Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Using Film to Change the World

On September 21st, right in the midst of the UN MDG Summit, the UN Foundation, Mashable and the 92Y put together a really incredible social media summit that allowed journalists, bloggers and activists the opportunity to engage in conversations around the MDG Summit and following General Assembly meeting which is usually reserved to high profile personalities and world leaders.

I was asked to sit on a panel called "Reel Impact:  The Power of Film to Change Lives" with FilmAid International's Founder and CEO, Caroline Baron.  In all the hoopla of the MDGs, I felt it was important to ask critical questions about the role of filmmakers - particularly Western filmmakers - in telling development stories.

The panel was written up and posted on the front page of Mashable.com - which is huge considering its reach and impact.  Tom Cruise even picked up and tweeted about it.  I was thankful as it gave me an opportunity to introduce two of my projects - NOT YET RAIN, my film on unsafe abortions in Ethiopia and MDGFive.com which is a new media initiative uniting artists and activists for maternal health.

You can view the article here and watch the video of the panel above.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Global Artists and Activists Kick Off New Media Initiative to Spotlight Global Maternal Health

On September 16th, MDGFive.com - the new media initiative I co-founded by Maya Azucena - went live!!!

We have a lot of people to thank - our sponsors EngenderHealth, UNFPA, Ipas, Women Deliver, Reality Digital and Governess Films.  To Fredgy Noel Michael for making an awesome promo video.  We also are in deep gratitude to our contributing artists whom you can learn about by visiting our Artists' Map on MDGFive.com.  And of course all our users, bloggers and supporters who are getting the word out.

You can read the full press release here.

Visit the site and make your own video for maternal health!