Metamora Films Launches New Site Design, Interactive Blog

We are excited to be launching a complete overhaul of our Metamora Films‘ website.  Since our website launch May 2013, we’ve undergone two website re-designs.  I remember designing our first simple layout during that spring and was excited to get Metamora Films and our mission out to the world.  Since our inception, our website traffic has grown significantly.  Generally, we advertise our films and projects by word of mouth, social media, and interaction with the public during our film releases and public speaking presentations such as the workshop I gave earlier this year at the InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conference in Dallas, Texas.  You can also check out our new logo film opener which was released in June:

In addition to our new look, we’ve revamped MetamoraTV and introduced our first video podcast, ‘Solitary Nation‘. MetamoraTV produces thought-provoking journalism through video, photography, artwork, writing, graphic arts and any form of media that is inspiring to the public.  It launched September 20th on Sprout Video.  I’ve already had the opportunity to interview two wonderful woman about sex offender issues in the community and mass incarceration in America.  Later this week a local woman talks about how it is to be a wife of a sex offender including work and housing challenges, community perceptions, and her efforts with a national organization for smarter registry laws.  Furthermore, I’m hoping to connect and interview a very inspirational man, Charlie Engle, a former coke addict turned ultra marathoner.  Engle went to prison for 21 months for a minor infraction on his mortgage application—he traded tuna cans and peanut butter for a pair of running sneakers.  He chronicles his turbulent journey from addiction to recovery to sports world fame — and an unexpected detour to prison at the height of his success — in his memoir, “Running Man,” out Tuesday.

ATTENTION CREATIVES!

I’m also happy to announce that MetamoraTV is interactive.  Sharing the vision of others is important in this type of industry and MetamoraTV now allows for user-generated content.  What’s that??  Basically, you can now register for free on our ‘Share Your Work’ page creating a unique profile and the ability for the user to post directly on our blog.  After filling out the brief registration form, users can post though-provoking work such as short films, photography, graphic art designs, painting,  stories and more.  As long as your work is inspirational and though-provoking, we would love to see your work!  On our site we’ve also provided some video links for inspiration:

Wildwuzle photography - Jessica Lindgren-Wu

Thought-Provoking Photography – Courtesy: Wildwuzle photography – Jessica Lindgren-Wu

COLLABORATE

Metamora Films is growing! We are currently looking to collaborate with sponsors, producers, and executive producers for important 2017 film and journalism projects. With 2017 just around the corner, we are looking at producing a few projects including a documentary film on how incarceration of a parent(s) effects children.  A film on registered sex offenders is possibly in the works as well.  America’s ‘Moral Panics’ is another area that we are interested in covering.  A moral panic is a feeling of fear spread among a large number of people that some evil threatens the well-being of society. A Dictionary of Sociology defines a moral panic as “the process of arousing social concern over an issue – usually the work of moral entrepreneurs and the mass media.” The media are key players in the dissemination of moral indignation, even when they do not appear to be consciously engaged in crusading or muckraking. Simply reporting the facts can be enough to generate concern, anxiety, or panic.

If you want to be a part of transformational filmmaking and journalism while raising social awareness and making a difference in people’s lives through the power of film, contact us today. Tell us why you want to be a part of positive filmmaking and how you can make a difference.

THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN

With production wrapping up soon for our documentary film, NOT FOR RENT!, post production will begin later this year.  Editing, color/sound correction, promotions and website development for this must see film is planned with an official release on April 25th, 2017. (A day after my probation release!)

As the director, I highlight Utah’s Good Landlord Program.  Ogden, the first Utah city to enact the program in 2004, says it, “addresses aspects of property management that may encourage the elimination of code violations and public nuisances while controlling and preventing illegal activity on rental properties that affect the quality of life within our neighborhoods.”  The opposition says the program does not give ex-inmates a fair chance and causes more harm than good.  You’ll meet several former inmates in the film that have personally faced the program head on, most with anger, frustration and disgruntlement.

 Metamora Films - Matt Duhamel - NOT FOR RENT! FILM

This woman’s photo was displayed earlier this year at The Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah as part of their No Fixed Address Exhibit on the homeless.

NOT FOR RENT! is a powerful film that must be watched.  It addresses communities “not in our town” mentality while educating the lay person on American’s recidivism crisis and the prison revolving door.  The film will open eyes to the millions of men and women who combat housing restrictions while attempting to move on from a past that the community does not want them to forget. The feature length film begs the question, “Who deserves a second chance?”

PUBLIC SPEAKING, SCREENINGS

Our new site design goes into detail on how Metamora Films is active in the community by holding film releases and offers public speaking events such as workshops and presentations.  Over the last couple of years we’ve held several charitable film releases while raising money for the Tourette Association of America and the United Kingdom’s, ‘The Forgiveness Project’, which an exhibit titled, The F Word, is part of their programming. The F Word is a Stories of Forgiveness exhibition  and a thought provoking collection of arresting images and personal narratives exploring forgiveness in the face of atrocity.  Next April when we release NOT FOR RENT!, we are looking forward to another successful film release and the ability to raise funds for a nonprofit organization working for a smarter criminal justice system.

Filmmaking is my first love but public speaking is not far behind.  My most recent presentation was held at the Utah Prisoner Advocate Network’s monthly meeting in Draper, Utah.  I was happy to see almost a hundred people in attendance wanting to learn more about the struggles sex offenders face after the reentry society and how the regulations affects family members, including their own children. You can view the presentation below:

I feel this is a great time to thank all our supports and visitors to our website.  Without your support and interest, we would not be able to produce and develop thought-provoking and transformative work.

We hope you enjoy the new design.  If you have comments about our website, feel free to contact us anytime.

Matt Duhamel, Filmmaker/Host

 

 

 

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