Barrytown College “Direct the Change” Summer Media Institute

We’re looking to do something new at Barrytown College this summer—to share the vision and stories of a rapidly changing world through digital media and inspired story-telling. On July 7, 2014 we will begin the 2nd year of our on-campus Summer Media Institute which has the theme, Direct the Change. Under the guidance of experienced educators and media professionals, students will learn to use the power of digital filmmaking to create a variety of inspirational and educational videos.

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Our Plan

Direct the Change Media Projects will explore such themes as the emerging conversations between science and spirituality, what brain research tells us about what it means to be human, male/female differences, what truly makes people successful and happy, and how culture has been used as a means of distraction and control, but also as a tool of enlightenment and liberation. While sharing new information, documentaries will also reveal how there is little more powerful and life-changing than truthful statements from “non-experts.”

The program is designed to introduce the art, aesthetics and techniques of non-fiction as well as other forms of filmmaking.

Through the creation of small intern teams consisting of 4-5 participants each and the creation of one or two video stories per group, interns will engage in every phase of filmmaking: storyboarding, directing, shooting, and editing on Final Cut Pro. Our goal is to nurture the talents, skills, and development of all participants, incorporating the perspectives that each brings. The internship will conclude with an open screening of all videos produced and posting on our media websites.

“Barrytown’s Summer Media Intensive gave me another vision as to what I could possibly be doing with my life...I like the type of person it takes to create a documentary. It's a powerful medium to reach people, so it gave me insight into what it takes and how I could possibly fit into that.”


“When you're behind the scenes, you see all the effort that goes in. I am proud of the videos we made.”


“I learned so much about myself. It was more than I expected. It inspired me to pursue a career as a filmmaker.”

Apply Now

direct the change 2We encourage anyone interested in crafting media to tell stories about our changing world to apply.

Applications must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 15 in order to receive the discounted rate.

Summer Media Institute Application Form

Applicants will be informed regarding acceptance into the program within 5 days of submitting their application.

Please direct any program and logistical questions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We look forward to working with you soon!



5 day Intensive

5 day Intensive (w/ room & board)

4 week Media Institute

Media Institute (w/ room & board)

Before June 15





From June 16-30






Enrolled at a college? You can take this for academic credits.

  • Residential Media Program with 3 academic credits, $2,399-
  • Commuter Media Program with 3 academic credits, $1,599-

Federal financial aid for qualified, enrolled applicants taking the course for academic credit may be available. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If you have any questions concerning video production during the internship, please contact Peter van Geldern, Program Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Get to know the Instructors


Peter VanGeldern

Peter van Geldern

With his advanced visual esthetic and 35 years as a professional designer, Peter's media arts focus has led him to career as an adjunct professor of Digital Media Arts at the University of Bridgeport, Barrytown College and Bridgeport International academy. In recent years, he has focused on developing a “flipped class learning lab” to help students develop their own talents and skills in an immersive mentored environment.

Simon Kinney

Simon Kinney

After success in the music industry across Australia and Europe, Simon became a Film and Video Producer based in New York. His talents soon led him to engagements in this capacity with clients including Shell, GM, CNN, PBS Television, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, NBC, JPMorgan Chase, UBS and Unilever.

His present engagement is with UrbanAdLab, a boutique brand marketing development firm. Before this, he was an Executive Producer at Burson Marsteller and Todd Street Productions in New York, directing the music an event divisions respectively. From 2000 to 2008, he made a name for himself in the television industry, producing programming for PBS, Discovery, Canal Plus France and ITV Channel 4 in London.

His latest projects embrace interactive design with animation and live action. He writes most of the scripts he works on, either individually or in collaboration with other writers. He enjoys meeting a challenge with projects that demand creative ideas in short time frames.

Kevin Pickard head shot

Kevin Pickard

Kevin Pickard, a native of Houston Texas, has been an active producer of music and documentary film in the New York area since 1976. He won the coveted Anstead award as a film and music student at the University of Southern California. He furthered his studies at the Fontainbleu Conservatory in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, teacher of such noted composers as Aaron Copland, Phillip Glass, and Quincy Jones.

Mr Pickard has collaborated on numerous projects in film and television. He was executive director of the Public Television Station, PCTV in Westchester, NY, where he produced and directed hundreds of public interest programs in community affairs and the arts. Among them: Religion and Interfaith, the Arts in Westchester, About Writing, Community Spotlight, and the Listening Place. He then became director of the Universal Peace Federation's Media Division and produced international programs, including the web television project- This included multi-language documentaries from around the world, with documentary series such as: Spirit of Service, Portraits of Peace, World of NGOs, and Global Family.

Mr. Pickard began a regular news series in collaboration with United Press International featuring weekly interviews of UN Ambassadors, Members of Congress, and national newsmakers. His documentary features include: Discovering the World of Intelligent Design, Women Peacemakers , New World Encyclopedia, the Bering Strait Bridge Project, and Play Soccer Make Peace.
He also developed intern programs for SUNY Purchase College, Westchester Community Cllege, and Bridgeport Academy, each designed to teach students skills to produce documentaries and web-based video.

Lena Yasutake

Lena Yasutake

Lena Yasutake has been a passionate educator both inside and out of the classroom for 12 years. In addition to Musical Theater, Dance, Drama and Costume Design she has also taught Art, History, Character Education and Physical education classes. She has written, produced, directed and performed in plays and musicals with subject matter ranging from Biblical to civil disobedience. She has an eclectic taste in theater herself enjoying everything from the most opulently produced Marriage of Figaro to a stark one woman production of Then God said “Ha”!

Eric Wenzel

Eric Wenzel

As a specialist in learning and organizational development, Eric Wenzel has led a corporate university and delivered training programs serving companies like Mercedes-Benz and the New York Times. He is an advocate of personalized educational and career development and sees technology and media as essential and powerful tools to make the world a better place.

Jae Malabunga

Jae Malabunga

Jae Malabunga is an independent filmmaker based in New York City. He has worked on various film sets (Narrative feature, shorts, commercials, music videos for signed and starting artists) since 2010. A talented and skilled cinematographer, Jae is looking forward to sharing the basics of cinematography with Media Institute students this summer as he did at the 2013 Media Institute.




Week 1: (July 7 - 11)
with Simon Kinney & Peter van Geldern
the art of storytelling

Week 2: (July 14 - 18)
with Kevin Pickard & Peter van Geldern
finding the juice

Week 3: (July 21 - 25)
with Peter van Geldern & Acting Coach Lena Yasutake.

the shoot

Week 4: (July 28 - August 1)
with Peter van Geldern & Eric Wenzel.

tell your story

Helpful Resources


You will find a variety of websites listed below providing resources for scriptwriters. We hope that these internet resources will help you in crafting your video scripts. We also recommend digging around further to see what else you might find out there. There are many books on scriptwriting available to you, for instance—you may be surprised to find what helpful resources your local library or bookstore have waiting for you.


Film Genres

Documentary:  The documentary genre provides an excellent way to share true stories and personal experiences.

  • Although TED Talks are not quite documentary, they share a prominent quality in their direct portrayal of the personal narrative.  Check out this talk, “Your Elusive Creative Genius” from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love.
  • “Heart” and “What Would You Give?”, the 2014 Barrytown College Video Competition 2nd and 3rd place prize-winners can be seen at

Here are other genres, which are sometimes incorporated in documentaries.

Animation:  Animations allow for a great range of graphic and thematic creativity for your story ideas.

Short Story: A well-told short story can impact audiences in profound ways, bringing thought-provoking ideas to life in only minutes.

Music Video: There’s nothing quite like watching an excellent song put to an excellent video—a music video can open the hearts and minds of its viewers in a matter of seconds.

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