Workshop Report

“Be The Media!” Spring '10 Workshop Series Announced!

Photo of "Be The Media!" workshopThe Sanctuary for Independent Media Center presents the “Be The Media!” workshop series from March through June 2010.

The “Be The Media!” workshop series provides local artists, producers, and citizen journalists with opportunities to acquire and improve the skills necessary for successful and high-impact independent media-making.

The workshop series, now in its 8th season, offers chances to explore the use of technology in making art and media, and build the creative capacity of our region. Geared to suit people who know a lot or a little about digital tools, the workshops are suitable for both curious novices, and seasoned users ready to hone their skills. The instructors are world-renowned media artists with expertise in many fields, and come from the Capital District and beyond.

The “Be The Media!” workshop series is presented in partnership with the Hudson Mohawk Independent Media Center, and with the financial support of the New York State Council on the Arts. Each 4-hour workshop will be held in The Sanctuary for Independent Media at 3361 6th Avenue in Troy, NY, on Sunday afternoons.

Sunday March 14, 1-5 (note new date!)

“Media Management in a Digital Universe”: Master the art of archiving and muscle your data into place for order, access and ease.

David Rice consults on a wide range of preservation topics while focusing on open source applications, digital formats, asset and metadata. David has worked as Digital Media Archivist at Thirteen/WNET and was Democracy Now!

Sunday April 18, 1-5

“The Camera As Interface to the World”: Explore the discipline of seeing, the subconscious of the camera and your personal vision, through observational and experimental practice. Develop a rapport with time, framing, depth of field and sitting still. For beginners to pros.

Jim de Sève is an award-winning documentary producer/ director whose acclaimed documentary, “Tying the Knot,” has played internationally.  He produced extensive work for the mass media industry, and broadcast internationally. He is currently in RPI’s MFA program.

Sunday May 9, 1-5

“Visual Journalism: Making comics to make social change”: An arts activism intensive with members of World War 3 Illustrated, including a discussion on zines and comix, and a hands-on collaborative workshop to make a digital mini-comic.

Founded in 1980 by Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper, veteran artists and activists of the World War 3 Illustrated collective have had their work appear in all areas of art from museums to major magazines.

Saturday, June 5, 1-5

1-5 pm “Youth Media Live Studio Production Workshop”: Learn about and participate in a live 4-camera production.  Studio shoot of a real event, the “NY Youth Media Maker Panel.”

With the “Be The Media!” youth media instructors, including:

Andrew Lynn is an adjunct professor of electronic media at HVCC and has taught video and animation workshops for the last 10 years.  He was Youth Education Coordinator at Manhattan Neighborhood Network from 2004-2007.

Branda Miller, media artist, RPI Professor of Media Arts, has produced numerous media production/literacy projects.

Bhawin Suchak is an educator, filmmaker and multimedia producer.  A teacher at the Albany Free School for ten years, he is the founder/director of Youth FX, a summer teen filmmaking program at Grand Street Community Arts.

Workshop fee: $40/session or $100 for 3!

Contact Workshop Coordinator Amy Halloran at [email protected] with questions.

or go online to to register now.

Space is limited!


We recognize that while $40 is a pretty good deal for a media workshop, not everyone can afford it.  We HIGHLY value diverse groups of workshop participants and encourage anyone who is interested in attending, but unable to pay the fee, to apply for a scholarship.