11th Annual Media That Matters Film Festival (Filmmaker Nuala Cabral in Person)
13 powerful short films in one evening!
Friday, June 8, 7PM
Scribe Video Center
FREE & Open to the public
Filmmaker Nuala Cabral and Theresa Navarro, Arts Engine, Inc
Director of Community Programs & Outreach in person
The Media That Matters Film Festival, organized by non-profit organization Arts Engine, Inc, is the premier showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day. Local and global, online and in communities around the world, Media That Matters engages diverse audiences and inspires them to take action. From gay rights to global warming, the jury-selected collection represents the work of a diverse group of independent filmmakers, many of whom are under 21. The films are equally diverse in style and content, with documentaries, music videos, animations, experimental work and everything else in between. What all the films have in common is that they spark debate and action in 12 minutes or less.
Walking Home (4:03 min, USA)
Directed by Nuala Cabral. Produced by Third World Newsreel (Filmmaker Nuala Cabral in person)
Walking Home is an experimental piece about women ritually facing street harassment as they walk home. Shot in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, it mixes 16mm film, video, poetry and music in an effort to honor and reclaim our voice, name and humanity in the public sphere. This is for the walkers, talkers and those who say nothing.
After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffee Lands (6:11 min, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua)
Directed by Brian Kimmel, Producer, Laura Peterson
In a recent survey of small-scale coffee famers in Mexico, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, over 67% indicated they were unable to maintain their normal diet for 3-8 months of the year. After the Harvest is a film that brings the day-to-day challenges of the thin months to life in the voices of coffee farmers themselves, and shares the successes of creative projects that have been established to eliminate this annual period of food insecurity.
Amen (4:35 min, USA)
Directed by Yusef Haron. Producer, Michelle Chan
Amen is about two men from different faiths and race, who come to an understanding in a local dinner, that they aren’t as different as they may have thought.
Article of Faith (10 min, USA)
Director and produced by Christina Antonakos-Wallace
A portrait of Sikh-American activist Sonny Singh, as he organizes New York City Sikh-youth to combat harassment in their school. Article of Faith is part of a larger documentary project entitled with Wings and Roots currently in production.
Burning Barriers (8:16 min, USA)
Producer: Tribeca Film Institute/ Summer Arts Program
Female firefighters have been protecting homes and saving lives for thirty years but continue to remain in the shadows of their male colleagues. Burning Barriers aims to highlight the struggle of these brave women to gain acceptance inside the firehouse as well as in their communities and families.
Everybody’s Nuts (12 min, USA)
Director and producer Fabian Euresti
This film explores the choice of two individuals whose economic circumstances 20 years ago are still much the same.
Isa’s Final Draft (9:24 min, USA)
Produced by Global Action Project
By choosing to focus on the personal journey of a young undocumented woman, the youth producers highlighted both the interpersonal and institutional challenges that disempower their community.
It’s In Your Hands (2:34 min, USA)
Director and produced by Andrew Hinton
A young couple in Maharashtra working in health and sanitation in India supports local villagers in implementing solutions to improve water access and quality, and raising awareness of sanitation issues. 3.5 million children die annually due to diarrhea and acute respiratory infection worldwide - more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. A simple act can save large numbers of these kids: hand washing with soap.
LGBT Teens in Chicago (5:13 min, USA)
Produced by Free Spirit Media
LGBT Teens in Chicago was created by five youth working with non-profit organization Free Spirit Media in partnership with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. The youth filmmakers explore the topic of homosexuality in high schools in Chicago, exposing various youth perspectives and seeking to promote understanding and respect.
My Fellow American (2:49 min, USA)
Directed by Rob Gardner. Produced by Alex Kronemer and Unity Productions Foundation
What if recognizable faces, faces of neighbors and friends were suddenly vilified by public rhetoric. What would you do?
Sick Wid It (10:01 min, USA)
Directed and produced by Ryan Malloy and Briar March
One dance style, born of the streets of Oakland is giving youth a way to express themselves on the dance floor.
The Leaves Keep Falling (12:02 min, USA)
Director: Isaac Haney-Owens Producer: Isaac Haney-Owens and Talking Eyes Media
As part of its herbicidal program during the Vietnam War, the U.S. military sprayed some 12 million gallons of Agent Orange defoliant on Vietnam. Forty years later, the toxin Agent Orange is still wreaking havoc on three generations of Vietnamese civilians.
Talking About It (5:04 min, USA)
Director: Isaac Haney-Owens Producer: BAYCAT
A young filmmaker and photographer brings us into his world of living with Asperger's Syndrome.
About Arts Engine
Arts Engine, a nonprofit organization supports, produces and distributes independent media of consequence and promotes the use of independent media by advocates, educators and the general public. By fostering the production and use of independent film, video and new media, Arts Engine connects media makers and active audiences in order to spur critical consideration of pressing social issues. Learn more at
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