On April 26th hundreds of filmmakers, non-profit organizations, and inspired citizens will document stories and investigate 10 questions for the future of the Twin Cities as part of a city-wide, participatory media-creation event. The resulting media will be showcased in an interactive geo-tagged archive and a TV series on the future of the American city. The Daily Planet will also showcase some of the most powerful and inspiring videos created during this one-day filmmaking event.
The Twin Cities Daily Planet is proud to be a partner in this project and we want to invite all our readers to participate by creating and submitting your own videos on April 26. We’re offering a free two-hour workshop led by Eleonore Wesserle, facilitation director at Line Break Media, that is guaranteed to provide you with the skills you need to shoot your videos with a camcorder or smartphone. The workshop takes place on Tuesday, April 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Common Table, 2001 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis. Although the workshop is free, space is limited, so pre-registration is required.
You are also invited to a meetup at the Crooked Pint Ale House on Monday, April 21st, from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m., featuring a brief talk (around 6:00) by project advisor Don Shelby on the importance of capturing meaningful footage on April 26th, a A chance for filmmakers to meet people from non-profit organizations and vice versa, free snacks! and happy hour drink prices, and lots more.
Scroll down to read our staff reports, and a list of upcoming classes.
And please remember: your support of the Twin Cities Media Alliance makes all of this work possible. To donate, visit our secure online donation page, or send a check to TCMA, 2600 E. Franklin #2, Minneapolis MN 55406.
Jeremy Iggers, executive director
If you haven’t checked out our classes lately, you really should. Chaun Webster, director of Free Poet’s Press, is offering Third Space Imaginary, a workshop on zines and other potentially transformational media, at Moon Palace Books on Saturday, April 19. As a partner in One Day in the Twin Cities, we’ll be presenting a special free workshop, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, to instruct inspired residents and nonprofit organizations on how to use smartphones and camcorders to document stories and investigate questions. Check the Daily Planet for updates and details. Looking ahead to May, Cirien Saadeh will kick off the month with High-tech, Low-tech for Justice Workers (May 1). Also returning: GUANTE/Kyle Tran Myhre, the Minneapolis-based hip hop artist, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, and social justice activist, with Writing a Stronger Bio (May 6) and Taking Advantage of the Power of Social Media (May 20.)
Community engagement editor Caitlin Burgess reports:
Hello to all! I’m Caitlin Burgess, the new Community Engagement Editor for the Twin Cities Daily Planet. I kicked off my journalism career as a citizen journalist with TCDP in 2010 and I’m very excited to be back after spending just over three years as the managing editor of Richfield Patch (and briefly, Southwest Minneapolis Patch). As part of my role here, I’ll be working with the team to deepen our connections in the communities we serve, make new contacts and encourage more conversations. Like Mary, I also encourage you to subscribe to one or more of our newsletters. I can be reached at caitlinburgess@tcdailyplanet.