The Creative Media Institute brings visiting artists like Ken Burns, Robert Greene, Ivy Meeropol, Meghan O'Hara, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, Margaret Brown, Laura Poitras, and others to lead Screening Seminars and Creative Labs. We bring students and practitioners together with creative pioneers who will conduct screening seminars and mentor participants. The CMI is for makers, students, educators, and lovers of traditional and non-traditional cinema, video, and new media. Practitioners can attend to any single or multiple weeks, students can attend all four weeks for college credit (4 credits).
The 4-week program immerses participants in deep study during the Screening Seminars and provides space for reflection, experimentation, and an opportunity to gain new skills during the Creative Labs.
Emmy winning documentary filmmaker, Hampshire College alum, and all around swell guy Ken Burns has invited Beau Willimon, creator of acclaimed Netflix series House of Cards, to join him for a discussion that will compare …Read more →
Every monday while the 2014 CMI is in session, a featured artist will screen and talk about their work at Amherst Cinema. On July 14th, filmmaker Robert Greene will screen his new film Actress and star …Read more →
The Creative Media Institute is inspired by workshops that existed in the early days of Hampshire College. In the 1970s and 80s founding faculty members Jerome Liebling, Elaine Mayes, and others brought together legendary artists working in film, photography, and later video to teach, share works, and to aid one another in expanding the reach of their mediums. John Marshall, Jean Rouch, Richard Leacock, Helen Levitt, Hollis Frampton, DA Pennebaker, Ann McIntosh, Diane Arbus, Jonas Mekas, and others all spent multiple summers at Hampshire. Among the many students who attended were filmmaker Su Friedrich, author Scott MacDonald, and Hampshire College alumni and filmmaker, Ken Burns.
From the 1973 brochure for the Summer Institute on Film and Photography. Read more about the history.