By Jody Arlington, Director of Communications
July 1, 2014, Brooklyn, NY— The Made In NY Media Center by IFP announced today Lindsay Branham as the recipient of the inaugural Envision Social Good Fellowship at the Media Center, an initiative that is part of their ongoing effort to create momentum for social change through storytelling. Since 2009, through ENVISION, a unique collaboration between IFP and the United Nations Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI), annual gatherings have connected UN experts and NGO advocates with some of the most creative minds in filmmaking and new media. The ENVISION partnership offers filmmakers and social change activists opportunities to incubate creative ideas and productions that promote their causes and reach wider audiences. Fellows receive a six-month incubator residency with tailored mentoring and collaboration.
Lindsay Branham will use her fellowship at the Made in NY Media Center to create a Mobile Cinema film and intervention to address the current conflict between anti-Balaka and Seleka rebels in Central African Republic (CAR). The Fellowship will enable her organization Discover the Journey to take their Mobile Cinema initiative to new heights with a greater online interface, data visualization and a physical installation mimicking the Mobile Cinema experience in Africa.
“We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect inaugural Envision Social Good Fellow at the Media Center,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP and the Made in NY Media Center. “Lindsay Branham’s project exemplifies what the Fellowship was designed to support, a scalable project that has demonstrated it can create momentum for social change through storytelling. We look forward to connecting Lindsay with collaborators and support to bring her project to fruition.”
“I believe and have seen how storytelling can play a critical role in building peace, even amidst the gravest of circumstances – this is an exciting threshold and I can’t wait to push this concept further to affect people’s lives and challenge the traditions of cinema,” said Lindsay Branham.
Branham is a filmmaker, photographer, and the Co-Founder and Program Director for Discover the Journey. Lindsay has spent much of the last eight years living and working in central Africa. She has conducted research on the impact of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) currently perpetuating the longest running war in Africa, as well as developed and implemented interventions in LRA-affected central Africa that utilize localized narrative film to reduce psychological distress and encourage peaceful reception of those who surrender from the LRA. Her past partners include Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Queens University, Belfast. Lindsay most recently created the short film, “They Came at Night” and the corresponding community-based defection intervention and mobile cinema program currently underway in central Africa. Lindsay’s work has been published in the New York Times, CNN and BBC. Lindsay is a USC journalism school graduate and currently lives in New York City.
UNITED NATIONS CREATIVE COMMUNITY OUTREACH INITIATIVE
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