The Institute


The Creative Media Institute brings visiting artists like Laura Poitras, Ken Burns, Robert Greene, Ivy Meeropol, Meghan O'Hara, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, Margaret Brown, and others to lead Screening Seminars and Creative Labs. Creative pioneers curate screening seminars and mentor participants. The CMI is for nonfiction, fiction, and experimental makers, students, faculty, and lovers of cinema and photography.

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. Attend to a single week or multiple weeks. Undergraduate students can attend all four weeks for college credit (4 credits).

The History


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.

73 Institute

From the 1973 brochure for the Summer Institute on Film and Photography. Read more about the history.