For the entire 2010-2011 academic year, several Gallatin students worked collaboratively with various community organizations to produce films that will be showcased at a public screening at New York's Sixth Street Community Center on May 12, 2011. The students were all part of a Gallatin course called “Shifting Focus: Video Production and Community Activism,” taught by Professor Mark Read.
A Gallatin faculty member and documentary filmmaker, Read teaches the class in which students collaborate with community-based organizations over the course of the school year to create “tactical media,” in other words, videos that the organization will be able to use for the purposes of fundraising, education, recruitment or legislative lobbying.
The students collaborated with such organizations as East New York Farms (Jessica Assaf, Amanda Hass and Arianna Plevisani), Solar One (Amanda Zebrowski, Jacob Goicoechea, Taylor Ahearn, Amanda Krader and Julia Skolnik), the War Resisters League (Julian Brand, Doree Simon and Dhara Vyas), the Brooklyn Food Coalition (Caroline Owen and Caitlin MacLaren) and United for Action (Gabriel Davalos, Lily Astiz and Travis Owen). These students and representatives from the community organizations will be present at the screening and celebration of their informative projects.