American Theater Makes Something

by Shannon Bowman

The American Theater will be partnering with WHRO’s local art documentary series, The Scene: a popular community-interest blog covering the arts in Hampton Roads in a new way on Thu, Sep 24 , 2015, 7:30pm.

From the producers of the internationally acclaimed “Design & Thinking,” “Maker” is a feature-length documentary that looks into the current Maker Movement in America – a new wave of Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together culture fueled by passion and powered by the advent of new technologies.
The "Maker Movement", sometimes called the "Third Industrial Revolution," subverts traditional manufacturing by building on innovative concepts such as open source, local manufacturing, crowd funding, and digital fabrication. Breaking the hobbyist movement stereotype, "Maker" delves deep into this ecosystem of design and manufacturing in the Internet era. The film explores the ideas, tools, and personalities that are driving the Maker Movement – and returns with a timely snapshot of one of the transforming influences of the current age.


Prior to our feature film, they will open with two short films produced by The Scene:
757Makerspace: Empowering the Community
The 757 Makerspace is like no other. An incubator for engineers, artisans, designers & more, the 757 Makerspace has been coined a "giant mancave." Full of tools, laser cutters, 3-D printers, and most importantly, eager bodies, listen to founder, Beau Turner, describe all the goings on that surround this unique initiative.
Charlotte Potter: Unbreakable
Surrounded by an intellectual and artist family; a scientist, a poet, a musician and other influences, Charlotte Potter saw glass as her art form and never looked back. As Potter gets ready for a major show of seven pieces at the Heller Gallery in New York, she uses family and friendships to explore what she considers the heart of the human condition’s need to connect to people, while juxtaposing social media and glass. If her names look familiar to you, it is because Charlotte’s work will be on exhibition in The Charles H. Taylor’s feature gallery December 12, 2015 through January 24, 2016


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