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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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LDV Vision Summit: Discounted Tickets Available


The 6th annual LDV Vision Summit is May 22 & 23 in NYC, 600+ leading technologists, entrepreneurs & investors will explore how computer vision, machine learning & AI are revolutionizing business & humanity. 

Speakers include leaders from Facebook, Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital, WeWork, CTRL-Labs, Cruise Automation, LinkedIn, Lux Capital, Magic Leap, and much more.

MediaStorm’s community get 50% off tickets with the promo code: MEDIASTORM here

Be sure to check out the full agenda: LDV has has over 60 speakers and 40 sessions that will explore how visual technologies are empowering/disrupting business and society. Learn how you and your business will be impacted.

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MediaStorm at Next Level NYC

We’re so excited to join our friends and artists at Next Level NYC!

Join Samia Khan, Director of Partnerships at MediaStorm, at Next Level NYC on May 22 at 4:30 in New York, at 718 Broadway.

Samia will be screening films MediaStorm has produced in collaboration with Harbers Studio for ICP, showcasing the artists who develop narratives that change perceptions. Here’s a description of her talk:

We live in a world saturated with images, yet too many of our stories go unnoticed. Now more than ever, the world needs to hear from artists: what motivates us, what stories we choose to tell, and how we choose to tell them. Samia Khan, Director of Partnerships at MediaStorm, will screen films she’s co-created with artists from diverse backgrounds to demonstrate the power of storytelling.

Hope to see you there!

More about Next Level:

Next Level NYC evolves its cooperative approach to designer-led exhibition through an expanded roster and daily programming rooted in community.

Launched in 2018 as an ephemeral design gallery, Next Level challenges traditional profit-led trade show formats and conventional gallery curation, blurring the line between art and design. Instead, it operates as a benevolent ecosystem in which over 40 premier independent designers and artists collectively display their work, showcasing community’s role in creation and acknowledging their connection to each other and to the larger world.

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2019 ICP Infinity Award Films by MediaStorm


It’s that time of year again and we are so excited to share, in partnership with the ICP and Harbers Studio, this year’s Infinity Award series. This year’s winners are: Lifetime Achievement: Rosalind Fox Solomon; Critical Writing and Research: Zadie Smith, “Deana Lawson’s Kingdom of Restored Glory” for the New Yorker; excerpted from Deana Lawson: an Aperture Monograph (September 2018); Art: Dawoud Bey; Emerging Photographer: Jess T. Dugan; and Special Presentation: Shahidul Alam.

Each year, the ICP recognizes these outstanding artists at a fundraiser that supports a full range of programs, including exhibitions, collections, community outreach, scholarships, and the ICP School.

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 has skyrocketed its fundraising goals and achievements. MediaStorm is humbled to have played a role in catalyzing that effort. Our work with ICP and Harbers Studios affirms that storytelling moves people to action.

For MediaStorm, creating these films pays homage to our roots in photography and our aspiration for the field, that it continue being a force for change.

Congratulations to all the winners, you inspire us to keep using storytelling to provoke conversation and reflect the world as we see it.

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