Brooklyn Media Maker Weekend: What's Your Story?

Brooklyn Media Maker Weekend is a free, three-day event that will celebrate community media and help you up your TV, film, and podcast game.


Thu, Oct 18, 2018, 3-8:30PM
Fri, Oct 19, 2018, 3-9PM
Sat, Oct 20, 2018, 10AM - 7PM




The Media Center at BRIC House
647 Fulton Street
2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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  • Meet the incredibly talented panelists who you'll meet at Brooklyn Media Maker Weekend 2018.
    Pictured (clockwise l to r): Adepero Oduye, Jackie Zammuto, Jason Samuels, Yosef Alexander, Squeaky Moore, Robert Gilmore, Caralene Robinson, Geoff Grimwood, Mark Pagán, Kecia Élan Cole, Rashidi Hendrix, Skye MacLeod, and Snypes Murdock. 

  • Pictured: Adepero Oduye

  • Pictured: Jackie Zammuto

  • Pictured: Mark Pagán

  • Pictured: Rashidi Hendrix

  • Pictured: Geoff Grinwood

  • Pictured: Snypes Murdock

  • Pictured: Skye MacLeod

  • Pictured: Jason Samuels

  • Pictured: Caralene Robinson

  • Pictured: Robert Gilmore

  • Pictured: Squeaky Moore

  • Pictured: Yosef Alexander

Brooklyn Media Maker Weekend was created especially with you in mind. As the Public Access television station for Brooklyn, New York, our whole mission is to level the media playing field so that every human—no matter their economic status, race, creed, or gender—has access to quality film, TV, and podcast education and facilities. Brooklyn Media Maker Weekend was created for YOU!

Now in its third year, Brooklyn Media Maker Weekend 2019 will focus on the fine art of narrative storytelling.


    1. Street Photography
      Time / Location One / Location Two: 3 - 5PM / Media Lab / Outdoors
      Instructor: Yosef Alexander
      Learn on-the-fly composition techniques and how to capture engaging photos of people, buildings, and the Brooklyn Cityscape. Please check the weather reports and dress accordingly. We'll meet rain or shine. Please bring your own digital camera fully charged, with plenty of battery power and available memory.
    2. Interviewing for TV & Film
      Time / Location: 5 - 6PM / TV Studio B
      Instructor: Kieran Dick
      This workshop will cover preparing for an interview, researching your subject, choosing engaging questions, avoiding common pitfalls, and the art of using guiding questions to get the best answers during your interview. We will also cover which microphones are appropriate for various settings, location scouting, and one/two-camera interview techniques.
    3. Perfect Your TV & Film Pitch Panel (PITCH WORKSHOP #2)
      Time / Location: 7 - 8:30PM / TV Studio A
      Panelists: Squeaky Moore, Snypes Murdock, Caralene Robinson, Jason Samuels; Moderator: Kecia Élan Cole
      You’ve had an opportunity to create your pitch and now it’s time to perfect it before pitching your show idea. Learn valuable techniques from industry insiders on how to prepare a TV pitch, including: developing a hook, considering your audience, and coming up with a trailer.


    1. Orientation
      Time / Location: 10 - 11AM / TV Studio A
      Instructors: Matthew Allen & Mark Pagán
      Want to have your film, TV show, or short air on our New York Emmy-winning community-produced TV channel? It’s possible! Learn more at orientation, the 1st step to becoming a certified community producer at Brooklyn Free Speech!
    2. Brooklyn Voting Alliance Booth
      Time / Location: 11AM  - 2PM / Media Center Lobby
      Learn more about how you can get involved in the 2018 election.
    3. Free Speech & Voting Testimonials
      Time / Location: 11AM - 3:30PM / Mini Studio & Podcast Studio
      In between the day’s workshops, attendees will be able to record either video or audio testimonials about voting experiences and the importance of free speech in society. 
    4. Ethics & Community Journalism
      Time / Location: 11:30AM / TV Studio B
      Instructor: Jackie Zammuto, Program Manager at WITNESS
      WITNESS’ workshop will explore the challenging ethical decisions that journalists and community reporters often face when sharing stories, testimony, and footage of human rights abuses. Participants will engage with specific examples and walk away with practical guidance on how to navigate through difficult ethical choices in their own work.
    5. IMPROV
      Time / Location: 11:30AM - 1PM / TV Studio A
      Instructor: Geoff Grimwood
      Improvisation creates "a set of experiences that allow you to fine-tune and hone all necessary skills needed to think on your feet and simply, react and adapt." You'll play games, learn techniques, and just have a really great time. Everyone will participate. You may have occasion to act a little silly. Don't worry, everyone else will too.
    6. Fundamentals of Screenwriting
      Time / Location: 1:30 - 3:30PM / TV Studio B
      Instructor: Sean Mannion
      Our crash course in screenwriting gives you tips on going from your brain to paper. Included are the basic elements of a screenplay, proper structure and format, and techniques for how to explain your story to others in clear and concise language. We’ll also discuss free and low-cost programs for screenwriting at home!
    7. Speed Pitching (PITCH WORKSHOP #3)
      Time / Location: 2 - 3:30PM / TV Studio A
      Instructor: Rashidi Hendrix
      Inspired by the “Speed Dating” phenomenon, this hands-on workshop pairs media makers so that they can make their pitches one-on-one, without the pressure of being in front of a panel. You’ll have to make your case in three minutes or less! After everyone’s been heard, you’ll receive feedback and instructions on how to tighten your pitches and get them ready for the real thing!
    8. Film Screening & Audience Analysis/Mixer
      Time / Location: 4 - 7PM / TV Studio A
      Moderator: Robert Gilmore
      Film: Crooklyn
      For our final Brooklyn Media Maker Weekend event, we’re hosting a special screening of Crooklyn. Directed and co-written by Academy Award-nominee, and Brooklynite Spike Lee, Crooklyn tells the story of a family growing up in Bedford-Stuyvesant in the summer of 1973, and their interaction with the colorful characters around the neighborhood.


    1. From Mind to Paper: Building Your Pitch (PITCH WORKSHOP #1)
      Time / Location: 3 - 4:30PM / TV Studio A
      Instructor: Rashidi Hendrix
      You’ve dreamed up this amazing idea for a TV show, a web-series, or a feature film— now, how do you get it heard? This workshop will be a guide to cultivating, organizing, and converting your dream into a tangible, written description.
    2. Starting an Episodic Podcast
      Time / Location: 5 - 6:30PM / TV Studio B
      Instructor: Mark Pagán
      This seminar/workshop will help future and current podcasters with tips on launching and structuring an episodic season using a case study from a pre-existing podcast.
    3. Keynote Address – It's All About The Angles: The Many Facets of Storytelling in Film
      Time / Location: 7 - 8:30PM / TV Studio A
      Guest Speaker: Adepero Oduye
      Enjoy an interactive keynote experience, led by award-winning actress and filmmaker Adepero Oduye (Pariah, 12 Years A Slave, The Big Short). She’ll expel her wisdom of storytelling through the lens of a director and as an actor that will prove invaluable to all who attend.

    Venue Information:

    The BRIC Media Center gives Brooklynites the tools and know-how to professionally create and cablecast their own TV and podcast shows on the Emmy-winning Brooklyn Free Speech, and produces non-commercial TV and podcast programs that reflect the borough's diversity of thought and culture. We provide a voice for Brooklynites just like you to air their hopes, dreams, and aspirations to the world.

    The BRIC Media Center provides all Brooklynites with access to TV studio facilities, equipment, and wallet-friendly media training. We are located in the heart of the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District at BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street. 

    Tell the driver you're going to 57 Rockwell Place (Between Fulton Street & DeKalb Avenue). It'll be much easier for them to find our building and you'll be dropped off right in front of the door.

    2 3 4 5 to Nevins Street (closest station!)
    B Q R (D & N, 11PM - 6AM) to Dekalb Avenue (ACCESSIBLE)
    B D N Q R to Atlantic Avenue—Barclays Center (ACCESSIBLE)
    A C G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street
    C to Lafayette Avenue
    G to Fulton Street

    B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B63, B67 (ACCESSIBLE)
    All of the above buses stop within three blocks of The BRIC Media Center. 

    The Long Island Railroad stops at Atlantic Terminal, approximately 2 ½ blocks away from The BRIC Media Center. (ACCESSIBLE)

    Looking for the full list of MTA accessible subway stations in Brooklyn? Here it is!  

    Travel Alert: Please confirm bus and subway service on the MTA website as there are
    frequent weeknight and weekend service interruptions.

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