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your latest media arts + culture news—October 2016

Photo Credit: Dylan AT Miner

From the Executive Director

Wendy Levy

Returning the Spirit and Building the Creative Workforce Development Movement
At ReMAP Detroit last week, Dylan Miner shared some mythic tribal inspiration on the role of the artist in culture:

"My people will sleep for 100 years and when they wake it will be the artists who give them their spirit back."
As soon as he shared this piece of wisdom, I took a breath and repeated it. To myself. And then I tweeted it. I made a picture from a graphic on Dylan’s website. I looked at it for a long time. We wake and are woke to the sounds and rustlings of storytellers, performers, poets, dancers, mediamakers and shamans—I’m thinking of what so many brought to Oakland for the Alliance conferenceMark Bamuthi Joseph, Sarah Crowell, Michael Premo and so many others—in this dark political climate, in a world where justice for all feels so much and often impossible—artists hold that sacred space where stories and spirit are given back. Real, virtual, or augmented, live in body or digital, streaming, dreaming, or real time—breaking like the news breaks or waves break—it is the stories that can heal and bring us back to each other.
I spent some time on the plane back to Oakland reading Creativity Connects: Trends and Conditions Affecting US Artists. If you are interested in the economic conditions and structural inequities that exist impacting the lives and work of artists in this country, this is really worth reading. Not earth-shatteringly new, but definitely edifying. The top-line revelations include:

Artists still need training, information, markets, material supports, networks, and validation. Five main priorities for future work emerged from the research. They say that action in these following areas could move conditions for artists in a positive direction:
  1. Articulate and measure the benefits of artists and creative work to societal health and well-being.
  2. Address artists’ income insecurity as part of larger workforce efforts.
  3. Address artists’ debt and help build their assets.
  4. Create 21st-century training systems.
  5. Upgrade systems and structures that support artists.    
Photo Credit: Dylan AT MinerIt's humbling to be part of the leadership of a growing international Alliance that is working on some of these issues. In addition to our tentpole programs like HatchLabs, the Innovation Studio, Creative Leadership Lab, and Youth Media—we are moving forward with our plans to create a Media Policy Hub on our website, a story + data map that will reflect relevant media policy issues, bills and legislation that impact artists and organizations. We are also engaging some badass strategists + lobbyists to work with us to create an advocacy strategy and lobbying plan focused not only on arts policy legislation, but on a new, invigorated movement in Creative Workforce Development.

We're setting the stage to enable federal funding, along with a network of public/private partnerships, to seed national art/work initiatives at the local level, run by local media arts organizations—including Apprentice Training in Media Arts, Opening Doors for Youth, and Science/Tech and Innovation. By securing new, accountable funding pipelines and building capacity across the network, we can deepen as well as scale the impacts of our shared commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and abundance. We must make these concepts real—not only embedded in our stories and in the intentions of the work we do, but also in how we work and the systems we create. 
I hope everyone reading this who runs or is involved with an incredible local media center, an independent film company, or a media arts nonprofit offering classes and workshops—will join us as we gather the tribe and raise our voices to build this movement.  More details coming soon on how to get involved.
As always, please join us—and get in touch if you have any questions or just want to talk about the future. I’m
Media Literacy Week

Notes from the Field

NAMLE's Media Literacy Week Launches Later This Month
The National Alliance for Media Literacy Education's Media Literacy Week works to bring attention and visibility to media literacy education in the United States. The 50-State Dinner Party Project, a Collective Action Initiative of NAMAC, is a proud co-sponsor of Media Literacy Week, which runs October 31st through November 4th. During the week, youth, adults, and elders will be joining around tables in Portland, New Orleans, and beyond exploring the question, "What are our desired futures?"

White House: October Is National Arts and Humanities Month
Late last month, President Obama signed a presidential proclamation naming October 2016 National Arts and Humanities Month, writing, "By investing in the arts, we can chart a course for the future in which the threads of our common humanity are bound together with creative empathy and openness."

Youth FX Filmmaker Takes Top Prize at 15 Minute Max Fest
NAMAC member Youth FX's Ejaniia Clayton took first place at the 15 Minute Max Student Film Festival last week for her short film Reach. Youth FX filmmakers Aden Suchak (Make It Float) and Darian Henry and Maya Suchak (Finding Strength) also had their work screened as part of the fest.

NMAAHC Opens with Question Bridge: Black Males
The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its doors just a few weeks ago, and among the projects in the new museum's permanent collection is Question Bridge: Black Males, first launched by NAMAC collaborator Chris Johnson in 1996. Check out Chris's work on the Oakland Fence Project here.
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New and Renewing Members

Sarah Berkovich (Mountain View, CA) is a graduate of Stanford’s MFA in Documentary Film and Video program. She has produced/directed several award-winning documentaries and has worked at MIT, the International Documentary Association, and for the WGBH production American Experience.

Tina DiFeliciantonio's Naked Eye Productions (New York, NY) has tackled issues from AIDS, to teenage sexuality, body image, child abuse, and alien abductions, in a range of film styles from cinema verité to impressionistic documentary.

Gift membership! Debbie Gibson (Houston, TX) is a recent graduate of Moore College of Art and Design's Masters in Social Engagement program and Regional Coordinator of Heart of the Kids Social Services (gift of Daniel Tucker).

Documentary filmmaker and installation artist Tom Hansell (Boone, NC) is the Co-Director of University Documentary Film Services and an Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University.

Gift membership! Rachel Wallis (Chicago, IL) is a recent graduate of Moore College of Art and Design's Masters in Social Engagement program and a Chicago-based artist, activist, curator, and crafter (gift of Daniel Tucker).

Renewing member! WeOwnTV's (San Francisco, CA and Freetown, Sierra Leone) Freetown Media Center encourages young people in Sierra Leone to take the lead in their own development and creative exploration.
American Documentary Film Festival

Grants and Calls

Open Call: American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund
The American Documentary Film Festival (Palm Springs, CA) seeks submissions of completed feature-length and short documentaries for its 2017 festival, as well as works-in-progress for its Film Fund. Regular deadline: Saturday, October 15th

Applications Open: Spanish Film Club
Pragda's Spanish Film Club offers grants twice a year to help high schools and universities bring the very best in contemporary Spanish and Latin American cinema to campuses with the aim of introducing students to the language and cultures of these territories. Deadline: Thursday, October 20th

Call for Submissions: 2017 Social Impact Media Awards
SIMA seeks submissions of documentary features and shorts, virtual reality films, and innovation/creative impact videos completed between October 2015 and September 2016. Late deadline: Thursday, October 27th

2016 Frameline Completion Fund
The Frameline Completion Fund provides grants of up to $5,000 to emerging and established filmmakers towards the completion of films that represent and reflect LGBTQ life in all its complexity and richness. Deadline: Monday, October 31st

California Documentary Project Grant: Research, Development, Production
Funding of up to $10,000 (research and development) and $50,000 (production) is available for documentary media projects that use the humanities to enhance understanding of California and its cultures, peoples, and histories. Deadline: Tuesday, November 1st

Call for Entries: True/False Film Fest
True/False seeks short and feature-length works of nonfiction cinema, particularly those that straddle the line between nonfiction and fiction, with an emphasis on formal inventiveness and craftsmanship. Late deadline: Tuesday, November 8th

CPH:DOX 2017 Call for Submissions
Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival seeks short and feature length documentaries, experimental documentaries, and innovative visual documentary productions for digital media for its 2017 fest. Final deadline: Thursday, December 15th

more Grants and Calls on the Job Bank
Creative Time Summit

Convenings and Festivals

Creative Time Summit: Occupy the Future
Friday through Sunday, October 14th through 16th
Washington, DC

Latino Lens Festival and Showcase 2016
Sunday, October 30th
Los Angeles, CA

38th National Media Market and Conference
Sunday through Thursday, October 23rd through 27th
Baltimore, MD

FILMASIA 2016: The Asian Conference on Film and Documentary
Thursday through Saturday, October 27th through 29th
Kobe, Japan

Society for Visual Anthropology 2016 Film and Media Festival
Wednesday through Sunday, November 16th through 20th
Minneapolis, MN
Pittsburgh Filmmakers

Job Bank

CEO, Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (Pittsburgh, PA)—due Wednesday, October 19th

Video Production Teacher, Essex County Vocational Technical Schools: Bloomfield Tech (Bloomfield, NJ)—due Monday, October 24th

Open Call for Mentors, Pentacle/Danceworks, Inc. (New York, NY)—due Monday, October 24th

Development Associate, Youth Radio (Oakland, CA)—due Monday, November 28th

Open until filled
Communications and Special Projects Director, Access Monterey Peninsula (Monterey, CA)
Grants Manager and Senior Editor, The Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
Video Editor and Distribution Coordinator, Common Sense Media (San Francisco, CA)
Communications Director and Research Director, Harmony Institute (New York, NY)
Executive Director, New Orleans Film Society (New Orleans, LA)
MakerSPACE Educator, Newark Museum (Newark, NJ)
Operations Manager, NYU-TV, New York University (New York, NY)
Teaching Artist, Reel Works Teen Filmmaking (Brooklyn, NY)
Project Manager, StoryCorps Tools, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)
Associate Vice President of Development and Campaign Director, WGBH Boston (Boston, MA)

more jobs on the Job Bank
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Media Policy Watch

By Rose Kaplan

The 2016 presidential election nears, and there's a variety of articles and write-ups comparing Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump's tech and Internet policy statements. An extensive overview from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, puts the candidates side-by-side on issue areas including innovation and R&D, broadband/telecom, internet and digital economy, and others. And an Ars Technica write-up from earlier this week compares the candidates on net neutrality—where Clinton has been largely supportive, while Trump has said little.

In February, New York City launched LinkNYC, a collaborative public/private communications network aimed at repurposing payphone infrastructure to provide free, fast wi-fi to New Yorkers. Now, eight months later, Vice Motherboard's Linda Huber has investigated how the network is impacting the lives of New York City's poor and homeless communities—those most affected by the digital divide.

Google Fiber has been expanding lately, with new agreements signed with cities in Tennessee and Kentucky, but the broadband and cable TV initiative from Alphabet Inc. has been running into opposition from traditional ISP's including AT&T and Charter. Nashville, which passed an ordinance late last month aimed at helping Google Fiber accelerate its deployment in the city, is now facing a lawsuit from AT&T, and Louisville has been sued by Charter, who claims its First Amendment rights to "speech" as a cable TV provider have been violated.

The fight over net neutrality has branched out lately to include debates over mobile and broadband data caps, as well as the practice of "zero-rating"—when companies provide certain content for free. As The Washington Post reported last week, Facebook is working on a domestic launch of its Free Basics program—zero-rated access to selected internet services including news, jobs, and health information, all aimed at low-income and rural Americans who often lack access to broadband internet at home or on smartphones.

The program violates one tenant of net neutrality—that providers treat all content equally—and it's this issue that in-part killed Facebook's attempts to roll out the program in India earlier this year.

How We Organize the Allied Media Conference

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. 

How We Organize the Allied Media Conference

Each year the AMC is created through the passionate contributions of hundreds of coordinators, presenters, and volunteers. This zine explains how all of that energy comes together in the form of the conference’s three major content areas: tracks, practice spaces, and network gatherings. The practices contained in this zine reflect the collective wisdom of the AMC’s network of participants from the past 18 years. These practices continue to evolve each year through an iterative cycle of feedback and learning between AMC participants and organizers. The organizing process is a continuous work in progress.

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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