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Open TV is a platform for indie arts and arts. We incubate art and artists commercial television studios and networks cannot develop consistently. We believe television is an art but must also showcase different types of art outside of the competition format we see on reality TV. We believe any platform for television must be open to diverse identities and their experiences so we are committed to developing work from artists most often left out of commercial production: queer, trans, and cis-women and people of color. All Open TV artists keep their intellectual property and distribution agreements are non-exclusive.
Open TV is in beta. We are developing new works, but we are also in development. Open TV will grow slowly: artist-by-artist and series-by-series. We are not focused on “scale” and “big data” but rather on showcasing artists who have earned a few minutes of your time.
Open TV is a research project started by Aymar Jean Christian, an assistant professor of communication at Northwestern University, which supplied start-up funding. In this research we seek to develop best practices for independent and community-based arts institutions in the digital age. As a research project, communication and data from the site – http://weareopen.tv – may be collected for publication in academic journals and books. All identifiable information from users of this site will be kept private. Findings and publications will be made available to the public via our website.
A beta platform for original series about independent arts and artists
Open to artists who identify as queer, trans, and cis-women and persons of color
Open to diverse communities left out of mainstream film and television production
Open to diverse forms of art, from dance and poetry to stand-up and drag
Open to diverse forms of storytelling from comedy to music video, drama to reality television
Open to diverse strategies for showcasing art and television
Open to promoting work already released online or offline
She’s Out Of Order
She’s Out of Order follows a complicated black woman trying to keep it cute in spite of life’s little catastrophes. The scripted comedy web series is based on a character created and performed by Teresa Michelle Lasley and features an ensemble cast. I served as co-producer, assistant director and designer (logo, website). This project was partially produced with funds from the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University as part of my dissertation and book projects. The series was an official selection of the 2015 LA Web Fest, one of the longest-running independent television festivals, with creator Teresa Lasley nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and LaJune Grant nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress.
For more about the production, read “Why I Produced the Web Series She’s Out Of Order“
Serve as a faculty judge and committee head for web programming and content nominations starting 2015.
Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Now
An advisory committee member for a new program showcasing storytellers publishing work online: http://tribecafilm.com/online/tribecanow
International Press Academy
Following membership to the organization, contributed nominations for original short-format series for the 2013 awards, including High Maintenance, Blue, Eastsiders, Little Horribles, Ask A Slave, Burning Love, Ghost Girls. #JustSaying took home the trophy.
Student Projects from 2008-2012
Fame: Kade Style
A short documentary on local Philadelphia web celebrity Arthur Kade. For more information, click here.
A web series pilot. For more information, click here.
Artspace New Haven
A short documentary about Artspace New Haven’s art party. For more information, click here.
The Urban Catwalk