2022 TWN Production Workshop Application Available Now! 
TWN has trained thousands of film and video artists since the 1970s through its annual Production Workshop, Evening Seminars, Community Media workshops.

The Third World Newsreel Production Workshop is a unique “hands-on” media production training program providing practical skills and resources for emerging filmmakers. Offering tools to create fiction or documentary projects, the Media Production Workshop carries on TWN's mission of promoting independent cinema by and about communities of color and other underserved groups and their progressive allies. 

The Production Workshop meets one evening a week at 6:00 PM virtually and an additional 6-8 Saturdays for labs. As the pandemic eases, the classes will move to in-person meetings near the Third World Newsreel office. The time commitment needed to participate in the program is high and selected fellows must be able to attend regular class meetings as well as meet the out-of-class demands of preproduction, production, and post-production. 

Prior film, video, or related experience is helpful but not required; self-initiative, openness to feedback, a progressive and collaborative spirit are, along with a commitment to meeting class production deadlines and completing one’s film project.

The Production Workshop is limited to 9 participants. A written application is required and selected applicants are chosen for interviews. The cost of the workshop this year is $600, payable in installments. 

The TWN Production Workshop is led by Chrystian Rodriguez and Daniel Kim and is dedicated to the memory of Herman Lew, longtime Workshop Director, filmmaker, and cinematographer. Past Workshop grads include award-winning filmmakers Daresha Kyi, Yance Ford, Byron Hurt, Paula Heredia, Renee Tajima-Peña, Jamal Joseph, and Randy Redroad, and many others.
For further information, read our FAQ below, download our application, or email workshop@twn.org.

Third World Newsreel works with New York City-based media centers, universities and community groups to host production workshops, seminars and events, and gratefully acknowledges the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the governor and the State legislature, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the City Council, the Peace Development Fund and individual donors.
Fri, Jan 14, 8:00 p.m. EST
To Save and Project:
The 18th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
A sculptor, ceramicist, photographer, painter, and nurturer of underappreciated Black artists, Camille Billops, together with her husband James Hatch, wove together documentary observation, fictional restagings, and oral history to create brutally candid portraits of her own family (Finding Christa) and the postwar Black experience in America (The KKK Boutique: Ain’t Just Rednecks). In Suzanne Suzanne, their first collaboration, Billops and Hatch confront her niece’s harrowing experiences of abuse and heroin addiction.

Directed by Camille Billops, James Hatch. With Billie Browning, Suzanne Browning. 4K digital restoration by IndieCollect in collaboration with Dion Hatch of the Billops Hatch Estate, with funding from the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress; courtesy Third World Newsreel. Archive repository: UCLA Film & Television Archive. World premiere. 30 min.
¡Palante, Siempre Palante!
Dreams Deferred
Deadline: Monday, January 17, 10 AM ET

Presenter: Molaundo Jones, Founder of The Clever Agency
When: Tuesday, January 25, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST
Where: Online via Zoom
Cost: $35

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Closes: February 11, 2022 11:59 PM PDT

Deadline: Mar 7 2022 16:30 (MST)

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TWN is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, the National Film Preservation Foundation, and the Peace Development Fund, as well as individual donors.

TWN also gratefully acknowledges support from an NEA CARES grant, the NY Community Trust, and a Humanities New York CARES Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in our programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.