Bed-Stuy 'Stop the Violence' Basketball Tournament
A basketball tournament created and run by Harold 'Tre' Robinson as a way to provide the kids of Van Buren Street in Bed-Stuy (Brooklyn) with healthy entertainment during the summer months. "I can't stress defense enough, because these kids don't understand that defense wins championships over and over again." Harold 'Tre' Robinson
Meer Musa - Nature Within
Filmed at his Bushwick studio in 2017, artist Meer Musa shares some insight behind his creative process and what inspires him to make art. Meer is fascinated by people and nature. He loves to reproduce them in his paintings and drawings. He uses videos and animations as further mediums for him to explore, as they gives him freedom to express his creative nature. In the Human Spirit paintings, Meer created a combination of people and nature to express his understanding of the interconnections between the two—the philosophy that all things coexist and we are all one. He believes all conscious beings are interconnected directly or indirectly.
Olimpia Zagnoli for Global Children Cambodia
In this video, Global Children Cambodia proudly presents a completed illustration by Italian artist Olimpia Zagnoli. She volunteered her time and talent to create this original work after being inspired by the students' stories. Global Children: Educating Cambodian Orphans is a 501c3 organization founded in 2000. It empowers youth from underserved communities and orphanages in Cambodia through education, the arts and character development. Since starting the Building a Brighter Future program in 2002, it has enrolled 42 students and provided for their living and educational needs. Some of its graduates have already begun giving back to their communities by volunteering for Global Children. With a degree in an international industry like engineering, nursing or finance, young Cambodians can pull themselves out of poverty, and their country out of stagnation. Economically, its students’ success can be seen in their average income, which is around five times the national average. http://global-children.org Olimpia Zagnoli was born in 1984. After years of doodling, she became an illustrator and began collaborating with the New York Times, the New Yorker, Marie Claire, Rolling Stone, Taschen, and many others. Her style is characterized by soft shapes and chameleonic colors. www.olimpiazagnoli.com Music: Tra-la-la by Podington Bear (Attribution-Non Commercial International License) Shot and edited by Manuela Senatore © 2016 Skilla Productions
A Cuban State of Mind
Witness scenes of everyday life played out on rural farms and along Cuba’s cobbled city streets. Here, people file onto buses, weigh produce for purchase, practice baseball in the street, or lace up their boots alongside their farm horses. We hope it will take you into a Cuban state of mind.
Mark Schmidt, Bodies Moving in Space
Mark Schmidt is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, performer and educator who regularly collaborates with artists working in film animation, visual art, sound, fashion and set design. As a performer, Mark has danced for choreographers: Luis Malvacias, Jeremy Nelson, Erick Montes, Malcolm Low, and Shandoah Goldman. Mark is a somatics educator and has a private practice combining anatomical awareness, movement efficiency and functional strength training. As a guest artist he offers classes in Contemporary Partnering, Improvisation, House and Movement and Self Awareness. To learn more about him, visit: www.markschmidt.org Shot and edited by Manuela Senatore © 2018 Skilla Productions
Interview, Jama Abshir, Radio Daljir
Media Forum Insights: Radio Daljir More than 130 MDIF clients, investors, staff and Board members from nearly 40 countries attended MDIF Media Forum 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic. During two days of panels, presentations and workshops, media leaders shared strategies and experiences of developing sustainable independent news businesses in challenging environments. Topics ranged from mission-focused issues, such as investigative journalism and election reporting, to the business of online video and mobile, and first-hand experiences of transitioning from an independent newspaper to a diversified media company. As much of the media business continues to search for the next business model, the Media Forum helped identify opportunities that offer hope for the future and connected exceptional news leaders separated by geography but united by mission. In this video, Jama Abshir talks on the challenges facing independent radio in Somalia. He is managing director of Radio Daljir, which is the largest network of FM stations in Somalia. Its mission is to inform, educate, entertain, and create employment opportunities for Somali youth. Shot and edited by Manuela Senatore, Skilla Productions
The Help Network Volunteer Program
The Help Network recruits volunteers who commit to spend a minimum of one hour per week assisting a disabled, elderly, or sick person. Caregivers are selected from a large pool of applicants. The interview process takes into account ability, experience, and passion. The Help Network utilizes internet and social networking technologies to recruit local area managers, volunteers, and clients in local communities. Local managers create databases of volunteers and potential clients, conduct necessary interviews and background checks, and make appropriate arrangements between volunteers and clients. The goal is to hire caregivers for long-term careers, to ensure that they have healthy and happy relationships with the seniors who need their help. The best caregivers form long-standing bonds with the older adults they're caring for, eventually becoming like family. Volunteers are more than help around the house; they are open ears, caring arms, and good friends. "They have made a great difference in my life; there are so many things that I have set aside and did not get to, because the information was visual and I needed someone with sight to sit down and help me." Paula, Help Network client "I came to this country six years ago on my own, having $200 in my pocket. If it wasn't for the help of others, I would have never be able to get to this point. So I made a decision that I have to choose at least one person who I can help on a regular basis." Julia, Help Network volunteer Music: Dream Scene / Undream by Kaela Drew (Attribution-NonCommercial License) The Temperature of the Air on the Bow of the Kaleetan by Chris Zabriskie (Creative Commons Attribution License) Directed, lensed and edited by Manuela Senatore © 2017 Skilla Productions
Biz Tech Symposium 2018
Cloud Union hosted a Business and Technology Symposium at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City in 2018. The “Biz-Tech” symposium focused on the challenges and opportunities that businesses face in today’s data-driven economy. The topics discussed in this all-day event covered technological innovation, the rapidly changing retail environment, consumer data security, and more. Cloud Union partners with U.S. brands and retailers who see Cloud Union’s innovative and digital-based rewards program as part of a comprehensive strategy to protect market share, attract new customers, and strengthen the relationship with current customers. Merchants value the program as a way to differentiate themselves in a highly-competitive marketplace.
Interview, Sheila Coronel, Columbia University School of Journalism
Media Forum Insights: Sheila Coronel More than 130 MDIF clients, investors, staff and Board members from nearly 40 countries attended MDIF Media Forum 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic. During two days of panels, presentations and workshops, media leaders shared strategies and experiences of developing sustainable independent news businesses in challenging environments. Topics ranged from mission-focused issues, such as investigative journalism and election reporting, to the business of online video and mobile, and first-hand experiences of transitioning from an independent newspaper to a diversified media company. As much of the media business continues to search for the next business model, the Media Forum helped identify opportunities that offer hope for the future and connected exceptional news leaders separated by geography but united by mission. Sheila Coronel is Dean of Academic Affairs at Columbia University’s School of Journalism, Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism, and Director of theToni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism. Shot and edited by Manuela Senatore, Skilla Productions