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Long Line of Ladies is awarded the 2022 #MyJustice Film Award for a female-directed, short documentary giving viewers a rare and stigma-breaking glimpse into a revived indigenous tradition of celebrating and normalizing period conversations of its young women coming of age. This story uplifts the Native American Karuk tribe of Northern California’s multi-generational community, and takes a significant step towards understanding Indigenous Rights and the worldviews of Native and First Nations Peoples. The film shines a much-needed light on the urgency of women’s equality for all.

The Odyssey Impact® led six month National Impact Campaign, launching in 2023, will aim to use the film as a powerful tool and platform for education and activation, changing attitudes, opening hearts and minds, and inspiring actions for social change.

Film Credits

DIRECTED BY Rayka Zehtabchi and Shaandiin Tome

PRODUCED BY Garrett Schiff, Rayka Zehtabchi, Sam Davis, Pimm Tripp-Allen

SHOT & EDITED BY Sam Davis

MUSIC BY Forrest Goodluck & Juan Kleban

FEATURING Ahtyirahm “Ahty” Allen, Pimm Tripp-Allen, Alme Allen, and the Karuk Dance Family

SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED FOR 2022

What is the #MyJustice Award ?

Odyssey Impact®, with generous support from Paramount and its initiative Content for Change Academy, partnered with DOC NYC this year and launched the inaugural #MyJustice Film Award. The award was created to recognize a film with a special social justice theme and a strong call to action. The $10,000 cash prize, and an Odyssey Impact led, six-month, National Social Impact Campaign was won this year by Long Line of Ladies, a film that amplifies themes of Indigenous Rights and Women’s Equality.

Odyssey Impact® will be part of DOC NYC’s Pro Virtual online event to help filmmakers better understand what an impact campaign actually is and how best to prepare for one. Odyssey will highlight last year’s DOC NYC Official Selection Descended from the Promised Land: The Legacy of Black Wall Street whose campaign will be ending, and will introduce this year’s winner, Long Line of Ladies.

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What does justice mean to you? What does social justice mean exactly? It depends on who you ask! Do you stand for change on criminal justice issues, women’s rights, LGBTQIA equality, rights for the differently abled or for the environment? We created the #MyJustice Film Award for an outstanding short documentary on social justice to curate brave films and have healing conversations. Odyssey Impact® is an international, award-winning, film and social impact   organization that has spent the last 30 years using the power of media to challenge injustices and inspire social change.

2022 Judges

Samah Ali

Programmer, Shorts & DOC NYC U

Apo Bazidi

Founder & CEO

Xiaoxiao Chen

Editor

Evy Constantine

Head of Social Impact

Nancy Dionne

Production Executive

Cassidy Friedman

Founder/Filmmaker

Cameron S. Mitchell

Director & Cinematographer

Melissa C. Potter

Vice President, Strategy and Impact — Content for Change

Rudy Valdez

Filmmaker

Application Deadline: October 2, 2022

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Apply for the #MyJustice Film Award™

Congratulations on your film becoming an Official Selection for DOC NYC’s 2022 Film Festival! We have partnered with the esteemed DOC NYC family to give a special social justice film a larger voice by awarding a documentary filmmaker with a cash prize of $10,000 and an Odyssey Impact® led six month National Impact Campaign designed by our award winning team. We at Odyssey Impact® create and uplift brave films that are catalysts for healing conversations and we look forward to reviewing your entry!

Eligibility & Submission Requirements for the #MyJustice Film Award™

  • The short documentary film must have been accepted as an Official Selection in DOC NYC’s 2022 Film Festival (excluding DOC NYC U shorts)
  • The Film must be between 10-40 minutes in length
  • The Film must be in English or with English subtitles
  • The subject matter of the Film is to be a US-based story, however it can be a combination with other country(s)
  • The Filmmaker will provide a working link to the Film for evaluation purposes only
  • Examples of types of justice topics are the following (these are not exclusive):
    • Criminal/Economic/Racial Justice
    • Disability
    • Environmental
    • Indigenous rights
    • LGBTQIA+
    • Women’s Equality
  • The deadline for entry is October 2, 2022
  • Winners will be notified at the DOC NYC Film Festival on November 17, 2022

  • The Filmmaker agrees to work with the Odyssey Impact® Team who will create and produce a six-month Impact Campaign for the Film, which includes the Filmmaker attending online or in-person panels where possible.
  • The Filmmaker must own the legal rights to represent and submit Film for the #MyJustice Film Award.
  • The Filmmaker understands and agrees that the Film, if selected as the #MyJustice Film Award™ winner, may be used by Odyssey Impact® and/or its partners and sponsors for promotional purposes; and the Filmmaker permits the Award, Festival and its partners and sponsors, the right to use footage from the Film (or in its entirety), stills, synopsis, titles and/or information for such promotional purposes.
  • If selected, the Filmmaker understands that they will share a download of the Film and other media including clips and images to Odyssey Impact®, Inc., and will grant it the non-exclusive right to share the Film via its social media, website, and exhibition channels for a period of the 6 months during the Impact Campaign with the option to join the Corporate Catalog for a longer duration if mutually agreed upon.
  • The Filmmaker does not yet have a distributor for the Film, or alternatively the Film is not available to stream during the six-month Impact Campaign. The Film may have been shown on the festival circuit but must not have been screened publicly, virtually or in-person or otherwise, not have been broadcast, made available publicly online, commercially released or made available for download to the public.
  • Judging: Submitted films will be reviewed by the judges of #MyJustice Film Award, whose decision is final. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize and a 6-month Impact Campaign utilizing the Film. The cash prize will be paid no later than two weeks after signing of the contract by both parties.
  • The winner will be notified at DOC NYC Film Festival on November 17, 2022.

If you have read the above and still have questions, email:  info (at) transformfilmsinc.com

The #MyJustice Film Award is made possible with the generous support from Paramount and its initiative Content for Change Academy.

The Content for Change Academy is a talent program that aims to remove barriers to entry for new storytellers, build equity, and invest in the industry’s next generation of leaders from nontraditional pathways.

Paramount’s global companywide, cross-brand initiative, Content for Change seeks to use the power of the company’s content creation ecosystem to break down the narratives that enable intolerance, hurtful stereotypes, and systemic racism to exist and grow. Informed and inspired BET’s groundbreaking campaign, Content for Change is centered on using scientific research, rigor, and data to transform ViacomCBS’ creative ecosystem across three pillars – the content it produces, the creative supply chain that powers it, and the culture that underpins everything the company does.

Samah Ali

Samah Ali is a distributor and film programmer based in New York City and Toronto. A lover of documentaries and virtual reality, she programs for Academy Award qualifying festivals DOC NYC, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, and Hot Docs Film Festival. She is also the founder of Sisterhood Media, a production and distribution company streaming films on their platform, Sisterhood Media TV.

Apo Bazidi

Apo W. Bazidi was born in Eastern Turkey to Kurdish parents. He grew up amid the social injustices and inequality that beset his community. These experiences drove his desire to become a storyteller so he could shed light on these important issues. After high school, he immigrated to the United States and went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Television Production from the University of Southern California in 2011.

Apo’s films are primarily concerned with social issues and the importance of global cultural interactions. His feature film, Resistance is Life, won eight festival awards including six for Best Documentary Feature. Apo believes in making a positive change through visual storytelling. His lifelong motto is to “be creative and inspire”.

Xiaoxiao Chen

Xiaoxiao Chen is a professional editor managing post production processes and storytelling techniques for feature and select short documentary and fiction films, TV, commercials and art exhibitions. Clients include HBO, Apple, New Balance and more with works screened at Cannes Film Festival, DOC NYC, Museum of Modern Art, TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood and the United Nations.

Evy Constantine

Evy Constantine is the Head of Social Impact at Odyssey Impact® where she leads the impact team, and strategy and execution for all impact campaigns and initiatives. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Communication where she earned a Master’s degree in Leadership for Creative Enterprises, graduating summa cum laude. She holds a Bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from The New School in New York City where she majored in Film and Media Studies, concentrating on all aspects of screenwriting. She holds a certificate in Negotiation Mastery from Harvard Business School. She has produced Award-winning films with KaplaniKid Productions, which have had their debut screenings at the Festival de Cannes.

Evy has held positions at various film and media companies, including Media Strategist at Spark Foundry, and handling Acquisitions and Development Strategy for film streaming start-up, Flix Premiere. She is a member of IDA, ACLU, NAACP and the Impact Guild, and a very proud and active member of both The New School Alumni Association and the Northwestern University Alumni Association, where she serves on the Alumni Admissions Council.

Nancy Dionne

Nancy Dionne is an award winning documentary filmmaker, producer and photojournalist. She says that “A good film can show you what a person or situation looks like but a great film allows you to feel what it’s like to BE that person in that situation.” She is a Yahoo!Japan Creator artist, founder of both “Express Your Last Wishes: Leave in Love” which helps people clarify their intentions for loved ones and founder of “On A Threshold Films.”

Past projects include her own “All I See is the Future” and the “Future is Rotten”, Transform Films, Inc. “Stranger/Sister” 2020, BreakThru Films “New Voices” segment for the 2018 Oscars, Lizzie Gottlieb’s “Turn Every Page”, Lost Footage Films for The Wall Street Journal Magazine “Columnists” series, Hitman Productions ITVS series pilot “Should We Kid or Not?” and Director Dempsey Rice’s “The Animated Mind of Oliver Sacks”.

Nancy has worked and judged for the IDA, SF Film Festival and graduated on the Dean’s List from the New York Film Academy’s intensive documentary program and with honors in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and is working on her third film about musical conductors.

Follow her @photonancydionne @AllISeeistheFuturedoc @TheFutureisRottendoc

Cassidy Friedman

Cassidy Friedman’s films have been called “powerful” by Mother Jones, “must-see” by The Mercury News, and “an audience favorite” by SF Chronicle. Our award-winning documentaries have premiered at festivals like Hot Docs, Cinequest, and Nashville and are widely available through our distributors, Lionsgate and Indican Pictures.

He directed the feature-length critically-acclaimed documentary, Circles (2018), which follows a dedicated high school counselor who struggles to balance the energy he pours into supporting his at-risk students and his relationship with his own son. (World Premiere Hot Docs; Winner Best Feature Documentary Covellite International Film Festival; Winner Best Feature Documentary Huntington Beach Film Festival; Winner Documentary Jury Award Special Mention Milwaukee Film Festival; Best Documentary Feature Nominee Nashville Film Fest; Official Selection Heartland International Film Festival; Virginia Film Festival; SF DocFest, and distributed by Indican Pictures).

He produced the documentary feature, Voices Beyond the Wall (2017), with Executive Producer James Franco, an Official Selection of the Miami International Film Festival; Winner of the Interfaith Award for Best Documentary at the St. Louis International Film Festival and Winner of the Frank Little Award for Self-Sacrifice and Social Change at Covellite International Film Festival, a coming-of-age story of girls in Honduras’ only orphanage for girls (distributed by Vision Video).

Cassidy directed the docuseries, Detroit Rising (2020), with Producer Kerra Bolton, a columnist at CNN, which won Best Web Series at Cyrus International Film Festival, and received Special Mention for Best Documentary at the Venice Shorts Film Festival.

He also directed a score of documentary shorts, both independent and for clients, including Finding Hope (2021), an Official Selection of Nassau Film Festival, New Hope Film Festival, Media Film Festival, Flicks4Change and The Film Collective and Unstill Life (2014), Official Selection of the 2014 Long Island International Film Expo and The SoCal Creative & Innovative Film Festival. And he directed the virtual reality experience, A-Block, US History, featuring slam poet champion, CeCe Jordan.

Through Stories Matter Media, he continues to make films that prioritize relationship, employ collaboration between filmmaker and film subject, and veer away from antiseptic plot lines in order to complicate narratives, and capture the authentic lived experiences of the characters.

He is in post-production on the feature documentary, Soledad, which follows three men seeking a second chance after prison as the nation explores reforming its prison system.

He and his wife, Becca Vershbow, Stories Matter Media’s Impact Producer, dreamed up their company as an engine for high-impact stories that make us fall in love with the characters, break our hearts at the hurdles they must overcome, and model for us how we can turn the signature trait of our humanity, our empathy, into action, communicate across difference and reform the core American institutions that are not living up to our common values.

Cassidy is a fellow of CIFF’s Points North Fellowship, Film Independent’s Fast Track program, and Film Independent’s Documentary Lab. His films have won grants from the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorenz Doc Fund, Pacific Pioneer Fund and Center for Investigative Reporting. His prior work as a journalist earned him the Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2009.

Melissa C. Potter

Melissa C. Potter currently serves as the Vice President of Strategy and Impact at Paramount formerly, ViacomCBS/MTVEntertainment Group (MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, CMT, Logo, SmithsonianChannel, Paramount, POP Tv, and TV Land). The role enables her to supervise each network’s commitment to the long-term social impact of cultural shifts in society.

Prior to her position at Paramount, Potter served as the Head of Social Impact and Communications for Odyssey Impact® and Transform Films, she used film, technology, and new media as a catalyst for social change. For the film “The Rape of Recy Taylor” which won the prize for Human Rights at the Venice Film Festival, she received the 2018 NAACP Image Award nomination as Impact Producer for the film. By building awareness and changing attitudes towards issues of social justice such as women’s rights, gender based violence, criminal and gun law reform, and religious freedom, she led conversations around subjects concerning our nation’s diverse and often underrepresented populations.

As the Head of Social Responsibility and Partnerships at The National Family Engagement Alliance, Potter identified and measured solution-oriented practices for public and private partnerships such as the Scholastic Corporation. She launched the national Read2BGreat campaign with an emphasis on community engagement utilizing social influencers, garnering sponsorships, and fostering a culture of charitable giving.

Potter was at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund where she served as the organization’s primary media contact and spokesperson to develop communications strategies for federal, state and Supreme Court initiatives. She went on to work at the American Civil Liberties Union, where she led strategies on voting rights, criminal justice, disability rights, juvenile justice, and racial justice at the non-profit advocacy organization. While at the ACLU, as a team leader, she created and managed several multi-tiered advertising and marketing campaigns and was the direct liaison to celebrity spokespersons.

Fully committed to working with mission-driven organizations, Potter brings her talent, drive, extensive skills, and analytical focus to any organization. She has been featured and quoted in The New York Times, New York Daily News, The Washington Post and Essence Magazine, as well as others, and has been a speaker at SXSW, ImpactROI and Classy.org amongst many more.

A native of New York, Potter received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Northeastern University and Masters in Corporation Communication and Public Relations from New York University. Potter joined the NJCA Board of Directors in 2020. She also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Fostering Change for Children. She was awarded “Change Agent of the Year” in 2018 from the Digital Diversity Network, is a Webby Anthem Awards juror and a Diversity Committee Member for Transform Films. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Potter currently resides in Mt. Vernon, New York with her husband and daughter.

Rudy Valdez

Rudy Valdez is an Emmy Award-winning Michigan-raised, New York City-based filmmaker committed to creating social, cultural, and political stories through a cinematic and meaningful lens. He got his start in film as a Camera Operator on the Peabody Award-winning, Sundance series Brick City and went onto direct a true passion project, The Sentence (HBO). Shot and directed by Valdez over the course of a decade, this feature documentary tells the very personal story of his sister’s plight in the criminal justice system while tackling subjects like mandatory minimums and sentencing reform. For this work, the filmmaker won the 2019 Primetime Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking, US Documentary Audience Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was a 2018 Critics Choice Documentary Awards Best New Director nominee.

Prior to The Sentence, Valdez has worked as a Cinematographer on a multitude of projects including: The Last Patrol (HBO), directed by Academy Award-nominated Director Sebastian Junger; Whoopi Goldberg presents Moms Mabley: I Got Something To Tell You (HBO) produced and directed by Whoopi Goldberg, premiering at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival; Remembering the Artist, Robert De Niro, Sr., (HBO), premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival; The Conversation Series, a New York Times OpDoc; the series Second Coming?: Will Black America Decide the 2012 Election? (BET); Prison Dogs, directed by Primetime Emmy Award-winning Director Geeta Gandbhir and Perri Peltz, premiering at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival; Buried Above Ground, directed by Ben Selkow, premiering at the Woodstock Film Festival; as well as, The Talk (PBS), directed by Academy Award-nominated Director Sam Pollard.

Valdez’s most recent project, ReOpening Night, a feature film about The Public Theater’s staging of a beloved New York City institution, Shakespeare in the Park, following the COVID-19 pandemic. It will premiere on HBO Max December 20th. This summer, Breakaway, a feature film following WNBA superstar, Maya Moore and her fight for criminal justice reform, premiered on ESPN in July 2021 (produced by Rockin’ Robin Productions); and its complementary short, Make Him Known, premiered at the 2021 Miami Film Festival and made appearances at the Sarasota Film Festival, The Brooklyn Film Festival, Minneapolis Film Festival, and Nantucket Film Festival. His four-part docu-series, We Are: The Brooklyn Saints (produced by Imagine Documentaries), is currently streaming on Netflix. He also co- directed the premiere episode of Through Our Eyes (HBO) alongside Academy Award-winning director, Geeta Gandbhir, a four-part docu-series from Sesame Workshop that explores the lives of American families from the perspective of children; how they navigate their circumstances with their families and the world at large. He is also in production on the definitive feature documentary of Carlos Santana (produced by Imagine Documentaries) and Disney +’s CHOIR, a docu-series following the Detroit Youth Choir after their star turn on America’s Got Talent (also produced by Imagine Documentaries). Valdez’s repertoire now extends into the scripted arena as he recently sold a genre TV series he created to Amazon that is loosely based on his family and life experiences.

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