Clippert Revival Orchestra

Team Members Mohit Dubey Clippert Revival Orchestra will actively connect Oberlin College and Conservatory students with music organizations in Detroit to revive the music program at Clippert Academy. It will restore music, an essential component of childhood education that has disappeared from the Detroit Public School system, to the 524 students full of creative potential. FIG Fund Recipient, Fall...

Fin

Team Members   Kirk Pearson Patrick Gilfether Every day, hundreds of tuna are captured off the coast of Indonesia. Within just 72 hours, they are chilled, packaged, shipped, processed, auctioned, prepared, and served 3,500 miles away— in Tokyo. This January, we will be sailing through the coastal waters of Banda Aceh, catching a flight with a fish across the Pacific ocean, basking in the salty air of the Tsukiji tuna market, and joining a dinner at a well-lit sushi restaurant: tracking a single tuna from Sumatran sea to Japanese metropolis. Through film, composition, sound design, and computer programming, Fin is an interactive multimedia piece that tells the story of our planet’s incredible, yet seldom considered, network of food manufacturing. From the home of an Acehnese fishermen to the tungsten glow of a Tokyo restaurant, each frame of the process will be filmed as a cinematic portrait using parallel camera movements and blocking. These narratives will then be recombined into a unique filmic interactive called an “exquisite corpse.” As the viewer watches the film, they will be able to switch between the heads, bodies, and legs of each character. The audience will literally have the power to superimpose the diner with the cargo merchant, or the chef with the boat captain. It will manifest the many characters directly responsible for our food, drawing attention to their interconnectedness and fluidity. Fin seeks to tell the story of a single piece of sashimi from both global and individual perspectives. In offering the opportunity to arrive at personal narratives, we ask viewers to disentangle the net of industry in order to see more...
Middle East Insights

Middle East Insights

Team Members Ahmed El Meleegy Middle East Insights helps companies forge a deep relationship with customers, by first understanding their culture. To have a successful relationship with customers, companies need to understand the culture customers come from. Companies do not only need to understand, but communicate with their customers on a deeper, more meaningful level. LaunchU 2016...
The Identity Project

The Identity Project

Team Members Alesandra Zsiba The Identity Project’s innovative program utilizes documentary arts to address poverty-related barriers to identity development in underserved youth. Through a specialized curriculum in documentary storytelling, performance and project-based literacy learning, The Identity Project empowers marginalized young people with an invaluable opportunity for self-actualization and self-advocacy through an applied empathy practice. We are pleased to announce that The Identity Project was the winner of the 2016 LaunchU Pitch Competition! LaunchU 2016...
Healing Companions

Healing Companions

 Team Members Jane Miller As an innovative non-profit organization, Healing Companions, Inc. plans to serve the community in a myriad of ways.  Our primary goal is to help eradicate the stigma of mental illness by helping mentally disabled individuals to re-enter the world, living independent and functional lives. These individuals will be paired with psychiatric service dogs (PSDs), who are shelter dogs rescued from potential euthanasia. Trained to mitigate the symptoms of their handler’s respective symptoms due to mental illnesses, these shelter dogs can demonstrate how they can be useful and beneficial to a needy population, rather than fall victim to a “throw away system.” Similarly, inmates in a local prison are taught by Healing Companions, Inc. staff how to train these potential psychiatric service dogs to learn their basic skills, thereby developing career potential as dog or animal trainers for their re-entry into the general public. Ultimately, our organization will restore the integrity of three groups – shelter dogs, prison inmates, and those affected by mental illness – and build on their strengths, rather than diminish their capabilities. LaunchU 2016...