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Eddie Adams Workshop Deadline June 3

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The 29th Eddie Adams Workshop will accept submissions until June 3.

This tutiton-free workshop is led by photojournalism’s top photographers and editors.

It will be held October 7 – 10 in Jeffersonville, New York.

To apply to the Eddie Adams workshop, you must be either a student or a professional with less than 3 years of experience.

For more information please visit: https://eddieadams.ipnservices.com

 

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MediaStorm Welcomes Rebeca Conget, Director of Distribution

We are thrilled to welcome Rebeca Conget, our new Director of Distribution, to the MediaStorm team. Rebeca will play a key role ensuring that MediaStorm’s work continues to gain widespread distribution and reaches–and inspires–an ever growing audience.

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Rebeca Conget, a native Spaniard, is a veteran independent film industry professional, having worked in acquisitions, distribution and programming for the past 19 years. As VP of Theatrical Distribution at New Yorker Films, she was instrumental in the release strategy of various box office record breaking documentaries, including Trembling Before G-d and the Oscar-nominated My Architect. During the 8 years she was VP of Acquisitions and Distribution at Film Movement, she introduced North American audiences to dozens of first-time international filmmakers that went on to develop successful and critically acclaimed careers. Conget holds an M.A. in Cinema Studies from NYU, and has participated as an expert panelist and jury member in over 20 film festivals worldwide. She is currently a senior programmer of the Bogota International Film Festival in Colombia.

On joining the team Rebeca says:

“It is with great excitement, enthusiasm and energy that I join the talented MediaStorm family. My whole professional life I have aspired to share visual stories and art that matter with the largest possible audience, and to support those filmmakers and artists that create them. MediaStorm has been incredibly successful at exactly that for over a decade, and I am honored to be given the opportunity to work with the team to help the company and its impact grow even further.”

 

 

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Two MediaStorm/Verse Collaborations Win PDN Photo Annual

We are thrilled to announce that two MediaStorm films, developed in collaboration with Verse, The Last Move, and Connected to the Top, have been selected as a winner of PDN’s Photo Annual, in the Multimedia and Video category.

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The Last Move tells the story of Michael Thomasson, the owner of the world’s largest collection of video games. Michael has devoted his life to video games, but there’s one thing he loves more than his games: his family. The Last Move chronicles Michael’s attempt to help his family at an enormous cost.

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Connected to the Top takes a close-up look at the 2012 Everest expedition with The North Face athletes: Conrad Anker, Sam Elias, Kris Erickson, Emily Harrington and Hilaree O’Neill.

The PDN Photo Annual, now in its 16th year, celebrates innovative work by photographers from all over the world. A jury of 31 industry icons selected the winners from thousands of entries in 10 categories: Advertising/Corporate Work, Magazine/Editorial, Photo Books, Photojournalism/Documentary, Sports, Self-Promo, Personal Work, Stock Photography, Video/Multimedia and Student Work.

The June issue of PDN features a complete gallery of the 183 winning entries. The winning work can also be viewed online at the 2016 PDN Photo Annual gallery (pdnphotoannual.com/gallery/2016). The winners will also be recognized during the Photo Annual party on Thursday, June 23 at the TriBeCa Rooftop in New York City.

“We continue to be impressed and amazed with the level of excellence we see each year,” said Lauren Wendle, vice president & group publisher at PDN.  “For 16 years, PDN’s Photo Annual has recognized and honored the creative thinking of today’s visual storytellers and, with the help and support of the photographic community, will continue to honor those whose works inspire us.”

Thank you so much to PDN for this special recognition and congratulations to all of this year’s winners.

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The War Comes Home: Special Theatrical Event

The War Comes Home, a special collaboration between MediaStorm, Soledad O’Brien and Starfish Media Group, will air in theaters across the country for an exclusive one-day-only special presentation on May 24, 2016. The event will include a conversation with a panel of experts in veteran’s affairs, members of the faith community, celebrity advocates and veterans who will talk about everything from post traumatic stress to the challenges of assimilating to civilian life.

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 The War Comes Home focuses on the lives of two veterans who live on the brink of suicide as the result of post-traumatic stress. It chronicles the veterans as they battle with demons on a 5-day, program called Save a Warrior that uses meditation and team building exercises to help them heal. It first aired on CNN on August 12, 2014.

The panel following the screening includes actor and activist Milo Ventimiglia; David Chasteen, co-founder of IAVA; Christina Rivera from Team Rubicon; Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.) Dr. Loree K. Sutton; and Colonel Brian Rees, MD (Ret.), from the David Lynch Foundation. It will be moderated by Soledad O’Brien. The event will include one-on-one interviews with actor/director Peter Berg, and veteran and actor JR Martinez.

The airing of the film and accompanying discussion is a rare opportunity to have veterans’ issues take center stage, a chance for a thoughtful debate on policy issues and an up-close, personal exploration of the experiences of veterans and their caregivers in the aftermath of war.

To buy tickets to a screening at your local cinema, please go to Fathomevents.com.

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A New Milestone @ MediaStorm

It’s an exciting day for the Storm family, and for MediaStorm!

We found out this morning that my wife Elodie has won the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University for the 2016-17 academic year.

The JSK Journalism Fellowships program champions innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership in journalism, by helping fellows pursue their ideas, formulated as “journalism challenges,” to improve the quality of news and information reaching the public.

Elodie’s fellowship will focus on developing solutions to one of the most pressing questions facing our profession: How can photojournalism thrive financially in the age of social media?

I’m so excited to see her focus on this critical issue with the support of the best minds in the world at Stanford.

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The Storm Family by David Hume Kennerly on April 15, 2016.

As Elodie’s proud spouse, I also gain access to the program as a JSK Affiliate. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to challenge myself and grow new skills in the heart of Silicon Valley.

While I intend to take full advantage of these incredible opportunities, I will continue to lead the great team at MediaStorm. Serendipitously, our newest client is based in the Bay Area – stay tuned for more soon!

MediaStorm has been based in New York City for the past 11 years, but we have collaborated with contributors and clients from around the world. We have developed great processes for collaborating digitally and leveraging talent in diverse locations.

In fact, for the past year we have been working without a physical office and have honed our process in ways that make expanding our talent pool even easier in the future.

To our Pacific Coast friends, partners, and audience members–I’m looking forward to getting to know you better; to working with you to push the craft of storytelling even further; and to building new relationships that make our community stronger.

Brian Storm, Founder & Executive Producer, MediaStorm

 

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