Founded by charity director, Carlotta Allum in partnership with professional video-makers
Chloë Plumb and Christopher Spence,
the Stretch New Media team combine extensive expertise within the third sector as well as the filmmaking industry.
Stretch New Media was developed as a sister trading organisation to Stretch Charity
who specialise in the delivery of creative arts and digital storytelling
workshops with offenders and marginalised groups; both strands are working together to provide a digital platform for unheard voices.
Driven by her own prison experience, Carlotta founded the charity STRETCH in 2003. In the same year she was also awarded a Griffins Fellowship from the London School of Economics looking at the use of the arts in the rehabilitation of female offenders. Since then the charity has continued to devise and deliver an extensive and varied body of digital literacy and story-telling programmes to offenders and marginalised groups. Over the last thirteen years Carlotta has raised around £1 million for Stretch and facilitated high profile partnerships with galleries such as the V&A and Scottish Museums Service.
In 2012 she won BBC Digital Award for Outstanding Practice. Carlotta is a social entrepreneur and continues to push the boundaries of innovative practice, 2015 saw Carlotta receive a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship grant to research digital technology for well-being in prisons in Australia and Scandinavia. Carlotta is a Trustee for the national charity Unlock and a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. Carlotta has a PGCE in primary art teaching from the University of Surrey and her first degree was in Classics from Kings College London.
Chloë Plumb is based in London and works across the UK as a freelance documentary and promotional video-maker for a range of charities, arts and cultural organisations, theatre companies and musicians. She trained in documentary film production at Goldsmiths University of London on her MA in Visual Anthropology and subsequently went on to set up Kaleido Films; a collective of anthropologists and filmmakers who use many different visual and artistic disciplines to interrogate social issues.
Her relationship with Stretch Charity began back in 2010, where she first built her skills as a workshop facilitator for children-in-care. She has since developed a keen interest in practices related to youth engagement, social justice and participatory media, going on to facilitate a number of filmmaking workshop programmes and training to schools and universities and community groups. Under Stretch, she trained as an Arts Award Advisor, and Digital Storytelling facilitator to support the delivery of workshops with young people, offenders and families.
Chris graduated from Sunderland University with a 2:1 Honours degree in Media Studies in 1999 and has since enjoyed a career making films in the community, broadcast and corporate sectors of the industry. A dynamic and experienced freelance filmmaker with nearly 15 years experience, he first worked with STRETCH in 2009 on a documentary film that followed the success of the Pop-Up Museum project in Leeds. He has strong roots in charitable work, making numerous promos for small and large charities and as an arts practitioner, leading workshops for various rural and urban-based charities.
Chris is skilled in all areas of filmmaking; Directing, Camera Operating, Editing, Sound, DVD Authoring / Web Streaming and Motion Graphics. He also has extensive experience in workshop leading with adults and young people alike.
Dean Stalham is an acclaimed writer for stage and screen. Dean firmly believes in giving under represented voices a platform and has been writing and producing plays and films for over ten years. Dean began his writing journey in prison and has been pushing against the 'class ceiling' in the media industry and fighting for a platform for authentic working class stories. Stretch New Media are proud and pleased to support Dean and work with him on his projects “The Last Publican” Short film filming February 2017 “Midwife” Developing a feature film script with the Blaines (Nina Forever) “Barred” Play currently on tour in universities and prisons, screenplay under development for 2017 “Frosted Glass” Producer of feature film currently selected for Vaults Film Festival 2017 Currently funded, supported and mentored by The Royal Literary Society
Dean brings to the SNM team writing, directing and producing skills - Dean is also an accomplished artist and workshop leader and a champion of 'Outsider Art'