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: 

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)