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eBulletin • April 2014 | Supporting and Connecting the Media Arts
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Sharing your work with the national media arts community helps collectively strengthen the sector. Submit your announcements / news items for the May eBulletin via this link.

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Nat'l Leadership Institute Applications Due May 4!
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.

Conference Producer Sky Sitney to Receive Docs-In-Service Award at Decade of Docs
Decade of Docs will honor the past and future of Docs In Progress and the filmmakers this DC nonprofit has helped to nurture over ten years of operations. Sky Sitney will be honored for her contributions to the Washington DC documentary community. Sky will also join Doug Block, Felicia Pride, and Nina Seavey for a special discussion on the future of documentary film and filmmaking. Decade of Docs takes place May 20, starting at 7pm EDT.

NAMAC Cosigns Letter to DOJ, FCC Against Comcast-Time Warner Merger
On Tuesday, April 8th, NAMAC and over 50 other public interest groups—many of them NAMAC members—sent a letter to the Department of Justice and the FCC opposing the Comcast-Time Warner merger, in response to Comcast filing its official merger paperwork.

Cool Stuff to Know The FCC has just announced that it will propose new rules allowing ISPs to charge increased rates for higher bandwidth users, effectively negating Net Neutrality. In this blog post, Fandor contemplates what this means for online film viewing and boutique distributors.

Tech Nerds, Journalists, and Musicians on Net Neutrality
On April 28, Free Speech TV hosted an exclusive online discussion with experts working to save the internet from billion dollar companies that want to charge more and give less.

Media arts standards introduced at the National Association for Art Education Conference
The national voluntary media arts standards were shared at a “first glimpse” presentation at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) convention in San Diego, March 29-31. National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) media arts writing chair Dain Olsen joined a keynote panel that showcased both the new media arts and visual arts standards. The 2014 National Core Arts Standards in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts that are scheduled for release in June. The new, voluntary grade-by-grade web-based standards are intended to affirm the place of arts education in a balanced core curriculum, support the 21st-century needs of students and teachers, and help ensure that all students are college and career ready. 

Congratulations to NEA Grantees!
The National Endowment for the Arts will award $74.85 million in 971 grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide as part of the second half of its fiscal year 2014 funding. ICongratulations to NAMAC Members who earned this great support: Educational Video Center, Bay Area Video Coalition, Center for Independent Documentary, Vision Maker Media, Women Make Movies, Black Public Media, Global Action Project, and Scribe Video Center (and any more we may have missed)! Read about their projects in this guide, organized by discipline. 

AnimAction Free Summer Academy for Los Angeles Students
Seeking teachers and schools to host the AnimAction free Summer Academy. Students in the Academy will create their own animation in a collaborative team environment with other students enrolled in the summer program. There is no cost to families; however, schools will be required to host the AnimAction portion of the summer program.
The Joys of NAMAC Membership!

NAMAC / ACM National Conference
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.

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 filmmakers, media professionals, students, and academics. 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.

Comprehensive Data about the Media Arts Sector
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.

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.
 


Media Policy Watch

FCC Proposes New Net Neutrality Rules Allowing So-Called 'Fast Lanes'
On Thursday April 24, The Federal Communications Commission proposed new rules governing wired, broadband service providers. These proposed rules allow ISPs to charge content providers for preferential treatment, such as faster speeds for their content. The proposal will be voted on by the FCC on May 15. If a majority of the five-person Commission approves the proposal at that time, the next step will be public comment.

In response to this proposal, Free Press President Craig Aaron said: "This proposal is short-sighted and should be strenuously opposed by the broader Internet community — including millions of Americans who have urged Chairman Wheeler and his predecessors to safeguard the open Internet. The only parties cheering this idea on will be the largest ISPs that stand to profit from discrimination. We urge Chairman Wheeler's colleagues not to support this item as currently drafted and to demand nothing less than real Net Neutrality."


More comments from public interest & media justice groups here at Benton Foundation.

What You Can Do:

-- Sign the Petition to Stop the FCC from imposing these new rules
-- Call FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and demand REAL Net Neutrality
-- Ask congressional members of the Communications & Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee to send letters to Chairman Wheeler
-- Join the Day of Action on May 15
-- More actions here!

 



Jobs

Director of Sponsorship and Strategic Partnerships, Film Society of Lincoln Center (New York, NY)—due Wednesday, April 30th

Development Director, Global Action Project (New York, NY)—due Thursday, May 1st

Production Facilitator, Manhattan Neighborhood Network (New York, NY)—due Thursday, May 1st

Executive Director, Frameline (San Francisco, CA)—due Friday, May 2nd

Boston Program Coordinator, Girls Who Code (Boston, MA)—due Monday, May 5th

Free Music Archive Managing Director, WFMU (Jersey City, NJ)—due Tuesday, May 13th

Media Arts Mentor, Street-Level Youth Media (Chicago, IL)—due Friday, May 16th

Program Coordinator and Digital Media Educator, Outside the Lens (San Diego, CA)—due Saturday, May 31st

Photographer/Video Editor/Media Professional, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston (Quincy, MA)
—due Monday, June 16th

Open until filled
Program Assistant for Youth Digital Learning Programs, American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY)

Director of Arts and Business Council of New York Programs, Americans for the Arts (New York, NY)

Youth Video Arts Mentor, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI)

Director of Marketing and Communications, BRIC (Brooklyn, NY)

Engagement Coordinator/Strategist, Reel Reproductive Justice, Chicken and Egg Pictures (Brooklyn, NY)

Executive Director, Film Society of Lincoln Center (New York, NY)

YouMedia Manager, Hartford Public Library (Hartford, CT)

Executive Director, Images Cinema (Williamstown, MA)

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

Projectionist (Full-Time), Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleasantville, NY)

Program Associate, National Coalition Against Censorship (New York, NY)

Creative and Technical Director, New Media Advocacy Project (New York, NY)

Program Associate, New Media Advocacy Project (New York, NY)

Director, Operations and Organizational Services, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

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

Animator/Videographer, TechChange: The Institute for Technology and Social Change (Washington, DC)

Multimedia Teaching Assistant, Vision Education and Media (New York, NY)

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

Production Assistance Program Manager, Women Make Movies (New York, NY)

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




NTEN Webinars

How to Make Your Website Mobile-Friendly
Wednesday, April 30th
ʉۢ 11am to 12pm
$30 for members, $60 for non-members
 
Grants and Awards
 
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

2014 Google PDF Fellowship
Google and Personal Democracy Media are teaming up to offer registration and travel fellowships for women working in civic technology to the 11th annual Personal Democracy Forum, taking place June 5th and 6th at New York University’s Skirball Center. Fellowships cover the full registration costs and include a meal with Googlers during the conference and possible partial travel stipends. Deadline: Thursday, May 1st

MacArthur Foundation 2014 Documentary Open Call
The MacArthur Foundation funds the production of documentary films and participatory new media projects that combine exceptional storytelling with in-depth journalism and have the potential to spark dialogue, create understanding, and contribute to social and policy change. Deadline: Thursday, May 1st


2014 City Lore Documentary Institute
Applications are now being accepted for the City Lore Documentary Institute—a three week intensive immersion program in New York City through which current and aspiring artists, activists, and cultural documentarians advance their skills in multimedia storytelling and create their own documentary piece for the culminating exhibition. Participants will build a conceptual foundation on which to create their project, learn the technical skills and be given the personal contacts they would need to create an original work of documentary media. Deadline: Friday, May 2nd

Call for Entries: Imagen Awards
The Imagen Foundation seeks to recognize and reward English or Spanish language television programming, feature films, advertising, web series, documentaries, theatrical shorts or student films that either: (a) portray Latinos and/or the Latino culture in an authentic and prominent manner; (b) demonstrate outstanding creative achievement by Latinos; (c) and/or serve to educate the public about Latino cultures; (d) and produced in the United States. Deadline: Friday, May 2nd

Film Independent Screenwriting Lab
Film Independent's Screenwriting Lab is an intensive five-week program that runs two to three evenings a week in Los Angeles in September and October. The Lab is designed to help screenwriters improve their craft, develop their voices as writers, and take their current scripts to the next level. A maximum of ten projects are selected for the lab. Writing partners are welcome to apply as teams. Deadline: Monday, May 5th

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

Call for Entries: Cine+Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival
Cine+Mas SF provides a platform for films made by U.S. Latino, Latin American, or Iberian filmmakers, showcasing films with a distinctly Latin American/Latino experience or point of view. Films must be made by or about Latinos from the U.S. and abroad (Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula, Caribbean). To qualify, films must have been made between 2011 and now—exception for films never screened in San Francisco. Short and feature films, fiction and documentaries are welcome. Deadline: Saturday, May 10th

BlackStar Film Festival Screenplay Competition Seeks Scripts
The BlackStar Film Festival is seeking scripts meeting the following requirements: a) written by a person of African descent, b) a maximum of 15 pages, c) written in English, d) unproduced, and e) copyrighted or WGA registered. Five finalists will have their work read live during the 2014 Festival. The winning screenplay will be produced by BlackStar and directed by celebrated director Terence Nance. Deadline: Thursday, May 15th

Call for Entries: New York City Independent Film Festival
The 5th Annual New York City Independent Film Festival will run from October 16th to October 20th, 2014. The festival will strive to promote an open and nurturing environment for artists, writers, actors, filmmakers and fans, and will focus on offering great networking opportunities for its participants. Regular deadline: Thursday, May 15th

Call for Entries: Philadelphia Film Festival
Submissions are now open for the 23rd Annual Philadelphia Film Festival, taking place October 16th through 26th, 2014. Founded in 1992, the Philadelphia Film Festival is one of the longest-running film festivals in the city. Presented annually by the Philadelphia Film Society, the Festival is an outstanding showcase of cinematic excellence and imagination, featuring over 100 films with more than 50 filmmakers and industry guests at seven unique venues throughout the Greater Philadelphia Area. Early deadline: Friday, May 23rd

POV Nonfiction Digital Project Program
POV is accepting submissions for digital documentaries from independent media creators and technologists that push the boundaries of nonfiction media for co-production through its Nonfiction Digital Project Program. Co-productions will be funded in the range of $15,000-$50,000 and producers do not necessarily need to be based on the United States. Funded projects are more likely to be focused on mobile and emerging technologies. Early bird deadline: Friday, May 30th

DVCAI Artist Residency in Mexico

The Summer Artist-In-Residence program at DVCAI MEXICO provides an artist with a month-long studio opportunity to work on a project of his/her choosing and to interact with the public and the artist community. During the residency period, the artist teaches two classes or workshops in conjunction with the Summer Arts Program and presents a general lecture or demonstration about his/her work. Artists are compensated for their teaching time. Deadline: Saturday, May 31st

Turkey Land Cove Residencies for Women
Turkey Land Cove (TLC) Foundation offers personal, individual, working retreats for motivated women from New England and New York to pursue their professional, educational, and artistic goals away from the distractions of daily life. The successful candidate will have a clearly defined goal and a plan to reach that goal. Deadline: Sunday, June 1st

POV 2015 Call for Entries
The POV Call for Entries is now open! Films submitted to this open call will be considered for the 2015 broadcast season and beyond. Deadline: Monday, June 30th


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. Short films can be narrative fiction or documentary, imaginative, unorthodox, daring or simple, but must touch on economic inequalities. Deadline: Tuesday, July 1st


BAYMN Fest: Call for Youth Media Submissions
BAYMN FEST is an interactive showcase of media produced by youth ages 12-24. Sponsored by The HIVE, this two-day event will be a unique opportunity for youth, educators and the general public to celebrate the work of talented young media makers. Free to submit. Deadline: Friday, August 1st


The Women's Film Preservation Fund
Founded by New York Women in Film & Television, this Fund seeks proposals for the preservation or restoration of American films, from any era, in which women have held significant creative positions, including, but not limited to, writer, director, producer, editor and performer
. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Deadline: October 1st
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