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your latest media arts + culture news—July 2016

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Mix'd Ingrdnts performs at ALLIANCE 2016

From the Executive Director

Wendy Levy

The brutal stories of the murders of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling by police have gutted the community in recent days. Violence and death in Dallas last night disrupted peaceful protests across the country. Jesse Williams’ powerful words keep playing in my head, “freedom is conditional…the burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander…if you have a critique for the resistance, you better have an established record of a critique of our oppression…”

This was the backdrop for the ALLIANCE 2016 Conference that happened in Oakland June 9 - 12. If you were there, you know. If you were not there, I won’t bore you with a list of quotes from emails I felt so blessed to receive—but I like to think that the gathering provided a space for our stories, our art and our lives to embolden our collective resolve. This one sums it up better than I ever could:

"Amidst so much hate and division in the world, you all brought together the ingredients for the needed way forward.  So many ideas, perspectives, tactics, strategies, brilliance, passion, experience...all in one place. Seriously...the most wonderfully diverse conference I've ever been part of."
We were stoked from an opening night event that started with Oakland street dancers on the bricks outside the Impact Hub and a First Nations drum circle on the stage, continued with a reel of clips by local filmmakers working in communities around the world, and ended with a posse of young women busting out hiphop moves from their Emmy-nominated video and challenging us all to keep telling the stories that need to be told. The conference ran the next two and a half days and featured Mainstage presentations by media, arts & culture leaders along with virtual reality demos in the Innovation Studio, interactive photography installations, panels, breakout conversations, pitch sessions, offsite events, poolside meetings, dance breaks, and funder roundtables.

We ended with a half-day of programming on Sunday, June 12, the very same morning we all woke up to the news of the terror in Orlando. The murders of 49 of our gay brothers and sisters, the wounding of 53 more. Being together with our tribe at that moment, and listening to the voices of our young leaders, was something I will never forget. These are challenging times. Together is the only way through.
Sonya Childress, N'Jeri Eaton, Melinda Weekes, Ashara Ekundayo
NAMAC's National Youth Media Network
Left: Sonya Childress, N'Jeri Eaton, Melinda Weekes, and Ashara Ekundayo, speakers at ALLIANCE 2016; right: NAMAC's National Youth Media Network pre-conference Dinner Party at SoleSpace!
As of today, we are beginning to share videos from the conference presentations and Mainstage panels, so y’all who could not make it to ALLIANCE 2016 will put it in your budgets for 2018! Right now, you can see the talks from Tabitha Jackson, Michael Premo, and Joaquin Alvarado in the NAMAC Screening Room, along with a clip reel of fantastic documentaries that we showed at the Opening Celebration, thanks to our member organization POV. Definitely worth a look.
If you were at the conference, we want to know your thoughts about this year’s program and your ideas for 2018. Short survey is here.
I’m off to Sundance for the NAMAC Creative Leadership Lab from July 11 – 14. Stay tuned for news from this incredible cohort of visionary artists and leaders. Join us on the journey. Your voice is needed.
Stay strong, stay safe, and as always, reach out anytime,

On Dangerous Ground

Notes from the Field

Global Witness Documents 2015 Killings of Land Defenders
"On Dangerous Ground," a new report released last month by renewing member Global Witness, sheds light on the 185 killings of land and environmental activists during 2015—the highest annual death toll on record for land defenders—across 16 countries including Brazil, the Philippines, Colombia, Peru, Nicaragua, and Democratic Republic of Congo, driven mostly by mining, agribusiness, logging, and hydropower corporations.

POV, NYT Launch 'Embedded Mediamaker' Project on Race
Last month, renewing member POV and The New York Times announced a new, MacArthur Foundation-funded "embedded mediamaker" project intended to expand the digital storytelling and engagement capacity of The Times' Race/Related reporting project exploring race. Applications for the mediamaker position are open until Monday, July 25th—read more on our Job Bank.
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Fantastic Negrito tries Virtual Reality for the first time at ALLIANCE 2016. He's watching Lynette Wallworth and Nicole Newnham's Collisions.
Mobile Film Classroom

New and Renewing Members

Renewing member! American Documentary, Inc. (Brooklyn, NY) is a nonprofit media organization dedicated to creating, identifying, and presenting contemporary nonfiction stories rarely featured in mainstream media. AmDoc has produced POV for PBS since 1988.

Jennida Chase (Carbondale, IL) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University, as well as a multimedia artist working primarily in film, video, and sound.

Renewing member! Ecodeo (New York, NY) is a digital media firm working in the areas of eco impact, innovation, and sustainability on behalf of a wide spectrum of sustainable brands including eco products, renewable energy, and clean transit and technology solutions.

Renewing member! Global Fund for Women (San Francisco, CA) advances the rights of women and girls worldwide by increasing the resources for and investing in women-led organizations and women’s collective leadership for change.

Renewing member! Global Witness (London, UK) exposes the hidden links between demand for natural resources, corruption, armed conflict, and environmental destruction via techniques including interviews, secret filming, photography, and document research.

Carroll Keane‘s We Are Champion LLC (Nashville, TN) is dedicated to making art that adds, that contributes, and that builds.

Sabiha Khan (El Paso, TX) is an independent multimedia producer and Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she teaches courses in digital media production, documentary production, and the history and theory of documentary.

Renewing member! Zamler Productions (El Cerrito, CA) is the independent production company of Leah Mahan, Producer, Director, and Cinematographer of the 2013 documentary Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek.

Mobile Film Classroom (Los Angeles, CA) is a digital media production studio-on-wheels that travels throughout Los Angeles County to bring digital media instruction to at-risk and under-served youth who do not have access to technology at their school or home.

Patricia Page (Menlo Park, CA)

Susan Sullivan (San Francisco, CA) is the Festival Director of the inaugural Women Sports Film Festival, launching later this month in Oakland.
Tropic Cinema

Job Bank

Executive Director, Tropic Cinema (Key West, FL)—due Friday, July 8th

President and General Manager, Louisville Public Media (Louisville, KY)—due Friday, July 15th

Communications Manager, Maker Education Initiative (Oakland, CA)—due Friday, July 15th

Teaching Artists, Young Audiences of Oregon and Southwest Washingtondue Friday, July 15th

Development Director, Northwest Film Forum (Seattle, WA)—due Wednesday, July 20th

Director of Professional Development Programs, Educational Video Center (New York, NY)—due Sunday, July 24th

Web Developer, Radical Designs Cooperative (Oakland, CA)—due Sunday, July 24th

Embedded Mediamaker, Race/Related, POV/New York Times (New York, NY)—due Monday, July 25th

High School Filmmaking/Mental Health Educators, Art With Impact (San Francisco, CA)—due Saturday, July 30th

more jobs on the Job Bank
Porto/Post/Doc Open Call

Grants and Calls

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

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. Late deadline: Friday, July 15th

Porto/Post/Doc 2016 Open Call
Porto/Post/Doc seeks documentaries over 50 minutes with artistic vision and creative approaches to reality, especially works bordering documentary and fictional cinema. Deadline: Sunday, July 31st

more Grants and Calls on the Job Bank

From the NAMAC Blog

Where to Start When You Start Thinking About Impact
By Sahar Driver

The impact producing space has grown dramatically in the last few years. People are catching on to the power that film has in affecting change around social issues. And as that awareness builds, issue-based funders have taken an increasing interest in using film to advance their goals. This has meant that the demand for strategic plans and clear measures of impact for film campaigns has also grown. But not all filmmakers want to be—or are equipped to be—advocates and strategists. And not all nonprofit or movement leaders know how to use film to strategically advance their goals.


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!

The Development Element

New in the Resource Library

Have you checked out the NAMAC Resource Library yet? There you'll find story and design tools, cultural strategies, field research, and white papers that will deepen your understanding of innovation and shared practice across the field. 

The Development Element

Guidelines for the future of communicating about the end of global poverty, by Jennifer Lentfer of and the Spring 2014 International Development Communications class of Georgetown University’s Public Relations and Corporate Communications Masters Program.

Media Policy Watch

By Rose Kaplan

Last month, a federal appeals court fully upheld the FCC's Open Internet Order from 2015, which reclassified broadband internet providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934—preventing ISPs from "[making] any unjust or unreasonable discrimination in charges, practices, classifications, regulations, facilities, or services," as the 1934 text reads.

While some recent developments seem to have chipped away at this requirement—Netflix's deal with Comcast for faster service, or T-Mobile's Binge On program, both examples of paid prioritization, come to mind—Title II remains the centerpiece of the FCC's current regulatory schemes for broadband providers, and naturally, ISPs aren't happy with the latest court decision: "We have always expected this issue to be decided by the Supreme Court, and we look forward to participating in that appeal," said AT&T General Counsel David McAtee. As Free Press's Amy Kroin writes this week, members of congress have also continued to fight the FCC in spite of the appeals court's decision, slipping attacks on Net Neutrality into larger funding packages—a tactic typically used when there aren't enough votes to pass a measure on its own.

Women Sports Film Festival

Festivals and Convenings

European Conference on Media, Communication, and Film
Monday through Thursday, July 11th through 14th
Brighton, United Kingdom

Wonder Women Tech
Friday through Sunday, July 15th through 17th
Long Beach, CA

San Francisco Frozen Film Festival
Thursday through Sunday, July 21st through 23rd
San Francisco, CA

Women Sports Film Festival
Thursday through Sunday, July 28th through 30th
Oakland, CA

Venice International Film Festival
Wednesday, August 31st through Saturday, September 10th
Venice, Italy

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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