Tag Archives: activism

With Love and Light: The Story Behind “New York Loves Boston”

As law enforcement officials intensify their investigation into Monday’s bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, activist-artist Grayson Earle recounts a creative response to the tragedy. 3:44 PM Alexander: um 3:45 PM a bomb just exploded at the boston marathon me: what?? The news hit me in that familiar way. I was in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Artist Duo Champions Message of Change at “Capital Canvases”

  Capital Canvases for a Cause is a monthly event in Washington, D.C., organized by Long & Foster on Capitol Hill, that supports local artists and community-based organizations with wine, hors d’oeuvres and networking. Art sales are split evenly between the featured artists and the nonprofit. Last Friday, the art-focused happy hour continued bringing notoriety to […]

Can Documentaries Change the World?

  “It’s one thing to make a film; it’s another to make a film matter,” said Nina Seavey, director of the Documentary Center at George Washington University, at last night’s International Documentary Association’s Seminar Series at the West End Cinema in Washington, D.C. Seavey moderated a panel of filmmakers, changemakers and communication experts, who discussed […]

Q&A with Peter Holmes: Capturing the Invisible

  Canadian photographer Peter Holmes was growing frustrated with the seeming inability of the policies he was studying at school to have an effective impact on real life politics. “I wanted to combine my studies in international relations and political science with my passion for photography,” said the 26-year-old Alberta native, who graduated from the University of British […]

Festival Highlight: Gandhi Brigade Youth Activists: Film Screening + Discussion

The Benevolent Media Festival is a celebration of Washington, D.C.’s community of storytellers and designers dedicated to social and environmental good. Members of the community who identify as “benevolent media creators” are invited to host and organize their own lectures, workshops, performances, networking events or other activities, located at multiple venues across the city, that compel audiences […]