Activist Filmmaker Bootcamp - Season 11
Workers Unite Film Festival
Sat, October 15, 2022, 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
at SUNY Empire State College
Harry Van Arsdale Jr. School of Labor Studies
Have you been an activist in your union, community, or school? Been dying to get your ideas about a movement effort out to others on YouTube, Vimeo, or another platform? The Activist Filmmaker Bootcamp can help move you from complete inexperience and fear of filming to making your first short documentary or narrative film. The most exciting part of each Bootcamp is the mentoring provided by emerging activist filmmakers to new attendees. This year we are so lucky to have the following filmmakers present:

  • JT Takagi - Executive Director, Third World Newsreel
  • Justin M. Thomas (Sophia Dawson: Purpose, Truth Through A Lens), founder of the Black Independent Filmmaker App - Virtual/Pre-recorded
  • Melissa Cox (La Lucha Sigue, L'eau Est La Vie: From Standing Rock to the Swamp)
  • Zoe Beloff + Eric Muzzy (@WORK/The Song of the Essential Worker)

Lunch and refreshments provided. You may also stay as our guest for the next screening event (Program 24) in the same location, 6:00-7:15pm, of essential worker shorts. Free walk-in attendance for TWN Workshop Students!
Daresha Kyi and the Making of the MAMA BEARS Documentary
Tue, Oct 18, 2022 6:30 PM EST
In-Person Event at The Documentary Forum at CCNY
Shepard Hall, Room 291
With the NYC Premiere of MAMA BEARS this October 21st at NewFest, we are lucky to have the filmmaker Daresha Kyi join us to show clips and talk about the making of this film, and her journey to directing and producing.

Spread across the country but connected through private Facebook groups, over 30,000 mothers in America—many from conservative, Christian backgrounds—fully accept their LGBTQ+ children. MAMA BEARS is an intimate, thought-provoking exploration of the journeys taken by Sara Cunningham and Kimberly Shappley, two “mama bears” —whose profound love for their LGBTQ children has turned them into fierce advocates for the entire queer community — and Tammi Terrell Morris, a young African American lesbian whose struggle for self-acceptance perfectly exemplifies why the mama bears are so vitally important.

This event is sponsored by Third World Newsreel and the Documentary Forum at CCNY and cosponsored by the LGBTQ+ Student Center at City College.

This event is on the City College of New York campus and attendees must registered with Cleared4 in order to enter the campus buildings. Visit to provide vaccination data or a recent negative PCR test. Once registered, you will receive an email that contains your link to access campus. Sorry for the inconvenience, but they're trying to keep all safe.
Augmented Reality Virtual “hands-on” Workshop With Betty Yu
Wed, Oct 19, 2022, 6:30 PM EDT
Free Evening Seminar with Limited Capacity
Join us in a virtual Augmented Reality (AR) workshop - and learn how you can, in a low budget way, create an Augmented Reality experience using your phone and laptop.

This workshop will be led by Betty Yu, a socially engaged multimedia artist, photographer, filmmaker, educator, and activist, who integrates documentary film, new media platforms, and community-infused approaches into her artistic practice.

This free workshop will be limited to 12-15 participants, as you will be actively participating and showing work to each other. Priority will be given to BIPOC emerging artists and community members. Please RSVP here and we will follow up.

Note: you will need access to a smart phone AND either a laptop or desktop computer, and you will have to be able to download a FREE AR app onto your cellphone or tablet beforehand.
Byron Hurt on the Making of the Film HAZING
Wed, Oct 26, 2022, 7:00 PM EDT
Free Virtual Evening Seminar
Hazing is a widespread, far-reaching practice fueled by tradition, secrecy, groupthink, power, and the desire to belong in fraternities and sororities on college campuses across the U.S.

Filmmaker Byron Hurt embarked on a deeply personal journey to understand the underground rituals of hazing, revealing the abusive lengths college students and others will go to fit in. The film explores acts of hazing as a practice that occurs in many membership organizations including fraternities and sororities across the United States, some of which have anti-hazing policies.

Watch the film on, and then join the Zoom conversation as Byron talks about the film and his journey to becoming a filmmaker. He will be in conversation with filmmaker Cyrille Phipps.
Sunday, October 23, 4:30 PM PT
In-Person Screening at BAMPFA
Part of Undoing Time: Cinema and Histories of Incarceration
Curated by Kate MacKay
Please check out our Vimeo Channel for recordings of our previous seminars.
Voices of the Gods
Another Brother
Black Nations/Queer Nations?
In a Perfect World...

Deadline: October 21, 2022

Deadline: November 1, 2022 at 5:00 PM EDT

Deadline: January 15, 2023

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TWN is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the New York State Legislature, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, Color Congress, MOSAIC, the National Film Preservation Foundation, New York Humanities, Ford Foundation and the Peace Development Fund, as well as individual donors.

The TWN Workshop will receive support from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) in 2022-2023.