Branda Miller

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Video artist, educator and media activist, Branda Miller teaches at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she is an Associate Professor in Video Art and Media Literacy. She is also the Co-Founder of The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY. Focusing on the relationships of art, technology and community, she experiments with media to support independent voices, explore new visions and stimulate critical perspectives. Her media art works have been screened at festivals, museums and broadcast internationally, as well as extensively used in community organizing and education. She has received many grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Paul Robeson Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Experimental Television Center's Finishing Funds Program (for Witness to the Future) and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. Her work has been recognized at the Atlanta Film and Video Festival, the Three Rivers Video Festival, National Latino Festival and at the Locarno International Film and Video Festival. She is electronic author of "Witness to the Future" an interactive hybrid media project including a CD-Rom published by Voyager. The project, designed as a model for media activism, integrated a video documentary, the environmental classic "Silent Spring" by Rachael Carson, over 500 up-datable links to websites and accompanying curricula. The work is distributed as an organizing tool by The Video Project. Miller is recognized for her development of media literacy and community education projects using electronic arts and media production. FoShe has led workshops for the FIve College Institute for Media Literacy and collaborated with several community and youth groups around the country in Empowerment Video Workshops. She is co-author of the manual "TV Eye: Media Analysis and Independent Production", distributed by Boston Film Video FOundation. Media activist projects include producing and editing "Art of the State/State of the Art?", National Arts Emergency and "Cori: A Struggle for Life". She developed free distribution, with accompanying curricular support, as part of the design for using media art as an educational tool for community empowerment. Miller has been a creative constultant to diverse artistic and social and political projects in the independent media-making field. She has been active with the Lyn Blumenthal Fund for Independent Film and Video, and at RPI with the Satellite Series and hOUR iEAR, a weekly cable series.