October 20, 2014

Full-time position open for Editor/Shooter

Editor/Shooter
Talking Eyes Media – Montclair, NJ


Position Summary:

Talking Eyes Media is seeking a full-time Editor/Shooter to work out of our Montclair, NJ office. The candidate should be a self-motivated individual with an interest in documentary film production and at least three years of experience.  We are seeking someone with a high-level of organizational, communication, and production management skills. This position will begin as soon as we find the right candidate.


About Talking Eyes Media:

Talking Eyes Media (TEM), is a nonprofit production company that creates powerful media for pressing issues.  We are visual storytellers, creating documentary films, multimedia, books and exhibitions that actively stimulate dialogue and advocate for positive social change.

Over the years, we have successfully translated projects across media platforms (from print to web to television) and have worked seamlessly between the nonprofit sector and the editorial world. We have an extensive portfolio of still photography, multimedia and documentary films and have received numerous awards from World Press International, Pictures of the Year International and UNICEF, as well as two Emmy nominations. Our work has appeared in such publications as National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, and Time Magazine, as well as online (Time, MSNBC, Discovery, CNN) and on television (PBS and the Documentary Channel).

We are highly skilled storytellers, who work with sensitivity, creativity and outright passion for what we do. To learn more, visit: www.talkingeyesmedia.org 

Position Description:

This is a unique, hybrid position that incorporates editing and shooting skills.  The ideal candidate will have outstanding storytelling instincts, with an ability to conceive and execute all aspects of production. This is primarily an editing/production position, and secondarily a shooting position. The ideal candidate has an understanding and passion for documentary work, strong research skills, and outstanding communications skills. The applicant must be reliable, well organized, a team player, have a sense of humor and be able to work quickly to meet deadlines.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Edit films in premiere pro and FCP7
  • Film and photograph projects using DSLRs and Canon Cinema cameras
  • Brainstorm new approaches to projects
  • Understanding of lighting and interview setups
  • Oversee digital workflow on shoots including adding metadata to media
  • Prep projects and media to be edited
  • Prep gear before and after shoots
  • Pre plan shoot days 
  • Basic knowledge of after effects for text treatment on films 
  • Audio sweetening on films
  • Deliver final projects to clients
  • Archive projects to server 
  • Transcribe interviews 
  • Find and work with translators for films
  • Trouble shoot IT problems ranging from gear, to editing software, to computers to server and website 
  • Update website
  • Make blog post
  • Create DVDs for film festivals, etc
  • Stay up to date on latest gear and industry news
  • Stay informed on current events and issues
  • Create workflow and how-to manuals for internal use


Position Requirements:

  • Expertise in Photoshop, Premiere, FCP
  • Active knowledge of news/current affairs and documentary industry
  • Concern for social justice issues
  • Strong project management and organizational skills with ability to multi-task, prioritize assignments, and meet deadlines
  • Must be able to take initiative and work independently, but also work with a team in a tight-knit environment
  • Able to formulate independent decisions using the available information and find a solution for, or deal proactively with problems
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with peers, employees, managers, and clients, 
  • Able to maintain confidentiality in daily operations and to conduct daily duties in a professional manner.
  • Extensive working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)


Education & Training Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in Film, Journalism, or Communications; OR minimum three years related experience and/or training in film or television production


Application Instructions:

Please e-mail cover letter and resume to Julie Winokur at jwinokur@talkingeyesmedia.org with “Editor/Shooter” as the subject line. We will conduct interviews on a rolling basis.

No calls please.

October 10, 2014

20 Years Ago: A Brush With a Nobel Peace Prize Winner



As a young journalist, I caught wind of an impressive Hindu Brahman man who was walking from the southern tip of India to New Delhi—5200 kilometers—on behalf of child laborers. Unbeknownst to me, 20 years later that same man would win the Nobel Peace Prize for his outstanding work on behalf of children, an honor he shares with Malala Yousafzai.

To be frank, I had lost track of Kailash Satyarthi until this morning, when I turned on my computer. Upon reading the news, I was overcome with excitement, not because I had shared a few days in the company of a Nobel winner, but because this award acknowledges that fighting for what's right ultimately prevails. At the age of 14, Satyarthi had become alienated from his own community because he organized a dinner for a group of "untouchables." Even from an early age, he refused to believe that anyone deserved lesser status. His actions are living testimony to the fight for dignity.

I dug through my archives to find the photos and text from my encounter with Satyarthi all those years ago. I share them here as evidence of this heroic man's commitment to humanity and justice.



India's Child Labor Crusade

Written in 1994 by Julie Winokur

Kailash Satyarthi has a simple message: "Give children books and toys, not tools." But in India, where there are an estimated 55 million child laborers, his slogan sounds like a call to arms. For Satyarthi, it is. Frustrated by government ineptitude, he has taken matters into his own hands, raiding factories that are known to hold children captive and forcing the government to compensate these children before sending them home. He has also set up an ashram on the outskirts of Delhi to help rehabilitate children during the transition.

"Other organizations spend millions of dollars on informal education, research, and meetings but they can't show one example of a child laborer who has been freed," says Satyarthi. "Charitable activities and academic exercises are not enough."

To date, he estimates that his organization, the South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude (SACCS), and its parent group, the Bonded Liberation Front, have freed more than 20,000 children and 20,000 adults throughout the country. In the process, Satyarthi has been beaten up at least two dozen times and one of his colleagues was killed during a raid several years ago.

Satyarthi took his message on the road this month, in the form of a 5,200 km whistle stop tour across India. The "yatra," or march, started on April 1 in Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of India, and ended in Delhi last Sunday. Traveling by bus and jeep, a core group of 140 marchers, a third of them children who were freed from bonded labor, stopped in more than a hundred villages and cities along the way.

Dressed in a crisp white kurta pajama, Satyarthi, with his wife, Sumedha, by his side, marched through the gates of the old city at Jaipur, one of the last stops on the tour. Located 300 km west of Delhi, Jaipur is the heart of the gem-cutting industry, which relies heavily on child labor. Behind Satyarthi, several hundred activists paraded through the streets chanting slogans and waving banners, urging parents to keep their children in school.

"There are several myths used to justify child labor," Satyarthi told the crowd, "illiteracy, overpopulation, unemployment and poverty." These problems are not the cause, he urged, but the result of child labor. An uneducated child has no options in the future, he said, so the cycle of poverty is perpetuated. He emphasized that the number of child laborers grows proportionately with the number of unemployed adults, and that there are currently
55 million children working in India and 55 million adults who can't find jobs.

Standing six feet tall, with an athletic build and a full beard, Satyarthi dominated the small make-shift stage. He spoke in a calm, measured voice, and midway through his speech called upon a young boy to join him on stage.

Santosh, now 14, had been abducted from his village when he was five. A stranger approached him and a group of friends, gave them cookies and offered to take them to a movie. After the boys were loaded into his jeep, he drove for several hours before finally letting them out at a carpet factory. Inside, rows of boys were bent over looms, hand-knotting the intricate patterns that are preferred by exporters.

For the next nine years, Santosh was held captive in the factory, working up to 14 hours a day, subsisting on rations of chipatis and salt. His employers slit open his thumb nail and then burned it shut with match stick powder. Two of his friends died during their stay.

The laws banning child labor in India already exist, says Satyarthi, but there's no implementation and no "political will" to change the situation. He refers to India's 1976 prohibition of bonded labor which carries a maximum $300 fine and three year prison sentence for employers, and adds that despite his efforts, not a single employer has been penalized. On paper India also has compulsory education up to the age of 14, but the reality on the ground tells another story.

This week, a parliamentary subcommittee confirmed what the members of SACCS have said for years: the labor ministry is "not serious" about abolishing child labor. In a report issued by the 40-member committee, the labor ministry was accused of insufficient research and lack of a comprehensive plan.

“They're wrong," insists Arvind Rasbut, deputy secretary of child labor. "We are very serious, but we need welfare and poverty reduction programs to have a real impact." He cites a model program in a town called Jaggampat, where 500 children have been removed from local tile factories and returned to school, while their parents are being given subsidized loans to ease the transition.

“Full elimination of child labor is easy on day one," says Rasbut. "But ensuring that a child stays in school and that another child doesn't replace him at the factory requires repeated communication with the parents." NGOs, not the government, are best fitted for this kind of work, he says.

Satyarthi is not prepared to wait for government initiatives to trickle down while children's lives are in danger. During the last week of the march alone, four children were burned to death in a nail polish factory near Jaipur, a boy was burned to death in a bead factory in Delhi, and seven children were liberated from a road construction site in Delhi. Those are only the cases that were reported in national newspapers.

Some of the worst culprits, say both SACCS and the government, are the carpet industry, gem cutting, and factories that manufacture glass bangles, matches, bidi cigarettes, fireworks and silk threads. In these industries, children earn less than two cents per day, if they earn anything at all, says Satyarthi. They labor under deplorable conditions, they are often abused by their employers, and they experience increased health risks as they get older.

“The key to the issue is in the hands of consumers," says Satyarthi, who has actively supported the Harkin-Brown Bill currently under consideration in the U.S. Congress. If made into law, it would require all products manufactured by children to carry a label. After Germany, the United States is the second largest importer of Indian rugs, so the law's implementation couldhave tremendous impact on the industry, say the members of SACCS.

“The bill is a way to put pressure on the Indian government to take their rhetoric more seriously," says Pharis Harvey, executive director of the Washington, DC©based International Labor Rights Fund. He was in India making a tour of factories and found no shortage of children employed in adverse conditions. "We are still trying to determine the extent of child labor and how reasonable it is to hold whole industries hostage before we've completed our study," he adds.

Satyarthi reiterates that the objective of SACCS is not to debilitate South Asian industry. "We are not supporting a total ban on carpets," he says. "We should promote goods made by adults." He only wants to ensure that children don't forsake their childhoods at the expense of their lives.


A Brahmin by birth, Satyarthi foresaked his own caste to devote his life to human rights. At the age of 14, he organized a dinner for a group of harijans, or untouchables, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Gandhi's birth. In India, it is a curse to touch even the shadow of a harijan. Not only did no one show up for the dinner, but his family was forced to ostracize him from his caste in order to save face within the community. From then on, he was banned from the kitchen and he had to eat outside the walls of his home.

Soon after that incident, he changed his name to Satyarthi, which means truth seeker. After earning a degree as an engineer, it became clear to Satyarthi that his true calling was to work against social inequities. He didn't learn about bonded labor until a desperate man turned up in his office begging for help to free his daughter from a brick factory. She was about to be sold into prostitution. The man, who had escaped during the night, hadn't been outside the walls of the factory for 17 years. "I couldn't believe that bonded labor still existed in India," says Satyarthi, "but I knew if the man was telling the truth, we had to take action."

The Bonded Liberation Front was born out of that incident and SACCS was formed several years later to concentrate specifically on children. Today, SACCS includes 150 NGOs in its coalition.

August 29, 2014

Field Notes: Burundi & the END to Neglected Tropical Diseases

 
Last week, I headed to Burundi with Jessica Dimmock on a project for The END Fund to look at  neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). With the threat of airport closures and quarantines due to Ebola, we made our way to Bujumbura without delays or setbacks. One of our greatest concerns was being stranded on our return through Nairobi, where Korean Airlines had already cancelled all flights as a health precaution.


While ebola was stealing the headlines, we were on a mission to document diseases that take hundreds of thousands of lives each year throughout the developing world. Neglected tropical diseases are diseases of poverty. They are preventable and curable with access to clean water and medicine. Seven years ago, The END Fund decided to make Burundi a case study for the best possible practices in public health. Their approach is to harnesses private capital to make sure that medicines donated by pharmaceutical companies actually reach the people who need them most. From there, they partner with local governments and other NGOs to take a comprehensive strategy to eliminate NTDs.



Burundi, the fifth poorest country in the world, struggles with an epidemic of parasitic diseases. During our visit, we documented a mass drug administration, where hundreds of school children received medicine for schistosomiasis and intestinal worms. We also filmed locals washing clothes, collecting water and bathing in rivers infested with parasites because there were no clean sources of water. One woman defiantly filled a jug with filthy water in front of our cameras, and then raised the jug to her lips to guzzle. She then returned home where a small child took several gulps from the same jug. She was well aware of the health hazard, but she wanted to demonstrate the reality of having no access to clean water.



While the challenges in Burundi seem insurmountable, the impact of education and treatment were evident everywhere we visited. In villages plagued by poverty, we witnessed mothers insisting their children wash their hands with soap before eating. We heard stories of children who died before the widespread availability of drugs since 2007. Through the efforts of the The END Fund, trachoma levels have been reduced by 90% in Burundi, and schistosomiasis and intestinal worms have been brought under control so they don't have to be fatal.


In a country with virtually no tourism and limited natural resources, Burundi is generally off the international radar. Wherever Jessica and I went, we created a stir. Other than NGO workers, we appeared to be the only foreigners for miles. The Ministry of Health had provided us with a police escort throughout our stay, not because our lives were in danger, but because we attracted such big crowds it made it difficult to work. The police proved to be incredibly helpful at dispersing crowds and keeping the children quiet.

Despite our crash course on NTDs,  the day before our departure Jessica and I were seduced by the waters of Lake Tanganyika. We should have been wary given all we had witnessed, but after five intense days of shooting, we decided to take our chances and hazard the water for a refreshing swim. Portions of Lake Tanganyika carry the parasite that causes schistosomiasis, but we were assured that if we contracted the disease, the medication is safe and effective....we double checked before taking the plunge. Our colleagues from The END Fund, on the other hand, opted to sit on the shore and watch from a safe distance. Hopefully, we won't regret the impulse.


August 27, 2014

Immediate Opening for 2014 Fall Internship



2014 Fall Multimedia Production Intern

IMMEDIATE OPENING

Talking Eyes Media is now hiring a multimedia production intern for a five-month internship, requiring a five-day per week commitment in our Montclair, New Jersey office. This position will begin immediately and go through January 30, 2015. (We are located 35 minutes by train from New York Penn Station.)

This is a paid, advanced-level production internship. Interns must not only have strong editing skills, but must also be looking to expand and develop their storytelling skills, and work collaboratively with our production team.
The primary responsibility of this internship will include helping to edit short 2-3 minute videos.


Responsibilities:

  • Editing
  • Importing and organizing media content
  • Transcoding video
  • Scripting
  • Transcription and subtitling
  • Assisting producers and editors with story development

Desired skills & experience:

  • A passion for multimedia storytelling and social issues
  • Strong knowledge of Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro 7, Photoshop, and Expressions Media
  • Ability to execute, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Must be self-motivated, a team player, and prepared to work independently. We will work closely and provide regular input and feedback, but we expect the right candidate to take a project from raw media to an assembly stage
  • Familiarity with After Effects is not required but is a strong plus
  • Please note: Although this internship’s main responsibilities will not include shooting, filming capabilities is also a plus.

Application Process:

  • This is an immediate opening. Interested candidates, please apply as soon as possible. Email studio@talkingeyesmedia.org with "Internship" in the subject line. No phone calls please.

  • All applications must include the following:
    • Resume
    • Cover letter
    • Links to pieces produced/edited with indication of what role you played

August 15, 2014

Help Bring Trauma Training to Iraqi Journalists


Every day, local journalists in Iraq put their lives on the line to cover events as they unfold.  Within the past two weeks, two young Kurdish photographers we know personally have been injured or have received death threats.  These courageous journalists do this without any preparedness training for medical trauma that might impact themselves or their colleagues. 


Talking Eyes Media is facilitating a training for up to 20 local journalists in Iraqi Kurdistan this September. The workshop will be conducted by a trained military medic with three tours in Iraq, three Kurdish medical doctors, and several journalists with experience in hazardous environments—all volunteering their time and expertise. Participants will also receive potentially life saving First Aid kits.


The workshop and supplies can be achieved for less than $6000.

Please support this urgent need by making a donation here. 



August 12, 2014

Eyes On This: Drowning World by Gideon Mendel


                                                                                        Photo Credit: Gideon Mendel
Thick clouds and an intermittent drizzle loomed over my commute today from Brooklyn to the TEM studios in Montclair. The weather forecast called for dangerous flash floods from tonight well into Wednesday. Although tropical storms are not the culprit in this case, I couldn’t help but think hurricane season is upon us. For a New Yorker, it is near impossible to think of hurricanes without remembering those dark autumn days in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy dramatically shifted the environment, testing the city’s systems and its people. It was only fitting to receive news this morning that the Guardian Weekly Magazine just published the latest chapter of Gideon Mendel's ongoing work Drowning World
Drowning World is an impressive photography and video project addressing the global threat of climate change. Since 2007, Mendel has immersed himself in the overflow of water, traveling far and wide to flood-ravaged areas, producing rich environmental portraiture. His short films show people living and coping with water outside of its normal confines. With this work Mendel highlights devastation, aftermath, and recovery in seemingly disparate locations such as Pakistan and Australia. The online version of the Guardian piece features portraits of families during the record-setting rainfalls in the UK earlier this year paired with images from the same locations six months later. 
Drowning World is a singular project with global reach and significance. Mendel captures the wake of loss with beauty and distinction, compelling us to acknowledge that extreme weather is now a part of all of our lives.   
Beginning September 5th, the Anderson Gallery in Richmond, VA will be showing nine Drowning World prints along with the Water-Chapters 6-9 video as part of a curated show entitled Forecast.
For more information, visit gideonmendel.com.

August 6, 2014

TEM hits the road with the 2014 Purpose Prize winners


July and August has sent the team on cross-country jaunts to document the latest Purpose Prize winners, a group of motivated, highly skilled, social entrepreneurs honored for their encore careers. One of the shoots required photojournalist Ed Kashi to don a full beekeeper's suit.  



For the 6th year in a row, TEM is privileged to work with ENCORE.org to provide video profiles of the winners and their contributions. We can't tell you who the winners of the $100,000 and $25,000 awards are yet, but stay tuned for the official announcement and accompanying TEM videos October 28, 2014.   

This week, the team is in San Francisco for our latest encounter with an Encore extraordinaire. With our recent short film Enemies to Allies published on MSNBC, our upcoming work on Chronic Kidney Disease in Nicaragua, and our continuing work with the International Women's Health Coalition, Mpala: Research Centre and Wildlife Foundation, and a host of other exciting projects-let's just say, we've been busy bees this summer.  

Want to know where we are? Follow @talking_eyes on twitter for the latest updates.  

August 5, 2014

We're Hiring!


Associate Producer
Talking Eyes Media – Montclair, NJ
  
Position Summary:

Talking Eyes Media is seeking a fulltime Associate Producer to work out of our Montclair, NJ office. The candidate should be a self-motivated individual with an interest in documentary film production and at least two years of experience.  We are seeking someone with a high-level of organizational, communication, and production management skills. This position will begin as soon as we find the right candidate. 

About Talking Eyes Media:

Talking Eyes Media (TEM), is a nonprofit production company that creates powerful media for pressing issues.  We are visual storytellers, creating documentary films, multimedia, books and exhibitions that actively stimulate dialogue and advocate for positive social change. 

Over the years, we have successfully translated projects across media platforms (from print to web to television) and have worked seamlessly between the nonprofit sector and the editorial world. We have an extensive portfolio of still photography, multimedia and documentary films and have received numerous awards from World Press International, Pictures of the Year International and UNICEF, as well as two Emmy nominations. Our work has appeared in such publications as National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, and Time Magazine, as well as online (Time, MSNBC, Discovery, CNN) and on television (PBS and the Documentary Channel). 

We are highly skilled storytellers, who work with sensitivity, creativity and outright passion for what we do. To learn more, visit: www.talkingeyesmedia.org

Position Description:

The Associate Producer at Talking Eyes Media will support the production team throughout every aspect of project development (from pre-production through post-production and final delivery).  In addition to providing creative and production support, this role is primarily responsible for operational and administrative support.  The ideal candidate will have an understanding of documentary projects and storytelling across all platforms, strong research skills, and outstanding communications skills. They will have several years experience in documentary films and/or in television production. The applicant should be reliable, well organized, outgoing and friendly, a team player, have a sense of humor and be able to work quickly to meet deadlines. *Note: This position will not require field producing, filming, or editing.

Position Responsibilities:

-       Work closely with producer/director and team members to successfully complete projects on time and within budget
-       Research topics, story ideas, and content to identify possible production opportunities.  Contact potential subjects and experts to conduct pre-interviews as needed.
-       Build and manage all production schedules
-       Perform grant and funder research for projects
-       Assist with grant applications
-       Manage and craft film festival submissions
-       Provide additional office and production support as needed
-       Craft and manage content for website, blog, social media networks (Facebook and Twitter), and digital channels (YouTube and Vimeo)
-       Write newsletters, project announcements and blog posts

Position Requirements:

-       Active knowledge of news/current affairs and documentary industry
-       Concern for social justice issues
-       Strong project management and organizational skills with ability to multi-task, prioritize assignments, and meet deadlines
-       Must be able to take initiative and work independently but also work with a team in a tight-knit environment
-       Able to formulate independent decisions using the available information and find a solution for, or deal proactively with problems
-       Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with peers, employees, managers, and clients, to maintain confidentiality in daily operations and to conduct daily duties in a professional manner.
-       Must be comfortable using Mac computers
-       Extensive working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)
-       Knowledge of Photoshop, Premiere, FCP are a major advantage

Education & Training Requirements:

-       Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in Film, Journalism, English, or Communications; OR two-to-three years related experience and/or training in film or television production 

Application Instructions:

Please e-mail cover letter and resume to Julie Winokur at jwinokur@talkingeyesmedia.org with “Associate Producer” as the subject line. We will conduct interviews on a rolling basis.

No calls please.


July 29, 2014

Better policing to stop the spread of HIV

We've recently published two editions of a film about a surprising approach to HIV prevention that relies on the unlikely bond between police officers and marginalized communities. Watch and share To Protect and Serve, a short film focusing on police training programs in Kenya and Kyrgyzstan, below. Also check out a Kenya specific cut of the film From Enemies to Allies on MSNBC.com



In Kisumu, Kenya’s third largest city, police abuse of sex workers was rampant. Extortion, physical and psychological abuse were commonplace, and sex workers’ rights were violated. This resulted in sex workers not receiving essential health services and police officers contributing to the spread of HIV.

Through a novel approach, a local NGO called Keeping Alive Societies’ Hope (KASH) has fought to reverse that trend by building better relationships between these former adversaries. By offering training programs, HIV testing in the red light district, and even volleyball games, KASH hopes that it’s approach will prove more effective than promoting condom use.

In Kyrgyzstan, the police academy has included courses for more than 800 officers on harm reduction, sex work, and HIV prevention. Speakers at these trainings include health experts, sex workers, and people who use drugs. Instead of locking people up, police officers now refer people to drop-in centers or treatment clinics, or they help to facilitate the delivery of methadone to those in police custody.

A report presented by the Open Society Foundations at the 20th International AIDS Conference last week says police departments around the world—from Kenya to Kyrgyzstan—are implementing similar lifesaving programs.

Perhaps this new model will provide a road map for the rest of the world in combatting HIV.


July 3, 2014

Eyes On This: WHOLE HOG

Please check out the launch of UNC-Chapel Hill's latest Powering a Nation project Whole Hog. As a UNC and Powering a Nation alumni, I'm always excited about their approach to energy issues and especially excited about this years focus on the pork industry in North Carolina. View the trailer (edited by Caitlin Kleiboer, one of the our upcoming fall multimedia interns) for WHOLE HOG below.



For the Love of Pork from Powering a Nation on Vimeo.

May 23, 2014

Eyes On This: National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative

TEM Producer Julie Winokur interviews
zebra researcher Michael Brown at the
 Mpala Research Center in Kenya. 
Photo by Jessey Dearing.
Talking Eyes Media is currently editing videos about the Mpala Research Center in Kenya for a new project/campaign called Mpala Live!  The goal of these videos is not only to introduce the world to this Center, their work, and to wildlife but to stress the importance of wildlife conservation in Africa.

For this reason, when we came across the "Build A Boma" campaign from National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative, we wanted to share it with others.

Every dollar raised will go directly toward building and maintaining livestock enclosures called "bomas" in Kenya and Tanzania, which will in turn protect livestock from predation and help protect big cats from retaliatory killings.  A boma costs only $500 to build and $25 a year to maintain.

Watch the NatGeo video below to learn more about the Build A Boma campaign and click here to donate.





*Uber is currently offering a promo code for new users: $20 off your first ride AND Uber will donate $5 to Build A Boma! Use the promocode BIGCATS

May 22, 2014

Project Update: The Island of Widows

© Ed Kashi/VII
In January, photojournalist and TEM Co-founder Ed Kashi (with TEM's support) launched an IndieVoices campaign for his project "The Island of Widows."  With generous support, Ed was able to raise $19,610 and continue his work on the kidney disease (CKDu) epidemic that is ravaging communities.

A few weeks ago, Ed returned to Chichigalpa, Nicaragua with TEM videographer Jessey Dearing and returned with a treasure trove of footage.

"We witnessed numerous funeral processions through the town of Chichigalpa, and were given access to document the wake of a 29-year-old worker who had died that morning," wrote Ed in his latest newsletter. "For the first time, we were able to gain access to photographe cane workers toiling in the fields and conduct interviews with a representative of the sugar cane company."

© Ed Kashi/VII
"Combining the new material with the work from my previous two trips, we will now produce a short documentary film (expected to be released this summer), along with two series of still photographs; one set containing portraits of the individuals and families impacted by CKDu, and the other a set of documentary images."

Both bodies of work will be published on the VII Photo Agency website within the next couple of weeks.  Additionally, the NY Times recently ran a detailed article on the topic of kidney disease in Nicaragua, NPR aired a public health broadcast on the issue (featuring one of Ed's images), and the Open Society Foundations' Instagram feed launched with a selection of Ed's images from this recent trip.

TEM and Ed will continue to keep you posted as the post-production on the film progresses and Ed's photos continue to be published.







May 15, 2014

Indiegogo Crowdfunding Opportunity

Here at Talking Eyes Media, we know firsthand the power of crowdfunding.  With a Kickstarter campaign, we were able to raise $32,132 for our project Bring It to The Table.  Without this financial support, we would not have been able to launch the project's pre-production.  And without IndieVoices, photojournalist and TEM co-founder Ed Kashi would not have been able to return to Nicaragua to continue his project The Island of Widows. (Ed raised $19,610 via Indie Voices).






So for these reasons alone, we are big proponents of crowdfunding and wanted to share the following opportunity....









Currently, Indiegogo (one of the popular online fundraising sites) is offering Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) and Made In NY Media Center members crowdfunding counseling and a 25% discount on Indiegogo campaign fees!  Additionally, "the partnership will establish the Indiegogo Fellowship giving a six-month incubator membership at the Media Center to an emerging company working at the intersection of story and technology."


Why would you need "crowdfunding counseling and one-on-one support"? Because, as we learned during our campaign, crowdfunding takes lots of preparation in order to execute and successfully achieve your goal.  Money doesn't just roll in once you post your project.  A campaign plan/schedule and engagement with potential funders are just as crucial as a clear presentation of your big idea.


All individuals interested in Indiegogo's offer should visit the following link to learn more: http://nymediacenter.com/2014/05/ifp-made-in-ny-media-center-announce-partnership-with-indiegogo-2/ 




Below we've included two interesting 
New York Times articles about crowdfunding & Indiegogo:










May 13, 2014

TEM Founders Win PDN Photo Annual Award



Talking Eyes Media is thrilled to announce that our founders Julie Winokur and Ed Kashi (VII Photo) have received the Publisher's Choice Award for the film Syria's Lost Generation in this year's PDN Photo Annual Competition!

© Ed Kashi/VII Photo
Syria's Lost Generation was first published on Time Lightbox earlier this year.  The short documentary provides an intensely personal account of two teenage, Syrian refugees to illustrate the chaotic effects of the Syrian war on its refugee youth population.


Photo District News (PDN) is the award-winning magazine for the professional photography industry.  Now in its 14th year, the PDN Photography Annual issue features an extensive portfolio of photography various categories.  Additionally awards are presented to those photographers who are selected to be in the Photo Annual.  "The PDN Photo Annual has become an annual celebration of innovative photography and talented photographers with collaborative support from industry leaders."



May 6, 2014

Photojournalist Ed Kashi Teaches Summer Workshop in Greece

Ed Kashi
This summer, from July 8-11, 2014, join photojournalist Ed Kashi (VII) in Greece with The Athens House of Photography.  The four-day course, "New Frontiers in the Art of Visual Storytelling," will consist of shooting days, review sessions, and a group critique in the beautiful coastal town of Parga.

The registration deadline is Saturday, May 31, 2014! Space is limited (15 people max), so be sure to register as soon as possible to reserve your spot!

The topics covered will include:

  • the process of starting a documentary project
  • mobile photography
  • multimedia projects
  • visual storytelling
  • developing personal style and vision
"For those professionals who want to grow and develop your work to a new level, for publication online and in books, exhibitions and websites, this workshop will change your life."

May 1, 2014

TEM now on Instragram!

We're happy to announce that 
Talking Eyes Media is now officially on Instagram!  



Our Instagram name is: @talkingeyesmedia

We'll use this account to post images from the field, events, screenings, etc.

Follow us now so we can also follow you! 
Not only do we love showing you where we are
but we also enjoy seeing what you're up to!


Our first Instagram-stop is Nicaragua, where Jessey Dearing (@jesseydearing) and Ed Kashi (@edkashi) are currently shooting for the "Island of Widows" project. (#IslandofWidows)





April 29, 2014

Field Notes: Editing for Mpala



Zebras! Hippos! Elephants! Oh my!




TEM may be back from Kenya but we're still living in the wild....Multimedia Editor Reiley Woonten (left) and Producer Elissa Pellegrino (below) are busy editing short videos from TEM's recent trip to the Mpala Research Centre.







Stay tuned in the coming months to see what we're working on.....




April 21, 2014

TEM's New Video for the International Rescue Committee

Widespread rape and domestic violence have made the Democratic Republic of
Congo one of the toughest places in the world to be a woman. Yet despite these enormous obstacles, Congolese women do not define themselves as victims.

Talking Eyes Media collaborated with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and photojournalist Lynsey Addario to show how women of Congo are defying the odds by becoming powerful agents of change.


Through IRC supported women's groups, survivors of violence and other vulnerable women can access help with literacy, microcredit and lending, buying and raising animals, making soap, and starting their own small businesses.

"I am proud to be a woman in DRC now because I have rights and people listen to me now," says one women's group participant.

Watch the video below and click here to view the project's webpage (with more photos by Lynsey Addario).


April 16, 2014

TEM 2014 Fall Internship Deadline Approaching

Only two weeks left to apply for Talking Eyes Media's 2014 Fall Multimedia Production Internship.  Deadline is Friday, April 30.  (See the listing below to learn more about the position and how to apply.)

2014 Fall Multimedia Production Intern

Talking Eyes Media is now hiring a multimedia production intern for a six-month internship, requiring a five-day per week commitment in our Montclair, New Jersey office from AUGUST 4, 2014 – JANUARY 30, 2015. (We are located 35 minutes by train from New York Penn Station.)

This is a paid, advanced-level production internship. Interns must not only have strong editing skills, but must also be looking to expand and develop their storytelling skills, and work collaboratively with our production team.
The primary responsibility of this internship will include helping to edit short 2-3 minute videos.


Responsibilities

  • Editing
  • Importing and organizing media content
  • Transcoding video
  • Scripting
  • Transcription and subtitling
  • Assisting producers and editors with story development


Desired skills & experience:

  • A passion for multimedia storytelling and social issues
  • Strong knowledge of Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro 7, Photoshop, and Expressions Media
  • Ability to execute, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Must be self-motivated, a team player, and prepared to work independently. We will work closely and provide regular input and feedback, but we expect the right candidate to take a project from raw media to an assembly stage
  • Familiarity with After Effects is not required but is a strong plus
  • Please note: Although this internship’s main responsibilities will not include shooting, filming capabilities is also a plus.


Application Process:

  • Interested candidates, please apply by APRIL 30, 2014 to Elissa Pellegrino (elissa@talkingeyesmedia.org) with "Internship" in the subject line. No phone calls please.

  • All applications must include the following:
    • Resume
    • Cover letter
    • Links to pieces produced/edited with indication of what role you played

April 15, 2014

Field Notes: Mpala, Kenya



We've returned from filming at the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya.  Here is a quick peek at some more photos from the trip and a short timelapse of the gorgeous night sky.

© Jessey Dearing

© Jessey Dearing


© Jessey Dearing

© Jessey Dearing




April 14, 2014

MediaStorm's New YouTube Channel


For the past three years, the multimedia production studio MediaStorm has been offering an online training series geared to photographers, filmmakers and others who want to learn about storytelling. Previously behind a paywall, MediaStorm is now bringing this resource to its new YouTube channel for FREE. Each month will have its own theme (ie audio is the theme for April) and a new mini-lesson will be released every Monday.

Subscribe to MediaStorm's YouTube channel here.


April 11, 2014

Funding Opportunities

There are several current funding opportunities for documentary films that we came across and would like to share with you:

POV:

(1) Digital web documentaries co-productions from independent media creators and technologists that push the boundaries of nonfiction media for co-production. Will be funded in the range of $15,000-$50,000 and producers do not necessarily need to be based on the United States. Funded projects are more likely to be focused on mobile and emerging technologies. Submission deadline is May 30, 2014. Application Form available at pov.org/submit

(2) Short web-native documentaries or chapters of web-native documentaries. These productions must be based in the United States, and will be funded in the range of $2,500 to $10,000. Submission deadline is May 30, 2014. Application Form available at pov.org/submit

Getty Images:

Getty Images is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its grants programmer and will be offering six Editorial photography prizes, three Creative Grants for non-profit organization and photographers, and one Portrait award -- totaling $130,000 in cash prizes. Submission deadline is May 15, 2014. To submit your work: http://imagery.gettyimages.com/getty_images_grants/default.aspx

The Alexia Foundation:

The Alexia Foundation is now accepting entries for their 2014 Women's Initiative Grant which will provide a $25,000 grant for a project to be produced on a significant issue involving and affecting women.  Any photojournalist from anywhere in the world is eligible to submit a proposal.  Submission deadline is June 30, 2014. To learn more and submit your entry: http://www.alexiafoundation.org/grants/womensinitiative2014

From The Heart Productions:

For over 22 years, From The Heart has successfully helped filmmakers get the money they need to produce their projects via the Roy W. Dean  Grant -- awarding over $2m000 in film services, goods, and cash to filmmakers just starting their projects. Spring Grant submission deadline is April 30, 2014. Summer Grant opens May 1, 2014 with a June 30, 2014 deadline. To learn more and submit your work: http://fromtheheartproductions.com/available-grants/

Ian Parry Scholarship:

The Ian Parry Scholarship, a competition for photographers under the age of 25 or attending a full-time photographic course, is accepting entries for its 2014 edition.  The scholarship comes with a £3,500 (about $5,800) grant for work on a documentary project.  The winner automatically becomes a nominee for the Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam. Deadline is July 7.