Shine Global Wins 2nd Annual Anthem Award

Shine Global Wins 2nd Annual Anthem Award

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Shine Global Wins 2nd Annual Anthem Award

Shine Global’s 2022 Children’s Resilience in Film Awards Honored For Best Event in Education, Art & Culture in the 2nd Annual Anthem Awards

New York, NY — 2/15/23

Shine Global announced today that it has been named Best Event: Education, Art, & Culture for our 2022 Children’s Resilience in Film Awards in the 2nd Annual Anthem Awards.

Anthem Winners are selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Members include: Nicholas Thompson, CEO, The Atlantic, Christina Swarns, Executive Director, Innocence Project, Zarna Surti, Global Creative Director, Nike Purpose, Lisa Sherman, President & CEO, The Ad Council, Emily Barfoot, Global Brand Director Dove, Unilever, Trovon Williams, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, NAACP, Roma McCaig, Senior VP of Impact, Clif Bar,  Dinah-Kareen Jean, Senior Manager, Social Innovation, Etsy, Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO, GLAAD,  Christopher Miller, Head of Global Activism Strategy, Ben & Jerry’s, Shayla Tait, Director of Philanthropy The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation.

The Children’s Resilience in Film Award honors filmmakers who highlight and celebrate the inspiring strength, creativity, and power of children across the world by shedding much-needed light on the uplifting, inspiring stories of children. In 2022, four feature length films were nominated and screened with filmmakers Q&As in NYC followed by an awards ceremony in LA where the winner, chosen by a jury of experts, was awarded a $25,000 prize and the runner ups each received $2,500.  

In the words of one of the nominated filmmakers: “In all the years I have been making films and attending festivals, Shine Global’s “Children’s Resilience in Film Awards” stands out as one of the greatest experiences I’ve had so far.”

“Since launching this platform in June of 2021, we have seen that social change has emerged as a dominant force in mainstream culture.” said Anthem Awards Managing Director Jessica Lauretti. “The sheer number, breadth and overall quality of the entries shared with us in the 2nd Annual Awards is a testament to the strength of this growing movement and demonstrates an enduring commitment to the work that is both humbling and inspiring to see. From the war in Ukraine, to protests in Iran and the ongoing battle for equality here at home in the States, the call for change not only perseveres but is a growing global chorus.”

 “By not allowing their young subjects to be defined by their hardships,” said Susan MacLaury, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Shine Global, “all of the nominated films are an outstanding model for other filmmakers hoping to tell children’s stories. When we allow children’s strength, hope, and spirit to shine through these traumas and hardships, we create ever-more impactful, boundary-breaking stories for audiences across the world.”

Winners for the 2nd Annual Anthem Awards will be celebrated at the Winners Celebration on February 27 in NYC. Fans will be able to hear from social impact leaders and their hallmark speeches at www.anthemawards.com.

The Anthem Awards was launched in response to the prevalence social good has taken within the national conversation and cultural zeitgeist in recent years. The 2nd Annual competition received nearly 2,000 entries from 43 countries worldwide. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, the Anthem Awards are defining a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their communities. A portion of program revenue will fund a new grant program supporting emerging individuals and organizations working to advance the causes recognized in the 2nd Annual Anthem Awards.

ABOUT SHINE GLOBAL
Shine Global is a non-profit media company that gives voice to children and their families by telling their stories of resilience to raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change. We produce inspiring films and compelling content about underserved 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.

Since its founding in 2005, Shine Global films have won more than 100 major awards, including an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject for Inocente and an Academy Award®-nomination and two Emmys® for War/Dance. Recent films include the documentary-animation hybrid Liyana, the hit documentary The Eagle Huntress, and Through Our Eyes: Homefront which is available on HBOMax.

About The Anthem Awards:

Launched in 2021 by The Webby Awards, The Anthem Awards honors the purpose & mission-driven work of people, companies and organizations worldwide. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, we’re defining a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their own communities. The Anthem Awards honors work across seven core causes: Diversity; Equity & Inclusion; Education; Art & Culture; Health; Human & Civil Rights; Humanitarian Action & Services; Responsible Technology; and Sustainability, Environment & Climate. Founded in partnership with the Ad Council, Born This Way Foundation, Feeding America, Glaad, Mozilla, NAACP, NRDC, WWF, and XQ. 

 

Shine Global Finalist for SIMA Awards 2023

Shine Global Finalist for SIMA Awards 2023

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Shine Global is a Production Company Finalist for the 2023 SIMA Awards

We are honored to announce that Shine Global is a Production Company finalist for the 12th Annual Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA 2023).

The annual awards program was founded in 2012 to support and champion excellence in social impact filmmaking and amplify the power of media to foster a world that is free from prejudice, discrimination, and oppression.

From SIMA: “There’s a term dominating the health, wellness and impact space used to describe a person driven and motivated to do work that elevates people to a higher level of consciousness. This term is “lightworker”. While usually reserved for the gurus, healers and select social do-gooders; what the SIMA 2023 finalists show us is that perhaps “lightworker” shouldn’t be solely assigned to your neighborhood yoga teacher; but should extend to the small group of impact filmmakers and creators harnessing the light—literally and figuratively—to expose its depth…Storytelling has always been an effective vehicle for social transformation and this year’s SIMA 2023 finalists have set the new standard for what that responsibility means: to also be a lightworker. To not merely elevate consciousness, but to liberate it. To take sovereignty over our shadow and to rise up against the oppressive and systemic darkness that holds our society hostage from living in its light.” 

Shine Global is a finalist in the Production Company category for “companies with a demonstrated track record of producing social impact media.”
As a non-profit media company, Shine Global produces inspiring films and compelling content about children and their families. 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.

See the full list of finalists at https://simaawards.org/2023-finalists/

 

Shine Global Finalist for SIMA Awards 2022

Shine Global Finalist for SIMA Awards 2022

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Shine Global is a Production Company Finalist for the 2022 SIMA Awards

We are honored to announce that Shine Global is a Production Company finalist for the 10th Annual Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA 2022).

The annual awards program was founded in 2012 by award-winning documentary filmmaker and human rights activist, Daniela Konto to support and champion excellence in social impact filmmaking and amplify the power of media to foster a world that is free from prejudice, discrimination, and oppression.

From SIMA: “SIMA 2022 finalists are unapologetic in bringing us face-to-face with the daunting reality we are up against—systemic political, economic and cultural oppression in the midst of a global pandemic and ecological crisis—that they don’t just courageously expose, but capture through a most powerful lens, a lens that reminds us of our capacity to resist. The intimacy of this year’s filmmaking takes us to the heart of where that resistance happens, through the eyes of protagonists who lead their movements for justice and accountability with such infectious drive and vulnerability that continued action is bound to follow. Thank you to all the filmmakers for your courage to tell  these stories. We are honored to support and amplify your work.” 

Shine Global is a finalist in the Production Company category for “companies with a demonstrated track record of producing social impact media.”
As a non-profit media company, Shine Global produces inspiring films and compelling content about children and their families. 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.

See the full list of finalists at https://simaawards.org/2022-finalists/

 

Notes from Susan: The Most Impactful Media Experience of My Childhood

Notes from Susan: The Most Impactful Media Experience of My Childhood

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Notes from Susan: The Most Impactful Media Experience of My Childhood

By Susan MacLaury

I was 8 years old the morning of August 31, 1955 when I saw Emmett Till’s face on the front page of our newspaper. He had been beaten, mutilated and shot and his body thrown into the Tallahatchie River three days earlier because he was Black. It was the most impactful media experience of my childhood.

It was the moment when I first realized that if such violence could be wrought against one child, then all children, particularly children of color, were vulnerable. It was this awareness that drove me into social work, education, and 15 years ago, to co-founding Shine Global with my husband, Albie Hecht. We were determined to shine a light on stories of children and families around the world struggling to survive, and hopefully, to achieve their dreams. Today, 65 years after Emmett’s death, this goal is more important than ever.

It’s never easy to see children’s suffering. That’s why we’ve chosen to find the hope in the hardship and to accentuate kids’ resilience as they struggle against very long odds.

We do this because films and the discussions they inspire can make a difference in children’s lives. Four of our films have gone to Congress and influenced legislation, but it’s also our films’ quieter accomplishments that keep us going:

  • the young homeless teen who, after seeing Inocente, decided to start a support group for others who were also living in his shelter
  • the London government officials who opened their own bike racing programs for underserved kids after seeing 1 Way Up;
  • the corporate executive who recently commented that the screening of Virtually Free and subsequent discussion with its director “inspired our team to do more in the space of juvenile justice and alternative community programs.”

I hope you are nodding as you read this, and that you are moved to continue supporting Shine Global’s efforts to stand with children who deserve every ounce of the love and support we can give. Please donate now.

Thank you, and stay safe and well.

Susan MacLaury childhood picture

Susan MacLaury 
Executive Director and Co-Founder of Shine Global

 

 

 

Inspired by The Harvest (La Cosecha), new app AgHelp aims to help migrant farm workers

Inspired by The Harvest (La Cosecha), new app AgHelp aims to help migrant farm workers

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Inspired by Shine Global’s Film The Harvest (La Cosecha), New App AgHelp Aims to Help Migrant Farm Workers

Two of the AgHelp founders: Sadoc Paredes (L) and Feliciano Paredes (R), not pictured Ivan Paredes and Lori Paredes

Though released in 2011, Shine Global’s second film The Harvest (La Cosecha) is still having an impact today. A new app, AgHelp, launched this year to help farmworkers connect with jobs and social services, was inspired in part by the documentary.

Directed by U. Roberto Romano with Executive Producer Eva Longoria, the film looked at the plight of migrant farmworker children in the United States. There are an estimated 400,000 children who work in the fields in the United States, picking the food we all eat. The documentary followed three of them — Zulema, Perla and Victor — as they journeyed from the scorching heat of Texas’ onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida’s tomato fields to follow the harvest.

Since its release, the film has been used by advocates across the country and around the world to illustrate the need for stronger child labor laws and for farmworker rights more generally.

Shine Global screened the film for members of congress and the department of labor in support of child labor laws. Rep. Lucille Royball-Allard (D-CA), especially used the film in support of introducing legislation to raise the minimum age for children working in the fields:

“I applaud Eva Longoria, Robin Romano and Shine Global for using the power of film to shine a light on the plight of child farmworkers in The Harvest/La Cosecha. As this film documents, children in agriculture too often work in dangerous and exploitive conditions, which are illegal in every other industry. That is why I authored HR 3564, the CARE Act, which would raise labor standards and protections for farmworker children to the same level set for children in all other occupations”
–Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard

The founder of AgHelp, Feliciano Paredes, himself knows the hardship of growing up in a migrant farmworker family. He and his seven siblings traveled with their parents across the country – picking in Florida, Georgia and Louisiana in the spring then heading up north eventually to Michigan to harvest peaches, cherries and apples. His family eventually settled in Michigan permanently and he went to college and then on to a career in human resources. He knew there was a need for a business to help migrant farmworkers and off and on for years he worked on trying to make that happen.

While working as an analyst for the state’s Workforce Development Agency, Paredes would make field checks of Michigan farmers to make sure they were in compliance with laws regarding the treatment of migrant workers. There he encountered many families who needed housing or services and didn’t know where to get them – even one family who waited months for healthcare not knowing there was subsidized healthcare available only 10 minutes away.

Feliciano Paredes said his “aha” moment came in 2011 when he was watching The Harvest/La Cosecha.

I was watching a scene where one of the families arrives at a rundown motel, only to find out that the work that was promised to them is no longer there. When I saw their expressions of desperation, concern, anger and sadness, a light went off in my head…
I thought to myself, ‘It’s 2011 and I can download an app that helps me find the coolest coffee shop or the trendiest place to eat dinner. But If I’m a farm worker, traveling around trying to earn enough money to make it through the winter, and trying to find resources to meet my basic needs, word of mouth is the only thing available.’ That’s when I made a promise to myself that I would do what I could to change that.

Last year, his “Yelp for ag jobs” dream became a reality. Two of his brothers and his wife have joined him in the business. Over the past year, AgHelp won a total of $203,000 in funding and services at a series of business-plan competitions across the country, giving it the money it needed to finish building a robust website, aghelpusa.com, which went live in December, and to launch a smartphone app in early March.

So far, Feliciano says he has signed up 140 growers across the U.S. and more than 40 service agencies that provide help to migrants, including info on who was hiring, what they paid, and connect them to resources and information in the community, like where they could find a health clinic or http://premier-pharmacy.com how to get their kids enrolled in schools. Last year, AgHelp got about 1,100 migrant workers to sign up to be included when things went live. The service is free for service providers and workers.

Read more about the journey in this Crains Detroit article