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eBulletin • October 2012
Mapping the Field 2012
We are happy to announce that throughout the next few months, NAMAC will launch the second edition of our national survey of media arts organizations! Begun in 2010, Mapping the Field provides robust data for understanding the media arts field, including information about annual revenues, total hours of programming, audience numbers, and much more. View our initial findings at Mapping the Field.

Be a part of this groundbreaking project to create longitudinal information about our sector, our economic impact, who we serve, and the social, cultural, and educational significance of our work. Equipped with this information, you can strengthen your advocacy efforts when seeking funding and in reaching out to elected officials.

If you would like to participate* in this endeavor to fortify the field through comprehensive study, please join us! Request a survey at Mapping the Field surveying will close on January 31, 2013.

Jack Walsh, NAMAC Executive Director 

*NAMAC members and our partner organizations who participated in Mapping the Field in 2010 will automatically receive the 2012 survey.

NAMAC Member Benefits
KDHXMake a Film Fun and Fast!
KDHX Community Media is offering NAMAC Members a generous discount registration rate for the National Film Challenge. Share with the filmmakers in your community! Deadline to register is Thursday, October 18th. Read more about the Challenge and how to receive your discount code here!

Scholarship Opportunity
Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College is proud to announce the 2012 Heinz College/National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture Scholarship. Heinz College is offering  a $6,000 per semester minimum scholarship for NAMAC members enrolling in their full-time Master of Arts Management degree program. Read more about the scholarship and how you can apply here

NTEN Webinars at Discounted Rate
NAMAC is proud to continue our partnership with the Nonprofit Technology Network to provide our members with webinars at NTEN member rates. You can see the list of upcoming NTEN webinars in the right hand column of this eBulletin. To learn how to apply the discount code, click here.

Leading Creatively 2012 Epilogue

We've Only Just Begun.Though it has been one month since our NAMAC 2012: Leading Creatively conference, we are still seeing some of the impact!
A big thank you to all of our conference volunteers, and to all who took the time to complete our Leading Creatively 2012 conference survey. Your feedback will be instrumental in shaping future convenings and in making sure that our member services are meeting you or your organization’s needs.

To reminisce fondly on conference events, view photos of the event in our NAMAC 2012 Facebook album! Tag yourself, “like” your favorites, and share with friends!

Thanks so much for the tireless efforts of volunteer photographers: Julia Van Wagenen, of, and Jamie Francis, courtesy of NAPT/Vision Maker Media.

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About Us

NAMAC fosters and fortifies the culture and business of independent media arts. Through dialogue, collaboration, research, and advocacy, we connect, organize, and develop organizations.

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Upcoming Webinars and Telesalons

NTEN Webinar: Measuring the Networked Nonprofit
Wednesday, October 30th
 • 11am to 12:30pm

NTEN Webinar: 2012 Year in Review: NTEN Community Impact
Tuesday, November 6th • 11am

NTEN Webinar: Successfully Engaging Volunteers on Tech Projects
Thursday, November 8th • 11am to 12pm

NTEN Webinar: Insights into Donor Behavior and Engagement Preferences: Results of the Nonprofit Donor Engagement Benchmark Study
Thursday, November 8th • 2pm

NTEN Webinar: Build, Buy, or Borrow: Choosing the Best Software Development Path
Tuesday, November 13th • 11am to 12:30pm

NTEN Livestream: Nonprofits + the Cloud: Technology in the Stratosphere
Wednesday, November 14th • 9:30am


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Free Press


Send us your announcements by emailing or Tweeting @namac!

Free Press’ National Conference for Media Reform (#NCMR13) heads to Denver in 2013. Help create the Conference program by voting on your favorite session proposals! Several NAMAC Members and friends have proposals you can vote on, including:

Voting is open through Friday, October 26th.

Congratulations to Reel Grrls! They were chosen by the Adobe Foundation to significantly expand Adobe Youth Voices in the Seattle area. 

Member organizations appoint new Executive Directors: the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar and Bay Area Video Coalition both welcomed new leadership in the past month. Read about Anita Reher and Carol Varney, respectively, here.

Women Make Movies (WMM) filmmakers named 2012 MacArthur Foundation Fellows: of the 23 MacArthur “Genius Grants" awarded this year by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the two documentary filmmakers recognized are both WMM filmmakers: Natalia Almada and Laura Poitras.

NAMAC Welcomes New Member
Line Break Media aims to harness the power of narrative and multimedia communications  to support global movements for justice. Read our Q&A with Line Break Media on their most recent campaign to prevent the displacement of local communities ahead of global sports events. And stay tuned for further online conversations with Line Break, and others, on how media tools can support social justice work!

Squeaky Wheel



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 art work that demands attention. Submit writings here.

The Black Maria Film Festival's regular deadline approaches. Submit films online through Withoutabox or mail in your submission by Monday, November 26thDetailed instructions here.

Distance Learning Consultations, through the New York Foundation for the Arts, will provide visual artists living outside New York City an opportunity to receive one-on-one feedback from NYFA consultants. Inaugural sessions are Friday, October 19th and Friday, October 26th with experienced consultant Almitra Stanley, founder and principal, Art Maven ConsultingEach consultation is thirty minutes long and costs $50. Participants are limited to one appointment only.

SOMArts Cultural Center is accepting Letters of Intent for its 2014 Commons Curatorial Residency. This proposal period ends Tuesday, October 30th at 11:59pm. Applicants invited to submit a full application will be notified in mid-November. Share this opportunity with your networks to make sure SOMArts receives a rich and varied pool of applications. Forward this link:

Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Fund Accepting Applications. The TFI Documentary Fund provides grants and guidance to exceptional filmmakers with character-driven, non-fiction works-in-progress that sit outside of the social issue landscape. By engaging in unexplored perspectives, the TFI Documentary Fund aims to take audiences into someone else’s environment and spotlight the journey of the individual. A new extension of the Fund, the TFI/ESPN PRIZE, will award one annual grant of $30,000 to a feature-length documentary work-in-progress that captures the human element of the sports world—and brings the dramatic stakes of competitiveness to vivid life. Submission deadline: Monday, November 5th.

Creative Placemaking: Call for 2013 Proposals
Deadline: November 1st
ArtPlace launches its third round of grant applications to support creative placemaking in communities across America. Creative placemaking is a means of investing in arts and culture through integrated strategies to drive vibrancy and diversity so as to transform communities. Grants will be awarded to projects that involve arts organizations, artists and designers working in partnership with local and national partners to produce transformative impacts on community vibrancy.For more information on how to apply, visit this link:

Spanish Film Club Grant: Submissions are now open for universities interested in applying for grants to organize Spanish Film Club Festivals on their campuses during the 2013 fall semester (January through May 2013). Deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 1st. Learn more about this program here. Spanish Film Club, an initiative by PRAGDA, supports and facilitates the organization of Spanish and Latin American Film Festivals in universities and cultural institutions in North America. Check out the schedule and line-up of the universities holding their festivals in the following months here.

NAMLE Conference Call for Proposals: The 2013 NAMLE conference will reflect the reality that education is at a cross roads, 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. More information about NAMLE’s 2013 Conference (to be held July 12th and 13th in Torrance, CA) can be found here.
Independent Lens

Calls to Action

Stand with Independents: PBS Needs Indies
When PBS thought to move Indepenedent Lens and POV to low-viewership Thursday nights, filmmakers and audiences around the country rallied to house independent media on a night that would allow indies to stay competitive. Thanks to these efforts, "Independent Lens" and "POV" will now air on Mondays at 10pm on PBS. But it is up to audiences to drive traffic to these Monday night screenings.

In the words of ITVS President Sally Jo Fifer“once viewers tune in to 'Independent Lens,' they stay tuned in—so we just have to get them there!" Please join us in promoting indies by following these steps:

1. Download the #StandWithMe card.
2. Write your name. Have someone take a photo of you holding it.
3. Tweet it using #StandWithMe. Facebook it.
4. Submit it to Tumblr!

Free Press asks: What Does Public Media Mean to You? Share your thoughts with them at this link, and they will share your message with legislators.

Belmont Media Center


Marketing and Administration Manager, Belmont Media (Belmont, MA)—due Saturday, October 20th

Media Education Director, Nickelodeon Theatre (Columbia, SC)—due Monday, October 22nd

Executive Director, Global Film Initiative (San Francisco, CA)—due Friday, October 26th

Campaign and Communications Manager, Public Knowledge (Washington, DC)—due Tuesday, October 30th

Youth Media Program Coordinator, Gandhi Brigade (Silver Spring, MD)—due Wednesday, October 31st

Production and Operations Manager, CounterPULSE (San Francisco, CA)—due Monday, November 5th

Assistant or Associate Professor of Cinema, Department of Cinema, San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA)—due Saturday, November 10th

Open until filled:
Assistant Director, The Exploratorium (San Francisco, CA)

Bilingual Mobile Facilitator, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Digital Media Specialist, YWCA of the City of New York (New York, NY)

Executive Director, New York International Children's Film Festival (New York, NY)

Managing Director, Seattle International Film Festival (Seattle, WA)

Marketing Manager, Women Make Movies (New York, NY)

StoryCorps@yourlibrary Coordinator, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Video Teaching Artist, T.R.U.C.E. Arts and Media (New York, NY)
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