CME Presents is a new podcast from the New York City Center for Media Education (CME) at MNN. CME Presents interviews digital creators and industry experts to understand how the films, media, and digital experiences of our time are made.

Investigate with CME how great digital stories are told, how tech is changing the way we create, and much more.

The creative space moves quickly; CME is here to deliver industry information and media production tricks of the trade to the ears of creators and listeners interested in the creative process.




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Directing Documentaries with Kavery Kaul

Kavery Kaul is an award winning documentary director, writer, and producer, whose films have shown on television, in theaters and at film festivals including Telluride, Rotterdam and DOC NYC. Her most recent film, The Bengali, is a documentary that explores the ties between South Asians and African-Americans in the U.S.

In this episode, Kavery speaks about going from working as an apprentice editor to directing her own films, taking risks in order to get her work made and moving past the “traditional” ideas and expectations of documentary storytelling. We then break down her approach to directing and producing The Bengali, including defining a cinematic language, and building on the story that was filmed in the field in the editing room.

Instagram: @riversfilmunlimited

Premiere date: 2/2/24



Filming Music Videos and TV Shows with Jendra Jarnagin

Filming Music Videos and TV Shows with Jendra Jarnagin

Jendra Jarnagin is a film, tv and commercial cinematographer whose projects have played at Sundance and Tribeca and have streamed on Hulu, and Paramount Plus. She also recently completed work on the Warner Brothers television show, East New York. But before working as a cinematographer, Jendra began her career as a gaffer and electrician.

In this episode, Jendra explains her path to becoming a cinematographer. We then delve into her approach to lighting and filming projects such as the music video, "Oprah," for the music artist Rhapsody, and the show East New York. We also discuss how approaches to cinematography and lighting are changing with new advancements in technology.

Premiere date: 8/8/23



Creating and Producing the Podcast Abridged with Rebecca Seidel

Creating and Producing the Podcast Abridged with Rebecca Seidel

Rebecca Seidel is a podcast producer, engineer and sound designer. She is lead producer for the company Goat Rodeo and lead engineer for the show Other Men Need Help. She has also spent some serious time considering the role that bridges play in our lives.

In fact, over the past few years, Rebecca created a podcast series dedicated to exploring this very idea, called Abridged. The first episode of the series follows climber Dave Frieder, who has ascended to the top of every major bridge in New York City. The episode is called The Bridge Man, and it recently premiered at the Tribeca Festival as part of the Emerging Audio Artist’s Panel.

On this episode, we speak with Rebecca about her approach to producing, writing, editing and sound designing Abridged, and her path to becoming a podcast producer, engineer, and sound designer. We also discuss her approach to creating soundscapes that can enhance an audio story and the important role that sound plays in her life.


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Premiere date: 7/7/23



Inside Virtual Production: What it is & Why You Should Care

Inside Virtual Production: What it is & Why You Should Care

Virtual Productions are changing and expanding the ways in which films and media are made.

But how can virtual productions expand the possibilities for creativity. And how accessible are these tools to independent creators?

Earlier this year, the New York City Center for Media Education held a Virtual Production panel as part of the 2023 CME Winter Media Summit.

The goal was to define what exactly is virtual production, explore how creators are usingVP tools, and how the film and media industry is embracing this technology.  

For this panel that we are revisiting in today’s episode, titled “Inside Virtual Production: What it is & Why You Should Care,” CME was joined by content creator Adrian Miranda, Immersive Media Producer Aja Quinn Evans and Director of Sales at Mo-Sys, Andrew Aniceto. 

The panelists spoke with CME Director of Media Education Tiffany Blount and discussed their creative process, the impact that virtual production could have on the future of storytelling,  and how the technology is enabling creators to make exciting artistic decisions.

Please join us as we revisit this panel from February 2023.

Premiere date: 6/2/23



The Present & Future of Low Budget Filmmaking

The Present & Future of Low Budget Filmmaking

Is the evolving media landscape affecting how independent films are being made? 

Earlier this year, the New York City Center for Media Education held a panel to discuss the current and future state of independent film as part of the 2023 CME Winter Media Summit. The aim was to explore whether the changing media landscape and the seemingly endless supply of streaming content provided to audiences, affects how indie filmmakers produce projects.

For this panel that we are revisiting in today’s episode, titled “The Present and Future of Low Budget Filmmaking,” CME was joined by writer and director Victoria Negri, Executive Director of The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, Joseph Shahadi, and Actress and Filmmaker Djaka Soauré. The panelists spoke with CME Manager of Media Education Sean Mannion about how their approach to making work has evolved and the challenges of producing meaningful projects in 2023. Simultaneously, they relayed their approaches to getting work made, the changing nature of film festivals, utilizing social media to propel their projects, and the new production challenges presented in a Covid world. Please join us as we revisit this panel from February 2023.

Premiere date: 5/5/23



Jarrett DePasquale

Directing and Producing Branded Content with Jarrett DePasquale

Jarrett DePasquale (@jarrettdp) is a director and producer.  His portfolio of commercials and branded content includes work for Ford, Wild Turkey, Coach, Lexus and the first ever custom episode of the hit show Hot Ones, for Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation. But his path to directing wasn’t linear. Before directing and producing, Jarret spent some formative years working as a sound mixer on film sets.

In this episode, Jarret explains his path to working in the commercial space and breaks down his approach to directing and producing commercial content. We then explore the evolution of branded content.

Premiere date: 4/7/23



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Editing Film and TV with Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee is a film and TV editor. You’ve seen some of her recent work if you’ve watched the 20th Century Studios comedy, Rosaline, the pilot for the Golden-Globe winning show, Ramy, or the The Fallout, which won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW.

But before Jennifer pivoted into film and tv editing, she worked as a comic book editor. Jennifer shares her experience transitioning into the film and tv editing world. We then take a deep dive into Jennifer’s approach to editing, storytelling and crafting narratives that maintain viewer interest.  Jenny also discusses her early years spent working on micro-budget indie films in New York City.

Premiere date: 3/3/23



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Elena Engel, documentary director on her approach to collaborating with John Leguizamo while creating the film John Leguizamo Live At Rikers: A Soul Exchange

John  Leguizamo visits Rikers Island Correctional Facility to perform his one-man Broadway show “Ghetto Klown” for an audience of over 400 inmates.

Following his performance, Leguizamo holds group discussions with justice-involved young men awaiting trial or sentencing. By sharing his personal journey of adversity and self-awareness, he inspires his audience to reflect openly and honestly about their own lives.

This short documentary interweaves excerpts from Leguizamo’s performance and those discussions bringing attention to the serious challenges and human side of incarceration. 

Premiere date: 2/3/23



Sian-Pierre Regis

Sian-Pierre Regis, documentary filmmaker about the production of his film Duty Free. 

The film explores the economic crisis for an aging population, ageism and the care crisis, but it is also a deeply personal story that examines the bond between son and mother.

Premiere date: 1/9/23