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your latest media arts + culture news—March 2017

Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong and Leah Mahan
New ALLIANCE Consulting Producers Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong and Leah Mahan

From the Executive Director

Wendy Levy

This month, I’m excited to introduce The ALLIANCE community to two new members of our incredible Consulting Producers network and let you know a little more about our new Creative Workforce Development Initiative.

We welcome Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong, who will be producing HatchLabs in Philadelphia, New Orleans and Chicago. In her own words, she is a storyteller, editor, and strategist who “lives for complex multimedia projects.” She comes to us fresh from a Storytelling Fellowship at OpenIDEO and previously was a Communications Manager for Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School.

Her background is in development communications and public radio, exploring the narratives of technology and policy. Prior to joining EPoD, Adwoa worked as a consultant for IFDC Nigeria. She has also worked in communications at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Our 2017 HatchLabs will incubate collaborative media projects in racial equity, identity, and culture.

We are also thrilled that award-winning documentary filmmaker Leah Mahan is joining The ALLIANCE's Consulting Producer Network. Leah’s most recent film is Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek, a documentary about a coastal Mississippi community settled by emancipated slaves that is threatened by urban sprawl and environmental contamination. Leah began her career in film in 1988 as a research assistant for filmmaker Henry Hampton on the acclaimed PBS series Eyes on the Prize.

Leah will be planning our first Story Revival in Cleveland, Mississippi, in collaboration with Reveal/Center for Investigative Reporting. Story Revivals are community events that feature local cuisine, black + white church choirs singing together, documentary film screenings with candid town hall-style conversation, and poetry by emerging young voices. The idea is to revive the spirit through storytelling, raise the roof with music, and come together in unexpected ways. After Mississippi, we hope to be seeding Story Revivals across the country. 

Downhome Story Revival
ALLIANCE Story Revivals will feature local cuisine, black and white church choirs singing together, documentary film screenings, candid town hall-style conversation, and poetry by emerging young voices.

As of this writing, the future of the National Endowment for the Arts and other cultural agencies remains unknown. Net Neutrality and internet freedom are at serious risk. Making a living as an artist in the United States is unsustainable for most, despite the need for artists in economic and community development, science and technology, civic engagement, education, and so much more. The ALLIANCE's Creative Workforce Development Initiative (in partnership with The Raben Group) is intended to be a dramatic new model of social reform uniquely designed for the digital generation. The effort will impact the resiliency of cities by reinforcing a vibrant creative economy that can bolster civic identity and safeguard against unchecked gentrification and displacement. We intend to leverage public/private funding to support arts organizations and artists with:

  • Advanced, networked professional development;
  • Job and social entrepreneurship training;
  • Subsidized mentorship and apprenticeship opportunities;
  • Startup funding to build creative businesses, communities of practice, socially-beneficial creative initiatives, and nonprofit arts organizations that serve low-income communities;
  • Public/private investment to support, hire, and retain creative staff, business managers, and cultural producers; and
  • Skills and tools to increase local creative impact and social accountability.
There is much work to be done and so many stories to be shared. Art thrives in resistance; we can and will create abundance from scarcity. This is real. If you are not already a member, join The ALLIANCE today and let’s build together.

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Wide Angle Youth Media

Member News and Notes

Wide Angle Youth Producers Film Baltimore Education Rally
In early March, students, teachers, and local government employees gathered in downtown Baltimore to protest impending $130-million budget cuts to Baltimore City Public Schools, and Wide Angle Youth Media's Destiny Brown and Tahir Juba were on hand to document the rally—check out their short film here.

On Moonlight Dir. Barry Jenkins's Roots with NW Film Forum
In honor of Barry Jenkins' Oscar win, Northwest Film Forum posted a overview of its nearly decade-long history with the director, including a 2009 Q&A about his debut feature Medicine for Melancholy, a NFF-commissioned short film he made the same year, and a promotional video he recorded on behalf of the organization.

Lily Keber Produces Short on BLM at New Orelans' Second Line
New Orleans' annual Second Line parade is a black tradition dating back over a century; in February, the Nine Times Social Aid and Pleasure Club made a more political statement than usual with their march through the 9th Ward. Producer Lily Keber and local filmmaker Zac Manuel filmed the parade for MTV News and interviewed residents about their takes on Black struggle and its history, from the Black Panthers to the Black Lives Matter movement today. Check out the video and read the associated article here.
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C.O.M.E. to the Arts

New and Renewing Members

Angela Adair (Vancouver, BC), Artist, Teach Me Beads

Renewing! Better Youth, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA)

Ben Marlowe (Berkeley, CA), filmmaker

Renewing! C.O.M.E. to The Arts (Atlanta, GA)

Craig Sinclair (Brooklyn, NY), Senior Advisor, Vivid Story

Renewing! Global Action Project (New York, NY)

Erica Jordan (San Francisco, CA), Director, Pivotal Eye

Jessie Levandov (Brooklyn, NY), Director of Youth Documentary Workshop, Educational Video Center

Nicole Bernardi-Reis (Chicago, IL), Executive Director, IFP Chicago

Nneka Gigi (Gardena, CA), Visual Artist, Student

One Love Global (Lansing, MI)

Radley Projects (Alpine, TX)

Renewing! Raw Art Works: Real to Reel Filmschool (Lynn, MA)

Renewing! Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT)

Rebel Crew Light & Sound (New Caney, TX)

Renewing! Stephanie Ricks (Sandy Springs, GA), Founder & CEO, Delton Center Communication

Renewing! TV Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)

Renewing! Wide Angle Youth Media (Baltimore, MD)

Grants and Calls

Call for Applications: 2017 IDFAcademy Summer School
The IDFAcademy Summer School, which this summer runs from July 3rd through 8th, offers first- or second-time directors a mix of individual coaching, group sessions, and cultural programming with esteemed filmmakers and film professionals. Deadline: Wednesday, March 15th

California Arts Council: Arts and Public Media Program
The Arts and Public Media program supports multi-platform nonprofit media projects that demonstrate a clear approach to building public awareness and support for the arts as a central component of daily life: accessible to all, reflecting contributions from all of California’s diverse populations, and fostering civic engagement. 
Deadline: Wednesday, March 15th

Call for Applications: Maine Media Workshops + College
Each summer, Maine Media Workshops + College hires approximately 75 people to run its creative programs. Open positions include teaching assistants, film technical staff, editors, photography studio staff, darkroom interns, teen program counselors, media producers, and digital services staff. Deadline: Friday, March 31st

Call for Submissions: 2017 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival
AoBFF seeks submissions of features, shorts, and screenplays connected in some way to Brooklyn (cast/crew, production, content, theme, etc.). Late deadline: Friday, April 7th

15th Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
Yamagata festival seeks submissions of feature-length documentary films completed after November 2016 for its international competition section. Second deadline: Saturday, April 15th

more Grants and Calls on the Job Bank
Hollywood Theatre

Job Bank

Community Mager, Impact Hub Baltimore (Baltimore, MD)—due Wednesday, March 15th

Membership Manager, Hollywood Theatre (Portland, OR)—due Friday, March 31st

Executive Director, Holyoke Media (Holyoke, MA)—due Friday, March 31st

Operations Manager, Impact Hub Oakland (Oakland, CA)—due Friday, March 31st

Marketing and Public Relations Director, Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago, IL)—due Monday, April 3rd

Open until filled
Community Manager, Harmony Institute (New York, NY)
Communications and Press Manager, Milwaukee Film (Milwaukee, WI)
President and General Manager, WDSE/WRPT (Duluth, MN)

more jobs on the Job Bank
Battle for the Net

From the ALLIANCE Blog

Last week, The ALLIANCE joined nearly 200 arts, communications, and media organizations on a Battle for the Net letter asking the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to protect internet freedom and net neutrality.

Dear Chairman Pai and Senators Thune and Nelson,

In 2015, millions of people made their support for net neutrality clear in comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) supporting the Open Internet Order.

Protecting net neutrality is crucial to ensuring that the internet remains a central driver of economic growth and opportunity, job creation, education, free expression, and civic organizing for everyone.

The principles of net neutrality—that all data on the internet should be treated equally, and internet service providers (ISPs) should not discriminate or provide preference to any data, regardless of its source, content, or destination—are the foundation that has made the internet the engine of opportunity it is today.

The continuation of net neutrality is essential to the continued growth of the country and to ensuring access to social, political, and economic empowerment for all.


The ALLIANCE's Storytelling Matters blog 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!

Women's Rights Online

Media Policy Watch

By Rose Kaplan

Last Wednesday was International Women's Day, and Public Knowledge's Gus Rossi published an insightful look at the "digital gender gap." Some statistics: women are nearly 50% less likely to access the internet than men; "once online, women are 30-50% less likely than men to use the Internet to increase their income or participate in public life'; three quarters of women have been exposed to some form of cyber violence; and, troublingly, between 2013 and 2016, the global internet user gender gap actually widened—from 11 to 12%. Check out the Web Foundation's Women's Rights Online report for more.

Turning to another diversity gap, February was Black History Month, and PK's Yosef Getachew offers a similarly solid overview of African Americans in STEM, from unsung past contributions (for example, Hidden Figures' Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson) to current challenges, as well as various initiatives—some political and some led by black tech industry leaders—to address those challenges.

For racial justice and open internet activists, it seems clear that such initiatives are now more crucial than ever. As U.S. Representative Maxine Walters said at a recent gathering celebrating the two-year anniversary of the FCC's Net Neutrality rules (more on the FCC shortly), "The internet and social media have empowered individuals and communities all across this country to organize and mobilize in unprecedented numbers. You have to ask yourself, who would benefit [from] any attempt to roll back internet freedoms?”

Meanwhile, new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has followed a troubling course of action since being promoted by President Trump, openly denigrating his own agency's Net Neutrality rules, and more.

Visions du Réel

Workshops, Festivals, Convenings

Women Make Movies: Sonia Kennebeck and Ines Hofmann Kanna on the making of National Bird
Wednesday, March 22nd, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

New York, NY

Cinéma du Réel 39
Friday through Sunday, March 24th through April 2nd
Paris, France

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Thursday through Sunday, April 6th through 9th
Durham, NC

Spy Hop Youth Workshop: Audio Production with Pro Tools
Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 11th through 27th, 4–6 p.m.
Salt Lake City, UT

Visions du Réel 2017
Friday through Saturday, April 21st through 29th
Nyon, Switzerland

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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