We are honored to announce that Fight Hate With Love has been shortlisted for the Tim Hetherington Trust‘s inaugural Visionary Award. The project, currently in production and helmed by Andrew Michael Ellis, MediaStorm’s director of photography, chronicles the story of activist Michael Tabon. Mike has been caught in the revolving door of the prison system since he was sixteen years old. Incarceration became a way of life, seen as an inherited destiny for America’s young Black poor, until he had a revelation–that he could break the cycle of the womb to prison pipeline gripping marginalized communities across the country.
Fight Hate with Love is about one man’s journey to change the world and still be the guide his family needs him to be. It is a road fraught with struggle. In this film we explore what is possible and what is sacrificed when a man’s desire to be a hero for the world is at odds with his desire to be a hero to his family.
Thirty two experts in photojournalism, filmmaking, multimedia and the arts, drawn from five continents nominated sixty four journalists and artists working at the forefront of documentary practice for the Visionary Award by the Tim Hetherington Trust. The award is intended to foster innovative approaches to visual storytelling and support visual artists and journalists reaching beyond the limitations of conventional media practice to create engaging and dynamic communication pieces.
We’re thrilled to be in the company of such talented storytellers – other shortlisted nominees include Dominic Bracco II, Kel O’Neill & Eline Jongsma, Erika Diettes and Jack Hatton. The ultimate winner will be announced in spring 2015 and receive a grant of £20,000.
About Tim Hetherington Trust
The Tim Hetherington Trust exists to preserve the legacy of Tim’s professional life as a visual storyteller and human rights advocate. The Trust works to advance the application of Tim’s ideas and images in all ways that promote the intellectual integrity of his work and which expand the artistic expression of his vision. Core to this is the support and nurture of new work that continues the ideals demonstrated by Tim with special emphasis on humanitarian and social concerns. The Tim Hetherington Trust encourages individuals and organizations that continue in Tim’s footsteps, exploring innovative media processes that enhance audience engagement with the issues and inspiring others to excel in the execution of effective communication.