TOGETHER, LET’S CREATE
STORIES FOR OUR EVOLVING CULTURE
Cinemagical Media is a women of color owned production company that creates films and campaigns with bravery, courage and heart to bring messages alive and inspire social change. We work from a values-based model rooted in collaboration, uplifting marginalized voices and art as activism. We work in a variety of capacities to create cinematically striking media that catalyzes conversations, expands perspective and ripples deep impact in our cultural tide. We believe that if we want to change our culture, we have to change our stories. This also includes how we tell our stories, who tells it and the lens and process that guides us.
“What does BIPOC-centering, intersectional feminist and equity based storytelling look like?” There is a void of bold leadership voices and representations from this perspective. We need these stories to help shift cultural paradigms and heal from the widespread harms of white supremacy and colonization. As our wise ancestor Audre Lorde said ‘The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house” We actively engage in ways to create with ahimsa (non harm) in both content and process; we disrupt toxic structures that erase and misrepresent us, we reclaim ways we tell our stories. We center BIPOC bodies and other marginalized voices on the screen. We ask, ‘What are the stories that have not been told; Where do I need to be brave to tell the stories that will bring forth change and mirrors for our dreams?’ As BIPOC/marginalized voices, we are centered and drive the conversations. Our stories are part of the paradigm shift we need for this moment. We are beautiful. We take our place.
Our framework includes
Crafting a media strategy and designing the story you want to tell is a process. We help you surface what matters. Do you need help with the creative process and strategy, consulting to get started or build a framework? As filmmakers experienced in all phases of production and audience engangement. we are here to help you dreamstorm your vision and create both a final product AND a process that will mirrors your values and goals.
Do you have a story to tell? How you present your story matters. Together, we identify the essence of your vision and craft a script, storyboard and style that matches your mission, goals and best way to reach your audience. We use this as the foundation for production and post production. We offer start-to-finish production (includes experienced crew), or we can also step in for stand alone roles: Producer, Director, Camera, Editor.
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS + WORKSHOPS
Do need a guest speaker, panelist or workshop for your community, conference or classroom? Or do you need someone to moderate a panel (we know a lot of really interesting cultural visionaries and thought leaders). Past topics we have presented on include: Artists Talks, Making Media That Matters, Ethics in Documentary Storytelling, Creative Presence, BIPOC centered storytelling, Women in Media, Matching Mission with Content and Process, Regenerative Creative Practices. Reach out and let’s birth some magic!
GET IN TOUCH
I worked with Cinemagical Media and Kirthi to create a series fo videos highlighting key ideas from my work. I found Kirthi to be incredibly thorough, patient, supportive and flexible throughout the process. She also brought a beautiful artistic vision and an authentic passion for the subject matter. I highly recommend working with Cinemagical Media.
Tara Sophia Mohr, Playing Big Founder and Author
Kirthi was an absolute pleasure to work with. She has strong technical skills, communicates very clearly, and has incredibly work ethic. But what really made our project with her shine, were her visionary, artistic, and creative capacities. If you’re looking for someone who gets your project at all levels, I’d highly recommend working with Kirthi and Cinemagical Media.
Vincent Horn, co-founder of Buddhist Geeks
Kirthi expresses a genuine passion for storytelling and social change, and has the expertise and commitment to create compelling multimedia that inspires viewers. Her broad experience makes her a highly competent, comprehensive producer, capable of developing meaningful projects and bringing them all the way to completion. For example, for Not In Our Town’s “Who Cares? I do! Here’s Why” campaign pitch video, she: coordinated all pre-production, including staffing and tech resources; created a safe, inviting atmosphere for guests to share with her their personal stories about why they stand up to hate and intolerance; produced the final video that sparked an active online conversation about why it is important to take a stand. The strength of her work is consistently validated by contemporary standards: extensive online comments; impressive views on YouTube; and generous re-tweets.
Libby McInerny, Project Management & Outreach Consultant
You won’t find a more dedicated and passionate producer …[Kirthi] finds meaning in all that she does. Kirthi is a treasure!
Mindy Aronoff, Director, Training & Resources at Bay Area Video Coalition
I will never forget Kirthi’s sparkling eyes as she was interviewing me for a videoreportage on our Sands of Silence/ SOS_SLAVES transmedia project, which she produced/directed while it was being doctored at BAVC Producers Institute. I saw first-hand Kirthi’s ‘catalyst’ quality at work when she interviewed me. Her empathy and enthusiasm took me to that space where you are able to speak from a place beyond your ego, a deed that only good interviewers can elicit from their subjects. Her deep understanding of the challenges of new media technology along with her resourceful creativity resulted in a videoreportage that has gone around the world and has received thousands of hits and great reviews at the many sites where it has been shared and embedded. It was a pleasure to work with Kirthi and I look forward to have her add her visionary touch to my projects in the near future
Chelo Alvarez-Stehle, Media Producer and BAVC member