FESTIVAL NEWS

February 29 - March 1: Fernie, British Columbia, Canada; 7 p.m.

The Fernie Mountain Film Festival will be screening seventh annual Media That Matters Film Festival winner Garbage Dreams  as part of its shorts program. The Film Festival runs from February 29 through March 1 at the Fernie Community Centre in British Columbia, Canada. 

The Fernie Mountain Film Festival is a two-day event “dedicated to filmmakers who spark awareness of mountain cultures, fragile environments, and the passion and perseverance of global explorers.”

This year, two $400 cash prizes will be awarded for best local film and audience favorite. March 1, from 1-3 p.m., will be a free children’s matinee with short films just for the little ones.

Tickets for adults are $15 for the two-night pass or $10 on a per night basis and children are $5 per night and can be purchased online here. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ghostrider Adventure Camp, which offers outdoor opportunities to children who otherwise lack access to a mountain environment.

Watch Garbage Dreams online and find ways to take action here.


by Austra Zubkovs

Published on February 29, 2008

February 22 - 23: Festival Winner Kendall Moore Screens Films; Pawtucket, RI

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts will be showcasing it’s annual RISCA Fellowship awards at a week-long exhibition this week. Media That Matters Seventh Annual Festival Winner Kendall Moore, who directed and produced Sovereign Nation / Sovereign Neighbor, is a Fellowship winner whose films will be featured during two days of screenings on February 22 from 7-9 p.m. and February 23 from 2-4 p.m. Kendall will be attending the 7-9 p.m. screening, after which audience members are invited to participate in a dialog with the filmmakers.

The Fellowship awards exhibition will take place at Machines With Magnets, at 400 Main Street in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Other artists will be featured through the week and all events are free and open to the public. For further information on the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts go to www.arts.ri.gov or call 401/222-3881 or email cristina@arts.ri.gov.

Watch her film Sovereign Nation / Sovereign Neighbor about the Narragansett Native American tribe’s fight for an independent nation and find ways to take action here!


by Austra Zubkovs

Published on February 22, 2008

February 22: Slow Shorts Film Festival; Melbourne, Australia; 9:30PM

The Slow Shorts Film Festival will be screening Media That Matters: Good Food Collection winners Don’t Worry and The Luckiest Nut in the World in Melbourne, Australia at Federation Square on February 22nd,  beginning at 9:30pm.

The Slow Shorts program is a segment of the larger festival A Taste of Slow, which kicks off on the 22nd and continues for 16 straight days with events such as dinners, workshops, films, and demonstrations.  The slow food movement highlights the “the disconnection between the food we eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.” It seeks to remind us that there are ethical implications in the choices we make about our food production methods, and offers a return to a more sustainable way of living.

Entry to the Slow Shorts Film Festival is free and music will be provided by Melbourne trip hop masters Miso, as well as DJs Wasabi and Duck Roast.  A listing of other A Taste of Slow events can be found here.

Watch Don’t Worry and The Luckiest Nut in the World online as well as find ways to take action by clicking on each film title.


by Austra Zubkovs

Published on February 22, 2008

February 15: Sustainable Living Fest, Melbourne, Australia; 7:00PM - 11:00PM

The Media That Matters Film Festival will be screening environmentally orientated films at the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne, Australia’s Federation Square on February 15th from 7-11pm. 

The Sustainable Living Festival is a three-day long festival that celebrates “cultural innovation and creativity” in an effort to promote social and ecological sustainability.

Following three days of talks, demonstrations, exhibits, performances and much more, five Media That Matters films and others will be shown at the twilight film screening on the last night.

Other highlights of the Sustainable Living Festival include talks on The Urgent Design Challenge, The Story of Stuff: What Makes a Product Truly Green?, and Sustainable Transport - Visions for Victoria in 2010, exhibits such as Catch the Solar Taxi and The Clothing Exchange, and a musical performance entitled Music That Rocks Our World.

Tickets are by voluntary donation of $10 for concession (youth and elderly), $15 for adults and $25 for families and can be purchased online here.

If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch the participating Media That Matter films online through the Media That Matters Film Festival site, as well as find ways to take action, by following the links below:
Recycle
Garbage Dreams
Neglected Sky
Asparagus: A Stalk-umentary
The Luckiest Nut in the World


by Austra Zubkovs

Published on February 15, 2008

February 9: Digital Youth Media Summit, Dover, Delaware; 10:00AM - 3:30PM

Arts Engine and the Media That Matters Film Festival will be presenting films and discussing youth media distribution at DelawareÕs First Annual Digital Youth Media Summit. The day also includes: - Are you being had?" - Find out if you are truly media savvy, with KEYNOTE SPEAKER, University of Delaware's Dr. Danilo Yanich. - Sign up to participate in the EDUCATORS' workshop on digital youth media production, presented by the Youth Media Learning Network, an initiative of NYC's renowned Educational Video Center. (Eligible for DOE professional development credits.) This session is open to everyone; church and community leaders are strongly encouraged to attend! - STUDENTS can take advantage of our youth media distribution workshop, led by leading organization Arts Engine, who also join us from NYC. We look forward to seeing you there!

Published on February 9, 2008

February 3: RIGHTS ON THE LINE Discussion; Flagstaff, AZ.

Ray Ybarra, co-producer of the seventh annual Media That Matters Film Festival winner Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border, recently spoke at an event held at Northern Arizona University in February.

Jackcentral.com contributing writer Lee Hernandez evaluated the talk on their blog. Jackcentral.com is a production of The Lumberjack student newspaper in the University’s hometown of Flagstaff, Arizona.

In his talk, Ybarra discussed the militarization of the US-Mexico border in Arizona, also the subject of his festival winning film Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border. Rights on the Line exposes the ugly anti-immigrant politics that lurk behind the Minuteman Project and also illustrates the continuum between official border militarization and vigilante action. Produced in order to halt the growth of the vigilante movement, as well as prompt a broader discussion around the impact of current U.S. immigration policies, Ybarra’s film and activism has been instrumental in bringing about a major civil rights lawsuit against one of the vigilantes, and created and coordinated the Legal Observer Project during the Minutemen’s operations.

Hernandez’s article quotes Ybarra calling out to students to start taking action - “Right now we are in the Alabama of the civil rights movement,” Ybarra said. “But who is doing the sit-ins? Who is doing the freedom marches? No one. Students are the ones with the time we are the ones who need to be more radical and creating and pushing forward.”

Now learn more about how you can take action!


by Austra Zubkovs

Published on February 3, 2008

Eighth Annual Festival Jury


James Duarte

James Duarte
Born and raised in the Bronx, James discovered his artistic side at age nine. Currently in his junior year at the Theater Arts Production Company School in the Bronx, James has produced more than a dozen films, ranging from documentaries to short narratives. He is currently a Youth Producer at DCTV, a curator for the 2008 Urban Visionaries Film Festival and has been part of Fresh-Films, offering his experience as a TriBeCa Film Fellow. James has a solid passion for film as his personal way of communicating to the world what he sees and feels. It’s the artist within him that wants to present society with his visual perspective, and he continues to pursue his dream in hopes of becoming a successful filmmaker.

Maria Hantzopoulos

Maria Hantzopoulos
Maria is a long-time NYC educator/activist who is currently writing her dissertation on youth agency, schooling and social change. She taught for nine years at Humanities Prep, a public high school in Manhattan, and developed an award winning service-learning program that provided transformative experiences for her students through community partnerships with filmmakers, artists, and activists. Maria has organized youth delegations on human rights/social justice to Cuba, France, Mexico and Puerto Rico, and has worked with organizations like the Coalition of Essential Schools, Global Kids and ASPIRA of New York. She is active in local educational reform issues, such as high-stakes testing and restorative justice practices for and with youth. Maria has published work in academic journals and magazines like Rethinking Schools, and has presented at conferences across the country and worldwide. She is also a freelance curriculum writer for various NGO projects and supervises in-service student teachers at Barnard College.

Eliza Licht

Eliza Licht
Eliza oversees the development and implementation of P.O.V.‘s national community engagement and education campaigns. She works with public television stations, educators and community-based organizations to present community screenings of P.O.V. films and to develop and distribute accompanying educational resource materials to teachers nationwide. To further develop these areas, Eliza has established a Library Board and a Teachers’ Advisory Board which provide feedback on activities and help produce P.O.V.‘s companion resource materials. Before joining P.O.V. in 2001, she traveled extensively in Spain and Mexico, teaching English as a foreign language. Licht is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University.

Ines Morales

Ines Morales
Ines currently resides in the Bronx, New York. As an alumni of the Educational Video Center’s Basic Documentary Workshop and the Youth Organizers television, she co-produced two documentaries and several experimental projects.  After completing seventh annual Media That Matters Jury award-winning Still Standing and another documentary about teen suicide, Ines was moved by the impact that film has on society, and decided to pursue a career in the film industry. She currently takes media classes at The City College of New York, majoring in media communications and is in the process of getting into their BFA program. She looks forward to continuing to use film as an outlet for those who do not usually have a voice in society as well as an outlet to create change. Through film, Ines hopes to provide justice and expose the truth.

Iris Morales

Iris Morales
Iris is a life-long activist, educator and media maker. She is the producer, writer and co-director of !Palante, Siempre Palante! The Young Lords, an award-winning documentary broadcast on POV: American Documentary television series and has screened at film festivals, school and community venues across the US and the Caribbean. Currently, Iris works with New York City grassroots arts and social justice organizations, produces short videos and multimedia projects, and conducts workshops focused on community and media activism.

Jennifer Nedbalsky

Jennifer Nedbalsky
Jennifer is the Program Manager of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival (HRWIFF). Since 2003, Jennifer has lead the HRWIFF High School Program, an initiative to bring discussion of human rights into public schools. Jennifer also works with Adobe Youth Voices to organize Youth Producing Change and is co-founder of the NYC Grassroots Media Coalition and Conference.  She got her start in media activism interning at Paper Tiger Television Collective, where she was eventually hired, and has also worked for Rooftop Films. Jennifer directed the short documentary/DIY dance video Don’t Let the System Get You Down..Cheer Up - a film about the vibrant international radical cheerleading movement. She also has her own business called Doing It Herself. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Art Video from Syracuse University in 2001. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Victoria Restler

Victoria Restler
Victoria, a Senior Program Associate with World Savvy, is an interdisciplinary artist and educator with a longstanding interest in global education and after-school programming. She has been teaching and facilitating content-driven art courses for five years in San Francisco, Oaxaca, and Philadelphia using sound, craft, murals, and mapping to address issues of community, citizenship and cultural exchange. Victoria graduated from Williams College with a dual degree in Art and Anthropology and received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in New Genres from The San Francisco Art Institute. She joined World Savvy in 2005 and has co-created and run the Global Youth Media and Arts Program from inception. In the fall of 2007, Victoria relocated to open World Savvy’s first expansion site in New York City where the Media and Arts Program launches in February 2008. Victoria is a member of Coro’s 2008 Immigrant Civic Leadership Program.

Greg Rhem

Greg Rhem
Greg is Manager of Documentary Acquisitions, Original Programming for HBO. He’s been involved in discovering new and distinctive documentary programming for the Cinemax Reel Life, as well as (what was formerly known as) HBO’s award-winning America Undercover banner. Some of his acquisition finds have been: the Oscar-winning Born Into Brothels, Murder on a Sunday Morning, Thoth, and Breathing Lessons; Oscar-nominated Spellbound, The Collector of Bedford Street; the critically-acclaimed Watermarks and The Smashing Machine. Before joining HBO Documentaries in 1995, Greg served as an Assistant Producer of Commercials and Industrials for Morrison Media, Inc. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Coordinator, Office Operations at New Line Cinema. Currently, Greg is a candidate for Media Studies M.A. at the New School University. He holds a B.A. degree in English and Film Studies from the University of Rochester.

Nonso Christian Ugbode

Nonso Christian Ugbode
Nonso is a writer, producer and web conceptualist. He works as the New Media Coordinator for the National Black Programming Consortium in Harlem, NY where he oversees content and style for NBPC’s Black Public Media website. His recent works include a documentary on black painters entitled Colored Frames, which is currently screening at festivals. His writing can be found online at separate-equal.net, where he is an Executive Editor for the online video and audio journal Blackline - a satirical news and current affairs project. Christian received his BFA in Film & Television Production at New York University.

Kathy Vega

Kathy Vega
Kathy is the Video Specialist at Global Kid’s Online Leadership Program where she teaches citywide youth how to apply film production techniques to a virtual environment. She has worked extensively since 1995 for NJN’s Images/Imagenes on community affairs television programming. During her time at Images, Kathy developed and became the first director of ASPIRA‘s children’s television studio in Newark, NJ. She has been awarded a CIMA Journalism award for excellence in communications. Kathy received her B.A in Journalism/Mass Media and Puerto Rican/Caribbean Studies from Rutgers University and received her M.A. in Educational Communication and Technology from NYU, where she specialized in educational video production.

Steve Wax

Steve Wax
Steve Wax attended Reed College and the UCLA Film School during the 1960s and began working as a writer and producer, receiving one of the first American Institute short film grants. He is a founding member of the San Francisco film collective CineManifest as well as the Independent Feature Project and was among the first group of filmmakers chosen for the Sundance Institute film development program. He later founded the commercial production company Chelsea Pictures  which has produced many award winning commercials.  Steve also produced the feature film Unmade Beds which was honored at several film festivals, pre-sold to HBO, the BBC and La Sept Arte, and played theatrically in twenty-six cities.  He also co-produced the 2000 Oscar-nominated short film Killing Joe and a number of documentaries and television series. He is currently partner and Chief Naratologist at Campfire, a new digital ad agency.


Edited by Austra Zubkovs

Published on February 1, 2008

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