Fall 2012 season comes to an end! Films, music, street theater, speakers, workshops, gallery show and new NEA grant project explored "The Possibilitarian Circus" in Troy
The Fall 2012 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, titled "The Possibilitarian Circus," began with the awesome San Francisco-based band Rupa and the April Fishes capping an all-day Bike!Bike! Northeast alternative transportation phantasmagoria on September 29 and concluded with a celebration of our North Troy neighborhood with the hip hop troupe S.K.A.T.E. on December 7.
In between, the season featured an adventurous slate of events ranging from speakers to films to street theater to music plus "Be The Media!" workshops and a new photojournalism show in the Underground Gallery. Highlights included a pre-election weekend doubleheader (media artist Muntadas presenting his ongoing "Political Advertisements" video series plus a talk about "What's the Matter with White People?" by Salon.com editor/MSNBC political analyst Joan Walsh), a workshop and performance by Vermont's legendary Bread & Puppet Theater, Buenos Aires native Sofia Rei vocalizing with some of the most exciting young musicians from North and South America, director F.W. Murnau’s classic vampire film "Nosferatu" with a live band, and much, much more.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 (ALL DAY)
Bike!Bike! Northeast 2012
The Sanctuary hosts bicycle organizers and volunteers from near and not-so-far-off lands for a regional gathering of activists building the networks, infrastructure, and pedal-powered machines for a car-free future, featuring practical workshops and DIY demonstrations. Join them!
WEBSITE for details and registration: www.troybikerescue.org
8 PM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 $10
Rupa and the April Fishes
Traveling the long road from solitude to solidarity in both directions, this band belongs to the long tradition of rebel music. Their songs arise from this particularly tender moment of global upheaval, from the collapse of capitalism and false democracies to the rise of populist movements from Tunisia to Chile to Athens to Wall Street.
7 PM FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5
"Roadmap to Apartheid" w/ filmmakers Eron Davidson and Ana Noguiera
A riveting new film that juxtaposes the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa with the harsh reality of life in Palestine today.
Co-sponsored by the Palestinian Rights Committee
7 PM FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12 $10
"Nosferatu" w/ live music by the Andrew Alden Ensemble
One the greatest vampire movies of all time, F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent horror classic comes to life with an exciting new live score featuring electric guitars, world instruments, percussion, piano, strings, and synthesizers.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 (ALL DAY)
StoryHarvest: 2nd Annual Celebration of Art and Food from Seed to Table
Cultivate community, art and the harvest bounty with StoryHarvest, conceived by multimedia storyteller Ellie Markovitch! Don’t miss Sonagi Project, a Korean percussion ensemble drawing from traditional sources to create new, dynamic music. Join Vermont’s legendary Bread & Puppet Theater in a free public art workshop and performance, culminating with a community potluck featuring food of local chefs and growers. Bring your seeds, spoons and stories! Outdoors in Freedom Square, Collard City Garden and around the block.
StoryHarvest 2012 launches the Sanctuary's "Found Art in North Troy" project, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts' "Our Town" program and a legal settlement with the City of Troy (see http://www.mediasanctuary.org/node/4026 for details).
Rain location: The Sanctuary for Independent Media
7 PM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2
"Political Advertisements" w/ media artist Muntadas
This compilation of commercials, an ongoing series, reveals a land of manipulation. Documenting the selling of the American presidency in political ads from the 1950s to the present, it highlights the development of political strategies and marketing techniques of the TV campaign process.
Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents!
8 PM SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3
"What's the Matter with White People?" w/ journalist Joan Walsh
On the eve of the crucial 2012 election, the Salon.com editor-at-large and MSNBC political analyst suggests in her book about America since the upheavals of the ’60s and ’70s that as the U.S. become a truly multiracial country, the notion of e pluribus unum–out of many, one–is going to matter more to all of us.
7 PM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 $10
Originally from Buenos Aires, Sofia Rei is grounded in traditional South American rhythms and merges jazz harmonies, electronic sounds and rich improvisations. Her ensemble produces a range of textures as diverse as the cultural roots of its members, an international cast that includes some of the most exciting young talent from North and South America.
7 PM TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4
"United in Anger" w/ filmmaker Jim Hubbard
The story of a small group of men and women of all races and classes who came together to change the world and save each others’ lives. Before there was Occupy Wall Street or the Arab Spring, there was ACT UP... the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power.
Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents!
7 PM FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7
Live from Lock One “Positive Media Positive Music” w/ S.K.A.T.E.
A family evening exploring positive representations in media through local hip hop music, dance, live graffiti and laser lights, with S.K.A.T.E. (Stop Killing All The Entertainment) and special guests.
A benefit for Youth Media Sanctuary
Our new show in the Sanctuary's Underground Gallery is "Planting Seeds: Four Lenses on North Troy," an exhibition of local photojournalism featuring Patrick Dodson, Brian Jones, Brenda Ann Kenneally and Ellie Markovitch focusing on one long block—home to The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Collard City Growers, Missing Link Street Ministry, Troy Bike Rescue and Upstate Girls—where challenges and opportunities meet... Gallery hours are an hour before, during, an hour after events and by appointment. On display from September 29th through December 8th 2012.
This season's "Be The Media!" workshop series includes:
Field Production Daze Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 15
Institute for Subversive Papier Maché Oct. 20
Wrangling Online Media Nov. 17
The Art of Studio Portraiture Dec. 8
The Fall 2012 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media is made possible by volunteer labor, thousands of small donations and invaluable support from many organizations, including:
The National Endowment for the Arts, City of Troy, New York State Council on the Arts (Electronic Media & Film and Presenting programs), Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Howard and Bush Foundation, free103point9, Media Arts Technical Assistance Fund of NYSCA Electronic Media & Film, Kate Cashel Fund of the Community Foundation of the Capital Region, Rensselaer County Summer Youth Employment 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, One Day Signs 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.