• Media Rise Team

Festival Recap: Watch the Results of the 48-Hour Video Challenge

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 15, 2014) – Media Rise  released the final video submissions created for the 2014 Media Rise Festival’s 48-Hour Video Challenge, a weekend competition, inviting filmmakers to create high-impact, high-quality videos for local nonprofits in just two days. The challenge concluded with a film screening at the Thurgood Marshall Center to acknowledge the winning filmmakers, chosen by a panel of judges and supported with a cash prize sponsored by the Office of Motion Picture and Television Development.


Congratulations to the winning team – Amy Richards, Jeffrey Buras and Abby Pierce – who took home a prize of $600 for successfully shootingediting & delivering a 3-minute video in just two days for Art All Night, an annual arts festival in D.C. founded by creative producer Ariana Austin.

The winning video was chosen by a panel of judges, representing social innovation in media:


Herbert Niles, Deputy Director, Office of Motion Picture and Television Development

Beverly Schwartz, VP, Global Marketing, Ashoka

Dan Hayes, Chief of Production (Partner), Freethink


The other two filmmaking teams created pro bono videos for Living Classrooms, a nonprofit that inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural and maritime resources; and Joy of Motion, a dance center that teaches and encourages people of all ages to integrate dance into their lives for better individual and community health and well-being.


Participating filmmakers:


Living Classrooms

Amber Young Nina Young Ricardo Villalba


Joy of Motion

Emily Wathen Susanne Coates Lisa Nash


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