USC-MISC Newsletter: Spring 2016

PARTICIPATE: April 20, 2016

The Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics and USC Media Institute for Social Change present:

Spring Symposium 2016: Mental Illness In Cinema

USC MISC Saks Institute Present Mental Illness in Cinema

Filmmakers, critics, scholars and policymakers convene to discuss how mental illness is depicted in media and how society views the many issues that impact us all.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Tommy's Place

Tutor Campus Center

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California


IN PRODUCTION:

COMPLICATED GRIEF

Complicated Grief PSA for NEw Hope Foundation

Complicated Grief PSA for NEw Hope Foundation

1 in 10 people will suffer from the condition called Complicated Grief after the death of a loved one. USC MISC produced a PSA for the New Hope Foundation to raise awareness of the condition and inform people of the various treatments. The PSA will be broadcast nationally later in the year.

PAMOJA PROJECT

The Pamoja Project has completed post-production.  The film will be submitted to film festivals in April. Stay tuned for screenings near you.

The film follows 3 women in Tanzania working to create change in the areas of education, business and entrepreneurship.

USC MISC SCHOLARS

Congratulations to our 2016-2017 USC Media Institute for Social Change Scholars!

Miriam Arghandiwal is a Bay Area Afghan-American with a background in conflict journalism, politics, marketing and community outreach.

Rukayat Giwa was born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in Bakersfield, California. She received a graduate degree in educational studies and taught high school mathematics in Morrow, Georgia. She plans to use media to entertain, educate end empower people of color.

Born in Paris, Anna Lisa McLelland worked in a refugee center in Israel and served as speechwriter for Queen Noor of Jordan.  A nomad by nature, she writes about lost homes.

Julia Van Valkenburg is a media and pop culture blogger from Tucson, AZ. She joins MISC as a cinema and media studies MA with a background in production.

Jonatas da Silva was born in Brazil and raised in West Africa. He speaks 5 languages and has a passion for travel.  He comes to MISC after working as a Media Producer for Orphan's Promise. 

 

 

FILMING NOW: Spring 2016

Funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), partners USC MISC with the USC Keck School of Medicine for a series of videos on Big Data.  

Digital data is being collected all over the world very quickly and has increased in quantity faster than anyone expected.   The organization and sharing of this data is crucial to the ongoing work of biomedical research and in many ways the future of medicine depends on it.  MISC will be working in collaboration with researchers at the Keck School to document their work and we will produce films intended to convey the magnitude of this issue.


IN DEVELOPMENT:

THE INTERPRETER:   After a several years of struggling to get clearance to bring Afghan interpreter Saifullah to the United States, film director Robert Ham welcomed him to San Antonio last month. 

Robert Ham and The Interpreter team now look forward to dramatizing this effort in the film which will begin pre-production this summer.  Based on true events, The Interpreter is about an Afghan interpreter working for the US Military, hunted by the Taliban while seeking asylum.

US. Army veteran/director Robert Ham, welcomes his interpreter Saifullah at the San Antonio Airport.

US. Army veteran/director Robert Ham, welcomes his interpreter Saifullah at the San Antonio Airport.

PREMIERING:

PAYA: The Water Story of the Paiute Hits festival circuit.

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PAYA: The Water Story of the Paiute, a Her Pictures Production in Association with USC Media Institute for Social Change and Owens Valley Indian Water Commission had its world premiere at the Red Nation Film Festival Nov 12th at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills where it won the Best Documentary category. The film recently screened at the Native Women in Film & TV festival in Santa Monica and continues to make its way through the festival circuit. Paya has also screened at local theaters throughout California to sold out audiences and is currently on a national university tour. The filmmaker, Jenna Cavelle, is currently developing the short film into a feature length documentary with an associated water rights outreach campaign. 

SOCIAL ISSUES IN THE NEWS:

++The Walking Dead Joins Disney and Marvel in Taking a Stand Against Georgia’s Anti-gay Bill [Updated]

++Women, Minority Writers See Little Progress or ‘Actual Reversals of Fortune,’ WGA Report Says

++'Blackfish' filmmaker 'never imagined' her documentary on SeaWorld would have such a major effect

++The Hunting Ground Is Shifting the Culture on Campuses

++Oscar-winner's film may help bring a new law on honour killings in Pakistan

USC-MISC Newsletter: Fall 2015

PARTICIPATE: October 30, 2015

USC Media Institute for Social Change &
the USC Gould Saks Institute present:
Odyssey of the Mind - A Mental Health Awareness Festival.  
Friday Oct. 30th 3-8:30pm

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FILMING NOW: Fall 2015

MISC has partnered with Music for Relief to complete a documentary series on the Sunset Marquis Summer Concerts from May through October 2015. The Sunset Marquis hotel has been the rock mecca for the last 60 years, and each summer they hold a concert to mainstage  musicians at the start of their careers.  MISC has been following each artist as they take the stage and perform their original work. Music for Relief is a non profit organization dedicated to providing aid to natural disaster survivors and protecting the environment.


The Pamoja Project: The team has returned from a three week shoot in Tanzania documenting 3 women working to create change in the areas of education, business and entrepreneurship.  Producer/Director Audrey Emerson is working closely with MISC, Devlo Media, and composer Emmett Cooke as they delve headfirst into post production.  View a short teaser here

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#FIGHTFAKE:  Over the summer MISC produced a PSA for the USC Licensing and Trademark division to remind people to purchase authentic CLPA branded apparel. The PSA is live online and will play at all home games for USC sporting events. 

  One way to ensure you're making a responsible purchase is to look for an authentic CLPA hangtag/hologram (Example Below)


CROSSING DESERT AND SEA:  Director Grazyna Kolondra traveled to Jordan this summer to document the use of art to empower Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Kolondra's research indicates that inspiring children to express themselves through art sheds light on the refugee experience and raises awareness of this issue affecting displaced people. 

Youth at Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan share artwork with Director Grazyna Kolondra and team. See more of the children's work here.

Youth at Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan share artwork with Director Grazyna Kolondra and team. See more of the children's work here.


MISSING: A short film directed by Blerim Gjoci, slated to begin shooting in December tells the story of a woman who fights to keep her missing husband "alive" even if it means losing everything in the present, including her son. This film intends to create awareness around the issue of the 90,000 people who are missing in the US at any given time.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

USC MISC has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) which will fund a two year partnership with the Keck School of Medicine on the subject of Big Data.  Digital data is being collected all over the world very quickly and has increased in quantity faster than anyone expected.  This data is not currently being shared among scientists in any organized way, and there is no central place where it is being housed.  The organization and sharing of this data is crucial to the ongoing work of biomedical research and in many ways the future of medicine depends on it.  MISC will be working in collaboration with researchers at the Keck School to document their work and we will produce films intended to convey the magnitude of this issue.


USC undergraduate students have the opportunity to pursue the minor in media and social change offered by the School of Cinematic Arts. We hope the minor will attract students from all fields of study who want to learn how they can influence the future by integrating social issues into their work.


We're upgrading our youtube channel into a pro-social video hub. If you've created a video and would like us to feature it, email a link and description to info@uscmisc.org for consideration.


PREMIERING

PAYA: The Water Story of the Paiute, a Her Pictures Production in Association with USC Media Institute for Social Change and Owens Valley Indian Water Commission premieres November 12 at the Red Nation Film Festival. PAYA documents the history of Paiute Native Americans who constructed and managed 60-miles of intricate irrigation systems in Owens Valley for millennia before LA secured its largest source of water through modern engineering. After the Indian War of 1863, surviving Paiute returned to the Valley from the Eastern Sierra and White Mountains to find their ancient waterworks taken over by white settlers. Today, 150-years later, the Paiute continue the fight to save their waterworks, which are remnant in the Owens Valley landscape. PAYA (“water” in Paiute) stands to recover Paiute water culture and history through this documentary film.


IN DEVELOPMENT

THE INTERPRETER:   In a recent trip to Washington D.C. the filmmakers began development interviews and secured the life rights to the stories of soldier, Matt Zeller and his Afghan interpreter, Janis Shinwari and are now in development on the feature film. The short proof of concept film has raised half its financing and is currently seeking a matching funder. 

L to R: Jenna Cavelle, writer/producer, Matt Zeller, US Army veteran/co-founder of No One Left Behind, Janis Shinwari, Afghan interpreter/co-founder of No One Left Behind, Robert Ham, US. Army veteran/director.

L to R: Jenna Cavelle, writer/producer, Matt Zeller, US Army veteran/co-founder of No One Left Behind, Janis Shinwari, Afghan interpreter/co-founder of No One Left Behind, Robert Ham, US. Army veteran/director.


IN THE NEWS


To support a future of social change media
makers, donations can be made by choosing

"Customize Your Gift" and selecting
Media Institute for Social Change (MISC)

Donate here

www.USCMISC.org

USC Media Institute for Social Change is a nonprofit organization of industry professionals who use cinema to create an awareness of social issues and inspire positive actions throughout the world. With a mission to support emerging media makers who weave pro-social messaging into their stories, USC-MISC is changing the world one film at a time.

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USC-MISC Newsletter: Summer 2015


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Filming Now: Summer 2015

Live@SunsetMarquis' summer benefit concert series: The live music events support emerging artists and Music for Relief, a nonprofit organization founded by the band Linkin Park to aid disaster relief efforts and their work with environmental issues.  


The Pamoja Project: Audrey Emerson & her crew are currently filming in Tanzania. The documentary film tells the inspiring stories of 3 Tanzanian women who have had impressive social impact in East Africa through their work in the fields of education, microfinance and health. You can follow the filmmakers' journey at ThePamojaProject.org


Trademark and Licensing PSA: USC-MISC is shooting a public service announcement for the USC Office of Trademarks & Licensing, which will highlight the benefits of purchasing licensed merchandise and the societal risks of buying counterfeit products.

  One way to ensure you're making a responsible purchase is to look for an authentic CLPA hangtag/hologram (Example Below)

IN DEVELOPMENT:

Crossing Desert & Sea: A documentary project using art to empower Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the Middle East. Learn more about the film and how you can help at CrossingDesertAndSea.org 


The Interpreter: One interpreter from the Afghan War is killed every 36 hours by the Taliban while waiting on a special immigrant visa promised by the US government. You can watch the trailer and learn more about the project from Robert Ham & USC-MISC's Jenna Cavelle on The Interpreter's kickstarter page, which is live now. 


AWARDS:

  • Faisal Attrache's "Growing Home" recently won the Jury Award for Best Documentary Short at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Visit the film's website www.refugeebarbers.com to watch the trailer and learn more about how "Growing Home" is spreading awareness about the conflict in Syria.
 

 

 

 

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

This upcoming semester, all USC undergraduate students will have the opportunity to pursue the minor in media and social change offered by the School of Cinematic Arts. We hope the minor will attract students from all fields of study who want to learn how they can influence the future by integrating social issues into their work.

USC-MISC SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

We are pleased to announce the recipient of this year's USC-MISC Scholarship is Liv Nelson!

“I am honored to receive this award. I’m drawn to stories that have social issues woven into the narratives, I always have been. I’m currently working on projects that deal with the issues of body image in Hollywood, gun violence, and bullying in schools. My ongoing affiliation with MISC will allow me to continue to use media to shed light on these issues” 
- Liv Nelson

MY HERO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL

MY HERO Project is now accepting submissions for the 2015 MY HERO International Film Festival through August 1st, 2015. Visit myhero.com for details

We are working to upgrade our youtube channel into a pro-social video hub. If you've created a video and would like us to feature it, email a link and description to info@uscmisc.org for consideration

IN THE NEWS

*'San Andreas' 6 things the movie gets right about earthquakes
*School of Cinematic Arts introduces new minor
*Student filmmaker acts globally
*Actress A-List roundtable discuss race, sexism,aging in Hollywood
*Filmmaker's journey to change the world
*Jeff Skoll: making movies that make change

DONATE

To support a future of social change media makers, donations can be made by choosing "Customize Your Gift" and selecting Media Institute for Social Change (MISC)
Donate here

USC-MISC Newsletter: Winter 2015



COMING SOON

On March 14th, 2015, Variety and unite4:good will join USC-MISC to present the inaugural conference4:change uniting leaders across all platforms of the entertainment industry to exchange ideas on how to deliver messages that fuel positive social change.
Read more about conference4:change and join the conversation by connecting with us on Twitter and Facebook

THINKING AHEAD

This Summer, the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) will offer CTPR 428: Making Media for Social Change. This production class is an opportunity for students to make a short film that advocates social change in any genre. All films will be based on original ideas dealing with a social issue that the student chooses with the intention to motivate viewers to take action. The form can be any style of cinema from fiction to documentary, public service announcement, animation, or multi-media. In addition to creating the film, the students will hear presentations from filmmakers currently involved in advocacy work to discuss their projects. Learn more about the Summer session course and how to reserve a spot here

PRE-PRODUCTION

We have partnered with USC School of Cinematic Arts student and film director, Audrey Emerson, to create The Pamoja Project. The documentary series will share the incredible stories of 3 Tanzanian women who work in the areas of education, microfinance and health in an effort to create lasting change for the people of their country. Read more about The Pamoja Project here or go straight to the film's Indiegogo page and discover how you can get involved here

JUST CONFIRMED: FALL 2015

We have been working with SCA to develop a Media and Social Change minor and the proposal has been officially approved. The Media and Social Change minor will become available for undergraduate students to pursue in the Fall 2015 semester!

AWARDS

  • USC-MISC director Mark Manalo’s thesis film ‘Present Trauma’ won 1st place at the 10thAnnual MY HERO Int’l Film Festival and took home the Relationships First award. 'Present Trauma' is a psychological drama about a Marine veteran struggling to cope with family life after a combat tour overseas. You can watch all the MHIFF award winning films here
 

 

 

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SCHOLARSHIP

Applications for the $5,000 USC-MISC Scholarship are now being accepted through March 1st, 2015. This award will go to one USC SCA Graduate Student who has proven dedication to creating social impact through his/her work. Recipient to be announced March 4thClick here for more information!
 

Other Announcements

MY HERO Project is now accepting submissions for the 2015 MY HERO International Film Festival. Visit myhero.com for details

We are working to upgrade our youtube channel into a pro-social video hub. If you've created a video and would like us to feature it, email a link and description to info@uscmisc.org for consideration

IN THE NEWS

*Variety to Honor Halle Berry, Ewan McGregor & More at unite4:humanity
*From our friends at ADAA on Social Anxiety & Alcoholism
*Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields trailer
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The Pamoja Project Info Video

To support a future of social change media makers, donations can be made by choosing "Customize Your Gift" and selecting Media Institute for Social Change (MISC)
Donate here


USC Media Institute for Social Change is a nonprofit organization of industry professionals who use cinema to create an awareness of social issues and inspire positive actions throughout the world. With a mission to support emerging media makers who weave pro-social messaging into their stories, USC-MISC is changing the world one film at a time.

USC-MISC Newsletter- Fall 2014

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COMING SOON

We are in post-production on a PSA recently filmed for Save The Children's early childhood education initiative. Look for its release later this year!
PRE-PRODUCTION
USC-MISC is developing 4 PSAs in partnership with the Tesla Foundation Group and the Viterbi School of Engineering to explore the potential impact of UAVs on society. You can help with our research by taking our 2 minute survey here

JUST RELEASED

USC-MISC's short film made for Armani's Films of City Frames premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last month. Watch iLA here
THINKING AHEAD
We are currently developing the first Conference4Change in partnership with Unite4Good and Variety. Entertainment industry leaders and artists will unite to share ideas, explore creative opportunities, and engage in work committed to infusing the most pressing social issues of our time into the stories we tell.
AWARDS
  • Eric Marshall's short satire on California's tax spending to support capital punishment was honored with the highest awarded project in the student category with a 2014 Clio Award-Silver. You can watch The Cost of Dying here
  • At the LA Emmys in July, USC-MISC’s collaboration with CBS2/KCAL9 to create “Power of the PSA” took home two golden statues. “Power of the PSA” won for Education and SCA student-directed “Help A Soldier Heal” won in the Public Service Announcement category. Read the full story here
 Scholarship

This Spring, USC-MISC will be awarding a $5,000 scholarship to an SCA grad student dedicated to creating social impact with his/her work. MISC scholarship applications will become available in January 2014

Announcements

The 10th Annual MY HERO FILM FESTIVAL on Nov. 22nd will be held at the Herb Alpert Educational Village. MYHERO is also already calling for submissions for 2015. Visit MYHERO.com   

The Sustain-A-Video contest has extended its deadline for submissions of through Dec. 1st. Visit USC Sustainability
In the News
 
Donate
To support a future of social change media
makers, donations can be made by choosing

"Customize Your Gift" and selecting
Media Institute for Social Change (MISC)

Donate here
 

www.USCMISC.org

USC Media Institute for Social Change is a nonprofit organization of industry professionals who use cinema to create an awareness of social issues and inspire positive actions throughout the world. With a mission to support emerging media makers who weave pro-social messaging into their stories, USCMISC is changing the world one film at a time.
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USC-MISC Newsletter- Summer 2014

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USC-MISC NEWSLETTER: SUMMER 2014

Three Emmy Nominations 

MISC produced the PSAs Help A Soldier HealPost and Text Responsibly and the half-hour program Power of the PSA in partnership with CBS and KCAL-9, all of which were nominated for THREE Emmys!  They were completed and aired in April on CBS and KCal-9. Nominations were announced in May. MISC filmmakers to attend the July Emmy award ceremony. Stay tuned for red carpet photos! 
Coming Soon! 
  • MISC created iLA as part of Georgio Armani's CITY OF FRAMES. The short film is about a paparazzo who uses cyber technology to track down one of Hollywood's biggest starlets in Los Angeles 2020. The film will debut at the Toronto Film Festival in September as part of Armani's launch of a series of six films featuring different cities around the world.
  • A five-part promotional documentary series I Make Movies made in partnership with the Motion Picture Association of America to promote jobs in the entertainment industry. 
IN DEVELOPMENT!
MISC is currently developing a film with the Save the Children foundation to raise awareness about the impact of early education on brain development. Save the Children invests in childhood - every day in times of crisis and for the future. In the United States and around the world, they give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. 
THINKING AHEAD
Camera drones are inevitable and stand to change the film industry in new and exciting ways but there are many privacy and safety issues to investigate. MISC intends to be a major player in shaping these discussions and informing regulatory frameworks. Stay tuned for more information as MISC develops relevant projects. Check out this recent article from the Hollywood Reporter on this hot button issue! 
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IN THE NEWS

*How Powerful Films Inspire Powerful Action 
*Frozen's Feminist Rallying Cry 
*The Importance of Storytelling for Social Change
*40 of the Most Powerful Social Issues That Will Make You Stop & Think
*Teen Suicide & Bullying
*Illuminating the Relevance of Women Directing in Media
*Films For Action: How We Plan to Help Catalyze a Global Paradigm Shift
*Movies In Your Brain: The Science of Cinematic Perception
*Grappling With The Privacy Paradox
*21st Century Dox Launches Mentoring Program For Female Directors
*4 Ways To Use Drones For Good
*TV Academy Honors Salute Programs That Promote Social Change
*Memo To Hollywood: Hire More Women Directors
*Here's How Piracy Hurts Indie Film

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