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"MUST-ATTEND... you may never get another opportunity quite like this again."
-Tambay A. Obenson, Indiewire's Shadow and Act
"More than just a cinematic feast; it's a revelation." -Richard Brody,The New Yorker

TWN was pleased to be part of this program, with amazing and rarely seen films by New York-based independent filmmakers from a time when films by people of color were neither recognized or supported, and frequently suppressed. This historic series, programmed by Michelle Materre of Creatively Speaking and Jake Perlin, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Programmer at Large included TWN produced or distributed films - A Dream is What you Wake Up From; Namibia: Independence Now; Suzanne, Suzanne; Teach Our Children; and Voices of the Gods. This was also a rare chance to see films by Bill Miles, William Greaves, Jessie Maples and St Clair Bourne and many others. and the fabulous Losing Ground by Kathleen Collins with Ronald Gray.

"An ambitious, revelatory series devoted to an astonishingly rich, dismayingly under appreciated chapter in American movie history." -A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"ESSENTIAL... assembles some of the most vital and groundbreaking cinema of the era."- Melissa Anderson,The Village Voice
"Extraordinary collection of films." - Ashley Clark, L Magazine

Film Society of Lincoln Center, February, 2015 144 & 165 West 65th Street Between Broadway and Amsterdam

The 2015 Spring Evening Seminars

Besides its intensive TWN Production Workshop, TWN also sponsors a walk-in series of workshops on various production topics. All are either sliding scale or free, and presented at various locations.

The Spring Schedule is out and started February 18th with a screening of Through A Lens Darkly and talk with director Thomas Allen Harris.

See the schedule and register now!
All workshops except for those marked "FREE" are suggested $20 (sliding scale for low income/students)

To register, email

Upcoming Deadlines

TWN Seeks Graphic Design & Final Cut Pro Interns
If you have graphic design or Final Cut Pro experience, live in New York City and need to add more credits to your resume, please apply to our internship program at Third World Newsreel. Send a cover letter and resume to

POV's Listings of Resources for Filmmakers

New York State Council on the Arts - Grants for Individual Artists
Production funds for narrative and experimental/new media projects and post-production funds for documentaries. To apply, you must apply through a NYSCA funded arts organization. Up to $25,000 available, only for NYS residents. Note: you cannot apply as an individual, only via a fiscal sponsor.

Overall deadline for NYSCA applications through a fiscal sponsor: April 10th, 2015
Deadline to Third World Newsreel if you wish to apply through TWN: March 18th, 2015

For information on the NSYCA grants to individual artsts, more info
To see if you can apply through Third World Newsreel, email

Independent Lens Submissions
Independent Lens is seeking submissions of completed or near completed programs for broadcast during the October 2015 - June 2016 season.
Deadline: March 27, 2015
more info

Jerome Foundation
Grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to individual film and video artists living in New York City who work in the genres of experimental, narrative, animation, and documentary production.
Deadline: Open
more info

Ford Foundation
Ford has announced its Social Issue Film Funding Initiative. A total of approximately $16 million will be given through an open-application process to filmmakers and mediamakers around the world who are working to create documentaries that address urgent social issues.
Deadline: Open
more info

ITVS International Initiative
The International Initiative was created to give U.S.audiences access to international stories and voices on American television and new media platforms. International funding is only available to independent filmmkaers who are neither U.S. citizens nor residents of the U.S.
Deadline: Open
more info


The Dottin-Fasulo-Perez Memorial Workshop Fund

The TWN family suffered three tremendous losses in 2010 with the passing of some extraordinary workshop alumni: Jennifer Fasulo, Miriam Akoma Perez, and Laura Dottin. As families, friends, activists and media arts communities heal from these tragic losses, we also want to pay tribute to these strong and talented women. Please see our memorial section below to read about their lives and work. The leadership of Third World Newsreel has created the Dottin-Fasulo-Perez Memorial Workshop Fund which will provide funding for the TWN Workshops. All three of these women were accomplished media makers whose lives had been changed by participation in TWN Workshops, a 34 year old program that has trained hundreds of socially committed filmmakers. What more fitting way to pay tribute than to facilitate the path for other emerging socially conscious filmmakers to learn their craft? The Board of Directors of Third World Newsreel hopes that all who can, will make a generous contribution for the 2011 calendar year to support the Dottin-Fasulo-Perez Memorial Workshop Fund. To donate online, or for information on making donations, please go to our
donation page.

Announcing the TWN Film Preservation Fund

Third World Newsreel is working with the Preservation Committee of the original Newsreel film collective to preserve many of the original Newsreel films.   Numerous historic short activist films were made in the late 60's and early 70's - from Columbia Revolt to Break and Enter that are at risk. 

We recently finished the preservation of the films "Make Out" about a young woman's inner thoughts during a date, and  "Janie's Janie", an important but rarely seen documentary shot in Newark by Geri Ashur, Marilyn Mulford, Stephanie Palewski and others. It follows a woman who comes to see the need to organize against a system that oppresses her at every turn - because she is poor, divorced and a woman. An early feminist film, this project is deeply personal and complex.  These two films were preserved with the support of New York Women in Film and Television's  Women's Film Preservation Fund.  NYWIFT also help support the preservation of "The Women's Film" a classic early women's movement piece.

We need your help to restore our other films, like "Break and Enter".  This film and other high caliber historic documentaries are at risk of being lost for ever! It is critical that we preserve the early TWN films for future generations of students, scholars, activists and audiences. To donate online, or for information on making donations, please go to our donation page.

H2A Partners With Third World Newsreel on Indie Distribution Label, H2ONewsreel

The Hip-Hop Association (H2A) has been working with Third World Newsreel (TWN) through a partnership called H2ONewsreel, to provide the Best in Hip-Hop Media, Education, and Culture.  

H2O NEWSREEL is poised to be the leading Hip-Hop multi-media independent developer and distribution outlet. It acquires media projects and facilitates the creation of curriculums and study guides for the education and urban entertainment markets.

H2ONEWSREEL offers among the most competitive percentage agreement to independent filmmakers and split profits on a non-exclusive agreement. Formed in September 2008, H2ONEWSREEL is now releasing its titles to the international educational sector. H2ONEWSREEL is featuring  documentaries including: Masizakhe: Building Each Other (US/S. Africa), Frekuensia Kolombiana (Colombia), and an award winning short series collection. o year-round exhibitions at different venues throughout the US and internationally. Through online partnerships, we promote upcoming screenings, trailers and shorts. Filmmakers whose projects are aligned with the H2O NEWSREEL mission will be selected to work closely with staff members on their marketing campaigns, programming and distribution goals, so that the H2A can offer more cultivation and resources. 
For more information on H2ONewsreel, go to the
H20Newsreel site

In Memoriam

We lost our friend, colleague and compañero Herman Lew suddenly on September 20th, 2014. Filmmaker, professor, activist, teacher, and beloved father and husband, Herman will be missed by his family, the Third World Newsreel family, the City College family, and the numerous students and emerging filmmakers to whom he was committed. For decades, Herman worked to nurture the creative voices of media makers of color both as Director of the Third World Newsreel Production Workshop and Director of the B.F.A. Film & Video Program at City College. Funny, easy going, yet working hard all the time, Herman was the person we could all depend upon as a friend and colleague -- from telling us exactly what would make our film projects better, to putting up shelves in the office, and hosting barbecues at his house in New Jersey. Herman embodied the best of Third World Newsreel and believed in the organization's mission to cultivate the next generation of filmmakers of color. All our hearts are broken by this sudden tragedy.
If you have memories or photos of Herman you would like to share, we have created a page to remember Herman Lew for friends and family.

There were three memorials for Herman, two in NY and one in Los Angeles this past fall; he impacted so many people's lives.

The Herman Lew Memorial Scholarship has been established at City College to benefit outstanding BFA film students in need. To contribute, please visit the City College donation site.
A family trust is also being established on behalf of Kian, Cole and Galen Lew. Please contact to contribute.

James Allen Thigpen, Jr., passed Wednesday, January 13, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. Fondly known as Jim, he was born May 28, 1950 in Columbus. He is preceded in death by his father , James A. Thigpen, Sr. and is survived by his mother, Louise of Columbus; sister Dorothy of Brooklyn, NY; brothers Steve (Veda) of Columbus, Barry (Riccarda) of Franklin, TN, Robert (Molly) of New Albany, OH, and life companion of 38 years, Larry J. Willis of Columbus, along with a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. Jim graduated with honors from Ohio State University, with a degree in Psychology. He resided and worked in a number of professional capacities in Columbus and New York City, and owned a computer software development business. But Jim’s longest efforts were on behalf of people with developmental disabilities and their families. Throughout New York State, he was widely recognized as an effective advocate for the principles of equal protection, justice and fairness for all. He had a great passion for the arts, the internet, Web and software development. He developed e-commerce websites and database applications for non-profit art and government entities. Colleagues and friends describe Jim as always kind, empathetic, sincere, respectful, and loyal toward every person. His kindness and compassion will live in our hearts forever. The crew at Third World Newsreel remains devastated by this loss.  Jim was our beloved friend, co-worker, webmaster - in fact he designed our upgraded website  - and he was our consummate "shademeister".

Laura Dottin
, a member of the 2010 Production Workshop, passed away October 25th, 2010, after a long illness. Laura was truly a passionate and dedicated activist starting with her involvement with C.O.R.E. as a student during the sixties. An anti-war activist, Laura was a founding member of the Black Student Union at SUNY New Paltz and worked with migrant workers in the area. Later, Laura became Vice Chairperson of Organization of Staff Analysis, a group that fought and won collective bargaining rights for workers. She also worked with organizations such as the African National Reparations Organization, Brooklyn Neighborhood Improvement Association, National Black United Front, and the Patrice Lumumba Coalition. For over a decade Laura worked with the African and Caribbean Resource Center, producing community forums and radio programs. She traveled extensively to Cuba, Grenada and Canada representing the organization. Her media work started in the 80’s with WBAI-FM where she was a volunteer and researcher for “Behind The News” and continued with her starting and co-producing, with three other colleagues, the monthly news magazine “Cuba in Focus” which still airs today. Laura also produced at WBAI the news magazine “Caribbean Perspective”. A self proclaimed “computer geek”, Laura worked professionally with computers as a manager of a computer support group. Her long involvement with video and audio started in the 80’s where she documented and recorded community activities and political struggles. Laura truly saw the interrelationship of various media, computer technology, and the internet as a means and tool for political activity. Her desire to be a storyteller and to produce documentaries that spoke to our place in the world was her motivation to be in the Production Workshop. To quote her, “I think every life is interesting and instructive – it is the storyteller who must capture the essence”. Laura's compassion and love for other people was always evident and she will be missed. A memorial was held October 31st, 2010 in Brooklyn.

Miriam 'Sa'uuda Akoma Nsoroma' Perez passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, August 24, 2010 in Ka'apuli, Hawaii, while on vacation. Born in Brooklyn, Miriam is survived by her loving and talented daughter, Maryam Afiya Perez, devoted friend Dorothy Thigpen, her sisters and her brothers, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends, including TWN's staff. Miriam and her daughter Afiya are part of the Third World Newsreel family. Miriam was a beloved teacher of English and Literature at Cobble Hill High School, and was one semester away from receiving her Masters of Arts in Media Studies and Film from the New School of Social Research. Miriam was also an accomplished writer, artist and documentary filmmaker, and was awarded a Development Cohort grant from the Fledgling Fund in 2009 for her current documentary project, HOLLER. Her first film Walking with FUREE, is part of Third World Newsreel's Call for Change Series and has screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and many more national and international venues. Miriam was an alumna of Third World Newsreel's Film and Video Production Workshop. Miriam was passionate about using her artistic skills to address social justice and fairness for all. As an avid believer in the Buddhist principles of moral thought and action, Miriam was compassionate, loving, kind and generous to all and always spiritually positive in her life pursuits. Her beauty and intelligence will be missed and never forgotten by all. Memorial services were held on September 3, 2010, at The Church Of The Open Door, in Brooklyn.

Jennifer Fasulo
died in a tragic accident in the summer of 2010, taking from us a committed and talented filmmaker.  An esteemed alumna of the TWN Production Workshop, Jennifer was dedicated to feminism and social justice activism, a testament to her integrity and compassion. Her first video, Women’s Struggles For Freedom In Iraq (co-produced with Liz Miller), was selected for the World Social Forum Film Festival in 2003. For several years she worked as an Assistant Producer for Joy of Resistance: Multi-Cultural Feminist Radio at WBAI Community Radio in NYC. Her writing has appeared in Women's ENews, ZNet, and the radical feminist journal Rain and Thunder. Her 2009 workshop documentary, PRIMETIME: Fighting Back Against Foreclosure (with co-producer Manauvaskar Kublall) is a strikingly human and concise explanation of the subprime mortgage crisis and its disproportionate impact on families of color. The video screened at the MoMA Doc Fortnight in 2009 and is being used by many communities and classrooms today. We will miss her big smile, bright intellect, talent and great heart at Third World Newsreel.


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