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Critical Tactics Lab: "The Creative Resistance in the Age of Trump"

Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 6:00 — 8:00 pm

To be politically inactive is to allow tyranny to envelop our country. In this panel discussion, seven members of the all-volunteer media collective The Creative Resistance will discuss the collective's work and its lasting impact on New York City politics. The group, known for their 2017 viral video Lulu Land, makes videos and other content for progressive candidates and was instrumental in the defeat of the corrupt Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), a group of Democratic New York State Senators who handed over control of the Senate to Republicans.

The panel discussion will feature the founders of The Creative Resistance collective, Eric Rockey and Sandi DuBowski; one of the founders of The Yes Men, Jacques Servin; filmmakers Adam Baran and Tracie Holder; producer Liz Manne, and Democratic campaign manager Tarik Coles. The event is free and open to the public. A photo ID is required to enter NYU buildings and 20 Cooper Square is a wheelchair accessible venue.

The Critical Tactics Lab (CTL) is the Hemispheric Institute’s permanent forum for discussion and research on the practices and methods of contemporary and historical action. Drawing on the work of the Yes Lab and the Creative Activism Series, as well as the Institute’s ongoing work with political artists and activists from across the Americas, CTL’s mission is to promote and strengthen critical reflection about the tactics and strategies of past and present political movements. Through lectures, workshops, courses, and other modes of assembly, CTL seeks to provide a space in which the expansive affinities of critical practice and action can be made visible and strengthened.

Hemispheric Institute
20 Cooper Square, fifth floor
New York, NY 10003

Eric Rockey is a documentary filmmaker and co-founder of The Creative Resistance. He co-wrote and co-directed Lulu Land and other CR videos. He directed the award-winning documentary short Pink Boy, which was featured on POV and Vanity Fair.

Sandi DuBowski is the co-founder of The Creative Resistance, director and producer of Trembling Before G-d, producer of A Jihad for Love, and co-producer of Budrus. He is in post-production on Rabbi, a 15-year film about Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, a 21st century spiritual innovator for our skeptical, secular, digital generation who descends from 39 generations of rabbis and founded Lab/Shul, a part-laboratory, part God-optional, artist-driven synagogue. The film is supported by The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. He has worked with over 125 documentaries as the Outreach Director of Good Pitch for seven years which connects the world’s best social justice films with new allies and partners.

Jacques Servin (also known as Andy Bichlbaum) is one of the founders of The Yes Men; from 2010-2016 he ran the Yes Lab (now Creative Tactics Lab) at Hemispheric Institute. He is working on two feature films and one Yes Men project, all related to the current political situation, but his actually useful work has been with the collective Creative Resistance, under the rubric of which he co-directed Lulu Land (filmed at Hemi) and has helped write various other videos.

Adam Baran is an award-winning filmmaker, curator, writer, activist, and event promoter based in Brooklyn. His films and music videos- including the award-winning JACKPOT and DIRTY BOOTS- have screened at many LGBT film festivals around the world and won awards. He is the co-curator of the long-running IFC Center series Queer/Art/Film. He has served as program coordinator for Outfest, the most prominent LGBT film festival in the country, and NewFest, its New York-based counterpart. As an activist, he has co-written, directed, and produced several popular campaign ads for various progressive candidates as part of filmmaker activist group The Creative Resistance.

Tracie Holder is a filmmaker, consultant, producer, and film funding specialist. She is a 2016 Sundance Creative Producers Fellow and leads workshops in the U.S. and abroad, tutors and serves on juries at international pitching and training sessions. She was a longtime consultant to Women Make Movies and served on the board of NY Women in Film Television. Clients include: Firelight Media, European Documentary Network, Active Voice, DOC NYC, Creative Capital, and Unions Docs, among others.

Liz Manne works at the intersection of media and social changes. With a background in entertainment marketing (Fine Line Features, SundanceTV, HBO Films). Today, Liz is a strategist and consultant helping nonprofit organizations and progressive campaigns achieve results and make meaningful change. For the 2018 election cycle, she produced online videos for The Creative Resistance, the Midwest Culture Lab, and the Peoria Project. Lizmanne.com

Tarik Coles was the campaign manager for State Senate candidate Jessica Ramos.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. A photo ID is required to enter NYU buildings and 20 Cooper Square is a wheelchair accessible venue.