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FILM: Immerse yourself into the latest technologies in film and interactive storytelling. Learn the basic skills of filmmaking including operating a HD video and DSLR cameras, editing on Final Cut Pro X, and using sound and lighting to produce a short film or portrait of a person or place of importance to a NYC Community.  Explore new emerging techniques of storytelling like virtual reality, long-form online stories, interactive video, augmented reality, creating a web-series, and also traditional documentary filmmaking.

The film track will be taught by Ram Devineni and Pamela Sporn. Ram received the 2015 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival for producing “The Russian Woodpecker” and 2014 Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund for his augmented reality comic book, “Priya’s Shakti.” Pam Sporn, is an award winning documentary filmmaker.

MULTIMEDIA/PHOTOGRAPHY: Learn the principles of documentary photography with accompanying video as welll as camera operating skills and post-processing software, such as Adobe Lightroom, in order to successfully create visual multi-media projects. The multimedia track will be taught by Michael Kamber, award winning photojournalist and director of the Bronx Documentary Center. 

FOLKLORE & CULTURAL RESEARCH, FUNDRAISING, PITCHING YOUR STORY: A jam packed first week of guest lectures and workshops give you a background in interviewing, ethics, fundraising, and pitching your story to prepare you to set out as documentary filmmaker, radio producer and/or photographer. 

This track will be taught by Dr. Amanda Dargan, Folklorist/Director of Education, City Lore, and Dr. Steve Zeitlin, Founding Director, City Lore.

Elena Martínez is the director of CLDI. She has been a Folklorist at City Lore since 1997, and for the past 3 years she has also been the Co-Artistic Director of the Bronx Music Heritage Center. She co-produced the documentary, From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale, which aired on PBS in September 2006 and won the NCLR’s (National Council of La Raza) 2007 ALMA Award for Best TV Documentary. She is also a producer for the documentary, We Like It Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo, which premiered at the SXSW Festival in 2015. Elena curated the exhibition, “¡Que bonita bandera!: The Puerto Rican Flag as Folk Art,” and was the Assistant Curator for the exhibit, “Nueva York: 1613-1945” at El Museo del Barrio (2010). She has contributed to Latinas in the United States: An Historical Encyclopedia by historians Virginia Sánchez Korrol and Vicki L. Ruíz (Indiana University Press 2006); Women’s Folklore & Folklife: An Encyclopedia  of Beliefs, Customs, Tales, Music, and Art (ABC-CLIO, 2008); and the New York State Folklife Reader: Diverse Voices (2013). She is on the Advisory Boards for Casita Maria/Dancing in the Streets’ South Bronx Culture Trail, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies Archive at Hunter College, the Bronx Children’s Museum, and Los Pleneros de la 21. She has been awarded a 2013 BOROMIX Puerto Rican Heritage Award and Comité Noviembre’s Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad 2013. Her articles and reviews have been published in professional journals such as Centro: The Journal of Puerto Rican Studies, the Journal of American Folklore and Voices.  She has been asked to take part in the World War I Centennial Commemoration “369th Experience.”

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