Tre Maison Dasan to broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens in Spring 2019

Tre Maison Dasan to broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens in Spring 2019

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Tre Maison Dasan to broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens in Spring 2019

PBS’s documentary strand ‘Independent Lens’ has acquired broadcast rights to the feature-length documentary Tre Maison Dasan, directed by Denali Tiller and produced by Rebecca Stern, to air on the network during the 2019 spring season.

Produced in association with Shine Global, Tre Maison Dasan is a story that explores parental incarceration through the eyes of three boys. Following their interweaving trajectories through boyhood marked by the criminal justice system, and told directly through the child’s perspective, the film unveils the challenges of growing up and what it means to become a man in America. Hilarious, heartbreaking, uplifting and ending with tremendous hope, Tre, Maison and Dasan’s lives are stories of growing up, struggle, loss, empathy, positivity, resilience and unconditional love.

Tre Maison Dasan reveals how our country’s mass incarceration problem impacts entire families — especially the most vulnerable, children,” said PBS’ Lois Vossen, executive producer of ‘Independent Lens,’ in a press release. “Intimate and accessible, it’s also part of our ongoing series of films looking at criminal justice in America. We’re proud to support Denali and the entire filmmaking team as part of our decades-long tradition championing women directors and producers to create gender equality behind the camera.”

“I made this film in collaboration with Tre, Maison, and Dasan as it was important to me to center and empower the voices of the children directly,” added director Tiller. “We are very excited to present Tre Maison Dasan on public broadcasting so that it can be accessible to communities who don’t have access to other types of programming, including incarcerated populations in prisons and jails across the country. We are thrilled to be working with [U.S. documentary funding body] ITVS to bring this film, and the children’s voices, to people and families affected by the prison system, and to those who hold the keys.”

Tre Maison Dasan is produced in association with Pilgrim Media Group, Shine Global, Chicken and Egg Pictures and Sustainable Films.

Rebecca Stern and Craig Pilligan serve as producers, with Andrew Freiband and Patty Quillin executive producing, Andrea van Beuren co-executive producing, and Susan Maclaury, Albie Hecht, and Sarba Das co-producing.

Liyana Opens October 10 in NYC

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Liyana Opens October 10 in NYC

Abramorama has picked up the documentary Liyana from directors Amanda Kopp and Aaron Kopp. The film is set to open in New York City on Oct. 10 with a theatrical release slated for select cities in the following weeks.

Produced in association with Shine Global, executive produced by Westworld‘s Thandie Newton, and produced by Academy Award-winning director Daniel Junge (Saving Face), the film features South African storyteller Gcina Mhlophe guiding us in a narrative about five orphaned children from Swaziland who collaborate to craft a collective fairytale drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their titular fictional character, Liyana, is brought to life in gorgeous animated artwork from artist Shofela Coker. The children’s real and imagined worlds begin to converge, and they must choose what kind of story they will tell — in fiction and in their own lives.

“It is one of the purest and most powerful examples of the importance and purpose of storytelling,” executive producer Thandie Newton told USA TODAY. “The boys and girls in the orphanage chose a girl to be their protagonist. … They wanted the most lowly to be the one to conquer their fears, as that’s the most extraordinary outcome.”

Newton says she was attracted to the documentary in part because of what the story can mean for African children. “If this young girl can be victorious, then it’s possible for every one of us to overcome our fears,” she says. “Liyana is from rural Africa, and these kids have catapulted her onto the main stage of a place none of them ever dreamt they’d find themselves.

“It’s horribly rare to have African stories written by Africans, let alone African children. Stories like ‘Liyana’ make us realize that an orphan from rural Africa has the same dreams, imagination, hopes and potential as a more privileged child living in New York or Tokyo. ‘Liyana’ compels me to want to do everything I can to close the gap, and it will for audiences everywhere.”

Liyana will be screening at the Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem, NYC starting on October 10th with more cities screenings to be announced.

The Election Effect Wins Best Doc Series at IAWTV Awards

The Election Effect Wins Best Doc Series at IAWTV Awards

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The Election Effect Wins Best Doc Series at IAWTV Awards

Shine Global Board of Governors Member Beth Deutschman and Series Executive Producer Jeanine Kay

Shine Global’s first digital series “The Election Effect” won Best Documentary or Educational Series at the 2018 International Academy of Web Television Awards.

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.

The series Executive Producer Jeanine Kay accepted the award at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday evening.   “I have a ten-year-old son,” she said in her acceptance, “so this project was very important to me because when I took a look at what was happening in American politics, I realized that there is a possibility that my child…may only know one president until he graduates high school. So I thought it was important for us to start building documentaries around what our democracy is really about.”

The Wrong Light Screening for Non-Profit Staff

The Wrong Light Screening for Non-Profit Staff

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The Wrong Light Screening for Non-Profit Staff

Shine Global’s film The Wrong Light , uncovers the fraud occurring at a globally-regarded NGO that supposedly provided shelter and education for girls rescued from brothels in Northern Thailand. Because of what our team uncovered, COSA was shut down and a warrant issued for Mickey Choothesa’s arrest.

The film ultimately explores the exploitation and misrepresentation of young girls in Thailand and our outreach and engagement work focuses on exploring the broader issues of exploitation and lack of transparency at all levels of the global aid system.  Safe Child Thailand, a UK-based organization, has been working for the past 30 years to “safeguard at-risk children in Thailand and empower them to reach their fullest potential.” They partner with Thai organizations on the ground to work on a range of projects.  They recently hosted a screening of the film for their own staff to help highlight the need for due-diligence in their own work and the impact misrepresentation can have on those they are trying to help.   The statement from the organization CEO Adrian Hatch below explains what they took away from the screening.

Organisation: Safe Child Thailand
CEO: Adrian Hatch
Website: www.safechildthailand.org
Instagram: @SafeChildThailand

Safe Child Thailand was very fortunate to be granted permission by Shine Global to screen The Wrong Light for our small team of UK-based staff. As an organisation engaged in the funding of a wide range of charitable projects to protect vulnerable children in Thailand, the film taught a valuable lesson in the need for stringent due-diligence with regard to the formation of working partnerships with individuals and organisations in the field.

The Wrong Light proved to be an engaging, thought-provoking, beautifully shot and tense yet hopeful film about an organisation that, taken at face value, was conducting heroic work to protect young girls sold by their families from abuse.

It was fascinating to see the true story unravel through the eyes of the unsuspecting film makers who had intended to remain behind the camera, as audiences alike are left as unsure who to trust as the production team.

The organisation at the heart of this controversy, COSA founded by Mickey Choothesa, a self-styled vigilante and “ex-war photographer”, was known to our organisation, though it was not an organisation Safe Child Thailand had any direct dealings with. The fraudulent actions of Choothesa serve as a timely reminder that we must act with caution when engaging with unregulated private care homes for at-risk children and young adults.

For our staff it was valuable to see the effect that the use of false stories had had on those whose names and images had been used to solicit donations online under false pretenses. The film highlighted the duty of care we have to vet the standards of our partners in Thailand in order to protect our beneficiaries – the children that without our support would be left homeless, without an education, destitute and at risk of being trafficked.

 

 

Shine Global 2017 Annual Report

Shine Global 2017 Annual Report

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Shine Global 2017 Annual Report

Shine Global’s new films and programs had a powerful impact in 2017. The Annual Report details the change we created for children around the world, and the achievements of our latest films that continue to screen globally! You’ll also get a sneak peak of our upcoming projects along with an overview of how we intend to use these films/series to create real-world impact.

See previous years annual reports and tax returns here.

 

 

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.