Monday Night – 04.10.06 –Martin Lucas-EVC-Gulf Crisis TV Project–All That I can Be

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Monday Night – 04.10.06 –Martin Lucas-EVC-Gulf Crisis TV Project–All That I can Be
1. About Monday Night
2. About Martin Lucas
3. About Educational Video Center
4. About Gulf Crisis TV Project
5. About All That I can Be
6. Links for both videos
1. About Monday Night
What: Screening /Discussion with Martin Lucas
Where: 16 Beaver Street, 4th floor (directions below)
When: Monday Night 04.10.2006 @ 7:30 Pm
Who: Open and Free To All
We will have a screening of the Gulf Crisis TV Project, a collaborative video produced by Paper Tiger TV and Deep Dish TV during the first Gulf War, as well as ‘All That I Can Be’, a video about military recruiting in high schools—made by high school students. Martin Lucas will be present for a discussion following the screenings, as well as one of the filmmaking team from the Educational Video Center.
Hope you can make it.
2. About Martin Lucas
Martin Lucas is an actively engaged artist with a critical perspective and a documentary bent who works in an art world context as well as in alternative and broadcast media. Projects include Subway Outside, an free-ranging look at how New Yorkers find culture made in collaboration with Dutch conceptual artist Jeanne van Heeswijk and involving installation, broadcast, periodical publications and a series of discussions around art and public culture.
Martin has taught film and video production as well as new media at Fordham University, Brooklyn College, CUNY and The Educational Video Center. He currently teaches in the Film and Media Studies Department at Hunter College, City University of New York, courses include collective documentary production and electronic news gathering.
(from http://distributedcreativity.typepad.com/educonversations/2005/05/martin_lucas.html)
3. About Educational Video Center
The Educational Video Center (EVC) is a non-profit youth media organization dedicated
to teaching documentary video as a tool for social change and as a means to develop
the artistic, critical literacy and career skills of young people. Founded in 1984, EVC is a
nationally acclaimed leader in the fields of youth media and education.
Documentary Workshop, a credit bearing afternoon video workshop for 60
public high school students from underserved and diverse communities across all
five boroughs of New York City; YO-TV (Youth Organizers Television) a ten-month,
paid internship program for graduates of EVC’s Documentary Workshop who build
college preparation and media career skills as they produce a documentary for a client;
Teacher Development, a program offering workshops in video, multimedia and
EVC’s teaching methodology for K-12 teachers and after-school program instructors;
and Community Engagement, a program designed to maximize the impact of
EVC’s library of more than 100 documentaries through screening partnerships with
national school, library, and community networks.
4. About the Gulf Crisis TV Project
We will be showing a one-hour selection’ from the first four shows of the GCTVP,
focusing on popular resistance, media criticism and counter-recruitment. These shows incorporate the work of over two hundred individuals and groups from around the world.
The Gulf Crisis TV Project in collaboration with Paper Tiger Television and Deep Dish TV:
War, Oil and Power: Martin Lucas
Operation Dissidence: Chris Hoover and Simine Farkhondeh
Out of the Sand Trap: DeeDee Halleck and Ilona Merber
Bring the Troops Home!: Cathy Scott and Jen Lion
Description of GCTV by Isabelle Graw on Paper Tiger Television’s website:
As the US geared up for war in the Fall of 1990, a group of Paper Tigers organized the Gulf Crisis TV Project, a TV teach-in focusing on peaceful alternatives to the military agenda of war in the Persian Gulf. Working with Deep Dish TV and its nationwide network of public access stations and producers, GCTV brought the alternative media movement together with anti-war activists to provide a response to the massive media management accompanying America’s military build-up in the Gulf.
In four half-hour programs, images of demonstrations around the country were combined with analyses of issues, including energy and foreign policy in “War, Oil & Power,” and a look at how the war was being sold in the US media in “Operation Dissidence.”
Aggressive outreach and networking with peace groups led hundreds of access stations and dozens of PBS channels to show the series on a repeated basis in the days immediately before the war. Tapes were also shown in Australia, Britain, Canada, and Japan. The initial success of the series prompted six more shows by GCTV, including “Manufacturing the Enemy,” which explored the tide of anti-Arab racism raised by the Gulf conflict, and “The War at Home,” which looked at the impact of the war on black, hispanic and other communities in the US.
5. About ‘All That I can Be’
22 minutes, Youth Organizers Television (NYC high school students; produced at the Educational Video Center)
Description of ‘All That I Can Be’ on the Media Matters Film Festival website
All That I Can Be was produced and edited at the Educational Video Center (EVC) in midtown Manhattan over the course of the 2004-2005 school year. Students met four days a week for four hours a day, sometimes staying late and coming in on the weekends during their most intense stages of production. The crew consisted of six students (all in high school with the exception of Krista who was attending her first semester at Queensborough Community College) and their instructor, Rodney Mitchell. All the interviews in All That I Can Be were shot in New York City with the exception of a shoot in Pennsylvania and one at Fort Dix in New Jersey where Youth Organizers Television (YO-TV) students were granted the rare opportunity to bring cameras inside the base.
All That I Can Be comes from a personal perspective. The producers themselves experienced military recruiter visits and phone calls. They also had friends — some of whom were classmates from the Educational Video Center — signing up to join the military. They came from the same neighborhoods and shared dreams of pursuing film and video as a career. Co-producer Antonio Abreu wrote: “William, one of the main characters in All That I Can Be, and I both used to live in the same neighborhood. I could easily fall into that category of ‘person who can’t make it financially.’ There are more advertisements for chain store jobs than there are for photography groups and poetry slams. People I know are joining the military because they need money for college and they don’t want to work at McDonald’s like they did in high school.”
After basic training, William Solomon was stationed at a military base in Alaska. In January 2005, his unit was deployed to Iraq. EVC called the mother of William’s best friend in New York City later that month to find out news about him. As of May 2005, we have confirmed that William is in Iraq, but his friend’s mother has not heard from him and has no way to reach him.
6. Links
Gulf Crisis TV Project:
History of the Gulf Crisis TV Project (on Paper Tiger Television’s website):
Interview with Simone Farkhondeh by Isabelle Graw:
”Operation Camcorder Storm” by Ellen Spiro in Felix:
All That I Can Be:
Educational Video Center:


Youth Organizers TV:
Media Matters Film Festival