Archive for September, 2014

Festival Recap: Meet the Winners of the 2014 Media Rise Pitch Night

September 29, 2014 by Mandar Apte

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 29, 2014) – Media Rise is pleased to announce the winners of Pitch Night: DreamWakers, SWAT and Accountability Lab. The September 26 event was sponsored by Newsweek, PVBLIC Foundation & Huge to support ideas for how to make the world a better place through meaningful media, art, storytelling, design or technology, scheduled as part of the 2014 Media Rise Festival. Eleven finalists–ranging from a


Festival Recap: Celebrating D.C. History & Culture through Transmedia

September 25, 2014 by Mandar Apte

Written by Mark Hiew, with additional reporting by Pamela Kaye. Call me cynical, but when’s the last time you saw someone on the street actually pull out their smartphone and scan a QR code on a mural? In my case, that would be never. So forgive me for raising a skeptical eyebrow at the effectiveness


Introducing 2014 Pitch Night finalists + judges!

September 24, 2014 by Mandar Apte

// THE FINALISTS We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2014 Media Rise Pitch Night, sponsored by Newsweek, PVBLIC Foundation & Huge. Congratulations! Gregg Deal – REDSKIN Clare Fieseler – Scientists with Stories Jessica Jane Robinson – Resilience Birthright Monica Gray – DreamWakers Brandon Anderson – SWAT (Safety With Accountability & Transparency) Kate Glantz – Heartfully Marcus Noel – Heart of Man Project Blair Glencorse –


Festival Recap: Street Artists Explore Questions of Public Space and Activism

September 23, 2014 by Mandar Apte

Written by Justin Shilad. How does street art intersect with social change? How does this type of art shape the artist’s interactions with public space, and by extension, the community’s interaction with public space? Local D.C. artists Gregg Deal, Rose Jaffe and Kelly Towles explored these questions in a presentation at Hierarchy in Adams Morgan, where the Media Rise Festival


Pitch Night Follow-Up: Q&A with Matt Malzkuhn of The ASL App

September 17, 2014 by Mandar Apte

As we approach the 2014 Media Rise Festival taking place in Washington, DC in September, we are checking in with some participants from last year’s festival to catch up on what they are working on, to give you a sense of what to expect from this year’s event — the sort of people you will


D.C. Teens, Educators & Parents Invited to “Youth Media Rise”

September 16, 2014 by Mandar Apte

  WHAT: The Media Rise Festival announces Youth Media Rise, a festival-within-a-festival for youth (ages 13 to 18), media educators and engaged parents. It includes interactive workshops to enhance the curiosity and creative expression of young people in meaningful ways. And panel sessions for educators focus on the power of media to amplify youth voices


Filmmakers & Nonprofits! Participate in 48-Hour Video Challenge

September 11, 2014 by Mandar Apte

Filmmakers: We are seeking filmmakers to participate in the Media Rise 48-Hour Video Challenge on September 26-28. Are you a local D.C. filmmaker? Would you like to make a meaningful contribution in the form of a video for a local nonprofit or community organization? Are you available September 26-28? If so, we would love to have you


Win $1,000 & More! Storytellers, Designers and Creatives Dedicated to Social Change Compete for Ad in Newsweek and Other Prizes

September 5, 2014 by Mandar Apte

“Pitch Night” kicks off 2014 Media Rise Festival weekend events WHAT: The Media Rise Festival announced the details of its first signature event, a Pitch Night to support storytellers, designers and creatives dedicated to advancing positive social change through media. Finalists will have the chance to pitch their proposals for the chance to win cash