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Albert Maysles, Screenings of "Direct Cinema" Pioneer

Date & Time: 
03/29/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low-income)

Join us for a presentation on the life and work of Albert Maysles, a pioneer in the world of documentary filmmaking. Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents! and the Arts Department, School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Rensselaer; funded by NYSCA.

Maysles Films has been a leading force in non-fiction film since the 1960s. Albert Maysles, acknowledged by the New York Times in May 2002 as the dean of documentary filmmaking, was one of the early creators of direct cinema along with his brother, David Maysles. They were among the first to capture life as it unfolded before their camera – without scripts, sets, or narration.

"The Throwaways" with Bhawin Suchak and Ira McKinley

Date & Time: 
05/10/2014 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low-income)

Join filmmakers Bhawin Suchak and Ira McKinley for a screening and discussion of their documentary film, The Throwaways.

"Household" with Craig Saddlemire

Date & Time: 
04/12/2014 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low-income)

Join filmmaker Craig Saddlemire for a screening of his critically acciaimed and thought-provoking documentary film, Household. Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents!

Short Synopsis:

Louis Massiah

Louis Massiah is a documentary filmmaker and the founder/director of Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia, a media arts center that provides training and equipment access to community groups and the independent film/video community. His innovative approach to documentary filmmaking and community media have earned him numerous honors, including a MacArthur Fellowship “genius grant” 1996-2001, two Rockefeller/Tribeca fellowships and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. 

Filmmaker Angad Bhalla

Angad Bhalla created the documentary film, "Herman's House," that explores the injustice of solitary confinement and the transformative power of art. There will be a full scale model of a solitary confinement cell on display.

Filmmaker Brendan Fay

Brendan Fay is the filmmaker behind the great documentary that was presented at The Sanctuary, "Taking a Chance on God." The film follows the extraordinary life of 87-year-old John McNeill, from Buffalo, NY, and his boyhood through his experiences as a POW in Nazi Germany, his LeMoyne College years as Jesuit professor and Vietnam peace promoter, leading gay rights advocate, and loving partner of 47 years to Charles Chiarelli. McNeill, author, founder of the LGBT Catholic group Dignity/New York, and a gay community leader during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, refused to be silenced by the Vatican on LGBT issues. This resulted in his expulsion from the Jesuit priesthood.

Filmmakers Penny Lane & Brian L. Frye

Penny Lane & Brian L. Frye came to the Sanctuary in May of 2013 to present their film "Our Nixon," an all-archival documentary presenting rare footage, creating an intimate and complex portrait of the Nixon presidency as never seen before. The documentary begins in 1969. While many young people are demonstrating or dropping out, we meet three squares who have just started new jobs at the White House. Their loss of innocence and their betrayal by the President is the story of "Our Nixon." Their story sheds new light on larger historical themes at a key moment in American history when the age of Aquarius gave way to the age of Nixon.

"Be the Media" Field Production Daze: Session #3

Date & Time: 
12/15/2012 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

Join the Youth Media Sanctuary production team as they head intothe field to shoot footage for three short documentaries based in the North Central Troy neighborhood.

These workshops are fast-paced, hands-on experiences geared for youth ages 13-18. Participants will learn the art of conducting and shooting interviews, collecting b-roll footage, and capturing quality sound, to create projects which reflect their personal vision, culture and community.


Scholarships for neighbhorhood youth.


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