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United in the Fight: MediaStorm Tribute on World AIDS Day

Thirty years after the first cases of HIV, the World Health Organization estimates 36.7 million people worldwide are currently living with HIV/AIDS. Of these, 3.2 million are children under the age of 15. Today we commemorate World AIDS Day by remembering those who have succumbed to the virus and supporting our amazing collaborators working to treat and prevent this destructive disease.

AIDS and Family is Kristen Ashburn’s intimate portrait of African mothers, fathers and children being crushed by AIDS. Ashburn’s work connects us to these people deeply; we learn that only through such connection is hope possible.

The Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance, GAIA ,takes the medical breakthroughs of the developed world and brings them to The Far End of the Road. Their focus is one district in Malawi where 1 out of 6 adults are HIV-positive and healthcare can be hours away.

24,000 children under the age of five will die today, many from preventable diseases. In 2009, Save the Children launched the ambitious EVERY ONE campaign to work directly with individuals, communities and government’s to stem this tide of child mortality.

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The Ninth Floor included in IDFA’s DocLab Canon of Interactive Documentaries.

We are thrilled to announce that MediaStorm and Jessica Dimmock’s interactive documentary, The Ninth Floor, has been selected for inclusion in IDFA’s DocLab Canon of Interactive Documentaries–a celebration of the the best interactive documentaries of the past ten years.

Since 2007, IDFA DocLab, the new media program of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, has showcased all kinds of projects, from web-documentaries, games, apps and virtual reality experiences to live performances, installations and other, often still undefined artforms. A decade later, many of these projects continue to inspire the future of documentary art. To mark the 10th anniversary edition of the program, IDFA invited an international selection of new media curators, decision makers, award-winning artists and producers to look back at the past decade to determine those projects that pushed boundaries and defined the new medium. We are proud to have The Ninth Floor included in this prestigious list.


In 2004, an apartment overlooking Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue housed thirty young people living in a vortex of drug addiction and despair. Jessica Dimmock entered this world and explored how these addicts fight to get clean, sink deeper into addiction, go to jail, start families, and struggle to survive in their own way.

Congratulations to Jessica and to all the other artists who continue to push forward this medium. And thank you to the IDFA DocLab for this great honor!


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POYi 74th Competition Now Open

Pictures of the Year International is proud to launch its 74th competition to honor the world’s premier documentary photography, photojournalism, and visual editing.


Pictures of the Year International is the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism program in the world.  When you enter POY, your work reaches out to citizens worldwide and becomes a part of visual history.

Please visit “Call for Entries” to learn more.

The online “Registration and Entry” platform opens on Wednesday, Dec. 14, here: https://entry.poyi.org/

Deadline for entry is Thursday, Jan. 12.


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Join Brian Storm at CUNY for Storytelling Workshop

Join multimedia pioneer and MediaStorm founder Brian Storm for an overview of documentary video and multimedia storytelling approaches on December 8, from 7-9pm at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. For more information and to RSVP, please click here.


Storm will walk you through specific examples, and share his business experience, as well as proven tips to improve your interviewing, shooting and editing techniques. And he will offer suggestions to those entering the visual job market.


MediaStorm publishes diverse narratives, offers advanced training seminars and collaborates with a diverse group of clients. MediaStorm’s stories and interactive applications have received numerous honors, including two duPont Awards, four Emmys, and five Online Journalism Awards.

Prior to launching MediaStorm in 2005, Storm spent two years as vice president of News, Multimedia & Assignment Services for Corbis, a digital media agency founded and owned by Bill Gates. From 1995 to 2002 he was director of multimedia at MSNBC.com.


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Moving Forward

Last week’s Presidential election in the United States left many feeling uncertain about the country’s future. It was by any measure a divisive election season. So we’d like to take a moment to reiterate MediaStorm’s core beliefs.

Unequivocally, we support the inalienable rights and dignity of every person without regard to race, religion, class, sexual orientation and gender identity, or any other facet of our humanity. We reject the hateful attitudes that have been prominent throughout this election season and stand in solidarity with communities of color, Muslims, immigrants, refugees and displaced people, African Americans, disabled people, LGBTQ people, and any other group that has been targeted.

We believe deeply in the power of our shared human experience and we are eager to use authentic, in-depth storytelling to build empathy and act as a bridge between people. We will never lose sight of the fact that it is these communities that need our support, our love, and our resources.

In the months and years ahead, we pledge to continue producing stories on the challenges that will no doubt face our nation. Many of our partners have been working on these important issues for some time now. To support their work in racial and economic justice, immigrant rights, climate change, refugee rights, and criminal justice reform, please visit their websites:

We are so grateful to them and to all of our partners, many of whom spend each day working to build a more just world.

The success of our country, the very ability of people to bridge what feels like an immense divide, depends on empathy. And there is no better vessel for that than storytelling.

There is much we can do and in the coming years we hope to leverage our experience to empower emerging producers to tell their own stories; to provide a platform for a diverse collective of voices; and to collaborate with all of you to tell the stories that matter.

We are going to take some time to reflect on the most appropriate role MediaStorm can play to demonstrate our solidarity with and commitment to targeted communities. To that end, we welcome your thoughts on how we might better be of service, both through storytelling and partnerships. Please feel to drop us a line via info@mediastorm.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please stay safe and know that we at MediaStorm stand with you in the quest to build a just and equitable society.

With love,

The MediaStorm Family


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