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LA Freewaves Presents
TV or NOT TV:  Discussion to Create a Mass
Media Outlet for the Arts

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At the Los Angeles Central Public Library
Saturday, November 2, 2002 + 1:00pm - 5:00pm
630 W. Fifth Street (at Flower) in downtown Los Angeles (

On Saturday, November 2nd join LA Freewaves for their fourth and fifth panels in an ongoing series TV or NOT TV: Discussions to Create a Mass Media Outlet for the Arts.  The media arts organization is currently in the middle of a series of panel discussions, which continue this month during their bi-annual festival taking place throughout Los Angeles.

For the first time in the festival’s 13-year history, festival organizers are presenting these panels to bring together alternative media voices, arts and culture stakeholders, technology experts, and media academics laying the conceptual and technical groundwork for a Culture Channel by late 2003.

While the panel discussions are ultimately focusing on launching a Culture Channel, the festival is presenting various innovative works that could potentially air on such a channel.

4th Panel:

What IF the Arts were on TV?  *  1:00pm – 3:00pm

If the arts were on TV, how would they look/sound/do?

Laurence Andries, writer and producer of TV series “6     Feet Under” and “Boomtown”

Tom Leeser, program director of Integrated Media at Cal Arts, TV with the web, moderator

Patti Podesta, production designer of film & video,   Memento, faculty at Art Center, new aesthetics

 Lynn Spigel, Northwestern & USC faculty, Critical Studies, historical examples of art on TV

 5th Panel

Can Equal TV Representation be Demanded?  *  3:00pm – 5:00pm

As UNESCO has added cultural rights to the list of human rights, can we in Los Angeles now interpret that advancement as the right to minority authorship and portrayal on television?

 Vince Cheung, TV writer and producer, part of Rice & Beans comedy team

Erin Aubry Kaplan, columnist at LA Weekly

Lisa Nakamura, U. Wisconsin faculty, author of Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity on the Internet

Chon Noriega, media historian at UCLA Film & TV Dept., director of Chicano Studies

 Garth Trinidad, DJ of KCRW's “Chocolate City,” moderator

Guest speakers on both panels will give five minute introductory comments and then engage in a round table discussion, eventually opening up to the audience. 

4th Panel “Arts on TV” Speaker’s Bios:

Laurence Andries

Laurence Andries is currently the supervising producer of “Six Feet Under” (HBO/Greenblatt-Janolllari Productions). He is a graduate of New York University's School of the Arts and has been writing professionally for eleven years. In 1993, while in his second year of Walt Disney Pictures' New Writers Fellowship Program, Laurence wrote the Academy Award nominated courtroom drama, Kangaroo Court.

Since 1996, Laurence has written an eclectic mix of hour drama television. His series credits include story editor of “Dangerous Minds” (ABC/Touchstone, 1996), executive story editor of “Prey” (ABC/Warner Brothers, 1997), co-producer of “Millennium” (FOX/20th-Century Fox, 1998), producer of “Hoop Life” (Showtime/Levinson-Fontana Productions, 1999).

Tom Leeser

Tom Leeser is currently program director of the Cal Arts Integrated Media Department and previously was a visual effects supervisor/art director with Academy Award winning film production studio Rhythm & Hues, whose credits include the Empire Strikes Back, DragonSlayer, Poltergeist, Mouse Hunt, and Mystery Men. Tom is also an independent artist whose work began with 16mm film, migrated to video and transformed itself into a composite of architecture and digital image installation. His projects have been exhibited at, among others, Videobrasil: Festival Internacional de Arte Eletronica and Siggraph.

Patti Podesta

Production Designer Patti Podesta's feature credits include Memento for director Christopher Nolan. An interview regarding her design of the film is included in The Making of Memento, published by Faber and Faber.  Other feature films include two with director Gregg Araki, Nowhere and Splendor, and the upcoming Scorched.  Her television work includes the new television series called “Septuplets,” a drama for Fox Television; “Kathy Griffin's So-Called-Reality” and the soap/novella “Spyder Games” for MTV. She has also designed commercials, main title sequences, music videos and an interactive CD-Rom project.

Ms. Podesta received an MFA from the Claremont Graduate School.  Her experimental film and video works have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Rotterdam Film Festival, the American Film Institute National Video Festival, the Pacific Film Archives and recently at LACMA and UCLA Hammer Museum.  These works include “A Short Conversation From The Grave With Joan Burroughs” and “A Glory.”  Podesta received awards and grants for her films; three from the National Endowment for the Arts, two from Art Matters, Inc., the Western States Regional Media Award and the James Phelen Award in Film.

She co-founded the video exhibition program at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and in 1986 was director of the project “Resolution: A Critique of Video Art” for which she edited a publication by the same title. Podesta has been a member of the Graduate Art Faculty at Art Center College of Design for over 10 years and teaches the experimental art/film class.

Lynn Spigel

Lynn Spigel is a professor currently at Northwestern University and formerly at the USC School of Cinema/Television.  She has written extensively on film, television, and popular culture. She co-edits Camera Obscura: A Journal of Feminism and Film Theory. Her recent works include: Make Room for TV: Television and the Family Ideal in Postwar America (U. Chicago Press, 1992) and Welcome to the Dreamhouse: Popular Media and Postwar Suburbs (Duke Univ. Press, 2001).

5th Panel “Equal TV Representation” Speaker’s Bios:

Vince Cheung

Vince Cheung is better known as the Rice half to Ben Montanio’s Beans in the comedy writing team of Rice & Beans.  Together, they have written for television shows such as: “Married With Children,” “The Steve Harvey Show,” “Roc,” “Empty Nest,” “Night Court” and “Growing Pains.”

While attending UCLA, Cheung was a struggling pre-med who opted to try his hand at stand-up comedy instead of cramming for organic chemistry.  After some open-mike stints at the Comedy Store and Ice House and not becoming a cardiologist, he became a page at NBC in Burbank and got an internship in the network Story Department where he became a script reader and immersed himself in the executive track.  He later moved to ITC Productions as a development executive where he met Montanio who was a production executive.

There, they forged a bond working on low-budget features.  In the wake of the 1988 writer’s strike, they were put in charge of a film where they had to fire the original director and writer.  They did a full rewrite in a single weekend, and that’s when the writing bug hit them, inspiring them to form their own company, Rice & Beans Productions. Cheung and his partner are currently consulting producers on the new WB comedy series “Greetings From Tucson” about growing up in a bi-racial, working class family.

Erin Aubry Kaplan

Erin Aubry Kaplan is a staff writer and "Cakewalk" columnist for the LA Weekly who writes frequently about race, media and culture. She is a 2000 fellow in the Sundance Institute's Creative Nonfiction Writing Program, and the winner of PEN USA West's 2001 journalism award. She has also worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and was an original staff writer for New Times Los Angeles. Her essays have been widely anthologized.   

Lisa Nakamura

Lisa Nakamura is Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Visual Culture Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She is the author of Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity on the Internet (Routledge, 2002) and the co-editor of Race in Cyberspace (Routledge, 2000). She has published articles on cross-racial roleplaying in Internet chatspaces, race and virtuality in the film The Matrix, and political economies of race and cyberspace in publications such as the Women's Review of Books, Unspun: Key Terms for the World Wide Web, The Cybercultures Reader, and the Visual Culture Reader 2.0.


Chon A. Noriega

Chon Noriega is Professor of Film, Television & Digital Media at UCLA and Director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. He was featured on the MSNBC show “Edgewise” about the work of Raphael Montanez Ortiz, a central figure in the Destructivism art movement. Noriega guest-curated an exhibition on the artist at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Additional stories appeared in the New York Times and New York magazine.

Garth Trinidad

Garth Trinidad is known by most as host mysterioso of KCRW's “Chocolate City.”  For 7 years he has shared his black musical visions on air, receiving awards and accolades from press and peers for radio and live achievements.  He is reaching a worldwide audience with KCRW's growing internet exposure and has also programmed music for United Airlines and Amtrak. Along with capitalizing on his adam's apple in the world of commercial voiceover, he has recently formed a music production company and is writing, arranging, and remixing a small roster of artists, including Sheree Brown. Continually looking for the perfect beat, Garth spins records as a resident deejay at various parties around town, including Soundlessons, a monthly event 3 years running at downtown's Central City Café.


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