September 2014 | Supporting and connecting the media arts
Note from the New ED
NAMAC Executive Director Wendy LevyI’m kicking off NAMAC’s September eBulletin with a welcome and a thank youthe warmest possible welcome to all new and renewed NAMAC members, and a thank you that won’t quit for the enthusiastic reception I’ve received since becoming Executive Director of NAMAC a few short weeks ago. I’m committed to reinvigorating this Alliance with new resourcing, meaningful programming, and a robust network that can support collaboration, resilience, creativity and innovation—across this country, and around the world.
What I’ve been up to: I’ve already had a chance to observe and participate in some very inspiring conversations. Last week, I attended NAMAC’s National Leadership Institute, where a posse of extraordinary arts leaders were exploring the challenges they face and the solutions they practice, and I also got to sit in on the Copyright Tactical Team, a group of committed filmmakers and attorneys gathered via web conference to address and respond to urgent intellectual property issues. Each program I observe is an opportunity to gather collective intelligence—and hone my capacity to listen to the field as closely as possible. If you are a NAMAC member and you have ideas you’d like to share that can help fill the gaps in our field, strengthen the networks, and blow the roof off our impact, please don’t hesitate to get in touch—I’m at
Check out New NAMAC: I’m pleased to announce that the current NAMAC website at has begun a slow transition. While the transformation of our web presence will take a while, we will soon begin design research to create a dynamic and responsive site that reflects the creative power of our members, shares the impact of our collective work and facilitates new projects and partnerships. In the meantime, you can learn about the new programs and the myriad benefits of membership at On that page, you’ll see a refreshed logo, a new mission statement, a sampling of our awesome members, the slate of new programs in development, and a description of our new member levels and ways to participate. Please share widely!

Q+A: Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz
NAMAC Executive Director Wendy LevyAggie Ebrahimi Bazaz is a filmmaker and media educator. From August 2012 through August 2014, she served as NAMAC's Program and Communications Director. She is currently a Filmmaker-in-Residence at Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan. Read the Q+A on

Reflections on State & Main
State & Main 2014

Check out these two write-ups of State & Main, the 2014 NAMAC/ACM Conference, one by Conference Producer Sky Sitney and the other by 
Andrea Van Grinsven for Global Philadelphia: Notes from the Field
Venice Arts: Volunteers Wanted
Venice Arts seeks qualified volunteers to assist with youth programs. Professionals and college students with backgrounds in photography, film/video, animation, multimedia, and/or visual arts are encouraged to apply. Volunteers will be trained by Venice Arts staff, are offered professional development workshops, and are given artist mentor assignments in Venice programs and/or at off-site partner locations. Download an application here.

Land of Opportunity and Sandy Storyline Launch Katrina/Sandy
Katrina/Sandy is a new interactive timeline connecting the dots between Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. A production of Land of Opportunity and Sandy Storyline, the timeline weaves together the stories of people impacted by Katrina and Sandy, using personal narratives, critical analysis, and expert commentary.

Is there something you'd like to publicize via NAMAC's eBulletin? Fill out our eBulletin submission form here.
A crowd gathered for the first-ever Bay Area Impact Social on Monday, September 15th at Impact Hub Oakland. NAMAC was a featured organization at the event.
The Joys of NAMAC Membership!

Afterimage Subscription Discount
For over 40 years, 
Afterimage has been an important voice in the media arts. Now, NAMAC members can enjoy a one-year subscription to the latest in-depth features, interviews, essays, reviews, and reports on contemporary media arts at a special discounted price!

Comprehensive Data about the Media Arts Sector
In 2010 and 2013, NAMAC distributed more than one thousand Mapping the Field surveys to media arts organizations in the United States. This first-ever comprehensive survey of the media arts field yielded astounding results about the field's size and scope. Share Mapping the Field results with your Board and community via this two-page summary.

Shutterstock Discount
NAMAC is thrilled to partner with Shutterstock 
to promote and facilitate creative production. Through this partnership, all NAMAC members receive a 15% discount on standard licenses for Shutterstock's vast library of royalty-free video clips and royalty-free images.

Organizational Membership Discount in NAMLE
NAMAC is pleased to announce a partnership with the National Association for Media Literacy Education. In celebration of this important collaboration, NAMAC members will receive a 10% discount on individual and organizational membership to NAMLE. Offer does not extend to Lifetime Memberships in NAMLE.

NTEN Membership and Webinar Discounts
NAMAC is proud to be in continued partnership with the esteemed team at the Nonprofit Technology Network. Through this partnership, NAMAC members receive NTEN's renowned webinars at NTEN member rates, and free introductory membership or 10% discount on a renewing membership with NTEN.

NAMAC Members Featured on Twitter
Check out our NAMAC Members Twitter List for a quick glance at member activities! You can also view this feed on our homepage. If you are a member and don't see yourself on the NAMAC Members Twitter List, let us know and we will add you right away.

NAMAC is committed to offering added-value service for your membership. Let us know how we can continue to foster your work in the independent media arts.


Media Policy Watch
By Rose Kaplan

First, a net neutrality update: the reply-comment period for the FCC's May 2014 proposed net neutrality rules closed on September 10th. Public Knowledge has a good summary of net neutrality-related proceedings so far, including an interactive timeline. While we wait for the FCC's ruling, which is due by the end of this year, check out this New York Times profile of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

In other news: on September 19th, U.S. Representative Blake Farenthold (R, TX) introduced YODA, the You Own Devices Act, to Congress. The act aims to clearly establish that yes, you do actually own the electronic devices that you purchase, as well as any copies of software installed on those devices, overriding what the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls "one-sided and abusive" End-User License Agreements from developers and software companies.

Relatedly, on September 16th, the Electronic Frontier Foundation released "Unintended Consequences: Sixteen Years Under the DMCA," a whitepaper about abuses of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's so-called "anti-circumvention" provisions. Read it here.

Free Press's Wagatwe Wanjuki links the net neutrality fight to feminism in "Without Net Neutrality, Women and Girls Will Lose Out Online," a September 29th blog post.

Finally, perhaps because recent disclosures about surveillance by the NSA and its equivalents in other nations can make the digital privacy fight sometimes seem hopeless and impossible, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has been cataloging what it calls "Counter-Surveillance Success Stories." Read some of them here.
Facets Multi-Media

Job Bank
Community Programs Director, Community Art Center (Cambridge, MA)—due Wednesday, October 1st

Development Associate, Film Forum (New York, NY)—due Friday, October 3rd 

Subscriptions Director, 94.1 KPFA Radio (Berkeley, CA)—due Friday, October 3rd

Program Coordinator, CodeNow (New York, NY)—due Monday, October 6th

Youth Education Associate, Manhattan Neighborhood Network (New York, NY)—due Monday, October 6th

Corporate Relations Manager, Seattle International Film Festival (Seattle, WA)—due Monday, October 6th

SIFF Cinema Egyptian Manager, Seattle International Film Festival (Seattle, WA)—due Wednesday, October 8th

Program Coordinator, Center for Digital Storytelling (Berkeley, CA)—due Friday, October 10th

Development Coordinator/Individual Giving, Facets Multi-Media (Chicago, IL)—due Friday, October 10th

Artist Relations Coordinator, Arts East NY (Brooklyn, NY)—due Saturday, October 11th

Teaching Artist: Animation/Claymation, ArtsConnection (New York, NY)—due Monday, October 13th

Executive Coordinator, Bringing Education and Art Together (Long Island City, NY)—due Tuesday, October 14th

Hip-Hop Teaching Artist, Words Beats & Life (Washington, DC)—due Wednesday, October 15th

Online Communications Manager, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (Washington, DC)—due Friday, October 24th

Special Programs Coordinator, Scarsdale Public Library (Scarsdale, NY)—due Friday, November 7th

Senior Manager of Media Strategy and Relations, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston (Boston, MA)—due Monday, November 7th

Executive Director, Apple Arts NYC (New York, NY)—due Monday, December 1st

Open until filled
Press and Media Relations Manager, Americans for the Arts (Washington, DC)

On-Site Program Director, Arts and Literacy Afterschool Program (Brooklyn, NY)

Video Editor/Motion Graphics Designer, Brave New Films (Culver City, CA)

Arts Writers, Dance Anywhere (Berkeley, CA/telecommute)

Digitization Technician, Design Commission of the City of New York (New York, NY)

Film Teaching Artist, Downtown Community Television Center (New York, NY)

Development Coordinator/Individual Giving, Facets Multi-Media (Chicago, IL)

News Program Coordinator: Grand Crossing, Free Spirit Media (Chicago, IL)

Production Coordinator, After School, Free Spirit Media (Chicago, IL)

East Coast Operations Coordinator, Girls Who Code (New York, NY)

NYC Program Manager, Girls Who Code (New York, NY)

West Coast Operations Coordinator, Girls Who Code (San Francisco, CA)

Digital Strategist and Website Manager, The HistoryMakers (Chicago, IL)

Video Production/Archival Assistant, The HistoryMakers (Chicago, IL)

Assistant Editor, Independent Television Service (San Francisco, CA)

Programming and Production Coordinator, Independent Television Service (San Francisco, CA)

Project Administrator, Independent Television Service (San Francisco, CA)

Director of Interactive, KCTS 9 (Seattle, Wa)

Production Coordinator, Long Story Short Media (Washington, DC)

Graphic Design and Web Manager, El Museo del Barrio (New York, NY)

Learning Technologist, School of Visual Arts (New York, NY)

Associate, Custom Services, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)
Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Fund
Grants and Calls
CAAMFest is the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian and Asian American films, presenting approximately 130 works in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. Since 1982, the annual festival has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema. Extended deadline: Monday, October 6th

San Francisco International Film Festival: Call for Submissions
The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF), recognized throughout the world for its eclectic, intelligent and adventurous programs and live events, is accepting submissions to SFIFF58 (April 23rd through May 7th, 2015). Works in all genres, forms and lengths are considered. Early bird deadline: Monday, October 6th

Artists as Activists Grants Fellowship
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is not accepting submissions to its Artists as Activists Grants Fellowship program. Up to $100,000, as well as other value-added support, is available over two years to artists and legally established art collectives with a demonstrated commitment to applying their creative work to the public sphere. Deadline: Monday, October 13th

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Held in Missoula, Montana each year, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is the largest documentary film festival in the American West. The festival includes nearly 200 screenings, a four-day industry event, filmmaker retrospectives, and juried competitions. Late deadline: Tuesday, October 14th

California Documentary Project Grants
Production funding of up to $50,000 and research and development funding of up to $10,000 is available for film, radio, and interactive projects about California subjects and issues and intended for a national audience. California residency is not required. Deadline: Wednesday, October 15th

Jack Straw Artist Residency Programs
The Jack Straw Cultural Center is now accepting applications for its 2015 artist residency programs, which offer established and emerging artists in diverse disciplines an opportunity to explore the creative use of sound. Separate programs exist for writers, musicians and sound artists, and new media artists. Artists may apply to only one program per year.

Deadline: Friday, October 31st

Accepting Submissions: Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Fund
The Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Fund furthers the development of exceptional character-driven, non-fiction works that spotlight contemporary themes with an original focus and bold, creative filmmaking. Grants of at least $10,000 will be awarded in 2015 to feature-length documentaries with an intended length of at least seventy minutes and should creatively document unique character(s). Deadline: Wednesday, November 5th

Matter Accelerator Program for Media Entrepreneurs: Call for Applications
Matter is now accepting applications for its investment program for media entrepreneurs. The program gives entrepreneurs $50,000 for five months of runway to assess customers' needs, prototype solutions, and build traction with audiences. Applications are rolling, with an intended January 2015 start date.

Call for Submissions: If I Had a Trillion Dollars Youth Film Festival
Submissions are now being accepted for the 5th annual If I Had a Trillion Dollars Youth Film Festival. Youth (ages 23 years old and younger) are invited to submit videos (no longer than three minutes) answering the question, "If you had the power to choose, how would you spend one trillion dollars? What could that money do for your family, for your community, for the nation, or the world?" Deadline: Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Nonprofit Technology Network

NTEN Webinars

Town Hall: October 2014
Wednesday, October 8th • 10 to 11am
free for everyone!

How to Create Great Visual Media Content on a Shoestring Budget
Thursday, October 9th • 11am to 12pm
free for everyone!

Product Spotlight: Benefits and Features of a Web-Based Donor Management System
Thursday, October 23rd • 11am to 12pm
free for everyone!

Measuring What Matters: Outcome-Based Evaluation in Arts and Social Justice Projects
Wednesday, October 29th • 11am to 12pm
$30 for members, $60 for nonmembers

Content Strategy for Nonprofits: Getting Started
Wednesday, November 5th • 11am to 12pm
free for members, $60 for nonmembers

Content Strategy for Nonprofits: Tech Tools to Get the Job Done
Wednesday, November 12th • 11am to 12pm
free for members, $60 for nonmembers

Content Strategy for Nonprofits: The Content Life-Cycle
Wednesday, November 19th • 11am to 12pm
free for members, $60 for nonmembers

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