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The NAMAC eBulletin

your latest media arts + culture news—June 2016

Performing Statistics
NAMAC member Mark Strandquist's Performing Statistics project—exploring criminal justice reform as reimagined by currently incarcerated teens, with the support of non-incarcerated artists and changemakers—will be on display at ALLIANCE 2016.

From the Executive Director

Wendy Levy

Hey NAMAC people,

It’s CONFERENCE TIME! We cannot wait to welcome everyone to the Bay Area for ALLIANCE 2016. It’s not too late to register, but hook it up soon—the Opening Night celebration on Thursday 6/9 (Welcome To Country!) is at Impact Hub Oakland, a beautiful but smaller venue than the Convention Center, and will sell out for sure. If you have a full conference pass, it includes a ticket to Opening Night. You won’t want to miss a beautiful evening of storytelling with award winning films and filmmakers, performances by Amikaeyla, The All Nations Singers, Mxd Ingrdnts, and other surprise guests.

When the Conference kicks off at the Marriott Convention Center on Friday morning 6/10, we are filling the place with only-at-NAMAC experiences that bring art, media, culture and community together: ignite presentations from visionary leaders, provocative panel discussions, hands on workshops, roundtables with funders—and room in the day to move, connect, eat, create, and be inspired. Friday night, we walk (or LYFT) the conference to the OAKLAND MUSEUM where we will find some of the best food trucks in town, full bar, salsa dancing and even some quiet space on the lawn to continue those conversations we wish we had more often.

'Anthem,' part of Injunuity
from Injunuity, directed by Adrian Baker

Saturday 6/11 is packed with the voices of conference participants—powerful introductions by the incomparable Melinda Weekes and Jamiel Alexander, and a Cross-Pitch session where YOU (first-come first-serve sign-up) could get 3 minutes at the mic to present your most exciting new project to the crowd and see who might want to get involved. It’s not a pitch for funding—you get to extend an invitation to collaborate to the most engaged and creative audience imaginable. And you won’t want to miss the Mainstage Funders Panel, or the Keynote Performance by Marc Bamuthi Joseph—along with a packed day of field-building conversations.

Sunday 6/12 features a half day of programming you will never forget—before you head out into the beautiful Oakland afternoon. Live music from the incomparable Amikaeyla will start the morning. And you’ll hear from the jaw-dropping young people creating NAMAC’s new national Collective Action project in Youth Media. A performance by local poet Koko Griffin (an extraordinary young woman who is designing an independent major in Revolutionary Film Acting even before her first day in college) will precede the final session of the conference—where acclaimed filmmaker Pete Nicks talks about his vision for Open Hood and gives us all a SUPER sneak preview of scenes from his highly anticipated documentary on the Oakland Police Department. Only at ALLIANCE 2016!


Almost Sunrise

Notes from the Field

3rd Stage Consulting's Almost Sunrise Screens at Telluride
3rd Stage Consulting, led by new member Erin Sorenson, produced an impact campaign for Almost Sunrise, a documentary on the struggles of American veterans, that included meditation walks, breathing sessions, and performance art in Telluride.

Brookline Interactive Group Dives into Community-Access VR
Brookline Interactive Group, whose Executive Director is new member Kathy Bisbee, announced last month that it is partnering with Northampton Community Television to develop new curricula and training programs around virtual reality technology. Bisbee said: “VR is the next generation of the public Commons, ... both a literal virtual commons that we have to ensure will be accessible to the public in VR and a real physical space at our media centers."

Donda's House, Chicago Park District Prepping Summer Fests
New member Donnie Smith's youth arts organization Donda's House, Inc. is collaborating with the Chicago Park District on two summer festivals—Teens in the Park, in July, and Peace on the Beach, in August.
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Turf Fienz
Legendary Oakland dance crew Turf Feinz will perform for ALLIANCE 2016 conferencegoers on Saturday afternoon, opening for artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph.

New and Renewing Members

Kathy Bisbee is the Executive Director of Brookline Interactive Group (Brookline, MA), a public access television station and community media/technology center serving Brookline.

Renewing member! Lawren Desai owns a/perture cinema (Winston-Salem, NC), an independent arthouse cinema in downtown Winston-Salem.

Marlene Graham teaches in the Communications Department of the College of New Rochelle's DC 37 campus (New York, NY) and is the Senior Manager at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Uris Center for Education.

Uday Joshi is the Director of Engagement and Innovation at the Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago, IL).

Judy Lieff (New York, NY) is a filmmaker and educator who teaches video and dance documentation in the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase.

PhotoWings (San Francisco, CA) highlights and helps facilitate the power of photography to influence the world, through online workshops and other outreach programs.

Erin Sorenson is the CEO of Third Stage Consulting (Ventura, CA), a programmatic strategy firm dedicated to transforming the power of independent documentary into long-term, sustainable legacy projects. 

Donnie Smith is the Executive Director of Donda's House, Inc. (Chicago, IL), which works to provide youth in at-risk communities with access to premium arts instruction.
National Endowment for the Humanities

Grants and Calls

Nat'l Endowment for the Humanities: Digital Projects for the Public
The NEH supports digital projects that "significantly contribute to the public’s engagement with the humanities."
Projects should demonstrate potential to attract broad, general, nonspecialist audiences, either online or at venues such as museums, libraries or other cultural institutions. Deadline: Wednesday, June 8th

Free Public Knowledge Open Internet Course, en Español
Public Knowledge is accepting applications to the second round of its online, open licensed, and tuition-free Spanish-language course on the open internet, designed to train and cultivate a new generation of Spanish-speaking internet leaders. The class will begin on Monday, J
Deadline: Friday, June 10th

Call for Submissions: Better Youth's Real to Reel Youth Media Showcase
High-school and college-aged youth are invited to submit media addressing an issue plaguing their local or global community. All formats, including documentary, are welcomed. Regular deadline: Wednesday, June 15th

Roy W. Dean Summer Film Grant
$33,500 in film goods, services, and funds are available for filmmakers working on short films, documentaries, features, or series. Each applicant, win or lose, will also receive a free consultation from From the Heart ProductionsDeadline: Thursday, June 30th

DOK Leipzig 2016 Call for Entries
DOK Leipzig seeks submissions of documentaries (including animation) and interactive nonfictional works (webdocs, apps, VR, etc.) works for its 2016 festival. Final deadline: Thursday, July 7th

2016 IDA Documentary Awards
The International Documentary Association seeks submissions of documentaries and other factual and nonfiction film work completed or publicly released between July 1st, 2015 and June 30th, 2016. Regular deadline: Monday, July 11th

more Grants and Calls on the Job Bank
Charter/Time Warner Cable merger

Media Policy Watch

By Rose Kaplan

Early last month, the FCC approved a merger between cable giants Charter and Time Warner Cable, along with smaller cable company Bright House—just a year after it blocked a similar deal between Comcast and Time Warner. 

Argues media analyst Timothy Karr, "The best way to solve the false-scarcity problem and disrupt big cable’s control over the fate of the Internet is to ensure universal and affordable access to big, open pipes where network owners are barred from discriminating against the content that flows over it. The imminent approval of the Charter merger moves us in the opposite direction, toward an Internet dominated by a few cable gatekeepers that thrive on scarcity."

Storytelling Matters

From the NAMAC Blog

The Future of Storytelling:
NAMAC Video Roundtables

A Video Roundtable is a group conversation (like a Google Hangout with better production values!) hosted by NAMAC on the platform. These conversations are intended to build the network, share breakout ideas, work through collective challenges, and discover opportunities for collaboration. The Future of Storytelling series will continue in September 2016, with Black Lives Matter II, Indigenous Narratives, Women’s Voices and Environmental Justice.

Ain't No Grave: What VICE Doesn't Want You To Know About Appalachia
By Kate Fowler

I’ve been reticent to post about this collection of essays on Central Appalachia recently published on VICE. It includes some important, hard-hitting and necessary stories on stereotyping, healthcare needs for residents of the region, the decline of a mono economy and the rising prescription pill and suboxone epidemic. While these stories are essential to tell (with brutal, painful, and revealing honesty), I found myself taken aback by the moments missed.

Storytelling Matters is a NAMAC blog series featuring original and curated writing and photography about global story culture and innovation in the hopes of facilitating conversation about the ethical and responsible use of creative technologies in community. If you have a story to share, let us know!
Open Works

Job Bank

Media Arts Instructor, Plaza Cinema and Media Arts Center (Patchogue, NY)—due Sunday, June 12th

Digital Arts Teacher, School for Visual Arts and Humanities (Los Angeles, CA)—due Monday, June 13th

Digital Fabrication Manager, Open Works (Baltimore, MD)—due Tuesday, June 14th

Development Specialist, Gateway Arts/Vinfen (Brookline, MA)—due Wednesday, June 15th

Production Coordinator, FSM News South, Free Spirit Media (Chicago, IL)—due Wednesday, June 15th

Teaching Fellowship, The Coding Space (New York, NY)—due Monday, June 20th

Assistant Professor in Games and Playable Media, University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)—due Thursday, June 30th

Web Developer, Radical Designs Cooperative, Inc. (Oakland, CA)—due Monday, July 25th

Open until filled
Development Manager, Austin Film Society (Austin, TX)
University Photographer, Colgate University (Hamilton, NY)
Research Team Leader, Managing Editor, Operations Director, Createquity (telecommute)
Database and Administrative Assistant, Development Program, Creative Capital (New York, NY)
Director of Production, Meridian Hill Pictures (Washington, DC)
Network Manager, Hive NYC, Mozilla Foundation (New York, NY)
Programming Director, New York International Children's Film Festival (New York, NY)
Bilingual Per Diem Facilitator, Chicago StoryBooth, StoryCorps (Chicago, IL)
Manager, Database and Donor Recognition, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)
Account Manager, TRG Arts (Colorado Springs, CO)

more jobs on the Job Bank
NALIP Media Summit

Convenings and Festivals

Sheffield Doc/Fest
Sheffield, UK
Friday, June 10th through Wednesday, June 15th

Edinburgh International Film Festival
Edinburgh, Scotland
Wednesday, June 15th through Sunday, June 26th

Allied Media Conference
Detroit, MI
Thursday, June 16th through Sunday, June 19th

NALIP Media Summit
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 26th

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Friday, July 1st through Saturday, July 9th

THE JOYS OF NAMAC MEMBERSHIP • ALLIANCE 2016June 9th through 12th in Oakland!  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

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