TWN has trained hundreds of film and video artists in the past 38 years through its
annual TWN Production Workshop. In addition, the organization presents
the Evening Workshop Series every fall and spring. Periodically, TWN also presents Senior and youth workshops and various community media workshops in the summer. TWN
regularly collaborates on workshops, conferences, seminars and special projects
such as The Writers & Makers Film Series, the New Visions Series, the Human
Rights, Reunification and Korean Diaspora Film Festival, the Unending Korean War Conference and more, often in collaboration with various media centers and local universities
and community groups.
Annual TWN Production Workshop
Starting its 39th year, the TWN Production Workshop continues its long tradition
of providing an unique "hands-on" training program that provides practical
skills and resources for emerging filmmakers. This intensive 4-month program
supports and trains people from communities that historically have had limited
economic resources and access to mainstream educational institutions or training
programs. By providing the basic technical and storytelling tools to create
fiction or documentary projects, the Production Workshop carries on the mission
of TWN by promoting independent cinema made for and by underserved communities
of color and their progressive allies.
The Production Workshop recognizes new
emerging digital technologies and the importance of multi-platform and
interactive media in the production and distribution of projects. The curriculum
of the workshop integrates these elements into the pre-production, production
and post-production skills necessary to take at least one short 5-minute video project
from conception to completion.
Working in small groups, workshop members collectively conceive and produce project ideas with the help of instructors and guest speakers who are experienced professionals currently working in the field of film, video and trans-media. The Production Workshop meets every Wednesday at
6:30 pm in the offices of Third World Newsreel. The time commitment needed to
participate in the workshop is high and participants must be able to attend
regular class meetings as well as fulfill the out-of-class demands of
pre-production, production, and post-production. Prior film, video or related
experience is helpful but not required; self-initiative, time and a progressive
collaborative spirit are. The selection to the Production Workshop is limited to
9 participants. An initial written applications is required and a second round
of applicants are selected for interviews. The cost of the workshop is $650. For
further information, see below and download our application, or email email@example.com.
Funding for the TWN workshops are
provided in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, and the NYC
Department of Cultural Affairs, the Peace Development Fund and individual donors.
Download the application here