Fall 2014 season ends at The Sanctuary for Independent Media!

Fall 2014 brochure cover imageSchedule featured StoryHarvest at Freedom Square, musical performances, films, speakers, workshops and a new gallery show.

The Fall 2014 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media kicked off outdoors in Freedom Square on September 27th with the fourth annual StoryHarvest celebration, featuring performances by the Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra and Nation Beat, plus art activities and a free community potluck BBQ.

Throughout the season, The Sanctuary for Independent Media presented many events ranging from music to films and speakers. Highlights include musical performances by the alt LA band Las Cafeteras, pianist Myra Melford and the genre-bending Jaimeo Brown Transcendence, a talk by radical environmentalist Leslie James Pickering, screenings of new films (with the filmmakers) including "The Yes Men Are Revolting" and another on the highly controversial subject of Palestinian rights, and much, much more!

Admission to events was by donation, $10 suggested ($5 student/low income) unless otherwise noted.

See below for details and links.







StoryHarvesy poster SATURDAY
SEP 27.
3:30 PM to sunset

StoryHarvest: Fourth Annual Celebration of Art and Food from Seed to Table

Located outdoors at Freedom Square (39 Fifth Avenue in North Troy)

FREE community potluck, BBQ and art activities.

Celebrate the journey of a growing community network dedicated to sustainability, with the big bands Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra and Nation Beat.

NOTE: This event is outdoors at Freedom Square; bring blankets , lawn chairs and something to share for the potluck.  Rain location is adjacent at The Sanctuary for Independent Media.

Las Cafeteras photo SUNDAY
OCT. 5
7 PM
Las Cafeteras

Afro-Mexican rhythms, zapateado and inspiring stories of a community seeking love and fighting for justice in the concrete jungle of East LA.

Leslie James Pickering family photo THURSDAY
OCT. 23
7 PM
Leslie James Pickering

A decade after exercising his free speech rights in support of the underground Earth Liberation Front, the longtime activist is still under heavy federal surveillance... and fighting back.

Read about his story in the New York Times.


The Yes Men Are revolting film still TUESDAY
NOV. 4
7 PM
"The Yes Men Are Revolting!"
w/ filmmaker Mike Bonanno


At a time when corporate forces have bought and sold democracy, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno ask how we can effect real change...

Here's a link to the film website.

Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents!

Dear Climate gallery show image TUESDAY
NOV. 11
7 PM
“Dear Climate”
Gallery art opening
w/ Marina Zurkow and Oliver Kellhammer

“Retool your inner climate” with Dear Climate artists Marina Zurkow and Oliver Kellhammer in a dialogue about art and environmental action.

Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents!

Myra Melford photo SUNDAY
NOV. 16
7 PM
Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg Duo

The pianist and clarinetist present a program of new compositions, bridging the precision of classical music with the creative spirit and soul of jazz.  Check out their music here.

Crooked Beauty film still THURSDAY
NOV. 20
Voices from the
Emotional Underground

Powerful stories with critical insight into the mental health system and a vision of alternatives, in two very different films.

5:30 PM - "Crooked Beauty"
6:00 PM - Community potluck
7:00 PM - "Beyond the Medical Model” w/ filmmaker Sera Davidow
8:15 PM - Panel/public forum

Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents!

Ghost Town film still WEDNESDAY
DEC. 3
7 PM
"Ghost Town: The Hebron Story"
w/ filmmaker Ellie Bernstein

This film examines Hebron—the West Bank's most controversial city—and the historical
relationship between Palestinians, settlers and the Israeli military.

Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents!

Jaimeo Brown photo SATURDAY
DEC. 6
7 PM
Jaimeo Brown Transcendence

The percussionist and leader of a new circle of young New York City musicians grounded in the African-American roots of their music and committed to extending it well into the new century, featuring saxophonist Jaleel Shaw and guitarist Chris Sholar.  Check out their music here.

The Fall 2014 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 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, 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.

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.