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From the Executive Director

Wendy Levy

Hey Alliance people.

February has brought some incredible momentum to The Alliance; I write this month with some program highlights I want you all to know about:


We are thrilled to announce the 2018 HatchLab grantees – all working on collaborative media projects designed to transform communities, introduce breakthrough ideas, create confidence from volatility, and shine a light on innovation, justice and the power of the collective voice. Everyone on this list was part of the Philadelphia or New Orleans HatchLabs last year. We are supporting responsive networks in those cities, with artists and storytelling at the center of interdisciplinary conversations that lead to culture shifting and co-creation. Check out the projects here.


 Arts2Work has a beautiful case of post-Sundance illumination, and we are working diligently to launch an initiative by Fall 2018 that we believe can transform our industry on a number of levels. As Ava DuVernay said in recently in Hollywood Reporter – “We sit on top of a broken system.” To address this broken-ness, The Alliance is leading the very first National Apprenticeship Program in Media Arts + Creative Technologies, providing on-ramps to creative careers and leadership opportunities for artists of color, youth, women, veterans and the disabled. We are building a national network of forward-thinking media companies who want to be part of the new future of creative work, and media arts centers who are already bootstrapping creative training programs in their communities with no sustainable pathway to jobs or a secure future for themselves or their trainees.  Now that we are a registered program with the US Dept. of Labor, we are working to secure the seed funding to support creative workforce development across this country, with the vision of building accessible pathways to creative jobs for all and ending the sexism, racism and elitism that keeps so many stories from being told, and so many voices from rising up.


If you or your organization are part of the youth media/creative youth development/media literacy community, I hope you check out our Youth Media Video Roundtables this year. They are a dynamic and participatory space (we use to meet your peers, exchange knowledge and resources about innovative practices, and plan new collaborations. These are actual intergenerational conversations – participants often range from 21 - 60, and for our next three roundtables, filmmaker and educator Gemikia Henderson will co-facilitate with Alliance Youth Media leaders Jason Wyman and Myah Overstreet.  If you have a specialty in one of these areas, join us!  If you are part of an organization leading youth media activities in your community, join us. If you are an independent teaching artist with a youth-focused practice, join us! Contact to sign up.

  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018: How to build sustainable platforms for emerging artists
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018: How to tell a single story across multiple platforms including video, podcasting, blogging, social, etc.
  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018: How to nurture a supportive environment for emerging artists to take risks (brave space + safe space…)

More news coming on our 2018 Innovation Studio projects and Creative Leadership Lab. Watch this space.  Join us in this work, and reach out my way if you want to. I’m available at

The momentum and illumination continues. Wakanda + Shuri forever.

~ Wendy

This is your Alliance, working for our collective creative futures.  Join. It feels really good. As always, feel free to reach out my way anytime,

The ALLIANCE eBulletin

your latest media arts + culture news—Febuary 2018

Peter Nicks embedded with the Oakland Police Department for two years to film his new documentary, “The Force.”

Notes from the Field

UnionDocs Collaborative Studio and 5-week Summer Documentary Lab Deadline Approaching
ALLIANCE members UnionDocs are currently accepting applications to programs seeking to push the boundaries of documentary arts, for their upcoming 10-month Collaborative Studio and 5-week Summer Documentary Lab.  Both offer unique opportunities to develop skills, connections, and innovative projects. The Deadline for applications for both is Friday, March 9th.

Helen De Michiel Article Documentary Untethered, Documentary Becoming
Filmmaker, author, and ALLIANCE member Helen De Michiel, published a piece in AFTERIMAGE: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, as one part of a group of articles called A Dossier on Collaborative Documentary Practice. The piece explored the underlying philosophical framework of her filmmaking method, the impact her work has on her, and documentary film as a "collaborative process".
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Still from Lunch Love Community (2015) by Helen De Michiel
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New and Renewing Members

Public Media Network (Kalamazoo, MI)
Public Media Network is a nonprofit community media arts center serving the Greater Kalamazoo area. They offer Education for Employment programs for high school students in radio and video production.

Mariel Nardi (Longwood, Fl)
Mariel Nardi is a trained audio engineer working as a casting assistant for Heinz Corporation.

Ankur Vora (Maharashtra, India)
Ankur Vora is a Media artist working in media arts, animation, and film making.

Jed Riffe Films + Electronic Media (Berkeley, CA)
Jed Riffe Films + Electronic Media (JRF+EM) is a full service motion picture, documentary film and new media production company specializing in developing, producing and distributing prime-time international television specials and series, feature films and interactive media.

Felicia Pride (Los Angeles, CA)
Felicia Pride is an author, screenwriter, and producer. She was a Film Independent Screenwriting Fellow, and A feature film that she wrote is slated for production in 2018 .
Amelia Henderson (Castro Valley, CA)

Media Policy Watch

by Priscilla Genet

Kareem Abeed, producer of the documentary “Last Men in Aleppo,” was recently denied a visa to travel to the United States to attend the Academy Awards ceremony, happening March 4th. His application was rejected under section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, a direct result of president Trump's travel ban on eight countries including Syria, the country Abeed holds a passport for. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has expressed solidarity with Abeed stating "For 90 years, the Oscars have celebrated achievement in the art of filmmaking, which seeks to transcend borders and speak to audiences around the world, regardless of national, ethnic, or religious differences. As supporters of filmmakers — and the human rights of all people — around the globe, we stand in solidarity with Fayyad as well as the film’s producer Kareem Abeed..."

Last week the Federal Communications Council officially published its controversial Net Neutrality Repeal, the repeal itself will occur in April. As a result of repeal being published, Mozilla, consumer groups, and 22 State Attorneys General, are in process of filling lawsuits, which must be filed within the 60 days allowed for effected parties.

Internal communications watchdogs for the Federal Communications Council have began an investigation of their chairman Ajiit Pai, in relation to his push last April to approve rules allowing television broadcasters to have a massive increase in stations they own. A few weeks after the new rules were approved Sinclair Broadcasting announced a $3.9 billion deal to buy Tribune Media, arousing public suspicion concerning Pai's motives.

We want to hear from you. Are you concerned with any national media policy stories that are underreported? Are there any local stories in your area that need highlighting? Please let us know.

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Workshops, Festivals, Convenings

TrueFalse Film Festival
Thursday, March 1st - Sunday, March 4th
Columbia, Missouri

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
Friday, March 2nd - Sunday, March 11th
Thessaloniki, Greece

SXSW Film Festival
Friday, March 9th - Saturday, March 17th
Austin, Texas

Power of Women Film Fest
March 9th - 11th
Portland Oregon

Miami Film Festival
Friday, March 9th - Sunday, March 18th
Miami, Florida

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
Thursday, March 22nd - Sunday March  25th
Sebastopol, CA

Ann Arbor Film Festival
March 20-25,
Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Grants and Calls

CAAM Open Call
With support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), CAAM provides production funding to independent producers who make engaging Asian American works for public television.
Deadline: Thursday March 1st, 2018

BDC Films Fellowship Program
The Bronx Documentary Center Films Fellowship Program invites traditionally underrepresented documentary filmmakers to participate in a free year-long documentary filmmaking fellowship at the BDC.
Deadline: Thursday, March 15th, 2018

IDFAcademy Summer School

The IDFAcademy Summer School offers first- or second-time directors the opportunity to meet and work with highly esteemed filmmakers and film professionals who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with emerging film talent.
Deadline: Thursday, March 15th, 2018

The West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival
The West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival is seeking short works (10 minutes and under) in narrative (film & video), experimental art, documentary and animation.
Deadline: Monday, March 19th, 2018

From the Alliance Blog

Family Pictures USA Redefines the Collective Storytelling Process

Over a hundred families came together from all over Detroit and its suburbs during the summer of 2017 to share and remember their histories through the lens of an often overlooked historical document: the family photo album.

The summer marked the 50th anniversary of the July 1967 uprising, a period of civil unrest that dramatically transformed the city and would leave an enduring impression on the nation. Through community photo sharing and intimate interviews conducted throughout the Detroit landscape, a new portrait of the city emerged—one told through the voices and family photographs of poets, historians, entrepreneurs, architects, and activists; people who had lived through the ’67 uprising and many who hadn’t, but had faith in the city’s recovery.

For the first time, their stories, which challenge Detroit stereotypes and give new shape to its history, will broadcast nationally in an upcoming public television show: Family Pictures USA. The show will debut in a rapidly evolving era of digital media, defined in part by new algorithms to regulate consumption, the proliferation of fake news, and other profit-driven models that obscure more nuanced, more urgent truths. What could this mean for the future of collective storytelling?



Storytelling Matters features original and curated writing and photography about global story culture and innovation in order to facilitate conversation about the ethical and responsible use of creative technologies in community. If you have a story to share, let us know!

2018 Artist-In-Residency Open Call: Flux Factory

Job Bank

Operations Coordinator, Yleana Leadership Academy (New York, NY)

Faculty Position in Media Creation and Multicultural Studies, Executive Director 4Culture  (King County, Wa)

Training Coordinator, BronxNet TV (Bronx, Ny)

Master Control Operator, BronxNet Tv (Bronx, NY)

Director of Development, Center for Asian American Media (San Francisco, CA)

Managing Director – Women’s Screenwriting Retreat Social Media Specialist, Global Fund for Women (San Francisco, Ca)

more jobs on the Job Bank

THE JOYS OF ALLIANCE MEMBERSHIP • Networked Web PortalA robust website that visually showcases the impact stories of member organizations and individual artists serving marginalized and under-resourced communities across the country and around the world • Leadership RoundtablesQuarterly Creative Leadership Roundtables will be developed as a year-round participatory framework for peer-to-peer mentorship relevant to a range of arts and culture staff, from founders to mid-career leaders and next-gen emerging voices • Innovation StudioA virtual and actual lab space to receive mentorship and support in the development of unique open source media/arts/tech initiatives, with an opportunity to present your ideas to funders and investors • Media Policy Action HubThis very public action hub will aggregate breaking news, legislation and current campaigns in a live interactive map interface, focusing on issues like net neutrality, surveillance and human rights, censorship and free press • Global Artist Residency Program and FundTo facilitate the most dynamic collaborations between artists, organizations and communities, The ALLIANCE will partner with trusted cultural exchange programs to design The ALLIANCE co-branded media arts residencies, with a companion fund to support collaborative projects between artists and NGOs • National ConferenceBiennial gathering of the media arts and culture community

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