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Third World Newsreel and NYU's Moving Image Archive Program (MIAP) held a symposium:
Organizing/ Filmmaking/ Archiving: Films from the Third World Newsreel Archives on Saturday, February 27th, 2016 from 12:30 to 8 PM in the Michelson Theater in the Department of Cinema Studies, 721 Broadway, New York City. 

Symposium panels Filmmaking and Organizing Then and Now was preceded by the workshop Archiving and Preserving Film/Media Collections from 10 AM to 12:00 PM at 665 Broadway, 6th Floor in Room 643.  The workshop was an introduction for independent film/videomakers, activists and activist organizations on how to organize, evaluate and preserve their film and media collections. Featured speakers: XFR Collective and AMIA @ NYU.

The Newsreel, founded in 1968 as an activist film collective, produced films documenting radical social movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s. including the Black Panthers and the Young Lords, the anti-Vietnam war movement, the second wave Women's Movement, national liberation movements overseas and community based efforts to fight for equitable housing, health and education in New York city and beyond.  In the early 1970s, Newsreel became Third World Newsreel, which continues to produce, distribute and train in social issue media, while working to preserve its historic collection of films.

Organizing/ Filmmaking/ Archiving: Films from the Third World Newsreel Archives presented rarely seen and recently preserved 16mm films made by the Newsreel and early Third World Newsreel.

The films presented were:
Janie's Janie (1970 B&W 25 min),Make-Out (1970 B&W 5 min)
These films are unique in the Newsreel Collection, and were created by the Women's Caucus.  Janie's Janie is a "personal" documentary, an unusual format for Newsreel; it follows a white working class woman in Newark who realizes that she has to control her own life after years of physical and mental abuse.  Make-Out is a dramatic short (also unusual for Newsreel) that continues to resonate, as it portrays what a young woman is thinking while a guy tries to make out with her.  These films were preserved with the support of NY Women in Film and Television's Womens' Film Preservation Fund and CIneric lab.
Panelists included filmmakers Peter Barton, Stephanie Palewski and Deborah Shaffer, activist Cynthia Mellon.  Moderator: Afua Kafi-Akua, producer and Senior Manager of the Uris Center for Education at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Teach Our Children (1972 B&W 35 min)
One of the first films made by Third World Newsreel, this film focuses on the historic 1971 Attica prison rebellion in upstate New York.  The film targets the conditions that caused the prisoners to take drastic steps toward securing their basic rights and questions the behavior of the authorities that resulted in the deaths of thirty-one inmates and prison guards from bullets fired by the National Guard.  Preserved by the Pacific Film Archives and CInemalab. MIAP alumni Pamela Jean Smith worked on the preservation of Teach Our Children.
Panelists included filmmaker Christine Choy, Attica observer and Fortune Society founder David Rothenberg, and Kassandra Frederique, DIrector of the NY office of the Drug Policy Alliance, a member organization of Communities United for Polic Reform. Moderator: Prof. Mona Jimenez, MIAP co-director.

Break and Enter (Rompiendo Puertas) (1970, B&W 42 min)
A Newsreel documentary on the fight against the impact of gentrification, then called "urban renewal" on the upper west side of Manhattan.  The primarily Latino community was being forced out of their homes to make way for hotels and restaurants - and a mostly women-led community organization formed to take back the empty buildings, forming a squatters' movement Operation Move-In.  Preserved with the support of the National Film Preservation Foundation and Color Lab and the assistance of MIAP intern Daniel Finn and the Activist Archivists.
Panelists included filmmakers Peter Barton and Carol Foresta, activists Esperanza Martell and Shahana Hanif and Wai Yee Poon of CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities.  Moderator: Lillian Jimenez, filmmaker, cofounder of NALIP.

Generous support provided by the NYU Department of Cinema Studies, the Tisch School of the Arts and Dean Allyson Green, New York Women in Film and Television, the New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the Peace Development Fund.   Special thanks to Jeff Richardson and NYU Cinema Studies technical staff.

Cosponsored in part by the NYU Institute of African American Affairs and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, the XFR Collective and AMIA @ NYU.


Gideon's Army and Harvest of Empire selected by the American Library Association (ALA) as 2015 Notable Videos for Adults!

Director Dawn Porter's film Gideon's Army follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. Backed by mentor Jonathan "Rap" Rapping, a charismatic leader who heads the Southern Public Defender Training Center (now known as Gideon's Promise) they struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs. Wainwright that established the right to counsel, can these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make "justice for all" a reality? Emmy nominated and winner of the Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize and the Silver Gavel Award for Media and the Arts.
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Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America is based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist Juan González. It takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation’s cultural and economic landscape. Directed by Eduardo López & Peter Getzels and produced by Wendy Thompson-Marquez, HARVEST OF EMPIRE won the ABCNews Sourcevideo Award for the best use of news footage as an integral component in a documentary.
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Both films distributed by Third World Newsreel.

Based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist Juan González, HARVEST OF EMPIRE takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation's cultural and economic landscape. From the wars for territorial expansion that gave the U.S. control of Puerto Rico, Cuba and more than half of Mexico, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, Harvest of Empire unveils a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the U.S. "They never teach us in school that the huge Latino presence here is a direct result of our own government's actions in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America over many decades -- actions that forced millions from that region to leave their homeland and journey north," says Juan González at the beginning of the film.

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AUDRE LORDE - THE BERLIN YEARS 1984 TO 1992 wins Festival Favorite Award at the Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 

Third World Newsreel is pleased to announce that AUDRE LORDE- THE BERLIN YEARS 1984 TO 1992 won the Festival Favorite Award at the Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Congratulations to film director Dagmar Schultz for this well-deserved achievement! AUDRE LORDE- THE BERLIN YEARS 1984 TO 1992 explores a little-known chapter of the African American lesbian poet and activist Lorde’s prolific life, a period in which she helped ignite the Afro-German Movement and made lasting contributions to the German political and cultural scene before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the German reunification. Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984-1992 contains previously unreleased audiovisual material from director Schultz's personal archive, showing Lorde on and off stage. With testimony from Lorde's colleagues, students and friends, this film documents Lorde's lasting legacy in Germany. The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2012, marking the 20th anniversary of Audre Lorde's passing.  Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years 1984-1992 also won the Audience Award for the Best Documentary at the Barcelona G&L Film Festival. Watch the trailer on TWN’s YouTube Channel.

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Congrats to:

Stephanie Ching and Ellen Martinez and their film AFTER SPRING, premiering at Tribeca! This film was a fiscal sponsored project of TWN.

Dawn Porter for her new film TRAPPED on reproductive rights going to Sundance 2016! Her film Gideon's Army is distributed by TWN.

Konrad Aderer for his National Park Service Grant (Japanese Confinement Center) and CAAM award for his documentary Resistance at Tule Lake and Adele Pham for her Cal Humanities award for #Nailedit. TWN is the fiscal sponsor of these projects and the executive producer for Tule Lake.

Thomas Allen Harris, Donald Perry, Deborah Willis, and Ann Bennett for the Film Forum theatrical run and PBS broadcast of Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, and we salute all the great photographers featured. This film was a fiscal sponsored project of TWN.

Lupita Nyong'o, Oscar Winner, People Magazine "most beautiful", Lancome "ambassadress" - is also the director of IN MY GENES that TWN proudly distributes. This film explores the lives of several people with albinism in Kenya. The film asks what it means to be part of one of the most hyper-visible and yet invisible minorities in a predominantly black society.

KITES AND BORDERS by TWN Sponsoree Yolanda Pividal premiered at the Havana Film Festival at the Quad Cinema in NY and was nominated for Best Documentary!

AMERICAN BEATBOXER by TWN Workshop alum Manauvaskar Klublall aired on Revolt TV!

OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA and AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS, by TWN Workshop alum Grace Lee on the latter's theatrical run and Peabody and both airing on PBS!

WHEN I WALK- Jason DaSilva, a TWN sponsoree, for the Emmy win for his documentary about his sudden onset of multiple sclerosis and his journey to find healing, self-discovery and love. For more info.

AMERICAN PROMISE -Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson, and the American Promise team, a TWN fiscal sponsored project, on their theatrical release. A documentary 13 years in the making, the film provides a rare look into the lives of two middle class Black families as they navigate the ups and downs of parenting and educating their sons. For more info, visit

Rodney Evans for the theatrical release of THE HAPPY SAD, a TWN fiscal sponsored project, a drama about two young NYC couples—one black and gay, one white and straight—whose lives become intertwined. For more info visit

FUNAVE (Foundation for Audiovisual Narratives in Spanish in NY) Summer

The rapid growth of the Spanish speaking community in the United States has marked a new phase in U.S. culture particularly in the audio-visual area, and the demand for professionals who can write in Spanish is continuously increasing. FUNAVE was created in response to the lack of Spanish-language training options for screenwriters and youth within the United States and is the first laboratory for the learning, development and research of audiovisual narratives in Spanish within the United States. FUNAVE's first initiative was FUNAVERANO, a series of four intensive workshops featuring prominent screenwriters and media professionals, as well as guest speakers. All of the first series' of workshops were held in Spanish at the historic Amster Yard building of the Cervantes Institute in Manhattan.

Past courses included Live, Look, Listen, Tell: Course on Narratives & the Development of Documentaries
Tales in Movement, Stories in Time: Course on Film Script Writing
Convergent Creativity & Multiplatform Writing: Workshop on Transmedia Narratives and New Dynamics in Audiovisual Project Development
Serial Contents, Television Continents: Course on Project Creation and TV Fiction Script Writing

Third World Newsreel is a collaborating partner with FUNAVE.


All classes are held in Spanish at Cervantes Institute NY's headquarters in Manhattan.
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