For 29 years, Deep Dish has been a laboratory for new, democratic and empowering ways to make and distribute video. It is a hub linking thousands of artists, independent videomakers, programmers and social activists. The network has produced and distributed over 500 hours of television series that challenge the suppression of awareness, the corruption of language, and the perversion of logic that characterizes so much of corporate media.
With humor, passion, creative flair and very low budgets, Deep Dish TV artists and producers have developed provocative video series exploring issues that profoundly impact our lives.
At the heart of the Deep Dish TV network have been the public access television stations, and now the public interest channels on the satellite networks: Free Speech TV on the Dish Network and LinkTV on DirecTV.
Early opening of Deep Dish TV showing how content is produced and reaches audiences through satellite
The programs made by Deep Dish TV, working with hundreds of program producers, have reached millions of people through the public access channels that cable companies are required to provide. Cable corporations are pushing to eliminate these channels. Though constantly embattled, these channels for free expression and community communication have continued to expand. As technology improves and cable analog television is replaced by newer digital technology, it is essential that commercial use of the public spectrum and municipal rights-of-way must provide the public with access to technology and the means to communicate on all platforms.
Deep Dish TV also has a long history of collaboration with other independent media organizations. And this collaboration is building a rapidly growing audience that depends on independent media as a vital source of information and inspiration.
Deep Dish TV produced the first year of the TV version of Pacifica Radio Network’s “Democracy Now!” with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, “Paper Tiger TV”, “INN World Reports” and dozens of media groups provide programs to public access television.
Many use the global network of over 100 “Independent Media Centers” for stories. Deep Dish was instrumental in founding the first Indy media Center in Seattle and has worked to enlarge that network to include hubs in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Deep Dish worked with many of these independent media organizations to provide live radio and television coverage of the protests that have brought millions of people into the streets to oppose the Iraq war. And most recently, Deep Dish staff helped produce the live television and internet broadcast of the “Iraq Veterans Against the War: Winter Soldier” – Eyewitness Accounts of the Iraq and Afghanistan Occupations. Over 200 veterans were in attendance at the National Labor College in Washington DC, and more than 50 veterans testified.
In April 2008 Deep Dish TV produced Nothing Is Safe: Israel’s 2006 War on Lebanon. This powerful series includes 3 films by Lebanese filmmakers and 11 short videos by Lebanese artists made during and immediately after the war, as well as first hand reports from Indymedia journalists.
“Waves of Change” is an on-going multi-part report on community grassroots media around the world. The Waves of Change blog is visited daily by scores of activists, academics and policy makers. It provides recent news of the difficult struggles to maintain communication in besieged communities around the world but also reports on the recent victories as airwaves and television channels are opened to grass roots participation. Deep Dish has presented excerpts from this project to the Union for Democratic Communication, the Scribe Video Center and the Our Media Network.
Deep Dish’s 2009 four-part series, DIY Media: Movement Perspectives on Critical Moments depicts the history of recent social movements in the United States from the perspective of participants in those movements: a history recounted through the words of activists that have sought equal rights for gays and lesbians; waged campaigns for environmental justice; struggled to curb corporate power, and fought against unjust, destructive U.S. foreign policy in Latin America. The mainstream media curates a history for us that is frequently out of sync with the experience of participants and victims. This series strives to amend that record and include a people’s history as an integral part of the story.