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May 13, 2017
Activist Filmmaking
through The ReBuilding Center

Instructor: Kathryn Garcia Location: ReBuilding Center Ages: 16+ Schedule: 2 3/hr sessions Capacity: 15 Times: 1:00-4:00pm Dates: May 13, 20

Video is one of the most effective forms of citizen journalism today.

This project-based class gets you access to Open Signal's portable Activist Filmmaking kits, which are designed to be lightweight, compact and easy to use for inexperienced videomakers, yet powerful enough to capture great footage and audio of protests, strikes and other PDX events.

This class certifies you as an Activist Filmmaker, which means you can check out Open Signal's Activist Filmmaking kits for free (which include an iPad, two lenses, a light and two mics). It also certifies you to submit videos to our cable channels.


Getting Here Open Signal is located off the #6 bus line. If you are driving to Open Signal, we have a parking lot located on NE Graham. Our main entrance is located on the corner of NE Graham and NE MLK. For directions please call our main line at (503) 288-1515.

Equipment Certification Open Signal workshops typically grant certification on the equipment and software taught in the course unless otherwise noted. Workshops participants must attend ALL workshop sessions in order to receive certification. No make-up sessions will be allowed except in cases of emergency. Participants must contact to be considered for make-up sessions.

Arriving Late or Missing a Workshop If you miss the first day or are more than 30 minutes late, you will lose your place in the workshop.

Cancellation Policies for Workshops Workshops must meet the minimum enrollment requirement for the workshop to take place. If a workshop is cancelled due to lack of enrollment, students will be notified 24 hours in advance. Participants may apply their class credit to take another Open Signal workshop or can receive a full refund.

You may cancel up to 3 days in advance to receive a full refund. There will be no refunds or transfers if you cancel with less than three days notice or fail to show up.

Please allow 2-3 business days for all refunds to be processed.

In the event of an emergency, exchanges for class credit may be offered at the discretion of Open Signal Management. For questions or concerns about your registration, please contact the Media Education department at (503) 673- 8649 or email

Inclement Weather Policy Open Signal follows the Portland Public Schools weather closure policy. If a workshop is closed to inclement weather, we will attempt to reschedule the workshop within the term. Full refunds or class exchanges will be offered if students can not make the rescheduled date.

Jul 10, 2017
Fernanda D'Agostino and Ariella Tai Artist Talk
Open Signal, 2766 NE MLK Jr

Time Change for Event - was noon-1:30, NOW 7-8:30pm (7/6)

At this free, all-ages artist talk, Summer 2017 New Media Fellows Fernanda D'Agostino and Ariella Tai will discuss their work as media artists and what they’ll be creating during their residencies at Open Signal.

Ariella Tai will discuss the coded ways in which black viewers often must look through or outside of the narrative in order to achieve authentic, affirming or reactive readings.

They will explore the formal and aesthetic techniques employed in black film and performance to subvert the politically flawed narratives necessary to the financial and cultural longevity of the larger work.

Fernanda D’Agostino will discuss her recent works, “The Method of Loci” and “Generativity.” In 2012, Fernanda received a Ford Family Foundation Grant to fund her installation, “The Method of Loci,” a multi-chambered interactive video installation that she began developing during her residency at the American Academy of Rome. Later that year, during her residency at Can Serrat International Artists Center in Barcelona, she projected work in progress from “The Method of Loci” on the cliffs and ruins of Mont Serrat.

“The Method of Loci” was exhibited in its entirety at The Art Gym in Portland in Fall 2013. Individual room-sized installations from “The Method of Loci” have travelled to Santa Fe, New Mexico for Currents 2012 and 2014, and to SOMARTS, San Francisco, for the Soundwave Biennial. Work from “The Method of Loci” was also adapted for a digital dome exhibition in Santa Fe, June 2015.

Fernanda’s latest immersive installation, “Generativity,” was exhibited in Seattle at Suyama Space in 2016. In keeping with her practice of incorporating live events into her installations, “Generativity” integrated a performance by acclaimed Montreal-based choreographer Isabelle Choiniere.

Open Signal: Portland Community Media Center -

Unlike any other media center in the Pacific Northwest, Open Signal offers production studios and an equipment library, filmmaking and media workshops, artist residencies and a cable broadcast platform, all under one roof.

Aug 2, 2017
Fake News: A Visual FX Primer in Altering Video Using Adobe After Effects
through Open Signal, 2766 NE MLK Jr

In this class, focus on both the techniques and the ethics of deletion, appropriation and consumption in the digital sphere, while learning how to use the post-production programs Adobe After Effects and Photoshop.

You’ll be introduced to industry-standard visual effects skills, such as compositing, camera tracking and digital painting, which you’ll practice by breaking apart and realistically altering the mass media video footage.

General concepts of video manipulation will be covered so that you can use this foundational skill-set to explore more intricate, long-term projects in the future.

Dates: August 2, August 9, August 16

For More Information For general information or directions to our space, please contact our front desk at (503) 288-1515 or info [at]

Open Signal: Portland Community Media Center - With a commitment to creativity, technology and social change, Open Signal makes media production possible for everyone. We provide skills, equipment, inspiration and we amplify local voices on five cable channels.

Jan 16
The Instant Filmmaker: iPad Filmmaking for Everybody
Open Signal, 2766 NE MLK Jr

Dates: January 16, January 30

Learn to create high-quality videos with Open Signal’s simple and lightweight iPad filmmaking kits in this class for beginners.

Whether you consider yourself to be an activist, storyteller, marketer or documentarian, Open Signal’s iPad filmmaking kits can help you share your message. They’re compact and built to travel, allowing you to take them to impromptu video shoots, protests, performances and other situations where you want to focus on the story over the gear.

Get certified to check the kit out after the first session to start using you iPad immediately, then edit your footage during the second session to get feedback from your classmates!