ITVS Announces Funding for 30 Mosques in 30 States Project.
Part travel blog, part photo essay, part video diary, and part mobile application, 30 Mosques in 30 States is an original documentary experience developed by digital media producers Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq – two young Muslim Americans who set out to visit a different mosque in a different U.S. state for each of the 30 days of Ramadan. The two’s 13,000-mile route will essentially take them across the entire country before they end up back home in New York City. Through their journey, we learn about the first mosque built in the U.S. in the tiny town of Ross, North Dakota in 1929 as well as what life is like for Muslim Americans in Alaska.
There are an estimated 3 million to 4 million Muslims living in the United States – a number that is expected to double by the year 2030. Muslims in the U.S. come from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds including African Americans, South and East Asians, Europeans, Arabs, and East Africans. 30 Mosques in 30 States is a glimpse into the mosaic of Muslim life that can only be told with today’s new forms of digital storytelling. Join Aman and Bassam on their journey, here: http://30mosques.com/
30 Mosques in 30 States has already been generating a lot of buzz. Check out these features from CNN, The Huffington Post, Boing Boing, and The Takeaway.
30 Mosques in 30 States is part of Diverse Muslim Voices, a multiyear media initiative to build awareness and improve understanding in the U.S. of diverse Muslim societies. Funding is provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
(I am looking for new interns this fall. Can you help spread the word?)
Philadelphia Community Cinema, a project of Independent Television Service (ITVS) and our local PBS station WHYY, is looking for interns for the Fall season. Three internships are available for those interested in video, photography or blogging who are looking to build their resumes and increase their skills. Interested applicants should send an email stating their interest and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday September 5th.
The Event Videographer will be responsible for documenting the panel or education engagement activities at four Community Cinema screenings (September, October, November and December), editing the video footage in highlighted clips of 1-5 minutes and compressing them for uploading to the web. Basic knowledge of Final Cut Pro and Compressor or comparable Mac-based video editing and compression software required. Intern must have access to their own video equipment and software through school, a community program, or personal means. Ideal for people looking to build their reel.
The Event Photographer will be responsible for documenting the audience and panel or education engagement activities at four Community Cinema screenings (September, October, November and December), editing the photos if necessary and uploading to the web. Intern must have access to their own photo camera and software through school, a community program, or personal means. Ideal for people looking to build their event photography portfolio.
The Event Blogger will be responsible for attending four Community Cinema screenings (September, October, November and December) and writing an engaging event reportback for the Community Cinema blog utilizing audience survey comments and short audience interviews. Ideal for people looking to build their writing for social media portfolio.
Brilliant commentary in a simple visual depiction form via Bleeding Cool shared with me by composer friend Joel Roston while working on sound design for my short film.
August 3 through 27
Street Movies! Presented by PNC Arts Alive
Gather the neighbors and bring your lawn chairs. Scribe Video Center’s, Street Movies!, presented by PNC Arts Alive, returns with eleven free outdoor short film screenings in August in communities around Philadelphia and the tri-state area. This year’s exciting line-up of short films includes animation, documentary, experimental and youth-produced films focusing on environmental justice, new immigrants, healthy foods and urban green spaces.
See schedule of Street Movies!
In case you didn’t hear the very exciting news on Marvel’s groundbreaking decision to cast the new Spiderman as a young man of mixed heritage–Black and Latino–here’s a short video from Black Nerd Comedy breaking it down. This is the first major character in American comic book history who isn’t white.