Art for Social Change

Documentary  •  Television  •  Film  •   Podcasts  •  Stories

At Maitri River Productions, we produce art that illuminates, educates, models and influences positive social change.

 

Abundant

In Pre-Production. Intertwining leading activists’ commentary, stories of living kidney donors and kidney patients, and an intuitive look at what leads a person to donate a kidney to a stranger, Abundant asks the question, “Do we have what it takes to become abundant toward living kidney donation?” Learn more.

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Belonging

In Development. Modern society itemizes people.  As technological evolution separates us, we fight a growing sense of isolation in search of community.  Our culture changes rapidly, but the basic need for human connection remains.  Guided by flow yoga, Belonging explores our drives to connect and what it means to belong. Learn More
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Bomb Town

In Development. South Dallas’ Black community has survived marginalization by redlining, economic segregation, government policies of slum clearance and isolation by elevated highway construction.  It’s story is central to Bomb Town’s examination of the origins and normalization of institutional racism in the US. Learn More
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Donor to Donor Presents CrowdSource for Life: Storytellers

In Development. Ten non-directed kidney donors tell their amazing stories in a TED-style format.  Performed for a live theater audience and streamed live.   Learn More
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Nude/Naked

In Development. Content is king, but editors have the power.  Nude/Naked explores how and why that power is used and how it affects our culture. From finding the unclothed human figure objectionable in the art world to what we teach children about shame, Nude/Naked digs into the motivations for omission and censorship. Learn More
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Non-Directed Kidney Donors Research Project

In Production. Maitri River Productions is conducting the largest survey ever of an outlier group of extreme altruists: non-directed kidney donors. The survey results will inform the documentary series Abundant.   Learn More
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Maitri River Productions

We’re a unique production company entirely focused on the artist’s ability to inspire, provoke and illuminate social change. 

The Maitri River Method

•  Develops of a production deliberately
•  Maintains focus on the production’s purpose
•  Empowers the artist(s) with creative control
•  Builds a narrative and brand for a production
•  Infuses a production with passion and focus
•  Follows the Maitri River Productions mission
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It Starts with a Spark

Our nine-step production process begins instinctively with the Spark Stage.  Got an idea?  Let’s hear it.
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We Work in All Mediums

In our development process, we determine which medium is best for making a lasting impact on the audience.
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Production Team

We assemble mighty creative and technical teams specifically for each unique production.
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Funding Options

The funding method for each production enables the artist’s creative freedom.
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Featured Project

Donor to Donor presents

CrowdSource for Life: Storytellers

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“I knew, in that moment, that I would give my kidney to a stranger.  It’s as if I’d been struck by lightning.”  That’s how Donor to Donor founder Ned Brooks described the first steps on his journey to becoming a non-directed kidney donor in his 2017 TEDxNatick talk.  A moment of clarity.  A sudden profound realization.  A lightning strike!

Ned Brooks isn’t alone in this feeling or that language.  Most non-directed kidney donors describe their moment of realization almost exactly the same way.   “A lightning strike” is a common way to describe the decision to become one of the rarest outliers in our culture, the extreme altruist who gives a kidney to a complete stranger.

Presented by Donor to Donor, we’re staging a unique, one-day, live streaming TED-style storytelling show for an in-depth, first-hand exploration of what causes that “lightning strike” moment.  We are casting for ten (10) non-directed kidney donors to participate in an unprecedented educational event about living kidney donation. 

Donor to Donor presents CrowdSource For Life: Storytellers will be s
taged in a large theatrical venue and recorded for live streaming and as content for Abundant.  Our storytelling show will feature non-directed kidney donors telling professionally developed narratives about their experience as a kidney donor.  Stories will be approximately twelve (12) minutes in length and storytellers will work for months with a professional storytelling consultant to develop their story for performance before a live audience and streamed broadcast. Recorded with four (4) cameras and streamed live, this event will be the first-ever mainstream audience program focused exclusively on non-directed kidney donors.  Stories will evoke a full range of emotion, inspiring the audience and viewers to consider the potential of living kidney donation.  Between afternoon and evening sessions, we’ll program on-site and streaming information about the best resources available to explore living kidney donation.

We know most non-directed donors resist taking credit for their remarkably abundant act of donating a kidney to a stranger. However, we ask non-directed kidney donors to extend their act of selfless giving one step further by sharing their story to inspire others potential donors.   If you are a non-directed kidney donor, please click on the link below.  We’d like to consider your story for Donor to Donor presents CrowdSource for Life: Storytellers.

Kidney Transplant Recipients

Kidney transplant recipients will be featured in Abundant. Tell us your story and why we should consider casting you for Abundant.  Go into detail about your experience and what you would say to potential living kidney donors.  If you are selected to appear in Abundant, we will contact you.  If you have questions, email us at info@maitririverproductions.com.  If you are ready to get involved and audition, use the application button below.

Directed Kidney Donors

Directed Kidney donors will be featured in Abundant. Tell us your story and why we should consider casting you for Abundant.  Go into detail about your experience, your feelings and what you would say to potential living kidney donors.  If you are selected to appear in Abundant, we will contact you.  If you have questions, email us at info@maitririverproductions.com.  If you are ready to get involved and audition, use the application button below.

Kidney Patients

Kidney patients seeking a donor will be featured in Abundant. Tell your story on a one-minute video on YouTube or Vimeo and include the video link on your audition form.  If we select you for Abundant, we will contact you. Even if you aren’t selected for Abundant, your video will be included on CrowdSourceForLife.com with any contact information you provide. If you are ready to get involved and audition, use the application button below.

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