Hampshire College's Creative Media Institute is a collection of intensive, week-long screening seminars and creative labs led by practitioners and professionals working in film, video, photography, and new media. Institute participants get direct access to each week's special collection of guest faculty. Guest faculty curate film and video series, present new works, and advise and mentor participants.
The Creative Media Institute is inspired by a program that existed at Hampshire in the 1970s and 80s. Every summer filmmakers Jerome Libeling and Ricky Leacock would bring together legendary artists working in film, photography, and video. Artists such as Diane Arbus, Jean Rouch, Jonas Mekas, Helen Levitt, Shirley Clarke, Hollis Frampton, DA Pennebaker, Stan Brakhage, Hampshire faculty member Elaine Mayes, and others came together to screen and debate works, share ideas, and build community.
Among the many students who attended the institute were Hampshire College alum and filmmaker Ken Burns, author Scott MacDonald, and filmmaker Su Friedrich.
The Creative Media Institute is a 4-week program that immerses participants in deep study during screening seminars and provides space for reflection, experimentation, and an opportunity to gain new skills and create something new during the Creative Labs. The full four-week CMI program is for students studying nonfiction, fiction, and experimental media production, analog photography, and film and media studies. Each week of the four-week program is made unique by its one-time-only cast of visiting artists.
Some media production experience is required to attend.