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eBulletin • July 2013

What's New at NAMAC 

New NAMAC Member Benefit
We have embarked on an exciting new partnership with the Americans for the Arts Action Fund (Arts Action Fund). NAMAC members will receive Free Advocate membership to the Arts Action Fund at no cost whatsoever.

The Arts Action Fund is the nation’s largest grassroots advocacy network advancing the arts on both the electoral and legislative landscapes to promote more vibrant and livable communities throughout the country. Be on the lookout next week for a joint letter from NAMAC and the Arts Action Fund that provides more details about this exciting new partnership.

Engagement Resources?
Recently, NAMAC co-sponsored a national call hosted by Arts & Democracy Project, on the role of film in community engagement and organizing. The call included speakers from Active Voice and Working Films, as well as engagement teams from the films Fruitvale Station, Herman's House, Land of Opportunity, and 13 in the Hole. Listen to a recording of the entire conversation here.

If you have resources on engagement and want to include them in a compilation newsletter, please email aggie [at] and share your work with a national community.

Resources for Teaching & Discussing Visual Art
Art21 produces free teaching materials, including 32-page Educators' Guides, to accompany each season of the PBS broadcast series, "Art in the Twenty-First Century," and other Art21 films. The Educators Guide and supplementary online materials provide opportunities for critical thinking and creative problem-solving relevant to all age groups, including K-12.

Throughout 2013, Art21 is making all of its films available for free public screening. Find a screening event near you, and learn how to host a screening in your community!

Custom-Made Webinar for NAMAC Community!

The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) will design and host a professional development webinar for the NAMAC Community. For free! All they need to know is what topic interests you.

So, what do you want to learn? The webinar can be on a topic that NTEN has covered before, or it can be completely new. Take a look at NTEN's scope of work. Email aggie [at], tweet @namac, or share on NAMAC's Facebook wall what webinar you'd like designed just for you and your nonprofit!

Affiliate Member Benefits
Your organization's members are entitled to a free Affiliate Membership in NAMAC.
Encourage your Affiliates to join in this network of organizations, artists, and educators in the media arts, who continue boldly to create space for important stories to be told and seen. Your Members can register for a (free!) Affiliate Membership here!

Announcements from Members and Allies

We Want to Showcase Your Work!
If you have announcements, calls-to-action, or other news to share, fill out this form by August 15 to have your work and news featured in NAMAC's August eBulletin!

Artists and Health Insurance Survey
Artists: do you have health insurance? Take this anonymous survey to document your experience. Future of Music Coalition (FMC), Artists Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC), and Fractured Atlas are conducting a survey of US-based artists about their access to health insurance on the eve of the Affordable Care Act. The survey will be open from July 17 – Aug 31.

Click here to participate in this survey. Your answers are anonymous and confidential, and the survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. We urge you to participate. The results will be used to help understand the health insurance needs and priorities of the artist community.

Appalshop Awarded NEA Our Town Grant
Congratulations to NAMAC Member Appalshop for earning an NEA Our Town grant to artistically document the cultural history of Jenkins, KY. The grant will support the creation of murals, a large-scale photographic installation, and a media-rich walking tour that will reflect the city's coal mining heritage and its evolving contemporary image to present a robust portrait of the place. We look forward to learning more about this project as it evolves! More info here. 

Documentary on Arts in the Public Schools
H.Y.P.E. Youth Media has received a micro-grant from The World We Want Foundation to produce a feature-length documentary addressing a critical challenge in the educational system: the elimination of arts education in public schooling. The film will focus specifically on Allentown but will have implications for communities around the country struggling against or creatively thinking about similar challenges. HYPE is asking for your support to tell this story that matters to so many of us in the field.

Maiden Alley Cinema Goes Digital
In a bittersweet testament to the times, Leadership Institute alum Maiden Alley Cinema is making the transition to digital. They recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign, but are still seeking donations to meet the final stretch. Check out the Maiden Alley Cinema Facebook page to learn why you should support this central and vibrant cultural institution in Paducah, KY.


Film on Online Privacy in Select Theaters Now
If you can, see this timely documentary film about online privacy, Terms & Conditions May Apply. Learn what you're agreeing to online and
how companies like Facebook and Google are tracking your digital profile and using your private information. Screenings coming up in Seattle, Denver, Phoenix, San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego. To request a screening in a theater near you, click here.

Kartemquin Earns THREE Emmy Nominations!
The King Midas of documentary film companies, the team at Kartemquin Films has earned three Emmy nominations. The Interrupters was nominated twice, for "Outstanding Informational Programming—Long-Form" and "Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form." As Goes Janesville was nominated for "Outstanding Investigative Journalism—Long-Form." We look forward to seeing more work from these masterful storytellers.

NAMAC Member Spotlight

NAMLE Conference 2013 Youth Media Panel

On Friday July 12 and Saturday July 13, media literacy educators and advocates convened at the National Association for Media Literacy Education Conference in southern California. Interactive and energetic panels took on the Common Core Standards, the role of technology in the classroom, and innovative ways educators are integrating media literacy across curricula. When media literacy educators lead a conference, you're bound to walk away with some deep learning. Catch some of the great insights via #NAMLE13 on Twitter.

NAMAC was proud to host a panel to identify strategic and specific action steps towards creating an integrated, national media education policy in the United States. Youth media leaders Ingrid Hu Dahl, Dain Olsen, and Kathleen Tyner led a structured discussion to seek input, critical questions, and feedback from the audience. Read the live blog from our panel here.
Member Benefits

Heinz College 
Through an educational partnership with Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College, Heinz is offering a $6,000-per-semester minimum scholarship for NAMAC organizational members and Affiliate Members enrolling in their full-time, Master of Arts Management degree program. Deadline: January 10, 2014.

Shutterstock Image & Video Licensing Discount
Through this partnership, all NAMAC Members—including Student, Independent Professional, and Affiliates—receive a 15% discount on standard licenses for Shutterstock's vast library of royalty-free video clips and royalty-free images. This offer is available between May 2013 and December 1, 2013. Learn how you can redeem your Member discount here

NAMLE Membership Discounts
NAMAC is pleased to announce a partnership with the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). 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. Learn more about how you can redeem your discount here.

NTEN Membership and Webinar Discounts
NAMAC is proud of its 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. Learn more about what the NTEN membership will mean for you here.

Affiliate Member Benefits
Your organization's members are entitled to a free Affiliate Membership in NAMAC. Learn about some of the direct benefits of Affiliate Membership here. Encourage your organization's Members to join with us in this network of services, artists, and educators in the media arts by registering for a (free!) Affiliate Membership here!

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 and support for your membership. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with ideas on what types of services, programming, and membership benefits would best foster your work in the independent media arts.

Call to Action: Catch Some (Air) Waves!

Start a Low Power FM Community Radio Station! Thanks to passage of the Local Community Radio Act, nonprofit groups will have a one-time chance to apply for free FM radio licenses in cities and towns across the country on October 15, 2013!

This is the largest expansion of community radio in U.S. history and the final major opportunity to grab a slice of the FM dial. Prometheus Radio Project and Brown Paper Tickets are supporting groups to apply for licenses and to get on the air.

Low power FM community radio stations are locally owned and operated. They've proven to be powerful tools for promoting local arts and culture, amplifying local artists and organizing around community issues. Community radio provides a platform for youth voices, technical skill building, and leadership development. These stations can be streamed online and integrated with new technologies to have a global reach. In a time of deep cuts for local news departments and public spaces, community radio can fill many important needs. Read station profiles of groups Prometheus Radio Project has helped get on the air.

Contact Prometheus Radio Project for more information and to create a profile of your organization so that you can receive the most recent updates. Look up their Torchbearers program which provides extra support.

Brown Paper Tickets can assist with fundraising and organizational development through their Doer Program. Doer Sabrina Roach specializes in public interest media. Follow the "Low power FM" link on the Brown Paper
Tickets homepage
Imagine Science Films


Director of Programming, Imagine Science Films (Brooklyn, NY)—due July 25th

Media Arts Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts (Washington, DC)—due July 25th

Development Director, Arts Corps (Seattle, WA)—due July 26th

Project Coordinator, Northampton Community Television (Northampton, MA)—due July 26th

Development and Administrative Assistant, Portsmouth Public Media (Portsmouth, NH)—due July 26th

Development Director/Manager, DiverseWorks (Houston, TX)—due July 28th

Executive Director, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (Pueblo, CO)—due July 29th

Community Manager, Imagine Science Films (New York, NY)—due July 31st

Education Program Consultant, Independent Filmmaker Project (Brooklyn, NY)—due July 31st

Membership/Sales Coordinator, Independent Filmmaker Project (Brooklyn, NY)—due July 31st

Special Events Coordinator, Independent Filmmaker Project (Brooklyn, NY)—due July 31st

Managing Director, National Film Festival for Talented Youth (Seattle, WA)—due July 31st

Expanded Learning Site Director, High School for Graphic Communication Arts, Urban Arts Partnership (New York, NY)—due July 31st

Program Coordinator, StoryStudio, Urban Arts Partnership (New York, NY)—due July 31st

Grants Manager, Youth Speaks (San Francisco, CA)—due July 31st

Assistant, 2014 Westchester Jewish Film Festival, Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleasantville, NY)—due August 1st

Executive Director, Clifton Cultural Arts Center (Cincinnati, OH)—due August 2nd

Site Coordinator—Education, Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleasantville, NY)—due August 5th

Program Assistant, ShadowLight Productions (San Francisco, CA)—due August 5th

Cultural Arts Coordinator, City Manager's Office (Evanston, IL)—due August 13th

Digital Media Manager, Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ)—due August 16th

Executive Director, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)—due August 31st
Open until filled
Director of Business and Operations, Active Voice (San Francisco, CA)

Youth Coordinator, Bay Area Video Coalition (San Francisco, CA)

Field Services Coordinator, Community Media, BRIC (Brooklyn, NY)

Festival Administrator, Camden International Film Festival (Camden, ME)

Communications Coordinator, Common Sense Media (San Francisco, CA)

Senior Account Executive, Digital—New York Office, Fenton (New York, NY)

Community Manager, Independent Filmmaker Project (Brooklyn, NY)

Programming Manager, Independent Television Services (San Francisco, CA)

Technology Training Coordinator, Mission Economic Development Agency SF (San Francisco CA)

Full-Time Faculty, Pittsburgh Filmmakers (Pittsburgh, PA)

Assistant Director, Reel 2 Reel Filmschool, Raw Art Works (Lynn, MA)

Coordinator, Custom Services, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Development Associate, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Interim Senior Coordinator, StoryCorps Legacy (Brooklyn, NY)

Curatorial Assistant, The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, NY)

Education Assistant, The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, NY)

Multimedia Teacher, Vision Education and Media (New York, NY)
MacArthur Foundation Documentary Film Open Call

Grants and Calls

The MacArthur Foundation's Media Program supports the production of documentary films that illuminate human stories within complex social issues. These issues are often critical to our lives, but under-reported in other media. We especially look to fund projects designed to reach a broad audience, particularly in the U.S., through public television broadcast, via community and policymaker screenings, and online. Each year we accept funding applications through an Open Call process. We typically receive about 400 applications and select 8-12 films to receive a grant. Grants are made to production companies and non-profit organizations that are based in the U.S. Deadline: Wednesday, July 31st

Young filmmakers between the ages of 13 and 19 living in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, or Montana may enter a film in any theme or style made after September 1, 2011. Group projects as well as individual works are acceptable. All entries must be student produced. Adult guidance and instruction is permissible, but the primary hands-on creative work and point-of-view must be by a student(s). Submission deadline: Thursday, August 1st

Visual Communication's Armed With a Camera Fellowship nurtures the next generation of Asian Pacific American media artists to capture their world, surroundings and outlook on life. Visual Communications works with the Fellows for seven months and provides special training, mentoring and networking opportunities, access to facilities and equipment, plus a cash and rental stipend to create four to five-minute digital shorts that premiere at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and other venues nationwide. Deadline: Friday, August 2nd

San Francisco Film Society / KRF Filmmaking Grant
This grant supports feature narrative films that through plot, character, theme or setting explore human and civil rights, antidiscrimination, gender and sexual identity and other social issues of our time. Please note, this grant does not support documentary films. Eligibility info and how to apply here. Early Deadline: Wednesday, August 7

NEA Art Works / Media Arts Grant
The NEA Media Arts category offers matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 to support the development, production, distribution, preservation, restoration, and archiving of projects that demonstrate media as art and media about the arts. Media Arts projects supported in the Art Works category should achieve any one of the following four outcomes: Creation, Engagement, Learning, and Livability. Visit the NEA's Art Works page for more information on these categories and how to apply. Deadline: Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Diversity Development Fund provides up to $15,000 in research and development funding to producers of color to develop single documentary programs for public television. Funded activities may include travel, research, script development, preliminary production for fundraising/work-in-progress reels, or other early phase activities. Deadline: Friday, August 16th

San Diego Latino Film Festival

Grants and Calls

San Diego Latino Film Festival
Media Arts Center San Diego is now seeking films and videos for 20th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF), to be held March 13-23, 2014! SDLFF 2014 is seeking innovative works that are 'by', 'about' or 'for' the Latino community, that have been completed between 2013-2014. Films must be submitted with English subtitles if the dialogue is in a language other than English. More on eligibility here. Early Deadline: Friday, September 13th

DOK Leipzig Net Lab 2013
The DOK Leipzig Net Lab is a two-part conference lab open for transmedia creatives, thinkers, and makers. It offers intense individual support for your cross-media project, with an in-depth look at interactive storytelling and media architecture. Filmmakers, media professionals, and transmedia creatives are invited to apply with their multi-platform projects linked to documentary and/or animated film. Up to eight projects will be selected from all applications and the head producer and two team members are invited to participate. Deadline: Sunday, August 18th (with a project) or Wednesday, September 18th (without a project)

Student Travel Media Scholarship
Compathos Foundation will award 5-6 travel media scholarships for a media expedition that will engage students age 17-25 in media literacy, global citizenry, cultural awareness, and social and environmental action. Travel media scholarships will be awarded to a diverse team consisting of a photographer, a journalist, a filmmaker, a musician and interactive artist who will have the opportunity to travel with Global Citizens Network (GCN), to Pernambuco, Brazil for an exciting 14 day culturally immersive media expedition. More info here. Deadline: Sunday, September 15th

Alternative Exposure Grant Program
Alternative Exposure, a grant program of Southern Exposure, supports the independent and self-organized work of artists and small groups that play a critical and significant role in the San Francisco Bay Area arts community. With major support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and additional support from the San Francisco Grants for the Arts/Hotel Tax Fund, Alternative Exposure offers direct support to Bay Area-based unincorporated groups, burgeoning art and gathering spaces, publications, websites, collectives, events, and projects that fall outside the traditional frameworks of support. Deadline: Thursday, September 19th
Amazon Studios, Amazon's content development division, is optioning scripts and accepting short, 2-15 minute "concept videos" for possible development. Selected writers and directors could see their projects bought for up to $200,000. Submissions are accepted on an ongoing, rolling basis.
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