Year: 2011

Migration Reports from Karachi #1: Who Cares?

Sanctuary TV producer Yaminay Nasir Chaudhri is reporting regularly from Pakistan, where she is staying with family while developing a new documentary project.  This, the first of her visual narratives of life as a migrant in cities she calls home, focuses on a worrisome phone call she received days before embarking on her journey… …

Congratulations YMS Producer Madena Henderson!

Youth Media Sanctuary/ Project VoiceScape filmmaker
 Madena Henderson

Youth Media Sanctuary producer Madena Henderson was one of 15 youth selected as a Project VoiceScape winner– and she’ll present her work at a national premiere in Washington, D.C. this October 6, 2011

Madena was chosen because they saw …

Media Nodes

At a time when hard-core, investigative journalism is in peril, the Sanctuary’s Underground Gallery presents “Media Nodes,” a view behind the curtain, beyond the front page, to the interior landscape of a news industry in transition.

Award-winning photographer Sean Hemmerle, …

DIY SnackShops August 11, 2011

August 11, 2011/ Zucchini and Corn Pancakes

Today we had two stations going on–Ellie making zucchini pancakes and Amy making corn pancakes. But before we started cooking, the kids measured and made their own pancake mix to take home. They also took home a cookbook with all the recipes we made …

DIY Snack Shops


  • slices of pineapple for the crust
  • yogurt for the sauce
  • fruit for toppings: strawberries, grapes, bananas
  • seaweed sheets for the plate

Okay — out of dozen kids maybe 3 tried seaweed, but it made for good conversation and beautiful art. 🙂

DIY SnackShop: Spinach Quesadillas

Spinach Quesadillas with black beans salsa
Spinach Quesadillas

Serves 8, but we made more 🙂

  • 16 whole-wheat tortillas (8-inch)
  • 4 cup thawed frozen spinach, squeezed dry (2 bags of washed)
  • 2 cups mexican blend cheese mix

Sprinkle cheese over one tortilla, …

DIY SnackShop: Veggie Slaw

at the Collard City Growers lot

Veggie Slaw

Today we had another hot afternoon, but we had a nice shade at the CCG lot where we worked on our slicing, grating and combining skills. Here the recipe:


  • 2 cups shredded zucchinis
  • 2 1/2 …

DIY SnackShop: Smoothies

at the Missing Link Ministry | Photos by Brian Jones

For our smoothies we start with one banana

Add ½ cup of liquid of choice—we used orange juice and grapefruit

½ cup of yogurt (we used low fat vanilla)

½ cup of mix of different fruits …

DIY SnackShop: Date Cocoa Truffles

at Collard City Growers lot

Today we made Date Cocoa Truffles, right after a thunderstorm dumped a lot of rain in the Capital Region. The past week we experienced very high temperatures, so we celebrated the much needed rain with mud looking treats.  The kids were “not eating that” or “not …

DIY SnackShop: Watermelon Gazpacho


Today was Abby’s birthday and she had requested something refreshing like watermelon for hot days of summer; so we made a twist to the cold soup gazpacho. We were out again at the Collard City Growers and came just in time to fill the hot workers with a cool treat and energy …

DIY SnackShop

Amy and Ellie made hummus with the kids at the Missing Link today. Thank you Capital District Community Gardens for a donation of vegetables and fruits.

Kids were great at trying the cooked chickpeas before it became hummus, but several thought it was not that …

DIY SnackShop

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Recipe courtesy Alton Brown, 2007

  • 1 1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 22 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 4 1/2 …

TVHS Pre-Production Review 4/26/11

All the edits look great so far!  The students reviewed scenes and discussed as a workshop together on what will come in future edits and scenes.  A lot is happening for the projects at hand and things are really coming together with the help of professional filmmakers …

YMS April 6 2011

P R O D U C T I O N!



TVHS Last Days of On Campus Production 4/14/11

This past week marked the last days of shooting on campus. From now on, until the end of the session, classes will be dedicated to post-production, editing, and after effects. Though there still may be shots that must be picked up if needed as the young filmmakers find that they are missing vital images that …

Last days of Production 4/12/11




Today’s Class was exciting- lots of activity, very productive. The highlight of the class for me was when Corey’s group shot their special effects- the smashed bowl was fantastic! The students definitely enjoyed creating the artistic and symbolic aspects of …

TVHS 4-8-2011

Today was another shooting day- few problems today, as kids are comforatble with the equipment and finding places to shoot. Grant set a cool photoshop background for a spoof newscast with a video projector- it actually looked much more authentic than I expected! We continued shooting videos in the tech support lab, in the hallways, …

Rediscovering the Every Day: Sheba Marx's blog

Sheba Marx, workshop participant of our last Be the Media! workshop, “Rediscivoering the Every Day: Basic Documentary Photography, with Brenda Ann Kenneally, created a post on her blog including her workshop photos:

On Sunday, I was lucky to attend a photography workshop at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, New …

TVHS 1st Cut and Rough Sequence Edit Viewing 4/5/11

Today was a great day of watching clips and giving feedback. We had some great discussions. Branda really helped our kids today with a wide array of production tips… We talked about camera moves, sound, Lighting, costumes, and cutaways. Some of our kids have already incorporated text- I was impressed and moved by their maturity- …

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