Come to the TCYMN Happy Hour Wednesday, September 23 from 4:30-6:30

Please join us for the Twin Cities Youth Media Network Happy Hour!

Meet TCYMN members, connect with media artists, and learn about opportunities for youth to showcase their work, with free beverages and snacks provided by Walker Arts Center.

Independent Filmmaker Project MN will be hosting the happy hour at their new facility at 550 Vandalia St, Saint Paul.

If you are unable to attend, but are still interested in joining the network, please come to our first meeting of the fall on Wednesday, October 14th at 9am, hosted by the Walker Arts Center. Contact ameliasilbert@spnn.org to RSVP or with questions, or fill out a membership form!

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Top 5 with Ben Patterson

The Walker Art Center Teen Art Council (WACTAC) met with one of the founding members of the Fluxus movement, Ben Patterson to talk about his life and work as an artist and musician. WACTAC interviewed him in the on going series Top 5 to talk about his favorite noises. Check out all of Walker Teens’ videos here!

IFP Minnesota Announces Move to Vandalia Tower January 2015

Vandalia-AR-Plans Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota (IFP Minnesota) has announced that it will be an anchor tenant in Vandalia Tower, a new development by First & First, located at 550 Vandalia (off of University Avenue) in the heart of Saint Paul’s Creative Enterprise Zone. “We’re thrilled to be one of the first organizations to make the move to Vandalia Tower,” said IFP Minnesota Executive Director Andrew Peterson. “This move will support and centralize our growing programs, focus attention on the Twin Cities’ thriving independent film community, and create a dynamic, new space that will attract artists across all disciplines.” Opening in January 2015, IFP Minnesota’s new media arts center will feature multiple classrooms (all equipped with projection and sound), screening space, video editing stations, a dedicated youth space, and a photography gallery, as well as offices and meeting space. JuiceMedia, IFP MN’s after school program, will begin in the new space on January 20.  To apply for JuiceMedia 2015 go to: http://tinyurl.com/JuiceMedia-2015

IFP MN & MN School of Business collaborate on music video

TCYMN is all about youth media organizations helping youth media organizations.  A partnership between Independent Filmmaker Project MN and Minnesota School of Business this summer is a prime example.  MSB was gracious enough to offer the use of one of their sound stages to a group of young filmmakers from IFP.  As part of a week long music video camp, the group spent an afternoon filming the band performance element of their music video at MSB’s facility in Edina.  Narrative elements of the video were filmed on a second day of shooting along the Mississippi River.  Youth learned that an in-door sound stage can be far more comfortable location (if also far louder)  than along the buggy shores of the Ol’ Miss.  But it was all worth it!

The resulting video of the band Lovely Dark’s song “Dark Heart of the Wood” made the weekly top videos list at both The Current and City Pages.  Thanks MSB!  Thanks also to Northern Outpost for their support of the young filmmakers!

Teens-Only Camera Class @ CTV

CTV will be offering a camcorder training class just for teens on Thursday, December 6th from 4pm-6pm, which wil get you on the path to being certified to check out cameras from CTV for your own media projects.  This class is free and you’ll learn everything you need to know about using CTV’s equipment, so don’t miss the opportunity!  If you’re interested, go ahead and sign up here, or email asterling@ctvnorthsuburbs for more information.