A Call for Volunteers!

A Call for Volunteers!

We’re building our dream team this year and we’re calling you to be a part of it. Click on the full article to find out how you can help us build the School of Slow Media in 2019.

Capturing Climate Change Stories through Human-Centered Storytelling

Capturing Climate Change Stories through Human-Centered Storytelling

“It’s God’s will,” said the farmers.

They knew something was shifting in the climate. They adapted to the situation; but felt powerless to do anything to about it.

I wondered: Why are farming families still resistant to certain climate initiatives? What happens to farmers who aren’t successful at converting to shrimp farms? And, how can we convince farmers to care about climate change when they can’t afford to adapt when a particular initiative goes poorly for them?

These were the questions that arose when we, the School of Slow Media, along with 12 other young leaders, were present on the ground with local farmers in the Mekong Delta this February 15 - 17, 2019.

2018: A Year of Gratitudes

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2018: A Year of Gratitudes

One of our core practices within our team is to practice gratitudes with one another. For us, this means a moment in which we not only acknowledge for ourselves something small that we appreciate, but a moment in which we verbalize those things to each other. As 2018 had been a momentous year for us as an organization, we wanted to share with you a few small moments of appreciation.

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Our Top Slow Media Diet Picks of 2017

Our Top Slow Media Diet Picks of 2017

A film should never feel like a closed arc. Here’s a look back at some of our favorite slow media pieces of the year: the works of art that transcended their medium, seeped into our bodies, and left us transformed.

Reflection: How I Learned to Meditate in Action

What does it mean to meditate in action? How does slowing down actually help you create faster? Remix Phnom Penh participant Kagna Mourng reflects on her experience during School of Slow Media's three day mindful media lab.

Is it Possible to Create 'Slow Media' in 3 Days?

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Is it Possible to Create 'Slow Media' in 3 Days?

REMIX is an incredibly intense experience, and it seems contradictory to tell you to slow down while asking you to make something that fast. But sometimes we are so close to our “problems” that a brief step back is all we need to see different ways of tackling solutions.

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Our Partners in Hanoi, Vietnam

Our Partners in Hanoi, Vietnam

School of Slow Media is all about relationships—the qualities, collaborations, and understanding that comes through them. To that end, we have always strived to form partnerships along the way that matter, and we have come to cherish our partners as our number one asset. 

In Hanoi REMIX, we have collaborated with two prominent members of Hanoi’s creative community: Clickable Vietnam, and VUI Studio. 

Clickable Vietnam is a "World-Wise Agency for brands that market Vietnam to the world” and has headquartered in a beautiful lake-side villa in Tay Ho, Hanoi. They work tirelessly to serve their clients and their creative team is top-notch! We should know: four of their current and former team members joined REMIX, and Ai Vuong, our communications director, double-duties there as a communications consultant. Seeing our mission of raising capacity in southeast Asian creative communities, Clickable agreed to sponsor their staff’s participation in REMIX and gave them blessings for the three-day creative challenge, away from their usual work. 

VUI Studio is a brand-new venue for the Hanoi creatives to “work, meet, eat & drink." A beautifully appointed with care and attention to every detail, from construction, chairs, lighting and sound, to arts and books and coffee brewed inside, it's a delightful space and a perfect venue for working and learning. Their owners resonated with the REMIX's "slow media" message immediately, and offered us their space for the 3-day workshop.  

We are lucky to have such friends in the community, and are excited to extend our invitation to anyone interested in working with us, across the region. Get in touch if you are interested or know someone who might be!  

 

3 days of listening

3 days of listening

Circles. That's what it boils down to. A concentric ring of people coming together to listen. 

REMIX Hanoi brought 14 people together for 3 days in June at the beautiful VUI Studio. Three teams from all over the world and with completely different backgrounds worked together to create 3-5 min documentary films from scratch -- in less than 48 hours of pre-production, production, and post-production time. 

What struck me the most about this group was how peaceful and in tune they all remained throughout the three-day process. Everything came together as intended: slowly, revealing itself gradually. Well, the last-minute changes and chaos are to be expected, as it should be in such accelerated programs! While each group was unique in their work process, they all shared a sense of calm and awareness. Our “points” (coaches)—Genevieve and Justin, SoSM alumni who flew in to help out with this REMIX, expressed their almost-bewilderment in one of our daily check-ins.

"I can't believe how they are so calm," they exclaimed. "I kept waiting for the drama, and nothing happened!" 

Teams were under stress, of course—they had to turn in their rough cut (the first draft of their work) by the end of Sunday for an audience of around 50 people who came to see the results. They were cutting footage, adding subtitles, cleaning up the sound right up to the last anxiety-inducing seconds. Luckily, due to our intention setting from the beginning, a sense of calmness permeated all of us.

We insisted in taking breaks of meditation.

We peppered our program with check-ins, short interviews, opportunities for listening.

We talked about the value of respecting our "participants"—the subject of their documentary work. Then we practiced respecting each other within the room. We began to SEE each other. And in that practice, learned to see ourselves. 

At the end of the program, all fourteen of us sat together in a circle, processing the whole experience as a group. We shared our innermost feelings, personal stories, desires and hopes, as well as sadness and disappointments in our lives, our world. But the most remarkable to me was how we started to listen together, a theme emerged, naturally, and ideas ran together. Before realizing it, we were talking as one.

More than anything the teams and Individual members had accomplished over this weekend, the moment of cohesion I felt with the group made me the most proud.

I'm very excited about the shift that we are causing. And more so, encouraged with each new encounter, each chance I get to listen to a new person.

 

Why We Must Look at the World

Why We Must Look at the World

True and lasting positive change becomes possible when we contemplate what is, before we try to transform it. So we must first look.

Embodied Stories

Embodied Stories

“The privileged” see STORY as something that can be separated from them. Story is an object they hold in their hands.  

This is a meditation on the relationship between STORY and privilege.