Media Bureau has been producing its own brand of original content since 1997 with a unique and active eco-system for the delivery of Film, Media, and Politics.

Media Bureau Film Initiative:
Philadelphia Independent Film Festival – Founders & Festival Directors.
May 2021 marked the 14th year of the festival with the launch of our online and mobile platform. Please visit the next stage in the film festival experience. Enter the darkroom

Submissions: Now Accepting Submissions: Festival #15, May 2022.
… Festival and Independent Film chatter on Twitter @PAfilm and @PhilaIndie

Festival Partners:
Chuck Treece – musician, writer, professional skateboarder. PEW Fellow and Grammy nominated artist.
Philadelphia Acting Studio: Ongoing collaboration including media strategy, business consulting, and content collaboration. The studio is an incubator of ideas. (Philly Nexus). B Corp. collaborative workspace.
Underground Film Forum (#uff). This forum has screened off and on since 2000 and provides a multi-layered model to screen, discuss, and post/share information on films. 

Friends of the Festival:
.. Afrotaino Productions..PurpleLight Films..Goldfinche Guitars..All American Artists..Worship Recordings..UltimateRobotFilms..PRS Guitars 

Media Bureau News Bureau. Producing independent news in the digital domain since 1998.
Original digital media news development and roles:
@PoliticiansTV on Twitter #p2 #tcot #politics #paelect ~ discussing and commenting on current events and topics including Digital Strategy, Presidential Politics, Middle East dialogue, local entrepreneurial happenings, and in the moment interactions.
MBPS – Provide ongoing GUI and Information Architecture consulting to Government and Business clients. MBPS is a proven solution provider for complex team based projects. 
… Arts & Culture Journal:BroadStreetReview. Publisher 07/01/2015 – 06/01/2016. 
… Original news genre: Take Action News. 
… Original political discussion: PA Political News on Twitter. #PAelect

HDSDmedia Prototype: This was a Retail Royalty-Free Stock Footage website. Initial design idea: January 2007. Status: Business rules application design and interface design development completed.

Regular culture-based tech tweets and discussions.
Visit @Betalab on Twitter for #PHLtech #AI #BigData #crowdfunding #DMS discussions.

Media Bureau YouTube Channels – Provided ongoing Digital Media Strategy, micro-reporting, and news and media production. (Business acquired Nov. 2010).
Take Action News – Provided ongoing business collaboration, Digital Media Strategy, Micro Reporting, Website & Application (Dashboard) Development including idea innovation flow, business analysis, UI/ UX design.
Take Action News was broadcast live on 1480 AM in Washington, DC, and 5 other States at TAN Radio. #TAN
Take Action News on Facebook
@TakeActionNews on Twitter #TAN


Artist Development
1999 – 2012. Co-Produced Multiple Theatre, Dance, Art productions (12-14 events) as part of the annual Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Including ex: Formed Declarations

1998-2012. Write, Produce, and Direct Music Video’s, Studio events (theater, discussions, etc), and Independent Film productions: Watch Productions & Demo doc films.

Recent film includes:
2010-13. Halls Of Harold Carvey. 81 min Drama/Thriller. Producer and Director of Photography. The Halls of Harold Carvey was a top finalist in the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Released in October 2013.

2013: Journey Into The Holocaust. 94 min Documentary. Associate Producer and Editorial Consultant. Worked on this project to bring key figures of the production team on board and as part of the editorial team. Released in October 2013.

2006-07: Searching For Sister Gertrude Morgan. Documentary Short 15:00. Traveling with Electronic Music artist King Britt who had just remixed lost music from American Folk Artist, Sister Gertrude Morgan, we filmed a documentary on the hand over of the music to Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall. This film documents that 4-day encounter. The film continues to screen all over the world in art museums, art spaces, and workshops prior to the performance of King Britt’s live band. Screenings include Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner (2006), Whitney Museum (NY, USA), and many others.

2005-07: Order of the Quest. Feature 45:00. Historical Science Fiction. Media Bureau produced, wrote, directed, and edited this feature film based on the founding history of Philadelphia combining elements of History and Science Fiction. The film coined the new film genre, “Historical Science Fiction”.

Writer: JD Clark
Director: Benjamin F. Barnett
Director of Photography: Benjamin F. Barnett
Producer: Media Bureau, Inc.

Community-based content development:
MBNstudios: As founders of one of the first online networks in the world, we produced thousands of events, theater, plays, discussions, film, etc in a 12,000 sq ft multi-studio facility that we constructed. We provided shared facilities and resources for the “creative economy” including artists in residence, strategic partners, and original production, programming, and marketing strategy for music, film, and politics.

Philadelphia Film Festival 2009 – Provided an integrated Digital Media Strategy for the 2009 18 1/2 festival and it’s online “re-launch.” Using Twitter, Facebook, and the B-Side movie review interface, Media Bureau was successful in establishing re-branding goals including activating a new digital fan base via social media for the new festival.

Summer 2009: Collaborated with the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN), Philadelphia Film Office, and US dept. Labor. Provided Media Studios, equipment in a (multi-studio) learning environment to teach 14 young students the craft of news based documentary film making.