Community Digital Storytelling Workshop

Date(s) - Sunday 10/25/2009
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

To register for workshops of for more info contact us at:
[email protected] -or- (518) 272-2390

We are offering a new workshop this fall at the Sanctuary that could help to tell the important story of your organization and/or your self.

This two-part workshop is aimed at organizations and citizens from the regional community, to get their stories heard! Let us help you turn photos and narration into a video to promote your group and the work you do.

Please note that registration for this workshop includes a 4-hour follow-up lab, by appointment, between October 26 and December 5, 2009.

Workshop Part 1: Script and Pre-production (on October 25)

Use digital storytelling as a tool for community engagement and empowerment by exploring mixed media storytelling techniques! Combine written and recorded narration, music and still images, to effectively communicate a compelling vision of yourself and/or your organization. We’re looking for diverse community groups, organizations and individuals to share their stories. This first session lays groundwork for the finished product.

***Please come to this workshop with PHOTOS and/or IMAGES you would like to use to tell a story about your organization or your self!  Images can include photos, scrapbooks, magazines, organizational promotional material, digital images, artwork, etc.

with facilitator: Devorah Hill

Devorah is a community media specialist at Manhattan Neighborhood Network with many years of experience working with diverse communities and individuals to make their own media. She has conducted Digital Storytelling Workshops with organizations and conferences around the country.

Workshop Part 2: Post Production Work in Lab (by appointment, available 10/26 – 12/5)

Work with a “Be the Media” facilitator to creatively edit together digital materials (music, narration and still images) into the final product. (This 4-hour follow-up session is conducted by appointment, scheduled between October 26 and December 5.)

with our “Be the Media” artist educators:  Andrew Lynn, Brenda Ann Kenneally, Vickie Kereszi, Branda Miller, Bhawin Suchak, Jamie Kay, Chris Gang; and our Media Alliance staff: Nicole Belanger, Chris Gang and Steve Pierce.

Jamie Kay, Creative Director of Free Jazz from the Sanctuary, is an artist, and media maker,  graphic designer and interactive media specialist.  He received a BS in EMAC (Electronic Media Arts and Communications) from RPI.

Victoria Kereszi is a media artist, educator and curator.   She received an M.A. in Documentary Film & Gender Studies, NYU, and is founder/director of Eyebeam: Women Behind the Lens video series.  She was Director of Programming at MNN, and is currently in RPI’s MFA program.

Andrew Lynn is a media worker (producer, shooter, editor, graphic design) and artist based in Troy, NY.  He co-directed the documentary Still We Ride, and has produced several short documentaries and animations. Andrew holds an MFA from RPI and is an adjunct professor at Hudson Valley Community College.

Branda Miller, media artist, RPI Prof. of Media Arts, has produced numerous media production/literacy/ arts and education projects. Professor Miller’s research focuses on the complex roles of media in interdisciplinary arts, education and community development. 
Jill Malouf, videographer/editor, is our Director of Photography.

Steve Pierce, Director of Media Alliance, Doctorate from STS at RPI, is a media reformer and multi-media producer with extensive experience in sound recording and mixing.

Bhawin Suchak is an educator, filmmaker and multimedia producer who works with emerging technologies as tools to further expression, communication, and connection especially for communities of the margins.  Bhawin has been a teacher at The Albany Free School for 10 years, and is the founder and project director of Youth FX, a summer filmmaking program for teens based out of Grand Street Community Arts, a neighborhood based non-profit art center in the South End of Albany, NY.  He has worked with youth in digital film production and multimedia at several locations including: The Albany Free School, 1skate media arts in Albany and with the Museum Club afterschool program at The New York State Museum.  


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To register for this or other workshops, or for more info, contact us at:
[email protected] -or- (518) 272-2390