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Meet the Filmmaker: Lisa Russell Documents Girl Power

I met with the Lisa Russell, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, in the quaint neighborhood of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn to talk about the victimization of people in filmmaking and how she learned to flip the script with her new film “¡PODER!” The new short narrative is based on the real life story of two indigenous girls in […]

The Pitch: 1001 Breast Cancer Nights

This post is part of “The Pitch” series, which follows up with socially conscious creatives who submitted to the inaugural Benevolent Media Pitch Night competition in November 2012. At the event, held in Washington, D.C., 13 different projects and organizations presented 3-minute proposals on how to use storytelling and design for social good, for a chance to win funding […]

Deep Focus: Chasing Ice

  The Sundance Award-winning film Chasing Ice features the work of National Geographic photographer James Balog and his quest to capture time-lapse images of glaciers melting as a result of undeniable climate change. Politics and skepticism aside, this documentary  captures a breathtaking landscape and can be described as nothing less than a photographic masterpiece of rarely seen images and world […]

The Pitch: Faith in Action DC

This post is part of “The Pitch” series, which follows up with socially conscious creatives who submitted to the inaugural Benevolent Media Pitch Night competition in November 2012. At the event, held in Washington, D.C., 13 different projects and organizations presented 3-minute proposals on how to use storytelling and design for social good, for a chance to win funding […]

Film Review: In “The Square,” the Revolution Will Actually Be Televised

This post is part of Benevolent Media’s ongoing coverage of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. For more information, read “The Benevolent Guide to the Sundance Film Fesitval.” Filmmaker Jehane Noujaim‘s riveting firsthand account of the Egyptian revolution, “The Square (Al Midan),” took home the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary at […]

Filmmakers Take a Stand for Social Justice

This post is part of Benevolent Media’s ongoing coverage of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. For more information, read “The Benevolent Guide to the Sundance Film Fesitval.” What would it take for you to put everything on the line? At the Sundance Film Festival’s Filmmaker Lodge, a panel talk called “Taking […]

Winners Announced for $200,000 Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition

CYBORG FOUNDATION | Rafel Duran Torrent from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo. This post is part of Benevolent Media’s ongoing coverage of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. For more information, read “The Benevolent Guide to the Sundance Film Fesitval.” Spanish director Rafel Duran Torrent took home the $100,000 Grand Jury Prize […]

Meet the Filmmaker: David France

This post is part of Benevolent Media’s ongoing coverage of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. For more information, read “The Benevolent Guide to the Sundance Film Fesitval.” When journalist-turned-filmmaker David France set out to make a documentary about the early days of the HIV/AIDS activist movement, he didn’t intend to start […]

The Benevolent Guide to the Sundance Film Festival

Ah, Sundance. The premiere indie film fest, where people all over the world descend on Park City, Utah to partake in the parties, the talks, the free swag, the networking, the snow bunnies, oh yes, and the movies. This year, we are keeping our eyes peeled for films and panels that explore ways to drive […]

Telling the Story of Jyoti Singh Pandey

Her name is Jyoti Singh Pandey. The 23-year-old female medical student was brutally raped by six men on a private bus on her way back from watching a movie in New Delhi on December 16. She died from her injuries two weeks later in a Singapore hospital. The crime has sent India and the world […]

Update: Vote for “Rags to Pads” in $200,000 Filmmaker Competition

We have an update from filmmaker Chithra Jeyaram, the Grand Prize winner of Benevolent Media’s inaugural Pitch Night: Chithra Jeyaram’s short film “Rags to Pads” is a semifinalist in the $200,000 Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition, a new series of 30 three-minute stories about innovative people who are reshaping the world through act or invention. Her […]

Art, Booze and Media: The Sustainability of Craft Beers

This article is part of our coverage of the 2012 Net Impact Conference in Baltimore. It originally appeared on Triple Pundit. At the Net Impact conference in Baltimore, craft brewmakers discussed how their industry is taking leadership on sustainability and community development, in a panel discussion on Cases and Beer: The Sustainability-Focused, Community-Involved Brewery. One of […]

Q&A with Lance Kramer: Empowering Communities through Film

  The Washington, D.C.-based production company Meridian Hill Pictures is on a mission to “create documentary films that educate, inspire and positively impact audiences locally, nationally and across the world.” We first heard about the company when joining forces to co-host a pop-up community film screening of the documentary “PLANEAT,” bringing people together to learn about how […]

Still Life Projects: Building Community with Wangari Gardens

  This post was originally published by Still Life Projects, a film production company in Washington, D.C. that creates “new media for social good.” Its team of award-winning filmmakers is working on a piece right now that focuses on a community garden being built in the city’s Ward 5. “It’s going to be a touching piece about building […]

ListenIn Pictures: Who Gets to Tell the Stories?

Annie Escobar, co-founder of ListenIn Pictures, recently traveled to the West Bank for a month to lead a video storytelling training for activists. Here are her reflections from the trip, concerning the politics of representation and what she and her colleagues learned about participatory video. This post was originally published on ListenIn Pictures. It is the first in a […]

Q&A with Ryan Hill: New Media for Social Good

  Ryan Hill is the co-founder of Still Life Projects, a film production company in Washington, D.C. that creates “new media for social good.” His growing team of cinematographers, photographers, producers and editors has produced work for clients like National Geographic, HBO and The New York Times. Hill said he got the idea to start his […]