4/28/22: Virtual Talks with Video Activists: “DeeDee Halleck: A Visionary” by Irene Sosa

A virtual screening and discussion with documentarian Irene Sosa on her interactive documentary, "DeeDee Halleck: A Visionary," by Irene Sosa.

Thursday, April 28

4pm Pacific / 6pm Central / 7pm Pacific

Free virtual screening/discussion with director Irene Sosa, moderated by film scholar Angela Aguayo

Watch a full replay of the April 28th event.

On Thursday, April 28th, at 6 pm Central Time, Media Burn Archive will host Irene Sosa for a virtual screening and discussion of a 30 minute work-in-progress segment of her interactive documentary, “DeeDee Halleck: A Visionary,” by Irene Sosa. It is about Halleck’s work as an artist, teacher and media activist that spans more than 6 decades. At 81, she was recently added to the board of WBAI in New York. She is co-founder of Paper Tiger Television (1981) and the Deep Dish Satellite Network (1986), the first grass roots community television network. Her contribution has influenced alternative media not only in the U.S., but in many other countries. She has been in the front lines of the movement to make video and other media accessible to those without a voice, those who have no power from the streets of Managua, New York City or Delhi to the US Supreme Court.

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The event will be moderated by Angela J. Aguayo, Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Irene Sosa is a documentary maker from Caracas, Venezuela living and working in USA since 1983, she is a professor in the Department of Television, Radio and Emerging Media and Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Department at Brooklyn College and was a Fulbright Scholar in 2005. In 2019 her work was highlighted in the retrospective of Nancy Spero Paper Mirror in the Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City and in MOMA PS1. She completed Vertical Slum in 2016, a project that takes up issues of architecture and culture, and how buildings reflect the ever-changing social reality. In 2004 she was commissioned by the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea in Galicia, Spain to make an anthology of her work on artist Nancy Spero as part of a retrospective of the artist. Two of these documentaries are included in the DVD Spero/Golub produced by Kartemquin Films. In 1999 she made Sexual Exiles a documentary about immigrant gays and lesbians here countries and how they deal with the sense of loss have for their homeland. www.irenesosa.org

Moderator Angela J. Aguayo is Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Cinema Studies and Dean’s Fellow in the College of Media at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is the founding Director of the Illinois Community Media Project, establishing efforts to create media production opportunities for underserved communities across the state. As a scholar-media artist specializing in participatory and engaged cinema, her most recent book, Documentary Resistance: Social Change and Participatory Media (Oxford University Press, 2019) investigates the political impact and democratic possibilities of engaged production practice. Aguayo is an award winning writer, director and producer of documentary shorts utilized in community engagement campaigns, screening at festivals and museums around the world.

Irene (L) and DeeDee (R) working hard on this work in progress.

DeeDee Halleck is a media activist who began making films in the 1960s. She made Children Make Movies in 1961 and several portrait films. In 1971 she cut negative for Winter Soldier, an important anti-war film. She founded a film workshop at Henry Street Settlement and then at an NYS youth correctional facility. In 1978 she was president of the Association for Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF) initiating a campaign to “make public television public”. This work ultimately led to ITVS and grants for production funds for independents, the POV series on public TV, and other independent series. Halleck founded Paper Tiger Television in 1981, which operated as a collective for almost four decades. In 1986 Paper Tiger rented a commercial satellite to distribute to public access stations around the country called The Deep Dish Network. Halleck was “outreach producer” for THE 90’s TV series, working with Media Burn’s founder, Tom Weinberg, and others programming for a maverick network of over 100 public television stations. Halleck’s films and videos have been shown in museums and festivals and her book Hand Held Visions has been used in many media classes. Before the iPhone and ever since Children Make Moviesshe has taught literally thousands of people to make their own images and tell their own stories—as a Professor at UCSD, at elementary schools, senior centers, and in girls’ media tech workshops in Harlem.

This event is free to attend. Media Burn is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and we depend on donations to continue our work. Please consider making a donation along with your ticket signup, or at https://mediaburn.org/donate/ , or by texting MEDIABURN to 44321.



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