Strategic Storytelling: Video As Policy Changer
Monday, March 14
5:00PM - 6:00PM
110 E 2nd St
Today's criminal justice reform movement tends to advocate in broad terms, using hashtags such as #blacklivesmatter and #endmassincarceration to raise public awareness of critical issues. However, advocates can't ask legislators to simply "end mass incarceration"--a more targeted approach is needed to reform entrenched policies. Our session will explore how advocates, visual storytellers, lawyers, and artists can combine expertise to unravel the web of policies and practices that create an inherently unfair criminal justice system for poor people and minorities. Using recent innovative case studies, we'll consider social impact storytelling strategies with the potential for broad scale.
New Media Advocacy Project
Adam is the founder and Executive Director of the N-Map. Adam is a graduate of Amherst College (1998) and Harvard Law School (2004). After finishing law school, he served as a law clerk for the Uni...Show the rest
Adam is the founder and Executive Director of the N-Map. Adam is a graduate of Amherst College (1998) and Harvard Law School (2004). After finishing law school, he served as a law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then received a Skadden Fellowship to work as a litigator at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. After his fellowship, he joined the law firm, Debevoise & Plimpton, as a litigation associate, where he worked for two years, after which he left to found N-Map.
Adam experimented with using video to support legal advocacy during his first summer in law school while working for a local NGO in Nigeria. He created a documentary that successfully pressured the government to stop obstructing litigation seeking a remedy for a massive forced eviction that left 300,000 people homeless. Adam founded N-Map to professionalize and innovate using media to strengthen public interest and human rights law. N-Map has become a preeminent technology and human rights organization, with dozens of partners around the world, and support from the MacArthur Foundation, Open Society Foundations, the Hewlett Foundation, and many more. Adam received an Echoing Green Fellowship to support N-Map in the spring of 2009, and N-Map received a “New Digital Age” award from Google Chairman Eric Schmidt in 2014.Hide the rest
ED KASHI STUDIO
Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects ar...Show the rest
Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. As a member of VII Photo Agency, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition. Through his photography and filmmaking, along with his work as a mentor, teacher and lecturer, Kashi is a leading voice in the photojournalism and visual storytelling community.
Kashi’s innovative approach to photography and filmmaking produced the Iraqi Kurdistan Flipbook with MediaStorm in 2006, which has been shown in film festivals and museums around the world. An eight-year project completed in 2003, Aging in America: The Years Ahead, has created one of the most extensive visual archives on aging in the United States. As a contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine, he has produced 17 features since 1991.
Along with numerous awards from World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International, UNICEF’s Photo of the Year 2010, a Prix Pictet 2010 Commission and honors from Communication Arts and American Photography, Kashi’s images have been published and exhibited worldwide. He has seven books, including Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta and THREE. Kashi’s latest book Photojournalisms, is a compilation of journal writings to his wife, done over a nearly 20-year period, from various locations around the world. In 2015 he was named Multimedia Photographer of The Year by Pictures of the Year International.Hide the rest
Artist & Writer
The Lavin Agency
Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. Her memoir, Drawing Blood, is available in bookstores everywhere. Called "An emblem of the way art can break out of the gilded gallery" by the N...Show the rest
Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. Her memoir, Drawing Blood, is available in bookstores everywhere. Called "An emblem of the way art can break out of the gilded gallery" by the New Republic, she has drawn in Guantanamo Bay, Abu Dhabi's migrant labor camps, and with rebels in Syria. Crabapple is a contributing editor for VICE, and has written for publications including The New York Times, Paris Review, and Vanity Fair. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.Hide the rest
Brooklyn Defender Services
Wesley Caines has a passion for helping people help themselves. He is proud to be a Reentry Specialist/Coordinator/Advocate for Brooklyn Defender Services and each day he finds new and creative way...Show the rest
Wesley Caines has a passion for helping people help themselves. He is proud to be a Reentry Specialist/Coordinator/Advocate for Brooklyn Defender Services and each day he finds new and creative ways to do his job. With more than two decades of experience with the criminal justice system, Wesley blends a historical perspective with an emphasis on future potential to help his clients achieve the best possible outcomes. A graduate of Bard College and New York Theological Seminary, Wesley is well suited to the dual task of educating around criminal justice issues and helping others understand their personal responsibility for their own positive life outcomes. At BDS, Wesley is tasked with creating a reentry program based on the organization’s core principle of comprehensive human service. A member of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, he also lends his expertise in the furtherance of helping those who are economically disadvantaged to improve their criminal justice outcomes by making bail; studies have shown that pre-trial detention correlates with significantly worse case outcomes. Wesley’s life’s goal is the empowerment of underserved communities as they become creative self-advocates who challenge policy-makers’ notion of the social contract.Hide the rest