Humanity Rising: Storytelling to End Injustice
Sunday, March 13
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
Chinua Achebe wrote “Untill the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”
Join us as we talk with filmmakers who are producing from the frontlines to tell their own story in a powerful and important transformation of our understanding of people, places, and moments in time to fight to end oppression and violence and describe the stories of humanity rising in movements for justice all over the world.
We will discuss the unique and critical challenges and opportunities of telling your own stories in this industry and how we as an industry can support film making from the frontlines as a transformative tool for justice.
Christina Hollenback is an investor, artist, director, producer, and activist. A skilled political strategist, Christina has been an integral part of many of the building blocks of movements for j...Show the rest
Christina Hollenback is an investor, artist, director, producer, and activist. A skilled political strategist, Christina has been an integral part of many of the building blocks of movements for justice. From starting the organization that defended the University of Michigan's affirmative action policies to the Supreme Court with three other women while at college, to defending social security under the height of the Bush presidency and persuading white women to vote their self interest in 2008, to building what Sen. Dick Durbin called "the coalition we need to win" around such bold legislation as the Dream Act and Affordable Care Act.
Christina won her first POLLY at just 27 for her work leading youth outreach for Planned Parenthood Federation of America in the 2008 elections and became one of the youngest Executive Directors in Washington, DC at 28 for the Generational Alliance to lead the alliance of all the national youth organizations before starting her own consulting firm at 31 to build enterprises to transform our criminal justice system from the inside out with people who have been formerly incarcerated and expand community owned economic development.
Christina has spent her life emersed in art as an award-winning vocalist, actress, and director. She merged her varied worlds by most recently directing the US Premiere of The album HOME featuring NE-YO, Elle Varner, produced by 5 time Grammy Award winner Malik Yusef in 2013 and helped produce Hip Hop loves Ferguson during Ferguson October with Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, and the top STL artists who gave voice to the movement. In 2014, she founded the Working Group Toward Equal Justice of the Nexus Network and works with high level influencers to better align them with movements for justice.
Damon Davis is an interdisciplinary artist who works and resides in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2008, Davis graduated from St. Louis University with a B.A. in Communication Technology with an emphasis ...Show the rest
Damon Davis is an interdisciplinary artist who works and resides in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2008, Davis graduated from St. Louis University with a B.A. in Communication Technology with an emphasis on Visual Communication. His vast scope of work reveals his unbridled vision and masterful ability to create timely, candid moments through illustration, painting, printmaking, music, film, and public art. Truly an originator and collaborator, Davis has started several long term projects to explore and give shape to the many facets of his practice. He is both the producer and vocalist of experimental hip hop outfit Scripts N Screwz; co-founder of art collective Civil Ape; and founder of independent music and art imprint, Far Fetched.
After events in Ferguson, Missouri, a new chapter of Davis' practice began as he became involved in the protests and creating new work in response to it. Immediately Davis began illustrating political cartoons, speaking on discussion panels, curating art exhibitions of fellow artist activists, and making films. During this time, Davis created his most identifiable work, All Hands on Deck, portraits of those who have shaped and upheld the movement as a strong statement about basic human rights. His illustrations and All Hands On Deck have appeared in NBC News, The Huffington Post, New York Observer, The San Francisco Globe, Mic, Art Net, and more. A piece from the All Hands On Deck project was recently inducted into the Smithsonian African American History Museum. As an activist and community organizer, Davis helped found The Artists As Tutors program in 2014. He was named as one of The New Faces of Social Justice by Revolt Magazine. He has also been an outspoken voice in favor of Net Neutrality, lobbying in Washington DC as a part of a special delegation for communities of color in 2015. Davis currently co-directing the upcoming documentary, Whose Streets, with Sabaah Jordan.
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Dina Madhani is currently working on producing social impact focused content. Previously, as Vice President of Social Media & Marketing at Viacom Media Networks, Dina led social media/fan engagemen...Show the rest
Dina Madhani is currently working on producing social impact focused content. Previously, as Vice President of Social Media & Marketing at Viacom Media Networks, Dina led social media/fan engagement, marketing, partnerships and the overall strategy for Rebel Music, a series about youth using music and art to drive social change. The goal - to amplify youth voices in turbulent countries and communities we rarely hear from, sharing worlds rarely covered but incredibly important in a more interconnected world than ever before. The launch of the premiere episode became one of MTV's most viewed and shared videos ever. She also led a collaboration with the White House, including events that featured a screening of Rebel Music's Native America episode and a panel discussion.
Prior to Viacom Media Networks, Dina has worked at NBCUniversal, Sony, MTV and VH1.
She is also on the board of Video Volunteers, an international media and human rights NGO that empowers marginalized and poor communities in India to produce stories, take action and devise solutions through a citizen journalism network.
She earned her MBA in Marketing and Management at New York University's Stern School of Business and her Bachelor's degree in International Relations at Tufts University.Hide the rest
Sabaah Jordan is an organizer, advocate, and storyteller born in raised in South Central LA. She entered the world of storytelling through theater and performed as a member of the Black Theater Ens...Show the rest
Sabaah Jordan is an organizer, advocate, and storyteller born in raised in South Central LA. She entered the world of storytelling through theater and performed as a member of the Black Theater Ensemble in college. She recently published an account of the non-indictment of Darren Wilson in The Experience magazine. In 2013 advocacy work took her to Rikers Island where she interviewed dozens of incarcerated people about their experiences with trauma. Determined to expose the deep wounds inflicted on the Black community at the hands of the criminal justice system, she came to Ferguson with cinematographer Lucas Farrar in September 2014 to uncover the truth behind the dramatic scenes playing out on the news. Hearing the stories of community members in Ferguson and the surrounding St. Louis area inspired her to enter the world of film. Sabaah continues to inspire others to fight for justice - on 12.13.14 she helped organize The Millions March, one of the largest marches for racial justice in New York history, in response to the non-indictment of the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death.Hide the rest