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'The Last Mile' | wastED | 'Step into Life'

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Watch: The Last Mile's Tech Incubator 
What you need to know: The tech start-up incubator at the San Quentin prison works to re-integrating the prison population back into society by equipping inmates with contemporary tech skills that are more-or-less commonplace in most work environments. Wired speaks to Heracio Harts, an inmate featured in the short film The Last Mile. Harts had the chance to use the lab to develop a social media expertise and lend a transparency to the daily experiences of the inmates at San Quentin. 
Tribeca says: This was a Tribeca Film Institute funded project.

Building a Brand with Local Pride
What you need to know: Katherine Oliver was the Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment during the crucial years right after 9/11. In this long-form piece for medium.com, Oliver describes the tax intiatives put in place to bring film and tv production back to the city and rehabilitate NYC's economy in the wake of the tragedy. Some of the first television programs to get on board were NYC classics like Sex and the City, Law and Order, and Louie.
Tribeca says: As a festival that was also initially about revitalizing the city's economy in the wake of 9/11, we're incredibly impressed with Oliver's work. 

Get wastED
What you need to know: Blue Hill restuarant in the East Village will host a pop-up devoted to food waste and re-use called wastED. A collaboration between local farmers, business owners, and the whole chain of food industry professionals in between to minimize the amount of waste produced while bringing a meal to the table. The pop-up is scheduled to run from March 6 until April - and you can book your reservation today. 
Tribeca says: Reducing food waste means more than just reheating leftovers - check out all the ways you can work with the "excesses" of your meal. 

Step into Life
What you need to know: Bobby Bailey, co-founder of Invisible Children and The Global Poverty Project, is working to raise funds for his documentary film project following his brother, Chris Bailey, as he walks across the United States. You might remember Bobby Bailey and Invisible Children from the viral social movement, #kony2012, which aimed to garner public support in the efforts to capture Ugandan warfarer Joseph Kony. 
Tribeca says: If the #kony2012 campaign proved anything, it's that these guys know how to tap into your sympathies. This self-meditative journey is likely to do the same. 

 

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