Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn "Demand the Impossible"

Date & Time: 
10/15/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low-income)

Join longtime activist/educators (and former members of the Weather Underground) Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn for an engaged conversation about the world, this historical moment, and where we go from here.

Bill Ayers and Bernardine DohrnBill Ayers is a social justice activist, teacher, Distinguished Professor of Education (retired) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of two memoirs, "Fugitive Days" and "Public Enemy."

"Sex in an Epidemic" w/ filmmaker Jean Carlomusto

Date & Time: 
11/29/2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low-income)

By focusing specifically on the need for honest comprehensive sex education, this engaging documentary provides a sociocultural perspective on the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its ongoing impact on the most effected populations including the gay, African-American and Latino communities. Incorporating interviews and media footage from the earliest days of the AIDS panic through the present, SEX IN AN EPIDEMIC reminds us that, though the world has been living with the realities of HIV/AIDS for nearly 30 years, ignorance and prejudice about the disease must still be combated.

Fiesta Honoring the Ancestors w/ Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde

Date & Time: 
11/04/2011 - 8:00pm

A rocking show honoring our revolutionary ancestors with an energetic fusion of Afro-Caribbean, reggae, rock, and hip hop freedom sounds to inspire a dance rebellion!

Taina Asili ya la Banda Rebelde

Puerto Rican vocalist Taína Asili carries on the tradition of her ancestors, fusing past and present struggles into one soulful and defiant voice. Her newest artistic work is with la Banda Rebelde (the Rebel Band), a six piece international ensemble based in Albany, NY.

Buy tickets online for Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde

This dynamic force brings love, resistance, and ancestral remembrance to venues, festivals, conferences and political events across the globe. Powerful vocals laid over an energetic fusion of Afro-Caribbean, reggae, rock, and hip hop sounds, the band’s eclectic style represents the diversity of its members, who have origins in Puerto Rico, Sicily, Greece, Spain, Brazil and Ghana. Taína Asili’s voice exudes strength of Spirit, filling its listeners with the fervor of freedom and inspiring audiences to dance to the movement of rebellion.

Stephanie Rothenberg “Best Practices in Banana Time,” with Alice Alexandrescu and Marc Tomko

Date & Time: 
11/06/2010 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low-income)


Best Practices in Banana Time, Review: The Beginning of a New Age,  

The Free George

The Free George is the premiere online magazine of Upstate NY, from Albany to Lake Placid, covering the following counties: Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Washington, Warren, Hamilton and Essex. It’s where you want to be, when you want to get up-to-date information, interviews, articles, reviews and listings on arts, entertainment, events, dining, local businesses, the great outdoors and so much more!


Earth First! Journal Roadshow plus author Rik Scarce w/ music by The Pleasants

Date & Time: 
06/30/2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low-income)

Earth First! Roadshow at the Sanctuary flyerJust added!
Activists from the radical environmental group Earth First! will speak at The Sanctuary For Independent Media (3361 Sixth Avenue in North Troy) at 7 PM on Wednesday, June 30, 2010.  They will be presenting the Earth First! Journal Roadshow, featuring a program about the international ecodefense movement called “Earth Nightly News” followed by a multimedia presentation on the history of Earth First! (which is celebrating 30 years on the front lines of ecological defense).

IVAW co-founder Jimmy Massey and filmmaker Joe Stillman w/ "From Mills River to Babylon and Back"

Date & Time: 
06/06/2009 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low-income)


Jimmy Massey by Greg Moore

The Sanctuary for Independent Media and Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace welcome filmmaker Joe Stillman and Iraq Veterans Against the War co-founder Jimmy Massey for a screening of the new documentary "From Mills River to Babylon and Back... The Jimmy Massey Story."

Former Staff Sergeant Jimmy Massey, a 12-year Marine veteran, served in Iraq in 2003. He witnessed—and in some cases participated in—the killing of innocent civilians. The Iraqis “were just doing their normal routines,” he says, “and they were getting frickin’ blasted for it.” He began to speak out to his superiors and was eventually diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. He won an honorable discharge in December 2003

"Media Sanctuary has an activist vein"

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TROY — A handful of people, from teenagers to those old enough to collect Social Security, listen attentively as Branda Miller shows how to edit a digital movie. Assembled in the basement of an old church, the students are not only interested in the process of making movies. They also want to use the skills. Each has a documentary project waiting in the wings.

Places like the Sanctuary for Independent Media wear their politics proudly, and many of the projects featured have a leftist slant and tap an activist vein.

"There is a growing awareness that whatever you are addressing, labor issues, civil rights, media has got to be your second issue," said Miller, a founding member of the Sanctuary, as she showed off the downstairs gallery.

The Sanctuary has presented an array of events such as a documentary on Buddhist nun Robina Courtin, who stuck around afterward for a Q&A; University at Buffalo art professor Steve Kurtz, who was investigated on bioterrorism charges surrounding his Critical Art Ensemble, and Troy filmmaker Jim DeSeve, whoe "Tying the Knot" is about same-sex marriage.

Other recent events have featured Middle Eastern scholar and former Iranian ambassador to the United Nations Mansour Farhoung and a performance of Afro-Cuban music by the Billy Bang Quartet.

Submedia & Lost Film Fest: Guerilla Media Screening

Date & Time: 
12/03/2008 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low-income)

On Wednesday December 3, , we welcome video/web artist and all-around culture jammer Frank Lopez of Submedia.TV (coming to us from Vancouver, BC)! His work includes the post- Katrina music video "George Bush Don't Like Black People" (downloaded over one million times and counting) and the vlog "It's the End of the World as We Know It and I Feel Fine" (which highlighted the Wafaa Bilal incident last spring). He'll be presenting "Ground Noise & Static," a powerful documentary filmed in the midst of the protests at last summer's 2008 political conventions.

7PM Show - followed by a Q&A discussion

Admission by donation ($10 suggested)

PLUS.....BYOB Bye Bye Bush afterparty with best of the Anti-Bush Era Videos

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About Ground Noise & Static

In November, one or the other of the corporate candidates will
win, and then, as always, it will be what the people do, not the
politicians, that counts.

Eliza Gilkyson and Bob Jensen

Date & Time: 
11/16/2008 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Eliza Gilkyson

Eliza Gilkyson has built a reputation as one of the most original and influential folk artists of our time over the course of 13 albums (most recently, "Beautiful World" on Red House Records).

Robert Jensen, whose book “All My Bones Shake: Radical Politics in the Prophetic Voice” is forthcoming on Soft Skull Press, is a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin who has written extensively about foreign policy and U.S. power, as well as race and gender.

After a successful series of community events in Austin to raise these crucial issues, the two are performing and speaking in a few cities this year. $10.

What Would Jesus Buy?

Date & Time: 
12/14/2007 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
"What Would Jesus Buy?" follows Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir as they go on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse: the end of mankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt!
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