This year, to celebrate the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator’s first year in operation, we want to acknowledge some of the individuals who have been alongside us, have inspired us and are part of the journey forward. To that end we are launching the first annual Pratt Institute/BF+DA Positive Impact Awards.
Filmmaker Andrew Morgan is being awarded a Sustainability in Film Award for his film, The True Cost. We asked him to talk about how a film like The True Cost got us more engaged than other media has been able to. And then by getting the mainstream more engaged, how does he feel film has the ability to connect us to the issues at hand even deeper?
“What makes film uniquely powerful I think is it lends us the capacity to imagine what life would be like in someone else’s shoes. Roger Ebert once referred to it as an empathy machine. That makes it a powerful tool to let us experience life in our world more fully and hopefully motivating us to create a more just and human future moving forward.
I believe the stories we believe and the stories we tell actually serve to shape and make and even define the world we live in. Film gives us the ability to look closely at the story we have bought into and correct the narrative, to begin believing a new and better story moving forward.”
RSVP for our awards ceremony here.