Tim Matsui and The Alexia Foundation at Collaborations for Cause 2014

Collaborations for Cause 2014 is being held Sept. 25-27 in Seattle, Washington. The conference will begin with a special working screening of “The Long Night,” the feature length documentary by Tim Matsui and MediaStorm which gives voice and meaning to the crisis of minors who are forced into the American sex trade.

Collaborations for Cause 2014 is being held Sept. 25-27 in Seattle, Washington. The conference will begin with a special working screening of “The Long Night,” the feature length documentary by Tim Matsui and MediaStorm which gives voice and meaning to the crisis of minors who are forced into the American sex trade.

Tim Matsui and The Alexia Foundation, represented by Mike Davis, will be presenting at Collaborations for Cause 2014. The conference, organized and presented by Blue Earth Alliance, brings together content producers and organizations for an exploration of how to harness the power of the evolving media landscape.

“The event is unique in that it joins people who tell compelling stories using all forms of media with people who cause change to happen,” says Mike. “It’s a chance to meet people from both sides of the fence, to learn more about the craft of storytelling and make connections with organizations that need storytellers.”

The stories are there and need to be told. And the opportunities exist, in exciting and ever more powerful ways

The conference will begin on Thursday, Sept. 25. with a special working screening of “The Long Night,” the feature length documentary by Tim Matsui and MediaStorm which gives voice and meaning to the crisis of minors who are forced into the American sex trade. The project was made possible with the support of The Alexia Foundation.

On Friday, Tim Matsui and The Alexia Foundation will be discussing the making of “Leaving the Life,” Tim’s overarching project on domestic minor sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation which he filmed and photographed in the Seattle area. As well, they will be discussing the making of the “The Long Night.”

Tim hopes that his presentations will allow others who are planning to tackle difficult issues and drive change to draw inspiration and insight from his experiences.

“I’m not an expert in this; I’ve been stumbling along for years, trying, failing a lot and sometimes succeeding,” says Tim. “I can’t provide a how-to manual, but I hope the audience leaves inspired to work harder, more collaboratively, and will be thinking about engaging their audience through participatory media.”

Although we are in a difficult time for media, Tim believes that there is hope, and that perhaps, we are in the best time to use photography and storytelling to make a difference.

“The technology changed, the industry is in upheaval, but the stories are there and need to be told. And the opportunities exist, in exciting and ever more powerful ways. Each story can be far more than a magazine feature, a gallery show, or coffee table book,” says Tim.

Tim, of course, can speak with great authority on harnessing storytelling in new and powerful ways. Last month, Tim was awarded a $25,000 Fledgling Fund Grant for his plans to develop an audience engagement campaign around the documentary photography and video he gathered with his Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant for “Leaving the Life.”

We are thrilled to be able to participate in this workshop and bring our insight to Collaborations for Cause 2014. Further, it is inspiring, that not only is Tim harnessing his own work to drive change, he is now teaching others how to do the same. The impact from the 2012 Women’s Initiative Grant continues, and we are excited to see how far it continues.

Collaborations for Cause 2014 will be held Sept. 25-27 at Impact Hub Seattle. You can learn more about the conference here.

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