Event Recap News

Spring 2014 season closed with a bang at The Sanctuary for Independent Media

The Spring 2014 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media kicked off on March 15th with the Matthew Shipp Trio and concluded on June 7 with the Freedom Festival, featuring the Brooklyn-based Pitchblak Brass Band and Albany’s own Oobleck on the outdoor concert stage at Freedom Square.

The season featured many events ranging from music to films to speakers. Highlights included performances from groups led by Brazilian singer Luísa Maita and Malian guitarist Oumar Konate, a look into the exciting field of bio art with Oron Catts, a career retrospective hosted by “Gimme Shelter” documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles as well as several new documentaries with the filmmakers including Sean Gallagher and “Brothers of the Black List,” an investigation into the consequences of shale gas production, and much much more!

The Sanctuary for Independent Media is located at 3361 6th Avenue (at 101st Street) in North Troy; visit the website or call 518-272-2390 for directions and more information. Admission to events is by donation, $10 suggested ($5 student/low income) unless noted.

The Matthew Shipp TrioSAT MAR 15 7PM $15

The Matthew Shipp Trio

Acclaimed pianist Matthew Shipp with Michael Bisio on bass and drummer Whit Dickey, celebrating the arrival of our concert grand from Carnegie Hall.




WED MAR 19 5:30-7PM


Ecological Interventions

Featuring the work of Brandon Ballengée and Oliver Kellhammer in the Underground Gallery. 


Oron CattsWED MAR 19 7PM

Oron Catts

Oron Catts is the founding director of SymbioticA, whose pioneering work with the Tissue Culture and Art Project is at the cutting edge of biological art.

Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents! 






Mama Charlotte Hill O'NealFRI MAR 21 7PM (Note new day!)

Mama Charlotte

Former Black Panther Charlotte Hill O’Neal, on her “Heal the Community Tour,” talks about life as an artist activist based in Tanzania. 








Albert MayslesSAT MAR 29 7PM

Albert Maysles

A leading force in the direct cinema style of documentary film making, including “Salesman” (1968), “Gimme Shelter” (1970) and “Grey Gardens” (1976).

Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents! 




Louisa Maita

SUN MAR 30 7PM $15

Luísa Maita

Inspired by the bustling urban life found in her native city of São Paulo, the music of Luísa Maita embodies the modern spirit of Brazil.






Craig Saddlemire film stillSAT APR 12 7PM


w/ filmmaker Craig Saddlemire

An exploration of how family and kinship intersect with class, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual identity, and popular culture.

Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents! 


Sean Gallagher film stillWED APR 16 7PM

“Brothers of the Black List”

w/ filmmaker Sean Gallagher

The story behind an incident at SUNY Oneonta that became the longest litigated civil rights case in American history.

Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents!



“Protect Our Water”

Skill Share with Public Herald #fileroom project and more! 


SAT APR 26 5:30PM

Community Potluck


Triple Divide film still


“Triple Divide”

w/ filmmakers Joshua B. Pribanic and Melissa Troutman

An investigation into the inevitable consequences of shale gas production. 



The Throwaways film stillSAT MAY 10 7PM

“The Throwaways”

w/ filmmakers Bhawin Suchak and Ira McKinley

The story of a homeless ex-felon filmmaker’s struggle to bring positive changes to his community in inner-city Albany.



FRI MAY 30 7PM $10

Oumar Konate

The guitarist in Khaira Arby’s band is a rising young star blazing the trail for a new wave of Malian music. Oumar sings about love, family, and social responsibility, punctuated by his searing electric guitar solos and infectious energy.



Troy Bike Rescue logoSAT MAY 31 5-10PM $20

TBR Bikefest

Troy Bike Rescue’s fourth annual fundraising party features a kids’ bike rodeo, raffle prizes, burrito dinner with live acoustic music by Rosary Beard and a cake auction, followed by a screening of “Riding Bikes with the Dutch.” 









Pitchblak Brass BandSAT JUN 7 5PM

Freedom Festival

w/ Oobleck & the Pitchblak Brass Band

Music, food and fun with the PitchBlak Brass Band, Brooklyn-based players of hip-hop from the 1980s to present day, and Oobleck, a funk-based instrumental horn band from the Capital Region, performing outdoors on the Freedom Square stage.

Bring your own chair/blanket!

RAIN LOCATION: The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue


We are committed to lowering the barriers to access for events at The Sanctuary for Independent Media. People who are hard of hearing or deaf, blind or low-vision, or whose physical limitations can interfere with a satisfying experience, should let us know two weeks in advance so we can make appropriate arrangements.

The Sanctuary for Independent Media is a telecommunications production facility dedicated to community media arts. Located in an historic former church, the Sanctuary hosts screening, production and performance facilities, training in media production, and a meeting space for artists, activists and independent media makers of all kinds.

The Sanctuary for Independent Media is a program of Media Alliance, made possible by volunteer labor, thousands of individual donations, and invaluable support from:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Justice Community Impact Grant Program, Capital Region Economic Development Council, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, City of Troy, Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust, Howard & Bush Foundation, the estate of Robert Greger, NYSCA Electronic Media and Film Presentation Fund administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, NYSCA EMF Media Arts Assistance Fund administered by Wave Farm, The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, Rensselaer County Summer Youth Employment Program, Northeast Family and Child Society AmeriCorps program, NY Civil Liberties Union, O’Connell and Aronowitz, Missing Link Street Ministry, law office of Anne Reynolds Copps, The Legal Project, Discover Video, Troy Bike Rescue, Rock Hill Bakehouse, Arts Department at RPI, Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region, TAP Inc, Rensselaer Newman Foundation Chapel + Cultural Center, Franklin Square Inn and Suites, RPI Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, Food Not Bombs, KitchenSanctuary, Capital District Community Gardens, Transition Troy, Troy Alley Action, One Day Signs, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 9 Mile Farm, Honest Weight Food Coop, River Street Potters, Seton Health “Strong Me!” and PogoStick Studios.