Spotlighting Cultural Diversity in New Media

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In a world in which technology seems an extension of ourselves, where is cultural competency in all of this?

This past June at the 7th Annual New Media Film Festival we sought to address cultural competency through our programming and shed light on overcoming differences through the use of new media.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be spotlighting several entries from our festival that encouraged and addressed the cultural divide using the latest in digital content. A focus of the New Media Film Festival is to explore religious traditions, ethnic backgrounds and cultural nuances.

Several of these films show how individuals, families, and societies smartly recognize the differences among them and are proactively working to build on their new found similarities.

Not only will these stories share insight into a world different than most of us are used to, they will provide a sneak peek in the type of programming in store for next year’s 8th Annual New Media Festival.

So be sure to check back next week to see what film’s were showing.

 

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Top 10 Web Series: The Cav Kid

We’ve finally reached the end. Today we’re showing the last of our top 10 best web series from the 7th Annual New Media Film Festival this past June. Be sure to keep an eye on this year’s upcoming New Media Film Festival in June 2017 to see an all new group of the best web series out there.

The CavKid

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Director: Chelsea Bo & Sean Drummond

Country: US

Running time: 5:46

Synopsis: Kelly Cavalier, a reckless singer/songwriter who tries to make a name for herself in the LA music scene, while being a broke 23-year-old.

 

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Top 10 Web Series: How to Make it in Berlin

We’re down to our last two web series from our list of the top 10 (in no particular order) screened at the 7th Annual New Media Film Festival. Check back next to see who made the last spot.

How to Make It in Berlin

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Director: Justine Simonson

Country: Germany

Running time: 6:11

Website: http://www.howtomakeitin.co

Synopsis: A web-series about small business owners, startup founders and everyday success stories from Main Streets all around the world.

This episode featured at the New Media Film Festival features Sascha Rimkus and Andreas Klöckner who took their passion for food and wine and created the epic international pantry Goldhahn & Sampson, a first in Berlin at the time when it opened.

Watch the series trailer below.

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Top 10 Web Series: Karma’s A B*tch

Here’s a look at the funnier side of karma in this weeks entry in our top 10 web series screened at the 7th Annual New Media Film Festival.

Karma’s A B*tch

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Director: Annie Wood & Cameron Diskin

Country: US

Running time: 3:46

Synopsis: Karma comes down to Earth as a free spirited being with magic powers in order to nudge people into taking responsibility for their actions.

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Top 10 Web Series: How to Not

This is our seventh week highlighting some of the best web series featured at the 7th Annual New Media Film Festival this past June. Let’s see who’s next.

How To Not

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Director: Gia Vangieri

Country: US

Running time: 5:54

Website: http://www.howtonotseries.com

Synopsis: How to Not is a story about inelegantly chasing that one thing on the road becoming who you are. It starts as so many modern day romances start, all alone at night, half drunk and on the internet.

We screened “How to Not Ep. Be Jealous” at the 7th Annual New Media.

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Top 10 Web Series: 1 Minute Meal

This week we take a closer look at food culture in NYC as we take a look at the top 10 web series from the 7th Annual New Media Film Festival.

1 Minute Meal

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Director: James Boo

Country: US

Running time: 1:05

Website: http://www.oneminutemealfilms.com

Synopsis: New York is home to glamorous restaurants and exalted chefs, but behind this scene is a world of food that is more culture than concept. 1 Minute Meal is an award-winning micro-documentary series about that world, where cooks and diners do whatever they can to keep their own piece of the city alive.

The episode we screened was “Ganesha’s Favorite” covering Ganesh Chaturthi, a multi-day festival honoring Ganesha, celebrated deity and “remover of obstacles.”

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Top 10 Web Series: Married Without Kids

Married Without Kids

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Director: Grinnell Morris

Country: US

Running time: 3:02

Synopsis: A married couple grapples with the challenges of getting pregnant later in life.

We screened Episode 2 from the series entitled “What Nana Said.” Watch below.

 

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