December 5, 2012

Behind the Screen, Dec. 9th

Talking Eyes Media's Executive Director, Julie Winokur, will be one of the panelists at Behind the Screen on December 9th at Montclair State University. This all day event is sponsored by the Montclair Film Festival and features industry professionals from television and film who work in every aspect of the media trade, from casting to directing, documentary film making to special effects.

Panelists include industry insiders from The Colbert Report, Iron Man 2, CBS Evening News, and Law and Order. This is a rare opportunity to aspiring media makers to have access to a broad range of professionals.

Admission is free, but you must register: Behind the Screen

November 13, 2012

Sandy's Tragic Toll on Staten Island

We are pleased to share that Ed Kashi's photo essay on Staten Island has been published in Bloomberg Businessweek. Click below to see the heart wrenchingly beautiful pictures:

Julie Winokur is featured in the Star Ledger

Producer and Director Julie Winokur who "hears voices, dozens of voices at a time — from the left, the right and in between" has been featured in the Star Ledger for our project Bring it to the Table. 

Read more at:

November 5, 2012

"Bring it to the Table" Debuts on MSNBC

We are pleased to announce that MSNBC will feature six segments from our project. Starting November 1 and running through November 6, MSNBC will highlight one of our exciting "Table Talks" featuring some of our best political interviews.  We will also be releasing a webisode daily on our updated website: Our project is not yet complete so be sure to bookmark the site and check back daily. Feel free to leave comments or questions you may have for the other side. 

July 9, 2012

TEM continues to make its way through the great American political psyche!  Norfolk, Winston Salem, Mount Airy, Chapel Hill, Faith -- these are just a few of the towns we filmed over the past couple weeks.  Learn more about our travels via our Tumblr page: and stay tuned for more to come....

Recent press:

NPR blog It's all politics:

Chase Jarvis blog:

Mt. Airy News:

June 28, 2012

Since we reached our Kickstarter goal for Bring it to the Table, we've been quite busy planning shoots.  As of this week we're officially on the road for the first leg of our Table Tour.  We'll be traveling to Virginia and North Carolina.

We encourage you to follow our journey via our new Tumblr page and join us as we take a journey through the American political psyche:

June 12, 2012

Final Days of Kickstarter

We're now in the homestretch of our campaign to raise production funds for Bring it to the Table on Kickstarter, and we're pretty darn close to meeting our goal.  Currently we've raised almost $25,000 of the $30,000 needed by Monday, June 18th.  We only have ONE WEEK left to reach our goal.  Time is ticking.  We've come this far, will you help us cross the finish line?

In the meantime, we haven't been sitting still. Last week we filmed in our home base in Montclair, NJ (where TEM is located) and took the Table to Rhode Island and the progressive conference Netroots Nation.  Today we're off to the B&H located in NYC.

More to come!

Check out a blog post about us on Pushback:

May 11, 2012

Origins of Bring it to the Table

Curious about the origins of our new project Bring it to the Table? Click on the link below to learn, AND don't forget to DONATE to the project's Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Every little bit counts!

May 9, 2012

TEM launches new project & needs your support

Talking Eyes Media is thrilled to announce that we've just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for our newest work-in-progress Bring it to the Table.  It may be our most ambitious endeavor yet and we need your help.

Join us to help elevate the national conversation, bridge a false divide, and start making politics an acceptable topic for dinner conversations again.  Scroll below to learn more about the project and to watch our video.  Then support us by making a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation to the campaign, spreading the word to your friends, and tweeting us a question for someone on the other side of the political divide!

Talk to us on Twitter: @2thetable 

Tweet using #2thetable

Stop by on Facebook:

Take a look at the 1st phase of our website:



Visit the Kickstarter campaign to learn more, watch our video, and donate to the campaign

The Project:


Somewhere along the line, politics replaced sex as the one thing in America we don't discuss in mixed company – even amongst friends and family.  Democracy is founded on robust dialogue, and if we can't have conversations across party lines, democracy doesn't work.  Bring it to the Table is a non-partisan participatory online platform, community engagement campaign, and a series of webisodes aimed at bridging political divides and elevating the national conversation. In essence, Bring it to the Table aims to bridge the political divide by allowing everyday citizens to shaire their political beliefs, online and on camera.  It's a project for those who are tired of hyper-partisanship and want to steer political discourse back into the hands of the American people.

The concept is simple. We’re bringing our Star-Spangled Table on tour across America, setting it up in public places such as bookstores, bakeries, barbershops, schools and farms, and asking you to sit down and speak candidly about your political beliefs. No hysterics. No ranting. Just genuine discussion aimed at peeling away the stereotypes that dominate today's political debate.
In the spirit of true democracy, we are launching a participatory web site that allows for healthy discourse. The website connects a growing community of folks who want to post questions for those whose political views differ from their own. The people sitting at The Table will answer those queries, creating a dialogue loop. Throughout our Table Tour we’ll upload videos from the road, inviting constructive comments from you along the way. You will determine which line of conversations are productive or counterproductive, helping to shape and elevate the dialogue.

In the end, our great adventure through the American political psyche will be edited into webisodes that take us beyond ideology, and into the foundation—and the future—of our national conversation.
  Because the discussion will focus on values, not candidates, this project will endure far beyond the current election cycle.

How your Kickstarter donations will be used:

Your tax-deductible contribution will take our four-member crew and The Table to at least five communities across the country, as well as to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Kickstarter donations will cover the pre-production and travel expenses for this Table Tour. Though our Kickstarter goal is $30,000, we're trying to raise $50,000 so the crew can get paid and we can finish post-production on the webisodes. Any funds beyond that will be used to visit more communities on our Tour and enhance the website.

This isn’t just a crowd-funded project, it’s a crowd-produced project.  This is your dialogue. These are your beliefs and your solutions. We’ve heard enough from media moguls and politicians. We want to hear from you. Please join us at The Table and be among the first to build a creative community of Americans speaking productively about our future.  No matter your background, your hometown, your livelihood, your tax base, your political party, we want you to Bring It.

April 16, 2012


We are pleased to announce the release of our new experimental short film Photojournalisms. The film provides a glimpse into the life and mind of photojournalist Ed Kashi and is a supplement to Kashi's new book by the same name. For the past 30 years, Kashi has lived a life of intense engagement mixed with danger, anticipation and journal entries to his wife, Julie Winokur. Photojournalisms takes you on a journey defined by sensation, tension, and passion.

To view the film in its entirety, visit VII Photo's public online publication VII Magazine:

To purchase Ed's book, visit Nazraeli Press:

March 21, 2012

Ed Kashi's new book in NY Times Lens blog

Ed Kashi's new photo book Photojournalisms, featured on today's New York Times Lens blog, provides a powerful and moving look into his world and career as a photojournalist. Photojournalisms not only encompasses a collection of Ed's photos but also a selection of journal entries from various locations around the world written to his wife (TEM's Julie Winokur).

Check out the NYT Lens blog to read an interview with Ed Kashi as well as excerpts from the book.

March 1, 2012

Seeking Justice in Sierra Leone, the Ukraine and the Philippines

For millions of people around the world, legal justice is beyond their reach. Whether they don’t understand their rights or have no access to legal council, they suffer unduly. The non-profit Namati, with help from the Open Society Foundations, is supporting a movement to build the knowledge and capacity of communities to act on their own behalf. Namati works at the grassroots level to bring laws out of books and courtrooms and into communities.

Talking Eyes Media produced a series of videos for the Open Society Foundations and Namati, highlighting the work of paralegals in Sierra Leone, Ukraine and the Philippines.

To view the full series, visit Namati.