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 including:
Media Bureau Film Initiative:
Philadelphia Independent Film Festival – Founders & Festival Directors.
May, 2017 will mark the 10th year of the festival. Submissions: … Now Accepting Submissions: Festival #10, May 2017.
… Festival and Independent Film chatter on Twitter @PAfilm and @PhilaIndie
… Chuck Treece – musician, writer, professional skateboarder.
… Alpha GearStuff test site: A multi genre retail website. Providing multi-tiered Digital Media Strategy. Status: Consumer engagement and web site design innovation flow in process. Website / eco-system launch: February, 2015. Ongoing.
… Philadelphia Acting Studio: Ongoing collaboration including media strategy, business consulting, and content collaboration.
… CityCoHO.com (Philly Nexus)
… National Constitution Center (NCC)
… 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. Invite only.
… CoPhilly.com: Crowdfunding Accelerator.
Friends of the Festival:
.. Afrotaino Productions
.. PurpleLight Films
Media Bureau – News Bureau
Reporting independent news since 1998.
Recent digital media development:
… PA Political News on Twitter #PAelect
… @PoliticiansTV on Twitter #p2 #tcot #politics
… MBPS – Provide ongoing GUI and Information Architecture consulting to Government and Business clients.
… BroadStreetReview.com. Benjamin Barnett / Publisher as of 07/01/2015
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 Tech tweets and discussions. Design of MBN eco-system discussed. Visit @Betalab on Twitter for #tech #mediastrategy #ui #ux #crowdfunding discussions.
PA2010.com/PA2012.com – We provided ongoing Digital Media Strategy, micro-reporting, and news and media production. (Business acquired Nov. 2010).
Take Action News “current” prototype – Provided ongoing business collaboration, Digital Media Strategy, Micro Reporting, Website & Application (Dashboard) Development including idea innovation flow, business analysis, UI/ UX design.
Listen to the live radio show Take Action News on 1480 AM in Washington, DC and 5 other States at TAN Radio. #TAN
… Take Action News on Facebook
… @TakeActionNews on Twitter #TAN
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 include:
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 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 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 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.