A special event co-sponsored by the Workers Unite Film Festival, Radical Film Network, Third World Newsreel, National Writers Union, and CUNY Murphy Institute.

Radical Film Network NYC:
A Global Gathering

May 3rd - May 6th

Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education & Labor Studies, 25 West 43rd Street, 18th Floor

- Program at A Glance -

Complete listing of events and speakers (PDF)
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Day 1: Wednesday 3 May

11-11.45am: coffee and networking.

11.40am-12pm: Introduction, Andrew Tilson (Workers Unite! Film Festival) and Steve Presence (Bristol Radical Film Festival/University of the West of England Bristol).

12-1pm: Keynote presentation: ‘Imagining Change: a short history of radical film in the USA’, Chuck Kleinhans (Co-editor, JUMP CUT: A review of contemporary media). Chair: Alexandra Juhasz (CUNY).  

1-2.30pm: lunch

2.30-3.45pm: Panel 1, ‘Approaches to Community and Youth Media-Making with Karina Hurtado (Global Action Project, NYC) and Paolo Davanzo (Echo Park Film Centre, LA)’. Chair: Mike Wayne (Brunel University).

Evening event:
‘Every Fold Matters: A live performance with film about the work of doing laundry’. Created by Lizzie Olesker and Lynne Sachs, and featuring performances by Jasmine Holloway, Veraalba Santa and Ching Valdes-Aran.

Time: 6.30-8.30
Venue: Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies, 325 Hudson Street, 6th floor

Day 2: Thursday 4 May

9.30-10am: Registration and coffee

10-11.30am: Panel 2 (Roundtable), ‘Radical Media Making, Community Organizing, and Institution Building. With Angela Aguayo (Southern Illinois University), Liz Canner (filmmaker, Orgasm Inc.), Dennis Flores (El Grito de Sunset Park), Franklin Lopez (SubMedia.tv) and Todd Wolfson (Rutgers University/ Media Mobilizing Project)’. Chair: Christopher Robé (Florida Atlantic University)

11.30am-12pm: coffee break

12-1pm: Panel 3, ‘Politics and Aesthetics, with Oliver Ressler and Barrie Cline (Workers Art Coalition)’. Chair: Gregory Sholette (New York University).

1-2.30pm: lunch

2.30-3.45pm: Panel 4, ‘Funding Alternative Media, with Thomas Barlow (Real Media Fund, UK), Alan Story (WellRed Films), John T. Trigonis (Indiegogo) and Deborah Wallance (producer, Gasland, Blood On The Mountain). Chair: Thomas Zaniello (Northern Kentucky University)

Evening event:
‘Immigrant Workers Double-bill: El Pueblo Se Levanta + The Long Ride. With introduction and discussion by Third World Newsreel and former Young Lord member, filmmaker and author, Iris Morales.’

Venue: Cornell International Labour Relations (ILR) NYC Conference Center
Address: 16 East 34th Street, 6th Floor, NY 10016-4328
Time: 6PM: doors open, performance begins at 6.15pm.

Day 3: Friday 5 May

9.30-10am: coffee

10-11.15am: Panel 5, ‘Third World Newsreel Celebrates 50 Years: ‘Filmmaking and Organizing Then and Now’

11.15-11.30am: break

11.30am-12.30pm: Panel 7, ‘Filmmakers of the world, UNITE against racism and capitalism! A history of Contraimagen group with Violeta Bruck (Contraimaigen, Argentina). Chair: Svetla Turnin (Cinema Politica).

12.30-2pm: lunch

2-3pm: Panel 8, ‘Organising Exhibition, with Svetla Turnin (Cinema Politica, Montreal) and Elson Menegazzo (Brazilian International Labour Film Festival, São Paulo)’. Chair: Andrew Tilson.

3-3.15pm: short break

3.15-5pm: ‘Building sustainable radical film cultures: closing discussion led by Karen Ranucci’.

Day 4: Saturday 6 May

10.00: Coffee-morning debrief and next steps.
Venue: National Writers Union, Suite 703, 256 West 38th Street