Above: moments during a monthly gathering in New York, hosted by Vice, and captured by members Jake and Michelle.
In early 2015, a handful of video journalists from a few of New York's oldest, most prestigious publications—and from a few of its hottest new ones—crowded around a shabby wooden table in the far-back corner of an East Village bar. The point of the meeting was to talk about video: its current state, how it was changing, and what it was becoming. After all, these were the folks who were creating the stuff that millions of people consume every day; how could they network amongst themselves, and also work together, to push this medium to more ambitious, greater, and inspiring heights?
The next month, they convened again—same time, same place—and some more video journalists were brought along. The month after that, they moved to a larger space in Brooklyn—more VJs and some documentary filmmakers in tow—to hang, talk, drink. Some recently-published shorts were screened and discussed. Pizzas were ordered; the group talked shop late into the night. These gatherings—now occurring monthly in our chapter cities across America and Europe—are an integral part of the Consortium's network, which has since grown to span the globe. We’re working as hard as we can to unite the world’s top nonfiction fiction creators so that, together, we can shift the zeitgeist through truthful and compelling storytelling that inspires positive social change.