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NEW YORK IS WHERE IT ALL BEGAN.

Our New York chapter is the Video Consortium's home—and where it first came to life on one cold wintery evening in 2015, at the back of an East Village bar, amongst a handful of video-creating friends. Today, New York is still the VC's headquarters, and as our community continues to flourish, our VCNY gatherings remain always sold-out and always-spectacularly inspiring celebrations of the brilliant work of our members. Join the party!

Inquiries: ny [at] videoconsortium.com

Video above: Andrew David Watson’s “The Most Recognizable Voice in New York,” for The New Yorker

 

 
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QuARTERLY WORKSHOPS

Workshops occur quarterly, taught by VC members and for VC members. Topics range from secrets in lighting design to the the art of stop motion. Our new season begins in September, 2018. 

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MONTHLY GATHERINGS

A roving gathering filled with nonfiction creators and hosted at a different location every month. We eat, drink, hang, and show a highly curated selection of members' work, followed by behind-the-scenes Q&A's.

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A Quarterly Book Club!

A quarterly meeting to inspire and deepen our community through discussions of storytelling, filmmaking, journalism and more. We're currently reading: I Am Not Your Negro, by James Baldwin.


THE SELECTION COMMITTEE

Works screened at our monthly gatherings in New York are chosen by a quarterly rotating commitee of our members. For members only: submit your films to screen here.

September — December, 2019

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Nick Ravich

After graduating from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Nick worked for filmmaker Errol Morris as a researcher, starting a nearly twenty-year career in documentary production. Today, he’s the Director of Video Programming & Production at Art21, the long-running arts and documentary non-profit, serving as series producer for the Peabody Award-winning PBS broadcast series "Art in the Twenty-First Century" and the Webby-nominated digital shorts series "New York Close Up," which he also co-created. He has been directly involved in the production of 300 (and counting) digital shorts which have been screened over 75 times at over 30 film festivals across the world.

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MONA PANCHAL

Mona is a producer with experience telling stories across film, television, documentary and digital series. Mona began her career in feature film development at MGM and Paramount Pictures and then branched out into digital and documentary work which has premiered and won awards at Sundance, SXSW, HotDocs, and Tribeca. Currently, she’s the Vice President of Development at First Look Media’s Topic Studios, she oversees the development of both documentary and scripted television series such as the Netflix Original series Losers, which premiered in March and was nominated for Best Sports Series at the Critics Choice Real TV Awards.

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MONICA RAčić

Monica is a journalist and creative technologist working in a variety of mediums. She is the Director of Production and Multimedia at The New Yorker where she leads a cross-functional team that builds newsroom tools and editorial features. She has worked as a reporter, shooter, and editor, and taught at The New School in the interdisciplinary Journalism + Design program. In 2017, Monica was the story producer of “We Are Witnesses,” a series produced in partnership with The Marshall Project that won an Edward R. Murrow award and was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy. Her collaborative work has been recognized by the American Society of Magazine Editors, the Society of Publication Designers, the Webbys, and was most recently nominated for an Online Journalism Award for innovation in visual digital storytelling.

May – July, 2019

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Nausheen Dadabhoy 

Nausheen is a Pakistani-American director and DP from Southern California. She received her MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute. Since graduating she has lensed a number of narrative and documentary films: J'adore Nawal a short for HBO Documentaries which premiered at Sundance, Academy Award Live Action Short nominee La femme et le TGV (The Railroad Lady), and others. Nausheen's films have played in competition at festivals like TIFF, Tribeca, AFI Fest, IDFA and on platforms like Netflix, PBS, MSNBC and MTV. The Ground Beneath Their Feet, her directorial debut, premiered at IDFA in the first appearance competition. In 2019, she was a Chicken and Egg Fellow, and was recently named one of DOCNYC’s “40 Under 40” filmmakers. She is based in New York, Los Angeles and Karachi where she has broken boundaries to become the only female cinematographer in Pakistan.

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Rebecca Davis

Rebecca is an Emmy Award-winning video journalist based in New York City. She is currently the supervising producer for season two of Vox’s Explained on Netflix. Previously she helped to launch NBC News' digital documentaries unit, where her work focused on social movements, environmental and economic justice, and community innovators. She got her start in journalism with the New York Daily News, where she covered everything from the Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest and the New York Jets to Occupy Wall Street and Hurricane Sandy. She is currently working on her first feature-length documentary on the life and work of civic guru Robert Putnam.

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Jarrard COLE

Jarrard is a filmmaker, video journalist, and the deputy head of video and audio at The Wall Street Journal, where he helps lead teams producing news video, documentaries and podcasts. Jarrard previously worked as the Vice President of Content at the documentary virtual reality studio Scenic and as a video producer for the Journal for five years before that. He's worked in interactive video, VR, and documentary film, and he has reported around the world from Tokyo to Beirut to the White House. His work has been nominated for an Emmy and a Gerald Loeb Award. Jarrard graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and is a fanatical Tar Heel.

January — March, 2019

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Quincy G. Ledbetter

Quincy is an award winning filmmaker, musician, photographer, and artist from Brooklyn, New York by way of Woodbridge, Virginia. His work has primarily been in narrative, documentary, and experimental film. As a self-taught jack of all trades, Quincy excels in writing, directing, editing, cinematography, and music composition. His work in digital media has won an Edward Murrow Award and a ASME Ellie Award for News Documentary (2018), an Emmy Nomination for Short Format Daytime Program (2017), and a Webby Award (2016). Quincy has worked with notable brands such as BET Networks, Paramount Players, NPR, Mashable, Mic, and HuffPost as well as many other independent artists and brands.

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Leslye Davis

Leslye is a documentarian and photographer at The New York Times where she has worked since 2012.  She was named among the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 for Media. In 2016, she was on the team of journalists who were awarded the Overseas Press Club’s David Kaplan Award for their coverage of the ISIS-led terrorist attacks in Paris. Her work has been nominated for an Emmy, a Gerald Loeb Award for explanatory journalism and she was part of a team of Times journalists who were finalists for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. In 2017 Pictures of the Year International (POYi) awarded her runner-up for “Multimedia Portfolio of the Year” and in 2011 she won the competition.

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Ed Ou

Ed is a staff visual journalist and documentary filmmaker with NBC News. He started his career early as a teenager, covering the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, and the fall of the Islamic Courts in Mogadishu, Somalia while he was studying in the Middle East. He first worked for Reuters and the Associated Press, and then the New York Times covering the Middle East during the wave of uprisings that rocked the Arab World. Ed has been the recipient of a Global Vision Award, World Understanding Award, Documentary Journalism Award, and Photographer of the Year Award from POYi, a 1st Place Contemporary Issues award from World Press Photo. He has also received an International Reporting Award from the Overseas Press Club, and other recognitions from the Prix Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents, and PDN 30 Under 30. He is a TED Senior Fellow and his photos are represented by Getty Images Reportage.

September — December, 2018

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Madeleine Stix

Madeleine Stix shoots, edits and produces content for CNN.com in New York. Before moving back home to Washington Heights, she lived in Atlanta for four years where she worked in various roles for CNN both in TV and digital. She studied International Relations with a focus in Middle Eastern Studies and Latin American Studies at Brandeis University.

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Contessa Gayles

Contessa is a documentary filmmaker, an award-winning journalist and an Emmy-nominated producer committed to telling stories about identity and social change with a focus on communities of color. She earned her B.A. from Columbia University and an M.A. in Journalism from New York University with a concentration in Documentary Film. Today, she’s an independent filmmaker developing documentary projects under her production company, Cocomotion Pictures. Previously, she was a Producer at CNN, where she created, produced, directed, shot, wrote and edited acclaimed original digital video series and documentaries including The Feminist on Cellblock Y, Women Who March: The Movement, This Is Birth with Lisa Ling, and the 2016 News & Documentary Emmy-nominated Feeding America's Most Vulnerable Children

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Mariya Pylayev

Mariya is a video storyteller and animator who currently works in Eater's special projects unit. In 2016, she received a James Beard Award for Visual Storytelling for a feature called "Thrill Ride." Her work has also appeared in Popular Science, Scientific American, Fast Company, CNN, Grist and other swell outlets.

May — July, 2018

 
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Neha Shastry

Neha Shastry is an award-winning independent journalist and filmmaker based in New York. She previously was full time at CNN Digital, where she was a producer and digital correspondent. At CNN she directed a series about the future of space travel, as well as documentaries about the plight of blue collar workers in Silicon Valley, how the Amazon deal in New York fell through, and how legacy cannabis farmers are adapting to regulations in California. She also worked on three episodes of Season 4 of CNN's acclaimed series This is Life with Lisa Ling. Neha was one of the first employees of Vice News when it launched in 2013, and over the course of three years she traveled across the world producing stories ranging from the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal, disparities within India's mental health system, and water access in the United States.

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SAM BAUMEL

In October, 2017, Sam Baumel attended the Video Consortium’s Halloween Gathering dressed as a keyframe (above). He’s is grateful for the privilege of membership in an organization whose constituents appreciate this joke AND create compelling, substantive nonfiction video content.

Sam is an independent filmmaker and creative producer in New York, collaborating with a variety of nonprofits and ad agencies to make meaningful content. Since joining the Video Consortium in 2015, Sam has met and collaborated with other VC members on productions including a VR doc about water pump installation in Swaziland, mission films for the YMCA and sneak peeks at global innovation labs with Fast Company. Sam is an inaugural member of the Video Consortium Book Club and was proud to host the LGBTQ-themed screenings during the June 2018 VC Gathering at Abel Cine.

 

THE ORGANIZING TEAM

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STEPHANIE STRAUSS 

Director of Gatherings

Stephanie is a director, producer, and editor at Healthline. She has a deep interest in telling stories about health, gender, and what makes people tick. Previously, She was a video producer and editor at Condé Nast working on brands such as SELF, Teen Vogue, BRIDES, and GQ. As the recipient of a  journalism fellowship in Prague, Stephanie examined the access to support that dyslexic students have in Czech schools. Stephanie is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and graduated summa cum laude, from University of Colorado at Boulder. She lives in Brooklyn, NY—a short walk from her favorite rock climbing gym. 

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HANY HAWASLY

Director of Operations, Gatherings

Hany Hawasly is an independent filmmaker and photojournalist. Born and raised in Syria, he specializes in Arabic-language documentary storytelling as editor, producer, translator, and cultural consultant. Prior to moving to the U.S., he worked for ten years with the Syrian Red Crescent and the International Red Cross in Damascus where he filled different leadership and training roles in communications, first aid, disaster preparedness and management, and health care in conflict. Hany is a Fulbright scholar and holds an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri.

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SARAH KAMARAS 

Director of Workshops

Sarah is a freelance producer and editor of short form and branded content. Above all, she considers herself a storyteller. Previously, Sarah produced award-winning news videos at NowThis, working as a Senior Creative Producer for original series. She holds a BS in Film from Boston University.

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Our events are brought to life with the dedication and hard work of our brilliant members. Once you're in, we'd love for you to join us in helping further our community. Email us to inquire for more. ♥

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