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by Andy Lauer
May 18, 2009 4:02 AM
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Non-profits Partner to Support Socially Conscious Filmmakers

Not-for-profits Arts Engine and Cinereach announced today that they will be teaming up as part of a yearlong partnership to support young, socially conscious filmmakers.

The two organizations, which support and distribute social issue films, will collaborate on a series of projects, beginning with the ninth annual Media That Matters Film Festival, which begins June 3, 2009, in New York City. This year's festival includes jury prize winner "Next Wave," director Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzer's documentary about the world's first climate change refugees from the Carteret Islands, and "Locusts," a docu-musical on the effects of ill-planned urban planning. For more about the festival, visit the official website.

The two organizations will also be partnering to expand the workshops they offer to filmmakers that participate in the Media That Matters Film Festival and Cinereach's annual Reach Film Fellowship (RFF). Past and present filmmakers from each program will be invited to participate in events that will guide filmmakers in outreach and audience-building for socially relevant short films.

Finally, the organizations will also launch a new online column about "media that matters." Called 90 Second Cinema, the column will be published on Arts Engine's MediaRights.org (www.mediarights.org) beginning this summer.

"We are thrilled to partner with Arts Engine since we share so many of the same goals," said Mike Raisler, Cinereach's Creative Director in a statement. "We both believe strongly that good storytelling is the most effective way to bring critical issues to light. We are excited for this new opportunity to cultivate the creation and exhibition of projects that succeed in doing that."

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  • Tamir Yardenne | June 26, 2012 3:46 PMReply

    At TamirFilms we are a community of compassionate filmmakers, volunteers, and friends dedicated to creating a platform to improve the mental and spiritual well being of others by inspiring communities around the globe. www.tamirfilms.com

  • FELIX JEREMIAH | August 4, 2011 2:09 AMReply

    Hello Sir,
    My name is Felix Jeremiah, I am a filmmaker from, the CEO of Life Herald Film Prods based in Sierra Leone and Nigerian. I am gifted in Storytelling and as a psychologist, I do develop stories from prevailing circumstances in Africa. I am here in Columbus for now and I really want to trade on my skill. You can reach on 614 772 1265. Creating a new thing in a circle of a thing makes the difference. Together we can give birth to a new baby.
    Thanks and God bless.

    Felix Jeremiah

  • SunComeUp | May 19, 2009 6:33 AMReply

    Hi, this is Jennifer Redfearn. I was very excited to read about this partnership as there is so much to be done to get these stories out into the world. I also wanted to post a link to our website in case readers are interested in learning more about the longer version of our film: www.suncomeup.com, which we are still working on.