Multicity Media That Matters Tour Kick Off Yesterday in NYC

Photo of Bryce J. Renninger By Bryce J. Renninger | iW NOW June 3, 2010 at 3:30AM

Multicity Media That Matters Tour Kick Off Yesterday in NYC
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Last night at the SVA Theater in New York's Chelsea neighborhood, Media That Matters began their multi-city tour of short films that focus on the world's most important social issues. The event was simultaneously streamed to Minneapolis courtesy of Minnesota Film Arts and online through Ustream. The event's Ustream page is available for viewing here. The Media That Matters filmmakers, who each won awards from the organization related to their film's impact, will also be posting their experiences at the events on the Media That Matters YouTube page here.

The complete schedule for Media That Matters, organized by Arts Engine, is:

New York City (June 2) -- WORLD PREMIERE
Minneapolis (June 2) -- near-simultaneous screening with questions to the winning filmmakers in NYC, in partnership with Minnesota Film Arts
London (June 4) -- in partnership with Working Films and Shooting People.
Denver (June 12) -- in partnership with Denver Film Society (Starz Film Center)
Miami (June 16) -- in partnership with Miami Beach Cinematheque
San Francisco (June 18) -- in partnership with Ninth Street Independent Film Center and BAVC
Washington DC (June 22) -- in partnership with Campus Progress and Women In Film and Video
Santa Fe, NM (June 25) -- in partnership with Warehouse 21
Evanston, IL (June 26) -- in partnership with Evanston Arts Depot
Portland, OR (June 29) -- in partnership with Film Action Oregon

The Media That Matters lineup, with descriptions provided by the festival:

"Denied," Julie Winokur (Jury Award Winner)
Simultaneously battling cancer and abandonment by her insurance company, one woman fights for her right to health care.

"I'm Just Anneke," Jonathan Skurnik (Changemaker Award)
With the support of family and friends, a 12-year-old experiences the onset of puberty in the fluid space between genders.

"I am Sean Bell," Stacey Muhammad (Speaking Out Award)
Young boys reflect on the Sean Bell tragedy, speaking out about their fears and hopes as they approach manhood in a city where the lives of young black men are often cut short.

"No One Bothered," Josephine Boxwell (Empowerment Award)
Meet Claire and Darren, and take a tour of the streets they used to call home and the daily ridicule they encountered.

"Shades of the Border," Patrick Smith (Racial Dialogue Award)
One island, two countries, many skin colors. A history of racial prejudice divides the island of Hispaniola.

"My Hotness is Pasted on Yey!," Gus Andrews (Fair Use Award)
What do audiences want—naked truth or flawless beauty? Puppets Weena and Erna expose the trade secrets of an industry chasing after perfection.

"Day Job," Sara Hopman (Economic Justice Award)
Day laborers voice their grievances and reflect on the challenges they face as they bide their time in parking lots, hoping that work is around the corner.

"The Last Town," Yan Chun Su (Sustaining Traditions Award)
What if your hometown ceased to exist? Take one last look at a 2000-year old town before it is flooded by China’s Three Gorges Dam project.

"Justice Denied: Voices from Guantanamo," Joel Engardio (Global Justice Award)
Wrongfully imprisoned and later released, Guantanamo detainees recount their stories as they move on with their lives and chart a course for healing.

"Aquafinito," Annalise Littman (Youth Sustainability Award)
Why do consumers ignore our most “green” source of drinking water—the tap? A simple taste test yields eye- opening results.

"Uninsured in the Mississippi Delta," Katie Falkenberg (Human Rights Award)
In one of the most impoverished and uninsured areas in the U.S., the inhabitants of the Mississippi Delta grapple daily with an impossible dilemma: do they put food on the table or life-saving medicine in the cabinet?

"Lessons from a Tailor," Galen Summer (Perspectives Award)
Entrepreneur Martin Greenfield’s infectious passion and hopeful perspective bring his community and his employees more than just jobs.