Introduction The following is my plan for an exhibition of Deep Dish TV’s labor movement videos. This exhibition will be the sixth in a series produced by Deep Dish TV, called DIY Series: Movement Perspectives on Critical Moments. I have worked with Brian Drolet and Mark Read, of Deep Dish TV, to select four videos from their archive about the labor movement for this exhibition, which will be held in mid-late February. Fifteen-minute excerpts (avg.) from each of the four videos will be screened and a panel discussion will follow. After the exhibition, a DVD featuring the full-length videos, the screener, and a video of the panel discussion will be released. The theme of this exhibition is the decline of the American labor movement and the rise of globalization in the 1980s and 1990s. This paper includes: a brief history of Deep Dish TV, a brief history of the DIY Media Series, descriptions of the videos and why I chose them, background information on the American labor movement, its decline, and Globalization, information about securing permission from the producers and the Gallatin theater, a list of potential guest speakers I have contacted, and questions I will pose to the panel.
Deep Dish TV
“Deep Dish is a grassroots video production and distribution company that focuses on key issues of social and economic justice. Formed in 1986, it is a non profit that produces multi part series and individual programs that bring together the work of many independent producers, editors, artists, videographers, and collages them into thematic programs,” says Brian Drolet, Deep Dish TV’s current Acting Director. “Deep Dish TV is the first national satellite network. It was launched in 1986 by Paper Tiger TV as a distribution network, linking independent producers, programmers, community-based activists and viewers who support movements for social change and economic justice” (Deep Dish TV 2). Deep Dish broadcasts its programs on public access television and frequently screens and distributes DVDs of their programs (Deep Dish TV 2).
Over the years it has, “produced and distributed over 300 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” (Deep Dish TV 1). In addition to collaborating with other producers and artists, Deep Dish also partners with Paper Tiger TV, INN World Reports, and Independent Media Centers (Deep Dish TV 1). Brian Drolet became the Acting Director in 2005 when Tom Poole, the Director of Deep Dish, took a job in Philadelphia. Mark Read starting working at Deep Dish TV in 2007 and is the Co-Director.