Creative Media Institute

Understanding what we want to say and how to say it takes focus. The Creative Media Institute is a 4-week program that immerses participants in focused study during Screening Seminars, then provides space for reflection, experimentation, and the opportunity to create something original during Creative Labs. The CMI brings together people creating and working in creative media to share with, challenge, and mentor each other. The CMI is for nonfiction, fiction, and experimental makers, students, faculty, and lovers of cinema and photography. 

The 2015 CMI is running from June 8 to July 3. Learn more about the program. The 2015 Pre-College programCMI Viewfinders, begins July 20. Filmmaker and educator Meghan O’Hara will be the lead faculty member.


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.

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