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Tim Hetherington Trust Announces its Awardees

The Tim Hetherington Trust is proud to announce the winner of the Visionary Award 2017, which this year the judges have awarded to OMAR IMAM for completion of his innovative project “Syrialism”.  Described by some as “documentary Surrealism” Omar creates conceptual portraits of a carefully constructed cross section of the Syrian diaspora including pro and anti government voices, Jihadists and pacifists, professionals and artisans and many others who are represented in ways that reflect their perspectives and experiences.  Omar is primarily focused on challenging Syrian self perceptions in ways that provoke enlightened awareness of the broader Syrian condition, and secondarily offers a window through which other cultures can watch and learn about the Syrian experience since the onset of civil war in 2011.

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In finalizing the Visionary Award 2017 the judges took the unusual step of adding a supplementary award to ANDREA ELLEN REED for her project “Unseen” which offers an authentic insight into the Black experience in USA 2017, told with startling clarity through a soundtrack of pundits, politicians and others describing the world we live in accompanied by a video of Andrea the artist watching and listening.  It’s an approach that is simple yet innovative and delivers a visceral understanding of how it is to be so deeply enmeshed in American culture yet held on the periphery as an onlooker on one’s own participation.  In keeping with everything that Tim stood for, it’s hard to describe yet simple to understand once seen and is overall profoundly honest.

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The Trust was established to honor the legacy and life of Tim Hetherington. Tim Hetherington’s mission to create a better understanding of the world cast him in many roles: photojournalist, filmmaker, human rights advocate, artist and a leading thinker in media innovation. After graduating from Oxford in 1992 with a degree in Classics and English he began a deep exploration of visual media as a tool to explore and communicate the issues that fascinated him. With a second degree in photojournalism from Cardiff University (1997) he worked initially for the UK press and soon branched into international coverage. Working and living in Africa for many years he explored the consequences of conflict and quickly came to document conflict itself before delving deeper to understand the origins and causes of violence. This and other work took him around the world, including a year-long study of American fighting forces in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2008 and ultimately to Libya where he was killed in a mortar attack in April 2011.

His loss devastated us and our community.

MediaStorm recently developed a film for ICP and Harber’s Studio on Michael Christopher, this year’s ICP Infinity Award winner for Artist’s Book. His book, Libyan Sugar, documents his time as a war photojournalist in Libya, where he worked alongside Tim and Chris Hondros, who was also killed in that fateful mortar attack in April. In many ways, his film is a tribute to what that Tim taught him about telling the truth about war, and the devastations, and real consequences of war itself. We share this film with you today in his memory.

Watch the film here. 

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MediaStorm Launches Annual Partnership with the International Center of Photography

MediaStorm is thrilled to present our annual partnership with the International Center of Photography and Harbers Studio, a film series honoring the winners of the 33rd Annual Infinity Awards. This year, MediaStorm was proud to produce the films honoring these winners: Michael Christopher Brown, Libyan Sugar, for Artist’s Book; Michael Famighetti and Sarah Lewis, Vision & Justice, for Critical Writing and Research; Edmund Clark and Crofton Black, Negative Publicity, Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition, for Documentary and Photojournalism; Vasantha Yogananthan, for Emerging Photographer; and For Freedoms, for Online Media and New Platform.

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Each year, ICP recognizes these outstanding artists at a gala in Chelsea Piers, which serves the dual purpose of honoring these works and galvanizing support for ICP. According to ICP Executive Director, Mark Lubell, the Awards ”acknowledge the significant talents of those using photography and visual arts to shed light on and make an impact on an ever-changing world.”

MediaStorm’s films have been highlighted as the signature moment of the event. Since the first presentation of the films at the 2013 gala, ICP fundraising goals and achievements have skyrocketed. In 2016, ICP raised $1.2 million in one night, and MediaStorm is humbled to have played a role in catalyzing that effort. Our work with ICP affirms that storytelling moves people to action.

For MediaStorm, creating these films pays homage to our roots in photography, and illuminate that photography can be a force for change.

Congratulations to all the winners, including Harry Benson for Lifetime Achievement, and Sophie Calle, for Art.

 

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MediaStorm Events in the Bay Area

As you may remember, the Storm family moved to California last fall for Elodie’s amazing JSK Fellowship at Stanford University. They’ve been learning a lot and getting to know the innovative communities out there, and we’re excited to share some events where you can catch Brian on the West Coast.

April 26: Consider the Selfie: A Conversation with Lynn Johnson moderated Brian Storm

On April 26 join Lynn Johnson and Brian for a conversation on the selfie and its place in an increasingly interconnected world on at the Mitchell Park Community Center in Palo Alto. The talk will reflect on the question: how does our selfie obsession connect us with one another as we are challenged to hold our ground in empathy, tolerance, and inclusion? This talk is part of the Palto Alto Photo Gallery Lecture Series, an organization that aims to foster conversations in visual storytelling. Learn more here.

And if you want to learn more about why Lynn Johnson is an amazing person to learn from, watch this film we produced about her work, telling stories of women from around the world.

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May 1: Storytelling @ MediaStorm

On May 1, in conjunction with Filmmaker Success, Brian will be presenting on digital storytelling and the cinematic narrative. Citing work by MediaStorm, Storm will emphasize how storytelling continues to evolve as a result of technological innovations and an expanding media universe. The digital age gives filmmakers, documentary photographers and photojournalists extraordinary and unprecedented new ways to tell stories. Storm will also give an overview as to smart business strategies to help freelance and small business owners alike in an increasingly evolving media landscape. The event will take place at the San Francisco Public Library, North Beach Branch. Learn more here.

May 5: One Day MediaStorm Masterclass @ Stanford

And finally, he’ll be teaching our One Day Masterclass on May 5 at Stanford University.

The MediaStorm One Day Master Class provides a general, yet precise, overview of documentary video and multimedia storytelling approaches. MediaStorm founder Brian Storm will walk you through specific examples, and share his business experience, as well as proven tips to improve your interviewing, shooting and editing techniques.

Although this is not a hands-on workshop, active discussion is both encouraged and expected from all participants. Theory is backed up by real world examples using MediaStorm’s award winning work.

The One Day Master Class is designed for anyone interested in learning about the ins and outs of producing and distributing documentary and multimedia content. To apply, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Consider the Selfie: A Conversation with Lynn Johnson moderated Brian Storm

Join Lynn Johnson for a conversation on the selfie and its place in an increasingly interconnected world on April 26 at the Mitchell Park Community Center in Palo Alto. The talk will reflect on the question: how does our selfie obsession connect us with one another as we are challenged to hold our ground in empathy, tolerance and inclusion? This talk will be moderated by Brian Storm and is part of the Palto Alto Photo Gallery Lecture Series, an organization that aims to foster conversations in visual storytelling.

Lynn Johnson is a photojournalist and visual storyteller. As a regular contributor to National Geographic, Johnson is known for finding beauty and meaning in difficult subjects—threatened languages, zoonotic disease, rape in the military ranks, the brain, the centrality of water in village life. She collaborates with the people she portrays to honor their visions as well as her own, and she is not afraid to ask the tough questions. Her master’s thesis, as a Knight Fellow at Ohio University, probed the impact of hate crimes. As a teacher, Johnson encourages her students to ask tough questions too. At National Geographic Photo Camps she teaches at-risk youth worldwide. With Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications she has developed a program that urges master’s students to push past their comfort levels. But for most of the year, she pursues her own vision, spending two months a year in her home base of Pittsburgh, where she packs that camera bag over and over.

MediaStorm is honored to have created a film on the work Lynn does with Ripple Effect Images, dedicated to telling the stories of women from around the world.

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We hope you can join us for this important conversation. To learn more and to get tickets, please click here.

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Worth Watching #155: Bug Man by Iqbal Ahmed

I love

every.

single.

thing.

About this film. – Brian Storm

See what else we think is Worth Watching.

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