The Benevolent Media Festival 2012 is here! June 21-25

By Sarah Howell on June 21, 2012 in events

Come and check out DC Field to Fork’s Cyntia Cabib and the presentation of her documentary on DC’s community gardens, “A Community of Gardeners” on June 24th!!


The Benevolent Media Festival will be screening the documentary “A Community of Gardeners” on Sunday, June 24 at 3 p.m. at The Fridge DC.  The film focuses on the people who tend plots at seven diverse community gardens in Washington, D.C. and shows how these green spaces are changing their lives, their communities and their environment.


The festival will also premiere “Planting Community:  The Story of Wangari Gardens,” a five-minute documentary produced by Still Life Projects that tells the story of Josh Singer and his determination to reclaim an abandoned piece of land in D.C.’s Park View neighborhood.  The screenings will be followed by a discussion and Q & A with filmmaker Cintia Cabib, Josh Singer of Wangari Gardens and Kate Lee of the Brainfood Youth Garden.  There will be a social hour afterwards with drinks and treats!  Tickets to the event are $5.  To purchase tickets, visit  https://secure.scoutmob.com/washington-dc/hand-picked/cycle-in


Prior to the screening, there will be a free group bike ride of two community gardens.  Riders will meet at 1 p.m. at City Bikes in Adams Morgan located at 2501 Champlain St., NW and will make their way to The Fridge.  For details, visit http://bit.ly/PfgrC7


The Fridge DC is located at 516 Eighth St., SE, Washington, D.C. across from Matchbox restaurant.  It is two blocks from the Eastern Market Metro station on the Orange and Blue lines.


This event is part of the Benevolent Media Festival, a celebration of storytelling and design for good.


To learn more about the film and the festival, visit http://www.communityofgardeners.co and http://www.benevolentmedia.org/festival/


We look forward to seeing you on June 24!


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Benevolent Media is an all-volunteer startup dedicated to celebrating storytelling and design for good.


We do this in three ways:

  1. Solutions-based editorial content on our website;
  2. Monthly community events, hosted in partnership with cause-oriented groups; and,
  3. An annual festival, convening mediamakers and changemakers to share best practices, case studies and special projects.


We focus on people, organizations and projects that compel audiences to care about a cause, take action on an issue, or promote a point of view through strategic and inspiring multimedia.


Storytelling” means anything to do with journalism, blogging, filmmaking or other narratives, based on fact and truth.


Design” means anything to do with graphics, interactive data, information visualization, branding and marketing, or other human-centered problem-solving and innovation.


Good” means anything to do with positive and lasting social or environmental change.


And of course, for the public good, storytelling and design must exist through community engagement—both online and offline—in order to be inspiring, effective and sustainable. This can be achieved through social networking, events, partnerships, information-sharing and other types of relationship-building between content creators, consumers and curators.

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