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05/18/2017

Reel Lives SA Crew,

The American Corner is hosting a private event for Reel Lives students with Lina Srivastava, who has worked with some of the most important documentaries of the past decade. The workshop will be on the power of film to promote social change, and practical skills to use film as a tool for activism. You don't want to miss this, she is a big deal. See the bio below. Please RSVP to me ASAP.

DATE: MONDAY, JUNE 5
TIME: 9:00 - 11:00
LOCATION: American Corner

Lina SrivastavaAn attorney by training from New York University School of Law, Lina has been involved in campaigns for several documentaries, including Oscar-winning Born into Brothels, Emmy-nominated The Devil Came on Horseback, Oscar-winning Inocente, and Sundance-award winning Who Is Dayani Cristal?

The creator of the Transmedia Activism framework, which guides the development of media, art, and technology projects from storyto social action, she is currently one of a handful of people in the world creating narrative-based social change initiatives with NGOs, global institutions, and independent media creators, combining both field experience with skills in documentary engagement and narrative design.

Lina is the founder of CIEL, a social innovation strategy group in New York City and the co-founder of Regarding Humanity. As the former Executive Director of Kids with Cameras, and the Association of Video and Filmmakers, Lina has taught design and social entrepreneurship at Parsons, The New School of Design, and is on faculty in the Masters of Fine Arts Program in Design and Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts. Lina provides workshops, consultations, keynote addresses, panel discussions, and speeches on the rise of storytelling, narrative platforms, and social innovation as tools for social change, including at Yale Law School, Lincoln Center, MIT Media Lab, TEDx, and the Tribeca Film Festival

Here is the is the online application for the next cohort of Reel Lives.  The deadline is September 8, so get cracking!
08/30/2016
Documentary Filmmaking Course Application

Here is the is the online application for the next cohort of Reel Lives. The deadline is September 8, so get cracking!

The American Corner, The University of Cape Town, and Reel Lives are inviting applicants for our Documentary Filmmaking Training course to all South Africans between 16 and 25 years of age. The course is an intensive 12-week program in non-fiction filmmaking. We encourage students to make films abou...

http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-10-02-its-been-reel-local-talent-thrives-at-recovery-film-fest/#.VDBd_l6zjwI
10/05/2014
It’s been Reel: Local talent thrives at Recovery Film Fest | Daily Maverick

http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-10-02-its-been-reel-local-talent-thrives-at-recovery-film-fest/#.VDBd_l6zjwI

Marelise van der Merwe writes a lot about gender issues, which has led people to ask whether she is a lesbian or, worse, a feminist (at the very least, a sad spinster with a unibrow). However, everybody knows you can't judge someone's sexual orientation or marital status until you have counted both…

Come out and see the premiere of three Reel Lives films at The Recovery Film Festival next weekend!  read the article......
09/18/2014
Bouncing back: Cape Town Recovery Film Festival 2014 | Daily Maverick

Come out and see the premiere of three Reel Lives films at The Recovery Film Festival next weekend! read the article...deets to follow.

http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-09-16-bouncing-back-cape-town-recovery-film-festival-2014/#.VBsQ0l6zjwI

Marelise van der Merwe writes a lot about gender issues, which has led people to ask whether she is a lesbian or, worse, a feminist (at the very least, a sad spinster with a unibrow). However, everybody knows you can't judge someone's sexual orientation or marital status until you have counted both…

Jascey & Dylan with Albert Fritz, Minister of Social Development
09/04/2014

Jascey & Dylan with Albert Fritz, Minister of Social Development

To all my African students in the US and South Africa, here is an opportunity for you.  Let me know if you need some sup...
12/15/2013
Introducing the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders | Young African Leaders Initiative

To all my African students in the US and South Africa, here is an opportunity for you. Let me know if you need some support in applying for this. I'm looking at you Iniesta Baba, Abdulai Jalloh, Nkosazana Sibobosi, Kuhle Riti, Sinobom Ngubombi, and the rest of the crew. Also, Joy Olivier, Liesel Bakker, Carly Tanur....for your kids.

http://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/washington-fellows/

» Introducing the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders |

Come join us at our new facility this Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 for the US premiere of three of our South African films,...
12/12/2013

Come join us at our new facility this Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 for the US premiere of three of our South African films, and a special screening of the AMAZING documentary AMANDLA!: A Revolution in Four Part Harmony. You'll also get a special treat for lunch, the national dish of South Africa, bobotie!

For those of you would like to attend the memorial for Sandile, here are the details: Date: Thursday, December 12thTime:...
12/09/2013

For those of you would like to attend the memorial for Sandile, here are the details:

Date: Thursday, December 12th
Time: 10:00 for 10:30 - 12:00
Venue: The Wesley College Hall (by Mamelani's offices)
Address: 20 Durham Avenue Salt River

Our partner Mamelani Projects will be making a book of messages and photographs to send to his family in the Eastern Cape - please send them photographs and messages that you would like to be included in the book - send to [email protected]. The book will be available at the gathering for people to write in. Please bring with you your pics, stories and messages

Please note: Some people have been in contact with us about providing financial support at this time. Should you wish to contribute towards funeral costs and support for Sandile's family, donations can be made into Mamelani's account - account details below:

Bank details
Mamelani Projects
ABSA Bank, Adderley Street
Account number: 4058731334
Branch code: 632005
Swiftcode: ABSAZAJJ

Please reference the donation: Ref: "Sandile" and forward the proof of payment to us at [email protected] so that we can ensure transparency, both for people who have contributed, and for the family to know what has been raised. The family has requested support of specifically R3500 towards funeral costs. Should extra funds be raised, they will go towards Sandile's mother, as well as to supporting those who cannot afford to go to the funeral.

Reel Lives lost part of our family.  Our brother Sandile was stabbed and killed Friday night in the Townships around Cap...
12/08/2013

Reel Lives lost part of our family. Our brother Sandile was stabbed and killed Friday night in the Townships around Cape Town. Our hearts are broken. Sandile was a young man struggling to change his life. He met every day with a smile and hope, and it's hard to ask for much more. Rest in peace little brother, your struggle is over.

Our generous partner, The Lower Eastside Girls Club, is hosting an event this Saturday.  Please join us!
12/06/2013

Our generous partner, The Lower Eastside Girls Club, is hosting an event this Saturday. Please join us!

06/25/2013

BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all of our Reel Lives
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES!!! You know who you are :)

VERY PROUD OF YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

06/13/2013
Justice Denied: Voices from Guantánamo

Check out today's Media That Matters Film Festival Film of the Day -- "Justice Denied: Voices from Guantánamo" -- winner of the Global Justice Award at the 10th Annual Media That Matters Film Festival

Wrongfully imprisoned and later released, Guantánamo detainees recount their stories as they move on with their lives and chart a course for healing.

06/09/2013
Amen

Watch today's Media That Matters Film Festival Film of the Day -- an MTM staff favorite!

Two men of different faiths come to an understanding at a local diner in the short narrative, "Amen," winner of the Diversity Award at the 11th Annual Media That Matters Film Festival.

A chance encounter in an urban diner sets a devout Christian and a devout Muslim on a collision course.

Ever wondered what Russian's think of us (folks from the USA)?  Check out the teaser of BEHIND THE CURTAIN.  Completed f...
05/30/2013
Reel Lives - BEHIND THE CURTAIN

Ever wondered what Russian's think of us (folks from the USA)?

Check out the teaser of BEHIND THE CURTAIN.

Completed film coming soon!!!

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05/29/2013
PDF 2013 | Program | Personal Democracy Forum

Reel Lives Grads: If you are interested in volunteering for The Personal Democracy Forum next Thursday and Friday, get in touch with Lyle ASAP. Here are the details of the event:

http://personaldemocracy.com/conferences/nyc/2013/program

Stay informed about the latest in technology and politics, government and civic life for less than $1.75/week. At a time when technology is playing an ever expanding role in government, politics and advocacy we have launched Personal Democracy Plus (PD+), a premium service ...

05/29/2013

PAID PA POSITION THIS FRIDAY:
Reel Lives Graduates, if you are interested in a paid position assisting on a shoot with Deepak Chopra this Friday please get in touch with Lyle ASAP. It will be a full day, 7AM to 6PM on a professional film set. The pay is $125.

05/26/2013

Reel Lives Family. I don't believe I am writing this message, but our sister Nkosazana has had another tragedy. Her brother, Aphiwe, was murdered today. Your messages meant so much to her when her mother passed away just a few short months ago. Please reach out to her again and send your condolences via facebook at Nkosazana Sibobosi.

Here is the link to Nkosazana's page: https://www.facebook.com/nkosazana.sibobosi?hc_location=stream

Here is a little preview for our upcoming Premiere... A new teaser from one of our current students who will be graduati...
05/23/2013
Reel Lives - SHE NEVER KNEW (Teaser)

Here is a little preview for our upcoming Premiere...

A new teaser from one of our current students who will be graduating and screening his full film for the first time on the 28th.

Please join us for the Premiere! Details below.

Vimeo is the home for high-quality videos and the people who love them.

Congratulations to our friends over at DCTV for breaking ground on the very first documentary-only movie theater in the ...
05/08/2013

Congratulations to our friends over at DCTV for breaking ground on the very first documentary-only movie theater in the U.S.!!!

5/7/13 | An incredible morning with Michael Moore, Morgan Spurlock and countless friends & supporters!

05/02/2013
Article Of Faith

Happy National Day of Prayer!
Help promote religious freedom and watch MTM Film of the Day, "Article of Faith"
Winner of the 11th Annual Media That Matters Changemaker Award

I was living four blocks away from the Twin Towers on 9/11/01. That day was devastating; not one of us who witnessed the destruction will ever be the same. A...

Two Weeks Left to Submit to the 13th Annual Media That Matters Film Festival!
05/01/2013

Two Weeks Left to Submit to the 13th Annual Media That Matters Film Festival!

TWO WEEKS LEFT TO SUBMIT!

Filmmakers, Activists and Changemakers: There are just two weeks left to submit your short films, music videos and PSAs to the 13th Annual Media That Matters Film Festival. Now's your chance to get your social justice message out there and be a part of a cycle of education, advocacy and action. We look forward to reviewing your films!

Submission details and application: http://bit.ly/Z3Pa9V

Submission Deadline: May 15

04/29/2013
African Underground: Hip Hop in Senegal

Happy Music Monday!

Watch the Media That Matters Film Festival Film of the Day, "African Underground: Hip Hop in Senegal"

By NomadicWax and Sol Productions, from the 8th Annual Media That Matters Film Festival

Step into the African Underground and listen to a new voice inspired by religion, politics, old school Hip Hop and Senegalese culture.

04/25/2013
Why Do White People Have Black Spots?

Media That Matters Film Festival Film of the Day: "Why Do White People Have Black Spots?" by Anya Kandel and Momentus International

Youth in Ghana pose earnest questions to people outside of their borders and spark an ongoing cultural dialogue through film.

Winner of the International Dialogue Award at the 9th Annual MTM Film Festival

Youth in Ghana pose questions to people outside of their borders and spark an ongoing dialogue through film.

Reel Lives students - If you like to submit your film to this conference let me know and I can help.  Its a great opport...
04/24/2013
Interaction Design and Children 2013

Reel Lives students - If you like to submit your film to this conference let me know and I can help. Its a great opportunity to showcase your work!

http://idc2013.org/youth-media-showcase-submission-april-20th/

IDC is the premiere annual international conference for the top minds in academia and industry to share the latest research findings, innovative methodologies and new technologies in the areas of inclusive child-centered design, learning and interaction.

Happy Earth Day! Check out these environmental justice-themed films from the Media That Matters Film Festival collection...
04/22/2013
Media That Matters Film Festival: Short Films That Inspire Action

Happy Earth Day! Check out these environmental justice-themed films from the Media That Matters Film Festival collection!

I was asked by Tim Ryan at NOVAC (a nonprofit video access center in New Orleans) to…Official selection of the Media That Matters 8 collection

Media That Matters Film Festival Call for Entries!
04/11/2013

Media That Matters Film Festival Call for Entries!

Attention Filmmakers, Activists and Changemakers! Now's your chance to get your social justice message out there! Submit your short films, music videos and PSAs to the 13th Annual Media That Matters Film Festival and be a part of a cycle of education, advocacy and action!

Submission details and application: http://bit.ly/Z3Pa9V

Submission Deadline: May 15

Reel Lives Peeps!  Our AMAZING partner in South Africa, IkamvaYouth, is trying to get to 1,000 likes today.  I'll give a...
04/11/2013
IkamvaYouth SA

Reel Lives Peeps! Our AMAZING partner in South Africa, IkamvaYouth, is trying to get to 1,000 likes today. I'll give a Media That Matters DVD to the 1,000th person who likes them.

https://www.facebook.com/IkamvaYouth?group_id=0

IkamvaYouth, by-youth for-youth non-profit education organization, enabling disadvantaged youth to lift themselves out of poverty and into university or employment as well as supporting learners to become agents of change within their communities.

Media That Matters Film Festival collection film "Walking Home" and its director Nuala Cabral featured in a HuffPost Liv...
04/10/2013
Anti-Street Harassment Week: How To Fight Back - HuffPost Live

Media That Matters Film Festival collection film "Walking Home" and its director Nuala Cabral featured in a HuffPost Live segment on fighting back against street harassment. Watch!

Catcalls, sexist comments, flashing, groping, stalking and assault impact all women and some men. For International Anti-Street Harassment Week, we talk to activists about why these everyday violations must end and the solutions to make it happen.

04/07/2013
The Story of Cholera

In honor of World Health Day, watch the Media That Matters Film Festival Film of the Day: "The Story of Cholera," winner of the Global Health Award at the 12th Annual MTM Film Festival!

Making visible the invisible cholera germs brings to life the teaching points of cholera prevention.

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04/05/2013
Submit to MTM Film Festival

Join our Thunderclap campaign and help amplify the Media That Matters Film Festival Call for Entries!

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04/05/2013
The Apollos

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 45 years ago today. Watch "The Apollos," about the students who fought to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national U.S. holiday, produced by Bay Area Video Coalition. (From the Seventh Annual Media That Matters Film Festival).

Meet the trailblazing students who, over twenty years ago, fought to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national holiday.

04/04/2013
Article Of Faith

Media That Matters Film Festival Film of the Day from the 11th annual festival: "Article of Faith," a portrait of Sikh-American activist Sonny Singh, as he organizes New York City Sikh youth to combat harassment in their schools. A project of with WINGS and ROOTS.

I was living four blocks away from the Twin Towers on 9/11/01. That day was devastating; not one of us who witnessed the destruction will ever be the same. A...

04/01/2013
Walking Home

April is SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH. Kick it off by watching the Media That Matters Film Festival collection film "WALKING HOME," produced by Third World Newsreel, directed by Nuala Cabral, and the winner of the SPEAKING OUT AWARD at the Eleventh Annual MTM Film Festival.

For the walkers, talkers and those who say nothing

Join our Thunderclap and amplify the MTM Call for Entries!
03/29/2013
Submit to MTM Film Festival

Join our Thunderclap and amplify the MTM Call for Entries!

I just supported Submit to MTM Film Festival on Thunderclap!

03/27/2013
Permission

"Whose permission would you need to get married to the person you love?"

Film of the Day: "Permission," by Public Interest, winner of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Rights Award at the Sixth Annual Media That Matters Film Festival

Whose permission would you need to get married to the person you love?

Media That Matters Film Festival has joined Pinterest! Check out our page for photos, film stills, and inspiring, action...
03/25/2013
Media That Matters Film Festival (mtmfilmfest)

Media That Matters Film Festival has joined Pinterest! Check out our page for photos, film stills, and inspiring, action-oriented media that matters!

Media That Matters is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you.

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