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February 2015 | Facilitating innovation + impact for the media arts
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The Year We Want
Wendy LevyJanuary is a cold and creative month. Cold, because it's cold, and creative because of the walkabout to Sundance that is a true vision quest when you are in the right frame of mind. Sundance 2015 had the usual collection of provocative new films and panel discussions; Virtual Reality exhibits breaking new ground in storytelling, and time and space for conversations at every turn that often ignite an entire year of inspiration.

The Sundance/Skoll Stories of Change program hosted a standing-room-only panel titled Speaking Truth to Power, moderated by Jess Search (Executive Director of NAMAC member organization BritDoc) featuring Laura Poitras, Jehane Noujaim, Orlando Bagwell and Carne Ross. Needless to say, it was a dynamic conversation about the challenges and responsibilities of filmmakers in social movements. The tweet most retweeted? From Jehane Noujaim, director of "The Square": “We have a duty as filmmakers to give a platform to the voiceless. We have the responsibility to keep doing that.” And later on in the discussion, “You are not just making a film. You are figuring out how to connect with people.” I know NAMAC members everywhere resonate with this. And I know there is more to be said. Stay tuned for a NAMAC Virtual Roundtable on this topic later this year.
 
Later in the Festival, I moderated a panel at New Frontiers called the Future of Documentary. As you may have heard, this was the year “virtual reality ate the Sundance Film Festival.” My panel featured some breakout new media artists including Nonny de la Pena (the godmother of VR), Loc Dao of National Film Board of Canada, Daniel Scheinert of the hot directing duo The Daniels, Sarah Wolozin from MIT Open Doc Lab and Navid Khonsari, creator of the new game 1979 Revolution. We tackled some big picture questions about where we are going as a field, the role of technology in culture, the tension between digitalization and humanism. Will this new creative landscape be a more level playing field for those traditionally marginalized from filmmaking? What are the new demands, risks, and opportunities for the audiences of the future and the global communities we try to reach? Are we, as Tom Perlmutter has suggested, witnessing the birth of a wholly new art form where the audiences are already ahead of the creators?
 
I would love to hear from NAMAC members (wendy@namac.org) who are embracing innovation within their creative practice—as individual artists or organizations. How is it going? What are you up to? One element of NAMAC’s new mission is to facilitate innovation and collaboration—and it's going to start with talking to one another, and sharing successes, failures, and resources. For some kickass case studies of innovative documentary media work being done right now, don’t miss MIT’s new platform DOCUBASE. I dare you not to be intrigued. If you are thinking about incorporating innovation programming into your work, check out NAMAC’s new Innovation Studio opportunities.
 
On the theme of The Year We Want, I want a year of Abundance, Creativity, and Impact for every member of this Alliance. In order to create a network of programs and services that meet our collective needs, and the needs of the communities we serve, NAMAC wants to ask you some questions to assess what those needs really are. Please take ten minutes to fill out this delightful survey, and who knows what could happen…
 
And last, but definitely not least, I’m happy to share with everyone the new NAMAC website. We are still adding content and building tools (like the Media Policy Hub and an interactive map of NAMAC members and events), but I hope you all enjoy the energy and messaging, the new Job Board, the Resource Section (a braintrust of relevant field reports, toolkits and white papers on issues we care about), the Profiles of our incredible members, the Screening Room (a curated space for videos), and the new field-building Programs and Services that will be available this year. Stay in touch, stay connected—join NAMAC if you haven’t done it yet. Let’s create the Year We Want together.

Notes from the Field
PhillyCAM celebrates launches of new local low-power FM stations
PhillyCAMWHYY's NewsWorks reports on the upcoming debuts of a variety of Philadelphia-area low-power FM radio stations; PhillyCAM Executive Director Gretjen Clausing is interviewed.

Southern Documentary Fund's Hello, I Have Cancer screens at Sundance
Southern Documentary FundKristina Goolsby and Ashley York's film profiles standup comedian Tig Notaro as she splits with a girlfriend, loses her mother, and is diagnosed with breast cancer, all in a single month.

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The audience at the Sundance/Skoll Stories of Change Speaking Truth to Power panel, moderated by Jess Search, Executive Director of NAMAC member organization BritDoc.
Houston Center for Photography
Houston Center for Photography

Welcome New Members!
 
A warm welcome to the following members who joined NAMAC since our last eBulletin:

-Larry Kirkman at American University's School of Communications;
-Carnegie Mellon University's Master of Arts Management Program;
-Houston Center for Photography;
-Dumbo Feather;
-Caitlyn Short at the University of Cincinatti

 
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!

NAMAC is developing a slate of new programs to facilitate innovation, impact, collaboration and strategic growth for the media arts field; for more information see newnamac.org.
 
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Media That Matters

Media Policy Watch
 
By Rose Kaplan

Last Wednesday, in a Wired op-edFCC Chairman Tom Wheeler outlined new rules that would reclassify broadband as a "telecommunications service" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Although we won't know for sure until the upcoming February 26th FCC vote, this appears to be a huge win for Net Neutrality activists, who have been calling for Title II reclassification for years. Read the official FCC release here.

This news comes on the heels of a recent shift in the conversation around Net Neutrality, with Wheeler publicly indicating his support for Title II reclassification back in January and President Obama dropping hints about his support for "a free and open Internet" in his State of the Union address. The New York Times' Jonathan Weisman has a good summary of these shifts in the context of two-party Washington gridlock, and this Huff Post article offers up a solid analysis of potential outcomes of the upcoming vote. Until then, you can contact tell your U.S. congresspeople how you feel via battleforthenet.com, a new initiative from a coalition of open Internet advocacy organizations.

Open Internet advocates have also been turning up the heat on Comcast and Time Warner. This January press release highlights the explosive growth of the Stop Mega Comcast Coalition, and Public Knowledge's Kate Forscey solidly dissects the lies that both Comcast and Time Warner have been feeding the FCC regarding a proposed upgrade of the speed requirements legally attached to the term "highspeed broadband."

Two upcoming convenings should be of interest to media policy advocates. This weekend, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia and NAMAC member organization The Media Consortium host their first-ever joint conference in San Francisco. Read more about this historic gathering here. Two weeks later, the Center for Media and Social Impact hosts its annual Media That Matters conference in Washington, DC.

The National Endowment for the Arts has released three fascinating new reports on the nation's arts and cultural industries, and how and why Americans participate in arts activities. Meanwhile, President Obama has proposed a $2 million increase in the budget for the NEA—the Americans for the Arts Action Fund examines how the arts funding in Obama's new 2016 budget stacks up.

Looking back at 2014, Net Neutrality and electronic surveillance issues were at the forefront of the media policy landscape—the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Free Press have posted great year-in-review articles, if you're looking to catch up on last year's big stories.

Finally, it's a few months old, but don't miss this in-depth exploration of the rise of the interactive documentary, and its place in a long history of documentary filmmaking, from Tom Perlmutter at the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

 
 
Frameline

Grants and Calls
 
ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes: 2015 Electronic Media and Film Grants: Finishing Funds
Grants of $500 to $2,500 are available for the completion/post-production of film, video, sound, new media, and web-based work. Deadline: Friday, February 13th

2015 Montclair Film Festival
The Montclair Film Festival seeks narrative, documentary, short, New Jersey-based, international, and student film submissions for this year's festival. Extended deadline: Friday, February 13th

Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation
Grants are available for nonprofit arts organizations aiming to fund specific programs, performances, projects, or publications in the Memphis, Miami, and New York City areas. Deadline: Sunday, February 15th

Call for Submissions: 2015 Soho International Film Festival
Filmmakers from any country may submit films in any genre, on any topic, to the Soho International Film Festival. Without a Box extended deadline: Sunday, February 15th

Call for Submissions: 2015 WRIF Tell-It-In #Transmedia Contest
Artists and filmmakers are invited to submit transmedia projects that combine two or more distinct digital media platforms to tell their stories. Three winners will receive cash prizes—$2,500 (and a tour of any YouTube Space) for the winner, $1,000 each for two runners-up—and will have their work shown at the 2015 White River Indie Films Festival. Entries must be in English. Deadline: Sunday, February 15th

Catapult Film Fund
Development funding is available to documentary filmmakers working on compelling stories across a broad spectrum of issues and perspectives. Deadline: Monday, February 16th

Call for Submissions: Frameline39
The San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival is accepting submissions of features, documentaries, and shorts for its 39th annual festival. Late deadline: Tuesday, February 17th

CrossCurrents Doc Fund
Filmmakers from historically underrepresented or marginalized communities are eligible for a production grant of $10,000. Deadline: Wednesday, February 18th

Call for Applications: National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works
Matching grants typically ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 are available to support the creation of diverse, excellent art that supports lifelong learning in the arts and the strengthening of communities. Deadline: Thursday, February 19th

Knight Arts Challenge South Florida
Funding is available for nonprofits, companies, and individuals looking to fund arts programs or projects in the Miami area. Applicants must secure matching funds, generally at a one-to-one ratio. Deadline: Monday, February 23rd

Call for Submissions: 2015 Rooftop Films Summer Series
Rooftop Films seeks submissions of fiction and documentary features and shorts for its summer screening series. All filmmakers who submit work will receive two free passes to any Rooftop Films show. Without a Box extended deadline: Tuesday, February 24th

NYFA 2015 Artists' Fellowships
Fellowships of $7,000 are available to individual video/film artists living in New York State and/or Indian Nations located within New York State. Deadline: Friday, February 27th

ArtPlace America: Community Development Investments
Up to $3 million in funding is available to non-governmental organizations pursuing community planning and development work that sustainably incorporates arts and cultural strategies. Organizations within the following six regions are eligible: Alaska, California, the Southwest, Minnesota, Philadelphia, and the Southeast (see link for specific states). Deadline: Thursday, March 12th

Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Travel and Research Grants
The Rauschenberg Foundation has grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 available for artists (defined broadly) to travel or conduct research related to their work for one year. Deadline: Sunday, March 15th

Call for Applications: Vision Maker Media 2015 Public Media Content Fund
Funding of variable amounts is available for projects (at any production stage) intended for Public Media that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Deadline: Wednesday, March 18th
ITVS

Job Bank
 
High School Social Worker, The Academy for Careers in Television and Film (Long Island City, NY)—due Friday, February 13th

Multimedia Content Creator, Manhattan Neighborhood Network (New York, NY)—due Saturday, February 14th

Online Video Marketing Coordinator, Manhattan Neighborhood Network (New York, NY)—due Saturday, February 14th

Development and Membership Manager, Cinema Chicago (Chicago, IL)—due Monday, February 16th

Youth Documentary Workshop Instructor, Educational Video Center (New York, NY)—due Monday, February 16th

Program Assistant, New Media Advocacy Project (New York, NY)—due Monday, February 16th

Project Manager, New Media Advocacy Project (New York, NY)—due Monday, February 16th

Filmmaking Teacher, Parents As Primary Teachers (Brooklyn, NY—due Monday, February 16th

Community and Engagement Coordinator, KTPP/On Being (Minneapolis, MN)—due Wednesday, February 18th

Senior Editor, Digital Platforms, KTTP/On Being (Minneapolis, MN)—due Wednesday, February 18th

Artistic Director, Boston Jewish Film Festival (West Newton, MA)—due Saturday, February 28th

Station Manager, KGNU Community Radio (Boulder, CO)—due Thursday, March 5th

Multimedia/Cinema Instructor, Los Angeles Mission College (Sylmar, CA)—due Friday, March 6th

Media Arts Director, National Endowment for the Arts (Washington, DC)—due Saturday, March 7th

Executive Director, Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (Miami, FL)—due Sunday, March 15th

Manager of Explainer TV, New York Hall of Science (Corona, NY)—due Monday, March 16th

Director of Development, Kartemquin Films (Chicago, IL)—due Friday, March 20th

Open until filled

Assistant Director of Development, 70/Faces Media (New York, NY)

Corporate and Foundation Relations Coordinator, Americans for the Arts (Washington, DC)

Communications Director, Brave New Films (Culver City, CA)

Associate Director of Marketing, Community Media, BRIC (Brooklyn, NY)

Audio Technician, Community Media, BRIC (Brooklyn, NY)

Contemporary Art Education Manager, BRIC (Brooklyn, NY)

Independent Video Producer, Community Media, BRIC (Brooklyn, NY)

Media Teaching Artists, Education, BRIC (Brooklyn, NY)

Partnerships Manager, Community Media, BRIC (Brooklyn, NY)

Production and Facility Assistant, Community Media, BRIC (Brooklyn, NY)

Studio Operations Manager—Brooklyn Independent Media, Community Media, BRIC (Brooklyn, NY)

Videographer, Community Media, BRIC (Brooklyn, NY)

College Assistant (TV Center), Brooklyn College (CUNY) (Brooklyn, NY)

Program Coordinator/Operations Manager, Creative Art Works (New York, NY)

Journalism/Press Freedom Program Director, Free Press (Florence, MA or Washington, DC—telecommute)

Grant Writer, Hack the Hood/Center for Media Change (Oakland, CA)

Instructor, Hack the Hood/Center for Media Change (Oakland, CA)

Director of Development, The HistoryMakers (Chicago, IL)

Production/Archival Coordinator, The HistoryMakers (Chicago, IL)

Digital Engagement Producer, Independent Television Service (San Francisco, CA)

Project Administrator, Independent Television Service (San Francisco, CA)

Coordinator, Campaign, KQED (San Francisco, CA)

Teaching Artists: Design, Technology, Filmmaking, LEAP-NYC (New York, NY)

Technician—Digital Print Output, School of Art, Media, and Technology, Parsons The New School for Design (New York, NY)

Content Editor, PBS Kids Streaming Media, Maslow Media Group for PBS (Arlington, VA)

Producer/Writer/Editor, Maslow Media Group for PBS (Arlington, VA)

Media Manager (Director of Content Strategy), Penn State Public Media (State College, PA)

Policy Advocate, Public Knowledge (Washington, DC)

Digital Designer, Queens Library (Jamaica, NY)

Digital Marketing Manager, Seattle International Film Festival (Seattle, WA)

Administrative Assistant, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Coordinating Producer, Content Distribution, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Data Specialist, Research and Evaluation, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Manager, Institutional Giving, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Programmer, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Development Director, Street-Level Youth Media (Chicago, IL)

Professor of Journalism, Digital, University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

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

Senior Major Gifts Officer, WBUR 90.9 FM Boston (Boston, MA)

Online Community Coordinator, WNET—New York Public Media (New York, NY)

Coordinator, Public Media Station Relations, Window to the World Communications, Inc. (WTTW11/98.7 WFMT) (Chicago, IL)

Manager, Corporate Relations, Window to the World Communications, Inc. (WTTW11/98.7 WFMT) (Chicago, IL)

Manager, National Market Outreach and Activation, Window to the World Communications, Inc. (WTTW11/98.7 WFMT) (Chicago, IL)
 

NTEN
 
NTEN Webinars
 
Town Hall: February 2015
Wednesday, February 11th • 10 to 11am
free for everyone!

Measuring What Matters: Outcome-Based Evaluation in Arts and Social Justice Projects
Thursday, February 12th • 11am
$30 for members, $60 for nonmembers

Ugh to Ahh: Stress-Free Technology Project Management for Nonprofits
Wednesday, February 18th • 9am to 3:30pm
$50 for members, $100 for nonmembers

2015 Digital and Integration Outlook Report: Nonprofit Trends and Strategy
Thursday, February 19th • 11am to 12pm
free for everyone!

Ask the Expert: Community Management: So Much More Than Moderating Discussions
Wednesday, February 25th • 11am to 12pm
free for members

Town Hall: April 2015
Wednesday, April 8th • 10 to 11am
free for everyone!
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