Open Signal Labs Program Launch & Panel

Navigating The Future of Storytelling

Open Signal Labs Program Launch & Panel
  • Cost: Free
  • Capacity: 100

Open Signal Labs is a new incubator for emerging African American filmmakers, and the first program of its kind in the state of Oregon.

The Open Signal Labs' 12-month fellowship program kicks off with a program introduction and panel discussion hosted by Open Signal's Executive Producer Ifanyi Bell.

The panel features Open Signal Labs mentors, who are some of Portland's most accomplished black creatives:

  • Ime Etuk, first assistant director of Netflix’s Everything Sucks
  • Mitchell S. Jackson, author of The Residue Years
  • David Walker, Portland writer and film expert
  • Keena Ferguson, Los Angeles-based actress of Atlanta

Panelists will discuss the current social, political and economic condition of mainstream storytelling and its impact on their work. The discussion will be followed by a brief question and answer session. Light refreshments will be served.

About Open Signal Labs

Beginning summer 2018, the Open Signal Labs fellowship program will convene six filmmakers from Portland’s black community in a 12-month laboratory for creative investigation. The fellows will receive a stipend, training, access to industry-standard equipment, as well as mentorship with African American media professionals and connections to the field from the Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television (Oregon Film). They will create new work that will collectively articulate a distinctly black vision for the future of media. Artists Repertory Theatre will serve as a key program partner. 

Open Signal Labs is made possible by major support from the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission and The Collins Foundation, with additional support from the Portland Film Office.

Questions? Please contact


Jul 17


1:00pm – 3:00pm


Open Signal, Portland Community Media Center

2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
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Featured Media-Makers

Ifanyi Bell Executive Producer, Open Signal Labs ibell [at] (503) 288–1515 x751

I lead Open Signal Labs, a new content studio and social impact incubator that gathers professional creatives, Open Signal Producers and community members to tell stories of social and cultural relevance. 

I'm a passionate storyteller and artist. As a producer for various NPR and PBS stations, I helped craft Emmy-nominated stories on education, arts and science. I also served as the Director of Editorial Video Content for, a nonfiction storytelling platform based in New York City. 

RaShaunda Brooks Production Coordinator, Open Signal Labs rashaunda [at]

I joined Open Signal in September 2017 as a member of their inaugural artist training program, Future Forum. I became a Project Coordinator in May 2018 to help with the day-to-day implementation of Open Signal Labs, an incubator for emerging African American filmmakers.

I am also a filmmaker and creative who uses the medium to create modern-day narratives of Black and Brown people, as well as an organizer for Y.G.B. Portland.


For More Information

For general information or directions to our space, please contact our front desk at (503) 288-1515 or info [at]

Getting Here

Open Signal is located off the #6 or #4 bus line. If you are driving to Open Signal, we have a parking lot located on NE Graham. Our main entrance is located on NE Graham off of NE MLK.

Refund Policies for Events

You must cancel up to 72 hours in advance to receive a full refund. There will be no refunds or transfers if you cancel with less than three days notice or fail to show up.

Open Signal is a Safe Space

Open Signal is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for the community. Open Signal does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations, and we ask that you do the same when you attend our workshops and events.

Open Signal is fully wheelchair-accessible. Reasonable accommodations may be made upon request.