The Sanctuary for Independent Media is a telecommunications production facility dedicated to community media arts. Located in an historic former church, 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.
The upcoming season will feature many events ranging from music to films to speakers. Highlights include talks by Aaron Mair and Heather Davis, performances from groups led by Joe Diebes and Taylor Ho Bynum, screenings of documentaries with filmmakers Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silver, workshops, gallery shows and much more.
First on the schedule is a free, weekend-long Ruderal Ecologies Symposium from April 13 to 15. Ruderal Ecologies: Grounds for Change, aims to weave together environmental sustainability and social justice themes, showcasing feminist, indigenous and African-American perspectives. Keynote speakers heather davis and Zoe Todd will kick off the symposium at 7 p.m. on Friday with a presentation called “Decolonizing the Anthropocene.” This evening will also feature an art auction to benefit Nature Lab and a “Dance with Plants Party” with Sonny Ray Adams. Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. the event will offer all-day workshops and panels, followed by a closing keynote “Environmental Justice in the Capital Region” by Aaron Mair. On Sunday, there will be a Biomapping Brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with bio-artist Oliver Kellhammer as well as Collard City Growers Azure Keahi and Christian Grigoraskos. Event-goers can explore the ever-changing biodiverse ecologies of the North Troy neighborhood using a combination of bio-blitzing and community cartography.
Next weekend, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, The Sanctuary for Independent Media will present “Oyster” by Joe Diebes, A modern multimedia opera about iconic folklorist Alan Lomax and his Cantometrics system of categorizing world music, set in the lull between the McCarthy era and the advancing information technology age. This event is co-sponsored by iEAR Presents. Admission is $20 per person.
Sembene will be at the Sactuary at 7 p.m. on Monday with filmmakers Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silver. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Ousmane Sembène, the African freedom fighter who used stories as his weapon and blazed the trail for generations of writers, filmmakers and scholars. This event is co-sponsored by iEAR Presents.
A free film screening of “Healing Voices” will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 27, along with a panel to challenge the cultural understanding of “mental illness” with a critical look at America’s broken mental health care system and a message of recovery. This event is co-sponsored by the Empowerment Exchange.
Cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and drummer Tomas Fujiwara will bring their musical talents to the Sanctuary for a7 p.m. show on Sunday, May 6. These musicians incorporate all manner of inspiration into their purely musical dialogues to celebrate the roots and branches of jazz. Admission is $15.
The eighth annual Troy Bike Rescue BikeFest is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday May 12 at the Sanctuary, to celebrate Troy’s bike-friendly community and help keep the Troy Bike Rescue doors open as a volunteer-run bicycle resource center for all-ages. Food, music, and cakes will be served. The suggested donation for attending this event is $20.
The Santuary’s Spring Season will conclude on Saturday, June 2 with the sixth annual Freedom Festival from 3 to 6 p.m. outdoors at Freedom Square. There’ll be free music, free food, free art activities and all kinds of fun. The rain location for this event is The Sanctuary for Independent Media.
All events are held at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, located at 3361 6th Avenue, at 101st Street, in North Troy.
Unless noted, admission to events is $10 each, or $5 for students and low income attendees.
More information and advance ticket purchasing is available online at www.mediasanctuary.org or by calling (518) 272-2390.