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eBulletin • November 2012

Join with Us in Fortifying the Field!

The nation has been through a great deal these past few weeks. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many NAMAC members lost power, their buildings were damaged, operations had to cease for days. Yet beautifully, the online community gathered together to support their recovery efforts.

To help facilitate this spirit of collaborative care and support into the future, Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) recently launched the CERF Artists’ Relief Exchange, to “connect artists in need of help with offers of assistance” in all moments of vulnerability.

We welcome back into four more years of service, President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden. As President Obama has reminded us throughout his administration and again upon his victory: “We’re all in this together.” This is especially true when it comes to supporting the media arts. During his campaign, President Obama pledged increases in funding to indispensable champions of the arts, like the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). In order to make those campaign promises real, our media arts community must remain vigilant in expressing the core of who we are: what we offer to the creative economy, what we teach young people in life and job skills, and what we need to continue growing and making strides.

This month at NAMAC, we will release our second edition of Mapping the Field, our comprehensive survey of the media arts sector. Participating in this survey is just one way we can raise our collective voice to show the power of who we are as a sector.

We saw in the last two weeks what such collaborative efforts can do, when DMCA exemptions for documentary filmmakers were renewed. NAMAC is proud to have served as part of the coalition of filmmakers and organizations who made this possible. NAMAC has been a champion of responsible fair use practices before, notably when we worked with the Center for Social Media at American University to draft the Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use. We will continue to be a strong voice in advocating for the media arts, and we invite you to join us in this shared effort by participating in Mapping the Field and supporting our thriving community:

Member Announcements

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Rooting for the Home Team

Open Dialogue: Media, Art and Community Organizing
NAMAC and member organization Line Break Media will host an online convening on Saturday, November 10th with a transnational panel of scholars, organizers, and artists. Spurred by Line Break’s "Rooting for the Home Team" campaign to prevent the displacement of communities ahead of World Cup 2014, the conversation will offer strategic support to the organizers in Brazil, and reflect upon the role of the media arts in movement building. For more on the Line Break campaign, read this interview with Co-Founder Erick Boustead. Join the conversation on November 10th with Twitter hashtag #hometeambrazil.

Spy Hop Productions:
2012 PitchNic Youth Media Premiere

On Thursday, November 8th at 7:30pm, Spy Hop Productions presents the world premiere of four youth-produced films from their yearlong, intensive film program, PitchNic. For information on the PitchNic program and how to purchase tickets to this showcase of student work, click here.

Future of Music Live Stream of FMC Summit 2012 on November 13th 
Click here to learn more about the Summit and how to register for the free live stream.

Kartemquin Films Launches Diverse Voices in Docs
This week, Kartemquin announced a new—and already beloved—initiative! Diverse Voices in Docs, a Kartemquin Films program created in association with the Community Film Workshop of Chicago, will mentor 20 emerging documentary filmmakers over the course of six months, as they work on their respective projects. Applications are due December 17thMore information here.
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Members Only

Discounted Registration to AMIA Conference
NAMAC Members are eligible for discounted registration for the Association of Moving Image Archivists conference in Seattle, December 4th through 7th, 2012.

NTEN Webinars at Discounted Rate
NAMAC is proud to continue our partnership with the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) to provide our members with webinars at NTEN member rates. You can see a selection of upcoming NTEN webinars in the right hand column of this eBulletin.

Welcome New Member: The Media Consortium
The Media Consortium is a network of the country’s leading progressive, independent media outlets. Its mission is to amplify independent media’s voice, increase its collective clout, leverage its current audience, and reach new ones.

Calls to Action

Spread the Word: New Code of Best Practices in Fair Use!

Fair use is a critical tool for media makers and media arts centers. Fair use nurtures creativity, enables social commentary, protects the legitimate claims of copyright holders.

Now librarians have defined their own appropriate use of fair use, in ways that touch upon media arts centers’ mission.

Do you wonder when it is appropriate to share unlicensed material behind a password for study? How to mount an online exhibit of work from your collection, some of which you don’t have rights for? What to do about maintaining access to decaying formats when a digital format isn’t available commercially?

The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries can help.


Director of Technology, Manhattan Neighborhood Network (New York, NY)—due November 10th

Curriculum Designer, React to Film (New York, NY)—due November 15th

Project Coordinator, Scribe Video Center (Philadelphia, PA)—due November 16th

Program Associate, Scribe Video Center (Philadelphia, PA)—due November 19th

Video Archivist, UNICEF (New York, NY)—due November 24th

Multimedia Arts Instructor at Berkeley City College (Berkeley, CA) —due November 25th

Access Coordinator, St. Paul Neighborhood Network (St. Paul, MN)—due November 26th

Development Director, Rooftop Films (Brooklyn, NY)—due November 26th

Project Manager, Conferences and Events, NTEN (Portland, OR)—due November 26th

Activity Specialist (Technology), Grand Street Settlement (Brooklyn, NY)—due December 14th

Open until filled:
Art Blogger, Artfetch (Telecommute)

Director of Finance and Operations, Kartemquin Films (Chicago, IL)

Project Coordinator, Digital Learning, the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
MTV + Catchafire Non-profit Makeover


One eligible social good organization will be selected for a four-month partnership with the creative team at MTV to help “makeover” the organization. Makeover will include: website design, branding, marketing materials and social media strategy. Deadline: November 20th.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Accepting Applications for USArtists International Grant Program
Administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the USArtists International program is committed to ensuring that the impressive range of performing arts in the United States is represented abroad, and that American artists can enhance their creative and professional development through participation at international festivals. Deadline: December 7th.

ITVS Open Call for Completion Funds
The Independent Television Service funds, distributes, and promotes new programs primarily for public television. Open Call provides completion funds for single nonfiction public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video. The online application will open for submissions four weeks prior to the deadline, which is January 11th.

NEA Our Town Creative Placemaking Grants
Organizations may apply for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. An organization may request a grant amount from $25,000 to $200,000. Deadline: January 14th.

San Francisco Arts Commission PreQualified Artist Pool
The San Francisco Arts Commission invites artists and artist teams working in a variety of media and artistic approaches residing in the Western States to submit qualifications for potential inclusion in a pre-qualified artist pool for upcoming public art opportunities. The 2013/2014 Prequalified Artist Pool will be used to select artists for a range of new public art projects associated with the construction of new civic buildings, parks and playgrounds, as well as transportation and streetscape improvement projects throughout San Francisco. Deadline: January 15th.

BAVC Offers No-Cost Training for California Companies
For the third year, as part of a partnership with the Employment Training Panel of the State of California, the Bay Area Video Coalition is offering no-cost, media production and media design trainings for California companies. To find out if your company qualifies for no-cost ETP training, contact!
2012 YFEP Film Contest: You're Reading What?!?

Calls for Submissions

Screenagers Film Festival for Bay Area Youth Media Makers
The 15th annual Screenagers Film Festival, the longest-running local film festival made by and for high school students, seeks submissions for its 2013 festival, held at the Pacific Film Archives in Berkeley. More info here! Deadline: Thursday November 15, 2012.

Youth Free Expression Project’s Annual Film Contest: “You’re Reading What?”
Each year, the National Coalition Against Censorship challenges young people all across the nation to think about free speech and to creatively express their thoughts in video. Entries can be videos of any kind, including documentary, animation, experimental, satire, fictional narrative, or music video. Contest is open to youth ages 19 and younger living in the U.S. and its territories. Deadline: Sunday, November 25th.

Call for Audio Submissions: Youth Voices Against Violence
Sponsored by local organizations Tabu, YTech and, Youth Voices Against Violence encourages young people to speak out against serious problems they see every day in their communities. Applicants are asked to produce an audio piece—5 minutes or less—that demonstrates the urgent need for youth violence awareness. Awards are open to young people—age 15 to 25—who are currently not paid professionals in their field or any media maker who is neither employed full time as a staff radio/multimedia journalist, musician or deriving significant income as a freelancer in those fields. Deadline: Friday, November 30th.

Southern Exposure: Call for NoCal Visual Art
Southern Exposure seeks submissions of artwork by Northern California visual artists for Point of No Return, a juried exhibition that's free to enter! Submission Deadline: Saturday, December 1st.

NAMLE Conference Call for Proposals
The 2013 NAMLE conference will reflect the reality that education is at a crossroads, with opportunities to push the boundaries in mixing old and new media, as well as combining no-, low-, and high-tech interactions that encourage society to share in the cultural production process of sense and meaning making. Deadline for submissions: Friday, January 7th, 2013More information about NAMLE’s 2013 Conference (to be held July 12th and 13th in Torrance, CA) can be found here.

The Squealer Call for Writings
Squeaky Wheel's media arts publication seeks writings for its 2013 issue. Submissions should be responses to experiences in media art. These arts can include but are not limited to screenings of film and video, media exhibitions and installations, performances (dance, drama, music) that include technology, mobile media apps and events, websites, or any other media artwork that demands attention. Deadline: Friday, January 4, 2013

Southern Circuit Call for Film Submissions
Southern Circuit is now accepting film submissions for the 2013/2014 season. If you are a filmmaker who would like to get paid  to tour the south, screen your film for new audiences, and participate in discussions of your work, click the link above to find out more. Deadline: Thursday, January 31, 2013

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