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.

Shine Board Member Profile: Gail Collins Khosla

Shine Board Member Profile: Gail Collins Khosla

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Shine Board Member Profile: Gail Collins Khosla

As part of an ongoing series, we want to introduce you to the Shine Global family and especially our outstanding and hard working board members who help move Shine forward.

Gail KhoslaName: Gail Collins Khosla Joined Shine Board of Directors: 2016 Title: Founder, Khosla Partners, LLC Current Role at Shine: Member of the Board of Directors, Member of the Development Committee, Member of the New Revenues Committee I am the Founder of Khosla Partners, LLC, and I focus on investing and philanthropy.  Prior to launching Khosla Partners, I had a twenty year career in consumer marketing, including serving as Senior Vice President of Cross Marketing for GE Capital’s  Retailer Financial Services Group. I began my career in brand management at Richardson-Vicks (now Proctor and Gamble) and moved into marketing financial services at American Express, Citicorp and GE Capital as well as working as a marketing consultant.  After the birth of my third son, I “retired” from corporate life, and started focusing on supporting not for profits particularly in the educational field, and making private investments in the media and technology fields.  I have a particular interest in supporting literacy in the developing world, and currently serve on the NY board of Pratham, supporting the effort to raise the literacy rate in India. I have always been interested in global issues.  I had a very global nomad upbringing, moving approximately every two years between very diverse cities in four continents including Berkeley (CA) (three times) , Naples, Italy; Santiago, Chile (twice), Greenwich, CT and New Delhi, India as my father was a professor at CAL (Berkeley), and a rural economist at the Ford Foundation.  My husband, Victor, is originally from India, and together with our sons we have lived in Tokyo and London.  We now split our time between CT and London.

Why did you join Shine’s board?

I got to know Shine, and Susan and Albie, when my son was a summer intern at Shine.  I have long been interested in film as a way to tell stories to effect change.  I joined Shine’s board because I completely agree with Albie and Susan’s vision, and want to help Shine grow.

What’s a favorite Shine moment for you?

There are many great moments. I loved going to The Wrong Light’s premiere in LA and hearing all the thought provoking conversation generated by the film at the Q&A.  It makes you realize how impactful these films can be.

How do you use your specific skill set in your work as a Shine board member? I hope that my combination of marketing experience, my work in development for not for profits, and strong desire to help children, particularly in the developing world, are useful to Shine.

What is a Shine challenge that you feel supporters should know about? Producing documentaries is a large undertaking, from finding, funding, and distributing the films.  It’s great to have support from others for all these aspects.  There are no shortage of stories to be told!

See the full list of Shine’s Board of Directors Members and Board of Governors Members here and read the profiles of board members Dario Spina here, Keith Brown here, Kay Sarlin Wright here, Marilyn DeLuca here, Al Cattabiani here, Bill MacArthur here, Don Melnick here, Robert Baker here, Anne Prost here, and Adrienne Lopez here.

Tre Maison Dasan World Premiere at San Fransisco Intl Film Festival

Tre Maison Dasan World Premiere at San Fransisco Intl Film Festival

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Tre Maison Dasan World Premiere at San Fransisco International Film Festival

Tre Maison Dasan had its world premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival this past weekend.  Director Denali Tiller and Producer Rebecca Stern were joined by Dasan, Stephanie, Alivia, and Joyce for the Q&A.

The San Francisco Chronicle described the film as: “A moving, intimate documentary ….A powerful directorial debut.”

Variety describes the film as: “wrenchingly intimate” and “engrossing”

Produced in association with Shine Global, the documentary is an intimate portrait of three boys growing up, each with a parent in prison. Directly told through the child’s perspective, the film is an exploration of relationships and separation, masculinity, and coming of age in America when a parent is behind bars.

UPCOMING SCREENINGS

San Fransisco International Film Festival
Tuesday, April 10
Friday, April 13
Tickets

Independent Film Festival Boston
April 25-May 2nd
Boston, MA

Montclair Film Festival
May 5-6
Montclair, NJ
Tickets

Shine Board Member Profile: Adrienne Lopez

Shine Board Member Profile: Adrienne Lopez

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Shine Board Member Profile: Adrienne Lopez

As part of an ongoing series, we want to introduce you to the Shine Global family and especially our outstanding and hard working board members who help move Shine forward.

Adrienne LopezName: Adrienne Lopez
Joined Shine Board of Directors: 2011 (previously on Advisory Board)
Title: Senior VP, Smith Entertainment
Current Role at Shine: Member of the Board of Directors, Member of the Content Committee

Adrienne is a veteran television producer and talent executive with credits on talk shows that include Phil Donahue, and Joan Lunden and she previously served as a television executive at Nickelodeon, BET, and HLN. She is currently Senior VP of Kenny Smiths Production Company in partnership with ITV America as well as a documentary film producer on two Nickelodeon docs, Little Ballers 1 and 2. Adrienne also produced one of the segments on Shine’s upcoming digital project. As a mother and now a grandmother, kids and their well being are important to her.

Why did you join Shine’s board and why have you stayed on for several years?

I joined Shine because I believe in what Albie and Sue believe in. I’ve been blown away by the work and like contributing to a very necessary cause – films about children in peril.

What’s a favorite Shine moment for you?

Waiting for the Oscar to be called for Inocente. I felt I was there and we all went up and accepted it, virtually.

How do you use your specific skill set in your work as a Shine board member?

I am very proud to say I’ve produced a short segment for Shine about a topic I feel strongly about. I think that knowledge of film and the love of film drive me to continue to support and give my time to continuing to build this organization.

What is a Shine challenge that you feel supporters should know about?

I want to win the lotto so I can get on the board of Governors and allow Shine to make whatever films we want and like!  I also want to identify some large donors who can help us realize our dream of having a library of films dedicated to the cause of helping children.

Anything else you want to say?

It would be great if I could work with Shine full-time. I love this organization and the people who are on the board and the supporters. It’s meaningful to me to be able to use my resources which include, directors, producers, and talent to contribute to this cause.

See the full list of Shine’s Board of Directors Members and Board of Governors Members here and read the profiles of board members Dario Spina here, Keith Brown here, Kay Sarlin Wright here, Marilyn DeLuca here, Al Cattabiani here, Bill MacArthur here, Don Melnick here, Robert Baker here, and Anne Prost here.

Meet our 2018 Spring Interns

Meet our 2018 Spring Interns

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Meet our 2018 Spring Interns!

Meet our 2018 Spring Interns: Yasmeen Alkooheji, Medina Bakayeva, and Demi Moore. Shine is lucky to have them bringing their passion and working with us this semester.


Yasmeen Alkooheji, a senior at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, is elated to be interning at Shine Global for a second consecutive semester. She is majoring in Screenwriting and minoring in Spanish and in her free time, enjoys photography and soccer. She was drawn to Shine’s mission of creating social change through film and helping empower at-risk youth on a global scale. After graduating, she hopes to write rom-coms, mystery dramas and the untold stories of the underserved and misrepresented communities around the world.

 

Medina Bakayeva is a Junior studying Global Liberal Studies, Philosophy, and French at NYU. She was born in Kazakhstan, immigrated to London at a young age and spent many childhood summers in Israel. Growing up with a variety of cultural influences such as Russian, Central Asian and Israeli she is fascinated by what defines a culture, how people interact and how different customs and shared values shape our perception of the world. She is interested in journalism, documentary film, non-profit and philosophy of ethics. Medina was first introduced to Shine Global through The Eagle Huntress and, as the film documents a central aspect of Kazakh custom, was enamored by the way the protagonist, a young girl, partook in ancient traditions and crossed boundaries. She was captured by Shine Global’s mission and believes in the capacity of stories to shape our hearts and minds and is passionate about presenting empowering narratives. 

Demi Alexis Moore is a Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College Junior exploring the nexus of Political Science, Creative Writing, and Human Rights on the Pre-Law track. With high hopes to use a J.D. with a specialization in Critical Race Theory, Demi plans to redesign a national engagement model that empowers Black (natives and immigrant) youth to lead socially salient movements in politics through effective representation. 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 is 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 community across disciplines, across platforms, and across bias. She is happy to be interning with Shine to understand how a child’s perception of space and place can help craft a social message that encourages change at all levels of civil society.