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Media Activist Urges Public Involvement

Film maker and media activist will show her work from the recent presidential conventions

(Oct. 12, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–The founder of Paper Tiger Television and co-founder of the Deep Dish Satellite Network DeeDee Halleck will give a talk titled “Media Activism in the Age of Occupation” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus.

She will screen recent work from Deep Dish TV's “Shocking and Awful” series, from recent IndyMedia work at the presidential conventions, and will discuss how to become involved in media activism.

Halleck is one of the founders of the Independent Media Center Movement (IndyMedia), which has created alternative media centers in 38 cities around the world. Her first film, “Children Make Movies” (1961), was about a film-making project at the Lillian Wald Settlement in Lower Manhattan. “Mural on Our Street” was nominated for Academy Award in 1965.

Her recent film “The Gringo in Mañanaland,” about stereotypes of Latin Americans in U.S. films, received two Rockefeller Media Fellowships and was featured at the Venice Film Festival, the London Film Festival, and won a special jury prize at the Trieste Festival for Latin American Film. She also coordinated a 12-part series on the prison industrial complex in the United States, titled “Bars and Stripes.”

Halleck has served as a trustee of the American Film Institute, Women Make Movies and the Instructional Telecommunications Foundation. She has written numerous articles in Film Library Quarterly, Film Culture, High Performance, The Independent, Leonardo, Afterimage and other media journals. In 1976 she was co-director of the international Child-Made Film Symposium.