Independent Media Week Schedule

roguevalleyimwThis year’s Independent Media Week will run April 26 through May 2nd.  Independent Media Week  showcases independent media producers, students, local activists and community groups organized around the theme “A well-informed citizenry is a cornerstone of democracy”.

Among the highlights, Austin Powell (Managing Editor of the Daily Dot) and Deb Van Poolen (artist and activist) will address the topic of Local Roots, Global Reach in their keynote presentations on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 7pm. They will speak in the Rogue River Room at SOU’s Stevenson Union.

Indy Media Week is also held in conjunction with the Emerging Media Convention, a two-day workshop series and showcase of creative work by students and for students at SOU.

Keep up with Indy Media Week activities on Facebook and Twitter, check out the full agenda of Indy Media Week events below, and look forward to promoting a vibrant and healthy media ecosystem in the Rogue Valley and beyond.

Independent Media Week  – Schedule of Events

Sunday, April 26

  • Breakfast at KSKQ: 9 am – 11 am, 330 East Hersey St., Ashland Oregon. Start off your Independent Media Week in style with breakfast at KSKQ. The KSKQ breakfast/open house is a wonderful opportunity to meet the programmers and staff, see the station, and enjoy a delicious waffle.  Enjoy a light breakfast and coffee served right at the station by the talented KSKQ radio producers.
  • Media Circus: 12 pm – 4 pm, Ashland Plaza. Find out all about our Independent Media Week activities at the Media Circus. Performers and clowns will entertain while participating groups table about their actions and upcoming events.

Monday, April 27
Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek, Ashland

  • Film: Cowspiracy: 7pm. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is “a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.”

Tuesday, April 28
Medford Public Library, 205 South Central, Medford

Wednesday, April 29
Hannon Library at SOU – Meese Meeting Room (305)

  • 8 am – 9:30 am – Welcome from the UN Club – muffins and coffee.Alex Mesadieu from SOU’s UN Club will open the day with introductions and short films from RVTV and student media, at 9:30 am there will be an official welcome from UN club.
  • 9:30 am – 10 am – Film about the Ashland Plaza – “Where have all the colors gone” RVTV Film Shorts
: 8-9am. Alex from the UN Club will be showing short films from the RVTV and community media library for the first hour.
  • Workshop & Film: Successful independent media use in action campaigns: 10-12am. Health Care for All Oregon and Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice will host a discussion about their campaign and the use of independent media in getting the message out.  Learn how grassroots media helped organize HCAO’s recent Salem rally. View The Health Care Movie, an independent documentary produced in the Northwest that provides the real story of how the health care systems in Canada and the United States evolved to be so completely different.
  • Film: Programming the Nation?: Noon-2:30pm. Media eye is presenting Programming the Nation?, a 2011 feature-length social documentary written, produced and directed by Jeff Warrick. The film revisits the alleged history, research, implementation, and potential effects of subliminal programming in American mass-media, including interviews with Noam Chomsky, Amy Goodman, Dennis Kucinich, Eldon Taylor, Wilson Bryan Key, and other authors and experts in the field of advertising, psychology, music, film, politics, and military weaponry.  After the movie we will be joined via Skype for a discussion with Jeff Warrick.
  • Workshop: Self Broadcasting Techniques: 2:30-3:30pm. Wendi Ingwerson from Blackstone will provide tutorials and information about how best to self-broadcast using various devices, programs, and techniques.
  • Film & Discussion: You Don’t Like The Truth: Four Days Inside Guantanamo: 3:30-5pm. Adrian Sobczyk from the UN Club will show You Don’t Like The Truth: Four Days Inside Guantanamo, an award winning 2010 documentary. The film focuses on the recorded interrogations of Canadian child soldier Omar Khadr, by Canadian intelligence personnel that took place over four days from February 13–16, 2003. It presents these with observations by his lawyers and former cell mates from the Bagram Theater Internment Facility and Guantanamo Bay detention camps.
  • Discussion: Independent Media as a tool for social justice
: 5-6pm. Following the movie, there will be a discussion about the use of independent media in social justice causes. The panel will include, keynote speaker Deb Van Poolen, Precious Yamaguchi (Southern Oregon University) and Alan Journet (Southern Oregon Climate Action Now).
  • Panel: The Future of Independent Media: 6-8pm. Panel on the future of media, how traditional media is evolving in the digital age and how our community can be better media producers. Panel guests include Bert Edling (Ashland Daily Tidings), Josh Gross (Rogue Valley Messenger), Jason Houk (Rogue Valley Community Press),
  • Film: “Huichol: People of Peyote”  8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    – Presented by UN Club,  introduction by Steven Dreben
  • Film: To Light a Candle: 9:30-10:30 pm. The UN Club will present To Light a Candle, a film highlighting the persecution of Bahá’ís in Iran and focusing on the stories of those individuals associated with the shutdown of the Bahá’í Institute for Higher Education.

Thursday, April 30, 7pm
Rogue River Room, Stevenson Union, SOU

  • Keynote Event: Local Roots, Global Reach: Featuring Austin Powell (Managing Editor of the Daily Dot) and Deb Van Poolen (artist and activist).

Friday & Saturday, May 1-2
Rogue River Room, Stevenson Union, SOU