MIF 2016 Festival Honorees

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May 31, 2017
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We invite you to join us from noon-1 p.m. ET on May 31, for an online OVEE broadcast featuring in-depth conversations with two of the five 2016 Media Impact Festival honorees: Across the Line and Do Not Track.

Since 2014, Media Impact Funders has been showcasing the work of producers dedicated to creating documentaries in the public interest through our annual Media Impact Festival. Last year, we celebrated the power of interactive technologies to deepen the relationship between news and documentary projects and their audiences. Our 2016 selections—celebrated at our annual Media Impact Forum—span a range of interactive techniques, participatory reporting, physical installations, and personalized digital experiences.

Through a partnership with OVEE, an online cinematic social visual experience created by ITVS, we’ll conduct interviews with Margaux Missika, producer of the interactive participative documentary Do Not Track and Molly Eagan, vice president, planned parenthood patient & employee experience at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, producer of the virtual reality experience Across the Line.  We’ll demo the projects so you can experience the innovative ways these interactive technologies impact society, and engage in an online chat with all of you.

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MIF 2016 Festival Honorees - Across the Line/ Do Not Track Part 1

Across the Line

Watch this virtual reality video in your GoogleCardboard player with your phone through the YouTube app! ** Across the Line is an immersive virtual reality experience that puts the viewer in the shoes of someone who is trying to access a safe and legal abortion by offering a new experience that can help people better understand what thousands of women face when they seek health care. Using documentary footage and a collection real audio, viewers gain an intimate knowledge of the harassment and intimidation outside and compassion inside health centers across the country. Nobody should have to face harassment or threats in order to get health care services. This VR film is helping us change the conversation around access to health care services and empowering supporters during those conversations on ways to stand against the current attacks on reproductive health care. We will continue to do everything we can to make every Planned Parenthood health center a warm, welcoming, safe place for patients. Across the Line was co-produced by 371 Productions, Emblematic Group, and Custom Reality Services VR Lab. Planned Parenthood Federation of America served as an executive producer and consulted on the film’s script. For more information and behind the scenes information, visit AcrossTheLineVR.org. **In the bottom right hand corner of the video, select the " Inline image 1" icon before hitting play and putting the phone in your cardboard viewer. Cardboard viewers can be purchased online. You can still mouse around in 360* for those on computers or phones without cardboard viewers. Click and drag your mouse in the video to navigate viewing, ideally in full screen.

MIF 2016 Festival Honorees - Across the Line/Do Not Track Part 2

Do Not Track (Trailer)

Do Not Track is a personalized documentary series about privacy and the web economy.If you share data with us, we’ll show you what the web knows about you. By Brett Gaylor Produced by UPIAN, ARTE, NFB, BR Broadcast by Radio-Canada Release date : April, 14, 2015 www.donottrack-doc.com Twitter : @DoNotTrackDoc

MIF 2016 Festival Honorees - Across the Line/Do Not Track - Part 3

42min 48sec


  • Moderator Avatar
    Jessica Clark

    Jessica Clark is the director of research and strategy for Media Impact Funders, and the founder and director of media production/strategy firm Dot Connector Studio. She is also currently a senior fellow at the Norman Lear Center’s Media Impact Project. Previously, she served as the media strategist for AIR's groundbreaking Localore project, the director of the Future of Public Media project at American University's Center for Media and Social Impact, and a Knight Media Policy Fellow at DC-based think tank the New America Foundation. Over the past decade, she has led research and convenings with high-profile universities and national media networks, including NPR, PBS, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, MIT, and USC's Annenberg School for Communication. She is the co-author of "Beyond the Echo Chamber: Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media" (The New Press, 2010), and a long-time independent journalist.

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    Jessica Clark, MIF


  • Panelist Avatar
    Molly Eagan


    Molly Eagan created and launched Planned Parenthood Experience (PPX), a national strategic initiative to improve patient and employee experience across Planned Parenthood Federation of America, winning Fast Company’s prestigious Innovation By Design Award in 2016. She is an Executive Producer of Across the Line, a virtual reality experience about accessing abortion that premiered at Sundance Film Festival and recently won the Future of Storytelling Festival Award. Molly served as a senior leader and innovator at New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and at the American Red Cross September 11 Recovery Program where she oversaw distribution of $1 billion of donor contributions received after the terrorist attacks. She holds Masters Degrees in Public Health and Public Policy from Columbia University.

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    Margaux Missika


    Margaux Missika is the producer of Do Not Track.

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