eBulletin • March 2014 | Supporting and Connecting the Media Arts
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What Are You Up To?
We're always looking for your thoughts on how we can collectively strengthen the sector. Don't hesitate to get in touch!

Submit your announcements / news items for the April eBulletin via this link.

What's NAMAC Up To?
Thank You!
Many thanks to all who contributed time and ideas to the 2014 NAMAC / ACM Conference Survey. We'll be poring over your invaluable input in detail over the next few weeks and release any updates as they become available. Remember to mark your calendars for this year's conference: "State & Main: Intersecting Networks, Communities & Generations" to be held in Philadelphia from August 6 through August 8, 2014.

Application Guidelines Released for National Leadership Institute 2014!
NAMAC is delighted to host our 15th Annual National Leadership Institute for media arts and visual arts organizational leaders from September 21 - 25 in the foothills of the Oregon Cascades! Newly revised application guidelines are now on our website! Application deadline: Sunday May 4, 11pm PDT.

Comprehensive Data about the Media Arts Sector: For Your Board, Funders & Community
In 2010 and 2013, NAMAC distributed more than 1,000 Mapping the Field surveys to known media arts organizations in the United States. This first-ever comprehensive survey of the media arts field yielded astounding results about the field's size and scope. Share Mapping the Field results with your Board and community via this 2-page summary.

NAMAC's Knight News Challenge Proposal Promotes Creative Expression Online
The Knight Foundation recently issued an open call for projects that support an open and equitable internet that continues to drive innovation. NAMAC responded to the call with a proposal to develop an online face to the media arts sector: "A community-building platform that places NAMAC members’ mission-driven media at the forefront of independent media content." Read more, "Applaud" the proposal, and comment!

Jack Advocating for Net Neutrality at Arts Advocacy Day
NAMAC ED, Jack Walsh, will be in DC next week to meet with members of Congress and advocate for net neutrality and support for the arts.

Cool Stuff to Know

3-Part Online, Storytelling Workshop: 15% Discount for You!
StoriesLead is hosting a series of online seminars about storytelling. Seminars begin Thursday March 20. Topics covered include: 1) Elements of Great Storytelling; 2) How to Tell Stories Across Platforms; and 3) Incorporating Transmedia Theory into Your Media Project. NAMAC Members receive a 15% discount on registration! Use discount code SL15.

Join a Feedback Session on Media in the Classroom & You Can Win an iPad!
San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) is looking for media educators and media artists to explore its new educational website, FilmEd., and offer professional feedback. If you're interested, RSVP via the link above to register for one online conversation with the SFFS Education team about FilmEd. RSVP soon -- space is limited and this offer ends April 10.

All participants will be entered into a drawing to win a free iPad Air. In addition, the focus groups are an excellent opportunity to network with media educators, filmmakers, and San Francisco Film Society Education staff.

Watch: Youth Media DoGooder Winning Video (Spoiler alert: it's a story we don't often hear)
We received almost 100 inspiring and thought-provoking submissions to the first-ever "Most Inspiring Youth Media" DoGooder Award! Many thanks to everyone who participated -- our generous sponsors, the indefatigable steering committee, judges, and every youth media organization that took time to submit to the contest. The winning youth media video is online now -- it's powerful viewing.

Introducing Creative Media Institute: 10% Registration Discount for NAMAC Members
Hampshire College’s Creative Media Institute is a series of intensive screening seminars and creative labs led by visiting media artists and directed at working filmmakers, media professionals, students, and academics. The 4-week program immerses participants in deep study and provides space for reflection, experimentation, and an opportunity to make something new during the Creative Labs. Applicants can choose to attend all four weeks or any one week of the Institute. The focus for 2014 is Nonfiction Media. Filmmaker and Robert Greene and Hot Doc's festival programmer, Charlotte Cook, will curate the screening seminars; filmmakers Ivy Meeropol and Brett Morgen will lead the Creative Labs. Ken Burns, Fred Wiseman, and others will be special guests. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. NAMAC Members encouraged to apply with 10% discount offer! Institute takes place July 13 - August 9, 2014.

An Innovative and Forward-Thinking Storytelling Collaboration
In NAMAC’s 2013 Regional Gatherings, media arts leaders from across the country identified multi-platform storytelling and cross-disciplinary creativity as two trends on the rise. The project featured in this blog post, Land Of Opportunity, exemplifies both these trends, optimizing the power of cross-sector collaborations in public interest storytelling and community engagement.

Catchafire is Launching in the Bay Area!
Catchafire, a nationwide skills-based volunteer platform that many NAMAC Members had a chance to get to know through our 2013 Capacity Building Support opportunity, is launching an effort to develop capacity in Bay Area nonprofits. And to get started, they're doing some digging into how the tech sector is changing the landscape of community engagement around social causes.
The Joys of Membership!
Creative Media Institute:
10% Registration Discount

Hampshire College’s Creative Media Institute is a 4-week series of intensive screening seminars and creative labs led by visiting media artists and directed at working filmmakers, media professionals, students, and academics. The 4-week program immerses participants in deep study and provides space for reflection, experimentation, and an opportunity to make something new during the Creative Labs. Applicants can choose to attend all four weeks or any one week of the Institute. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Institute takes place July 13 - August 9, 2014.

Shutterstock Discount
NAMAC is thrilled to partner with Shutterstock to promote and facilitate creative production. 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.

Organizational Membership Discount in NAMLE
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.

NTEN Membership and Webinar Discounts
NAMAC is proud to be in 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.

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 for your membership. Let us know how we can continue to foster your work in the independent media arts.

Calls to Action

Comcast/Time Warner Merger
The verdict is still out on Comcast's proposed mega-merger with Time Warner Cable. Free Press and Public Knowledge still have active petitions to Congress, the FCC, and the Justice Department opposing the deal.

In other related news, the City of Los Angeles is suing Time Warner for millions of dollars in unpaid PEG fees, and Charter Communications is still pursuing its own acquisition of Time Warner, should the Comcast deal fall through

Net Neutrality
Free Press has a new Net Neutrality petition aimed at Silicon Valley tech CEOs, urging them to ask the FCC to reclassify broadband as a communications service—sign it here.

Cell Phone Unlocking
In late February, the House passed H.R. 1123, which would temporarily make iPhone unlocking legal. Consumer advocates, however, oppose the bill, which still prohibits the bulk unlocking of phones and makes no permanent changes to the DMCA. Public Knowledge has an active petition urging Congress to instead consider H.R. 1892, a stronger bill that would make legal the unlocking of all cell phone and other electronics products.

AT&T Acquisition of Leap Wireless (Cricket) Passes FCC
Last week, the FCC approved AT&T's acquisition of Leap Wireless, whose brand Cricket is known for its low-cost, prepaid wireless plans. Public Knowledge, who opposed the deal, has released a statement on the acquisition urging the Commission to create new policies to prevent further consolidation in the wireless market—read it here.



Executive Director, Big Sky Film Institute (Missoula, MT)—due Friday, March 21st

Technical Associate, Kartemquin Films (Chicago, IL)—due Monday, March 24th

Media Trainer/Producer, MetroEast Community Media (Gresham, OR)—due Friday, March 28th

Festival Director, 2014 Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Three Dollar Bill Cinema (Seattle, WA)—due Friday, March 28th

Preservation Project Manager, Bay Area Video Coalition (San Francisco, CA)—due Saturday, March 29th

Member Relations Manager, Open Media Foundation (Denver, CO)—due Monday, March 31st

Program Manager, Scribe Video Center (Philadelphia, PA)—due Friday, April 11th

Community Programs Manager, PRO-TV, Downtown Community Television Center (New York, NY)—due Monday, April 14th

Multimedia Specialist, Public Access Corporation of DC (Washington, DC)—due Tuesday, April 15th

Open until filled
Communications Director, Arlington Independent Media (Arlington, VA)

Executive Director, Grand Rapids Community Media Center (Grand Rapids, MI)

Production/Archival Coordinator, The HistoryMakers (Chicago, IL)

Webmaster/Communications and Marketing Coordinator, The HistoryMakers (Chicago, IL)

Executive Director, Images Cinema (Williamstown, MA)

Production Manager, Independent Television Service (San Francisco, CA)

Producer, Broadcast (Morning Edition), StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Visual Editor, Truthout (telecommute)

Program Manager, Vision Education and Media (New York, NY)

Associate Director to Bay Area Programs, Youth Speaks (San Francisco, CA)

Director of Communications, Youth Speaks (San Francisco, CA)

NTEN Webinars

Building Community Online
Wednesday, March 26thʉۢ 11am

$30 for members, $60 for non-members

2014 Nonprofits Benchmark Study
Wednesday, April 16th • 12pm

free for everyone
Grants and Awards
Independent Lens is currently seeking submissions of films in advanced rough cut or fine cut stage or completed films to broadcast during the October 2014-June 2015 season. Deadline: Friday, March 28th

Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund
Grants will be made to up to 6 projects that tell a compelling story and focus on one of Pare Lorentz’s central concerns—the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all or the illumination of pressing social problems. Deadline: Monday, March 31st

Public Media Internships
Vision Maker Media is pleased to offer Public Media Internships to undergraduate or graduate students. With major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the purpose of the paid internships is to increase the opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native youth in Public Broadcasting. Deadline: Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

IFP Lab for Narrative
The Independent Filmmaker Program is now accepting submissions for its Independent Filmmaker Labs in Narrative mentorship program. The year-long program supports first-time feature directors when they need it most:  through the completion, marketing and distribution of their films. Deadline: Friday, April 4th

Kala Fellowship
The Kala Fellowship award is an international competition open to artists from the United States and around the world. Artists producing innovative work in all mediums including printmaking, digital media, installation art, social practice, photography, and book arts are encouraged to apply. Fellowship Awards will be given based on conceptual creativity, originality and artistic excellence as well as project specific technical knowledge. Deadline: Friday, April 4th

Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
The Academy's Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. Up to five $35,000 Fellowships are awarded annually. Deadline: Thursday, April 10th

Bay Area Documentary Fund
This Fund awards grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 to support documentary projects in pre-development and early production phases by experienced filmmakers with an esteemed body of previously created work. Projects should address issues pertinent to the five Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, or San Mateo and align with the Foundation’s programmatic goals. Complete proposals are due Friday, April 11, 2014, by 11:59 p.m.

Call for Entries: The Spirit of 1848
The Spirit of 1848, a Caucus in affiliation with the American Public Health Association, is calling for submissions for its Spirit of 1848 Awards for Best Short Video, Song, and Chant linking social justice and public health. Prizes: Short Video: $300; Song: $175; Chant: $25. Deadline: Wednesday, April 30th

TFI New Media Fund
The TFI New Media Fund provides funding and support to non-fiction, social issue media projects that go beyond traditional screens—integrating video with content across media platforms, from video games and mobile apps to social networks and interactive websites. Grants range from $50,000 to $100,000. Deadline: Monday, May 5th

Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge
Create a unique, compelling, and personal short film that explores an empowering person or an optimistic story about individuals and communities who are overcoming poverty and hunger, combatting disease, or improving health. Your short film can be narrative fiction or documentary, imaginative, unorthodox, daring or simple—the style and structure are completely up to you but you must touch on economic inequalities. Deadline: Tuesday, July 1st
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