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MediaStorm Honors Veterans

As Veterans Day approaches, we would like to take a moment to remember the many men and women who have shared their stories of war, loss, and love with us. Today, we share these films to honor their sacrifices and thank them for their service:

The War Comes Home, by Soledad O’Brien and MediaStorm , takes an intimate look at two veterans as they struggle with the transition from war to home. The film first aired on CNN and pays tribute to the invisible wounds of too many of our soldiers.

Homecoming tells the story of Major Amy Quesenberry’s transition from solider to civilian.  The veteran unemployment rate is nearly double the national average. That is simply unacceptable to Starbucks’ former CEO Howard Schultz, who believes that veterans can become assets to any company.

To those who serve in the armed forces, what is the impact of war? The Marlboro Marine is photographer Luis Sinco’s portrait of Marine Corporal James Blake Miller, whom he met in Iraq. For Miller, coming home has been its own battle.

For each of the more than four thousand U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, there is an American family undone by grief. Never Coming Home takes us inside these families, to meet the people and sift through the emotions that are left behind.

Thank you to all the individuals and families who shared their stories with us, and thank you to all those who continue to serve.

 

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MediaStorm Premieres 7 Films for WSJ. Magazine’s 2017 Innovators Award at the Museum of Modern Art

Crafting a better future from a world in flux. This is the hallmark of WSJ. Magazine’s 2017 Innovators—a group of visionary, foundation-shaking luminaries working across seven fields. This year’s talents were honored at the annual Innovator Awards on November 1 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Selected by WSJ. Magazine editors, the honorees were: Reese Witherspoon (Entertainment); Raf Simons (Fashion); Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Architecture); Roman and Williams (Design); Musical.ly (Technology); Ryan Heffington (Performing Arts); Mark Bradford (Art).

For the third year in a row, MediaStorm has used its multidisciplinary approach to create films that shine a light on the legacies and innovations of each individual. These films showcase some of MediaStorm’s greatest strengths: an ability to develop a captivating story under tight constraints; combining beautiful cinematography and motion graphics to add unparalleled finesse; and working in close partnership with a client to get results.

These videos have been a critical part of WSJ’s strategy to drive its audience to its site and to assert itself as the place of significance for the informed citizen.

In keeping with our mission to develop stories that matter, we are thrilled to play a role in recognizing the WSJ. Magazine 2017 Innovators.

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Applications are open for National Press Photographers Foundation 2018 scholarships

 

Calling all college students! Applications are now open for National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF) 29018 scholarships.

NPPF will award eight $2,000 scholarships in the Spring 2018. Deadline is December 1, 2017

The new online application is easy and fast. Information and instructions can be found here:

http://nppf.org/scholarship-competition/ 

For any questions email jwbrown@nppf.org

 

 

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Harbers Studios and Film Fatales present Women in Focus

Harbers Studios and Film Fatales have put an incredible panel of documentary filmmakers together for their free event celebrating women filmmakers and the stories behind their work. Women in Focus: Shooting in the Firing Line.

Join us for an evening with female filmmakers as we discuss the challenges of shooting in remote and often dangerous locations. Panelists Amber Fares (Speed Sisters) Geeta Gandbhir (Journey of a Thousand Miles:Peacekeepers) and Martha Jeffries (Years of Living Dangerously) will screen clips from their award winning documentaries and share advice on the strategies, logistics and hazards of filming in daunting locations.

Moderated by documentary filmmaker Marie-Helene Carleton (Co-founder of Screening Room.org and Four Corners Media)

Doors and the bar will open at 6pm, the panel will start at 7:00

DATE AND TIME

Thu, November 2, 2017

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

LOCATION

Public Arts Space215
Chrystie Street
New York, NEW YORK 10002

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“Fight Hate With Love” Philadelphia premiere on Thursday, November 9

The Philadelphia Film Society will be screening our newest feature length documentary, Fight Hate With Love, as part of their Philly Film Showcase at the Prince Theater, on Thursday, November 9th. Director Andrew Michael Ellis and film’s protagonist Michael “OG Law” Ta’Bon will be in attendance for a post screening discussion and Q&A.

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The screening is free, but we encourage you to reserve your tickets here:
http://filmadelphia.org/philly-film-showcase/

Fight Hate with Love will become available to stream online and purchase on DVD through MediaStorm on December 14th. Join our newsletter to be notified when the film is online.

As a young man, Michael Ta’Bon’s ex-­con father taught him about drugs and crime, and those lessons landed him in prison for 15 years. During his incarceration, Michael promised himself that he would one day start a movement to prevent young black people from getting caught in the cycle of violence he found himself in. Seven years after being released from prison, now married with a pregnant wife and a young son, Michael is a dedicated public servant in his North Philadelphia neighborhood, but those years of incarceration have left him with invisible scars, and his fierce commitment to community work may ultimately cost him his family.

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