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4th Generation Awning Company

The 4th Generation Awning Company came to the Sanctuary and installed an awning on the back of our establishment. The awning now provides us with shelter for our outdoor events. We couldn't be happier with the results, thank you so much 4th Generation Awning Company.

Posted 2 months ago

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"Dollarocracy" with John Nichols

John Nichols discussed issues raised by the new book co-authored with Bob McChesney, "Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America," at The Sanctuary for Independent Media on September 29th, 2013.

Their new book, published by Nation Books, describes how money spent on campaigns defines our country's politics and ultimately may trigger the end of democracy in America. The two were on a two-month tour, stopping in Troy, NY along with another 24 cities in America to speak about their newest text.

Blending vivid reports from the 2012 campaign trail and deep perspective from decades covering American and international media and politics, political journalist John Nichols and media critic Robert W. McChesney explain how the United States elections are becoming controlled, predictable enterprises that are managed by a new class of consultants who wield millions of dollars and define our politics as never before.

Director Branda Miller
Cam 1 Paul Melber
Cam 2 Phil Lawrence
Cam 3 Brook-Lynn Castro

Sound Troy Pohl
Technical Directors Steve Pierce, Troy Pohl

Posted 3 months ago

By mediasanctuary

Call Me Kuchu official trailer

David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man - and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the legislation while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no one, not even the filmmakers, is prepared for the brutal murder that shakes the movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world.

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Posted 3 months ago

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Khaira Arby Live at The Sanctuary for Independent Media (song 10)

Recorded Live Oct. 1, 2010 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media.Experience desert defiance and womanly power as Malian diva Khaira Arby and her band invoke the mystery, history, and heart of Timbuktu in concert! ; This was the opening event of the Sanctuary's fall 2010 season, celebrating five years of adventurous programming!

Posted 6 months ago

By mediasanctuary

Sofia Rei "El Tamalito"

Originally from Buenos Aires, Sofia Rei challenges the stereotypes of South American music by infusing it with elements of jazz, improvisation and electronic sounds.

Sofia Rei sets herself apart with a bold new vision in the global music scene, with a band including some of the most exciting young talent from North and South America.

Eric Kurimski-guitar
Jorge Roeder-bass
Franco Pinna-drums

Recorded live at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY on November 9, 2012.

Posted 6 months ago

By mediasanctuary

TBR Uptown Summer 2013

Video Montage of TBR summer activities during 2013.

Posted 6 months ago

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Connecting with the Land Through the Senses: YMS School To Farm Project

Youth Media Sanctuary visited School 2 in Troy over a course of 4 weeks to take an urban walk and a field trip to a dairy farm. We investigated our surroundings through the senses using photography and video to document our experiences.

Posted 7 months ago

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"M.N.D. (Music Never Dies)" M.A.K.U. Sound System live at Freedom Square

Recorded live at Freedom Square in Troy NY

M.A.K.U Sound System is a New York-based Colombian band playing music that is traditional at its core, but with a futuristic spin that is distinct. Basing their rhythmic foundation on Colombian folkloric music, the band diverts from tradition by inflecting their sound with decidedly more modern synthesizers, and musical influences ranging from jazz, psychedelic rock, punk, afro-beat, reggae, and soul. This 8-musician ensemble was born in Queens in 2009 and uses an array of instruments in heavy rotation on stage and in the studio, including drums, Colombian drums, guitar, bass, vocals, horn, clarinet, trombone, traditional Colombian percussion instruments such as maracas and gaitas (large indigenous flutes), and synthesizers--to name but a few. Most of the band members are Colombian immigrants who currently live, work, and play in New York City. Each of the musicians, regardless of origin, adds in his/her own interpretations and experiences to every M.A.K.U. song, both musically and lyrically, contributing to that indefinable quality in their songs that can only be defined as M.A.K.U.!

M.A.K.U. Sound System is:

Juan Ospina, lead vocals + bass
Camilo Rodriguez, guitar
Liliana Conde, lead vocals + percussion
Andrés Jimenez, drums
Felipe Quiroz, synthesizer
Robert Stringer, trombone
Isaiah Richardson Jr., saxophone + clarinet
Moris Cañante, alegre

A Sanctuary TV production with:

Branda Miller

Eleanor Goldsmith
Lydia Cordero - Campis
Jay Wilcox
Derek Sweeney Kesler

Live and Recorded Sound
Troy Pohl

Production Team
Ryan Jenkins
Andrew Lynn
Steve Pierce

and community volunteers

Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts as part of the "Our Town" project.

Posted 9 months ago

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Posted 11 months ago

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Sax Soup Poetry & Voice - H(i)M

"H(i)M," by Sax, Soup, Poetry and Voice with Nicole Peyrafitte (vocals, cooking), Pierre Joris (poetry), and Joe Giardullo (saxophone), recorded live on November 10, 2007 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY.

A "melange" performance in three parts: to see, hear, smell, wonder and taste! The trio celebrates and harvests non-linear momentum through music, poetry, voice, multi-media performance and yes, an Inner-State soup, drawing on an eclectic heritage to perform works based on transcontinental experiences, a tasty and imaginative broth. Videos, paintings, texts, music, and movements blend into a "Bi-Continental Chowder!"

This production is part of "Free Jazz at the Sanctuary," a 13-part series of jazz performance videos featuring some of the world's most talented improvisers performing a wide spectrum of music in the genre broadly known as free jazz.

Each hour-long show is available on DVD directly from Downtown Music Gallery

For more information on this series visit

The complete series consists of performances by:
•The Thirteenth Assembly (Taylor Ho Bynum, Tomas Fujiwara, Mary Halvorson, Jessica Pavone)
•Ethnic Heritage Ensemble (Kahil El'Zabar, Ernest Dawkins, Corey Wilkes)
•From Between Trio (Michel Doneda, Tatsuya Nakatani, Jack Wright)
•Michael Vlatkovich Quartet (Christopher Garcia, Jonathan Golove, David Mott, Michael Vlatkovich)
•Sax Soup Poetry and Voice (Joe Giardullo, Pierre Joris, Nicole Peyrafitte)
•Trio Tarana (Sam Bardfeld, Ravish Momin, Brian Prunka)
•The Ras Ensemble (Clif Jackson, Dave Miller, Ras Moshe, Tor Yochai Snyder)
•William Hooker
•Empty Cage Quartet (Ivan Johnson, Paul Kikuchi, Jason Mears, Kris Tiner)
•Weasel Walter Trio (Peter Evans, Mary Halvorson, Weasel Walter)
•Splatto Festival Chorus¬ (Dave Barrett, Michael Bisio, Ed Mann, Todd Reynolds)
•Amiri Baraka and Rob Brown
•Fay Victor Ensemble (Ken Filiano, Anders Nilsson, Michael TA Thompson, Fay Victor).

"Free Jazz from the Sanctuary" is a co-production of NY Media Alliance and the Arts Department at Rensselaer, made possible in part with support from the NYS Council on the Arts and the NYS Music Fund, established by the NYS Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers.

Posted 1 year ago

By mediasanctuary

Food: A Love Affair

Pastor Willie Bacote of the Missing Link Street Ministry talks about the relationship between food and building community. Missing Link runs the Feed-a-Kid program, providing free meals every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for children ages 3 to 15, at 3370 6th Avenue in north central Troy, New York.Video by Ellie Markovitch, with thanks to Branda Miller. Music: "God is Good" by Regina Bell For donations or more information please visit

Posted 1 year ago

By mediasanctuary

Morley "Women of Hope"

Morley performs "Women of Hope" at The Sanctuary for Independent Media. October 25, 2008.

Posted 1 year ago

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StoryHarvest 2011

Cultivate community through cooking and eating, sharing stories, making art, and watching films!

All of this took place at The Sanctuary for Independent Media and at the Collard City Growers garden plot in North Troy, NY.

Posted 1 year ago

By mediasanctuary

Neighborhood Chef - Episode 2: Kale Salad with Christine Earhart

The second episode of Uptown Summer's weekly Neighborhood Chef webcast produced by the Youth Media Sanctuary team. This week: Kale Salad with guest chef, Christine Earhart.

Posted 1 year ago

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Reverend Billy Rehearsal

Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Gospel Choir rehearsing b4 their show at The Sanctuary For Independent Media on 4/14.
This is a sneak preview of the practice it takes to put on a professional performance.

Posted 1 year ago

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