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Sixth Annual Media the Matters Film Festival

image The Media that Matters Film Festival offers up 16 inspiring short films on significant social topics. And they are all viewable on the web! As described by the project leaders:  “From gay rights to global warming, the jury-selected collection represents the work of a diverse group of independent filmmakers, many of whom are under 21. The films are equally diverse in style and content, with documentaries, music videos, animations, experimental work and everything else in between. What all the films have in common is that they spark debate and action in 8 minutes or less.”

FILMS IN THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

SLIP OF THE TONGUE - 4:06 min
Youth Slam
?What?s your ethnic make up?? A young man makes a pass at a beautiful stranger and gets an eye-opening schooling on race and gender.

A GIRL LIKE ME - 7:08 min
Youth Documentary
Color is more than skin deep for young African-American women struggling to define themselves.

IN TRANSIT - 5:51 min
Documentary
War may be over in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but many Congolese women continue to battle for their reproductive health.

WATER WARRIORS - 6:17 min
Documentary
When water costs soar, residents of Highland Park, Michigan demand to know who will foot the bill.

HOW WAL-MART CAME TO HASLETT - 3:16 min
Expose
Michigan youth investigate the dubious circumstances under which a Wal-Mart appeared on a wetland in their small town.

THE RULES OF THE GAME - 8:24 min
Documentary
A Native American tribe?s dreams of prosperity clash with small town values in Rohnert Park, California.

PERMISSION - 1:00 min
Public Service Announcement
Whose permission would you need to get married to the person you love?

EYES ON THE FAIR USE OF THE PRIZE - 2:11 min
Advocacy Short
Copyright abuse or Fair Use? Learn how much is at stake when vital films are pulled from public discourse.

BOOK ‘EM: UNDEREDUCATED, OVERINCARCERATED - 3:03 min
Youth Documentary
In New Haven, Connecticut the pipeline from school to prison is shorter than you might think.

(HATE) MACHINE - 4:45 min
Satire
When media messages are constructed, sometimes truth hits the cutting room floor.

IN THE MORNING - 4:25 min
Dramatic Narrative
When a young Turkish woman is raped, there is nothing honorable about revenge.

BREAD - 4:56 min
Documentary
Guatemalan brothers Edwin and Edson crush rocks with their father so their family has enough to eat.

ASPARAGUS! (A STALK-UMENTARY) - 5:57 min
Documentary
Journey to the ?Asparagus Capital of the World? to discover why one little vegetable is so important.

RECYCLE - 6:00 min
Documentary
Poet Miguel Diaz transforms poverty into cultivation in the middle of a Los Angeles street.

NIGHT VISIONS - 7:07 min
Documentary
Individuals enlist in the U.S. military for different reasons, but they all return from war, changed.

NO CHILD - 8:19 min
Youth Documentary
Minneapolis hip-hoppers Shakademic and Glenn Scott get the inside scoop on military recruiting tactics.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 06 01 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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