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  Historical Overview
 
  Interlock Media began in the early 1980s by producing field radio reports to highlight global climate change and the urgency of the survival of the indigenous peoples who protect the earth's most fragile lands. Struck by the beauty of the Latin American rain forests, as well as natural environments in Asia and Africa, founders Kenneth Andrasko and Jonathan Schwartz set out to communicate the importance of these unique regions as intellectual and economic resources for the communities who traditionally inhabit them. Their early productions were evocative stories and mesmerizing soundscapes for programs such as the Horizons and the All Things Considered series on National Public Radio.  
     
  Documenting the value of the world's fragile wildlands; empowering indigenous communities  
  Interlock tracked the loss of irreplaceable habitats in the tropics as the result of rampant development, documented the ramifications of such devastation, and offered real solutions to the problem by training select communities to create their own video and radio programs. Through these programs, communities were encouraged to communicate techniques for sustainable resource management, share folkways, and use the media to set forth their own ideas on medical and traditional environmental knowledge. Interlock, in a modest fashion, was part of a movement to bring a voice to the voiceless, not only by drawing attention to the ruin of the land and what locals were doing about it, but also by empowering indigenous populations to create their own educational media.

Within a few years, Interlock was producing independent documentary films and providing media training throughout the third world. Pairing advanced first world sound and television technology with the rich scriptwriting and acting talents that were available locally, Interlock produced stories of social injustice, rapacious resource appropriation, environmental destruction and organized violence and warfare against indigenous settlements.

Collaborating with local musical talent, Interlock was also a catalyst for promoting ethnic culture. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the organization built a series of broadcast studios on contract in Latin America that evolved into local arts centers. Sharing the design and wiring schematics with local engineers and progressive educators meant that local entrepreneurs could build their own broadcast and music studios and help local media thrive.

Sought after as public health and environmental educational program consultants by multilateral and bilateral aid organizations, and later by "green" companies, Interlock always maintained its own stream of independent projects. It kept up the pace through relentless investigative journalism and high technical and artistic production values.

Continuously maximizing available resources and expanding outreach and expertise, Interlock has successfully produced documentary films and narrative dramatic shorts for an array of international audiences. We have also contributed to countless music videos, studio and independent features, hard news and longer news pieces.

Today, Interlock continues to train young filmmakers and artists to be catalysts of change on behalf of international environmental and human rights issues. Presently located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Interlock provides training and access to media technologies to "at-risk" youth, rising academics, emerging artists and disadvantaged populations living in the metro-Boston area.

 
     
  Educational Broadcasting
 
  Our work continued on a more significant scale when we began close collaboration with the United Nations and multi-lateral aid agencies in the eighties, training hundreds of writers, actors, educators, administrators and musicians in producing broadcast media for distance learning. Subjects of study included the environment, healthcare, domestic abuse, special health issues for street kids and gang victims, and infant survival.

Interlock led teams in fifteen countries, over the course of as many years, including New Guinea, Nepal, the Ivory Coast, and Guyana. In addition, we produced our own program segments that covered pressing conservation and social issues in countries where we served as consultants. Specifically, we contributed to a series of feature films and soap operas that addressed issues of overpopulation by empowering the education of both young girls and women.

 
     
  Homecoming: Grassroots Work on the American East Coast  
  Our environmental focus expanded from the developing world to the eastern seaboard of the United States. It came about, in part, because it became apparent that there were lakes in Bolivia that had been better researched than our own estuaries and coastlines. So. incorporating lessons from our global work, we began to act locally, with productions such as Tunnel Visions on the wisdom or folly of deep water sewage outfall pipes. We shared this approach with conservationists who set out to work in America's parklands after spending their formative years working overseas.  
     
  Watch Dogs: Keeping the Outfall project safe  
  In the mid 1990's the city of Boston was looking for a new system to dispose waste that had previously been released into Boston Harbor. WGBH, the local PBS affiliate, aired the program Tunnel Visions, allowing scientists, environmentalists, fishermen and school teachers to voice their concerns and help design an efficient and environmentally friendly waste disposal system, one that eventually became among the world's most advanced waste management facilities. We were proud to be in a position, once again, to help multiple resource users work together in cooperative stewardship.  
     
  Media Literacy and Youth  
  Interlock then reoriented itself to work with communities in urban areas, including young people. Interlock remained steadfast in finding accessible ways to educate youth about the environment and their relationship to it, as well as helping them develop the skills necessary to voice their concerns through the mass media, and about the mass media. Seeking Relief, on urban asthma, explored the rise of the disease to epidemic proportions and what could be done to. Due to these local efforts, Interlock was well prepared when invited to address graduate students of public health communication at both Boston University and Harvard.  
     
  US Justice, Global Conservation and Modern Slavery  
  Currently, Interlock is in varied phases of production on a range of documentary stories. We examine the long-term causes and consequences of prison rape in American prisons in Turned Out: Sexual Assault Behind Bars, and in Faith in the Big House we address the growth of faith-based rehabilitation programs. The Extraordinary Passage of the Great White Hunter will explore the global conservation movement, focusing on Harold J. Coolidge's field work and his legacy as one of the first advocates of the conservation of species and their natural habitats.

Interlock Media also intends to develop a project on contemporary slavery here in the United States, as well as slavery taking place in hot-spots throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim.

Each of these projects requires further resources to complete and share with audiences. We welcome referrals to interested funding sources and distribution outlets.

 
     
  Involving Artists and Mentoring Emerging Talent to Change Our Future  
  A characteristic trait of Interlock's projects is the incorporation of original graphics and music created by local artisans. Interlock has found that art created within the community is more spirited, and often leaves a warmer impression on the screen. Likewise, by commissioning local artists, Interlock gives back by creating an opportunity to highlight, in the form of mass media exposure, those artists and communities that support Interlock. They in turn get in the habit of putting art into community service.

Another practice that assures freshness in our work is the instruction Interlock provides to emerging filmmakers and journalists who serve as volunteers on our productions. We encourage these gifted collaborators to master the intellectual, social and creative challenges of independent filmmaking. In turn, they allow us to successfully produce our projects within the confines of limited financial resources.

Interlock also benefits from collaboration with leading scholars whose intellectual expertise provides both social and historical context for our documentary themes.

This expanding community of independent artists, filmmakers, journalists and scholars has established Interlock as an active change agent in environmental justice and conservation.