Be the Media! Workshop: The Art of “Mockumentary” Production with Alex Rivera

Date(s) - Wednesday 12/04/2019
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

The Sanctuary for Independent Media

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Explore strategies which blur the lines between documentary and fiction, from script writing to media activism to studio production to post-production.

Alex Rivera is an award-winning filmmaker whose work explores issues that impact the Latino community, particularly on subjects of labor, immigration, and gender. He is best known for his science fiction film, Sleep Dealer (2008), which screened at the Sundance Film Festival, and has made a number of mockumentaries particularly focusing on the transnational struggles of immigrants.

This workshop will be followed by a community meal, served at 6pm, and then a screening of Rivera’s acclaimed mockumentary, The Infiltrators, a film where an amazing group of undocumented youth–Dreamers deliberately get detained by Border Patrol in order to infiltrate a shadowy, for-profit detention center. The film will start at 7pm.

Be the Media! workshops teach multimedia skills to community members to develop urgently needed independent local voices. Our goal is to empower the public through independent media making, supplying them with the tools to tell their own stories through different mediums of media including radio, video and journalism.

Sponsored by iEAR Presents! and the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Rensselaer, made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.