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THE THIRD ANNUAL MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL

Welcome to the third annual Media That Matters Film Festival. Our jury has chosen 16 short films on the burning topics of today. STREAM>CLICK>ACTION

As We Sleep

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How to Make a Bird

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Esmeraldas: Petroleum and Poverty

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Is My Neighbor Latino?

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Vision Test

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CopWatch

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Silence Speaks

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Diane Wilson, A Warrior's Tale

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Sonic Memorial Project

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Luv Me Latex

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Storm

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No Escape, Prison Rape

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As We Sleep

7:52 min
Documentary Short
Winner of the Public Health Award

In 2000, 72% 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.

How to Make a Bird

:30 min
PSA
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 rebuild an extinct species.

Esmeraldas: Petroleum and Poverty

9:00 min
Documentary Short
Winner of the International Human Rights Award Sponsored by Free Speech TV

Esmeraldas documents the intense human suffering that occurred when a Texaco oil refinery exploded and destroyed an Afro-Ecuadorian community.

Is My Neighbor Latino?

1:00 min
Satiric Short
Winner of the Diversity Award

Irreverent and funny, this high-spirited newsbrief spoof pokes at preconceptions and shows us that there is no one type of Latino in a country with rapidly shifting demographics.

Vision Test

6:00 min
Satirical Short
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 people’s subconscious attitudes towards race, gender and power.

CopWatch

8:00 min
Documentary Short
Winner of the Media Activism Award

Fed up with police brutality, the organization “Copwatch” decided to keep an eye on big brother. This short film shows how peaceful observation of police behavior can change the way a neighborhood and a police force deal with one another.

Silence Speaks

min
Digital Story
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.

Holla Back Dubai!

8:00 min
Video Dialogue
Winner of the Youth Media Award Sponsored by Sundance Channel

In this touching video letter exchange, kids from the United Arab Emirates “holla back” to a class of sixth-graders in Washington Heights, New York and show that a stereotype is no match for a smile.

Diane Wilson, A Warrior's Tale

8:00 min
Documentary Short
Winner of the Woody Harrelson Environmental Award

Through a hunger strike and a fierce grassroots campaign, Diane Wilson forced Formosa Plastics and other polluters on the Bay of San Antonio to clean up their act.

Sonic Memorial Project

02:15 min
Interactive Sound Archive
Winner of the New Media Award

An interactive audio landscape where oral stories, ambient sounds, voicemails and archival recordings collectively tell the rich history of the Twin Towers and the events of 9/11.

Face to Face: Stories from the Aftermath of Infamy

min
Interactive Website
Winner of the New Media Award

Sixty years have passed between Pearl Harbor and September 11th, but have things really changed? An interactive online documentary explores what it means to be an American with the face of the enemy.

Luv Me Latex

2:00 min
PSA
Winner of the Safe Sex Award

When HIV attacks, two unprotected men in love and a gang of healthy T-Cells are no match for a diabolical HIV virus. This clever animated short makes the case for condoms in a fresh and funny way.

Storm

8:00 min
Narrative Short
Winner of the Peace in Our Classrooms Award in Honor of the Work of Peter Yarrow Sponsored by Frank Marshall

Billy, the beleaguered hero of Storm finds himself without allies as he struggles to stave off an onslaught of classroom abuse.

We Were Humans

min
Flash Animation
Winner of the New Media Award Sponsored by Paola Freccero

This multimedia animation asks what would happen if the billions of dollars of yearly military spending were directed towards education and world hunger.

Rebel

8:00 min
Music Video
Winner of the gURL LOOKS BOOK Award Sponsored by gURL.com 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.

No Escape, Prison Rape

7:00 min
Documentary Short
Winner of the Criminal Justice Award Sponsored by Open Society Institute

When Rodney Hulin set fire to a trashcan, he never imagined he would end up in adult prison, serially raped and brutally beaten.


The Media That Matters Film Festival is a project of Arts Engine Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization