Reel Grrls launches "Generation of Consolidation" website

The award-winning short documentary A Generation of Consolidation, created by Seattle Reel Grrls teen filmmakers Sami Muilenburg and Brooke Noel, explores the impact of media consolidation on news content and its effects on youth&emdash;both as viewers and media makers. The film highlights youth testimony from the 2007 Seattle FCC hearing on Media Ownership, and features the voices of Reclaim the Media, author Anne Elizabeth Moore, UW Professor Lance Bennett, and young people taking stock of their role in a shifting media landscape.

Now Muilenberg has teamed up with designer Jessica Spiegel to create GenerationOfConsolidation.org, a website created by youth and for youth, aimed at using the film as a jumping-off point into broader discussions of media justice.

The site includes:

  • Flash-embedded full-length film and radio versions
  • Youth-created content about Media Representation, Media Consolidation, the FCC, Net Neutrality and Broadband Stimulus
  • A relatable writing style, emphasizing how media affects youth each day, and what next steps young people can take to make a difference about these issues
  • Links to Youth Media and Media Justice Organizations
  • An interactive Discussion Board

A Generation of Consolidation has screened at multiple film festivals, including:

  • ListenUp! VIP Awards: Winner, Best Documentary
  • San Francisco International Film Festival: Youth For Change Award Nominee
  • Seoul Youth International Film Festival: Screening by special request
  • The Social Justice Film Festival

Seattle-based Reel Grrls is the first all girl, year round media program in the country, empowering teen girls from diverse communities to realize their power, talent and influence through media production.

The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey