Four decades ago, in a Whitesburg, Kentucky storefront that once held a “tire supermarket,” Herb E. Smith, a seventeen-year-old member of the Appalachian Film Workshop—Appalshop, for short—learned to work the 16-millimeter Arriflex-S camera.
Today's conflict: PIMAC vs. telephone.
I ve found the perfect apartment to comfortably house three quarters of the operating staff (plus mascot) of a budding media arts center in Prague. The apartment even has a telephone - all for about $450 per month. Since we don t have office space yet, a telephone is essential to us, an American public charity operating in a foreign country.
TILT (Teaching Intermedia Literacy Tools) is a nonprofit organization that teaches and promotes intermedia literacy through hands on experience with media making processes. We are unique in that we bridge the gaps between communities, the arts and education in a manner that is intellectually rigorous yet maintains its grassroots integrity. Our programs encourage people to become life long learners who continually challenge perceptions of the media and intervene in its production.
Ten people are squeezed into a small room in a high school on New York City's Lower East Side. The six crew members from Youth Organizers TV (YO-TV) are working on two Media 100 digital editing systems, getting their rough-cut videos ready to show their clients from the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. Computer crashes are frustrating the crew's efforts on their documentary about sweat shops and why young people should care about them, but the video about the International Criminal Court (ICC) and its efforts to gain redress for survivors of torture is coming along well.
The story so far: LMH leaves BAVC, the media art center he's worked at for 10 years, joining Artists' Television Access as Executive Director. He finds an organization of committed volunteers ready to take on the task of rebuilding some essential systems. He also finds a wicked smell of undetermined origin, possibly related to ritualistic sacrifices rumored to be taking place in the immediate neighborhood.