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New Media Film Festival program examines global warming, men’s health, Syrian refugee crisis, and digital millennials

BY Susan Johnston | 21-Jan-2020
LOS ANGELES — Interactive documentaries and an animated film — exploring men’s mental health, the plight of a Syrian refugee family, the consequences of climate change, and the effect of digital connections on human relationships —will be screened during the 11th New Media Film Festival, to be held June 3 and 4.
New Media Film Festival
The festival will be held at The Landmark, 10850 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles.

The New Media festival, part of the United Nations Millennium Project, was launched as an annual event during the 2009 C3: Center for Conscious Creativity “Immerse in the Future” symposium held in Los Angeles. The festival is the brainchild of media futurist and current president of Select Services Films Inc. Susan Johnston. She saw the need for a unique event specifically catering to new media content artists that would “look at new technologies and how it merges with the story so people can go on the journey the story set out to create.” The result is a film festival that the organizers say creates “new opportunities outside the norm to bolster creators in media.”

In addition to film screenings, the festival will have panel discussions, Q&A sessions, a marketing table, and art exhibit and other events.

Filmmakers interested in submitting their work for possible screening have until April 10. Organizers will release the final schedule for the festival May 10. For updates, check the festival schedule.

Below are some brief descriptions of the films in this program.
Red Earth
Director: Michael Kenny
Country: Australia
Running time: 4:32 World Premiere
Description:
In this student-produced animation, a monster born from the climate crisis rains down the fires of hell upon an innocent wallaby.
Brothers Across Borders
Director: Mikkel Keldorf
Country: Denmark, Turkey

U.S. Premiere
Description:
This interactive documentary film puts you in charge of the decisions of a young Syrian refugee named Ismael. The journey is full of risk, challenges and dilemmas as the future of the family depends on you and the choices you make.
More Than A Haircut Director: Hartley Woolf
Country: UK, Russia, India
L.A. Premiere
Description:
This interactive documentary explores masculinity and men's mental health through the context of barbershops around the world. WTV, It's cool
Director: Brit Phelan
Country: USA
World Premiere
Description:
Explore the millennial experience and how we navigate the deterioration and transformation of our personal relationships in this ever-growing digital world.