The Election Effect Nominated for Best Doc Series by IAWTV

The Election Effect Nominated for Best Doc Series by IAWTV

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The Election Effect Nominated for Best Doc Series by IAWTV

Shine Global’s digital series “The Election Effect” has been nominated for Best Documentary or Educational Series by the International Academy of Web Television.

The Election Effect is a series of five short documentaries that showcase seven different teenagers in five states across the country. Each documentary focuses on a different issue or aspect of life, but all address what life as a young person is like in the wake of the polarizing election and how that election has encouraged a level of political engagement we haven’t seen in a generation as America’s youth take both to the streets and to Twitter to amplify their voices.  All five episodes are currently available to watch on Facebook.

With “The Election Effect” and the free accompanying Discussion Guides, Shine Global hopes to provide teachers, parents, and community leaders with the skills to promote civil discourse among students. These include listening respectfully to other opinions and trying to understand different points of view —  crucial skills to function effectively in a democracy.

The IAWTV (www.iawtv.org), now a division of The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors (www.caucus.org), will recognize the finest creators, cast and crew of web series from around the world at a ceremony this summer in Los Angeles. The show recognizes the contributions of creative professionals in 29 separate categories that run the gamut of genres and crew positions. The entire ceremony will be streamed live online.

The Caucus mission is “leading the evolution of television by providing a creative forum for Producers, Writers & Directors to explore the issues of the ever-changing landscape of content and exhibition.” The IAWTV Awards supports this mission by rewarding shows that expand the boundaries of independent television.

Meet our 2018 Summer Interns

Meet our 2018 Summer Interns

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Meet our 2018 Summer Interns!

Meet our 2018 Summer Interns: (from L to R) Medina Bakayeva, Shaden Safieddine Tazi, Demi Moore and Kate Greenberg. Shine is lucky to have two of them returning from the Spring and all four bringing their passion to working with us this summer.

Medina Bakayeva is a rising senior studying Global Liberal Studies, Philosophy, and French at NYU.  She was born in Kazakhstan, grew up in England and spent many childhood summers in Israel. Growing up with a variety of cultural influences, Medina was fascinated by Shine’s global perspective. Working for Shine Global during the spring semester Medina learned a lot about the world of filmmaking, non-profits and herself. She has felt a part of a dedicated team that is passionate about telling empowering stories about children around the world. As she helped kick-start a new social media plan for Shine, she was excited to continue to push forward Shine’s presence online, to grow an audience for the inspiring stories that the organization shines a light on. 

Shaden Safieddine Tazi is a sophomore at Barnard College of Columbia University, majoring in Film and Media Studies. Raised in Casablanca by a Spanish mother and a Lebanese father, she grew up Lost in Translations, speaking French, Spanish, Arabic at home and learning English at school. Then, she integrated United World College Maastricht for her two last high school years and started learning Dutch. During her stay in the Netherlands, she constantly worked with Asylum Seekers and understood that one of the worst things that can be taken away from an individual is its dignity. Shaden believes in the power of Cinema, and that it can it serve as a tool to empower, and raise the voices of the unheard. She was then naturally drawn to Shine Global’s mission and its ability to create social impact through the medium of documentary. She was also excited to work in a small team, enabling her to learn from her colleagues and in which good mood is always au rendez-vous.

Demi Alexis Moore is a Macaulay Honors College rising senior studying Political Science and Creative Writing on the Pre-Law track. With high hopes to use a J.D. with a specialization in Critical Race Studies, Demi plans to empower Black youth through a national engagement model that reassesses the future of socially-salient movement-building. Demi is a founding member of the Macaulay Crew: Hip Hop Dance Team as its Creative Director, a Student Senator in the Hunter College Senate, and responsible for leading and organizing the largest TEDxUniversity event in the country (TEDxCUNY), representing over 530,000 of CUNY’s students. To Demi, being an active citizen requires building (or finding) community across disciplines, across platforms, and across bias. She is happy to continue sharing in the Shine mission this summer which aims to make media literacy for children that often go unheard far more accessible.

Kate Greenberg is an upcoming senior at the University of Southern California where she is studying Journalism and Cinematic Arts. Over the last two years, Kate has been the executive producer of Impact, the student-produced documentary series. She has directed and produced two of her own documentaries, including one on the psychology of prison design and another on children living in the projects of South Los Angeles who are given a rare opportunity to study rocketry. After she graduates, she hopes to continue making films that inspire people to leave the world a better than they found it. Kate is working with Shine Global this summer as a Content Development Intern in order to continue understanding how films can ignite and enable social change, especially as a non-profit organization.