Seven-part web series on Matthew VanDyke, who fought the Libyan revolution
Ruchika Muchhala is an award-winning nonfiction director, producer and design researcher. Having been raised in Indonesia and Singapore by South Asian parents, she Identifies as a “third culture kid” who believes that our stories bridge communities and cultures. Ruchika has co-produced and directed “The Great Indian Marriage Bazaar” commissioned by television broadcasters which was featured on BBC World along with international film festivals; and “Beyond Bollywood” which has been distributed widely and can be watched on Netflix. She has worked on several digital and television projects for television companies internationally for over a decade. Additionally, her experiences have taken her from Indonesia to Kazakhstan, to train and educate communities on storytelling and video production skills.
With a MFA in Design for Social Innovation, Ruchika is now integrating her nonfiction filmmaking skills and media training experience to work with corporate clients and foundations to design research to prompt engagement and social impact.
Newark was voted the “most stressed city in the United States” in 2017 with high rates of obesity and diabetes caused by the systemic issue of food insecurity. By designing research with community members and youth who we trained as citizen journalists, we produced a documentary film “Food for Thought” and engagement tools to collect community insights that will advise RWJBarnabas Healths’ Social Impact and Community Investment initiative on their multi-million dollar social impact investments to advance total food security in Newark.
For more than a decade, the Dominican Republic has acted on a policy to not provide nationality documents to children born to “undocumented immigrants;” the majority being born to immigrants of Haitian descent. In order to address these issues with experts and academics, we designed the roundtable discussion so that participants work through issue portfolios that contain background information on the issues being deliberated, guiding questions and stories of those most directly affected by the crisis. As an outcome, this roundtable series navigated deliberations on how to better identify and protect stateless persons.
From wages to healthcare, from parental leave to workplace dignity, the national conversation about job quality is often limited to theorists and elites leaving workers and employers without the tools to actively create good jobs that meet the fundamental needs of America’s people. By creating engaging visual stories, we created entry-points to reach new audiences and everyday Americans on the issue of job quality. The goal was to expand Americans’ understanding of what essential values make a job a “good job” and broaden the conversation on social and live platforms of #GoodJobsForAll.
The Great Indian Marriage Bazaar is a feature length quirky and insightful documentary film that explores how traditions and rituals are being redefined and contextualized in modern-day ideals of urban Indian society during an era of post-liberalization. We created an engagement strategy to screen the film and prompt dialogue at forty different venues including women’s festivals, organizations, educational institutions, and commercial venues. As an outcome, the film sparked dialogue and inquiry with women and girls around the world on issues the film explores of sexuality, identity, and femininity.
A provocative profile series that digs into the lives of world-changing women to find out what inspires and motivates them.
Tina Engler is the founder of a multi-million-dollar erotic e-book publishing company called Ellora’s Cave
Bollywood churns out more films than any other film industry and ‘making it’ here is the Indian dream.
Vera Scroggins is a citizen journalist who began filming the activities of the gas industry in her county in Pennslyvania
The Great Indian Marriage Bazaar
A feature length quirky and insightful documentary film that explores how traditions and rituals are being redefined and contextualized in modern-day ideals of urban Indian society