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Collectively at the Mead

two men are being filmed in the woods
Collectively illuminates how media empowers communities to make their voices heard. 

In our second edition (October 2019) of this program, three American collectives represented a diverse group of visual storytellers—Appalachian filmmakers, community voices of Chicago, and Pacific Islander media-makers. Each collective provides mentorship and training as well as access to filmmaking equipment. The resulting stories offer unique and vital cultural perspectives celebrated by the Margaret Mead Film Festival. This centerpiece consisted of three screening programs and a joint conversation with leaders from each collective.


Appalachian Mountains, Kentucky
Saturday, October 19 | 11:30 am | Program F27

Based in eastern Kentucky, Appalshop has been “making media in the mountains since 1969.” Through community organization and arts education, Appalshop celebrates cultural diversity, supports social and economic change, challenges stereotypes, and documents rural and Appalachian America.


Chicago, Illinois
Friday, October 18 | 6:30 pm | Program F29 

Kartemquin celebrates more than 50 years of collaborative community media making, guided by the motto “democracy through documentary.” They are the winners of six Emmys and three Peabody Awards, and have received four Academy Award nominations. Kartemquin has fostered hundreds of emerging filmmakers via their Filmmaker Development Programs, including Diverse Voices in Docs. 

Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)

Honolulu, Hawai’i
Sunday, October 20 | 12 pm | Program F13

PIC’s mission of “Preserving Our Heritage through the Language of Film” emphasizes the support and development of Pacific Islander media towards a deeper understanding of regional history, culture, and contemporary challenges. Established in 1991, PIC is also a member of the National Multicultural Alliance, which collectively addresses the need for programming that reflects America’s diversity.

Collectively in Conversation

Sunday, October 20 | 5 pm | Program F1

Join the filmmakers and leaders of Appalshop, Kartemquin, and Pacific Islanders in Communications for a lively conversation about their work, their challenges, and how they are transforming nonfiction storytelling today.

Co-presented by the NYU Center for Media, Culture and History, Department of Anthropology

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.