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Arts Engine, a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) organization incorporated in the State of New York, supports, produces, and distributes independent media of consequence and promotes the use of independent media by advocates, educators and the general public. For over a decade, Arts Engine has proudly presented the critically acclaimed Media That Matters™ program – the premiere showcase of short films on the most important topics of the day. From gay rights to global warming, the jury-selected collection of over 170 films represents the work of a diverse group of independent filmmakers, many of whom are under 21. The films are equally diverse in style and content, with documentaries, music videos, animations, experimental work and everything else in between. What all the films have in common is that they spark debate and action in 12 minutes or less.
Brooklyn Roasting Company buys, roasts, and sells superb coffees from the world’s most renowned growing regions. We favor certified coffees (Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, organic), unique auction-lot coffees and distinctive farm-direct coffees.
The Center for Social Media showcases and analyzes media for public knowledge and action—media made by, for, and with publics to address the problems that they share. We pay particular attention to the evolution of documentary film and video in a digital era. With research, public events, and convenings, we explore the fast-changing environment for public media. The Center was founded in 2001 by Patricia Aufderheide, University Professor in the School of Communication at American University.
Divine Chocolate is a pioneering Fair Trade chocolate company, owned in part by the farmers of Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana. Kuapa Kokoo is a farmer's cooperative of 60,000 members who supply the cocoa for each bar of Divine. They get paid a Fair Trade price for their beans and receive a social premium that the cooperative invests in schools, clean drinking water, medical clinics, and women's entrepreneurship projects. Plus, as owners they get a share of the profits, a say in the company, and a voice in the global marketplace.
Nostalgia for the Light was produced by Icarus Films. Icarus Films is a leading distributor of documentary films in North America. The company was started in 1978, with an emphasis on films from and about the Middle East. Over the years, as we have acquired and released 25 to 50 new films a year, our collection has broadened to include films in many areas of social, political and cultural concern, and most areas of the humanities and social sciences. We are proud to now distribute over 750 titles, to theatrical, nontheatrical, educational, home video and home entertainment, online and television markets in the US and Canada.
Kartemquin Films is a home for independent filmmakers developing documentary as a vehicle to deepen our understanding of society through everyday human drama. Focusing on people whose lives are most directly affected by social and political change and who are often overlooked or misrepresented by the media, Kartemquin's films open up a dialogue, both in communities and between the general public and policymakers. Kartemquin documentaries are supported by civic engagement strategies that are developed with local and national partners to foster understanding, change thinking, and build support for social change. As a locally and nationally-recognized media arts organization, Kartemquin acts as a trusted bridge between communities and the media, fosters the growth of emerging filmmaking voices passionate about social issues and media policy, and encourages staff and stakeholders to play a role in advocating for a strong public media. Kartemquin is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.
Latino Public Broadcasting supports the development, production, acquisition and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural media that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans. These programs are produced for dissemination to the public broadcasting stations and other public telecommunication entities. By acting as minority consortium, LPB provides a voice to the diverse Latino community throughout the United States.
Newman's Own Organics: The Second Generation was started in 1993 by co-founders Nell Newman and Peter Meehan as a division of Newman’s Own, becoming a separate company in 2001. Newman’s Own Organics produces a line of popular snack foods including pretzels, cookies, chocolate bars and cups, mints, licorice twists, and popcorn, as well as olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dried fruit, coffee, tea, and pet food. Pop’s Corn, available in three microwave varieties, features organic corn with no partially hydrogenated shortening or trans fatty acids.All products are certified by Oregon Tilth to meet the organic standards established by the USDA’s National Organic Products Program. Through the sale of its products, Newman’s Own Organics generates money for The Newman’s Own Foundation. Since 1982, Paul Newman and the Newman’s Own Foundation have donated over 350 million dollars to a wide variety of charitable organizations.
Numi Organic Tea. founded in 1999 by brother and sister tea’m Ahmed Rahim (the alchemist) and Reem Rahim (the artist), is a purveyor of premium quality organic and Fair Trade certified teas and teasans. Numi blends its organic fuller leave teas with only real herbs, fruits, flowers and spices – not unnecessary “natural” flavorings or perfumes. All products come in in recycled-content packages and biodegradable bags and are available in retail outlets throughout the U.S., Canada, the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands and online at www.NumiTea.com. An award-winning social enterprise and founding B-Corporation member, Numi supports community development projects worldwide. For more information visit www.NumiTea.com and follow us at www.facebook.com/numitea and www.twitter.com/numitea.
Punchbowl.com is the one-stop site that helps smart moms and savvy professionals celebrate special occasions, milestone events, and holidays. Punchbowl offers a modern, effortless way to plan an unforgettable celebration with start to finish party planning. In addition, the site offers digital greeting cards that have the look and feel of a traditional paper card. They have created customizable email invitations for people interested in throwing their own Premiere Party.
Sony make.believe is more than just a marketing slogan. It’s an invitation. And a promise. We promise you that anything you can imagine, you can make real – this is what make.believe means. How do we do it? By using our imagination to unlock the power of your imagination, inventing the more immersive experiences so you can use our technology, our thinking and our spirit of creativity to dream, play, create and innovate. From the music you love to the movies that move you, the games that thrill you to the technology that amazes you. We bring it all together for your ultimate entertainment experience. What is the meaning of the dot in make.believe? It’s the place were imagination becomes real and you’re invited.
StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on our Listen pages. We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, strengthen and build the connections between people, teach the value of listening, and weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that every life matters. At the same time, we will create an invaluable archive of American voices and wisdom for future generations. In the coming years we will build StoryCorps into an enduring institution that will touch the lives of every American family.
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