The Made In NY Media Center by IFP has named Lindsay Branham as the recipient of the inaugural Envision Social Good Fellowship at the Media Center. Branham is a filmmaker, photographer and the Co-Founder and Program Director for the international NGO Discover the Journey.
Her fellowship project will focus on mobile cinema for peace building between anti-Balaka and Seleka rebels in Central African Republic (CAR). Through the fellowship, Branham will be able to expand Discover the Journey's Mobile Cinema initiative with a greater online interface, data visualization and a physical installation mimicking the Mobile Cinema experience in Africa.
Branham most recently created the short film "They Came at Night" and the related community-based defection intervention and mobile cinema program currently underway in central Africa.
Since 2009, through ENVISION, a unique collaboration between IFP and the United Nations Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI), annual gatherings have connected UN experts and NGO advocates with some of the most creative minds in filmmaking and new media. The ENVISION partnership offers filmmakers and social change activists opportunities to incubate creative ideas and productions that promote their causes and reach wider audiences. Fellows receive a six-month incubator residency with tailored mentoring and collaboration.
"We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect inaugural Envision Social Good Fellow at the Media Center," said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP and the Made in NY Media Center. "Lindsay Branham's project exemplifies what the Fellowship was designed to support, a scalable project that has demonstrated it can create momentum for social change through storytelling. We look forward to connecting Lindsay with collaborators and support to bring her project to fruition."
Branham, who has spent much of the last eight years living in working in Central Africa and currently lives in New York, said, "I believe and have seen how storytelling can play a critical role in building peace, even amidst the gravest of circumstances – this is an exciting threshold and I can't wait to push this concept further to affect people’s lives and challenge the traditions of cinema.