Announcing Production Institute for South Side Media Artists

Digital Storytelling Initiative

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts and Community Film Workshop of Chicago establishes digital media education and training programs for community media makers

The Logan Center for the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Initiative, a program of the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center and Logan Center Community Arts, in partnership with the Community Film Workshop of Chicago, is launching a Production Institute for its South Side constituents, consisting of hands-on professional production courses for media makers. In addition to the Production Institute, short courses on audio production for podcasts and video production for web-based media; digital storytelling workshops; and short documentary production training will also be offered.

The Production Institute makes high-quality digital media production training more accessible to emerging filmmakers ages 19 and up who are not enrolled in a school or college program and live on Chicago’s South Side. In addition, up to two fellowship spots will be available to current or recently graduated UChicago students. The 17-week program includes coursework on film aesthetics, directing, cinematography, sound, and editing. The Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center will provide space and access to media production equipment as well as post-production resources.

The aim of the Production Institute is to enhance the technical skills of participants while they engage the rich storytelling potential of their communities and institutions. Each cohort will produce a five-minute video exploring life on Chicago’s South Side. Participants will write and direct their own projects, which will document the artistic and civic engagement of the Logan Center with its South Side neighbors. The resulting projects will build the artists’ capacity, showcase new media art, and strengthen neighborhood connections.

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