Events

Screening: ReRooting the Motor City

Join Arts and Labor Alternative Economies and Paper Tiger Television for a screening of “Rerooting the Motor City: Notes on a City in Transformation”  followed by round table discussion.

“Rerooting the Motor City: Notes on a City in Transformation” (2013)
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
7:30pm-9:30pm
388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY

*this space is wheelchair accessible*

Screening followed by round table discussion with:

Matt Birkhold, Executive Director at The Brecht Forum, Co-founder at Growing Roots National Organizing Committee at James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership

Reg Flowers, Actor, Producer, Director, Playwright, Co-learning Facilitator, Grassroots

Amaka Okechukwu, Co-founder of Growing Roots, and Doctoral Candidate of Sociology at New York University


About “Rerooting the Motor City: Notes on a City in Transformation”

From food deserts, to the plans to “rightsize” the city, how are Detroiters responding to the localized failures of post-industrial global capitalism? How are they re-mediating the frontier mythologies perpetuated by the mainstream media that complement “creative class” policy promotion? With a critical lens on race and class dynamics, this documentary weaves together segments on Detroit’s labor history, the budding urban agriculture movement, a critical look at philanthro-capitalism and its relationship to redevelopment as well as media (mis)representations of a city in transformation.

Spring Open House

Meet new people to collaborate with on media projects. Re-connect with PTTV and the Tigers …or just come to celebrate the arrival of Spring, tiger-style!!

This event is free and open to the public

*The building is not wheelchair accessible, our apologies!*

Final Cut Pro editing workshop

Learn the basics in one afternoon!
Saturday, March 2 2013
12pm

Learn how to transfer footage from your camera to your computer, editing basics, transitions, importing images and music, basic titling, and outputting your video,

We are asking for a $10-20 sliding scale donation to help us fundraise for production expenses.

RSVP is mandatory. Please email emily@papertiger.org to reserve your place.

Location:
Paper Tiger TV’s Office
339 Lafayette St — 3rd Floor**
Buzzer #6

** Office is not wheelchair accessible, our apologies!

A screening for the Peace Pentagon Community

"Where Should the Birds Fly?”  by Fida Quishta
and
a short about the December 2012 delegation to Gaza
by Paper Tiger TV collective members 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
6pm
Paper Tiger TV – 3rd Floor
339 Lafayette St 

--FREE--


NYC screening of “Rerooting the Motor City: Notes on a City in Transformation”

Join us for our 2nd NYC screening of “Rerooting the Motor City: Notes on a City in Transformation”

Weaving together original footage, archival materials and recent interviews, Paper Tiger’s latest documentary explores the radical labor history, philosophy, and action going on behind mainstream Motor City headlines. Local activist and agricultural efforts are seen in tension with gentrifying forces, global restructuring, capitalism and corporate media. This video celebrates Detroit’s transformative creativity and self-determination while keeping an eye on the mechanisms of enclosure and erasure that people all over the world rise up against.

For updates: http://reroutingthemotorcity.tumblr.com/ and Facebook

$5 Suggested

Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center
172 Allen Street, New York, New York 10002
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People’s Land, Other Cities

596 Acres, Paper Tiger TV and Myrtle Village Green will host a double screening of EDIBLE CITY and REROOTING THE MOTOR CITY on Thursday, September 27 @ 636 Myrtle Avenue bt. (Kent and Franklin) These two documentaries dig deep into urban agricultural movements fueled by local communities in San Francisco and Detroit.

Filmmakers Andrew Hasse and the Paper Tiger video collective will join us for a discussion after the films.

Screening @ 7:30 p.m. REROOTING THE MOTOR CITY (Detroit)
Weaving together original footage, archival materials and recent interviews, Paper Tiger’s latest documentary explores the radical labor history, philosophy, and action going on behind mainstream Motor City headlines. Local activist and agricultural efforts are seen in tension with gentrifying forces, global restructuring, capitalism and corporate media. This video celebrates Detroit’s transformative creativity and self-determination while keeping an eye on the mechanisms of enclosure and erasure that people all over the world rise up against. See more at http://reroutingthemotorcity.tumblr.com/
Screening @ 9 p.m. EDIBLE CITY (San Fransisco)
Edible City is a feature-length documentary film that tells the stories of extraordinary people who are digging their hands into the dirt, working to transform their communities and doing something truly revolutionary: growing local Good Food Systems that are socially just, environmentally sound, and economically resilient. See more at http://ediblecitythemovie.com/
THIS EVENT IS FREE.

Paper Tiger meets Pappsatt Collective!

Come meet a radical Berlin-based video collective on Thursday, September 20!

8 p.m. @ Paper Tiger HQ, 339 Lafayette Street. Screening, ideas and discussion about urban movements and media making in NYC and Berlin.

PTTV @ Allied Media Conference 2012

Pass the Mic: Notes on Video Research

Paper Tiger TV, a NYC-based video collective, screens video featuring Detroit’s labor history, food sovereignty, and the media representation of a city in transformation. If we aim to break down hierarchies of knowledge production and visibility, how can a project be designed to foster greater solidarity between video researcher and researched? Through discussion and collaborative media making, we will critically explore the limits and possibilities of using video for movement building across race, class, diverse experiences, and distant geographies.

10:00am – 11:30am / Block 9 Hilberry B (Student Center) not for kids | #AMC2012 #PasstheMic

DIY Livestream Revolution!

This session will empower participants to create their own livestreams and explore the possibilities of this uniquely democratic form of media. Building on the experiences of livestreaming OWS, we will discuss new ways to harness the potential of the medium. We will go over basic tech skills, streaming options and together explore ways to create content for livestreaming that is thoughtful and creative. Just bring your own pc with webcam or unlimited data phone! Together we will become both creators and content, blurring the line between activism, art and journalism.

9:00am – 10:30am / Block 1 Room L (McGregor) for all ages | #AMC2012 #livestream

Paper Tiger TV Spring Open House

You are invited to Paper Tiger TV’s annual Spring Open House!
Meet new people to collaborate with on media projects– Re-connect with PTTV and the Tigers– or just come see what all the roar is about!!
Paper Tiger is a volunteer-run collective of independent video and media makers that YOU can join! We work to expose and challenge the corporate control of media, as well as increase awareness of how media can be used to affect social change.

Tuesday, April 17th
7:30pm-9:30pm
339 Lafayette St. @ Bleecker
3rd Floor- Buzzer #6
*This event is free and open to everyone*

PTTV Screening @ Hofstra University

Thursday, March 29th
7 to 9:30 pm
211 Breslin Hall, South Campus
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11550

Paper Tiger TV has been invited by Hofstra University’s School of Communication and the Department of Radio, Television, Film to be part of their  month-long film series “Documentary Perspectives: Moving Pictures, Moving People”. This film series honors the work of women documentarians and features award-winning female documentary filmmakers showcasing their groundbreaking films about popular democratic movements, from the fight against apartheid in South Africa to the quest for justice in Guatemala, to community organizers here in the United States.

PTTV will showcase  videos and documentaries about the role of women in various social movements of the past 30 years.

For more information about the entire series: http://www.hofstra.edu/Home/News/PressReleases/03012012_MarchFilmScreenings.html

Designing a New Rrradical Media

Friday and Saturday, February 10 & 11, 2012

The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center

55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor, New York City, Admission: Free

WHAT IS RADICAL MEDIA?

WHAT HAS IT BEEN IN THE PAST?

WHAT WILL IT BE IN THE FUTURE?

In partnership with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, the Paper Tiger Television video collective (PTTV) is hosting a two-day conference to create a grassroots media prototype for the digital environment.

On February 10th and 11th, students, journalists, artists, media scholars and the general public will gather  at The New School. Working in teams, participants will be challenged to find inventive ways to use digital platforms to compile information/ideas into an accessible format that builds on the ideals of non-hierarchical-participatory culture, critical analysis, activism and innovative aesthetics. We believe that combining new developments in design, video production, journalism, digital media platforms, media studies and traditional arts, opens up the potential for something truly revolutionary to emerge.

In 1981 PTTV pioneered a truly radical public access television show. It engaged in thoughtful, highly inventive media criticism by challenging both the form and content of broadcast television. In the beginning, PTTV focused on raising awareness amongst workers in the communication industries, of the economic, political and social power structures perpetuated through the mainstream media. The new media landscape is rife with opportunities for innovation and collaboration. Data journalism, crowd sourcing, live streaming, wireless technology and social media are a few of the new ways people can create media together. How can we build upon the ideals of the Paper Tiger collective that combine activism, critical analysis, grassroots journalism and participatory aesthetics through a collaborative process? The Occupy Wall Street movement has called out for the need to challenge the fundamental organization of our society. It is the ideal time to develop a new radical media that builds upon the ideals of non- hierarchical, consensus-based, truly democratic structures.

Selected design will be presented at MoMA, as a special presentation during the annual Documentary Fortnight 2012: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media.

DAY ONE

Radical Media Then and Now: Keynote Address, Panel Discussion and Screening

Friday, February 10, 2012, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

DAY TWO

Tigers Tomorrow: The Future of Media Activism, Media Intensive and Design Challenge

Saturday, February 11, 2012, (National Inventors’ Day) 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

MoMA Presentation of Awards and Radical Media Prototype

Friday, February 24, 2012 8:00-10:00 p.m.

30 Years of Creative Media Activism

In 1981, PTTV began it’s smart, savvy provocative and innovative use of media that was truly radical in that it directly confronted the root causes of the problems with profit-driven, mainstream media. Today we have a completely new media landscape, ripe with opportunities for innovation and collaboration. What lessons can we learn from the Paper Tiger’s pioneering television show that combined activism, critical analysis, grassroots journalism and participatory aesthetics through a collective process?

Beginning on December 9th with an exhibition of Paper Tiger at the Fales NYU library gallery PTTV will begin 4 months of events to celebrate its 30th years. On February 10th and 11th, students, journalists, media scholars and the general public will congregate at The New School. We will explore how PTTV challenges corporate media’s role in maintaining the power structures of our social, political and economic systems, the effects of which we’re now seeing on Wall Street and Main Street. This will become the springboard for creating a design prototype for a new radical media. Working in teams, participants will be challenged to find inventive ways to use digital platforms to compile information/ideas into an accessible format that builds on the ideals of non-hierarchical-participatory culture, critical analysis, activism and innovative aesthetics. We believe that combining the skills and knowledge of students in design, video production, journalism, digital media programming, social networking, media studies and traditional arts around these fundamental themes opens up the potential for something truly revolutionary to develop.

Screenings at MoMA and Maysles Cinema are also being planned along with workshops and panels in conjunction with the exhibition.

Congress of Collectives Crash Course on Collective Process

Thursday 6 October 2011 – 7-11pm
UnionDocs
322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

We will screen a series of works that make the collective explicit—either visually, through showing the collective in action; or conceptually, through content or style. These videos will be the foundation for conversations about the how, why, what, and what not of collective creation. These videos will be the foundation for conversations before and after each screening, about the how, why, what, and what not of collective creation.


PART 1: Documenting the Collective/Collective Documentation

In this multimedia talk, Dara Greenwald will discuss and show clips from several creative collective actions. These documents and actions came out of collective practices of creation both behind and in front of the camera. Dara will present projects she has been involved in creating and documenting, as well as historic projects that she has been researching. These historic examples have been under-explored in the histories of activist and documentary media and will contribute important examples to the contemporary explorations of the Congress of Collectives. Dara will be joined for Q & A by collaborators from collective actions, including Blithe Riley, Natalie Chap, and Josh MacPhee.

PART 2: Collective Process

Members of Voina, a Russian collective known for their radical performance art, will be screening and discussing the process of creating some of their most controversial works, along with  members of Paper Tiger Television, Red Channels and Union Docs.

—Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir –Eric Whitacre 2009, 5:50 minutes- (excerpt)

—Angry Sandwich people or in a Praise of Dialectic  – Chto Delat, 2006, 8 minutes

—Detroit: Post Industrial Global Capitalism – Paper Tiger TV, 2011, 11 minutes

—Garbage – Newsreel 1968, 10 minutes

—From Wall Street to Wall Street to Wall Street– Red Channels 2011, 4 minutes, 38 seconds (with Glass Bead Collective)

—Humiliation of cop in his house” Voina 2010, 12:26 minutes

—F*ck for the heir – Medved`s little Bear!” Voina 2008, 0:52 seconds

—Banning of clubs”. Voina 2008, 9:58 minutes

Curated by NYC based collectives  Red Channels, Paper Tiger Television, and Union Docs. Members of these three local collectives will also be on hand to discuss their collective process.

The crash course is part of the “Congress of the Collectives”, a series of events and projects convened by Flux Factory, and happening throughout October in New York City.

Thursday 6 October 2011 – 7-11pm
UnionDocs
322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Paper Tiger Television is a media collective. We look at the communications industry via the media in all its forms.The power of mass culture rests on the trust of the public. This legitimacy is a paper tiger. Investigation into the corporate structures of the media and critical analysis of their content is one way to demystify the information industry. Developing a critical consciousness about the information industry is a necessary first step towards democratic control of information resources.

Paper Tiger (PTTV) combines media art and activism to create an alternative spin on traditional media formats. An open, non-hierarchical, consensus-based media collective, Paper Tiger has been creating ultra low budget, funky, radical videos since 1981. A pioneer in the early days of public access TV, paper tiger was a direct reaction to traditional, corporate, mainstream media. PTTV continues to explore new ways to use media to engage in critical dialog around media democracy through form, content and process.

Red Channels is a radical collective based in New York City. The collective is open for those interested in collaboration and new proposals.

In New York we do not operate a physical space. We gather when we can, and when we wish, to organize events and and produce things. Just as there is no space, there is no fixed mission statement, membership, hierarchy, financial or legal status. We informally institutionalize around affinities and desires.

Red Channels has revolved around cinema and discussion. Now we also curate, perform, publish, read, write, and take direct action. We look at previous attempts of dissent and opposition to stimulate our imaginations for collective transformation. We work to defy the categories of art and politics, activism and media, in search of a new communist culture.

The goal is not to franchise, or to charter new branches, but to engage with our collective struggles in different contexts.

Flux Factory began in 1994, in an old spice factory in Williamsburg, New York City. It was founded as an informal artist collective to create an alternative platform to the commercial gallery scene. About four years later, with a new stage built and twice as many members, the Flux Factory living room evolved into a site for art events and performances of all kinds. Flux is unique in both greater New York City and around the world because of our ability to help artists who struggle to make their artwork in increasingly difficult economic circumstances. On an annual basis we provide studios for upwards of 30 artists, exhibition opportunities for over 150 artists, and we bring their work to an ever-expanding audience of viewers. In addition, each year we host over 50 events including open studios, monthly salons, workshops, show-and-tell sessions, lectures, film-screenings, and receptions.

UnionDocs is a nonprofit documentary arts space located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We do about 100 weekend events a year, typically on Saturday and Sunday evenings, in our intimate microcinema-gallery space. We host a variety of documentary films both current and historic, as well as events across disciplines including talks on long form journalism, NYC street photography, interactive nonfiction, etc. We have recently done events with artists like Nan Goldin, Laurel Nakadate, Jonathan Caouette and Caveh Zahedi.