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A person in the foreground wears headphones and looks at a monitor while another person in the background looks at puppets
Visitors view the puppets created by Julio Garay, used in Dak'toká Taíno / Yo soy Taíno / I am Taíno directed by Alba Enid García Rivas (work seen on monitor at far right). Photo: Thanassi Karageorgiou / MoMI

THE MARVELS OF MEDIA AWARDS

The Marvels of Media Awards at Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) is the very first media awards ceremony, festival, and exhibit to celebrate media-makers on the autism spectrum. The open call for the first edition of this annual program received 3,071 nominations from 117 countries. 20 media works were chosen for awards in 12 categories.

Award categories include: Animated Short, Collaborative Innovation, Digital Art, Documentary, Experimental Film, Mockumentary, Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Series, Video Game, Student Animated Short, and Student Video Game.

MoMI’s Marvels of Media Awards was developed by the Museum’s education department in partnership with Josh Sapan, a long-time member of MoMI’s Board of Trustees and the Executive Vice Chairman of AMC Networks. Through the Marvels of Media Awards, MoMI supports the creative endeavors of media-makers on the spectrum, of all ages and backgrounds.

An advisory committee of artists, spokespeople on the autism spectrum, and experts in the field helped to guide and produce this program. They are: 

Disability Advocate and Scholar Dena L. Gassner
Media Artist Justin Canha
Autistic Advocate, Writer, and Creative Consultant Miranda Lee
Game Designer Chris Dono
Parent Advocate Susana Montes
Occupational Therapist and Author Lindsey Biel
Writer/Comedian Maylin Pavletic
Museum Education and Community Engagement Consultant Michelle López
Visual Storyteller and Educator Paola Quintero, JD, MAAEd
Rosa Martínez, President and Founder of Strokes of Genius, Inc., an organization that promotes artists with autism
Jessye Herrell, Education Director of Tech Kids Unlimited, which empowers neurodiverse students’ lives through technology skills.

The final judges who helped select the awardees are: 

Primetime Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Pantoliano
Award-winning actor Tony Goldwyn
President of the Jim Henson Foundation Cheryl Henson
Academy Award–winning producer Brian Grazer
Journalist Paula Zahn
CEO of Take-Two Interactive Strauss Zelnick
Screenwriter/Filmmaker Tony Spiridakis
Neurodiversity Advocate Wendy Belzberg
Former CEO of Crown Media Family Networks Bill Abbott

Marvels of Media Exhibit 

March 31–May 1, 2022

A media exhibit in the Museum’s second floor gallery shares the artistry of several Marvels of Media nominees. Twelve screens display short films and playable video games, along with objects and documents relating to the process of moving image making. The creators are filmmakers, artists, writers, animators, bloggers and students on the autism spectrum. They come from many different cultural, social, economic, and artistic backgrounds. The exhibit reveals a diverse artistry, reflecting iconic moments and movements in recent moving image history. It is curated by Sara Guerrero-Mostafa, Miranda Lee, and Tiffany Joy Butler. Learn more. 

Marvels of Media Festival

Wednesday, March 30: Access Rider Workshop for Artists with Disabilities
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Artist-filmmaker April Lin 林森 will give a workshop on creating an Access Rider for media artists with disabilities. Artists who are neurodivergent, have chronic disabilities and/or physical disabilities are all welcome. Recommended for ages 16 and up.

Thursday, March 31: Marvels of Media Awards & Exhibition opening
7:00–8:30 p.m.
The awards ceremony was livestreamed on YouTube. View the recorded event here.

Saturday, April 9: ReelAbilities Shorts Recommended by Marvels of Media
1:00–3:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 16: Artist Talk & Rotoscoping Workshop
11:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m.
Media Artist Carrie Hawks will give an artist talk followed by a hands-on animation workshop combining digital and analog filmmaking. Recommended for ages 16 and up.

Saturday, April 23: Marvels of Media Films
3:00–5:00 p.m.

Special thanks to our Marvels of Media partners: