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your latest media arts + culture news—September 2016

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From the Executive Director

Wendy Levy

Hey everyone, happy September. It’s been a memorable summer in so many ways—and even though I longed to be at the beach and was often catapulted into digital jealousy from the stellar vacation pix of my friends, the work we were immersed in at NAMAC was beautiful. If you actually read this eBulletin, you’ve heard about the 2016 ALLIANCE Conference, the launch of the interactive Fence Project (with an augmented reality photography app free for member organizations to use for local projects!) and the Creative Leadership Lab at Sundance—and as we round the bend to Q4 2016, we’re in Membership Drive mode so we can end the year stronger than we’ve ever been.

Over this last year, my first leading this incredible organization—I witnessed firsthand the power of creative collaboration. This Alliance re-emerged with an energy and vision that has brought folks together in new ways, created intersections and opportunities, catalyzed optimism and intentionality, laid the groundwork for sustainability, supported experimentation and innovation. We kicked off a national effort in Collective Impact in Youth Media, we produced 3 HatchLabs bringing together scientists, media makers and community activists to create projects together, our 2015 and 2016 Creative Leadership alumni are already working together in their communities—and we have put in a proposal to the National Endowment for the Arts to deepen and expand that work. Hundreds of you have participated in the Future of Storytelling Video Roundtables, attended the conference, led workshops, saw VR in a cultural context for the very first time, and found some new inspiration for your own work.

If any of this resonates for you, now is the time to help us continue all this goodness, support it, own it, and gift it to others. We have special GIFT MEMBERSHIPS available for Individuals that come with a beautiful email gift certificate and an ALLIANCE TOTE BAG made from recycled materials. Executive Directors—join at the Organizational Level and we’ll send TOTE BAGS for 10 of your staff! TOTE BAGS for Everyone! We’ll help all new members get acclimated to the community with a video orientation, and will help them get their member page up on the website, or their video in the screening room. Renew your own membership, join for the first time, or give a gift membership to the artists, storytellers, creative educators and changemakers in your life.

DO IT TODAY—it means a LOT to us. To me personally, to the Board, to the Consulting Producers, Mentors and Advisors who are the heart and soul of this Alliance—and to this entire community. We are a MEMBERSHIP Organization, after all. There is power in our numbers, and we need your voice and your participation. Join Today


NAMAC on the Road

The National Alliance for Media Arts + Culture will be presenting and representing at the following events and convenings this month:

ESoDoc, the European Social Documentary conference 
Yesterday, Executive Director Wendy Levy headed to Palermo, Italy for ESoDoc 2016. While developing new partnerships for NAMAC's global lab and residency programs, she will deliver a Keynote talk entitled “Responsive and Responsible Cinema: The New Soul Of Documentary.”

National Museum of African American History and Culture
On Friday, September 23rd, with a posse of NAMAC members and partners from Oakland and beyond, we will be in Washington, D.C. for the opening of this historic museum at the Smithsonian. Congratulations to media artists Hank Willis Thomas, Chris Johnson, Bayete Ross Smith, and Kamal Sinclair on their transformative Question Bridge: Black Males project being included in the permanent collection. This is huge.

International Documentary Association: Getting Real 2016
Straight from D.C., we'll head to Los Angeles to join the conversations on art, diversity, and sustainability at Getting Real, the conference of the International Documentary Association. NAMAC filmmaker members, this conference is your tribe at work! Hope to see you there.
My Enemy, My Brother

Notes from the Field

BIG Helps Launch New Community Journalism Project
BEYOND BOSTON is a new monthly regional news magazine spotlighting reporting from Boston-area community access television centers, including new member Brookline Interactive Group. The pilot episode debuted last month—watch it here.

NCTV Takes Home 4 Awards at ACM 2016 Conference
Renewing member Northampton Community Television won four Hometown Media Awards at the Alliance for Community Media's 2016 conference in Boston last month, including Best Overall Excellence in PEG Access. Watch NCTV's 2015 highlight reel here.

Three WMM Films Earn News/Doc Emmy Nominations
Leah Wolchok's Very Semi-Serious, Ann Shin's My Enemy, My Brother, and Johanna Hamilton's 1971—all part of Women Make Movies' Production Assistance Program—received News and Documentary Emmy nominations; the award winners will be announced later this month.

NAMLE Media Literacy Week Launches Next Month
Inspired by Canada’s Media Literacy Week and now in its 2nd year, the National Alliance for Media Literacy Education's Media Literacy Week works to bring attention and visibility to media literacy education in the United States and showcase the work of amazing media literacy educators and organizations around the country. Media Literacy Week 2016 will run Monday through Friday, October 31st through November 4th.
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Brookline Interactive Group

New and Renewing Members

Brookline Interactive Group (Brookline, MA) is an integrated media and technology education center and community media hub for Brookline, MA and the region. 

Nicholette Ihenacho (Harbor City, CA) is a marketing consultant and graphic designer and the principal at Cinik Media, a creative agency that aims to help small business and individuals with branding and design.

Jacklyn Lord (Bloomington, IN) is an independent media and research analyst and communications designer.

Renewing member! Northampton Community TV (Northampton, MA) is a community media center and public access TV station offering multimedia equipment, training, and expertise.

A communications executive and independent producer, Simone Pero (Yonkers, NY) is the founder of For Impact Productions and a visiting faculty member at the Stony Brook Killer Films MFA.

Charles Stephens (Atlanta, GA) is the Founder and Executive Director of the Counter Narrative Project, which seeks to build power among Black gay men through community mobilization, media organizing, policy advocacy, and training.

Renee Tajima-Peña (Los Angeles, CA) is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and a professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at UCLA.

Schyler Waterman (Santa Barbara, CA), Just Think
Athena Film Festival

Grants and Calls

2017 Athena Film Festival
Hosted by Barnard College, Athena seeks submissions of documentaries, features, and shorts that reveal diverse narratives of women leaders and highlight the talents of emerging artists. Deadline: Thursday, September 15th

Call for Submissions: Docs for Sale
This international documentary cinema market, held in Amsterdam during the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, attracts TV buyers, sales agents, distributors, and festival programmers worldwide. Deadline: Thursday, September 15th

Call for Applications: 2017 ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art
The A Blade of Grass fellowship is an active, year-long funding relationship that offers fellows $20,000 in support (can also cover living expenses) for socially engaged projects in which art is a catalyst for social change. Letter of Interest deadline: Monday, September 19th

Call for Applications: 2017 Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship
Emerging documentary editors are sought for the Karen Schmeer Fellowship, which offers fellows a variety of benefits including veteran mentorship, admission to multiple film festivals and workshops, and a small cash award ($1000). Deadline: Friday, September 30th

LMCC Creative Engagement Fund
Create Engagement is an arts funding program of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council that provides seed grants to individual artists and nonprofit organizations for projects and activities that offer Manhattan communities diverse artistic experiences. Deadline: Friday, September 30th

Call for Submissions: SF Virtual Reality International Film Festival
SFVRIFF seeks narrative, documentary, animation, and experimental VR film submissions with compelling stories and art that change the landscape of visual storytelling and offer groundbreaking VR content. Deadline: Friday, September 30th

Call for Applications: NALIP Emerging Content Creators Workshop
The opening session at this year's Latino Lens Festival and Showcase, this workshop will bring together up-and-coming content creators with high level executives to discuss what emerging Latino visionaries need to know in order to succeed in their craft. Deadline: Friday, October 7th

more Grants and Calls on the Job Bank
San Francisco Art Institute

Job Bank

Lecture Hall and Exhibitions Technician, San Francisco Art Institute (San Francisco, CA)—due Sunday, September 25th

Grants Manager and Administrative Associate, ArtPlace America (Brooklyn, NY)—due Friday, September 30th

Executive Assistant, The Film Foundation (New York, NY)—due Friday, September 30th

Communications and Outreach Assistant, Leeway Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)—due Friday, September 30th

Director of Cultural Affairs, City of Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)—due Friday, October 7th

Open until filled
Life Academy High School Multimedia Project Coach, Alternatives in Action (Oakland, CA)
Fine Arts and Media Director, Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester (Dorchester, MA)
Assistant General Manager, Film Streams (Omaha, NE)
Executive Director, Houston Cinema Society (Houston, TX)
Operations Manager, Imagine Science Films (Brooklyn, NY)
Digital Content Manager, National September 11 Memorial & Museum (New York, NY)
Assistant Professor in Film and Media Arts, Temple University, Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia, PA)
Chair, Department of Radio-Television-Film, Moody College of Communication, University of Texas (Austin, TX)

more jobs on the Job Bank
Elspeth Revere: After 25 Years of Grant Making, I Worry We Have Lost Sight of Nonprofit Struggles

News + Opinion


reprinted from the Chronicle of Philanthropy,

Too often in America discussions about philanthropy disproportionately focus on donors and foundations rather than on the organizations that receive the money. In recent years, we seem to have forgotten that philanthropy succeeds only when foundations and nonprofits have strong partnerships that recognize the complexity of the problems we seek to solve and the need for solid, sophisticated, and sustainable nonprofit institutions to envision a better future and carry out the work.

As I look back at the quarter of a century I spent in an extraordinary job at the MacArthur Foundation, I worry about philanthropic trends—and I urge us all to focus on how grant makers can better support and sustain essential nonprofit organizations over the long term.

The grantees I encountered in my foundation role are visionaries and public intellectuals, tackling important and difficult challenges facing society. They are also leaders and managers of nonprofit organizations, responsible for overseeing all the functions of a mission-based "business" (planning, evaluation, hiring, and managing the staff; financial management; board development). And they are responsible for raising the money to keep their work moving forward.

National Core Arts Standards

Media Policy Watch

By Rose Kaplan

Late last month, we posted an open letter and call to action on about California Assembly Bill 2862. AB 2862, which was approved by the State Legislature last week, authorizes an update to the state's visual and performing arts (VAPA) content standards, which have not been revised since 2001, but seemed to deliberately exclude the media arts from its consideration of the VAPA standards.

Since then, however, due to rapid and powerful public outcry, California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has assured those in the media arts community that the state is committed to the explicit inclusion of the media arts in subsequent revisions of its visual and performing arts standards—as noted by Dain Olsen, a media arts teacher in the Los Angeles public schools who was previously the writing chair of the National Core Arts Standards: Media Arts.

The Pacifica Radio Archives comprise more than 90,000 hours of radio programming dating back to 1949, including rare recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Upton Sinclair, Rosa Parks and Malcolm X—" some of the best primary sources for activist history," according to Radio Preservation Task Force Director Josh Shepperd.

In June, the Pacifica Foundation, which oversees the archive as well as the five existing Pacifica radio stations, laid off one archivist and imposed across-the-board 25% pay cuts for the remaining staff, leading to the resignation of Former Archives Director Brian DeShazor.

It was this climate of austerity that led National Federation of Community Broadcasters CEO Sally Kane to pen a letter urging the Pacifica Foundation to act to ensure the continued preservation and protection of the archive, and calling on NFCB member stations across the country to express their own support for the archive.

As OC Weekly's Gabriel San Roman writes, future possibilities for the archives—currently housed at Pacifica station KPFK's North Hollywood studios—could include new partnerships with various universities to support further digitization efforts (15,000 of 50,000 total tapes have been digitized so far), but according to Interim Director Mark Torres, for the moment, the archives are safest where they are.

Camden International Film Festival

Convenings and Festivals

12th Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum
Thursday through Sunday, September 15th through 18th
Camden, Rockport, and Rockland, ME

IFP Film Week 2016
Thursday through Tuesday, September 17th through 22nd
Brooklyn, NY

Laundromat Project Field Day 2016
Sunday, September 18th; Saturday, September 24th; and Sunday, September 25th
New York, NY

54th New York Film Festival
Friday, September 30th through Sunday, October 16th
New York, NY

ArtChangeUS REMAP: Detroit
Wednesday through Friday, October 5th through 7th
Detroit, MI

Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival
Thursday through Saturday, October 6th through 8th
Washington, DC

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 16th
Hot Springs, AR

Creative Time Summit: Occupy the Future
Friday through Sunday, October 14th through 16th
Washington, DC

Latino Lens Festival and Showcase 2016
Sunday, October 30th
Los Angeles, CA

THE JOYS OF NAMAC 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, NAMAC will partner with trusted cultural exchange programs to design NAMAC 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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