This year’s Independent Media Week will run April 17th – 23rd. 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”.
In April 2005, the City of Ashland officially proclaimed its first Independent Media Week to celebrate the efforts to make our public records accessible and to broadcast our community meetings and civic events. In that year, citizen media activists launched KSKQ, our local low-power FM radio station, and developed the Rogue Valley Independent Media Center. Every year since, a coalition of local independent media organizations have asked the City of Ashland to proclaim one week in April as “Independent Media Week” .
Along with our city proclamation, we celebrate by awarding a local media producer the “Hal Jamison Independent Media Award.” Jamison was a long-time Ashland resident and supporter of independent, community media. This award is dedicated in his honor and showcases a community member who is dedicating their time and energy to support our independent media resources.
Among the highlights, there will be a roundtable discussion and Q&A about the current state of independent media on reporting grassroot movements. From Occupy, Ferguson, #BLM and the occupation in Harney County, we will compare how independent and corporate media covers critical issues. The discussion will be on Monday, April 18 at 3 pm at the Hannon Library 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.
Schedule of Events:
Sunday, April 17
Breakfast and Open House at KSKQ Community Radio
9 am – 11 am – 330 East Hersey St., Ashland
Start off your Independent Media Week in style with FREE 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.
Monday, April 18
SOU Meece Room 305- Hannon Library
Roundtable discussions – Impact of independent media – from Occupy to Black Lives Matter and Malheur Protests 3 pm – 5 pm
Hal Jamison award presentation 5 PM
Documentary: Mosaic of Facts 6 PM
Investigative filmmaker Miguel Francis-Santiago hosts Mosaic of Facts, an exploration of the role of the media in information sharing, and the many ways in which it is used to sway and manipulate public opinion.
Tuesday, April 19
All events on Wednesday are in the Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University – Meese Meeting Room (305)
RVTV Film Shorts : 9-10 am
The UN Club will be showing short films from the RVTV and community media library for the first hour.
Film- The Neighbor :10am-12 Q&A with director Naghmeh Shirkhan. Naghmeh Shirkhan’s choreography of Iranian women’s life in migration. The Neighbor is a story that drifts between the lives of five generations of mothers and daughters, ‘The Neighbor’ takes its audience on an unexpected journey. At the center is a the story of Shirin, a dancer with unfulfilled dreams, and her fateful connection with her next door neighbor, Leila, a young woman with a small secret.
Documentary: SEX AND BROADCASTING 12 – 1:30 pm
with Q&A with Director.
Sex and Broadcasting is a feature length documentary about New Jersey’s WFMU, the world’s strangest and most unique radio station, and one man’s attempt to keep it alive in the face of recession, the persistent threat of commercial media, and the challenges that come with keeping a rebellious group of outsiders together.
FILM DISCUSSION: UNEASY REMAINS 1:30 – 3 pm
The Uneasy Remains Film Project is a collaborative documentary media project that hopes to facilitate a dialogue between University agencies, Native American Students, and tribal communities on the issues of NAGPRA and human remains stored on UC campuses.
Dr. Brook Colley will facilitate a discussion and be showing part of the independent documentary.
CITIZENFOUR 3- 5 pm
A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.
INDYMEDIA IN ACTION
Health Care for All Oregon 5-7 pm
Ashland Resolution Campaign discusses their campaign and the use of independent and social media and documentaries like “Fix It” for direct action. Participatants will watch the documentary and then take direct action at the Ashland City Council meeting.
Documentary: DIRTY WARS 7 pm
Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America’s expanding covert wars.
Wednesday, April 20
Medford Library – Occupy Medford, Citizens for Peace and Justice and Health Care for All Oregon present: Documentary: FIX IT – Healthcare at the tipping point 7 pm
FIX IT: Healthcare At the Tipping Point is a powerful new documentary film that reaches across the political and ideological divide to expand support for major healthcare reform
Thursday, April 21
Southern Oregon University - Stevenson Union 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Room SU 312
Documentary: DISCOVERY: HOW THE MEDIA LIES 5:30 – 7 pm
This eye opening long documentary film elaborates on the discovery of American media lies by comparing how news are delivered to the US population and to other countries around the world.
Documentary: BILLIONS IN CHANGE 8 pm
A documentary on how one man, along with his team, is trying to solve the world biggest problems. These ideas deserve to be noticed by the mainstream media.
Friday. April 22
Green Machine Television 6 pm
A locally produced show which aims to connect sustainable sulutions to communities facing the threats of environmental devastation. Join us live April 22 on RVTV Voices Channels 15/182 for a community forum on the future of the Rogue Valley
Saturday, April 23
Workshops and concert at SOU Diversions
11 am – 3 pm Tabling
Deb Vanpoolen / Ryan Navickas
Presentation on Occupied Palestine 3 pm – 5 pm
Artists and activists Deb Vanpoolen and Ryan Navickas have just returned from Occupied Palestine after working for several months with the Palestinian Museum of Natural History. We will hear from them about their travels and use of art in telling the stories of the region.
David Rovics performing 5 pm – 7 pm
David Rovics is an American indie singer/songwriter and anarchist. His music concerns topical subjects such as the Iraq war, anti-globalization and social justice issues.