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The NAMAC eBulletin

your latest media arts + culture news—July 2015


From the Executive Director

Wendy Levy

Happy July everyone.
In these proverbial dog days of summer, NAMAC is on fire. New memberships and renewals are up and we’ve been joined and re-joined by some incredible organizational partners and individuals, including the radically awesome Kartemquin Films, the International Documentary Association and the brand-new Tennessee Women in Film and Media. As our Alliance grows, so does NAMAC’s capacity for collective visioning, advocacy, creative innovation, and social impact. Thank you to everyone who has joined or renewed so far this year, and I hope to welcome even more of you before the end of 2015.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Anonymous Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, the NAMAC 2016 Conference in Oakland, CA is in full planning mode! NAMAC has partnered with Story Matters and the impact-producing genius team of Tricia Finneran and Mikaeyla Beardsley. Together with the NAMAC Board of Directors and local staff on the ground in Oakland, we will be creating a media arts and culture event intended to welcome and celebrate communities, showcase the most provocative boundary-busting work of the year, and look fearlessly at our collective future. Stay tuned for details this fall!

If you are not already familiar with NAMAC’s new Innovation Studio—it is already growing! In addition to new mini-grants to interactive and gaming projects (official press release coming soon!), we are also in development mode on a beautiful new app for creating interactive case studies. And if that wasn’t enough, we are breaking ground on the Creative Impact Network—an initiative you will see come to life in 2016. It is a curated platform that will map and showcase global creativity in interactive 3D and enable artists and organizations working on urgent issues to connect and collaborate. I’m radically excited about it and promise to keep you all posted on funding and milestones as we get closer to launch. There is space for every NAMAC member to participate. Email me anytime to discuss. Really.
From Russia with Cash
Chido Dunn, Senior Campaigner, Governments and Corruption, Global Witness

Notes from the Field

Global Witness featured in new BBC Channel 4 documentary
Global Witness's Chido Dunn is interviewed in a new documentary from the BBC's Channel 4. From Russia with Cash investigates criminal money laundering within London's elite property market.

Kartemquin's Gordon Quinn invited to join the Academy
Kartemquin Films co-founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn has been invited to join the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The full list of 2015 invitees, including 20 others for the Documentary Branch, is available here.
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Kartemquin Films

New and Renewing Members

The International Documentary Association supports nonfiction filmmaking and filmmakers through grantmaking, fiscal scholarship, professional development, advocacy, screening series, and the IDA Documentary Awards.

Kartemquin Films (above still from Kartemquin's film The Interruptors) is a collaborative center for documentary media with a tradition of nurturing emerging talent for over 48 years.

Amy Kligman is the the Director of Programs at Charlotte Street Foundation, a Kansas City arts nonprofit.

Francis Kuzler is the Executive Director of DecadesOut, which develops and produces media about the connections between science and humanity.

Camille Servan-Schreiber is a founder, with Jason Cohn, of Bread and Butter Films, a Berkeley, CA-based documentary and video production company.

Tennessee Women in Film and Media is a brand-new chapter of Women in Film and Television, dedicated to advancing the professional development and opportunities for Tennessee women in film, entertainment, and all screen-based digital media.
Free Press: Times Square Net Neutrality billboard

Media Policy Watch

By Rose Kaplan

It's been a quiet month for Net Neutrality. The Hill's David McCabe reports on the climate around the FCC and the telecom world as the new rules have gone into effect, noting that only one complaint has so far been filed—by San Diego-based Commercial Network Services, against Time Warner Cable (Public Knowledge's Harold Feld explains here why CNS doesn't have a case).

Looking back, Candace Clement and Mary Alice Crim write on about lessons we can draw from the Net Neutrality and anti-Comcast/TWC merger fights. And in another must-read, Joseph Torres examines how activists of color are challenging racism and white supremacy via media policy issues.


Job Bank

Film Instructor—Teen Reviewers and Critics Program, ArtsConnection (New York, NY)—due Thursday, July 16th

Digital Media Assistant, The Frick Collection (New York, NY)—due Friday, July 24th

Associate Director of Development, New Media Advocacy Project (New York, NY)—due Friday, July 24th

Outreach and Communications Manager, Washington Jewish Film Festival and Washington Jewish Music Festival (Washington, DC)—due Friday, July 24th

Website Manager, Cinema/Chicago (Chicago, IL)—due Friday, July 31st

High School Digital Media Teacher, Coney Island Preparatory Public Charter School (Brooklyn, NY)—due Friday, July 31st

Development Director, Define American (multiple locations/telecommute)—due Friday, July 31st

Education Faculty, Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleasantville, NY)—due Friday, July 31st

Creative Story Editing Trainer, Free Press Unlimited (Gaziantep, Turkey; Beirut, Lebanon)—due Saturday, August 1st

Senior Printed Media Editorial Management Consultant, Free Press Unlimited (Gaziantep, Turkey; Beirut, Lebanon)—due Saturday, August 1st

Senior Radio Editorial and Production Manager, Free Press Unlimited (Gaziantep, Turkey; Beirut, Lebanon)—due Saturday, August 1st

Video and Photography Journalism Trainer, Free Press Unlimited (Gaziantep, Turkey; Beirut, Lebanon)—due Saturday, August 1st

Open until filled more jobs on the Job Bank
Innovation in Action

New in the Resource Library

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

Helicon Collaborative: Bright Spots Leadership in the Pacific Northwest
Demographic shifts, changing participation patterns, evolving technology, increased competition for consumer attention, rising costs of doing business, shifts in the philanthropic sector and public funding, and the lingering recession make the operating environment for nonprofit cultural organizations today daunting. Yet, while some organizations are struggling in this changing context, others are managing to stay healthy and dynamic. Who are they? What are they doing differently? What can we learn from them?

EmcArts: Innovation in Action
This report features stories of three organizations at the intersection of arts and social justice—The Theater Offensive (TTO), Hull House Museum, and Alternate ROOTS. The three profiles, and the essay by Caron Atlas of Arts and Democracy, explore the contours, possibilities, and limitations of innovation and adaptive change in organizations that sit at the juncture of arts and social justice.

Workshops and Convenings

NTEN Webinar: Ask the Expert: Finding Funding for Technology Projects
Thursday, July 23rd • 11am PST
free for and exclusive to NTEN members

NTEN Webinar: Deepening Audience Engagement with Content-Heavy Websites
Tuesday, July 28th • 11am PST
$30 for NTEN members, $60 for nonmembers

Locarno International Film Festival
August 5th through 15th
Locarno, Switzerland

Venice International Film Festival
September 2nd through 12th
Venice, Italy

Toronto International Film Festival
September 10th through 20th
Toronto, Canada
DOK Leipzig

Grants and Calls

Impugning Impunity: ALBA's Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives seeks submissions of documentaries addressing human rights-related topics. Deadline: Friday, July 31st

11th International DOK Leipzig Co-Production Meeting
DOK Leipzig seeks creative, author-driven documentary projects in development and early stages of production, suitable for international audiences, whose producers are looking to expand their professional networks. Deadline: Friday, July 31st

Call for Submissions: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
More than 250 documentaries will be selected for IDFA 2015, from audience favorites to artistic experiments. Other nonfiction forms of digital storytelling, games, apps, installations, and media art are also accepted. Deadline: Saturday, August 1st

Cal Humanities: Community Stories
The Community Stories program funds projects (up to $10,000) focusing on the collection and sharing of real stories of California's communities. At least one humanities expert must be involved as an advisor, and projects must use humanities-informed methods of analysis. Applicants must be CA-based nonprofit organizations or local/state public agencies or institutions. Deadline: Monday, August 3rd

2015 Women in Film Finishing Fund
New York Women in Film and Television will award multiple grants of up to $25,000 toward the completion of creative documentary and narrative features and shorts, including animated and experimental films, by, for, or about women. Deadline: Friday, August 7th

Call for Applications: ITVS Open Call
Open Call provides completion funds for single nonfiction public television programs on any subject, from any viewpoint. Applicants must be independent producers and legal US residents. Deadline: Friday, August 7th

Rogers Documentary Fund
Up to $75,000 is available to Canadian independent producers working on original, high-quality, provactive, and/or controversial documentaries licensed for prime-time national broadcast. Deadline: Wednesday, August 12th

AlterCiné Documentary Grant
A grant of C$10,000 is available for documentary video/film producers born and living in Africa, Asia, or Latin America working on a project addressing issues of rights and freedoms, including social and economic rights, women’s rights, and the right to culture and artistic creation. Deadline: Saturday, August 15th

Owen Meadows Foundation Grants
Grants of up to $2,000 are available for women-led projects promoting gender/racial/economic justice, especially those that have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding.. Projects must benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities. Deadline: Saturday, August 15th

DOK Hackathon Leipzig
DOK Leipzig's Hackathon: a three-day workshop in which six international teams made up of storytellers, technologists, animators, and graphic and web designers will work on multimedia, interactive, and immersive stories. 55€ covers food, housing, and participation. Deadline: Monday, August 17th

2016 Knight-Mozilla Fellowship
Developers, technologists, civic hackers, data crunchers, etc., wanting to change the world of journalism are invited to apply for the 2016 Fellowship, which places acceptees in newsrooms around the world for ten-month fellowships. Deadline: Friday, August 21st

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 Conferencecoming June 2016 in Oakland!

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