The 2015 festival will explore how media can build trust and empathy through individual voices and community systems. Our topics this year:
The weeklong Media Rise Festival in Washington, D.C. includes a pitch night for media innovators, a video challenge connecting ﬁlmmakers with local nonproﬁts, a forum of panel talks, a youth festival for teens and educators, and other community-driven events, including film screenings and workshops.
WORKSHOP: What is the Role of Media in Promoting Civic Engagement?
1110 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005
12:00pm - 2:00pm
It is easier than ever before for citizens to engage around issues they care about through the media- either as consumers, producers or both. New media outlets are using innovative ways to generate content; while social media is connecting people, ideas and movements. How can media best promote sustainable civic engagement? What are examples of new and creative tools that the media are using to engage citizens? How is all of this shifting ideas of governance and accountability? Join us for a dynamic, interactive workshop during which we'll think through these issues, brainstorm on new ideas and build new relationships with others around media and civic engagement across the world.
FILM: "The Mask You Live In"
Busboys and Poets - Brookland
625 Monroe St NE, Pearl Bailey Room, Washington, DC 20017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Mask You Live In (runtime: 1h 37m) follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.
Pressured by the media, their peers, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and environment, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.
Workshop: Visual Storytelling for Environmental Nonprofits
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Visual media has the power not only to illuminate problems, but also highlight solutions and inspire action. Join us for an interactive workshop with expert environmental media makers to learn how to create greater impact using visual stories. Workshop facilitators include Steve Ellington, Filmmaker, Environmental Investigation Agency; Alexandra Garcia, Executive Director, International League for Conservation Photographers; Allen Carroll, Program Manager of Storytelling, Esri; and Meaghan Parker, Senior Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program, Woodrow Wilson Center.
Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Watermark (runtime: 92 mins.) is a feature documentary from multiple-award winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, marking their second collaboration after Manufactured Landscapes in 2006. The film brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. Shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element, as well as the magnitude of our need and use. In Watermark, the viewer is immersed in a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted-until it’s gone.
Workshop: Problematic Perceptions
Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center
1632 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
12:00pm - 2:00pm
What is the role of media in shaping voices and identity around race, ethnicity and indigenous issues? In the workshop, we'll begin with a collective brainstorm and gallery walk, in which participants discuss how media shapes their perceptions about people of color. Through the workshop, we will attempt to answer: What is our responsibility as storytellers, artists and designers in re-framing these perceptions? The workshop will be hosted against the backdrop of “IMPLICIT BIAS: Seeing the Other - Seeing Our Self,” an art exhibition presented by Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery and Busboys and Poets.
FILM: "RISERS" premiere
Landmark E Street Cinema (Auditorium 6)
555 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
7:30pm - 9:30pm
A short film and portrait series exploring the lives of undocumented immigrant youth in the U.S. The film (runtime: 30 minutes) centers around Brenda Perez and Gerson Quinteros, two undocumented students at the University of the District of Columbia, as they deliver a presentation on how to navigate challenges facing undocumented immigrant youth. Brenda and Gerson discuss issues ranging from youth activism to language access. As they present, the film cuts away to scenes of immigrant life. The audience is introduced to a young poet named Aura Alvarez, activists from Casa de Maryland, and youth organizers from Many Languages One Voice. Though the film’s message is directed to a young generation of immigrants, it also educates a larger audience unfamiliar with the issues facing these young individuals.
Join us for a festival-within-a-festival for youth (ages 13 to 18), media educators, and engaged parents on critical media literacy education and using meaningful media for social good. Participants will have the opportunity to continue working with their small-group collaborative teams to apply the skills from these workshops on real-world socially relevant, meaningful media projects.
Pitch Night kicks off the festival’s weekend events. The event is designed to support storytellers, designers, creatives and entrepreneurs dedicated to advancing positive social change through media. Finalists will have the chance to pitch their proposals for the chance to win cash and in-kind prizes to make their ideas a reality.
Pitch Night is followed by the screening and awards ceremony for Doc-in-a-Day, presented in partnership with Stone Soup Films, a competition that invites local filmmakers to create high-impact, high-quality videos for local nonprofits in just 48 hours.
A daylong series of talks, presentations and workshops, convening people who are passionate about creating positive change through media. The forum is designed for information-sharing on case studies, best practices, and requests for collaboration in the media and social impact sectors.