Just got this exciting news from my friend Second Life journalist Draxtor Despres: he has been awarded the "Every Human Has Rights" media award for his report on the "Virtual Gitmo" build in Second Life.
Drax is heading to Paris, France, courtesy of news agency Internews
to take part in a
ceremony with 30 other international print, TV and online journalists,
former President of the United States Jimmy Carter and Archbishop
Desmond Tutu on December 6 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights! Sounds like an amazing event, and I’m totally jealous.
Meanwhile, Nonny de la Peña and Peggy Weil are headed to Yokohama in December to present "Gone Gitmo" at the International Conference on Advances for Computer Entertainment Technology.
Hit the jump for the full announcement about the prize and "Gone Gitmo" developments in the near future. Great hearing about this neat project getting more attention.
Congrat’s, Drax, Nonny and Peggy!
Machinima blogger Draxtor Despres (aka Bernhard Drax) has been awarded the "Every Human Has Rights" media award for his report on the "Virtual Gitmo" build in Second Life. He was invited to Paris, France, by news agency internews to spend a week there (December 5th to 11th) and take part in a ceremony with 30 other international print, TV and online journalists, former President of the United States Jimmy Carter and Archbishop Desmond Tutu December 6th to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The co-creators of the "Gone Gitmo" installation in SL, Nonny dela Peña (Nonny Writer in SL) and Peggy Weil (Ping Rau in SL) will in the meantime travel to Yokohama, Japan, December 3-5 at the International Conference on Advances for Computer Entertainment Technology to talk about their work in Second Life. Nonny and Peggy has just presented the Gitmo project at the AFI Digifest on November 7, 2008 in Hollywood, where the machinima report was shown at the historic Mann’s Chinese Theatre.
Nonny and Peggy will further showcase the project at USC, November 14, 2008 : Center for Scholarly Technology, Technology Enhanced Learning, USC ITS and at UC SANTA CRUZ November 19, 2008 at the Art Technology & Culture Colloquium at UC Santa Cruz.
Prior presentations of “Gone Gitmo”:
- National Association of Latino Independent Producers Conference (NALIP) 2008
- SilverDocs, Washington, DC 2008
- Sundance New Frontiers Panel: “Alternative Storytelling for New Media Platforms” 2008
- Women in Film and Television International, Toronto 2007
- Latino International Film Festival and Media Conference Los Angeles 2007
- National Alliance of Media Arts and Culture, Austin, 2007
- National Black Programming Consortium, New Media Institute, Jackson 2007
- National PBS Content Summit, San Francisco 2007
- The Conversation, The Future of Visual Storytelling, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley 2008
Bernhard Drax has created over 60 machinima reports in Second Life. His series for the MacArthur philanthropy project has been nominated for Best Series at the 2008 NYC machinima festival. His reports on the appearance of chief prosecutor Louis Moreno-Ocampo at the International Justice Center in SL, the Harvard Law School retrial of SF blogger Josh Wolf and the coverage on the virtual Burma protests have been shown at conferences and used in the classroom as examples of civic engagement with global reach in virtual environments. In “real life” Bernhard produces music. He recently wrote the orchestral score for Disney’s German 2008 smash hit “Sommer”.
Nonny de la Peña
Nonny de la Peña is a transmedia producer, working across documentary and machinima filmmaking, journalism and writing. Her work includes two Second Life installations, GONE GITMO and MAUERKRANKHEIT, an Annenberg Public Good Merit Award winner. A former correspondent for Newsweek Magazine, she has written for the New York Times, Premiere Magazine, Texas Monthly, Time Magazine and others. She has also directed and produced four feature length documentary films exploring human rights issues, which have been shown on national television and screened at theatres, festivals and special events in more than fifty cities around the globe.
Peggy Weil, Adjunct Professor at USC-SCA Interactive Media Division http://interactive.usc.edu/, is a digital media artist and designer focusing on interactive and immersive design. As a member of the Architecture Machine Group (now the M.I.T. Media Lab) http://www.media.mit.edu/, she worked on pioneering interactive projects in design and telepresence, going on to create titles for The Voyager Company, Broderbund, Electronic Arts, Von Holtzbrinck and Ravensberger Interactive. Weil was awarded the MILIA D’OR in Cannes in 1998 for the CD-ROM series Moving Puzzle. More recent games include ELECT for USC’s Institute for Creative Technology and The Redistricting Game. http://www.redistrictinggame.org Current projects include Gone Gitmo, and Mauerkrankheit (Wallsickness) a virtual installation of the world’s border fences.