Women play a vital role in the economic prosperity of their families, communities, and countries. Yet in every part of the world, women work longer hours than men, are consistently paid less for their work, are at a higher risk of unemployment, and are far more likely to live in poverty. This central theme is the topic of a global online film symposium Wednesday, December 12 at 2pm ET / 19:00 UTC. To participate, visit bit.ly/PovertyChat.
The creators of 30 Mosques have been at it again. This year, along with the gorgeous 30 Days of Ramadan site, which showcased user content from around the world, the team have been releasing a series of short films on various facets of Muslim life. Their latest, released today, is a collaborative original music video, featuring Muslim performers and artists from around the world. Creator Aman Ali gives us the scoop below.
As a standup comic, I’m lucky to travel the globe to do shows and get inspiration from fellow artists who are doing things light years ahead of me in terms of creativity. And when I think about all these friends, I kept saying to myself “Wouldn’t it be crazy if we did something together?”
So that’s what I set out to do. I contacted tons of my music friends around the world, pitching them on the idea of putting together a collaborative music video. I couldn’t find many good examples of one to show them, so I had to rely on my slap-happy enthusiasm in order to convince them to take the time out of their busy recording/touring schedules to contribute to a project I had little-to-no street cred to put together.
Luckily, I have lots of friends who do, including my pal Asad Jafri, a DJ and the former Arts and Culture director for the Inner City Muslim Action Network in Chicago. In early August, we put together a list of 20-30 musicians, MCs, poets, and visual artists that we both knew that would be awesome to collaborate with. We’re all Muslim but we wanted to make a song that was spiritual, but not necessarily overtly Islamic, preachy, or dogmatic. So we decided to center the song around the theme of “blessings.” We told each artist to create something centered around that theme and encouraged them to take that phrase anywhere that they’d like to creatively. Continue reading →
ITVS is excited to support the 30 Mosques documentary project as it continues to evolve, showing the diversity of Muslims all around the world during the month of Ramadan.
Today is day 28 of the “30 Days Ramadan” project produced by 30 Mosques. The project, which gives viewers a sense of what it is like to be a Muslim in America, was initiated in 2009 by comedian Aman Ali and photographer Bassam Tariq, who decided to blog about their Ramadan Mosque “hopping” throughout New York City.
Since then, the project has grown each year, adapting various approaches in order to highlight the unique perspective of various Muslim-Americans. This year, Ali and Tariq turned to social media to spread the message, inviting others to share, tweet, and Facebook their own Muslim-American culture in “30 Mosques in 30 Days”. Participants who use the hashtag #30Days have their Twitter and Instagram posts aggregated to the 30mosques.com site. Together, they make an interesting comparison of the many Ramadan observations around the world.
The ITVS funded documentary by filmmaker Pamela Yates premieres Thursday, June 28 on POV. See all the people behind the making of and in the story of Granito: How to Nail a Dictatorin these stunning photographs by renowned portraitist Dana Lixenberg.
Granito is a story of destinies joined by Guatemala’s past and how a documentary film from 1982, When the Mountains Tremble, becomes forensic evidence to help prove a genocide case against a military dictator.
In Granito, the characters sift for clues buried in archives of mind and place and historical memory, seeking to uncover a narrative that could unlock the past and settle matters of life and death in the present. Like a crime thriller where the narrative is revealed step by step, this epic film travels between present and past, uncovering evidence of massive crimes and bringing accountability to the present. Continue reading →
The “Silverhacks” panel examines an open source community that unites documentary storytellers and technologists for two days to introduce an original web documentary. ITVS’s Jonathan Archer will participate in the event on Thursday, June 21 at 3p ET.
Hackathons offer documentarians the chance to collaborate with creative technologists to create a functioning prototype which they can continue to iterate.
“Silverhacks”, a collaboration between SilverDocs and the Living Docs project (Mozilla, ITVS, Tribeca Film Institute, BAVC and the Center for Social Media) added a new dimension — public data. Continue reading →
This week, KLRU-TV is launching a campaign to identify and bring a spotlight to local women leaders as part of the Women and Girls Lead public media initiative.
Women and girls everywhere are stepping into leadership roles, working to improve their communities, and innovating in science, the arts, business, and governance. Yet there is still much to do to deliver on the promise of equal access, justice, and opportunity for women and girls worldwide. Women and Girls Lead: Austin is a project to showcase extraordinary women and girls in Austin who are changing our community.
Through their new website, KLRU-TV has put out a call to “nominate a woman that has inspired you”. Participants are encouraged to fill out a nomination form and promote via social media to solicit nominations from which they will select several inspiring women from the Austin area to attend a special screening and launch event on August 23rd. These women will also be interviewed as a continuation of the Women and Girls Lead: Austin web series, which is being produced by Texas independent filmmakers Betsy and Carl Crum, supported by ITVS and KLRU through a LINCS co-production. Continue reading →
A still from "Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness"
When President Obama stated his support for gay marriage a few weeks ago, the headlines were splashed across news outlets around the the world. For Pride Month, the National Black Programming Consortium launched a film made by Thomas Allen Harris – the first film to illuminate the role of African Americans in securing same-sex marriage as a Civil Right! Continue reading →
On Wednesday, May 23 at 3pm CT / 4pm ET — Women and Girls Lead advocate and Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis will participate in a live social screening and chat about women’s empowerment. Nashville Public Television will produce the event, which will stream the War Redefined (narrated by Davis), as episode from the acclaimed series Women War and Peace. Follow this link to participate in Wednesday’s event with Geena Davis.
The capstone of PBS’s Women, War & Peace — War Redefined challenges the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain through incisive interviews with leading thinkers, Secretaries of State and seasoned survivors of war and peace-making. Continue reading →
Douglas Gayeton’s The Lexicon of Sustainability is a multiplatform project which uses photo collage, animation, and hand-written typography to explore terms and ideas behind sustainable agriculture. KQED’s Jenny Oh interviewed Gayeton for Bay Area Bites on the inspiration behind the project, the creative visual aspect, and more.
The visuals for “Lexicon” are stunning, particularly the mosaic-like compositions that marry photographs, text, animation and video interview in a truly unique way. How did you develop this unique aesthetic?
The Italian images in my book “SLOW” began as a happy accident. I quickly learned that a single image was not enough. Not only were my images too small, but they also lacked the ability to convey the concept of “time,” of the beginning, middle and end of things. The idea of capturing hundreds of images, at times over long periods of time, then creating mosaics seemed like the only solution.
The decision to overlay these images with text came at about the same time. I wanted to convey what these people said to me as I worked. I wanted to share their insights, their observations. And I also wanted to solve another problem I had with photographs, namely that they often left so much unanswered. I wanted to provide as much information as possible within an image, to create what someone once called a “flat film,” a single image that actually uses time, that tells a story. Continue reading →