about

karina hurtado-ocampo

Media maker and educator who has spent most of my life creating multilingual short-form videos, graphics, and meme campaigns alongside organized communities.

As an artist I am committed to stories and creative processes that 1) encompass the experience and vision of working people2) are nurtured in historical context, watered by possibility and playful with time 3) are accountable to a larger organizing strategy.

As an educator I have supported organizations in building programs that develop collective and individual leadership of young people and aligns their media with their values, capacity and political strategy. This has taken the shape of developing spaces where young people have the support to lead: place-based  community journalism programs, coalition-based media productions, intergenerational community media institutes and productions for campaigns.

I approach education as a means of contextualizing the world we live in for the purposes of changing it, integrating creative projects into my workshops that require participants to: 1) Identify what they care about through reflective exercises 2) Enhance critical thinking practices by integrating collaborative creative projects into curriculums and 3) Move learning outside of the workshop space by engaging people in their own networks. To encourage participants to share what they’ve learned in other spaces I work a lot with frameworks and templates. 

In recent years I have been deepening my studies of storytelling  and reconnecting with the dimension of our humanity that inherently distrust all that is simple to explain and still longs to be heard. Apart from run-on sentences I’ve been working on screenwriting and show running. The results so far have been odes in the forms of short narrative films to Queens, NYC and working-class, matriarchal families. 

Currently a part of the Movement Matters consulting team for strategic communications and community media.

Screenwriting

Developing intimate stories that connect audiences to political actions, people’s history and victories. Examples: Short Films Page

Video Editing

Editing short promotional videos for campaigns or small businesses. Examples: People’s Forum Promotional Video, How to Get An “A.

Curriculum Development & Program Design

Develop curriculum that bridges political education, leadership development, and media production aligned with the messaging and values of your campaign or project.

Layout & Design

This is visual content that you need my support in visualizing and designing. For these projects, it is assumed content such as text and photos is provided by the client and is not included in the cost below. If you need photos and other content to be developed by the designer, let’s discussed during the initial consultation meeting. Examples: brochures, manuals, reports, curriculum design, basic web design, logos, flyers, single graphics, info-graphs, graphics for social media campaigns.

Media Consulting

Do you know you need to launch a social media campaign, but are unsure where to start? Are you unsure how or when to include your members in the creative process? I’ll work with you to asses your needs, advise on narrative strategy, develop a work plan based on your skills and capacity, and manage production projects. Example of member-led productions: LEDC Tenant Strike, #CopsNotCounselors, Why Ants? Hate Free Zone, Jarocho Pal’Estudiante, Baltimore Rebellions.

Venmo @karilamari