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Made in NY Media Center Announces Winter Cohort 2019

The Made in NY Fellowship, a partnership between The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, is a six-month fellowship program aimed at supporting new voices in media and creative technology from a wide range of backgrounds.

The Made in NY Fellowship, a partnership between The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, is a six-month fellowship program aimed at supporting new voices in media and creative technology from a wide range of backgrounds. Six new Made in NY Fellowships were awarded to the 2019 Winter Cohort, which consists of individuals and small businesses in the media and technological spheres based on the strength and scale of their projects.

Accepted fellows are given six months of free workspace and with it the opportunity to create amongst a network of peers. They’ll also be paired with a carefully selected mentor, receive targeted support through a workshopping group led by a former Made in NY Fellow and participate in three full-day retreat sessions aimed at introducing them to key industry professionals. With funding from MOME, the program provides resources, networking opportunities, and workspace to catalyze creativity and storytelling in media and creative technology in New York City. The six projects for the Winter 2019 cohort were selected based on the strength and scale of the project as well as uniqueness of subject matter in areas of podcasting, episodic content, documentary filmmaking, and immersive technology.

“The Made in NY Media Center by IFP is proud to be in the fourth year of this critically important partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment,” stated Kia Brooks, Associate Director, Sales & Operations Made in NY Media Center by IFP. “This fellowship provides invaluable resources to boundary breaking media makers and as our new cohort begins, we would like to acknowledge the success of the 2018 cohort, which includes Rivet who launched a prototype of their app and are preparing to end the beta phase of their platform, James Boo who raised his first round of seed funding and expanded his team to eight employees as well as Sarah Keeling, Hope Wilson and Adetoro Makinde who participated in prestigious artist development programs – including IFP’s Screen Forward Labs and IFP Week, where they had access to meet and pitch to over 200 industry leaders.”

To welcome in the new cohort, the outgoing 2018 group finished up the year-long program by presenting their projects in the Media Center’s theatre. The 2018 cohort consisted of Arielle Apfel, James Boo, Jason Da Silva, Adetoro Makinde, Sarah Keeling, David Bizzaro, Kira Simon-Kennedy, Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria, and Katrina Neumann (Rivet).

The 2019 winter cohort projects are below:

“1001 Breast Cancer Nights” (Chithra Jeyaram)
A web-based mosaic of audio-visual diaries of Indian breast cancer experiences.

Brooklyn Queer Radio (Anddy Egan-Thorpe)
A podcast network following news and people important to the LGBTQIA+ community in Brooklyn and across the globe.

“Cryptids” (Wild Obscura Films)
A sci-fi narrative podcast written by playwright Alexander V. Thompson, directed by Devin Shepherd, and produced by Nora Unkel, Devin Shepherd, and Gabriel Rosenstein.

“Distressed Real Estate” (Jason Stefaniak)
A 5-episode docu-series about spaces that have become stigmatized by violence and how communities either work through that stigma or make it worse.

“The Synanthrope Preserve” (Gal Nissim)
A collection of immersive audio and augmented reality experiences of undomesticated animals throughout New York City.

“A Time Before Kale” (Asha Boston)
A mini-docu series uncovering the history of the black community in Bedford-Stuyvesant while grappling with the vast changes taking place due to gentrification.