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.

 

Liyana Swaziland Premiere and Festival Updates

Liyana Swaziland Premiere and Festival Updates

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Liyana Swaziland Premiere and Festival Updates

Liyana‘s Swaziland premiere was a fabulous success! It was a very special weekend in May kicked off by a reception and screening at Movie Zone generously hosted by the U.S. Embassy Swaziland. The film team and all the kids from the farm enjoyed a night on the red carpet.

The next night was a magical public premiere at the gorgeous House on Fire venue, presented by MTN BUSHFIRE. It was a sold out and super enthusiastic screening, with all proceeds going to the LIYANA Education Fund.

Check out the amazing photos:

Upcoming Festival Screenings

Prescott Film Festival – Arizona
Saturday, June 16th – 4:00pm – Yavapai College Performing Arts Center – TICKETS

Roxbury International Film Festival – Boston
Opening Night Film / Massachusetts Premiere
Thursday, June 21st – 7:00pm
Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium – Museum of Fine Arts Boston – TICKETS
*Producer, Sakheni Dlamini, in attendance

Interested in hosting a screening? Please contact the filmmakers!

For updates on more 2018 Film Festival Annoucnement – stay tuned on the film’s website: http://www.liyanathemovie.com/screenings/ and social media accounts.

Tre Maison Dasan Festival Update

Tre Maison Dasan Festival Update

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Tre Maison Dasan Festival Update


Tre Maison Dasan will be screening on June 14th and 17th at AFI DOCS
AFI DOCS Official Selection

Thursday, June 14th @6pm
AFI Silver Theater
8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Sunday, June 17th @4:45pm
Landmark E Street Cinema
555 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

PURCHASE TICKETS

  • The film, edited by Carlos Rojas, also won the Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing at IFF Boston
  • Tre Maison Dasan also screened at the Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey – where Dasan, Alivia and Tre joined the filmmakers to answer questions
  • The film had its world premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival in April.

Shine Global to Receive Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for Film On Juvenile Justice

Shine Global to Receive Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for Film On Juvenile Justice

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Shine Global to Receive Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for Film On Juvenile Justice


The National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved an Art Works grant of $20,000 to Shine Global for post-production of our current documentary directed by André Robert Lee focusing on juvenile justice and alternatives to incarceration in Richmond, VA. Produced by Susan MacLaury and Alexandra Blaney, the film follows the story of three young teens in detention who are working with artists to make art that will help train local police.

We believe this project has the potential to reach beyond the traditional documentary audiences and really engage on a critical issue facing our country with those who are in a position to affect real change in our juvenile justice system. With the support and example of the Richmond Police Department, we hope to host screenings and trainings with police departments across the country.

The NEA Art Works category supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as Shine Global, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

Shine Global is an award-winning non-profit media company that gives voice to children and their families by sharing their stories of resilience to raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change. We produce inspiring films and compelling content about at-risk children. Through tailored distribution and outreach, we connect with our audiences in communities, classrooms, museums, and on capitol hill as part of a powerful engagement campaign to encourage social change.

Free Companion Discussion Guide For The Election Effect Series

Free Companion Discussion Guide For The Election Effect Series

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Free Companion Discussion Guide For The Election Effect Series

The Election Effect

Shine Global is pleased to offer this free companion discussion guide to “The Election Effect” digital series for teachers, educators, parents, and student leaders to download.

Download The Election Effect Discussion Guide

“The Election Effect” series, produced by Oscar-winning production house Shine Global and Paramount Network, looks at seven students from an array of backgrounds and political beliefs across the nation — and documents the effect of political rhetoric on each of them. Shine Global will share a new documentary on its Facebook page each week starting April 26, 2018 — the week after of the recent ‘March for Our Lives’ and school walk-outs.

A study published in October, 2017 by the UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education and Access revealed heightened levels of student stress and anxiety, concerns for their wellbeing, hostile environments for minorities, and increased reliance on unreliable information. The study concluded that these stresses are impacting students’ learning. The more than 1500 teachers participating in the study requested help in supporting civil discussion among students in an attempt to promote greater understanding and acceptance of differences.

“The Election Effect” is a series of five short, digital episodes by award-winning filmmakers. They describe conflicts arising out of the election that were met with courage, innovation, and activism. Each episode highlights one or two students, from different backgrounds and political perspectives, who are working to understand what is happening in their communities and to stand up for increased communication, empathy, and respect between groups with different views and ways of life.

“You can respect people’s right to disagree . . . people’s right to hold opinions and to exist . . . and it starts by just talking to people,” states one student.

With “The Election Effect” and the 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.

Download The Election Effect Discussion Guide

*You can download free curricula for Shine’s other films here.

Shine Global is an award-winning non-profit media company that gives voice to children and their families by sharing their stories of resilience to raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change. We produce inspiring films and compelling content about at-risk children. Through tailored distribution and outreach, we connect with our audiences in communities, classrooms, museums, and on capitol hill as part of a powerful engagement campaign to encourage social change.