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Be The Media! Workshop with Stephen Maing: Storytelling at the Margins

November 14, 2018 @ 4:00 pm 6:00 pm EST

A headshot of Stephen Maing, who has shoulder-length black, straight hair and is wearing glasses and a blue button up shirt.

The digital revolution has us awash in a sea of media; award-winning filmmaker Stephen Maing addresses the challenge of documenting underrepresented individuals and communities. The focus of this informal conversation will be through the frame of cinematography and editing (starting in his head!) — from which Maing’s work is driven. He will share excerpts from past projects and examples of scene construction. This acclaimed documentary filmmaker will also tell the filmmaking story behind the making of “Crime + Punishment,” a special treat for those who will then attend the 7pm screening.

This is an opportunity for filmmakers and aspiring documentarians to have an informal conversation with a dedicated, cutting edge filmmaker, to learn his strategies and experiences as a creative artist.

Be the Media! workshops teach multimedia skills to community members to develop urgently needed independent local voices. Our goal is to empower the public through independent media making, supplying them with the tools to tell their own stories through different mediums of media including radio, video and journalism.

Stephen Maing is an Emmy-nominated Brooklyn-based filmmaker. His feature documentary, High Tech, Low Life told the fascinating story of two of China’s first dissident citizen-journalists fighting state-monitored censorship and was broadcast nationally on PBS’ award-winning series P.O.V. He has directed films for the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Nation, The Intercept and Field of Vision. His short film, The Surrender, produced with Academy Award winner Laura Poitras, documented State Department intelligence analyst Stephen Kim’s harsh prosecution under the Espionage Act. It received a 2016 World Press Photo Award for Best Long Form Documentary and was nominated for a 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Documentary. He is a fellow of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program and recipient of the International Documentary Association’s inaugural Enterprise Investigative Journalism grant as well as a 2016 John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Reporting Fellow. His most recent feature CRIME + PUNISHMENT, received a Special Jury Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, was filmed over four years and chronicles the stories of a group of minority cops known as the NYPD12, an innocent young man stuck in Rikers and one unforgettable private investigator. After the workshop will be a screening of Crime and Punishment. Feel free to stick around to see Maing’s magic at work.

3361 6th Ave
Troy, 12180 United States
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