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SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD

REACT to FILM bestows the Social Impact Award to films and filmmakers that have the potential to make a tremendous social impact on the world. These films and filmmakers pave the way to creating change in the world. This award represents freedom from oppression, unity of humankind, and the spirit of activism.

The AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival Awards

AFI was created to protect and preserve the legacy of the moving image art form so that future generations will have a greater understanding and appreciation for the proud heritage reflected in the realities of a new modern day.

Each year, AFI Awards — favored by artists and entertainment executives for its intimacy and collaborative recognition where everyone is a winner — honors excellence in the moving image arts within the context of a Year in Review. One of AFI’s national mandates is the creation of an annual almanac that records and preserves the evolution of the moving image arts in the 21st century.

AFI Awards records each year’s most outstanding achievements in film, television and other forms of the moving image arts. The honorees-only gathering is the only form of national recognition that honors the creative ensemble as a whole — those in front of and behind the camera. The private luncheon honors the talented teams that created the 10 most outstanding films and 10 most outstanding television programs of the year.

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ESCAPE FIRE

ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: how can we save our badly broken healthcare system?

ESCAPE FIRE examines the powerful forces maintaining the status quo, a medical industry designed for quick fixes rather than prevention, for profit-driven care rather than patient-driven care. After decades of resistance, a movement to bring innovative high-touch, low-cost methods of prevention and healing into our high-tech, costly system is finally gaining ground. Award-winning filmmakers Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke follow dramatic human stories as well as leaders fighting to transform healthcare at the highest levels of medicine, industry, government, and even the US military. ESCAPE FIRE is about finding a way out. It’s about saving the health of a nation.

WINNER

house_i_live_inThe House I Live In

As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. Over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than twenty states, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications.

HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS

The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate Independent film – long, short, fiction and documentary – and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to our audiences. The festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all.

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E-Team

When atrocities are committed in countries held hostage by ruthless dictators, Human Rights Watch sends in the E-Team (Emergencies Team), a collection of fiercely intelligent individuals hired to document war crimes and report them to the rest of the world. Within this volatile climate, filmmakers Ross Kauffman and Katy Chevigny take us to the frontline in Syria and Libya, where shrapnel, bullet holes, and unmarked graves provide mounting evidence of coordinated attacks conducted by Bashar al-Assad and the now-deceased Muammar Gaddafi. The crimes are rampant, random, and often undocumented, making E-Team’s effort to get information out of the country and into the hands of media outlets and criminal courts all the more necessary.

WINNER

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Plot For Peace

“Plot For Peace” THE UNTOLD STORY BEHIND HISTORY, a well-kept secret behind the world-wide icon : Nelson Mandela’s release was a Plot for Peace. For the first time, heads of state, generals, diplomats, master spies and anti-apartheid fighters reveal how Africa’s front line states helped end apartheid. The improbable key to Mandela’s prison cell was a mysterious French businessman, dubbed “Monsieur Jacques” in classified correspondence. His trade secret was trust.

Plot for Peace

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Rising_From_AshesRising from Ashes

“Rising from Ashes” is a feature length documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.

 

 

 

 

 

 

REACT to FILM 3rd ANNUAL FILM AWARDS

REACT to FILM EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD

This award was bestowed upon two teachers who demonstrated excellence in implementing the REACT to FILM High School Course.  Their leadership is an inspiration to us all. 

WINNERS

Michael Stephan

Tremaine Price

Summit Academy Charter School

REACT to FILM EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP AWARD

WINNERS

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REACT to FILM GLOBAL CITIZEN AWARD

WINNER

Director Louie Psihoyos

Racing Extinction
Scientists predict we may lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century. They believe we have entered the sixth major extinction event in Earth’s history. Number five took out the dinosaurs. This era is called the Anthropocene, or ‘Age of Man’, because the evidence shows that humanity has sparked this catastrophic loss. We are the only ones who can stop it as well. The Oceanic Preservation Society, the group behind the Academy Award® winning film THE COVE, is back for “Racing Extinction”. Along with some new innovators, OPS will bring a voice to the thousands of species on the very edge of life. An unlikely team of activists is out to expose the two worlds endangering species across the globe. The first threat to the wild comes from the international trade of wildlife. Bogus markets are being created at the expense of creatures who have survived on this planet for millions of years. The other threat is all around us, hiding in plain sight. There’s a hidden world that the oil and gas companies don’t want the rest of us to see. Director Louie Psihoyos has concocted an ambitious mission to call attention to our impact on the planet, while inspiring others to embrace the solutions that will ensure a thriving planet for future generations.

REACT to FILM COLLEGE CHOICE AWARD

WINNER

Director Orlando Von Einsiedel

Virunga
The documentary tells the story of four characters fighting to protect Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, home to the world’s last mountain gorillas, against war, poaching, and the threat of oil exploration. Following gorilla caregiver André Bauma, head park ranger Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo, chief warden Emmanuel de Merode, and the French investigative journalist, Mélanie Gouby, the film focuses on the natural beauty and biodiversity of Virunga, as well as the complex political and economic issues surrounding oil exploration and armed conflict in the region.

REACT to FILM EDUCATIONAL IMPACT AWARD

WINNER

Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom

The Mask You Live In

Explores how our culture’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men and society at large and unveils what we can do about it.

REACT to FILM 2nd ANNUAL FILM AWARDS

WINNER

Fed Up

Honored: Katie Couric,Laurie David, Stephanie Soechtig

Fed Up shows how the first dietary guidelines issued by the U.S. government 30 years ago overlooked the role of dietary sugar in increasing risks of obesity, diabetes, and associated ill­ health outcomes, particularly in children. Since these guidelines effectively condoned unlimited addition of sugar to foods consumed by children, sugar consumption has greatly increased, obesity has skyrocketed, and generations of children have grown up far fatter than their parents. These children face impaired health and shorter lifespans as a result.[6][7] As the relationship between the high­ sugar diet and poor health has emerged, entrenched sugar industry interests with almost unlimited financial lobbying resources have beaten back attempts by parents, schools, states, and in Congress to provide a healthier diet for children.

 

REACT to FILM EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD

This award was bestowed upon two teachers who demonstrated excellence in implementing the REACT to FILM High School Course.  Their leadership is an inspiration to us all. 

WINNERS

Anne Lenzini

Achievement First Brooklyn High School

REACT to FILM 1st ANNUAL FILM AWARDS

This event occurred on May 15th 2013 to benefit the two REACT to FILM educational programs. Due to the generosity of our event sponsors, 100% of the ticket sales directly benefitted the RtF High School Program and College Action Network. The fundraiser was a complete success and raised almost $100,000 for the programs. At the event, the Social Impact Award was given to the film that students voted on as having the biggest impact on them. REACT to FILM also honored teachers and students from the High School Program.

WINNER

the_invisible_war_poster_for_formThe Invisible War

The Invisible War features interviews with veterans from multiple branches of the United States Armed Forces who recount the events surrounding their assaults. Their stories show many common themes, such as the lack of recourse to an impartial justice system, reprisals against survivors instead of against perpetrators, the absence of adequate emotional and physical care for survivors, the unhindered advancement of perpetrators’ careers, and the forced expulsion of survivors from service. This film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013 and has made military sexual assault a national headline. The film continues to spark conversation on Capitol Hill and is a major reason why the MJIA Bill is being voted on.

 

 

REACT to FILM EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD

This award was bestowed upon two teachers who demonstrated excellence in implementing the REACT to FILM High School Course.  Their leadership is an inspiration to us all. 

WINNERS

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Michael Melvin

Achievement First Brooklyn High School

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Janelle Heatley

KIPP NYC College Prep

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REACT to FILM RECOGNITION FOR STUDENT FILMMAKING

This award was bestowed on two students who showed tremendous initiative and talent by directing and producing their own short films depicting the themes discussed in class following film screenings of the documentary Living for 32, directed by Kevin Breslin and produced by Maria Cuomo Cole.  Living for 32 is a film about the 32 murdered in the tragic Virginia Tech shooting, and the 32 people killed by guns every day in America.  The subject of the film and Virginia Tech shooting survivor, Colin Goddard, visited Achievement First Brooklyn High School’s REACT to FILM class to share his personal experience and answer their questions.  The awards given are for two student films that highlight the issues of bullying and gun violence.

WINNERS

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Dylan Quoq

Achievement First Brooklyn High School

Khaliq

Achievement First Brooklyn High School

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