Cherry Jones and More Set for MADE HERE Documentaries
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by BWW News Desk
Made Here is a unique documentary series and interactive website focusing on the lives of performing artists based in New York City. A collage of intimate interviews, performances and behind-the-scenes footage, the project mirrors the rich diversity of the city's artists, those who support them, and the communities they serve. By featuring artists and arts professionals in their own words, the series aims to increase the visibility of performing artists, fill a void of television programming about the field, and inspire the next generation of artists. The success of the series thus far has made it possible to attract even more established names for the upcoming seasons. Since its launch in 2010, the official website has garnered approximately 36,000 visitors, 20,000 of whom are unique visitors, from more than 77 countries. In May 2011, NYC Life (the official public television station of the City of New York) began to broadcast episodes. As of June 2012, Made Here is distributed on Hulu (http://www.hulu.com/made-here) and other aggregators by TenduTV.
HERE, the award-winning organization that is the series conceiver and Executive Producer, today announces the individuals and issues in Seasons 3 and 4, which comprise ten episodes each and will premiere on April 8 and September 16, respectively. As of each season's premiere, a new episode will become available for streaming Mondays at 10 a.m. at www.madehereproject.org.
Made Here continues to be produced by the accomplished producer, writer, actor and activist Tanya Selvaratnam, and directed by the celebrated filmmaker Chiara Clemente. Their previous collaborations include Our City Dreams, a documentary feature about NYC-based women artists, which screened in 30 cities around the world; and the Webby Award-winning Beginnings, a short film series for the Sundance Channel on subjects including Yoko Ono, photographer Mario Sorrenti, chef Dan Barber, and actress/singer Charlotte Gainsbourg, among others. The Made Here creative team also includes editor Russell Greene and producer Heather Greene.
Artists and arts professionals featured in Seasons 3 and 4 of Made Here include Joey Arias, Gelsey Bell, David Cote, Eisa Davis, Mohammed Fairouz, Robin Frohardt, Francesca Harper, Bill T. Jones, Cherry Jones, Mia Katigback, Lisa Kron, Ethan Lipton, Andrew Livingston, Gena Mimozo, Carolina Penafiel, Paul Pinto, Erin Rogers, Sxip Shirey, Elizabeth Streb, Clyde Valentin, Reggie Watts and Jeffrey Young.
Season 3 covers three issues, in three episodes each: Art & Commerce (uptown vs. downtown, stage vs. screen, and artists & institutions), Criticism (the review, the critic, and DIY) and Health (healthcare as well as maintaining mind and body). The season will conclude on July 1 with the special finale "What Do You Dream of Doing Next?"
Season 4, which also consists of ten episodes, will look at Gender, Influences (specifically aesthetic, audience, and mentors) and Staying or Going (life and work in New York City and beyond). The season finale, "Advice for the Next Generation," will post on December 2.
Public screenings and events will take place over the course of Seasons 3 and 4, beginning with a premiere screening and conversation on April 10 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at HERE. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations can be made via email to email@example.com.
Made Here grew out of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), which provides long-term developmental and production support to New York-based performing artists. Since its first season premiered in May 2010, the projecthas released 30 episodes featuring 68 artists, and has covered a wide range of issues confronting the performing arts community: Real Estate, Day & Night Jobs, Family Balance, Activism, Technology, Identity, Money, Creative Practice, Lifework and Home.