BRIC’s Fifth-Annual Media Maker Weekend Focuses on How to Create and Succeed in This New Reality

Oct 12, 2020 • 10:00 AM

BRIC’s Fifth-Annual Media Maker Weekend Focuses on How to Create and Succeed in This New Reality 

BRIC, the Leading Arts and Media Institution Presents:
Media Maker Weekend x Home: Creating in a New Reality, A Free, Three-Day Event of Workshops, Panels, and Lectures.


Courtesy of BRIC. Designed by Chloe Borison. 

(BROOKLYN, NY — OCT TK, 2020​) BRIC is pleased to announce the programming schedule for its annual Media Maker Weekend, set to take place from October 15 - 17, 2020. The three-day virtual conference—offers free workshops, lectures, and panel discussions designed to educate makers on various aspects of media and content creation, including television, film, and podcasting. 

Now in its fifth year, the free conference aims to find new ways for media makers to create and connect while remaining physically distant. This year's media maker weekend will focus on the transformation of media making that creatives and institutions have had to utilize in order to maintain professional opportunities, raise awareness for social advocacy and representation, as well as building community and promoting wellness.

As the Public Access television station for Brooklyn, BRIC’s mission is to level the media playing field so that every human—no matter their economic status, race, or gender—has access to quality film, TV, and podcast education and facilities. 

On October 17th, to conclude the Media Maker Weekend programming, BRIC will host its annual B Free Awards. Each year, the live televised event celebrates local journalism and the community-made stories that air on its Brooklyn Free Speech TV and Podcast Network. Hosted by actor and two-time B Free Award-winner, Brandhyze Stanley, and stand-up comic and filmmaker, Brian Enck, the 7th Annual B Free Awards will celebrate the community celebs of BRIC's TV and Podcast Network and award 20 statuettes to content creators. 

For more information about the 2020 Media Maker Weekend, click here. To RSVP, visit hopin.to/events/media-maker-weekend. Full schedule below: 

MEDIA MAKER WEEKEND 
SCHEDULE: DAY 1

VIDEO PRODUCTION FROM HOME
Thursday, October 15, 2020 — 3-4:30PM EST
Speaker: Rachael Guma
If you're a creative you know that being stuck at home doesn't stop the creative process. We'll work collaboratively to give you tips and tools on how to produce beautifully lit productions from home.

THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
Thursday, October 15, 2020 — 4-5:30PM EST
Speaker:
To Be Announced
Racial and economic disparities have shone brightly in 2020. From how COVID-19 has disproportionately affected People of Color, to seeing little girls outside of a fast food restaurant in order to be able to access free WiFi so that they can complete their homework. Let's talk about media disparities. Let's talk about access. Let's talk about the digital divide.

DIGITAL WELLNESS
Thursday, October 15, 2020 — 5-6:30PM EST
Speaker:
Hannah Jayanti
Screen fatigue is a real thing, ya'll! We've been looking at a screen for connection, work, school, and social gatherings for six months. With all this screen time happening, how do we make time for ourselves? Filmmaker Hannah Jayanti gives tools and tips on practicing digital wellness and joy in these challenging times.

EXPO BOOTH: VIRTUAL TOUR OF BRIC
Thursday, October 15, 2020 — 3-8:30PM EST

Get a virtual tour of BRIC's 9,000 square foot media production house featuring three TV studios, one podcast studio, a media lab, 10 edit suites, and an out-of-this-world equipment room where you can get free access to cameras, audio equipment, lighting, and Adobe Creative Cloud.

SHORT FILM SCREENING: Your Voice. Your Vote. 
Thursday, October 15, 2020 — 3-8:30PM EST

We are extremely proud to announce that Brooklyn Free Speech TV's Your Voice. Your Vote., which was produced in partnership with Brooklyn Voters Alliance and YWCA Brooklyn, won an Emmy® in the Community/Public Service Announcements category at the 63rd Annual New York Emmy® Awards on Saturday, April 25, 2020. We invite you to watch this beautifully poignant and timely story about the importance of voting.

VOTER INFORMATION SESSION W/ BROOKLYN VOTERS ALLIANCE
Thursday, October 15, 2020 — 4-5PM EST

Brooklyn Voters Alliance helps provide information on voting. We'll also be showing a special video throughout the day that illustrates the importance of voting and how crucial the right to vote is for everyone. A Brooklyn Voters Alliance rep will be on hand from 4-5PM to answer your Vote 2020 questions.

MEDIA CONNECT: PRODUCERS & MUSIC SCORERS
Thursday, October 15, 2020 — 4:30-5:15PM EST

It's time to meet your match—your media match! Connect with fellow makers to see how you all can come together to make award-winning content, TOGETHER.

BRIC COMMUNITY MEDIA TV & FILM PITCH SERIES: PERFECT YOUR PITCH
Thursday, October 15, 2020 — 7-8:30PM EST
Speakers:
Kecia Élan Cole (Moderator), Bri Castellini, Matt Grady, Elaine Del Valle, Yoruba Richen, Stacey Muhammad
The BRIC Community Media TV & Film Pitch Series gives you the opportunity to practice and perfect your pitch skills over the course of three months in front of industry heavy hitters, and a live, virtual audience. Do you have an interesting idea for a television show but are having difficulty coming up with a way to sell it? This event is for you!

MEDIA MAKER WEEKEND 
SCHEDULE: DAY 2

LIGHTING FOR VIRTUAL PRODUCTIONS
Friday, October 16, 2020 — 3-4:30PM EST
Speaker:
Sean Mannion
Does the lighting for your film or at home Zoom meeting look like it's lit for a scary horror film? Don't fret! You're not alone! This session is all about lighting and will help to turn your lit-for-a-horror-film Zoom meeting into the beautifully and brightly lit production you intended. 

VOTING RIGHTS FILM RACE
Friday, October 16, 2020 — 5-6:30PM EST
Speakers:
Skye MacLeod & Jessica Mason
Participants will have a chance to make a 60-second film about how important voting is to them.

EXPO BOOTH: VIRTUAL TOUR OF BRIC
Friday, October 16, 2020 — 3-8:30PM EST

Get a virtual tour of BRIC's 9,000 square foot media production house featuring three TV studios, one podcast studio, a media lab, 10 edit suites, and an out-of-this-world equipment room where you can get free access to cameras, audio equipment, lighting, and Adobe Creative Cloud.

MADE IN NY PRODUCTION ASSISTANT TRAINING PROGRAM

SHORT FILM SCREENING: MADE IN NY PRODUCTION ASSISTANT PROGRAM
Friday, October 16, 2020 — 3-8:30PM 

INFO SESSION: MADE IN NY PRODUCTION ASSISTANT PROGRAM
Friday, October 16, 2020 — 4-5PM EST

We are invested in your success and want to see you fly! We've invited our friends from the Made In NY Production Assistant training program so that you can start building your film and TV career. A Made in NY rep will be on hand to answer your questions about the month-long program from 4-5PM.

MEDIA CONNECT: DIRECTORS & SCRIPTWRITERS
Friday, October 16, 2020 — 4:30-5:15PM EST

It's time to meet your match—your media match! Connect with fellow makers to see how you all can come together to make award-winning content, TOGETHER.

EXPO BOOTH: PRODUCTION UNIONS
Friday, October 16, 2020 — 5:30-6:15PM EST
Speaker:
Freelancers Union
Unions are extraordinarily beneficial to creators. Reps from the Freelancers Union will be on hand to speak about the importance of joining a media union and to give information on how you can join the Freelancers Union.

MEDIA MAKER WEEKEND 
SCHEDULE: DAY 3

MEDIA ORIENTATION
Saturday, October 17, 2020 — 11AM-12PM EST
Speakers:
Jessica Mason & Shaun Lilly
Learn all about BRIC and the film, TV, and podcast opportunities available to you through its Brooklyn Free Speech TV & Podcast Network.

PHONE PODCASTING
Saturday, October 17, 2020 — 12-1:30PM EST
Speaker:
Sachar Mathias
You don't need a Podcast studio to create your new audio program! You'll learn techniques and applications that will allow you to record, edit, post, and distribute your podcast using your phone.

DIGITAL JOURNALISM EVOLUTION
Saturday, October 17, 2020 — 1-2:30PM EST
Speakers:
Rosa Clemente and Dr. Jared Ball
This special one-on-one conversation will illuminate the evolution of digital media journalism into the age of COVID-19, with a subtext of Hip-Hop culture's influence.

ADVOCACY & IMPACT: SOCIAL JUSTICE USING SOCIAL MEDIA
Saturday, October 17, 2020 — 2-3:30PM EST
Speaker:
Mariana J. Moneymaker
There's been a social uprising in the nation and this workshop will show how social media plays a part in spreading the word on demonstrations and fostering discourse on politics and justice.

EXPO BOOTH: VIRTUAL TOUR OF BRIC
Saturday, October 17, 2020 — 12-3:30PM EST

Get a virtual tour of BRIC's 9,000 square foot media production house featuring three TV studios, one podcast studio, a media lab, 10 edit suites, and an out-of-this-world equipment room where you can get free access to cameras, audio equipment, lighting, and Adobe Creative Cloud.

EXPO BOOTH: INTERGENERATIONAL COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL (ICAC)
Saturday, October 17, 2020 — 12-3:30PM EST

The ICAC is a group of 14 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents and neighbors from Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn. Together, they create arts programming by and for the community. We would love for you to learn more about the incredible work they're doing and possibly see what opportunities there are for you to get involved.

MEDIA CONNECT: PRODUCERS AND HOSTS
Saturday, October 17, 2020 — 1:30-2:15PM EST

It's time to meet your match—your media match! Connect with fellow makers to see how you all can come together to make award-winning content, TOGETHER.

EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES: NYC DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER & WORKER PROTECTION
Saturday, October 17, 2020 — 5-7PM EST

Do you know your rights? Are you looking for a job? The NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) is a dedicated voice in government for workers in New York City, protecting labor standards and policies that create fair workplaces to ensure all workers can realize their rights, regardless of immigration status. DCWP will be on hand advocating for workers' rights. 

B FREE AWARDS X HOME
Saturday, October 17, 2020 — 6-9PM EST

A live televised event featuring glamour, celebs, creatively expressive fashion, and 20 statuettes awarded to content creators at the top of their game. If you think we’re talking about the Oscars, the Emmys, or the Golden Globes, you’re close. BRIC's B Free Awards celebrates local journalism and the community-made stories that air on its Brooklyn Free Speech TV and Podcast Network.


ABOUT BRIC TV
BRIC TV is Brooklyn’s only non-profit cable channel and digital network. With an audience of tastemakers and a reach of millions, it is the voice of the borough—reflecting the best that Brooklyn has to offer and telling Brooklyn’s story to the world. The award-winning line-up delivers documentaries, local journalism, music, comedy, scripted series, and more. BRIC TV’s award-winning shows include The Show About the Show, Going In with Brian Vines, Dinette, and #BHeard, its Emmy award-winning series of community town halls. Many of BRIC TV’s programs have premiered at major film festivals across the United States including Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival, and Urbanworld Film Festival. 

BROOKLYN FREE SPEECH
Founded in 1990 and celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020, Brooklyn Free Speech is the borough's community media station. BRIC creates possibilities through education and provides a platform for all to be heard on our TV and podcast networks.

ABOUT BRIC
BRIC is a leading arts and media institution anchored in Downtown Brooklyn whose work spans contemporary visual and performing arts, media, and civic action. First presented in 1979, the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is a free, summer-long experience that allows New Yorkers to come back again and again with their friends and family to appreciate or discover a new genre, acclaimed artist, or world culture each night of the Festival. For over forty years, BRIC has shaped Brooklyn's cultural and media landscape by presenting and incubating artists, creators, students, and media makers. BRIC is building Brooklyn's creative future. Learn more at bricartsmedia.org.


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