Not a Paper Tiger: DeeDee Halleck

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For more than 50 years now, media activist DeeDee Halleck has been fighting the good fight by making films and videos, writing, teaching, and co-founding organizations including Paper Tiger Television and the Deep Dish Satellite Network, the first grassroots community television network. Here at Anthology we celebrated the accomplishments of Paper Tiger Television – a non-profit, volunteer video collective that Halleck helped to create in 1981 – with a screening series ten years ago, but this is our first series solely devoted to the work Halleck has made on her own.

Over the course of her career she has helped plant new technologies, namely home video, cable television, and online and satellite broadcasting, firmly in the hands of social movements and activists, and inspired generations of alternative media advocates and researchers. For Halleck, electronic media represents a powerful means to incite participatory democracy, both through product and process, and she has been relentless in her pursuit to improve access to media production and reception.

This three-program survey of her work features screenings of her early 16mm films (including her remarkable work with children and juvenile delinquents at the Lillian Wald/Henry Street Settlement and the Otisville School for Boys), her 1980 film BRONX BAPTISM (filmed in collaboration with Richard Serra and Babette Mangolte), and her 1995 media critique, THE GRINGO IN MAÑANALAND, among others. Halleck will be here in person for all three programs.