After Comcast pulled funding for summer programs at Reel Grrls following a May tweet by the organization questioning Comcast’s remarkably dubious hiring of former FCC Commissioner Meredith Baker (just months after Baker voted to approve the Comcast/NBC merger), Reel Grrls went out and raised the funds on their own. When Comcast backpedaled and offered the money back, Reel Grrls told them to keep it.
But the source of funding was not the only thing that changed for the organization’s summer programs. In light of their experience with a power-abusing big media company, Reel Grrls restructured the focus of their summer apprenticeship program to focus on media justice. Administrative Manager Teresa Mozur explained their decision in May:
In light of the events with Comcast last week, we’ve decided to change the focus of our summer apprenticeship program. Participants will now produce short films exploring media reform and media justice issues in partnership with Free Press and the Center for Media Justice. The program will include a trip to the Allied Media Conference in Detroit for all participants who are able to attend.
The public will have the chance to view the result of the summer’s work September 25 at Central Cinema. From Reel Grrls:
Seattle youth-media organization Reel Grrls is hosting a screening of their summer apprentice students’ videos at Central Cinema on Sunday, September 25th at 4pm. The videos produced by the apprentices specifically address media justice and reform issues in response to a public dispute with Comcast over funding of the program.
Since 2007 Comcast had served as the primary provider of funding for the Reel Grrls summer apprenticeship program. On May 13, 2011 funds were revoked because of a tweet posted by Reel Grrls with commentary on their recent hiring of former FCC Commissioner Baker. This year’s program was made possible because of donations made by over 600 individuals from around the country who raised nearly $25,000.
After the screening, during a Q&A session, students will discuss their videos as well as what they learned from the summer program.
What: Reel Grrls’ Summer Apprenticeship Screening
When: Sunday, September 25, at 4:00 PM
Where: Central Cinema
1411 21st Ave, Seattle WA 98122