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MediaStorm film showing this weekend in Hudson NY

New York Friends! Head up to your favorite summer getaway in the Hudson Valley this weekend and check out a show featuring Samia Khan and our film honoring Zadie Smith and Deana Lawson, produced for the International Center of Photography and Harber Studios. “Unravel”, will feature the work of local women artists including Filiz Soyak, Ruthie Fraser, Mckenzie Raley, and Erica Recto. Our film honoring Zadie Smith’s writing and Deana Lawson’s photography will also be showing.

The Deets:

Saturday, August 18, 2019 3-6pm

Filiz Studio + Gallery. 715 Warren St., Hudson, NY

If you can’t make it, check out the film again:



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Summit Scholarship for International Environmental Filmmakers

Vulcan Productions is bringing four environmental filmmakers from Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia or India to Jackson Wild in September. Apply by July 10th

We are seeking four established, environmental and conservation-focused filmmakers whose work has not been properly introduced to the United States and Northern Europe to this year’s Jackson Wild Summit (September 21–27, 2019). 

Filmmakers will be considered from Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, or India who are telling stories about their homeland’s environmental and conservation challenges. Successful candidates will have had at least one film of note released in their home region.

The Visiting World Filmmakers winners will be provided with travel to Jackson Hole, WY, five nights lodging, festival passes and an allowance for food. They will also have opportunities to participate in various panels, excursions, and events throughout the week in addition to networking and connecting with like-minded individuals.

If you’re a great candidate or know of one, the application is here.
If you know of other individuals, organizations or international festivals who can help us find these filmmakers, please forward this email or ask them to contact Susan Grella at SusanG@vulcan.com.

Applications are due by end of day July 10, 2019.
Winners will be notified in mid-August.

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We Women Open Call Until June 30

We, Women a new platform looking to redefine visual storytelling around critical issues in the USA through the lens of women, transgender, and non-binary artists, announces an open call out to fund up to 20 artists with $5,000-$10,000 grants for photo-based projects rooted in community engagement.

Projects will re-frame issues and highlight underrepresented narratives that resist and interrogate social and political landscapes while promoting empathy and unity. We, Women prioritizes artists of color and supports individuals from all spectrums of identity, including religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, and socio-economic status.

The first phase of this developing project will feature up to 20 projects in key states and a mobile national exhibition starting in late 2020.


  • A cash grant of $5,000-$10,000 for the continuation of existing work or the creation of a new project in a community they have a demonstrated commitment to.

  • Mentorship and production support from We, Women leaders, project partners, and advisors.

  • Promotion and marketing.

  • We, Women exhibition at Photoville Fall 2020.

  • Inclusion in a traveling nationwide exhibition with concurrent programming beginning Fall 2020.

The first round of our open call will close on June 30, 2019.
Read the full guidelines here + FAQ here.

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MediaStorm Presents an Immersive Guide to U.S. – Russia Relations

MediaStorm, in partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) and Transformative presents U.S. – Russia Relations: Quest for Stability, an immersive guide to US-Russia relations.

Powered by the MediaStorm Platform, this responsive, interactive experience showcases video, timeline, audio, interactive charts and maps, to explore why US-Russia relations are critical to the preservation of American democracy and global stability.

This experience includes hundreds of hours of original video and data gathered by foremost experts in their fields, and packages it in a way that encourages user engagement. Our team of producers, designers, and developers examined each of the issue areas the project explored–global risks, historical context, economic, cultural, and military factors–and developed tools that were best suited to drill down into that subject. Our team leveraged the toolset to create an experience that takes users to the very core of the US-Russia impasse:

  • Unparalleled Access to Expertise: In the era of fake news, this project takes as its moral compass a commitment to expertise and facts. Our team of interviewers, including Michael Moran, Cynthia Lazaroff, and Bruce Allyn, have cumulatively spent decades studying US-Russia relations and developing relationships with experts on both continents. We leveraged these relationships to film interviews with leading figures in foreign policy and governance, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; former Secretary of Defense William Perry, and former President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • A Cinematic Cover offers users a quick overview of what’s at stake and draws users into the site.
  • Motion graphics have been crafted to add visual impact and lead users into each chapter.
  • An elegant  timeline is the key metaphor of the entire project, helping users understand the evolution of the relationship and milestones. This timeline supports integration with many different types of media, including video, graphics, and audio.
  • An interactive map demonstrates the global ramifications of a deteriorating relationship and its threat to global stability. The maps support more rich media than can be found in most interactive maps, making it the definitive resource on the global costs of U.S.-Russia relations.
  • Data visualizations paired with audio allow users to navigate various sectors in the Russian economy as well as comparative macro economic trends in both countries. Experts guide users in this interactive experience to break down some of the complex data.  

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Upcoming MediaStorm Workshop Dates

We’re reaching new heights and new cities with our workshops. Each year, our workshops attract leading industry professionals looking to advance their storytelling skills. Over 250 participants have come through our professional workshops and we continue to be humbled by how much they take away from the experience.

Meredith Hogan, Senior Multimedia Editor at NBCNews.com, told us that our Methodology Workshop was “a creativity adrenaline shot for doing storytelling at the highest level and for the right reasons.”

We hope you’ll be able to join the growing network of MediaStorm trainees who are working together to take storytelling to the next level.

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