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Strike Films → Discussion: Ad Hoc Vox & 16 Beaver

When: Friday April 27, 2012 – 7pm
Where: 16 Beaver, 16 Beaver Street # 4th floor, New York City
Who: Curated by  The Film Detective; organized by Ad Hoc Vox
What: Introduction and full screening program

Ad Hoc Vox and 16 Beaver Group are pleased to invite you to I Am Not Going Back!: an evening of films and dis­cus­sions. This event will take cin­ema as a spring­board to col­lec­tively rede­fine the mean­ings and tac­tics of strike in response to the inter­na­tional call for a Gen­eral Strike on May 1st, which in New York has also been named A Day With­out the 99%.

In 1885, the broth­ers Lumière’s 45 sec­ond scene enti­tled Work­ers Leav­ing the Lumière Fac­tory in Lyon marks the begin­ning of film his­tory. In 1995, film­maker Harun Farocki in Work­ers Leav­ing the Fac­tory metic­u­lously exam­ines this theme of work­ers leav­ing the space of pro­duc­tion. His case study spans fic­tion, doc­u­men­taries, news­reels, and indus­trial and pro­pa­ganda films. Farocki remarks that the fac­tory has become one of the most neglected film loca­tions since “most nar­ra­tive films take place in that part of life where work has been left behind.”

In our next film, we shift our focus to a blind spot within this mar­gin­al­ized genre, the moment in which work­ers return to the fac­tory. The moment after the strike is almost never included in strike nar­ra­tives. In this respect, Jacques Willemont’s La Reprise du Tra­vail aux Usines Won­der (Resump­tion of Work at The Won­der Fac­tory)—a doc­u­men­tary …

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Radivojević & Starosta at CUNY Conference

Friday, April 27, 2012
CUNY Grad Center, 365 Fitfth Avenue, NYC
1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

Our Community, Our Causes: Case Studies
Moderator: Dennis Chin, Communications Coordinator, Center of Social Inclusion

Elisabeth R OuYang, President, Organization of Chinese Americans – NY Chapter
Topic: Danny Chen – How OCA-NY Harnessed the Power of Community

Martyna Starosta & Iva Radivojević, Filmmakers
Topic: “Are You With Me?” – Documentary on Occupy Wall Street and Louis Reyes Rivera

See full conference program: here

The conference is organized by the Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI) of the City University of New York (CUNY). AAARI is a university-wide scholarly research and resource center that focuses on policies and issues that affect Asians and Asian Americans.


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The Art of The Interview at Trade School

Crash-course with Martyna Starosta
Saturday, April 7 from 4pm to 5.30pm
Trade School at Chuchifritos, 120 Essex Street, New York

Sign up: here

The interview is not a defined method, it’s an exciting way to create social relationships.

Do you interview strangers, family members, friends, experts, celebrities, role-models, enemies?

Do you interview them on the street? In their kitchens? In their workplaces? In a studio? In a park? In a car? In a dinner?

Do you ask questions to understand the decisions of a character? To investigate the complexities of a social conflict? To find evidence for a crime? To reveal the hypocrisy of those in power? To question your own position as a media-maker? To provide clarity? To create confusion? To raise new questions?

We will brainstorm different interview goals and collaborate on developing the most effective ways to face these challenges.

For people who make films, produce podcasts, practice journalism, facilitate discussions, conduct research, teach interactions. And for everybody who wants to contribute to this entertaining learning experience.

Suggested reading:
Can Witnesses Speak? – On the Philosophy of The Interview by Hito Steyerl

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Visiting Artist at the Filmmaking Class of NYU Gallatin

April 3, 2012
NYU Gallatin, Washington Place 1, NYC

Martyna Starosta gives feedback to the filmmaking students at NYU Gallatin. She is in the company of fellow filmmakers Alex Mallis, Jeremy Levine, Lily Henderson, Nick Weissman and Joylynn Holder. This visit is organized and facilitated by Keith Miller.


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Radivojević & Starosta at Occupy The Media

Iva Radivojević & Martyna Starosta participate in a panel
on the Role of Independent Media

Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective presents:
October 20th, 7:30pm
The Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn

In just under three weeks over 10,000 videos about Occupy Wall Street have been created and uploaded online. These videos – revealing police excess, marches, general assemblies and more formal documentaries covering the nature and processes of the movement – are helping to activate and proliferate the movement worldwide.
The Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective will host a discussion and screening looking at the practice and theory of covering a social movement through video. Four of the most viewed videos from Occupy Wall Street (with over 600,500 views to date) will be presented by the Brooklyn filmmakers who created them.

Guest moderator Martin Lucas, director of the Integrated Media Arts MFA program at Hunter College and a senior fellow at the Center for Health Media Policy, will lead a discussion on the role of video in social movements, the coverage of Occupy Wall Street, and the potential challenges of the overwhelming amount of media coming out of Occupy Wall Street today.

Nobody Can Predict The Moment Of Revolution by Iva Radivojevic & Martyna Starosta, 8 min
Right Here All Over by Alex Mallis, Lily Henderson & Ed David, 7 min
@OccupyTheHood, Occupy Wall Street by Adele Pham, 3 min
Consensus by Meerkat Media Collective, 8 min


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