Last week Indie Wire covered our very own Lindsay Branham winning the first ever Envision Social Good Fellowship at the Made in NY Media Center from the Independent Film Project (IFP) and the United Nations Creative Outreach Initiative. 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 Discover the Journey to take our 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.
UNITED NATIONS CREATIVE COMMUNITY OUTREACH INITIATIVE
The Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI) is the first point of entry to the United Nations for the content creators and the international entertainment industry. We provide film, new media, television, and documentary professionals around the world with access to information about the work of the UN and its priority issues. More info at outreach.un.org/ccoi.