June 2015 | Facilitating innovation + impact for the media arts
From the Executive Director
Wendy Levy
I can’t believe it’s June
I’ve been at NAMAC for all of six months—and could not be more excited about what we’ve done in such a short amount of time, and the promise of what is ahead. Here is a huge thank-you to all the new and renewed members (please join or renew if you haven’t yet!), to everyone who has participated in a Virtual Roundtable, to our new crew of Creative Leadership Lab participants, to our new Board President and our incredible Board of Directors, and to funders like Philadelphia Foundation and the Fledgling Fund who have provided the crucial support that has helped us re-ignite the Alliance and begin our new phase of growth, innovation and sustainability. Thank you.
Please mark your calendars—one year from this month will be the National NAMAC Conference in Oakland, CA. Prepare for three days of extraordinary content designed to ignite creativity and innovation, inspire collaboration, challenge inequality, and embolden our communities for the work ahead. It will be the conference you don’t want to miss next year. Whether you are a media arts organization, an independent producer, funder, educator, technologist, journalist, media policy wonk, community activist or social entrepreneur—everyone is welcome and we intend to rock the stages and the meeting rooms at the Oakland Convention Center as never before.
Needless to say, there is much to do between now and then. The NAMAC Creative Leadership Lab happens at Sundance next month—and you can learn more about the new cohort of visionary participants here. Our Youth Media programming continues with Collective Impact project planning and policy discussions with leaders in Creative Youth Development from the National Guild for Community Arts Education. NAMAC Innovation Studio projects are moving forward – stay tuned for big announcements in September regarding new programming and opportunities, interactive case studies and participatory media toolkits and apps.

Map Your World

One of the highlights of this month so far was attending DML2015: Equity By Design. Funded by MacArthur Foundation and organized by the Digital Media and Learning Hub at UC Irvine, this year’s conference called on participants to promote equity in digital learning practices, and engage in solutions-thinking around addressing educational opportunity gaps. I got to introduce NAMAC to this community in the Ignite section of the program, with a short talk called Telling and Doing. Using NAMAC Innovation Studio projects Map Your World and Oakland Fence Project, I attempted to frame a very fast argument (Ignite talks are five minutes) that participatory media can guide crossover learning from classroom to community. I used the simple concepts of “telling and doing” to make a call for pedagogy that encompasses both art practice + civic engagement, personal storytelling and expressions of democracy, technology and empathy. A “telling and doing” approach goes beyond the transactional relationship of knowledge transfer from teacher to student and embodies a classroom and community practice that provides for agency, creativity and memory. A “telling and doing” framework empowers educators as facilitators of cultural experiences.

Oakland Fence Project
My hope for next year is that NAMAC member organizations, Innovation Studio project directors, and independent doc filmmakers who are breaking new ground with audience engagement for young people are part of a NAMAC contingent to DML 2016 that illuminates the role of media art and artists in global connected classrooms and our presence there helps open up new creative conversations and partnerships.
Hope everyone has a wildly creative and restorative summer—replete with as many unplugged moments of relaxation, delight, and connection as possible.
Action items for right now, if you are so moved:

Notes from the Field
VDB TVLast month, Video Data Bank announced VDB TV, a new "rotating series of groundbreaking programs presenting essential video art, streaming free for the first time to the general public on the Video Data Bank website." Current programming includes "The Feminist Origins: VDB’s On Art and Artists Interview Collection."

Walker Art Center
has renamed its Film/Video department the Moving Image department, accompanied by two new related initiatives: the Walker Moving Image Commissions, a series of six artist commissions that will debut online, and the Walker Mediatheque, a new 50-seat screening room in which visitors may view projected works from the Ruben/Benston Moving Image Collection.

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Grants and Calls
Job Bank
Media Policy Watch
Notes from the Field
Welcome New Members
Workshops and Convenings
Global Witness

Welcome New Members

Global Fund for Women advances the rights of women and girls worldwide by increasing the resources for and investing in women-led organizations and women’s collective leadership for change.

Global Witness exposes the hidden links between demand for natural resources, corruption, armed conflict, and environmental destruction via techniques including interviews, secret filming, photography, and document research.

Laura Gomez-Mesquita, Free Spirit Media, North Lawndale College Prep High School (Chicago, IL)

Maria-Fernanda Tumminello, student, Henry Ford Community College (Dearborn, MI)

RYSE creates safe spaces grounded in social justice that build power for Richmond, California youth to love, learn, educate, and create, with the goal of transforming their lives and healing their communities.

The People's Creative Toolkit

New to the NAMAC 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. 

New this month: Beyond Vanity: Metrics: Toward better measurement of member engagement,
New Media Toolkit, The People's Creative Toolkit

The Joys of NAMAC Membership

Networked Web Portal
A 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. Will include cross-disciplinary case studies, an interactive media tool library and a digital “collaboration-finder.”

Leadership Roundtables
Quarterly 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. Must be a member to participate!

NAMAC Innovation Studio
A 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. Must be a member to incubate!

Media Policy Action Hub
This 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. Must be a member to access Maker Network Toolkits and Impact Blueprints!

Global Artist Residency and Fund
To 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. Open to NAMAC members in good standing, the goal of the residencies will be to foster cultural understanding, build the creative and technological capacity of organizations across sectors, and amplify the power of art to strengthen and sustain communities. Must be a member to be eligible!

Media Policy Watch
By Rose Kaplan

The FCC's new Net Neutrality rules went into effect on Friday!—after the D.C. Circuit Court denied cable, telephone, and wireless companies' last-minute motion for stay of the decision. However, currently, the House is trying to sneak language into a budget bill that would take away the FCC's ability to enforce the Net Neutrality rules. Your congresspeople need to hear from you today!

Curiously, some telecom analysts think that on a political level, the new rules could support a new round of cable and broadband mergers—Charter and Time Warner, Charter and Brighthouse, Altice and Suddenlink, and AT&T and DirecTV, along with a number of smaller deals.

"Now that the Net Neutrality rules are set to go into effect today for all carriers, there probably isn't as much pressure for the FCC to attempt to single AT&T out or get AT&T to proactively agree to abide by stricter Net Neutrality rules, so this may simplify the ongoing remedy/concessions negotiations that are ongoing with the regulators at the moment," Elevation, LLC's Stephen Sweeney said on Friday.

In surveillance news, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act earlier this month. As the Electronic Frontier Foundation notes, the bill marks the first time in over thirty years that "both houses of Congress have approved a bill placing real restrictions and oversight on the National Security Agency’s surveillance powers." However, in many ways, the bill was also a boon for the NSA in its limited effect on surveillance programs—check this CoinTelegraph article for more.

Relatedly, the EFF has the story on Canarywatch, a new online initiative designed to publicize "warrant canaries"—basically, a note published by a website declaring that it has not received a legal request for information from the NSA or any other information-gathering or surveillance organization.

There was also a troubling privacy development last month in United States v. Davis, a case investigating warrantless police and government access to cell phone users' location data (in short: every time your phone sends or receives data, it relies on nearby cell phone towers to relay it; in aggregate, this data can be used to track someone's general location over a sustained period of time). As the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit found, people have no expectation of privacy in cell site location records. The EFF explains what this development means for cell phone users—that is, nearly everyone—and why we should be worried.

In better news, referendums on WiredWest, a public, community-operated broadband network in Western Massachusetts have been passing in towns across the region. Two-thirds votes are needed in each town to finance construction of the network, which is one of the largest public co-op networks ever attempted. Read more about WiredWest here.

Finally, a coalition of organizations including Free Press and the Open Technology Institute have published a set of civil rights principles for body-worn cameras on police officers—read them here.
Scribe Video Center

Job Bank
Director, Public/Private Partnerships, Hack the Hood/Center for Media Change (Oakland, CA)—due Thursday, June 18th

Development Manager, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (Washington, DC)—due Friday, June 19th

Education Associate, The Learning About Multimedia Project (New York, NY)—due Saturday, June 20th

Manager, Photography and Archiving, International Rescue Committee (New York, NY)—due Monday, June 22nd

Manager for Media and Special Projects, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (New York, NY)—due Wednesday, June 24th

Development and Communications Manager, ArtCorps (Ipswich, MA)—due Thursday, June 25th

Technology Director, Skoll Foundation (Palo Alto, CA)—due Friday, June 26th

Associate Vice President, Marketing, Women in Cable Telecommunications (Washington, DC)—due Friday, June 26th

Associate Vice President, Programming, Women in Cable Telecommunications (Washington, DC)—due Friday, June 26th

Development Associate, The Learning About Multimedia Project (New York, NY)—due Monday, June 29th

Executive Director, American Documentary, Inc./POV (Brooklyn, NY)—due Tuesday, June 30th

Regional Program Director, Black Girls Code (Oakland, CA)—due Tuesday, June 30th

Documentary Researcher/Associate Producer, Brave New Films (Culver City, CA)—due Tuesday, June 30th

Story Studio Teaching Artists, Urban Arts Partnership (Los Angeles, CA)—due Tuesday, June 30th

#YesWeCode Apprenticeship Director, The Dreamcorps (Oakland, CA)—due Wednesday, July 1st

Film and Music Administrative Coordinator, Washington Jewish Film Festival and Washington Jewish Music Festival (Washington, DC)—due Wednesday, July 1st

UNAFF 2015
Grants and Calls
Call for Applications: LEF New England Moving Image Fund
Pre-production grants of $5,000 are available for New England-based filmmakers working on long-format (40+ minutes) documentary film and video projects. Applicants must have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. Deadline: Friday, June 19th

Shaw Media-Hot Docs Completion and Development Funds
Completion grants of up to $100,000 and no-interest development loans of $10,000 to $15,000 are available to Canadian documentary filmmakers. Deadline: Wednesday, June 24th

Call for Submissions: Better Youth's 1st Annual Real to Reel Youth Media Showcase
High-school and college-aged youth are invited to submit media addressing an issue plaguing their local or global community. All formats, including documentary, are welcomed. Regular deadline: Friday, June 26th

Roy W. Dean Summer Film Grant
$25,000 in film goods, services, and funds are available for filmmakers working on short films, documentaries, features, or series. Each applicant, win or lose, will also receive a free consultation from From the Heart Productions President Carole Dean. Deadline: Tuesday, June 30th
Up to $50,00 in R&D funding is available for American independent producers/filmmakers to develop and pilot digital series concepts on any subject, from any viewpoint, for public media's digital platforms. Deadline: Wednesday, July 1st

Call for Submissions: 2016 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Feature-length (40+ minutes), short (15-39 minutes), and mini (under 15 minutes) documentaries of any completion date are sought. Early deadline: Wednesday, July 1st

Camden International Film Festival
The Camden International Film Festival seeks documentaries of any shape, size, style, and length for its 2015 festival. Extended deadline: Friday, July 3rd

Call for Submissions: 31st Annual IDA Documentary Awards
Submissions are open for the International Documentary Association's 31st annual Documentary Awards. All documentary, nonfiction, and factual films completed or publicly released between July 1st, 2014 and June 30th, 2015 are eligible. Deadline: Monday, July 6th

2015 Austin Film Festival
The Austin Film Festival seeks submissions of both feature-length and short documentaries. Late deadline: Friday, July 10th

Allied Media Conference

Workshops and 
The Unmentionables Film Festival
Sunday, June 14th through Sunday, June 21st
New York, NY

AFI Docs Fim Festival
Wednesday, June 17th through Sunday, June 21st
Washington, DC

Edinburgh International Film Festival
Wednesday, June 17th through Sunday, June 28th
Edinburgh, Scotland

Allied Media Conference
Thursday, June 18th through Sunday, June 21st
Detroit, MI

Thursday, June 18th through Sunday, June 28th 
San Francisco, CA

NTEN Webinar: Sending Out an SMS for Social Change
Wednesday, June 24th • 11am
free for everyone!

NALIP Media Summit
Thursday, June 25th through Sunday, June 28th
Los Angeles, CA

Asian Film Festival of Dallas
Friday, July 10th through Friday, July 17th
Dallas, TX
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