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Worth Watching #153: Stories of Human Kind: A Search for Home

We are confronted with daily assaults of tragedy in the news–stories of war, migration, and the never-ending election cycle. But rarely do these stories give us the a way to connect, to empathize, and to reimagine our own world.

Senain Kheshgi’s new series of short films on the lives of people living in Templehof Refugee Camp in Berlin allows us to do just that. Stories of Human Kind: A Search for Home is a partnership with Save the Children, Johnson & Johnson, and Facebook, and will be distributed by Facebook to over 55 million feeds in the next few weeks.

On the series’ launch, Senain says “There are now more than 65 million people forcibly displaced around the world – we must remember to see them as individuals: nurses, small business owners, students – all seeking safety and security.”

Thank you Senain for making these powerful stories come to life.

Watch the first episode now.


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Join MediaStorm at IFP Film Week, September 17 – 22

Please join MediaStorm on Sunday, September 18 at 12 pm, at IFP Film Week for a conversation on “New Form of Storytelling: Interactive”. Samia Khan will be sharing our experiences working at the intersection of new technologies and storytelling to innovate in our craft. We will be joined by Alex Vlak of Eko, and Jeremy Chilnick of Warrior Poets. For more information or to purchase a pass, please click here.

The Independent Film Project, champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution. IFP Film Week is the place where filmmakers, artists, and storytellers cross paths with people who help move their projects forward. Creators get funding, advice, and opportunities. Industry insiders get to discover new talent and ideas. The public gets to screen cutting-edge work. It’s a space where doors open, info is exchanged, and everybody gets creative.

Samia Khan and Brian Storm have both served as Experts in Residence at IFP’s Made in New York Media Center and we are thrilled to participate in this important event. See you on Sunday!

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Artist Reception | The Distance Between Us by Christopher Capozziello


From the photographer:

Sixteen years ago I began making the first pictures of my twin brother Nick. Since then the photographs and text have been published nationally and internationally, they’ve been shared in group and solo exhibitions domestically and abroad, the book was published three years ago, and now it’s on view, for the first time at a museum as a solo exhibition.

The photographs will be up until October 2. Please join us for the Artist Reception on Saturday, September 17, 2016, at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum [625 Williams Street New London, CT 06320] (wine, water, and hors d’oeuvres provided). Following the reception we’ll be heading to a local pub for food and drink.

MediaStorm is also collaborating with Chris on a feature film of the same subject. Check out the trailer below.


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Worth Watching #152: The Last Rhinos by Brian Dawson

Powerful storytelling by Brian Dawson. He asks, “Could selling horn, the very item that rhinos are killed for, actually save the population?” – Brian Storm

Make sure to also check out the associated National Geographic feature, Special Investigation: Inside the Deadly Rhino Horn Trade.

See what else we think is Worth Watching.

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Obama Announces $90 Million to Clear Laos’ Unexploded Bombs

According to CNN, “President Barack Obama said Tuesday that US has an ‘obligation’ to help Laos recover from a brutal secret bombing campaign that destroyed parts of the Southeast Asian nation.”

While visiting the country’s capital, Obama pledged $90 million dollars to clear millions of unexploded ordinances. The joint effort will take three years.

To learn more, please check out Mediastorm’s collaboration with the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), Surviving the Peace: Laos


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