Stay Live - meet Maxwell Mitchell, video-activist and social justice warrior

Thursday 08 June 2023, 17:30 - 19:00 hrs.
Academie voor Theater en Dans
Jodenbreestraat 3
1011 NG Amsterdam

On Thursday 8 June, the Social Justice and Diversity in the Arts research group in collaboration with Platform 2025 will present;​​ Stay Live - One person can make a difference:
Meet Maxwell Mitchell, video activist and social justice warrior.

Date: Thursday, June 8
Time: start 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm (including Q&A)
Location: hall Academy of Theatre and Dance (ATD)

Maxwell Mitchell is a live streamer from Louisville, Kentucky, who uses his live videography in the pursuit of social justice. His platform is called Stay Live Streams. With his iphone as his weapon of choice, it is not just the live streaming itself, but the way that Maxwell live streams that makes him stand out. Often using his free running and acrobatic yoga skills, Maxwell does not shy away from climbing, jumping, running and whatever it takes to get the shots he needs, all with the goal to bring awareness, education, and justice to his fellow community members. His focus is on the local government within Louisville, Kentucky and surrounding areas. Within the three branches of government Maxwell focusses on live streaming people exercising their first amendment rights, 911 interactions, court, press conferences and city council meetings. 

During the height of civil unrest in response to the murder of Breonna Taylor, Maxwell used his iphone consistently for more than 1,000 days to live stream what was going on, allowing millions across the US to have up to date information about what was happening in Louisville. Since then his video recordings have been used to help people in court cases. He has become somewhat of a celebrity and a sought after community responder. Maxwell’s work has been mentioned in the New York Times.  His video work has been used by Oprah Winfrey in her own fight for justice for Breonna Taylor. For him the best part of the work is to be able to contribute some sort of justice to people who otherwise would not get it.

Maxwell would like to address his audience on how an ever-beckoning knowledge of video/audio editing software, government structure, legal rights, and journalism can bring awareness and change policy.  No longer do people have to wait for main stream news to raise public awareness or to wait on government to change policy, you can!

You can read more information about the Social Justice and Diversity in the Arts professorship here.