Films, music, speakers explored the theme "Facing Change" in Spring 2012 season
Our Spring 2012 season began with a busy weekend of events related to the Occupy movement and its predecessors on March 2-3 and concluded with the first Troy observance of the Juneteenth freedom celebration on June 16. The season featured an adventurous slate of events ranging from speakers to films to music and more. Highlights include a talk by Democracy Now! co-host and NY Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez, a rare performance by the stellar Tisziji Munoz Quartet, the exuberantly anti-consumption antics of Reverend Billy and his Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, the third annual NY Shout Out! youth media festival, Marco Calliari with his high energy blend of expatriate Italian music, and the traveling film festival "Flaherty On The Road."
FACING CHANGE: THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND MEETS OCCUPY WALL STREET season premiere weekend
7 pm Friday, March 2
Short films from occupations around the country, plus a discussion of the role of radical media in the Occupy movement.
5 PM Saturday, March 3
FACING CHANGE opening reception & potluck
Walk with the artists through our “Facing Change: Documenting America” photo exhibit, followed by a community potluck to celebrate the new season and settlement of our NYCLU lawsuit.
7 PM Saturday, March 3
WEATHER UNDERGROUND MEETS OCCUPY WALL STREET
Readings from David Gilbert’s new book, “Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground, and Beyond,” plus film clips and speakers to spark a dialogue about what social justice movements can learn from each other.
8 PM Saturday, March 10 $10
A passionate ride through the music of the Italian diaspora, with nods to flamenco, klezmer, ska and more.
7 PM Tuesday, March 20 $10
JOSEPH BOWIE/ADAM RUDOLPH DUET
Free jazz meets electronica and the rhythms of the world. Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents!
7 PM Saturday, March 31 (6 PM community potluck)
"GUERRILLA MIDWIFE" screening
The story of a war waged gently in the belief that peace on earth can be achieved, one baby at a time.
8 PM Saturday, April 14 $10
"DECLARATION OF THE OCCUPATION" w/ REVEREND BILLY AND THE STOP SHOPPING GOSPEL CHOIR
These wild activists work with communities on four continents defending land, life and imagination from reckless development and the extractive imperatives of global capital. Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents!
7 PM Friday, April 20
DEMOCRACY NOW! CO-HOST JUAN GONZALEZ
The two-time Polk Award-winning New York Daily News columnist is one of the country’s best-known and most-respected Latino journalists. His most recent book is “News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media.”
7 PM Saturday, April 28 (6 PM community potluck)
NY SHOUT OUT! Third Annual Youth Media Festival
Witness the wisdom and celebrate the power of the youth media movement in this film fest featuring New York State filmmakers creatively communicating their vision and hopes for the future. Co-sponsored by Youth Media Sanctuary and Youth FX.
8 PM Saturday, May 5
FLAHERTY ON THE ROAD
A travelling film festival produced by the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar—the longest continuously running film event in North America—and named after a man considered by many to be the father of documentary film.
TROY BIKE RESCUE SPRING FUNDRAISER & FILM FESTIVAL
1-6 PM Saturday, May 19
NEIGHBORHOOD MEET & GREET
Join North Troy Environmental Education Consortium partners Troy Bike Rescue, Collard City Growers, Missing Link Street Ministry and Youth Media Sanctuary for another year of programming.
6 PM Saturday, May 19 $20 dinner & movies
TBR FUNDRAISING DINNER
The Troy Bike Rescue Team hosts a delectable dinner prepared by local food enthusiasts. Help support TBR’s self-service community shop as they educate and advocate for alternative transportation and people-powered velorution.
8 PM Saturday, May 19
GREASY PEAS FILM FEST
Cutting-edge shorts celebrating urban rebirth and creative resistance! From the ground up, diverse communities are using bicycles, gardens, counter-economies and more to redefine culture and public space.
7 PM Friday, June 1 $10
Guitarist Tisziji Muñoz is considered by many to be among the greatest and least-known living musicians. Like a saxophonist, Muñoz plays only one note at a time, yet he can play with such velocity that the notes blur, akin to Coltrane’s sheets of sound. A benefit for Youth Media Sanctuary.
Noon-6 PM Saturday, June 16 Free
JUNETEENTH w/ SHOKAZOBA and more
The sizzling Afrobeat big band Shokazoba performs outdoors in Freedom Square (101st Street at the intersection of 5th and 6th Avenues)to headline our observance of Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
The Spring 2012 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media was made possible by volunteer labor, thousands of small donations and invaluable support from many organizations, including:
The New York State Council on the Arts (Electronic Media & Film, Arts Education, Capital Projects and Presenting programs), the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Louis and Hortense Rubin Community Fellows Program, the Howard and Bush Foundation, the Experimental Television Center’s Presenting and Media Arts Technical Assistance Funds (supported in part by public funds from NYSCA), the Kate Cashel Fund of the Community Foundation of the Capitol Region, O’Connell and Aronowitz, NY Civil Liberties Union, Missing Link Street Ministry, law office of Anne Reynolds Copps, The Legal Project, Discover Video, Troy Bike Rescue, Rock Hill Bakehouse, the Arts Department at RPI, the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region, TAP Inc, Franklin Square Inn and Suites, One Day Signs, REM Printing and PogoStick Studios.
The Sanctuary for Independent Media is a community media arts center located in an historic former church in Troy, NY. 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.