Do-it-yourself, bootstrapping, and seat-of-the-pantsing seem to be the name of the game these days.
In October 2013, a new center devoted to fostering the DIY approach for storytellers of all shapes and sizes, filmmakers, digital artists, video producers, app developers, and game designers alike, is slated to open at 20 Jay Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn:
The Independent Filmmaker Project’s ‘Made in NY’ Media Center
IFP’s purpose in opening the center is to foster collaborations between filmmakers, technologists, and entrepreneurs by incubating projects; hosting events; providing space, resources, mentors, and learning opportunities; and connecting artists with audiences and potential investors.
“The goal of the ‘Made in NY’ Media Center is to connect filmmakers, producers and storytellers to a rapidly changing world that is full of mobile apps, cross-platform distribution and social media,” said Media & Entertainment Commissioner Oliver. “IFP’s decades-long work in promoting and supporting independent filmmakers makes it the ideal choice to develop the ‘Made in NY’ Media Center into a thriving source of new content and collaboration in the City.”
“The Media Center will be an incubator for great stories and a showcase for new works whether they’re told through film, digital, games or apps,” says Joana Vicente, executive director of IFP. “Regardless of what tools are used, we’ll be doing what we’ve done for 30 years: curating stories, supporting artists and connecting storytellers to investors, audiences and other artists. At IFP, we are thrilled.” (IFP press release).
The 18,000 foot space will include a theater, cafe, and shared workspaces.
Joana Vincente, IFP’s Executive Director, will also head up the “Made in NY” (MINY) Media Center. So far, two new hires have been announced: Artist Brent Hoff, who will serve as the Director of Programming and Andrea Bake, who will serve as Managing Director of Operations & Administration.
According to Paula Berstein (Indiewire, August 29, 2013),
“Hoff is a writer, filmmaker, and co-founder of Wholphin DVD. His feature script El Diablo Rojo was awarded a Tribeca Sloan grant as well as the 2011 FIND film grant. In 2012, Filmmaker Magazine named him as one of “25 New Faces of independent Film.” He is currently filming the world’s first documentary shot and directed entirely by robots.
Andrea Baker has facilitated projects for a diverse group of creative and technical firms including Bridgewater Associates, World Wrestling Entertainment and NEW (Non-Traditional Employment for Women). She has also worked as Senior Project Manager for Bloomberg L.P. and Vice President of Lorne Michaels’ post production company, Broadway Video.”
The MINY Media Center is now open for membership submissions on two different levels:
(1) Incubator: Mediamakers
(2) Incubator: Small Tech Startups.
Why not give it a try?
Or at least check out the the NY Media Center site for more information.