Welcome to Paper Tiger

What is Paper Tiger Television?

Paper Tiger has been creating fun, funky, hard-hitting, investigative, compelling and truly alternative media since 1981! The programs produced at PTTV have inspired media-savvy community productions and activism around the world. Our archive includes shows that provide critical analysis of media, educate about the communications industry and highlight issues that are absent from mainstream information sources. Through the distribution of our short documentary programs, media literacy/video production workshops, community screenings and grassroots advocacy, PTTV works to expose and challenge the corporate control of media. Because of the bias and misrepresentation of issues in mainstream media it is critical to include diverse perspectives in the process of making media. PTTV strives to increase awareness of how media can be used to affect social change. A public that can strategically and creatively use the media is necessary for a more equitable and healthy democracy.

Paper Tiger Invites You to Join the Collective.
Paper Tiger Television is a creative, nonprofit, volunteer-based artists collective that produces documentaries, studio shows and advocacy shorts. Most collective members are media makers interested in creative, independent, alternative media production. We learn as we go and if nothing else bring enthusiasm! Find out more about joining the collective!

What is going on at PTTV?

Release of new production: Re-routing the Motor City: Notes on a City in Transformation.

-- Buy a DVD of Rerooting the Motor City for your educational institution --

The Motor City was the first industrial boom town in America to experience massive corporate disinvestment. And in the wake of the global financial crash in 2008, two long-festering narratives went viral. On one hand media makers relished in pornographic ruin, documenting empty factories and abandoned homes as a spectacle of urban decay. On the other hand Detroit was celebrated as a playground for young and privileged creatives to rebuild. Inclusionary, home-grown alternatives faded into obscurity.

Screening for the first time at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit June 2013, Paper Tiger debunks these media myths and charts communities’ reactions to gentrifying forces. PTTV ventures outside mainstream cultural frames, plotting the racially-fraught history alongside devoted efforts of reclamation. At the ground level, a radical transformation of human relationships is taking root. Join the conversation at rerootingthemotorcity.tumblr.com


Brooklyn Community Access Television BCAT Schedule
Wednesdays at 3pm and 11pm
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Manhattan Neighborhood Network MNN Schedule
Wednesdays at 8pm (MNN4- Culture)
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