ATHENS, OH (April 1, 2015) – "The Long Night," a collaborative documentary film by Tim Matsui and MediaStorm, was today named by judges as the Best Use Of Multimedia first place winner in NPPA's 2015 Best Of Photojournalism Multimedia contest.
Set in Seattle, WA, the feature-length film weaves together the lives of seven people who have been forced into the American sex trade and whose lives have been forever changed. The filmmakers say "The Long Night" is "not themed to advocate a solution. Instead, it submerges the viewer in the experience," and it is a "testimony to the lives of those who have lived this crisis."
The documentary film and the overall project was supported by a 2014 Alexia Foundation Women's Initiative Grant.
"The Long Night" was directed, photographed, and field produced by Matsui. MediaStorm was his post production partner in the effort. Tim McLaughlin was the editor and producer, Brian Storm the executive producer and the film's motion graphics were created by Joe Fuller.
Matsui's film which was produced with MediaStorm was the subject of an extended Multimedia Moments column written by Seth Gitner in the January-February issue of News Photographer magazine.
In other top winners announced today, in the News Multimedia 48 Hours category first place is Bill Frakes and Laura Heald of Straw Hat Visuals for "Let Freedom Sing," a film about the 2014 Estonian Song and dance Celebration (seen at left). Second place is David Furst, Leslye Davis, Craig Allen of The New York Times for "Hopes Of A Generation," and third place is Mark Boster, Rick Loomis, and Mary Cooney of the Los Angeles Times for "Flight From Rage: Conflict In the Central African Republic."
In the Sports Multimedia Story category, first place is the video and graphics editing team at The New York Times for "Winter Tales of Speed and Distance." Second place is Ben Garvin of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and third place is McKenna Ewen of The Washington Post. Awards of excellence were presented to AAron Ontiveroz, Mahala Gaylord, Hyoung Chang, and Austin Ontiveroz of The Denver Post, and to Larry Buchanan, Jon Huang, Becky Lebowitz, Jeremy White, and Margaret Cheatham Williams of The New York Times.
In the Documentary Multimedia Story category, first place is Matsui and MediaStorm for "The Long Night." Second place is Don Bartletti, Liz O. Baylen, Spencer Bakalar, and Bethany Mollenkof of the Los Angeles Times, and third place is Meghan Lyden, Joe Amon, and Mahala Gaylord of The Denver Post. Awards of excellence were presented to Mike Kepka,Erin Brethauer, Judy Walgren and the photography team at the San Francisco Chronicle, and to Mark Boster, Katie Falkenberg, and Mary Vignoles of the Los Angles Times.
In the Visual Column category, first place is Brian Cassella of the Chicago Tribune for "Second Take" (at left). Second place is James Colton and Scott Mc Kiernan of ZUMA Press, and third place is Kainaz Amaria, Claire O'Neill, and David Gilkey for National Public Radio.
In the Feature Multimedia Story category, first place is Dania Maxwell of the Naples (FL) Daily News for "Little Man and the Pursuit of Happiness." Second place is Adam Cole, Maggie Starbard, Ben de la Cruz, Alison Richards, Claire Eggers, Morgan Walker, and Anne Gudenkauf of National Public Radio, and third place is Albert Lee, Brian Vander Brug, and Mary Vignoles of the Los Angeles Times. Awards of excellence were presented to McKenna Ewen of the Star Tribune, independent photographer Line Ørnes Søndergaard and Jonas Bodtker, Jason Reed of Reuters, Tim Smith and Melissa Tait of the Brandon (Manitoba) Sun, and Kathleen Flynn of Time Times-Picayune.
In the Documentary Multimedia Package category, first place is Dai Sugano, Karen de Sa, Mike Frankel, Jami C. Smith, and Qin Chen of the San Jose Mercury News for "Drugging Our Kids." Second place is Bill Frakes, Laura Heald, Christine Casey, Dan Edwards, Kyle Henderson, and Sara Tanner of Straw Hat Visuals for "The Nebraska Project," and third place is Steven Achiam, Thomas Aue Sobol, Asta Wellejus, Lasse Telling Madsen, Hans Von Knut, Jakob Hansson, and Jens-Peter Brodersen for Story Engine & FUDF.
In the Tablet / Mobile Delivery category, first place is Marika Kochiashvili, Gabrielle Fonseca Johnson, and Karolina Tagaris of Thomson Reuters for "The Wider Image." Second place is Lynden Steele and Chris Lee for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and third place is also Steele and Lee.
In the Multimedia Portfolio category, first place is Meghan Lyden, Tim Rasmussen, Mahala Gaylord, Lindsay Pierce, AAron Ontiveroz, and the picture editing team of The Denver Post for their series on mental illness in Colorado. Second place is Matsui and Ligaiya Romero of MediaStorm, and third place is Ben Garvin of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. And award of excellence was given to Katie Falkenberg and Mary Vignoles of the Los Angeles Times.
The Multimedia judges were Andrew P. Scott from USA Today, professor and author Ken Kobre from San Francisco State University, and assistant professor Rebecca Sell from Ohio University.
This year's NPPA Best Of Photojournalism was sponsored by the Ohio University School of Visual Communication (VisCom) and the Michigan State University School of Journalism.