8th Annual BRIC Media Maker Weekend: AI-volution | Day 2, Oct. 28

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11 AM – 9:30 PM

Event Info

BRIC Media Maker Weekend: AI-volution: A New Era of Innovation & Disruption will be a two-day event featuring career-enhancing workshops, networking mixers, and an epic ’90s inspired hip-hop after party that everyone will be talking about.

What’s the hot topic for 2023? Artificial Intelligence (AI), of course! AI-volution: A New Era of Innovation & Disruption will delve into the transformative impact of AI on the media industry and how it will potentially reshape or eliminate hundreds of media careers and opportunities as we know them today. BRIC Hip-Hop 50 is being celebrated all year long. You’ll see elements of hip-hop sprinkled throughout the entire weekend as we celebrate the 50th birthday of the game-changing genre.

Why you should attend!
You’re going to have a great time and make valuable career connections. Also, at BRIC we treat every guest like the star that we know they are.

Held at BRIC House, our 40,000 sq. ft. premier event and media space in the heart of the downtown Brooklyn cultural district, BRIC Media Maker Weekend is sure to exceed your expectations with varying taste, entertainment, and transportation options just a short walk away. Since 2015, BRIC Media Maker Weekend has served as a creative outlet and community resource for creators and artists in NYC, and beyond. So, what are you waiting for?




Become a BRIC Media Maker: Orientation
11 AM – 12 PM, 2nd Floor: BRIC Media Center | TV Studio A
BRIC’s community media program has been educating and molding future media moguls since 1990—offering wallet-friendly courses, success-driven workshops, and networking events that assist in furthering TV, film, and podcast dreams. So, if you have dreams of becoming the next Ava Duvernay, Kathryn Bigelow, Dee Rees, Christopher Nolan, Barry Jenkins, or Frederick Wiseman, you’ve come to the right place. BRIC is the place where media dreamers become media makers— only question is: Will you be next?

Guest Speaker: David Francois, Media Education Specialist, BRIC


Fireside Chat: Superchief Gallery NFT Artist, Mike REHAB
11 AM – 12:15 PM, 1st Floor: The Stoop
Join us for an engaging Fireside Chat with renowned multimedia artist and designer, Mike REHAB. As a founding member of the iconic IRAK CREW and the visionary behind PRICEBUSTERS, Mike REHAB has left an indelible mark on the worlds of art, graffiti, and fashion.

Special Guest: Mike REHAB


Superchief Gallery NFT Exhibition & Experience
3:30 – 9:30 PM, 1st Floor: The Swing Space
Immerse yourself in the world of NFTs and cutting-edge technology at the Superchief Gallery NFT x BRIC Table. Guided by the expert, Mike REHAB, you’ll delve into the intricacies of NFTs and explore his firsthand experience with Web 3, AR, and AI technologies.

This immersive journey is tailored to your interests, offering a personalized exploration of these transformative technologies. Learn, witness live demonstrations, and discover how Web 3, AR, and AI can shape the future. Don’t miss your chance to step into the future of digital innovation at the Superchief Gallery NFT x BRIC Table. Join us for an unforgettable experience.

Superchief Gallery NFT Artists: Mike REHAB and Valerie Viard


Further Your Business with AI
12:30 – 2 PM, 1st Floor: The Artist Studio
Join us for a deep dive into the world of AI-driven content creation and discover how it can help businesses elevate their storytelling, engage their audiences, and stay competitive in a rapidly evolving digital age.

Guest Speaker: Shena Nicole, ChatGPT-certified Brand Consultant, Business Coach, and Educator


AI & Intellectual Property: Handling Copyright Challenges & Protections
1 – 2 PM, 2nd Floor: BRIC Media Center | TV Studio A
The rapid advancement of AI has ushered in a new era, raising complex questions about intellectual property (IP) and copyright. Experts from the fields of AI, law, and intellectual property lead this talk and explore the intricate landscape of copyright protections in an AI-driven world.

Guest Speaker: Donovan Rodriques, Founder & Managing Attorney, Rodriques Law, PLLC


Interviewing For TV & Film
1:30 – 3:30 PM, 2nd Floor: BRIC Media Center | The Media Lab
This class covers preparing for an interview, subject research, choosing engaging questions, avoiding common pitfalls, and the art of using guiding questions to get the best answers during an interview. Also covers audio appropriate for various settings, location scouting, and one/two-camera interviewing techniques.

Guest Speaker: Onel Mulet, Documentarian & Educator, BRIC


Balancing Love, Friendships, & Content Creation
2 – 3 PM, 1st Floor: The Stoop
Explore the challenges and triumphs of balancing love, friendships, dating, and the demands of content creation. Discover valuable strategies from experienced creators who have successfully harmonized their personal lives with their creative pursuits. Gain practical advice on communication, time management, and self-care, equipping you to navigate the delicate balance between nurturing relationships and pursuing your creative passions.

Guest Speakers:

  • Tanya Simpson, CEO, The Situationship
  • Christina Richardson, Award-Winning Filmmaker + Founder, Bronx Film Initiative
  • Kevin Cummings
  • Dr. Duclas Charles
  • Valerie Viard, Superchief Gallery NFT
  • Esther Lelievre, Co-Producer, BRIC Media Maker Weekend


AI and the Artist: Crafting Your Music Career’s Future
2:30 – 3:30 PM, 1st Floor: The Artist Studio
Venture into the intricacies of music licensing for content creation, unraveling its conventional layers. This panel juxtaposes the age-old practices with the double-edged sword of AI: its promise in revolutionizing sound curation and potential pitfalls in originality and rights protection. Delve into a balanced dialogue, where tradition meets AI-driven innovation, illuminating both the harmonies and discords awaiting the media landscape.

Guest Speakers:

  • Chelsea Grant, Client Marketing and DSP Relations Manager, Symphonic
  • Tanya Lawson, Director of Caribbean & Afrobeats, Audiomack
  • Mike Epstein, SVP of Digital Marketing & Strategy, GoodTalk
  • Barbara Theus, Director Of Community Development, HOT 97 & WBLS


Film Screening & Talk Back: The Sun Rises in the East
3 – 4:30 PM, 2nd Floor: BRIC Media Center | TV Studio A
In 1970s Brooklyn, a pan-African collective called The East creates more than a dozen self-sufficient businesses and institutions – essentially building an independent Black nation.” Black Owned Brooklyn hosts the screening, and lead an audience discussion afterwards.

Hosts: Cynthia Giwa & Tayo Giwa, Black-Owned Brooklyn


Unlocking the Past, Preserving the Future: A Digital Archiving Workshop
3 – 4 PM, 2nd Floor: BRIC Media Center | TV Studio B
In an era where information is at our fingertips, preserving our history, memories, and invaluable records has never been more crucial. This interactive workshop will empower you with the skills and knowledge to effectively capture, organize, and protect digital content, ensuring it stands the test of time.

Guest Speakers:

  • Chris Pulakos, Media Resource Manager, BRIC
  • Sean Ellis, Media Asset Coordinator, BRIC


Be Bold Media Panel + Mixer, Hosted by BE NYC + SBS
4 – 6 PM, 1st Floor: BRIC Café + The Stoop
Discover the secrets of securing funding and small business support from SBS and BE NYC to drive your media venture forward. But that’s not all – stick around for networking opportunities that will connect you with fellow entrepreneurs and potential collaborators. It’s time to take a bold step toward your media success.

Guest Speakers:

  • Ken Ebie, Black Entrepreneurs NYC (BE NYC)
  • Reshma B, TIDAL
  • Tony Horn, Editorial Director, Custom Content, BRIC
  • Esther Lelievre, Co-Producer, BRIC Media Maker Weekend


Free Professional Headshots
5:30 – 8 PM
Refresh your professional image with a complimentary headshot session by photographer, Jayson Jimenez. Update your outdated headshots for a polished, online presence. Perfect for LinkedIn, your personal website, social, and more. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE.

Photographer: Jayson Jimenez, Getty Images


After Party: ’90s Hip-Hop
6 – 9:30 PM, 1st Floor: The Ballroom
Prepare to be transported to a world of neon lights, graffiti art, and iconic ’90s hip-hop anthems. Our after-party pays homage to the era that birthed legends like Tupac, Biggie, TLC, and Missy Elliott. You’ll be grooving to classic tracks that defined a generation and paved the way for the hip-hop culture we know today.

DJ: Brian “Raydar” Ellis




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DJ Brian “Raydar” Ellis


Donovan Rodriques, Esq.


Kevin Cummings


Chelsea Grant


Tanya Lawson


Chris Pulakos


Sean Ellis


Barbara Theus


Cynthia Gordy Giwa & Tayo Giwa


Stephen "ILLFLIX" Edwards (Event Photographer)

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Eric Tippenhauer (Motion Graphics Designer)

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Leon Taylor

BRIC Media Maker Weekend Sponsors & Partners

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Venue Info

BRIC House is Brooklyn’s cultural living room: a 40,000 square foot multi-disciplinary arts and media complex where emerging and established artists can create work that deepens their practice and engages the diverse communities of the borough.

COVID-19 policy: Attendees of any BRIC House programming do not have to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter the building. Masks are encouraged but not required in all BRIC operated spaces. To learn more, visit:


The main floor of BRIC House has an accessible entrance on Rockwell Place, in addition to an accessible, all-gender bathroom. The BRIC Media Center, located on the 2nd floor, is accessible via elevator. The Gallery level is accessible via a wheelchair lift. Portable FM assistive listening devices are available for programs on the Stoop and in the Ballroom upon request. To make a specific access request, or to let us know other ways we can provide you with a welcoming experience, please contact Benno Orlinsky at [email protected] or (718) 683-5637.

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