Cascade Media Convergence!

“In Portland, Oregon on September 19th-21st, 2014.
The CMC will be a series of workshops, open-themed strategy sessions, and public events aimed at bringing together alternative and community media organizations, independent journalists and creative artists…”

corporate welfareCascade Media Convergence: Sept  19-21, 2014

Contact Us

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Call us at: 503.662.2185
Tweet us: @CascadeMediaCon

Cascade-Media-Convergence-FinalMailing address:
105 N. Killingsworth St. Portland, OR 97217

Schedule Outline

Friday September 19th, 6-9 PM
CMC Opening Dinner and Movie Night at Musicians Union Local 99, 325 NE 20th Ave.

Saturday September 20th
at University of Oregon Turnbull Center
10-11:30 1st workshop session
11:45-1:15 2nd workshop session
1:15-2 Lunch
2-3:30 3rd workshop session
3:45-6 Media-based Break out Session (video, radio, print, tech)
7-8:45 Screening of Authority and Expectations, hosted by Recruiter Watch, at the Lotus Seed, 6 NE Tillamook St.
9PM CMC Saturday Concert: Music is the Weapon at the Lotus Seed, 6 NE Tillamook St.

cmc1Sunday September 21st
at University of Oregon Turnbull Center
10-11:30 4th workshop session
11:45-1:15 5th workshop session
1:15-2 Lunch
2-4 Issue-based Strategy Session (Housing Justice, Regional Coalition, etc.)
4:15-7ish Closing Plenary Strategy Session, in which conference participants discuss how we can collaborate regionally going forward.


We intend for this convergence become an annual event for socially engaged media-makers throughout the region to share their talents and continue coordinating efforts on a regional level.

We would like this gathering to rotate between different cities in the region, to give organizers in each locality a chance to get practice doing this sort of work, and to put their own spin on the event.

We hope several tangible projects, where people continue working together after the gatherings, can emerge from the CMC.

And in the course of this convergence, we intend to see a body formed to coordinate and follow through on decisions and commitments made by people and organizations in the strategy sessions.

Inspiration / Organizing Process / Goals

educsCascade Media Convergence

is a media-based gathering
which will be taking place in Portland, OR
on September 19th-21st, 2014.

The CMC will be a series of workshops, open-themed strategy sessions, and public events aimed at bringing together alternative and community media organizations, independent journalists
and creative artists…

Participation in the workshops will be sliding scale for single workshop or full weekend passes, with current or new B Media sustainers participating for free. Topics include how to search through and download archival footage, DIY filming tips and tricks, and advanced editing for remix videos.

Cost: $10-25 sliding scale/workshop. $25-$75 for the whole weekend. Opening and Closing events are FREE. The workshops will be capped at 10 people, with room for 5 walk ups.

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All events will occur at the Community Supported Everything House, NE 16th and Alberta.

Weekend Workshop Schedule:

Friday, September 27

7 pm: Opening Night, “Art + Activism:” A participatory discussion about the transversal connecting art and activism. What is the purpose of film? Can it actually change society? Does the process matter as much as the final product? This introduction to different artist collectives, critical theory, and short films explores the role of film in movements for social justice. FREE.

Saturday, September 28

11 am-1 pm: How to Be a Video Ninja

Tips and tricks for film making on the go, from a gear check list to DIY light set ups, knowing your rights, and quick ways to get the word out using social media.

3 pm- 5 pm: Surfing the Archive

Found footage is a fundamental part of a great remix. Discover the basics of remix video, the best online archives, and how to download and convert footage from the internet for your film.

Sunday, September 29th

11 am- 1 pm: Writing a Video Treatment

Learn how to visualize and articulate a great idea into a three-minute film. Come with an idea you keep having, and we’ll collaborate on molding it to reach the next phase.

3 pm -5 pm: Remix/Mixer

Designed for people familiar with Final Cut or an editing program, we’ll explore some of the key tricks for making your film look hot, from syncing with music, adding effects, and splicing.Note: Computer with editing software required (six provided for use–note if you need to use one on registration)

8-11 pm: Closing Night, “Film/Fact/Fiction.” Outdoor film screening of shorts and strange films, chosen from different genres of activist filmmaking. Edify yourself with short documentaries, Fon the ground reporting, participatory YouTubing, avante garde cinema, and surrealist films.

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