Thursday, 23 May 2013

Session One: June 17 - 21 (Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 3:30pm)
Wonder Woman, Hercules, Rosa Parks, Beyonce, Jackie Robinson? Who are your heroes/heroines? What makes a hero? Who decides on who qualifies? These are some of the questions we will be asking ourselves as we watch films and documentaries and visit museums and exhibitions. From Superheroes, to characters from mythology, from MTV to the NBA, we will interrogate the concept, and refine our thinking with visits to the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of the City of New York. Not forgetting time for the sprinklers and the parks!

Session Two: June 24 - 26 (Monday-Wednesday, 9:00am- 3:30pm)
What is lost and what is gained when you move from place to place?  What causes someone to travel afar? From rural to urban movements in China, to seasonal animal migration patterns, we will watch lyrical films tracing the journeys of different migrations.  In this 3-day camp, we will have plenty of time to think critically and have time to explore the great outdoors!

Session Three: June 27 - July 3 (Thursday- Wednesday, 9:00am - 3:30pm)
Wild Animals
What is the nature of the relationship between man and wild animals? What do we know about their lives, and what does it teach us about ourselves. By comparing films with different approaches to these questions, and by taking field trips to the Bronx Zoo, the Cloisters Museum, Central Park and the American Museum of Natural History, we will debate this important issue. Of course, we will find time for some sprinkler action along the way!

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June 24 - 28 (Monday - Friday) & July 1 - 2 (Monday - Tuesday)

The Junior Filmmakers 7-Day Documentary Intensive gives students, ages 10 to 13, fun and engaging opportunities to learn about documentary films and work in teams to make a short documentary. Under the guidance of film professionals, students learn the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking including an approach that emphasizes direct observation and personal experience, working with HD cameras, Final Cut Pro editing software, and an introduction to integrating Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator into their final films.

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July 8 - August 16 (Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 4:00pm)

The Teen Producers Academy at the Maysles Institute was first launched in 2006 with the intention of bringing children in the Harlem community access to the tools and confidence they need to become creative participants in digital media rather than passive consumers of it. Youth are taught filmmaking techniques using a simple approach that emphasizes direct observation and personal experience. Additionally, we hope to provide participants with a fresh perspective through the camera lens on the beauty and importance of their own lives. True to the philosophy of Maysles Films, our instructors are committed to filming with a faith in reality and commitment to truth. We take new students every summer for an immersive program, and select students to continue their work through the fall and spring in our after school program.

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This comprehensive beginners workshop introduces filmmakers new to non-linear editing to the Final Cut Pro editing software.  Students are introduced to the basic layout and settings of the software, creating user settings, basic editing tools, introduction to three-three point editing, basic transitions, creating tittles, media management essentials, capturing footage and importing files from multiple formats, and basic exporting of footage.
An advanced beginners workshop focuses on users new to Final Cut Pro. Students learn more advanced editing tools which include trimming, select track forward/back, slip,  creating and managing key frames, creating stills from video frames, exporting to various formats including web streaming, DVDs, media managing a completed project, introduction to color correction and advance special effects, and control tab settings. 

This immersive intermediate workshop takes the Final Cut Pro beginner to a new level by introducing more sophisticated editing tools and techniques, focusing on more advanced special effects, creating manual fades for both video and audio, applying sound filters, media management for online of projects, and color correction. 

This advanced intermediate editing workshop sets you on the path to mastering Final Cut Pro by exploring editing techniques such as multi-cam editing, synchronizing footage, converting media to conform to a specific codecs, exporting to Compressor, Authoring DVDs, and creating DVD menus.  Students also learn how to set the pace for a scene, advance titling tools, and creating voice overs within Final Cut Pro. 

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Goma: South African Peacekeepers Chase Away Refugees From DRC Base

South African Troops In DRC
Dozens of crying children and women have been locked out of a UN base manned by South African peacekeepers outside Goma in eastern Congo, despite a barrage of shooting and bombing close by.
Since Monday, DR Congo Government forces have been using helicopter gunships to bomb bases of M23 rebels around Mutaho – some 17Km from Goma. Other areas have been engulfed as well, as fighting escalates. In the midst of the latest conflict, Congolese villagers have been running to all directions seeking shelter and protection.
On Monday, a reporter of German newspaper TAZ, found dozens of displaced women with children and some men outside a MONUSCO base at Munigi, about 4km from the frontline. The base houses hundreds of South African peacekeepers with tanks and all sorts of weaponry.
When the reporter knocked on the large gate, a South African soldier opened only a small peephole at the front gate. "Why are all these people outside here and they are shivering", asked the journalist. In response, the South African soldier said: "We do not want these people here".
The situation was confusing. Then the peephole closes. The people were left helpless before meter-high sand bags that offer protection when you stand behind them.
Moments later, a staff member of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) arrived in a white SUV. He also told people holed up at the gate that they should go.
"Where are we going?", a man shouts back at the IOM official. "We have been wandering throughout the area."
As of today Wednesday, it not clear what happened to the people who were chased away.
South Africa has hundreds of troops serving on the 22,000 strong force, with most of the located in eastern Congo. Meanwhile, South Africa will also provide most of the 4,000 soldiers to form part of the so call "intervention brigade" to tackle armed groups, according to UN resolutions. Others will come from Tanzania and Malawi – and the Tanzanians have already begun arriving in Goma.
The timing is perfect with the latest fighting and refusal of peacekeepers to provide protection to displaced. On Thursday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim are expected in Goma.