Northampton Open Media is a community media arts center whose mission is to serve as a forward-looking organization enabling expression of all kinds across mediums, providing resources and programming and educational opportunities to the community through all means technologically available.
We have educated hundreds of community members, provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in free equipment to makers, have pioneered next generation multimedia youth programs, and produced thousands of hours of programming.
We have initiated a citizen journalism program that put news creation and storytelling in the hands of the public.
In 2013, we started Cinema Northampton, a free movie night open to the public. Cinema Northampton grew into a monthly event with help from other community organizations. We also screen locally made films as part of our initiative called Focus Locus, held monthly at The Parlor Room in Northampton.
In 2014 we created the 7 Day Film Sprint, a community filmmaking project where participants write, shoot, and edit short films in 7 days.
In 2015 we commissioned teams across New England to recreate scenes from a popular movie, and pieced them together for a project we call “Crowdsourced Cinema.” In 2015 we recreated Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, in 2016 the cult classic The Princess Bride, in 2017 Back to the Future, and in 2018 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Also in 2015 we organized the Northampton Film Festival, formerly known as the Northampton International Film Festival. The film festival brings international and local narrative films, documentaries, and shorts to Northampton, all curated by a committee of media professionals and film lovers.
In 2016 an interactive element was added to the film festival when we hosted a day of free virtual and augmented reality demos for the public. This was a part of our partnership with Brookline Interactive Group called The Public VR Lab.
For three years in a row we were honored with awards for best web sites in the United States for community media organizations with budgets under $300,000. In 2016 we were awarded Best Overall Excellence in PEG Access within our budget range.
Our staff has held leadership positions and participated in national arts organizations such as the ACM, NAMAC, NATOA, and NTEN, and statewide organizations like the Massachusetts Production Coalition and Mass Access, and local coalitions like the Northampton Prevention Coalition.
We offer classes and workshops in
- DSLR cameras
- Editing and Motion Graphics
- Camera Stabilization
Currently, we have editing suites featuring Adobe Premiere CC, After Effects CC, 10+ DSLR cameras plus a variety of other camera options, lighting, audio equipment, stabilization, and more all available to members to utilize at a nominal yearly membership fee. To sign up for membership, click Sign up for Membership.
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