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A selection of media created and / or supported by funders to drive social change. We’re happy to receive submissions. To submit media projects please email info@mediafunders.org with details.

Impact design in VR: A toolkit for media makers and mission-driven organizations

Q&A with Alissa Quart of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project

Nina Sachdev

Last month, at the 10th annual Reva and David Logan Symposium in Investigative Reporting at the University of California, Berkeley, we learned of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP), a nonprofit news outlet—funded in part by the Ford Foundation—dedicated to reporting on poverty, economic struggle and what they call an “unseen America.” Established in 2012, the small but mighty (two full-time and four part-time employees) operation has been successful in forcing these issues into the national conversation; that’s evident by the major outlets continually picking up their work. Of the 60 stories EHRP produced last year, eight of them were published in The New York Times. Nine of their stories have appeared in The Atlantic since 2012. We reached out to Alissa Quart, executive editor of EHRP and author of several books including Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers, to talk about EHRP’s mission, the great American writer Studs Terkel, and the rapidly narrowing divide between “the poor” and “journalists.”

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#InequalityIs

Funded by: Ford Foundation

What is it: A campaign launched by Ford in late January that seeks to raise awareness about inequality in all its forms and what can be done about it. Ford asked people on social media one question: Finish this sentence: Inequality is…

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Ask the Sexpert

Funded by: MacArthur Foundation, Catapult Film Fund

With support from the MacArthur Foundation, Catapult Film Fund, and others, Indian director Vaishali Sinha examines how Indians discuss sex in her documentary Ask the Sexpert. This feature length documentary is centered on a highly popular sex advice columnist in Mumbai, India—Dr. Mahinder Watsa. Read more

The Look of Silence

Funded by: The Bertha Foundation, the Freedom of Expression Foundation, the Finnish Film Foundation

Produced with support from the Bertha Foundation, The Freedom of Expression Foundation, and the Finnish Film Foundation, Joshua Oppenheimer’s new documentary The Look of Silence follows a 44-year-old optometrist named Adi Rukun who confronts the men who killed his brother in the 1965 Indonesian genocide. Read more

Chasing Ice

Funded by: Kendeda Fund

When I Walk

Funded by: ITVS, NYSCA, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Council for the Arts, Princess Grace Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Firelight Labs, Caam, Fledgling Fund, The Nathan Cummings Foundation

CareForce – Domestic Worker App and Public Art

Funded by: Rockefeller Foundation, Fledgling Fund, Tribeca Film Institute

Produced by Studio REV- in collaboration with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, The Domestic Worker App is a public art + know-your-rights resource accessible by any kind of cell phone. Read more

The Armor of Light

Funded by: Fork Films

The Rev. Rob Schenck has a crisis of faith in this documentary by Abigail Disney. As a conservative evangelical pastor, he lobbies Washington on a pro-life platform — but questions how firearm legislation can coexist with those beliefs. Read more

Indian Point

Funded by: Catapult Film Fund

Nuclear power has faced many roadblocks to mainstream acceptance in the United States, mainly concerns about its potential dangers. In Indian Point, the nuclear power plant in question is only 35 miles north of Times Square on the Hudson River, and it is growing old. Read more

Among the Believers

Funded by: Chicken & Egg Pictures, Ford Foundation, Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, Independent Filmmaker Project, Influence Film Foundation, The Joan and Lewis Platt Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Women Make Movies

Islamabad, Pakistan is home to the infamous Red Mosque, whose leader Maulana Abdul Aziz Ghazi teaches the Koran and proselytizes for ISIS. Among the Believers follows Aziz as a political, religious, and local business influence, but also tells the stories of several of his young students.  Read more

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