From The Desk Of MTN Executive Director Michael Fallon
The festivities have long ended, the lights and cameras have long been struck—but you can still enjoy the fun and frolick of MTN's fabulous 30th Anniversary Party. Held this past November to mark MTN's 30 years of service to Minneapolis, the Party survives as a one-hour special currently running on MTN's Channel 17 and at MTN's Youtube Channel Relive the spectacle and the fun, and be sure to support MTN, your community media center!
Every Saturday from February 1st- April 19th, MTN will host the Q.M.P.- Queer Media Project. The QMP is a 12 week, crash course in video production for LBGTQ and ally youth. Participants will work together to create their own media pieces over the duration of the course, with guidance and training from MTN Staff. The Instructor for the QMP is Chris Durant, longtime member of MTN and the Founder and Director of the Out Twin Cities Film Festival. MTN is excited to connect Chris, and the experience he's gained through his long-standing work in community arts initiatives, with Minneapolis youth. The QMP is an entirely free experience for youth participants, and as with all media produced at MTN, their media projects will air on MTN channels. Keep an eye on the QMP Facebook page, and MTNYouth on Facebook and YouTube, for sneak peeks at QMP projects.
photo credit: Chris speaking for the Out Twin Cities Film Festival
MTNYouth at Green Central Elementary
MTN's Youth Programs Coordinator has begun teaching a 12-week video production class to 5-8th graders at Green Central Elementary Community Education after-school program. Youth will create short bios, fiction, stop-motion animation, and interviews to share their experiences with the Public Access Community.
photo credit: Juan, an 8th grader at Green Central
Somali Youth Media Screening
The Somali Youth Media Screening on January 25th at the Pilsbury Theater was a big success. Thanks to the staff of the MIA, the students, their teachers, and all attendants who made this screening possible for MTN Youth. The MIA will have pictures posted online soon. For now, you can see the Somali Youth Short Films on MTNYouth's YouTube page!
Special Thanks to The Best Buy Foundation for their recent grant towards MTN's ongoing efforts to create a Mobile Production Lab. With support from the MTN Community and funders liked Best Buy, MTN has reached our initial fundraising goal! To all who donated to our campaign, a heartfelt THANK YOU! MTN will soon be able to bring all the equipment needed to film, edit, and watch media to schools, community centers, and events across Minneapolis. To learn more about the Mobile Production Lab, please visit mtn.org/youth/support-youth
MTN Profile: Brandon Ferdig
An MTN member since 2008, Brandon Ferdig initially made prolific & frequent use of MTN’s Studio C – virtually meeting people on camera he met on the streets of Minneapolis for in- depth interviews on 23 episodes of a program, he first called “The Minneapolitan”, then changed it to “Deeper Inquiry”. In 2010 he traveled to China and settled in as an English teacher in a large southern city by the name of Zhuhai, meaning “pearl of the sea”. He returned after a year and began compiling his video into another program for MTN. In the process he developed an E-Book – which features his writing on his year in China. The program, “Life Learned Abroad” has been submitted and is running on MTN’s channel 17. You can catch some of it in the near future at these times:
Upcoming showings of “Life Learned Abroad” scheduled this week:
Ch.17 - Friday February 14, 2014 at 6:00pm
Ch.17 - Tuesday February 18, 2014 at 8:00pm
Ch.17 - Saturday February 22, 2014 at 9:00pm
Brandon hosted a couple of book signing events before leaving MN.’s coldest winter in 3 decades and has now gone abroad on another travel excursion. His next assignment is teaching in Tanzania, East Africa. You can follow his experiences & activities through his blog. You can see and preview an E version of his book at this location!
Below is an excerpt of his biography and reasons to explore the site for more detailed experiences of his “Life Learned Abroad…”
He discovered his true passion not in a research lab, however, but out in the field, and after graduating, switched focus to journalism, reporting, and media. Then, in his mid-twenties, Ferdig fell in love with travel--specifically, how it opened his heart to engage with new people and opened his mind to reveal new insights about humanity. He visited several domestic and international destinations, but not content with the knowledge and wisdom attained from just travel, he decided to move abroad. Ferdig lived in China for eleven months working and traveling. Life Learned Abroad: Lessons on Humanity from China is the culmination of the experiences and insights over his time there. Ferdig's writings on technology and law, human behavior, social commentary, and his human interest stories have been featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and Minnesota Public Radio (MPR.org).
Life Learned Abroad: Lessons on Humanity from China is about how placing yourself in a new environment allows you to refresh your ideas about life’s fundamental issues. By way of his placement in China, and inspired by his experiences there, Brandon Ferdig shares the insights he gained on issues such as education, poverty and wealth, freedom, sex and relationships, and many more.
In August 2010, Brandon Ferdig went to live in China. What is it really like in China? Through photographs and word, this book shows us—and that’s just the start.
More than just observing, Ferdig participated in life there and found himself on stage, in homes sharing meals, up a mountain practicing martial arts, touring a factory, photographing a protest, going on a date…
Then came the insight—about China, about his own country: the United States, about himself, and about humanity.
About DVD submission requirements:
Use the DVD - R format. (not +R or RW)
Contain only the program.
NOT contain multiple chapters or menus
NOT contain black before/after the show
NOT contain color bars
NOT have a sticker on the DVD
Must have a proper case
MTN Orientations are the first step to becoming familiar with all the equipment you will have at your fingertips, classes to become certified to use this gear, and rules for submitting programs on MTN's public access channels.
If you can not make one of our regular orientations that are listed below, please contact Doug Cain using our staff contact form.
Name: CONNECT Program subject areas: Community affairs/events, government & politics, local issues, public conversations, news & information
Name: CREATE Program subject areas: Arts & leisure, lifestyle topics (including sports, documentaries & slice-of-life, humor &
comedy, food & cooking, families and parenthood, etc.), youth & education
Name: INSPIRE Program subject areas: Spiritual & religious programming, questions of philosophy & existence