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The Institute for the Public Sphere foregrounds participatory engagement. In the following, you will find a list of possible ways to become involved, a list of those involved the administrative and creative sides of the institution, and 

Some possible ways to become involved in Public Sphere:


  • As a viewer/learner

  • As a filmmaker/instructor

  • As a member of the Board of Advisors

  • As a member of the Producers' Council

  • As a contributor of historical/existing cine-essays & docu-tutorials

  • As a contributor of new cine-essays & docu-tutorials

  • As a contributor to the founding & sustaining funds

  • Any combination of the above

Some of the key people currently involved in founding and operating Public Sphere:


As a multimedia research institution, The Institute for the Public Sphere foregrounds collaborative nonfiction educational/intellectual film/video production, exhibition, and distribution. Content derives from the collaborative efforts of academics, filmmakers, and autodidacts, as well as philosophers, artists, and activists. 

We produce, exhibit, and distribute philosophically-informed collage and compilation-focused essay-films (“cine-essays”) as well as condensed masterclass-style documentary course videos (“docu-tutorials”). Cine-essays are available on our Amazon Prime-style OTT platform and app, as well as the Public Sphere website, where our docu-tutorials can also be found. Both can also be found on the filmmakers’/instructors’ websites, on those of other projects they collaborate with, or on the major video course platforms, since Public Sphere is non-exclusive. For those who wish to contribute cine-essays or docu-tutorials, proposals are accepted on a rolling basis, and are reviewed by our acceptance committee. If accepted, we will notify you via email within two weeks. 


In addition to individually-rented and subscription-based access, we also host an open-access mini-cine-essay series called TIPS (for The Institute for the Public Sphere) that is available on our YouTube channel. 

We are currently accepting proposals for TIPS that will be reviewed by our acceptance committee. Please submit a cover letter, your resume, at least two examples of written work, and if applicable, two examples of video/film work (either from you or a collaborator you will work with) to our email:
We accept cine-essays and docu-tutorials from those with Ph.D. or M.A. degrees, or from autodidacts with at least two academic/intellectual publications, or two educational/documentary films or videos. We encourage collaborations between writers and filmmakers, for those who are primarily one or the other, but still want to be involved. 

We will launch the platform when we have amassed 30-60 cine-essays, mini-cine-essays and/or docu-torials that are ready for release. We expect this to be achieved by the end of 2022. The sooner you are ready, the sooner we are ready. 


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Founder & Director



Board of Advisors

Board of Producers

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Cine-essayists & Docu-tutors

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"TIPS"? TIPS (The Institute for the Public Sphere) is the acronym we use for the subdivision of Public Sphere that is dedicated to fundraising. The funds we raise make it possible to continue to pursue our central mission of continuing to offer our ever-expanding Public Sphere cine-essay archive completely free of charge. 

It is central to the mission of Public Sphere to produce, exhibit, and distribute publicly-available, open-access, critical theory & philosophy-based film & video content on an ongoing basis. Central to this will be a free 10-30 minute mini-cineessay series on YouTube also named Opening Shots, that will effectively function as part of the theorytube / breadtube / redtube worlds. The TIPS channels will be significantly different from most of the others though, in that mini-cineessays that appear under that name will be produced not only by one single personality, but by an ongoing rotating assemblage, thereby allowing those who may have hoped to create a philosophically-informed video essay for Vimeo or YouTube worlds, but did not feel ready to create an entire channel in order to do it. With TIPS, a highly-relevant channel is already there, the audience is already there, and your ability to try new ideas out is assured. 

In addition publicly-available, open-access content, merchandise like print-on-demand t-shirts, dresses, mugs, posters, etc. are part of TIPS, helping Public Sphere to continue to pursue our mission. In the future, TIPS will also be working on POD books, audiobooks, and ebooks, which this will help to make possible, as well. Finally, TIPS projects like these help us to provide fee waivers to a number of low-income filmmaker/instructors each year, so that no one is barred from participating in Public Sphere.

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