Media Nights at Brooklyn College

MEDIA NIGHTS AT BROOKLYN COLLEGE is a two-night event featuring presentations by Department of Television and Radio faculty members and a broad range of media professionals.

Each will discuss their work, research, interests and experiences with a round table discussion and a Q&A to follow at the end of the evening.

This project is collaboration between The Department of TV & Radio, The School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts, The Magner Center and WBCR.



(due to multi-camera recording of the event, please arrive at 6.15) 



TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4th 6.30-9.15

6:30-7:30pm: Screening of excerpts from Source of Pride: The Making of ‘Pride and Glory’ (Dir: Stephen Earnhart, 2009)

7:30-8:15pm: Presentations by Stephen Earnhart, Nancy Schafer and Chris Langer

8:15—9:15pm: Q&A with the presenters about jobs in production, moderated by Prof. Patkanian

Speaker Bios:

STEPHEN EARNHART has more than twenty years experience in the entertainment industry. As Director of Production for Miramax Films, Stephen oversaw all aspects of production internationally and in the US for such films as “Madonna: Truth or Dare,” Neil Jordan’s “The Miracle,” and Bill Duke’s “A Rage in Harlem.” Stephen also worked several seasons on SaturdayNight Live and produced music videos for David Byrne’s Luacabop Label and The Who, among others. Stephen’s critically acclaimed documentary “Mule Skinner Blues” has been distributed by Sundance Channel. He has also written/directed/produced a multimedia adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s international best-selling novel, “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.”

NANCY SCHAFER is a producer who works in independent film. Schafer ran the Tribeca Film Festival from inception until July 2012, a period of eleven years. She was the Executive Director of Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) and the Executive Vice President of Tribeca Enterprises (TE). Prior to joining Tribeca, she created and ran the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW Film) in Austin, Texas for eight years.  Schafer has worked on several films including two from director John Sayles (Sunshine StateLimbo); two from director Robert Byington (OlympiaShameless) and began her film production career on The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

CHRIS LANGER is a multimedia artist and a co-founder and president of Operation:CMYK, a Webby award winning media arts company that has created cross platform online architecture for over a hundred clients, incl. the high profile pharmaceutical company Brainlab; the award-winning industrial design group ECCO for Panasonic; television journalist Farnoosh Torabi, as well as infamous Mario Batali. Chris exhibited his own creative work at Monkey Town, Irondale Center, Lincoln Center, and the Barysnikov Arts Center. Chris holds Master’s from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) with a focus in interactive narratives and geo-specific experiences.



6:30-7:50pm: Presentations by Katherine Fry, Marisol González and Racquel Gates

8:05—9:15pm: Roundtable discussion and Q&A with the presenters about careers in media production and research, moderated by Prof. Hashmi

Speaker Bios:

KATHERINE FRY’s research and teaching interests include news and advertising criticism, media ecology, media literacy and research methods. In addition to numerous scholarly articles and book chapters, Fry is author of the books Constructing the Heartland: Television News and Natural Disaster(2003) and Identities in Context: Media, Myth, Religion In Space and Time (2008). She is Director of the interdisciplinary Communication B.A. program, and is also co-founder and former Education Director of The LAMP, a grass-roots media literacy organization based in New York City.

MARISOL GONZÁLEZ is a Dominican filmmaker and producer who lives in New York. She works for HBO producing sports programs in Spanish for HBO and HBO Latino. With almost 20 years in production, she has covered landmark events like the Pope’s visit to New York and the 1994 World Cup. She has also worked for the two major Hispanic networks in the country – Univisión and Telemundo NBC, and has contributed as a writer for newspapers and magazines. González graduated from Brooklyn College, with double majors in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish Literature. At present, she is directing and producing “Children Behind the Wall” (in production). In 2008, she was chosen as a woman who inspires the Latino community by “Siempre Mujer” magazine, together with Maria Elena Salinas and Ingrid Betancourt, and was awarded the Always Inspiring award. In 2011, Senator Peralta presented González with the Proclamation award during the celebration of Women’s Month as a token of gratitude for her outstanding service to the community. For two consecutive years, she has participated as a judge in the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival for the national short films competition, Globo Verde Dominicano. Gonzalez also had the honor to be a judge for the 35th Sports Emmy Awards this year.

RACQUEL GATES received her Ph.D. in Screen Cultures from Northwestern University after getting her M.A. from the University of Chicago and her B.S. from Georgetown University. She specializes in African American media, particularly representations of race in popular film and television. Her dissertation, Acting White: African Americans, Whiteface, and Post-Civil Rights Popular Culture, examines how African-American performances of whiteface in the post-Civil Rights era operate as a means of strategically navigating shifting tropes of blackness across time. In addition to film and media theory, Dr. Gates’ research also incorporates gender, queer, and critical race theories. She is the author of “Keepin’ it reality television” in the anthology Watching While Black: Centering the Television of Black Audiences (Rutgers University Press, 2013).