“festival@artsengine.net” title=“email “}us!


    Media That Matters: IMPACT is a joint project of Arts Engine, Inc. and The Center for Social Media.

     

    Published on October 28, 2011

    MEDIA THAT MATTERS 11- Event Schedule

    11TH ANNUAL MEDIA THAT MATTERS䋢 WORLD PREMIERE
    Thursday, October 27, 2011
    7:00 -9:45 p.m.
    SVA Theatre ‰ÛÒ 333 W 23rd St. (btwn 8th & 9th Ave)


    Premiere
    7:00 ‰ÛÒ 8:30 p.m.
    Join us for the world premiere of the Eleventh Annual Media That Matters䋢 collection! Be among the first to see the 13 new inspiring short films selected this year by our jury of 7 incredible educators, activists and media makers.
    General admission tickets are $13.00 (plus a $1.71 processing fee). We are offering discounted tickets, to educators $10 (plus a $1.71 processing fee) and free admission for students and youth.*


    Awards Ceremony
    8:30-9:15 p.m. I SVA Theatre ‰ÛÒ 333 W 23rd St. (btwn 8th & 9th Ave)
    Join us in honoring our MTM11 filmmakers. Our Awards Ceremony will take place immediately following the premiere.


    Filmmaker Q &A I SVA Theatre 333 W 23rd St. (btwn 8th & 9th Ave)
    9:15 ‰ÛÒ 9:45 p.m.
    Engage in conversation with our MTM 11 filmmakers.


    *To purchase tickets please visit: mediathatmatters11.eventbrite.com/  Please email {encode=“festival@artsengine.net” title=“festival@artsengine.net”} for discounted tickets

     

    MTM: IMPACT
    Friday, October 28th
    12 p.m. ‰ÛÒ 5:30 p.m.
    SOCDOC (136 W 21st St. 1st Floor, NYC)
    Media That Matters: IMPACT
    On October 28th the day after the NYC premiere of the eleventh annual Media That Matters collection, Arts Engine will host a free day-long series of conversations for filmmakers, activists and educators.
    The day will be organized into three interactive 90-minute sessions.


    Fair Use Workshop for Youth Filmmakers
    12:00 ‰ÛÒ 1:30 p.m.


    Show Me The Money: Using Grassroots Fundraising Strategies To Finance Your Film
    2:00-3:30 p.m.


    Beyond The Screen: Incorporating Media Into Your Lesson Plan
    4:00-5:30 p.m.


    *For more panel information and to RSVP please visit: http://mtm11impact.eventbrite.com/

     

    Media That Matters Presents Women & Girls Matter
    Saturday, October 29th
    9:30 a.m. ‰ÛÒ 6:00 p.m.
    SOCDOC (136 W 21st St. 1st Floor, NYC)


    We have heard the unnerving statistics: In commercial film, only 7 percent of directors, 6 percent of directors of photography, and 20 percent of producers are female. Women fare slightly better in documentary, where they make up 28% of directors and 11% of directors of photography. Still, the figures are dismal.
    Women and Girls Matter, a day of panels and workshops at Media That Matters䋢, is designed to look at the obstacles and opportunities for women and girls in filmmaking and new media, highlighting the values women bring to their work, and open up a dialogue for ways to create new spaces for female voices in the field.
    While the day focuses on the needs of women in film, we hope to conclude the day with concrete actions for participants to take to help bring the voices of women and girls out of the margins and into the mainstream.
    Arts Engine is hoping in the next year to sponsor more events focusing on women & girls in film and new media. The dialogue generated at the event will help shape the direction of those activities.



    Opening Doors and Windows: Access and Gender in Documentary Filmmaking
    9:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.


    Breaking and Entering:  A Young Women‰Ûªs Guide to Starting a Career in Film
    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


    Throwing Open the House: What Next for Women and Girls in Film and New Media?
    2:00 - 3:30 p.m.


    Building a Community: A New Media Audience Engagement Workshop
    4:00 - 6:00 p.m.


    *For more information and to RSVP please visit: womenandgirlsmatter.eventbrite.com/

    Published on October 27, 2011

    MTM 11- Call for Volunteers!

    MTM 11- Call for Volunteers!

    We‰Ûªre looking for a few good volunteers to help with some of our events and spread the word on our 11th Annual MTM premiere. Volunteers are expected to work at least one four hour shift. Most volunteers will be scheduled for our Premiere (October 27th), Impact Panels (October 28th), and Women & Girls Matter panels and workshops (October 29th). There will be additional volunteer opportunities throughout the month of October. In return you‰Ûªll get admission to our World Premiere, a guaranteed seat at the panel of your choice, and an MTM DVD.

    If interested please send your contact information and short paragraph detailing why Media That Matters‰ã¢ matters to you to {encode=“festival@artsengine.net” title=“festival@artsengine.net”}

    Published on October 3, 2011

    Media That Mattersâ„¢ Tickets on Sale Friday, September 30, 2011

    You‰Ûªre invited to the World Premiere of the 11th Annual Media That Matters‰ã¢ collection. Be among the first to see the 13 new inspiring short films selected this year by our jury of 7 incredible educators, activists and media makers.


    The premiere will take place Thursday, October 27, 2011, 7 p.m. at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd St., NYC). General admission tickets are $13.00*. We are pleased to offer discounted $10.00* tickets for educators** and free entry for students!
    *Processing fee of $1.71 will apply to all purchased tickets


    Tickets will be available for purchase online at mediathatmatters11.eventbrite.com

     

    You can also register to attend our IMPACT, and Women & Girls Matter panels and workshops on Friday.

     

    **If you would like to purchase discounted tickets please email us at{encode=“festival@artsengine.net” title=” festival@artsengine.net”} to get your discount codes.

     

    If you have any questions please {encode=“festival@artsengine.net” title=“email”} us!

     

    Published on September 30, 2011

    Media That Matters 11- Tickets On Sale Now!!

    Published on September 30, 2011

    MTM 11 Poster

    Check out the official 11th Annual Media That Matters䋢 poster designed by Part & Parcel NYC!



    Please {encode=“festival@artsengine.net” title=“email”} us, if you would like a small poster to help advertise the upcoming festival!


    Continue to check mediathatmattersfest.org for more updates, we’ll be posting detailed panel and ticket information shortly.

    Published on September 20, 2011

    Meet Our Partners!

    Each year Media That Matters䋢 partners with organizations committed to providing the world with quality media, that matters. Meet our 11th annual partners and check out the exciting events and projects they are working on.


    BAVC
    The Bay Area Video Coalition, or BAVC (pronounced ‰ÛÏbay-vac‰Û), is a nonprofit media arts center founded in 1976 by a coalition of media makers and activists who wanted to find alternative, civic-minded applications for a new technology - PortaPak video. BAVC’s continuing mission is to inspire social change by enabling the sharing of diverse stories through art, education and technology. BAVC does this by annually serving 5,000 independent media artists, including low-income_students, adults in the industry, social issue documentary filmmakers, San Francisco cable access producers, and 600 community members.
    BAVC’s Next Gen programs empowers teens by providing access and training in audio, video and new media in order so the next generation gain industry standard skills, become confident storytellers, gain college readiness skills, engage with their community and social justice practices, and increase opportunities for their future career goals. Check out the following web native shorts BAVC Next Gen has recently produced:

    Cultivating Community
    Inspire USA
    History In These Streets
    Creative Growth

     

    Center for Social Media
    The Center for Social Media showcases and analyzes media for public knowledge and action‰ÛÓmedia made by, for, and with publics to address the problems that they share. We pay particular attention to the evolution of documentary film and video in a digital era, as well as promotion of best practices in fair use for creative communities. Save the date February 10 and 11, 2012 for our seventh annual Media That Matters conference in Washington, D.C., co-presented by Arts Engine. Visit the Center’s website to see video from past conferences and read our Pull Focus series for insights from world-renowned social documentary filmmakers.

     

    Creative Commons
    Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and
    educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the ‰ÛÏall rights reserved‰Û concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary ‰ÛÏsome rights reserved‰Û approach. Creative Commons was built with and is sustained by the generous
    support of organizations including the Center for the Public Domain, Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as members of the public.
    For more information, visit Creative Commons.

    For three days from 16-18 September 2011, the Creative Commons Global
    Summit, Powering an Open Future, will bring together the CC community
    in Warsaw, Poland, to engage strategically on the future of our shared
    commons, to renew and further build CC‰Ûªs vital community, to
    collaborate on mutual projects and initiatives, and to celebrate our
    successes as we head towards the end of our first decade together. For
    more information, visit
    http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Global_Summit_2011 and follow
    #ccsummit2011 on social media.

     

    Docurama Films
    Docurama Films is dedicated to making critically acclaimed and cutting-edge documentaries available digitally and on home video. In 1999, New Video launched Docurama Films with the release of the first feature documentary on DVD, D.A. Pennebaker‰Ûªs Bob Dylan: Don‰Ûªt Look Back. Over a decade later and a line of over 250 award-winning and highly acclaimed documentary titles, Docurama continues its mission to unearth and release the great classic documentaries of the last fifty years while spreading the word about filmmakers who are taking the form to new heights.  The Docurama catalog features a wide span of titles from varying genres including the arts, history/politics, environmental, ethnic interest, LGBT, music, and socio-cultural as well as theatrical fan-favorites like The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hilland Andy Goldsworthy: Rivers and Tides. Highly anticipated releases in 2010 include the screwball comedy The Yes Men Fix the World, the empowering music celebration Soundtrack for a Revolution and the crowd-pleasing Yoo-Hoo Mrs. Goldberg.

    For more information, visit Docurama Films

     

    Human Rights Watch Film Festival
    Human Rights Watch is one of the world‰Ûªs leading organizations dedicated to defending a protecting Human Rights. Through the Human Rights Watch Film Festival we bear witness to human rights violations and create a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.

    The Human Rights Watch Film Festival takes place in New York, London and in over 40 other sites across North America and beyond through our Traveling Film Festival. To bring the Human Rights Watch Film Festival to your town, please visit: http://www.hrw.org/iff/traveling-festival

    We are currently accepting film submissions for our New York (June 2012) and London (March 2012) festivals. Our deadline is December 10, 2011. To submit your feature length film, please visit: http://www.hrw.org/iff/submissions

     

    The National Association for Media Literacy Education
    The National Association for Media Literacy Education is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to expand and improve the practice of media literacy education in the United States.  NAMLE has drafted the Core Principles of Media Literacy Education, a blueprint for media literacy education and implications for practice, as a first step in the development of measurable outcomes and benchmarks for U.S. schools and publishes the Journal for Media Literacy Education.

    For more information, visit www.NAMLE.net.

     

    Ninth Street
    Ninth Street Independent Film Center is a San Francisco nonprofit media arts center designed to support media arts projects—from world-renowned international film festivals to individual media artists. Providing below market rent, and shared resources, Ninth Street also creates collaborative program opportunities through exhibitions and youth media education. Sharing resources to save on costs, programming has been designed to meet the needs of our partners, thus providing better services to our respective communities.

    For more information, visit Ninth Street

     

    The Paley Center
    ‰ÛÏThe Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection of nearly 150,000 programs covering almost 100 years of television and radio history, including news, public affairs programs and documentaries, performing arts programs, children’s programming, sports, comedy and variety shows, and commercial advertising. and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry.‰Û

    On Thursday, October 20, 2011 The Paley Center‰Ûªs Education Department will present Docu-Jam 2011 with DCTV.
    Come see outstanding documentaries produced by young people across the country. ‰Û¬‰Û¬The eleventh Annual Docu-Jam is a unique youth documentary showcase presented by The Paley Center for Media, in association with Downtown Community Television Center in New York, as part of its PALEYDOCFEST2011. Selected short documentaries are screened at PALEYDOCFEST2011, and will become part of the Center‰Ûªs permanent collection. The screenings will be followed by an informal Q&A.
    Free to Members; included with general admission.
    In association with Downtown Community Television New York 

    For more information, visit The Paley Center

     

    POV
    Produced by American Documentary, POV is American television’s longest-running showcase for independent documentary storytelling, premiering 14-16 films each year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has brought more than 300 acclaimed documentaries to public television audiences across the country.

    POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues. POV films have won every major film and broadcasting award including 23 Emmys, 13 George Foster Peabody Awards, 10 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Awards, three Academy Awards and
    the Prix-Italia

    Each year, POV‰Ûªs Community Engagement Department produces over 500 community screenings of POV films in all 50 states. If you‰Ûªre interested in organizing a POV screening join our Community Network at www.pbs.org/pov/outreach/.

    This year, POV piloted Project VoiceScape a partnership with Adobe Youth Voices, PBS Foundation and POV a program to mentor today’s best young documentary filmmakers. The young filmmakers who won production grants are now competing for the 2011 Project VoiceScape Audience Award. Watch the films and vote for your favorite before 9/30! http://www.pbs.org/pov/voicescape

     

    Rooftop Films
    Rooftop Films is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage and inspire diverse communities by showing movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, teaching filmmaking to young people, and renting low-cost equipment to artists and non-profits. At Rooftop Films, we bring underground movies outdoors

    But Rooftop Films is more than a film festival. We are a community. We are a collective collaboration between filmmakers and festivals, between audience members and artists, between venues and neighborhoods. Our goal is to nurture a vibrant independent filmmaking community not only by exhibiting the work of low-budget filmmakers but also by providing essential support systems for those who otherwise have none. Rooftop Films is keeping this vital mode of filmmaking alive and well in New York City and beyond.

    For more information, visit Rooftop Films

     

    Shooting People
    Founded by filmmakers for 60 filmmaker friends, Shooting People started in the belief that the best way to get independent films made and out into the world was to learn from others doing it themselves. And to share ideas, collaborators, knowledge picked up from shoots and other film experiences back in return. Now, 13 years on, with 38,000 members and over 200 new crew and cast joining every week, this core principal remains the same and as important as ever.

    Independent filmmaking can be a pretty tough business. But it’s also a pretty exciting business right now. And Shooters are doing great things; creating distinctive bold films that are breaking out, defying old paradigms to find new audiences, trying out fresh-fangled cameras and aesthetics, creating alternate models for funding and exploring different ideas to create sustainable careers.

    For more information, visit Shooting People

     

    SOCDOC
    The MFA program in Social Documentary Film at the School of VISUAL ARTS provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of non-fiction filmmaking, as well as an immersion into the critical and analytical
    processes necessary to conceptualize and develop film projects with content of significant social relevance. This program represents the convergence of journalism, social activism and the art of filmmaking.

    For more information, visit SOCDOC

     

    Tribeca Film Institute Youth Programs
    Since 2005, TFI has utilized the power of film to help harness and direct the energy, vision and promise of New York City‰Ûªs middle and high school students. Through a broad range of programming, students have the opportunity learn more about film and to use film to think about their own lives, stories, communities and careers.  Program offerings include the Tribeca Film Fellows, Summer Arts Institute, and Tribeca Youth Screening Series programs.

    For more information, visit Tribeca Film Institute Youth Programs

     

    World Savvy
    World Savvy prepares the next generation of leaders to thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century. We are a national leader and model for promoting and developing global competency in K-12 teaching and learning, through the provision of high quality global education programs and services. We support systemic change in K-12 education to provide every student in every classroom with the content knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to be leaders and changemakers in their diverse communities, locally and globally. The services we provide include: 1) Youth Engagement: World Affairs ChallengeTM and Media & Arts Program offer dynamic academic and media & art programming for middle and high school youth; 2) Professional Development for educators; 3) Customized Consulting for schools and educational/cultural institutions; and 4) Educational Resources for educators across disciplines.

    Upcoming events:
    Sustainable Communities Professional Development Institute for Educators
    Join World Savvy for our Sustainable Communities Institute to explore the political, environmental, economic, social and cultural dimensions of sustainability from a local to a global level. This two day workshop will model a variety of interactive teaching and learning strategies to connect with Common Core Standards and engage diverse students in an examination of issues such as sustainable development, energy, food, water, transport and design on a local, national and global scale. We invite middle and high school social studies, science, math, language and creative arts teachers, school administrators, non-profit leaders working with youth, and graduate students interested in global education to join us.  All attendees qualify for FREE participation in our Media & Arts Program or World Savvy Challenge.
    New York City ‰ÛÒ October 11-12
    San Francisco Bay Area ‰ÛÒ October 17-18
    Minneapolis-St. Paul ‰ÛÒ October 20-21

     

    Working Films
    Linking nonfiction film to cutting edge activism. Working Films brings the persuasive, provocative and personal narratives in independent documentary films ‰ÛÒ vividly illustrating the struggles and triumphs of our lives ‰ÛÒ to long-term community organizing and activism. Our services include comprehensive social-issue documentary campaign management, intensive and grounded residencies for filmmakers on engagement and non-traditional distribution, strategy meetings with leading NGOs and activists that tie their commitment to your film, and consultation on social media and websites delivering authentic ‰ÛÏtake actions‰Û for audiences. We are a unique link between independent media makers, community organizers and the audiences who need to see your movie.

    Now in our eleventh year, we remain committed to using film to support a less cynical, less toxic, more equitable and joyous world. Working Films is headquartered in Wilmington, NC with satellite offices in New York and London.

    For more information, visit Working Films

    Upcoming related Working Films events:

    Good Pitch San Francisco
    Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation, in partnership with the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program‰Û¬September 27
    San Francisco, CA

    Meet & Greet with Gen Silent filmmaker Stu Maddux‰Û¬
    September 29 at 7pm
    Wilmington, NC

    Story Leads to Action at the 92Y Tribeca
    Co-hosted with Chicken & Egg Pictures
    Semper Fi: Always Faithful with Tony Hardmon and Rachel Libert
    October 20 at 7pm
    200 Hudson Street, New York City

    Good Pitch Europe‰Û¬Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation, in partnership with the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program
    October 25
    London, United Kingdom

    DOC NYC Documentary Film Festival
    What Happens When the Tea Party Joins Your Party?
    Panel discussion centered on The Greater Good
    November 4 at 2:30pm
    IFC Center, New York City

    Reel Food: Residential Workshop‰Û¬Co-hosted with Chicken & Egg Pictures and the Fledgling Fund
    November 5 ‰ÛÒ 9
    Oakland, CA

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

     

     

     

     

    Published on September 16, 2011

    MTM 11 News and Updates!

    Our eleventh annual collection celebrates twelve jury selected shorts, each under twelve minutes, tackling a broad range of social issues with humor, humanity, and honesty.

    Covering a vast array of topics from religious tolerance, Autism awareness, biased-based bullying and much more, this year‰Ûªs collection will have its debut in New York City on October 27, 2011 at SVA Theatre on West 23rd Street. Following the New York premiere the collection will be available online, and distributed via DVD and screened at events all over the country.

    Arts Engine will also present two days of panels and workshops in New York City at the School of Visual Arts MFA Social Documentary Film campus on Friday, October 28 & Saturday, October 29. The events are geared towards filmmakers, activists and educators and will be free and open to the public.

    Friday‰Ûªs events will focus on grassroots fundraising, fair use, as well as tips and tools for educators to incorporate media into the classroom.

    On Saturday we are pleased to present Women and Girls Matter, a new Media That Matters䋢 initiative dedicated towards the empowerment of women and girls. The day will focus on obstacles and opportunities for women and girls in filmmaking and new media, highlight the values they bring their work, and open up a dialogue for ways to create new spaces for female voices in the field.

    Each week leading up to the premiere we‰Ûªll be releasing information on the 11th Media That Matters‰ã¢.

    Continue to check mediathatmattersfest.org, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates!

    Questions?
    Send us an {encode=“festival@artsengine.net” title=“email”}!

    Published on September 7, 2011

    11th Annual Festival Jury


    Angelica Das

    Angelica Das

    Angelica Das is the Associate Director at the Center for Social Media. Angelica comes to the Center with a background in nonprofit management. She managed operations and established the D.C. office for the nonprofit Machik, which works to strengthen communities on the Tibetan plateau. As Program Officer for the National Geographic Society’s Expedition Council, she managed applications, grant awards and media for premiere explorers and adventurers. She holds a Masters in Arts from the School of Communication and School of International Service‰Ûªs International Media program, where she developed a map of hyperlocal media in Washington, D.C. that serves as a resource for students, NGOs and the local community. Angelica holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Rochester and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Polish language and culture.

    Alice Elliot

    Alice Elliott

    Alice Elliott is an Academy Award nominated director, a writer, producer, cinematographer, university level teacher, advocate for the disabled, and a member of New Day Films, an educational distribution cooperative. Her short documentary, The Collector of Bedford Street, was nominated for an Academy Award and was the recipient of the Jewish Image Award, the TASH Image Award and more than twelve additional festival honors including the Henry Hampton Award given by the Council on Foundations. The Collector of Bedford Street aired on HBO/Cinemax and has screened at over 75 film festivals around the world. Alice Elliott was the director, co-producer, and the principal verite cinematographer on her latest film, BODY & SOUL: DIANA & KATHY, which aired on PBS for National Disability Awareness Month. Currently she is directing three projects including Miracle on 42nd Street about a thirty year old affordable housing project for performing artist that transformed the West Side of Manhattan.  Alice has been producing documentaries for almost twenty years. She runs the boutique documentary film company, Welcome Change Productions, whose mission is to lead social change by revealing the big stories hidden in the human heart.

    Annalise Littman

    Annalise Littman

    Annalise Littman is a 19-year-old student at Tufts University in Massachusetts, where she studies biopsychology and child development and is a Public Health Coordinator for a Tufts affiliated free health care clinic. In high school, Annalise attended the Fast Forward teen media program at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. While in the program, Annalise was inspired to make Aquafinito, a documentary about the environmental and human rights problems associated with bottled water after hearing a presentation about Corporate Accountability International‰Ûªs Think Outside the Bottle campaign. Annalise was the winner of the Youth Sustainability Award in the Tenth Annual Media that Matters film festival for Aquafinito, which was also part of Human Rights Watch International Film Festival‰Ûªs Youth Producing Change traveling film program in 2009-2010.

    Sarah Masters

    Sarah Masters

    Sarah Masters is the Managing Director of the Hartley Film Foundation, located in Westport, CT.  Hartley is a non-profit organization dedicated to the cultivation and support of documentaries that focus on world religions and spirituality.  Prior to joining Hartley in 2004 under the direction of then Director Macky Alston, a filmmaker and seminarian, Sarah was co-founder and Executive Editor of a news organization for physicians.  Her news team covered medical journals, conferences, research in development and the business of health.  The news organization was eventually purchased by Reuters.  Before establishing that online medical news service, Sarah worked as Executive Editor of Lifetime Medical Television, which was a division of Lifetime that produced more than 100 half-hour shows annually for physicians.  Sarah went to Lifetime from Physicians Radio Network, where she served as Editor-in-Chief. Her career in journalism followed clinical training and stints at the Reproductive Biology Research Foundation in St. Louis, MO, and Rockefeller University here in New York.

    George J. Orwel

    George J. Orwel

    George J. Orwel is a 20-year veteran journalist, award-winning author, and an adjunct professor of modern African history at the City University of New York.  He founded the Media Institute in Nairobi 15 years ago and is now at work on a book about African literary history. He has a BA (Honors) in Linguistics and Literature from the University of Nairobi, a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University‰Ûªs Graduate School of Journalism, a JD degree from Brooklyn Law School and a certificate in media law & policy from Oxford University, England.

    Gordon Quinn

    Gordon Quinn

    Artistic Director and founder of Kartemquin Films, a 2007 recipient of the MacArthur award for Creative and Effective Institutions, Gordon Quinn‰Ûªs 45 years of documentary work include Home For Life, Taylor Chain, Golub, Hoop Dreams, Vietnam, Long Time Coming, and The New Americans.  Other Executive Producer credits include Five Girls, In The Family, Typeface, Milking The Rhino, At The Death House Door, and No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson.  Recently he directed Prisoner of Her Past, and A Good Man (about Bill T. Jones for American Masters), and Executive Produced The Interrupters (for Frontline).

    Gordon Quinn is a longtime supporter of public and community media and has served on several boards including The Illinois Humanities Council, The Chicago Public Access Corporation, and The Public Square Advisory Committee, The Illinois Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  He was a lead filmmaker in creating the Documentary Filmmakers Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use and frequently speaks to the media, legal, and educational communities about this fundamental right.

    Chi-hui Yang

    Chi-hui Yang

    Chi-hui Yang is a film programmer, lecturer and writer based in New York. As a guest curator, Yang has presented film and video series at film festivals and events internationally, including the 2011 MOMA Documentary Fortnight, the 2008 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (‰ÛÏThe Age of Migration‰Û), the Seattle International Film Festival, the Washington D.C. International Film Festival and the Barcelona Asian Film Festival. From 2000-2010 he was the Director and Programmer of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the largest showcase of its kind in the US.  Yang is also the programmer of ‰ÛÏCinema Asian America,‰Û a new On-Demand service offered by Comcast.  He is also currently a Visiting Scholar at NYU‰Ûªs Center for Media, Culture and History.

    Published on August 31, 2011

    Media That Matters Screening in Burlington, Vermont!

    Join us for a special, free screening of four tremendously moving, inspiring, and thought-provoking short films on Tuesday, August 16, at 7PM.  The evening kicks off with ‰ÛÏAfter the Harvest,‰Û a 20-minute film narrated by Susan Sarandon about hunger in the coffee-growing
    communities of Central America. Rick Peyser of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters will be on hand to discuss los meses flacos, or ‰ÛÏthe thin months‰Û when coffee farmers are forced to eat less, eat less nutritious foods, or borrow against their future earnings.  Coffee Talk magazine says the film is ‰ÛÏa masterpiece of visual and emotional documentary that brings forth this crucial issue with absolute clarity.  If you care about coffee, you must see this film.‰Û

    Following Rick‰Ûªs Q&A we will screen “Lessons from a Tailor,” “No One Bothered” and “The Last Town;” from the tenth annual Media That Matters‰ã¢ collection.  Please join us for film, coffee, and conversation on Tuesday, August 16 at 7pm.  The screenings will be held at Main Street Landing‰Ûªs Film House Space, 60 Lake Street, in Burlington.  For more information contact us at
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    Published on August 9, 2011

    Shades of the Border screening in Philadelphia!

    Please visit Scribe Video Center for more information.

    Published on August 9, 2011

    Media That Matters Announces 11TH Annual Premiere Dates, and Venue!

    The 11th Annual Media That Matters collection will premiere Thursday, October 27th at SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street, New York NY 10011.

    Following the premiere on October 28th we will have a day of panels and workshops at SOCDOC (School of Visual Arts MFA Social Documentary Film program) 136 West 21st St., 1st Floor, New York, NY 10011.

    We hope to see you there!!!

    Continue to check our website, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest news on MTM11!

    Questions?
    Send us an {encode=“festival@artsengine.net” title=“email”}!

    Published on June 30, 2011

    Working Films launches IMPACT series

    Media That Matters‰ã¢ partner, Working Films has recently launched IMPACT. IMPACT is a series of online videos created by Working Films and The Fledgling Fund focused on film campaigns that ignite social change. Previous segments include ‰ÛÏDeep Down: Make it Local,‰Û ‰ÛÏNo Impact Man: Activating Your Audience‰Û and ‰ÛÏIMPACT: A Funder‰Ûªs Perspective‰Û

    The latest film in the series “Including Samuel: The Power of Youth” brings us behind the scenes of a youth summit where kids create an audience engagement campaign that is teen focused and teen led. What materializes is ‰ÛÏI am Norm‰Û, a campaign for the full social and educational inclusion of people with disabilities. This national initiative, launched in 2010, has extended the reach of the documentary film Including Samuel, empowering youth in a way that is truly participatory and meaningful.

    Please click here to learn more about the series and Working Films.

    Published on June 13, 2011

    11th Annual Media That Matters Submission Deadline Extended

    The submission deadline for Media That Matters 11 has been extended to Wednesday, May 11th. 

    Please be aware that there is a fee increase of $5. No waivers will be granted.

    Extended Deadline postmarked by: May 11, 2011
    * Individual Filmmaker: $30 / each film submission; Max: 2 submissions
    * Student Filmmaker (18+): $15 w/ Student ID; Max: 2 submissions
    * Youth Filmmaker (18 & under): FREE w/ proof of age; Max: 2 submissions
    * Non-profit / Youth Media Organization: FREE; Max: 5 submissions

    Please visit our SUBMIT page for more information!

    Thanks

    - MTM

    Published on May 11, 2011

    Call for Entries: Media That Matters 11

    Now in it‰Ûªs ELEVENTH season, Media That Matters‰ã¢ offers you the opportunity to empower communities working towards social change.

    Media That Matters‰ã¢ ‰ÛÒ the premier showcase for short films with big messages ‰ÛÒ connects you with hundreds of thousands of people across the globe, including educators, activists, and nonprofits. Through a multi-platform campaign combining online streaming with personalized screenings, your film can be a tool that opens hearts and minds about the collective struggle for a more socially conscious world. Join us by submitting your film now!

    Short Films: Films must be ten minutes MAXIMUM; the ideal length is around eight minutes.

    All Styles: We accept documentaries, narratives, animations, music videos, public service announcements, dramas, comedies, hybrids, or a style of your own creation! Creativity is always encouraged. The only guideline is that your project must focus on a social issue.

    All Issues: Any and all issues will be considered. This year we are particularly interested in films focusing on Disability Rights, Interfaith Dialogue and Religious Tolerance, Bias-based Bullying, Gender Equality and Youth Activism.

    All Ages: Youth-produced media is strongly encouraged!

    Deadline: May 1, 2011 (the festival will take place in the Fall of 2011)

    Please Note: Your film MUST be cleared for NONEXCLUSIVE home video, educational, online, broadcast and theatrical distribution.

    For more details and to submit your film online, visit www.mediathatmattersfest.org/submit

    Questions? Send us an email!  festival@artsengine.net

    Published on March 23, 2011

    2011 Media That Mattersâ„¢ Call For Entries Opening March 1st!

    The 2011 Media That Matters䋢 Film Festival Call For Entries will be open for submissions on March 1st! Mark your calendars.

    Published on January 31, 2011

    January 7:  Media That Matters 10 Winners at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts at 6:30pm

    MTM10 Winners at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

    This month VMFA presents recently made, eloquent documentaries on topics that connect to VMFA special exhibitions on display in its galleries. 

    MTM10 selections will be screened with Little White Feather and the Hunter (2008) by Anna Lucas.

    Friday, January 7, 6:30 p.m.
    Leslie Cheek Theater

    Tickets

    Published on January 3, 2011

    Media That Matters: On the Road Again with a Southern Tour!

    This month, Media That Matters takes to the open road again with a southern tour, commencing Saturday, November 20!

    The tour will take Director Jolene Pinder through the Southeast, screening MTM films in high school classrooms from South Florida to New Orleans.

    We kicked off the tour at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, Florida. Media That Matters teamed up with MOSI for a special two-hour screening for the museum’s YES! Team (Youth Enriched by Science) and a screening for the general public during the Elementary Science Olympics. The program is a career and educational enrichment program designed to help at-risk youth, between the ages of 13 and 17, develop and progress in a supportive peer-group environment while motivating them to pursue science both as a career and as an essential element of their total education.

    From there, Media That Matters will travel to high schools and local theatres in West Palm Beach, Tallahassee, New Orleans, Birmingham and Houston. Last stop: a screening at the Aurora Picture Show in Houston, Texas, on Friday, December 3rd. Shades of the Border filmmaker Patrick Smith and MTM Director Jolene Pinder will be in attendance.

    Published on November 23, 2010

    Media That Matters In The Teaneck International Film Festival, New Jersey.

    Media That Matters 10th Film Festival 2010 has been included in the Teaneck International Film Festival

    According to TIFF executive director Jeremy Lentz, “This ties in perfectly with our theme, Activism: Making Change, by engaging diverse audiences and inspiring them to take action.”
    From gay rights to global warming, the collection represents the work of a diverse group of independent filmmakers.

    The films will be shown Nov. 20, 3:30 p.m., at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, 375 Cedar Lane,  New Jersey.

    Arts Engine Executive Director Steve Mendelsohn and Talking Eyes Media Associate Producer Carol DeVoe (“Denied”) will be on hand for a Q+A after the screening.

    Below is a list of the Films included:

      * Aquafinito
      * Day Job
      * Denied
      * I Am Sean Bell
      * I’m Just Anneke
      * Justice Denied: Voices from GuantÌÁnamo
      * Lessons from a Tailor
      * My Hotness is Pasted on Yey!
      * No One Bothered
      * Shades of the Border
      * The Last Town
      * Uninsured in the Mississippi Delta

    Published on November 4, 2010

    Gotham Awards Nomination for Media That Matters Documentary

    MTM8‰Ûªs A Nomad‰Ûªs Life, which has since become a longer film (Summer Pasture), has received a Gotham Award Nomination under the “Best Film Not Playing At A Theater Near You.”

    The film, directed and produced by Lynn True and Nelson Walker and co-produced by Tsering Perlo and Keefe Murren, will play at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York City on Monday, November 29.

    Published on October 20, 2010

    Possible Oscar Nomination for Media That Matters Documentary

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the eight Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 83rd Academy Awards. The selection includes MTM9’s The Next Wave which has since become a longer film, Sun Come Up.

    Sun Come Up is produced and directed by Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger, and earlier this year the film was selected by the International Documentary Association (IDA) for their annual DocuWeeks lineup, which means it is automatically considered for Oscar nomination.

    The Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. (P.T.). Congratulations to everyone involved.

    Published on October 20, 2010

    October 14: Media That Matters at the HandsOn Reel Service in Richmond, VA

    As part of GiveRichmond Week The James River Film Society and HandsOn Greater Richmond HandsOn Greater Richmond will be screening two Media That Matters documentaries:

    A Loud Color dir. Brent Joseph
    Lessons From A Tailor dir. Galen Summer

    The screening will take place at the Leslie Cheek Theatre in the Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts from 6.30 - 8pm and promises to be a socially-conscious as well as social event featuring finalists from the Get HandsOn PSA Contest as well as the Media That Matters shorts.

  • VMFA is located at 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond,Virginia 23220-4007
  • Published on October 6, 2010

    October 1 - 17: Media That Matters at the Cape Ann Film Festival

    The Cape Ann Film Festival will be screen the entire body of work from the recent 10th Annual Media That Matters Film Festival. These shorts will be individually paired with and screened before the Festivals chosen feature-length films on these dates:

    October

  • Fri 1st My Hotness Is Pasted On Yey! @4.30pm

  • Sat 2ndThe Last Town  @1.30
                Justice Denied:Voices From Guantanamo @4.30pm
                Denied @7.30pm

  • Sun 3rdUninsured In The Mississippi Delta @2pm
                No One Bothered @5pm

  • Mon 4th Denied @5pm

  • Tue 5th I am Sean Bell @7.30pm

  • Wed 6th Denied @5pm
                  Aquafinito @7.30pm

  • Thur 7thI’m Just Anneke @7.30pm

  • Fri 8th I’m Just Anneke @5pm

  • Sat 9th Day Job @5pm
                Shades Of The Border @7.30pm

  • Sun 10thMy Hotness Is Pasted On Yey! @2pm

  • Mon 11th Aquafinito @2.30pm
                    Lessons From A Tailor @ 7.30pm

    The Cape Ann Film Festival takes place at The Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main St, Gloucester, Cape Ann, MA.
    More info

    Published on September 23, 2010

    September 24 - 26: BAM’S Creatively Speaking Series

    Media That Matters is delighted be a part of BAM’s Creatively Speaking Series.

    We will be screening a number of films during the weekend of Friday, September 24th to Sunday September 26.

    Below is the list of screenings:

    Friday 24 Sep @ 4.30pm - Exiled in America (2009). Screened as part of BAM’s Ties That Bind shorts program, examining the immigrant experience in America.

    Saturday 25 Sep @ 2.00pm - I am Sean Bell (2009). Screened as part of BAM’s Endangered Species:The Disappearance Of The Black Male
    shorts program, examining the experiences of black males in America.

    Sunday 26th Sep @ 2.00pm - I am Sean Bell (2009). Screened as part of BAM’s Endangered Species:The Disappearance Of The Black Male
    shorts program,examining the experiences of black males in America.

    Sunday 26th Sep @ 4.30pm - The Next Wave (2009) followed by Shades of Border (2009). Screened as part of BAM’s There’s No Place
    Like Home
    program, examining issues such as the worlds first environmental refugees and the Haitian-Dominican race conflict.

    Sunday 26th Sep @ 6.50pm Pushing The Elephant . Directed by Beth Davenport & Elizabeth Mandel. (Feature)

     

    Published on September 22, 2010

    Oct. 11th : Media That Matters At The Docyard in Cambridge, MA

    Come along to The Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA on Monday, Oct 11th @ 8pm when Media That Matters will be screening the following fascinating documentaries:

  • Lessons from a Tailor dir. Galen Summer
  • The Next Wave dir. Jennifer Redfearn & Tim Metzger
  • I‰Ûªm Just Anneke dir.Jonathan Skurnik
  • A Girl Like Me dir. Kiri Davis
  • Denied dir. Julie Winokur
  • Recycle dir. Vasco Lucas Nunes & Ondi Timoner
  • Perversion of Justice dir. Melissa Mummert
  • A Girl Named Kai dir.Kai Ling Xue
  • Justice Denied: Voices from Guantanamo dir. Joel Engardio
  • Massacre at Murambi dir. Sam Kaufman

  • Justice Denied:Voices from Guantanamo director Joel Engardio and Massacre at Murambi director Sam Kauffman will be present and available for a Q&A session on the night, as well as Media That Matters’ own Jolene Pinder.

    Tickets: General admission is $10. $8 for students, Brattle, and Chlotrudis members. 

    (The Brattle Theatre is located in Harvard Sq., 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 0213)

    Published on September 22, 2010

    Immersion Director Richard Levien Wants You To Take Action.

    Take action now to change the future of English Language Learners in California.

    From Immersion Director Richard Levien:


    “Hi there,

    Exciting news! Governor Schwarzenegger has a good bill on his desk (SB 930 (Ducheny)) that could greatly improve some of the testing issues for English Language Learners raised in our film “Immersion”.

    If you don’t live in California, thanks for your help and support - some of the sponsors of this very bill watched “Immersion” at the State Capitol, and thanked us for making the film.

    If you DO live in California, please take a moment to call, email or fax the governor’s office, and ask him to please sign SB 930 (Ducheny). Here are the contact details.

      * Email: http://www.gov.ca.gov/interact. Please note under ‰ÛÏSubject‰Û put ‰ÛÏGovernor‰Û and copy/paste the letter as your email message. This is necessary because attachments ARE NOT ACCEPTED as part of the email.
      * Fax Number: 916-558-3160
      * Phone: Capitol Office: 916-445-2841

    Thanks so much for your help, as always!

    Regards,

    Richard”

     

     

    Published on September 16, 2010

    AUGUST 26: MEDIA THAT MATTERS in PHILADELPHIA

    Join us for a screening of the tenth annual Media That Matters collection, hosted by Scribe Video Center.

    WHERE:

    Thursday, August 26th
    7:00 p.m.

    WHERE:
    Scribe Video Center
    4212 Chestnut Street 3rd Floor
    Philadelphia, PA, 19104

    See Google maps.

    Admission: $5
    FREE to Scribe members

    Media That Matters Director Jolene Pinder will be in attendance for Q+A after the screening.

    Published on August 25, 2010

    Summer Pasture and Sun Come Up selected for IDA’s DocuWeeks lineup

    Two MTM shorts (MTM8’s A Nomad’s Life and MTM9’s The Next Wave) that have since become longer films (Summer Pasture and Sun Come Up, respectively) will hit the big screen with theatrical premieres in NYC and LA this summer. Both films were selected by the International Documentary Association (IDA) for their annual DocuWeeks lineup. DocuWeeks, a three week exhibition of documentary films in Los Angeles and New York will screen seventeen feature films and five shorts from July 30 to August 19. The Los Angeles screenings will take place at the ArcLight Hollywood, and the New York screenings will take place at the IFC Center. A film that screens at DocuWeeks is automatically qualified for consideration for next year‰Ûªs Oscars.

    Summer Pasture
    Los Angeles
    ArcLight Hollywood
    August 6 - August 12

    New York City
    IFC Center
    July 30 - August 5

    Sun Come Up
    New York
    IFC Center
    July 30 - August 5

    Published on July 15, 2010

    July 22: GOOD FOOD Screening at Exit Art

    Exit Art has invited Media That Matters to screen GOOD FOOD, a collection of short films and animations about food and sustainability, along with the film “Every Third Bite” from MTM8. This special screening is part of the exhibition Consume at Exit Art.
    Consume, a project of SEA (Social Environmental Aesthetics) , investigates the world’s systems of food production, distribution, consumption and waste. With fuel prices fluctuating and climate change causing monumental shifts in weather patterns, we have been forced to rethink our methods of food production and distribution. Natural disasters have wiped out entire crop cycles (the rice supply in Burma and the wheat harvest in Australia) and experts are saying that a global food shortage is imminent. The prices for wheat, corn, rice and other grains have steadily increased since 2005, causing food riots and hoarding from Morocco to Yemen to Hong Kong. The New York Times recently reported an estimate that Americans waste 27% of the food available for consumption. What are some possible solutions to these mammoth problems?
    Q and A to follow with a representative of Media That Matters. $5 suggested donation. Cash bar.
    Curated by Papo Colo, Jeanette Ingberman, Lauren Rosati and Herb Tam.

    THURSDAY, JULY 22 / 7-9pm

    LOCATION:


    Exit Art
    475 Tenth Avenue at 36th Street
    New York, NY 10018
    T: 212.966.7745
    A, C, E to 34th St / Penn Station
    www.exitart.org

    Published on July 8, 2010

    JULY 8: MEDIA THAT MATTERS 10 in PORTLAND, OR

    This years MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESITVAL is co-presented with Film Action Oregon.

    WHEN:
    Thursday, July 8th
    7:00 p.m.


    WHERE:
    Hollywood Theatre
    4122 NE Sandy Blvd.
    Portland, OR 97212

    Published on July 8, 2010

    Tenth Annual Media That Matters on Ustream!

    Always more than a film festival, Media That Matters is Arts Engine‰Ûªs pioneering curatorial project of the world‰Ûªs best short films on social issues. Using multiple technologies ‰ÛÒ such as Ustream, Twitter and Flip cameras ‰ÛÒ Media That Matters broadcast its New York City events live for the first time in its ten-year history.

    Now, audiences anywhere at anytime can visit our Media That Matters Ustream page to view the live taping of our World Premiere events including the MTM10 Premiere (with Filmmaker Q&A) at SVA Theatre on June 2 and the Filmmakers’ Awards Ceremony on June 3. Additionally, our MTM:IMPACT is also available for viewing!  Our workshop featured a series of three interactive conversations with panelists who offered provocative dialogue and practical strategies for how mediamakers, activists, educators and everyone else can make impact. 

    Visit Ustream - Media That Matters 2010 now to relive the MTM10 Premiere events, catch up on some of the latest conversation on social issue media, and experience how short films are changing the world!

    Published on June 30, 2010

    MTM10 “I’m Just Anneke” screens at SilverDocs (MD), Outfest (L.A.) and Tokyo Int’l Lesbian & Gay Fil

    Congratulations to MTM10 Filmmaker Jonathan Skurnik and his film “I’m Just Anneke” which has been selected to screen at SilverDocs, Outfest, and Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival! 


    “I’m Just Anneke” screens at:

    SILVERDOCS
    Friday, June 25 at 6:15 PM
    Discovery HD Theater
    Sunday, June 27 at 11:15 AM
    AFI Silver Theater 2
    Silver Springs, MD

    OUTFEST
    Sunday, July 11 at 12:00 PM
    Laemmle Sunset 5
    Los Angeles, CA

    TOKYO INTERNATIONAL LESBIAN & GAY FILM FESTIVAL
    Friday, July 16 at 4:45 PM
    Sunday, July 18 at 5:00 PM
    Spiral Hall
    Tokyo, Japan


    Visit our MTM Take Action Links for “I’m Just Anneke” and learn how you can support transgender and gender nonconforming youth!

    Published on June 30, 2010

    JUNE 26: MEDIA THAT MATTERS in EVANSTON, IL

    This yearå«s MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL in Evanston is co-presented with Evanston Arts Depot.

    WHEN:
    Saturday, June 26
    7:00 p.m.

    WHERE:
    Evanston Arts Depot
    600 Main Street
    Evanston, IL 60202

    Published on June 26, 2010

    JUNE 25: MEDIA THAT MATTERS 10 in SANTA FE, NM

    This years MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL in Santa Fe, NM is co-presented with Warehouse 21!

    WHERE:
    Friday, June 25
    7:00 p.m.

    WHERE:
    Warehouse 21
    1614 Paseo de Peralta
    Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

    Media That Matters Director Jolene Pinder will be in attendance for Q+A after the screening.

    Published on June 25, 2010

    JUNE 22: MEDIA THAT MATTERS 10 in WASHINGTON, D.C.

    The 10th MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL in Washington, D.C. is co-presented with Campus Progress.

    WHEN:
    Tuesday, June 22
    7:00 p.m.

    WHERE:
    E Street Cinema
    555 11th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20004
    (entrance on E Street between 10th and 11th Street)

    FREE Screening.

    Director Jonathan Skurnik (of MTM film “I’m Just Anneke”) and Media That Matters Director Jolene Pinder will be in attendance for Q+A after the screening.

    **

    Published on June 22, 2010

    JUNE 18: MEDIA THAT MATTERS 10 in SAN FRANCISCO, CA

    This yearså«s MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL in San Francisco is co-presented with BAVC, Ninth Street Independent Film Center and Creative Commons

    WHEN:
    Friday, June 18
    8:00 p.m.

    WHERE:
    Ninth Street Independent Film Center
    145 Ninth Street, Suite 101
    San Francisco, CA 94103

    FREE Screening

    Director Joel Engardio (of MTM film “Justice Denied: Voices from Guantanamo”) will be in attendance for Q+A after the screening.

    Published on June 18, 2010

    JUNE 16: MEDIA THAT MATTERS 10 in MIAMI, FL

    This yearså«s MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL is co-presented with Phonograph Films!

    WHEN:
    Wednesday, June 16
    8:00 p.m.

    WHERE:
    Miami Beach Cinematheque
    512 Espa̱ola Way
    Miami Beach, FL 33139

    After the screening, Phonograph Films Founder Juan Carlos Zald̨var will moderate a discussion with Miami New Times reporter Tim Elfrink, Media That Matters Director Jolene Pinder and a representative from Dade County’s GLBTQ Alliance for Youth.

    $10.00 General Admission
    $8.00 Seniors (62+) and Students (with current ID)
    $7.00 MBC and MIFF Members

    You can purchase advance tickets here  .

    Published on June 16, 2010

    JUNE 15: MEDIA THAT MATTERS 10 in GAINESVILLE, FL

    This yearå«s MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL is co-presented with the Civic Media Center


    WHEN:
    Tuesday, June 15
    7:30 p.m.


    WHERE:
    Hippodrome Theatre
    25 S.E. 2nd Place
    Gainesville, FL 32601

    Free Screening. $7-10 Suggested Donation.

    Media That Matters Director Jolene Pinder will be in attendance for Q+A after the screening.

    Published on June 15, 2010

    JUNE 12: MEDIA THAT MATTERS 10 in DENVER, CO

    Watch the 10th annual MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL in partnership with the Denver Film Society!


    WHEN:
    Saturday, June 12
    7:00 p.m.

    WHERE:
    Starz Film Center
    900 Auraria Parkway
    Denver, CO 80204

    $9.75 General Admission
    $7.25 Senior or Student
    $7.00 Denver Film Society member

    Director Yan Chun Su (of MTM film “The Last Town”) will be in attendance for Q+A after the screening.
    You can purchase advance tickets here

    Published on June 12, 2010

    MEDIA THAT MATTERS launches a 10-CITY TOUR in June!

    To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Media That Matters, we’re hitting the road with a 10-city tour of tenth annual Media That Matters collection in the month of June.

    10 years
    10 cities
    10 screenings

    We launched the tour with simultaneous premieres in NYC and Minneapolis last week. Over 400 people attended our NYC premiere on June 2 and audience members in Minneapolis were able to ask questions of MTM filmmakers (via Facebook and Twitter) and then watch the Q+A (via UStream). Two days later, Media That Matters hopped the pond for a London premiere, presented by our partners Working Films and Shooting People , for a sold-out screening at the Frontline Club.

    Read on to see if Media That Matters is coming to a city near you!

    ***
    DENVER
    Saturday, June 12
    7:00 p.m.

    in partnership with the Denver Film Society

    Starz FilmCenter

    900 Auraria Parkway
    Denver, CO 80204

    $9.75 General Admission
    $7.25 Senior or Student
    $7.00 Denver Film Society member

    Director Yan Chun Su (of MTM film “The Last Town”) will be in attendance for Q+A after the screening. You can purchase advance tickets here.

    ***
    GAINESVILLE, FL
    Tuesday, June 15
    7:30 p.m.

    co-presented with the Civic Media Center

    Hippodrome Theatre
    25 S.E. 2nd Place
    Gainesville, FL 32601

    FREE Screening. $7-10 Suggested Donation.

    Media That Matters Director Jolene Pinder will be in attendance for Q+A after the screening.

    ***
    MIAMI
    Wednesday, June 16
    8:00 p.m.

    co-presented with Phonograph Films

    Miami Beach Cinematheque
    512 Espa̱ola Way
    Miami Beach, FL 33139

    After the screening, Phonograph Films Founder Juan Carlos Zald̨var will moderate a discussion with Miami New Times reporter Tim Elfrink, Media That Matters Director Jolene Pinder and representatives from Dade County’s GLBTQ Alliance for Youth and Human Services Coalition.

    $10.00 General Admission
    $8.00 Seniors (62+) and Students (with current ID)
    $7.00 MBC and MIFF Members

    You can purchase advance tickets here.

    ***
    SAN FRANCISCO
    Friday, June 18
    8:00 p.m.
    co-presented with BAVC, Ninth Street Independent Film Center and Creative Commons

    Ninth Street Independent Film Center

    145 Ninth Street, Suite 101
    San Francisco, CA 94103

    FREE Screening.

    Director Joel Engardio (of MTM film “Justice Denied: Voices from Guantanamo”) will be in attendance for Q+A after the screening.

    ***
    WASHINGTON, D.C.
    Tuesday, June 22
    6:30 p.m.

    co-presented with Campus Progress and Women in Film and Video

    E Street Cinema
    555 11th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20004
    (entrance on E Street between 10th and 11th Street)

    FREE
    Screening.

    Director Jonathan Skurnik (of MTM film “I’m Just Anneke”) and Media That Matters Director Jolene Pinder will be in attendance for Q+A after the screening.

    ***
    SANTA FE
    Friday, June 25
    7:00 p.m.

    co-presented with Warehouse 21

    Warehouse 21

    1614 Paseo de Peralta
    Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

    Media That Matters Director Jolene Pinder will be in attendance for Q+A after the screening.

    ***
    EVANSTON, IL
    Saturday, June 26
    7:00 p.m.

    co-presented with Evanston Arts Depot

    Evanston Arts Depot
    600 Main Street
    Evanston, IL 60202

    ***
    PORTLAND, OR
    Tuesday, June 29
    7:00 p.m.

    co-presented with Film Action Oregon

    Hollywood Theatre

    4122 NE Sandy Blvd.
    Portland, OR 97212

    Published on June 10, 2010

    June 5: The Fiscal Times covers DENIED & Filmmaker Julie Winokur from MTM10

    Blaire Briody of The Fiscal Times writes about the shortfalls of health care documented by MTM10 filmmaker Julie Winokur’s film DENIED, this year’s Jury Winner. 

    “Cost, of course, remains a major concern. The American Cancer Society calculated the costs of early-stage breast cancer treatments over a year and a half to be $111,000. Wessenberg‰Ûªs doctors estimated that they spent over $250,000 in the attempt to save her life (including estimated costs of their donated labor and treatments), and that number rises every year. Many people are unsure whether there will be enough federal money to pay for the new bill. Some states are aggressively fighting the health care bill, and at least 14 have filed suit against the federal government. Starting in 2014, insurance agencies will no longer be allowed to deny coverage to someone with a pre-existing condition, but will they be able to cope with a $250,000 tab for the number of people who may need care?”

    Read here for full article.

    Published on June 7, 2010

    June 3: MTM:Impact, a series of conversations

    MTM:Impact

    MTM: IMPACT

    Make. Activate. Educate.

    June 3, 2010
    11:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

    Ten years of Media That Matters. Time to celebrate. Ready to innovate.

    On June 3, the day after the NYC premiere of the tenth annual Media That Matters collection, Arts Engine will host a free, day-long series of conversations for filmmakers, activists and educators who are working to harness the power of media to enact change.

    Join Arts Engine staff, Pat Aufderheide, Abigail Disney, MTM filmmakers past and present and many more for an exciting day of provocative conversation and practical strategies for impact.

    This won’t be a re-hashing of the same old tips (set up a Twitter account!) and laments (documentary distribution is in crisis!).

    Instead, we’ll take up targeted questions about the state of social issue media like: What are the advantages and drawbacks of short films vs. long format media in spurring audiences to action? What does it mean to be a fast-acting filmmaker when it comes to social change media? Do you sacrifice craft to effect change quickly? And how do you inspire students to connect media to their own lives and realize their potential as changemakers?

    The day will be organized into three interactive 75-minute sessions. You can sign up for one or for all three. Since this event is designed to be a series of intimate conversations, space is extremely limited. While we are able to offer these conversations at no cost to participants, you must register in advance. Register here!

    MAKE.

    Impact: In the Eye of the Beholder
    11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

    Join Pat Aufderheide, the Director of the Center for Social Media, as she moderates a lively panel of filmmakers who have shifted tactics or broken new ground to have a meaningful impact with their filmmaking. This lively conversation will offer a multifaceted debate on the variety of approaches served by short vs. long form films, working with provocative subject matter, and challenging audiences to take action.

    Ronit Avni, producer of Budrus, and executive director of Just Vision
    Abigail Disney, producer of Pray the Devil Back to Hell
    Lynn True, co-director of “A Nomad’s Life” (MTM 8 film) and Summer Pasture (recent premiere at Full Frame)

    ACTVATE.

    Change-on-the-Go: React + Release Social Issue Media
    1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

    What does it mean to be a fast-acting filmmaker when it comes to social change media? Do you sacrifice craft to enact change quickly? And how do you mobilize resources to capture a story before it’s too late? Join Lina Srivistava (Principal of Lina Srivastava Consulting, LLC, former ED of Kids with Cameras) for an interactive discussion about the challenges and benefits of 1) creating fast and furious media campaigns and 2) reacting quickly to stories then produced as longitudinal documentaries. Zach Niles, a visiting faculty member from Haiti’s Ciné Institute, will share lessons learned from the organization’s recent experience of creating documentary content in response to the earthquake. We’ll also tackle the question of how to provide opportunities for quick and substantive action for audiences.

    Sean Gardner, League of Young Voters
    Zach Niles, Ciné Institute and co-director of Sierre Leone Refugee All-Stars
    Jennifer Redfearn, director of “The Next Wave” (MTM 9 Jury Winner) and “Sun Come Up”
    (recent premiere at Full Frame)
    Nancy Schwartzman, director of The Line

    EDUCATE.

    Making Media Matter in the Classroom
    3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

    Lalitha Vasudevan (Assistant Professor of Technology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University) leads a conversation with four educators about how they’ve successfully incorporated Media That Matters films into their curriculum—as an introduction to issues of social justice, a means for inspiring change and a pedagogical tool for teachers. The second half of the workshop will be a working session. After viewing one film from this year’s collection, educators will break into groups and brainstorm strategies to incorporate the film into their classrooms, sketch out possible lesson plans and offer ideas for discussion questions.

    Kim Allen, Middle School Teacher
    Melanie Forstrom, Program Director at Brooklyn Bridge Academy
    Britt Hamre, Curriculum and Teaching Lecturer, Teachers College, Columbia University
    Maria Hantzopoulos, Assistant Professor of Education at Vassar College

    We hope to see you there!

    This event is made possible by the Fledgling Fund.

    Published on June 3, 2010

    June 3: About.com’s Jennifer Merin covers MTM10 Premiere

    Jennifer Merin from About.com: Documentaries (who is also moderating the June 9 Docuclub for the film “Building Bridges”) writes coverage for the launch of the tenth annual Media That Matters. 

    The filmmakers are young—Annalise Littman, for example, produced and directed her film, Aquafinito, tackling issues arising from privatization of fresh water, when she was a junior in high school. And, they’re already developing their unique voices and styles—for example, Yan Chun Su takes us on an un-narrated cinematic tour of The Last Town in her brooding film about the 2000-year-old city that will disappear under water when China’s Three Gorges Dam is constructed, while Gus Andrews uses two amusing puppets to deliver deliver insights about how the media manipulates images to create unattainable standards of beauty in My Hotness is Pasted on Yey!.

    To gauge how talented these young filmmakers are, compare their films to those made by seasoned documentarians about similar issues—for example, you might want to compare The Last Town with Up the Yangtze, and see how America The Beautiful and American Teen treat the subject of standards of beauty and self esteem. Then, too, there are some mighty powerful unlawful military detainment documentaries to watch—including Taxi To The Dark Side, Standard Operating Procedure and Laura Poitras’ soon-to-be-released The Oath—in order to expand your understanding about how this pressing issue is presented in feature length documentaries.

    For the complete article, you can find it

    Published on June 3, 2010

    May 20: MTM screens at Facing History School, NYC, to prepare Juniors for the Senior Social Issue Pr

    As the juniors at Facing History School in Manhattan start their transition to the senior year, MTM brings them films to inspire ideas for their social issue projects in the upcoming year.  The films screened are:

    Immersion (MTM9)
    Will I Be Next? (MTM9)
    America for Dummies (MTM8)

    Published on May 20, 2010

    May 12, 13, 17, & 18: MTM Workshops “Media for Social Change” at Bushwick School for Social Justice’

    Bushwick School of Social Justice and “Make the Road New York” host MTM’s workshop on “How To Use Media For Social Change.”  The workshop—which may evolve into a Fall 2010 senior class social justice seminar—is catered to freshmen currently involved in their social action projects.  AE Programs will screen the following films:

    Permission (MTM6)
    Exiled in America (MTM9)
    Book ‘Em: Undereducated, Overincarcerated (MTM6)
    Copwatch (MTM3)
    Profit Cola (MTMGF)
    Food Justice (MTMGF)
    (Hate) Machine (MTM6)
    Locusts (MTM9)

    Published on May 10, 2010

    World Premiere of the Tenth Annual Media That Matters!

    You’re invited!

    10 Years. More than 10 million viewers. 156 shorts.

    Tenth Annual Media That Matters World Premiere.jpg

    Wednesday, June 2, 2010

    Join us in NYC for the World Premiere of the tenth annual Media That Matters collection!

    6:00 pm - Doors Open
    Arrive early to take part in the impACT salon with some of our presenting partners for Take Action opportunities and a chance to meet the festival filmmakers.

    7:00 - 9:00 pm - Screening of tenth annual Media That Matters collection
    Be among the first to see the 12 new inspiring short films selected this year by our jury of
    eight incredible activists and media makers.

    School of Visual Arts (SVA)
    Visual Arts Theatre
    333 West 23rd Street
    New York, NY
    See map

    The theater is accessible by wheelchair.

    Buy your tickets today before they sell out!: http://mediathatmatters.eventbrite.com

    Calling all filmmakers, activists, educators: this year, Media That Matters will host a day-long workshop, MTM: IMPACT, on June 3. Stay tuned for more details about the day’s schedule and how to reserve your spot!

    Media That Matters: MORE THAN A FESTIVAL

    SCREEN the collection of jury-selected films.
    ACT now to make a change.
    IMPACT your community by using short films with on-the-ground activism.

    Following the official launch on June 2, we invite you to Screen. Act. Impact.

    Be among the first to see the new additions to Media That Matters, which reached more than 3 million viewers in 2009.

    We will have the DVD collection available for you to purchase online directly following the Premiere. Check out the store to see how you can pre-order the DVD now and then learn how to host your own screening.

    We are finalizing international screening locations now. Add yours to the map! Prep for the next semester and integrate film into your curriculum!

    As we reach out to get the message about this launch to a wide international audience, the opportunity to share this information with your friends / fans / members / community is invaluable to us. If you have space for a short announcement to post on your blog, on your profile, in your upcoming newsletter, or in an email blast it would be a great help to us!

    Read more about joining our street team (and receiving a complimentary MTM10 DVD and tickets to the premiere).

    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest news on MTM10!

    WE’LL SEE YOU THERE!

    Questions?
    Send us an email!

    Thank you!

    Published on April 30, 2010

    Join the Media That Matters Street Team!

    Is “Screen. Act. Impact.” your mantra? Do those three magic letters M-T-M make your heart go pitter-patter?

    Then we need you for the Media That Matters Street Team (technically, no streets will be involved—just the highways and byways of Twitter, Facebook and the less-specific blogosphere). If you’ve been following MTM for years or if you’ve just discovered this premiere showcase for short social issue film, we want you! This year marks the 10th anniversary of MTM and we’re excited to spread the good word about the power of media to spark change. To celebrate, we’ll be screening this year’s collection on the second largest screen in Manhattan at the SVA Theater, a venue that holds over 450 people.

    That’s where you come in. Join the MTM Street Team and here’s what you’ll need to do (and what’s in it for you!):

    Post a minimum of two announcements about Media That Matters (posts can be publicizing the NYC premiere on June 2 or driving traffic to watch the new collection of films at the MTM site) via Facebook, Twitter or any other social networking site and you’ll receive a free copy of the MTM10 DVD.

    Do the above AND blog about the festival and you’ll receive an MTM10 DVD and two tickets to our premiere at the SVA Theater in NYC on June 2.

    If you’d like to join up, send an email with your name, Twitter and link to your FB page to festival@artsengine.net.

    We’ll be selecting Street Team members by May 7.

    Published on April 22, 2010

    April 21: MTM & the Mayor’s Office present Immigrant Heritage Week 2010 Screening at Maysles Institu

    In partnership with the Mayor’s Office of NYC, MTM is proud to celebrate the official 2010 Immigrant Heritage Week (April 15-21) with a screening at Maysles Institute Cinema on Wednesday evening of April 21.  The screening features themes on immigration, identity and social issue media for immigration reform, as well as discussions and opportunities to “Take Action” immediately. 


    Films to be Screened:
    BY-STANDING: THE BEGINNING OF AN AMERICAN LIFETIME (MTM7)
    VISION TEST (MTM3)
    IMMERSION (MTM9)
    EXILED IN AMERICA (MTM9)
    THE SIXTH SECTION (MTM4)
    SLIP OF THE TONGUE (MTM6)
    A NOMAD’S LIFE (MTM8)
    AFRICAN UNDERGROUND: HIP HOP IN SENEGAL (MTM8)
    WHY DO WHITE PEOPLE HAVE BLACK SPOTS? (MTM9)
    THE NEXT WAVE (MTM9)


    The screening will take place on Wednesday, April 21st from 7:30-10:30pm.

    The Maysles Institute Cinema is located in Harlem at 343 Malcolm X Blvd /Lenox Ave (Between 127th & 128th St).  Visit their website for more information and upcoming events:  http://www.mayslesinstitute.org/cinema/index.html

    Published on April 21, 2010

    April 15: Hostos Community College celebrates Immigrant Heritage Week 2010 with MTM Screening

    In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Week 2010, Hostos Community College—under the coordination of Professors Phillips Rupert and Lizette Colon—is hosting a Media That Matters screening with films about immigration, urban youth and the environment. 

    The event also includes a Voter’s Registration Drive and Naturalization Information Fair and a lecture by guest speaker Professor Gerald Meyer entitled “Americans All: Immigrants & Native Born & the Struggle for a Better America/Todos somos Americanos:Luchando por una Mejor AmÌ©rica.” The MTM screening and discussion will be facilitated by programs staff.  The following films will be screened:

    Inch By Inch (MTMGF)
    The Farm Sanctuary (MTMGF)
    Recycle (MTM7)
    Fast and Reliable (MTM5)
    Is Your Neighbor Latino? (MTM3)

    Published on April 14, 2010

    April 11: SUMMER PASTURE (a.ka. A Nomad’s Life) receives Honorable Mention for Inspiration Award at

    Congratulations to filmmakers Lynn True and Nelson Walker for their Honorable Mention at Full Frame Documentary Festival for the film SUMMER PASTURE, a feature-length of MTM8’s A Nomad’s Life!  The film was short-listed for Full Frame Inspiration Award, which is presented to the film that best exemplifies the value and relevance of world religions and spirituality. 

    Watch the original short A NOMAD’s LIFE from the eight annual Media That Matters here:  A Nomad’s Life

    Visit the SUMMER PASTURE website and their fan page on Facebook:  Summer Pasture - Kham Film Project

    Published on April 12, 2010

    April 10: SUMMER PASTURE (feature-length of MTM8’s A Nomad’s Life) short-listed for Jury Prize at Fu

    SUMMER PASTURE, by filmmakers Lynn True, Nelson Walker & Tsering Perlo, has been selected to premiere at the Full Frame Documentary Festival in North Carolina on April 10th at 1:30pm.

    (For more info on the premiere, visit: http://www.fullframefest.org/more_film_info.php?id=1923)


    The film is the feature-length version of A Nomad’s Life from the eighth annual Media That Matters and has been short-listed as one of 16 films of 51 competing for the prestigious Grand Jury Prize at Full Frame.  Support SUMMER PASTURE and explore the challenges living a nomad’s life. 


    Visit their website to help spread the word:  Summer Pasture Film

    Published on March 31, 2010

    April 8: SUN COME UP (feature-length version of MTM9’s The Next Wave) selected to premiere at Full F

    Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger’s SUN COME UP, originally The Next Wave short from MTM9, has been selected as one of 60 films from 1200 submissions to premiere at the Full Frame Documentary Festival in North Carolina on April 8th, 2010. 

    (For information on the festival and premiere, visit:  http://www.fullframefest.org/more_film_info.php?id=1924)


    Help the filmmakers spread the word about SUN COME UP and climate refugees on Facebook, Twitter, etc!  Visit their website for more ways to get involved:  Sun Come Up Film

    Published on March 29, 2010

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