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Return to the Body: A New Film By MediaStorm

Return to the Body

MediaStorm is pleased to present a film about something we all spend way too much time talking about: sex.

Return to the Body, a collaboration with Verse, takes a look at our culture’s relationship to sexuality through one woman’s experience, Rebecca Torosian. She has a hard time explaining what she does. “I’ll just tell this person like I’m a mind-body coach and if they want to know more they can ask me,” said Rebecca. Want to know more? Rebecca’s a sex surrogate.

Rebecca’s work is a deep exploration of the mind-body connection, and how it can enliven or harm a healthy sex life. In Return to the Body, Rebecca works with Rob, a faithful husband, father, lawyer, and cancer survivor whose treatments left him unable to continue a fulfilling sexual relationship with his wife. In an effort to regain that connection to his own sexuality, he seeks Rebecca’s help.

For Rebecca, “Sexuality, is in the spiritual realm. Reaffirming that we are all connected in this human family.”

Over the course of a few sessions, Rebeca uses touch therapy and mindfulness practices to get Rob back on the road to recovery and spiritually connected to his body.

MediaStorm is proud to have partnered with Verse, a digital storytelling platform that aims to create immersive experiences. To learn more, and to see this film’s interactive experience, please click here.



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Call For Entries: W. Eugene Smith Fund

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The W. Eugene Smith Fund is now accepting applications for its Grant in Humanistic Photography.  The W. Eugene Smith Grant is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist.

For 2017, the amount of the grant will be $35,000. An additional $5,000 in fellowship money will be dispersed, at the discretion of the jury, to one or more finalists deemed worthy of special recognition. Awards will be presented in a ceremony held in New York City on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

Past recipients include Justyna Mielnikiewicz, Matt Black, and Maya Goded.

To learn more and to apply please see here.



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Join MediaStorm at the ACP Midwinter National College Journalism Convention

The Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) is holding its Midwinter National College Journalism Convention from March 2 – March 5 in San Fransisco. The convention provides workshops, practical session and networking opportunities to hone leadership,critical thinking skills and ethical sensibilities. All sessions will be led by media professionals, accomplished media advisers and a select group of student journalists.

We are thrilled that Brian Storm, Founder of MediaStorm, will be presenting on digital storytelling and creating cinematic narratives on Saturday March 4, from from 1:30 – 3:20pm. Join him for a unique opportunity to learn more about how to create compelling narratives that get noticed.

To learn more about the Convention and to sign up please see here.

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MediaStorm Launches Storytelling Projects for Summit Public Schools, ICTJ, and the Aftermath Project

Wondering what we’ve been up to these past few months? We’ve been working hard on these storytelling projects to create impact in these challenging times.

Developing an Immersive Experience for Summit Public Schools


This summer, we partnered with Summit Public Schools–a transformative charter management organization and nonprofit that uses personalized learning to prepare a diverse population for success in college, career, and life. Summit’s results are amazing–96% of its graduates are accepted into at least one four-year college and its students finish college at double the national average.

To help Summit demystify its process and pedagogy so other educators can implement its model, we built an interactive website that combines video and interaction design to demonstrate what it’s like to teach, learn, and thrive at Summit Public Schools.

The toolset is already having an impact, as more and more educators learn how to implement personalized learning in their schools, helping each child reach his or her potential.

I Am Not Who They Think I Am for the International Center for Transitional Justice


We know that in the hands of the right partner, film has the power to move people to action. Our experience with ICTJ demonstrates just how much impact a film can have.

“I Am Not Who They Think I Am” tells the story of Janet and Stella, two women from northern Uganda who were abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) when they were teenagers and bore children during their captivity. After eight years as hostages of Joseph Kony’s army, they escaped—together with their children—and are trying to reintegrate back into society in Gulu, amidst stigma and rejection from their community. This is the story of their fight for inclusion.

“I Am Not Who They Think I Am” was first screened for local communities in Kampala and Gulu, in October. Following these screening Janet Arach and Stella Lanam have been awarded the EU 2017 Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk.

We are confident that with ICTJ’s continued leadership, the film will raise awareness of the consequences of wartime sexual violence for survivors around the world.

10-Year Anniversary Film for The Aftermath Project


The Aftermath Project, a nonprofit visual storytelling organization, has spent the past ten years telling the unreported story of how countries and communities struggle to rebuild post-conflict. In supporting photographers to document these stories from around the world, it creates a powerful visual narrative of the true costs of war. This film, created for its ten-year anniversary, pays tribute to the photographers of the Aftermath Project and its influence on how we tell the story of war.

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“I Am Not Who They Think I Am” Film Premiere


Join the International Center for Transitional Justice and MediaStorm for the launch of a short documentary narrating the struggle for redress of children born of wartime sexual violence in Northern Uganda. A panel discussion will follow, featuring:

Abigail Disney, documentary filmmaker and producer of the Women, War and Peace series
Lauren Wolfe, Director, WMC Women Under Siege
Tanya Karanasios, deputy program director of WITNESS
Sarah Kasande, the head of ICTJ’s office in Uganda
Moderator: Virginie Ladisch, director of ICTJ’s Children and Youth Program.

The screening will be held on Thursday, February 2, at the Open Society Foundations building at 224 West 57th Street, starting at 6pm.

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