The 3rd Annual Media that Matters Film Festival DVD

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Fifteen short films and new media pieces on globalization, criminal justice, civil liberties and other topics make up the third annual Media That Matters Film Festival DVD. These short films present vibrant personal stories that have the potential to greatly impact diverse communities. Twelve of the short films speak directly to human rights issues found in the Human Rights Video series. They are marked with an asterisk.

As We Sleep*
  Directed by Elizabeth McDonald.
8 minutes, documentary, winner of the Public Health Award.
In 2000, 72 percent of Americans in living-assistance facilities were sexually abused. As We Sleep tells the story of Marcie and the tragic offense she suffered at the hands of a trusted caregiver.


  Produced by Guerrilla News Network.
8 minutes, documentary, winner of the Media Activism Award.
Fed up with police brutality, the organization Copwatch decided to keep an eye on the authorities. This film shows how peaceful observation of police behavior can change the relationship between a neighborhood and its police force.


Diane Wilson: A Warrior's Tale*
  Executive Producers, Carole Hart and Marlo Thomas; Coordinating Producer, Roberta Morris; directed by Ilana Trachtman.
8 minutes, documentary, winner of the Woody Harrelson Environmental Award.
(This is not included on DVD, but can be viewed online at
"I'm just a normal person," Diane Wilson says at the outset of this anything-but-normal story of community versus corporation. Through a hunger strike and a relentless campaign before the local legislature, Wilson forced Formosa Plastics and other polluters on the Bay of San Antonio to clean up their act.


Esmeraldas: Petroleum and Poverty*
  Directed by Josh Holst.
9 minutes, documentary, winner of the International Human Rights Award, sponsored by Free Speech TV.
For anyone who has gone numb to the effects of industrial pollution, Esmeraldas will be a startling wake up call. The film documents the intense human suffering that plagued an Afro-Ecuadorian community after a Texaco oil refinery exploded.


Face to Face: Stories from the Aftermath of Infamy*
  Produced by Rob Mikuriya, an ITVS Interactive Electric Shadows Project.
Interactive web site, winner of the New Media Award.
Sixty years separate Pearl Harbor and September 11th, but have things really changed in the interim? This interactive, online documentary explores what it means to be an American with the face of an enemy.


Holla Back Dubai!*
  Produced by Global Action Project.
8 minutes, video dialogue, winner of the Youth Media Award Sponsored by Sundance Channel.
Kids from the United Arab Emirates "holla back" to a class of sixth-graders in Washington Heights, New York in this touching video letter exchange. Direct and honest, the children on both sides of the dialogue show that a stereotype is no match for a smile.


How to Make a Bird
  Directed by Juan Carlos Zaldívar.
32 seconds, public service announcement, winner of the Wildlife Preservation Award.
What happens when a woman tries to turn herself into a bird? Not much. This short video shows how all the feathers in the world can’t bring back an extinct species.


Is My Neighbor Latino?*
  Directed and produced by Jorge Aguirre, co-produced by Michael Grabowski.
1 minute, satire, winner of the Diversity Award.
This news-brief spoof seeks to answer the question "How do I know if my neighbor is Latino?" Irreverent, funny and high-spirited, Is My Neighbor Latino pokes fun at preconceptions and shows us that there is no one type of Latino in a country with rapidly shifting demographics.


Luv Me Latex*
  Produced by Frame by Frame Fierce.
1.5 minutes, public service announcement, winner of the Safe Sex Award.
Two 'unprotected' men in love and a gang of healthy T-Cells face off against the diabolical HIV virus. This clever, animated short makes the case for condoms in a fresh and funny way


No Escape, Prison Rape*
  Executive Producer, Gabriel Films; directed by Gabriel London.
7 minutes, winner of the Criminal Justice Award Sponsored by the Open Society Institute.
When 14 year old Rodney Hulin set fire to a trash can he never imagined he would end up in an adult prison, serially raped, and brutally beaten. This disturbing film documents a young man's attempt to let the outside world know that his punishment did not fit his crime.


  Produced by the Lower East Side Girls Club.
8 minutes, music video, winner of the gURL LOOKS BOOK Award; sponsored by and the Penguin Group.
In this body-positive youth-produced film, the young women of the Lower East Side Girls Club take to the streets in celebration of their individuality and strength.

Sonic Memorial Project
  Produced by Picture Projects.
Interactive Sound Archive, winner of the New Media Award.
An interactive audio landscape where oral stories, ambient sounds, voicemails, and archival recordings tell the rich history of the Twin Towers and help heal the collective wounds caused by the events of September 11th.


Silence Speaks*
  Produced by Third World Majority.
Digital narrative, winner of the New Media Award.
Domestic abuse, hate crimes, poverty, political persecution, and war. Highly personal multimedia pieces tell the stories of survivors and witnesses of these many forms of violence.


  Directed by Thomas Brown.
8 minutes, narrative, winner of the Peace in Our Classrooms Award in Honor of the Work of Peter Yarrow, sponsored by Frank Marshall.
For thousands of children, school bullying is a serious problem that damages their hearts and their minds. The beleaguered hero of Storm finds himself without allies as he struggles to stave off an onslaught of classroom abuse.

We Were Humans*
Produced by Allysson Lucca.
Animation, winner of the New Media Award Sponsored by Paola Freccero.
This multimedia animation asks what would happen if the billions of dollars of military spending were redirected towards education and world hunger.

Vision Test
  Directed by Wes Kim.
6 minutes, winner of the Jury Award Sponsored by Sony.
Who would you feel most comfortable with as CEO of a Fortune 500 company? What begins as a routine eye exam turns into an examination of subconscious attitudes towards race, gender and power.




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