Event Recap - Skillshare Social 2014 Blastoff


January 17, 2014

We had an incredible, super-packed Skillshare Social last night, thanks to you, you, and you! In case you missed any info about the participating groups, see below. They're amazing. Also, don't forget that if you're not already a DCTV Member, you can sign up here for a discounted $20 with code "blastoff" for the next week! And last but not least, check out some pictures below so you can see your beautiful magenta-bathed faces in action.


Joey Schmit, Associate Director of Marketing • Rose Crichton, Manager, Partnerships and Acquisitions
BRIC presents live music and performing arts (including the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival), contemporary art exhibitions, and community media programs that reflect Brooklyn’s creativity and diversity. BRIC’s community media programs offer residents free access to media production facilities and equipment, and low-cost media education. BRIC’s community media programming also includes the Brooklyn Public Network, cablecast to over 500,000 households and online. Visit their new home at 647 Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn and learn how you can get your own television show at BRICartsmedia.org.

Bronx Documentary Center
Danielle Jackson, Co-Director
Founded in 2011, the Bronx Documentary Center is a non-profit gallery and educational space devoted to documentary projects from around the globe. Located in the South Bronx, the BDC aims to create an engaging environment for local and international photojournalists, artists, filmmakers, critics and educators committed to innovative methods of non-fiction storytelling. The BDC's next exhibition, Too Young to Wed, featuring photographs by Stephanie Sinclair and short films by Jessica Dimmock and Stephanie Sinclair, will open January 18th.

The Bronx Filmmakers
Tahese Warley
The Bronx Filmmakers is, unsurprisingly, a community of filmmakers who live and work in the Bronx. We meet twice per month to give feedback on rough cuts and scripts, to brainstorm on projects and technical challenges, and, sometimes, to collaborate on new work.

Brooklyn Film Festival
Nathan Kensinger, Director of Programming
The Brooklyn Film Festival is one of New York's premiere independent film festivals. Now entering its 17th year, this 10 day festival takes place every June and is currently open for submissions.

Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective
Alex Mallis, Jeremy Levine
The Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective is a tight-knit community of professional filmmakers who are dedicated to innovative approaches to filmmaking. The collective comes together through weekly peer workshops to provide sustained feedback and critiques throughout the life of its members' projects. It is their mission to inspire groundbreaking films and maximize exposure of the best work from Brooklyn-based filmmakers. Their collective resume includes Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Slamdance Film Festival, A&E, PBS, HBO, IFC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, MTV, France 3, The Smithsonian, and Al Jazeera.

Dirty Looks
Bradford Nordeen, Creative Director / Curator • Karl McCool, Assistant Director
A salon of influences, Dirty Looks is a New York-based roaming series, an open platform for inquiry, discussion and debate. Designed to trace contemporary queer aesthetics through historical works, Dirty Looks presents quintessential GLBT film and video alongside up-and-coming artists and filmmakers.

Filmwax Radio
Adam Schartoff, Harrison Bender
Filmwax Radio is a podcast hosted by Adam Schartoff, bringing you dispatches from the front line of indie film. Each episode features interviews with key players in the indie film world, including Janet Pierson, Alex Karpovsky, Todd Solondz, Wong Kar-Wai, and Michel Gondry.

Integrated Media Arts MFA (IMA MFA) at Hunter College CUNY
Professor Martin Lucas, IMA MFA Faculty / Documentary Filmmaker
The Master of Fine Arts in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College (IMA MFA) is home to highly accomplished faculty and students creating socially engaged, innovative work across the contemporary media landscape in New York City and beyond. IMA MFA offers artists from all backgrounds competitive skills in film, video, web, and emerging media technologies balanced with a foundation in history, theory, and aesthetics in one of the most affordable programs of its kind. Their next application deadline is March 1.

Made in NY Media Center by IFP
Sabrina Dridje, Community Manager • Zori Davidkova, Community Outreach
The Made in NY Media Center by IFP in DUMBO, Brooklyn is a creative incubator, where storytellers from multiple disciplines, industries and platforms create, collaborate, connect and incubate across a spectrum of programs, events and experiences. We bring together innovators in film, video, gaming, technology and more, through education, mentorship, entrepreneurship and content creation. Join us and apply until January 31st to win a 6 months free membership*. CODE: RESOLUTION14

Maysles Documentary Center
Christine Peng, Education Director • Jessica Green, Cinema Director
The Maysles Documentary Center is an award winning cinema, education, and production center dedicated to the use of documentary films to inspire critical thinking, dialogue, and action. Maysles Education includes on-site filmmaking courses for adults and young people, as well as school-based and community partnerships throughout NYC. Maysles Cinema provides year-round programming and forum discussions for filmmakers and audiences to engage in intimate screening and conversations of premiere independent documentaries. Students and alum of our programs have the opportunity for mentorship and job placement in the ever-growing field documentary filmmaking. Upcoming screenings include the Lenny Cooke documentary about the most hyped high school basketball player in the country, and upcoming classes include our Filmmakers Collaborative for Adults, a 10 week producing course, and our Winter 2014 Editing Series.

Meerkat Media Collective
Eric Philips-Horst, Zara Serabian-Arthur, Jeffrey Sterrenberg
Meerkat Media Collective is a self-organized community of makers committed to creating artful and thought-provoking films through a non-hierarchical collaborative process.

Mono No Aware
Sean Hanley, Josh Lewis, Steve Cossman
Mono No Aware seeks to promote the cinematic experience through the presentation of screenings, filmmaking workshops, equipment rentals, and field trips. Mono No Aware hosts an annual international exhibition for contemporary artists and filmmakers whose work incorporates Super 8mm, 16mm, 35mm or altered light projections as part of a live performance or installation. Registration for our 2014 winter/spring analog filmmaking workshops is currently open at mononoawarefilm.com/workshops.

Northside Film
Sarah Lerner, Producer
Since 2010, Northside Film has partnered with local and international film organizations to curate screenings at independent Williamsburg venues as part of the annual Northside Festival. Past curatorial partners include IFC, Hammer to Nail, Oscilloscope, DCTV and BAM, among others. Northside Film also includes a DIY Competition, which is now accepting submissions. The 2014 winners will receive over $10,000 in value & services. 2014 jurors include: Matthew Grady and Kentucker Audley with more TBA. Submissions close March 3.

Rooftop Films
Jessica Cox
Rooftop Films is a New York based non-profit whose mission is to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, coordinating youth media education, and renting equipment at low cost to artists. They're currently accepting submissions for their 2014 Summer Series.

Mike Knowlton, Co-Founder • Aina Abiodun, Co-Founder
StoryCode is an open-source, global community for emerging and established cross-platform and immersive storytellers.

Tribeca Film Institute
Opeyemi Olukemi, Manager, Digital Initiatives • Jose Rodriguez, Manager, Documentary Programming
The Tribeca Film Institute champions storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities and around the world. We identify a diverse and exceptional group of filmmakers and media artists and empower them with funding and other resources to fully realize their stories and connect with audiences. Through hands-on training and exposure to socially relevant films, our educational programming helps young people gain the media skills necessary to be productive global citizens and creative individuals. We are a year-round nonprofit arts organization founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in the wake of September 11, 2001. The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund is currently open for submissions and will close on Feb 5. The TFI New Media Fund will be open for submissions from March 5 through May 5, and there are multiple Tribeca Hackathons taking place in 2014.

Christopher Allen, Founder / Director • Toby Lee, Collaborative Studio Director
UnionDocs (UnDo) is a Center for Documentary Art located in Williamsburg, BK. We present and produce. Check out our weekly events, seminars, & workshops. Apply for the Collaborative Studio. Rent the space for shoots or screenings. Look out for jobs openings with us soon.

Women Make Movies
Kristen Fitzpatrick, Director of Acquisition and Exhibition
Women Make Movies is the world's leading distributor of independent films by and about women, with a focus on cutting-edge documentaries that give depth to today's headlines, as well as artistically and intellectually challenging works in all genres. Our films are showcased in prestigious exhibition venues and festivals both nationally and internationally. The Women Make Movies collection of more than 500 films and videotapes is also used by thousands of educational, community and cultural organizations annually.


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