ARTS ENGINE LAUNCHES 12TH MEDIA THAT MATTERS SHOWCASE WITH PRESENTING PARTNER REEL LIVES
The latest collection highlights international issues, women and youth perspectives; NYC events include world premiere (10/25) and free educator workshop (11/02)
Media That Matters 12
DCTV | 87 Lafayette Street, New York, NY
ARTS ENGINE, INC & REEL LIVES proudly launch the 12th Media That Matters™ 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’s twelve award winners. Arts Engine officially closed its doors this September and announced the new home for the curated Media That Matters collection and crowd sourced MediaRights.org with Reel Lives.
Reel Lives is an international youth media organization that will “ensure the longevity of the programs for years to come.” 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’s showcase prominently features international issues, women and youth perspectives, all encapsulated in the Jury Prize winner, AISHA’S 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’s Karen classmate. New York-based filmmakers won awards for serious social issue short docs, such as Michael Collins and Marty Syjuco’s tale of a Haitian woman’s resilience in GERTHY’S ROOTS, Sean Strub’s depiction of laws against the “viral underclass” in HIV IS NOT A CRIME, and Ibis Productions’ 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’s 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’s agenda of education, empowerment, and social change.
Reel Lives’ Founder and Executive Director Lyle Kane said, “It’s hard to contain my excitement about making Media That Matters’ 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.” 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.
MEDIA THAT MATTERS 12 FILM DESCRIPTIONS
AISHA’S 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 – Baltazar is the last man on earth who knows how to find it.
GERTHY’S 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? – 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’s Trust & iMatter: Kids vs. Global Warming
Protect our TRUST. Restore our ATMOSPHERE.