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TWN Evening Seminars Calendar

2018 FALL - TWN Evening Seminars

New Films, Women of Color in the Film Trades, Editing Master Class and more

Started September 13th!

The TWN Evening Seminars
 
Besides its intensive TWN Production Workshop, TWN also sponsors a walk-in series of workshops on various production topics each spring and fall.
 
All seminars are free, unless otherwise noted, and are presented at various locations.
 
Thurs, September 13th, 2018 6:30 PM - Sound Recording Workshop
For beginners and those needing a refresher in audio for film and video.  What are people using, best practices, why do things work the way they do.TWN, 545 8th Ave, Ste 550 RSVP to workshop@twn.org.
 
Wed, September 26th,  2018 6:30 PM - Women of Color in the Film Industry: Union Film Trades
Join Shawn Batey (Props), Michelle Marion (Camera), Allison Jackson (Sound), and Iris Ng (Electric) on how they got into their fields, their unions and how you can too – and why you should. Cosponsored with the Documentary Forum at CCNY, the CCNY MFA Film Alliance and the Black Documentary Collective. At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St. RSVP to https://bit.ly/2C5xYzt
 
Wed, October 3rd, 2018  5:30 PM  QUEST – Film screening With Producer Sabrina Schmidt Gordon and Director Jonathan Olshefski
This award winning POV film follows the Raineys in North Philadelphia as they nurture both a family and a community of hip hop artists in the face of the strife surrounding them.  QUEST is a vivid illumination of race and class in America, and a testament to love, healing and hope.  Cosponsored with the Newnark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, Black Public Media, the CCNY MFA Film Alliance and the Black Documentary Collective. 219 West 40th St., 3rd Floor.  RSVP to workshop@twn.org
 
Wed, October 10th, 2018 6:30 PM – Editing Master Class with Bryan Chang of Meerkat Media
A documentary director, DP and editor, Bryan’s films have been featured by The New York Times, National Geographic, TIME Magazine, and MoMA, screened at Sundance and distributed theatrically.  Hear his tips on approaching an edit, shooting with editing in mind and how his cooperative production company works.  Cosponsored with the Documentary Forum at CCNY,  At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St.  RSVP to: https://bit.ly/2N1mfGo
 
Mon.  October 15th, 2018 at 6:00 PM – Tribute to Camille Billops and James V. Hatch – Films & Talk Honoring this iconoclastic filmmaking couple’s art and activism. Join TWN, Michelle Materre, Prof Valerie Smith and George C. Wolfe; see Take Your Bags and Finding Christa.  Cosponsored with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, Black Public Media, and the Media and Communication Arts Dept of City College. At the NYPL, 111 Amsterdam Avenue at 65th Street. RSVP to https://bit.ly/2LxhBLj
 
Wed, October 24th, 2018 6:30 PM – Resistance at Tule Lake with Director Konrad Aderer
This feature doc on the long-suppressed story of incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II –  who were imprisoned and resisted their treatment. A story of racism, fear and struggle, with resonance for these times. Cosponsored with the Documentary Forum at CCNY, and the CCNY MFA Film Alliance. At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St.  RSVP to https://bit.ly/2NyKRn1
 
Wed, November 7th, 2018 6:30 PM – Master Class with Documentary Director Dawn Porter
The award winning documentary director of Gideon's Army, Spies of Mississippi and Trapped,  Dawn will talk about how she gets her subjects and how she gets her films made, and her advice to emerging media makers.
 
Wed, Nov 28th, 2018 6:30 PM – Nailed It: Vietnamese and the Nail Industry – with Director Adele Pham
A fortuitous encounter between 20 Vietnamese refugee women and The Birds actress Tippi Hedren in 1975 sparked the Asian nail salon industry in the U.S.  Born of war and tragedy, a sometimes hilarious saga of survival and more. Cosponsored with the Documentary Forum at CCNY and the the CCNY MFA Film Alliance.  At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St.  RSVP to https://bit.ly/2NCIIXx
 
Wed Dec 5th, 2018 6:30 PM – Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart With Director Tracy H. Strain
The first in-depth presentation of Hansberry’s complex life and work, from her ground breaking Raisin in the Sun, the first play by a Black woman on Broadway to her political activism and concealed lesbianism.  Cosponsored with the Documentary Forum at CCNY & the CCNY MFA Film Alliance and the Black Documentary Collective,  At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St. RSVP : https://bit.ly/2NwEK2A
 
MORE TO COME!
 
 
Spring 2018 Lineup
Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 6:30 PM - STRONG ISLAND with DP Alan Jacobsen
The story of the Ford family - racism, tragedy and the search for justice. This gripping film is an Oscar nominated documentary, directed by a graduate of the TWN Production Workshop.  Cosponsored with the Documentary Forum at The City College of New York,  At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St. RSVP to eventbrite.com
 
Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 6:30 PM - The POPS webseries and Director Garland McLaurin
Garland McLaurin will talk about the making of POPS, an 11 part webseries that addresses the reality and challenges of 21st century parenthood for African American fathers. Cosponsored with the Documentary Forum at The City College of New York and Black Public Media,  At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St. RSVP to eventbrite.com
 
Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 6:30 PM - Immersive NYC - hands on learning in affordable VR
Join folks who are working in AR and VR and things inbetween to learn what various artists and filmmakers are working on and how to get started in this arena of production. Bring a laptop, your phone and a notepad.  Presented by Debra Anderson and Tomi Omololu-lange and Immersive NYC, and cosponsored with the Documentary Forum at The City College of New York,  At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St.
 
Thursday, March 1st, 2018 6:30 PM - Distribution and More
Join Denae Peters of Film Sprout, and Deshuna Spencer of Kweli TV, with moderator TWN Distributor Roselly Torres to see what the various options filmmakers have now to get their film out.  Cosponsored with the CUNY Journalism School and the Documentary Forum at CCNY,  At CUNY J School, 219 West 40th St., 3rd Floor. RSVP to eventbrite.
 
Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 6:30 PM - Black Panther, The Throwaways - and What Organizing Looks like Now
Two films and a panel with the filmmakers of the Throwaways, Ira McKinley and Bhawin Suchak, and organizers from grassroots movements in NYC. Cosponsored with the Aronson Awards at Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, 4th Floor. RSVP to http://bit.ly/2EiTfT3
 
Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 6:30 PM - Pam Sporn on the Making of Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route
Pam will show clips and talk about the making of this new documentary that examines the rise, fall and future of Detroit from the point of view of her long time friend, postal worker, Wendell.  A film that mixes history, political economy, family, friends and more, Detroit 48202 goes beyond the other films and media you've seen about this city. Cosponsored with the Documentary Forum at The City College of New York,  At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St.  RSVP to http://bit.ly/2FKUN8B
 
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 6:30 PM - Master Class with Director Yoruba Richen
What does it take to make documentaries that get screened nationwide? Award winning Richen talks about getting into the industry, how she works and gets her stories.  With clips and more, an insight into the director's process. Cosponsored with the Documentary Forum at The City College of New York,  At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St.  RSVP to http://bit.ly/2Cbint1
 
Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 6:30 PM - One Night Sound Recording Workshop
For beginners and those needing a refresher in audio for film and video.  What are people using, best practices, why do things work the way they do and more.  Cosponsored with the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.  At CUNY J School, 219 West 40th St., 3rd Floor. RSVP to http://bit.ly/2BS9BEq
 
Thursday, March 29th, 2018 6:30 PM - STRONG ISLAND -Encore screening with Director Yance Ford
The story of the Ford family - racism, tragedy and the search for justice. This gripping film is an Oscar nominated documentary, directed by a graduate of the TWN Production Workshop.  Cosponsored with the Documentary Forum at The City College of New York,  At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St. RSVP to http://bit.ly/2FGuiEX
 
Thursday, April 12th, 2018 6:30 PM - Impact Producing
What is impact producing and why is it now so important? Hear from several producers about the hows and why of this emerging area that all filmmakers have to get involved with in some way. With guests Erika Howard of POV and Andre Augustine of Picture Motion.  Cosponsored with the Documentary Forum at The City College of New York,  At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St.  RSVP to http://bit.ly/2H7KEEC
 
Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 6:30 PM - La Cocina de Las Patronas (The Kitchen of the Patrons) and panel
Day after day, for over 20 years, a group of women in Veracruz, Mexico give food to Central American migrants who travel atop the freight train, known as “La Bestia”, bound to the United States. Taking their name from their hometown Guadalupe La Patrona, Las Patronas prepare the food to give to migrants as the train passes through their community. However, the mission of Las Patronas goes beyond humanitarian assistance, symbolizing a resistance against a system that criminalizes migrants, demanding for open borders and the right to mobility. Screening followed by a panel with the director and activists. Cosponsored with the CCNY Film Student Club & the Documentary Forum at The City College of New York,  At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St.  RSVP to http://bit.ly/2Fw1Ar6
 
Thursday, April 26th, 2018 6:30 PM - Bones of Contention with Andrea Weiss
“Bones of Contention” is the first nonfiction feature film to explore the theme of historical memory in Spain, focusing on the repression of lesbians and gays under Franquismo. With Director Andrea Weiss speaking. Cosponsored with the Rifkind Center for the Humanities and the Arts, & the Documentary Forum at The City College of New York,  At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St. RSVP to: https://bit.ly/2GqCeuj
 
MORE TO COME!
 
 
Past Events
 
Thursday, August 24th, 2017 6:30 PM - Docufiction Screening and Talk
ONE PEOPLE and WHO GIVES KISSES FREELY FROM HER LIPS
Docufiction screening with filmmakers Al Santana and Simin Farkhondeh with Rico Speight leading a discussion on treading the line of documentary and dramatic work.  Cosponsored with the Documentary Forum at The City College of New York,  At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St. RSVP to eventbrite.com
 
Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 6:30 PM - Sound Recording Tips; New Gear and more
A quick introduction to best practices, what gear people are using, and low budget options for better production tracks. With equipment from ProSound. . Cosponsored with the Documentary Forum at The City College of New York,  At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St. RSVP to eventbrite.com
 
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 6:30 PM - CHAVELA - A new Documentary about Chavela Vargas
A lyrical film about the legendary siner and queer icon, Chavela Vargas by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi.  Director Daresha Kyi will speak with the film.  Cosponsored with the Documentary Forum at The City College of New York. At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St. RSVP to eventbrite.com
 
Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 6:30 PM - Filmmaker Opportunities: Hear from Loira Limbal of Firelight Media and Kay Shaw of the National Black Programming Consortium
Hear from the Vice president of Firelight Media, Loira Limbal about how Firelight works with filmmakers, and about the new opportunities at NBPC from Kay Shaw, Director of Programs and Acquisitions. Cosponsored with the Documentary Forum at The City College of New York and the National Black Programming Consortium. At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St. RSVP to eventbrite.com
 
Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 6:30 PM - Production Planning and Budgeting with Ann Bennett
Ann Bennett, long time producer of films and transmedia projects, shows you how to start that process and offers templates to use. From assessing your project, breaking the film down, to translating each element into a budget line item, this workshop will help you in this important step. Cosponsored with the Documentary Forum at The City College of New York. At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St.RSVP to eventbrite.com
 
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 6:30 PM - Camera Tech and Talk with Jeff Lee of AbelCine
2K, 4K - how to choose the right camera right now?  What factors do you need to take into account in your decision?  With new gear from AbelCine, a premiere camera house, see and hear from their national training manager, Jeff Lee.  Cosponsored with the Documentary Forum at The City College of New York.  At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St. RSVP to eventbrite.com
 
Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 6:30 PM - WHOSE STREETS? - Screening with Director Sabbah Folayan
An unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising that began when Michael Brown was killed by police and left in the street for hours.  Directed by Sabbah Folayan and Damon Davis.  Part of the Seventh Art Stand series, cosponsored with the Documentary Forum, Firelight Media, the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, the CCNY President's Office, and the Center for Worker Education (Interdisciplinary Studies).  At City College, Shepard Hall, Rm 291, 259 Convent Ave at 140th Street. RSVP to eventbrite.com.
 
Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 6:30 PM - Call Me Kuchu Screening with Director Malika Zouhali-Worrall
In Uganda, a new bill threatened to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato, Uganda’s first openly gay man, and retired Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo worked to defeat the bill, while combatting vicious persecution in their daily lives -but a brutal murder shakes their movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world. This film was made by Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, and Zouhali-Worrall will speak after ths film.  Worrall just won an Emmy for her latest film, Thank you for Playing. Cosponsored with the Documentary Forum at The City College of New York and Firelight Media.  At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St. RSVP to eventbrite.com
 
Thursday, November 9th, 2017 6:30 PM - No Mas Bebes (No More Babies) Film Screening and Talk with Director
The shocking story of Mexican immigrant mothers who were sterilized while giving birth at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and early 1970s, No Más Bebés details a little-known but landmark event in reproductive justice, when those mothers sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. Government. Emmy and Oscar nominated director, Renee Tajima-Pena will speak.  Cosponsored with the Documentary Forum at The City College of New York   At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 291. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St. RSVP to eventbrite.com
  
Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 6:30 PM - Veteran's Day Reframed: Screenings and Panel
Join us for a screening of TWN Board member and activist artist Betty Yu's film THREE TOURS and Tami Gold's film ANOTHER BROTHER, with a panel of peace activist veterans.  Lang Recital Hall, Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue.  RSVP to eventbrtie.com
 
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 6:30 PM - VR 101 - An Introduction to Virtual Reality Production
With Jessica Ann Peavy, Shawn Peters, Veda Shastri and moderator Tracy Daniels. Join these immersive filmmakers to find out why VR, how and what is involved in the production of virtual and augmented reality works. Cosponsored with the Documentary Forum at The City College of New York and the National Black Programming Consortium.  At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St. RSVP to eventbrite.com
 
Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 6:30 PM - Editing Master Class with Carla Gutierrez
The award winning editor of Chavela, When Two Worlds Collide, La Corona and Reportero will talk about approaches to editing and making choices. Co-sponsored with DocForum@CCNY, City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St.  RSVP to eventbrite.com  
  
Stay Tuned! More to come!
 
 
Past workshop speakers have included:  Byron Hurt, Laurens Grant, Larry Banks, Jason DaSilva, Cliff Charles, Shawn Batey, Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez, Mike Chin, Deann Borshay Liem, Stanley Nelson, One9, Eric Parker, Sam Pollard, Bobby Shepard, and more!
 
TWN Workshops are made possible in part by support from: the National Endowment for the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, with public funds from the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Peace Development Fund, and other foundations and individual donors.

 

 

Seniors, Youth and Community Media Workshops

Seniors Workshops in Flushing and Girls and Women of Immigrant Backgrounds Production Workshops

SU-CASA SENIOR MEDIA WORKSHOP - the 2017 version!
From April 2017,  TWN has been teaching Media Workshops for Seniors in Flushing, at the Selfhelp Latimer Gardens Senior Center and the Selfhelp Innovative Center in Mandarin and Spanish.  Last year the students work premiered at the NY International Asian American Film Festival!  Free to any senior citizen! Senior Media Workshops are made possible by support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, with public funds from the City Council, with special thanks to Councilman Peter Koo.
 
Grameen VidaSana Latina Women's Production Workshop
This March, TWN taught first time women filmmakers in the Jackson Height community basic production - and they shot their own documentaries about their lives and hopes. Over 20 women filmed! This was made possible with volunteers of the Grameen VidaSana Center and the Emerald Isle Immigration Center.
 
NYWIFT Girls and Women of Immigrant Backgrounds PRODUCTION WORKSHOP - 2017 version!
In 2015, 2016 and 2017, TWN has partnered with New York Women in Film and Television to present the Girls and Women of Immigrant Backgrounds Production Workshop. Some 20 girls and women, from all nations, ages and experiences gather to gain an introduction to production, and quickly create several videos. Women participate in the editing, and the results are premiered in at a NYWIFT screening. The 2015 production, The Multiplicity of Us, is available for free viewing and community screenings on Vimeo and Youtube. These workshops are made possible through support from City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley and the Cultural Immigrant Initiative of New York City.
 
ASIAN GIRLS EMPOWERMENT THROUGH MEDIA WORKSHOP (AGEM)
The AGEM workshop, a media literacy and activist media production workshop for young Asian women from 13-17 years of age was presented from July to September 12th, 2009. The AGEM participants produced two group documentaries - one on teen smoking and another on media stereotypes,  while several individual "diary" documentaries were also completed.  In a summer that combined team building exercises, media literacy, production skills, field trips, studio production, visiting professionals and more, 12 young women are now definitely, emerging social issue media makers.  Their completed projects screened at Anthology Film Archives, and one of them, I'M NOT EVEN THAT was presented at several Asian American film festivals. The workshop was free, and was made possible with support from the Asian Women Giving Circle, the City College of New York, the Ford Foundation, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, NYSCA, NEA, North Star and the Funding Exchange.  
 
CAMERA TO CLASSROOM MEDIA WORKSHOP
The TWN Camera to Classroom Media Workshop was a media literacy and production workshop in which TWN partnered with NYC public high school CITY AS SCHOOL during the spring/summer of 2010.  Youth made documentaries ranging from being a teen-aged father to skateboarding.  This program was free and supported in part by the Tribeca Film Institute, the City College of New York, the Ford Foundation, NYSCA and NEA.
 

 

 


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