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Chad Stevens Documentary Overburden Screening in NYC

MediaStorm alum Chad Stevens will be screening his documentary Overburden as part of the New York Wild Film Festival. The film will be shown Saturday January 30th at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, please visit the festival’s web site: http://www.nywildfilmfestival.com/schedule-2016/

About the film:

After a mine explosion kills her brother, a pro-coal activist joins forces with a tree-hugging grandmother to take down the most dangerous coal company in the United States. Lorelei, fighting to stop mountaintop removal, launches a campaign to build wind farm. Betty, who lost her brother in the disaster, joins Lorelei’s fight to bring justice and economic diversity to the coal fields of Appalachia. Director Chad Stevens presents the determination of the pair as they balance the town’s economic need for coal with its devastating impact.

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MediaStorm’s 2015 Year in Review


2015 was an important milestone in MediaStorm’s history. With the support of our entire community, we were able to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. It’s been a decade since we created our first story, and we’ve continued to push the art and form of storytelling in myriad ways. Here’s are some of the highlights from 2015:

We were honored to be nominated for two Emmys for our collaboration with Pieter ten Hoopen on Hungry Horse and with Shiho Fukada on Japan’s Disposable Workers.

Travel Anonymous took us inside Jeff Hutchen’s life on the road. A stunning combination of Jeff’s photography and MediaStorm motion graphics, Travel Anonymous is a unique addition to the MediaStorm Publication.

For the third year in a row, we partnered with our friends at the International Center of Photography and Harbers Studio to produce films to honor the legacies of the 2015 winners of the Infinity Awards.

Shine On tells the story of Tiffany Persons, the Founder of Shine On Sierra Leone, and her quest to have impact in one of the world’s most impoverished countries.

What is an innovator? We partnered with the Wall St. Journal to discover what it is that drives the world’s greatest innovators in fashion, literature, entertainment, technology, design, art, and brand. The 2015 Innovator Award films celebrate those who dare to push the boundaries of their field and in so doing, inspire a new generation.

In November, we launched a new partnership with Verse, an immersive interactive storytelling platform, with Connected to the Top, the first of four stories we are launching with Verse. Connected to the Top is about the incredible strength, courage, and passion that propels today’s top climbers to risk their lives for the glory of reaching the world’s greatest heights.

2015 was also a year of firsts–notably our first fully animated film. Guardians of the Forest, explores why sustainable forestry management may just be one of the most important tools for safeguarding the world’s precious natural resources.

The MediaStorm Platform launched two exciting new partnerships this year. The Sundance Institute leveraged the power of the MediaStorm Platform to distribute the winning films of the 2015 Sundance Short Film Challenge.

The Trials of Spring, a major cross media documentary event that chronicles the stories of nine women on the frontlines of the Arab uprisings, partnered with MediaStorm to develop its website, and leverage the power of the Platform to distribute its short films. We also used this opportunity to launch a new line of business–partnering with organizations to lead its digital distribution and social media promotion strategies.

And last but not least, is our 2015 motion graphics reel, showcasing how we use this art form to take our stories to the next level.

Looking ahead to 2016, we are excited about launching our first original feature length film called Fight Hate with Love. And, we’d love to see you at one of our workshops:

February 20 One-day Workshop
April 16 One-day Workshop
June 11 One-day Workshop
August 8-12 Methodology Workshop
September 17 One-day Workshop
November 12 One-day Workshop
Dec. 12-16 Methodology Workshop


None of this would have been possible without your support. Thank you for helping us tell stories that matter with the depth they deserve.

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WORTH WATCHING #146: Drowning World By Gideon Mendel

“Drowning World is a short film about Gideon Mendel’s powerful portraits of flood victims around the world. Produced by Run Riot and Harbers Studios.”  - Brian Storm

See what else we think is Worth Watching.

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The Dallas Morning News currently has an opening for a Directory of Photography

From Mike Wilson, editor of The Dallas Morning News:

“Though this person will spend some time in the trenches making assignments and dealing with budgets, this is mainly a big-picture job. The right person has an opportunity to put a lasting stamp on our visual report. We’re looking for an ideas person, an innovator, an inspirational figure. Our newsroom is newly focused on digital journalism, so we need someone who understands how to conceive and tell stories for an audience that is increasingly finding our work on mobile devices. We also need a teacher, someone who can help our staffers improve their skills and learn new things. It’s important to us, always, to assemble a pool of candidates with diverse professional and personal backgrounds.”

Visit https://www.journalismjobs.com/job-listings/1625994 for more information.

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Worth Watching #145: I Am Unbeatable by Donna Ferrato

“One of the most important photojournalism projects of all time.”  - Brian Storm

See the series at: http://watch.redfitz.com/#conflict-index

See what else we think is Worth Watching.

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