|eBulletin • August 2013
What's New at NAMAC
Google Hangout on Digital Privacy
On Wednesday August 7, Active Voice, NAMAC, and The Daily Dot partnered to present a timely Google Hangout on digital privacy, NSA spying, and the new documentary film, Terms and Conditions May Apply.
Watch the conversation in full and read a recap of key points here.
Panelists included: Cullen Hoback
, Director of Terms and Conditions May Apply; Alex Fowler
, Global Privacy & Public Policy Leader for Mozilla
; Tim Karr
, Senior Director of Strategy at Free Press
; and Seeta Gangadharan
, Senior Research Fellow at Open Technology Institute
. The conversation was moderated by media organizer, producer, and educator Vanessa Maria Graber
Interest-Driven Arts Learning in a Digital Age
This recently released Wallace Foundation study explores how informal learning environments fill in the gaps left by cuts to arts education. The study, based on extensive literature reviews, interviews, and case studies of innovative programs (including YOUMedia and the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network), confirms what the NAMAC community has demonstrated over years of practice: "interest-driven" or informal sector learning imparts critical personal and professional development skills to young learners. The report also offers a framework for thinking about digitally-powered arts learning and details innovative efforts to bring technology, kids and the arts together. Download the report
in full here.
Artists and Health Insurance Survey
A coalition of artist advocacy groups is conducting an online survey to assess how many US-based artists have health insurance on the eve of the Affordable Care Act. These results will contribute to a body of research that aims to provide artists with accessible information about their care options. If you're an artist in any medium or discipline, please click here
to participate in this brief and important survey.
Your answers are anonymous and confidential, and the survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. We urge you to contribute to this research. Your participation will help clarify health insurance priorities and options in the artist community that can inform advocacy efforts. Survey closes August 31.
Announcements from Members and Allies
Registration Open: Future of Music Summit 2013
The Future of Music Summit
invites musicians, managers, policymakers, legal experts, technologists, academics, media representatives, industry professionals and more, to participate in this year’s dialogue in D.C. Now in its twelfth year, the Future of Music Summit is widely respected as a place where all perspectives can be heard in constructive dialogue, cutting through industry hype and overheated rhetoric to focus in on the real challenges and exciting new opportunities faced by the music community today. Online hotel reservations
are now live! Reserve your room under the name “Future of Music Coalition 2013” for the discount rate!
Grants for Filmmakers
To help filmmakers prepare for the fall granting cycle, the International Documentary Association
has created this helpful list
of funding opportunities, including a few tips for crafting a successful application. Take a look today: the first deadline from this list is September 15. Scroll down this eBulletin for additional opportunities for filmmakers, artists, and nonprofits.
NAMLE 2013 Conference Keynotes Now Online
Did you miss the NAMLE 2013 Conference keynotes, or would you like to see them again? They’re now online! View Friday's keynote
by award-winning experimental filmmaker Tiffany Shlain. View Saturday's keynote
by Participant Media CEO Jim Berk.
Welcome New Members
H.Y.P.E. Media Program
The Healthy Youth Peer Education Media Program
is a community of practice supporting young people as they use digital media tools to raise their voices about community issues. Through documentary work, they creatively challenge the stereotype of young people as “problems” and raise awareness about the real social issues that impede their community’s health and well-being. HYPE mobilizes young people to shift their identities from media consumers to media makers, and creates a critical framework for valuing youth voices within the community.
Stop Unconstitutional Surveillance
What can you do to help stop warantless data collection by the government and become better informed about the issues? Here are some groups who could use your support in protecting our privacy:
Stop Watching Us Coalition
Sign this petition, created by a broad coalition of tech companies and media organizations and advocates, to strip legislation that tacitly permits the surveillance of domestic Internet and phone activity. The petition also demands that Congress reveal the full extent of the spying
, and hold accountable those public officials found responsible for unconstitutional surveillance.
Restore the 4th
Sign up for newsletter announcements from this advocacy group that holds rallies and helps inform people about how you can lobby your congressional representatives to make a change. Restore the Fourth is a grassroots, non-partisan, non-violent movement that organizes and assembles nationwide protests to demand that the government of the United States of America adhere to its constitutionally dictated limits and respect the Fourth Amendment.
Urge members of Congress to watch the film, Terms and Conditions May Apply
, so they can become informed about the full extent of these violations by both government and corporate institutions alike.
Google Hangout on Privacy
Watch (or read about) this Google Hangout on privacy where panelists offer a variety of intelligent, pragmatic, and hopeful solutions for restoring our privacy online.
Performing Arts and Digital Media Teaching Artist, Out of Site
(San Francisco, CA)—due August 21st
Director of Professional Development Programs, Educational Video Center
(New York, NY)—due August 23rd
Executive and Business Development Assistant, EmcArts
(New York, NY)—due August 23rd
Development Director, Rooftop Films
(Brooklyn, NY)—due August 30th
Equipment and Facilities Manager, Northwest Film Center
(Portland, OR)—due September 6th
Executive Director, National Association of Latino Independent Producers
(Los Angeles, CA)—due October 15th
Open until filled
Part-Time Theater Manager, Bryn Mawr Film Institute
(Bryn Mawr, PA)
Teaching Artists (Various), TRUCE Arts and Media, Harlem Children's Zone
(New York, NY)
Video Production and Post-Production Manager, Press Pass TV
Director of Programs, Streetside Stories
(San Francisco, CA)
Film Program Manager and Educator, Venice Arts
Internships (Multiple), Women Make Movies
(New York, NY)
Grants and Calls
The Paley Center's Art of the Documentary Pitch Workshop will be held in New York on Saturday, November 16, 2013. In this workshop and competition, a panel of documentary executives and producers discuss the process of developing a documentary and will hear and evaluate pitches from five preselected, up-and-coming filmmakers who will pitch a documentary work-in-progress. The winner of the pitch competition in November will receive a $5,000 grant to be used towards the completion of their project. Submit via Withoutabox
or by mailing your materials to the Paley Center
. Early Deadline: Wednesday, August 21.
Regular Deadline: Wednesday, Sept. 4
Production Assistant Opportunity for Young Women
Throughout the month of September, Heartfelt Productions is traveling across the United States to make a documentary about inspirational, career-minded women and they want to mentor young, female filmmakers along the way. Young women ages 16 and up who are passionate and interested in female empowerment and the filmmaking process are invited to apply. No previous filmmaking experience necessary! Deadline: Friday, August 23rd
CAAMFest 2014 Call for Entries
The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is now accepting submissions for the 32nd annual CAAMFest (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, or SFIAAFF). CAAMFest is the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films. Since 1982, the festival has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema, accepting films, videos, and digital and interactive media projects that are made by or about Asian Americans and Asians of any nationality. Early Deadline: Monday, August 26th
The Emerging Writers Fellowship is an exciting new program at Universal Pictures that is designed to identify and cultivate new and unique voices with a passion for storytelling. Emerging writers who are chosen to participate in the program will work exclusively with the studio over the course of a year to hone their skills. During this program, fellows will be given the opportunity to work on current Universal projects as well as pitch original story ideas. Fellows will also attend workshops, receive mentoring, interact with top literary agents and sit in on Universal’s executive meetings. Fellows admitted into the program will be hired under a writing service agreement and must be committed to working full-time for one year. Interested applicants will need to submit original screenplays and other background materials. Applications will open on Tuesday, September 3rd
Dedicated to the empowerment of truly independent cinema, the Slamdance Film Festival accepts films in every genre, on any topic from every country around the world. The festival program is selected from 100% blind submissions and no film is disqualified because of premiere status or date of completion. Distribution companies seek out this independent spirit, consistently acquiring Slamdance favorites. Deadline: Friday, September 6th
Elementary schools in Maryland can win up to $10,000 while learning about electric safety. Baltimore Gas and Electric is challenging students in eligible schools to re-make their own version of BGE's "Wires Down" TV commercial
which aired in the year 2000 and warned about the dangers of downed electricity lines. Students in grades Kindergarten through 5th in eligible schools may submit a 30-45 second video through their facilitator. Videos must use the same lyrics as the original "Wires Down" commercial. Contest opens on Monday, September 9th and closes Monday, November 18th
Media Arts Center San Diego is now seeking films and videos for 20th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF), to be held March 13th through 23rd, 2014! SDLFF 2014 is seeking innovative works that are "by," '"bout," or "for" the Latino community that have been completed between 2013 and 2014. Films must be submitted with English subtitles if the dialogue is in a language other than English. More on eligibility here
. Early Deadline: Friday, September 13th
The MacDowell Colony is now accepting applications for the 2014 Winter/Spring fellowship residencies. The Colony, located in Peterborough, New Hampshire, accepts applications from artists working in architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence. Room and board, meals, and studio space are provided. Application fee is $30. Deadline: Sunday, September 15th
Compathos Foundation will award five or six travel media scholarships for a media expedition that will engage students age 17 through 25 in media literacy, global citizenry, cultural awareness, and social and environmental action. Travel media scholarships will be awarded to a diverse team consisting of a photographer, a journalist, a filmmaker, a musician and interactive artist who will have the opportunity to travel with Global Citizens Network (GCN)
to Pernambuco, Brazil for an exciting 14-day culturally immersive media expedition. Deadline: Sunday, September 15th
HBO / NALIP Documentary Filmmaker Award
HBO has teamed with NALIP to find the next great Latino documentary film.
Through this award, HBO wants to focus its lens on the Latino experience and support the growth of social commentary by Latino documentarians. One Latino Filmmaker will win $10,000. Open to filmmakers located in the U.S. or abroad, and open to works-in-progress or completed films. Click here
for more on eligibility and how to apply. Deadline: Tuesday, September 17
Fledgling Fund is currently accepting Letters of Inquiry for 1) Film and Creative Media and 2) Field Building grants. Film and Creative Media Grants support outreach and audience engagement for social issue documentaries. Field Building Grants focus on building the capacity of grantees and the social issue documentary field. See examples of recent Field Building awardees here
. Letter of Intent Deadline: Tuesday, September 17th
Alternative Exposure supports the independent and self-organized work of artists and small groups that play a critical and significant role in the San Francisco Bay Area arts community. Alternative Exposure offers direct support to Bay Area based unincorporated groups, burgeoning art and gathering spaces, publications, websites, collectives, events, and projects that fall outside the traditional frameworks of support. Please visit the Alternative Exposure website
to download a copy of the guidelines for review as well as the budget form. Deadline: Thursday, September 19th
Grants and Calls
Karen Schmeer Editing Fellowship
This Editing Fellowship is a year-long experience that encourages and champions the talent of an emerging documentary editor. It creates opportunities to help cultivate an editor’s artistry and craft, and expand his or her professional and creative community. Applicants must be based in the United States and reside there March 2014 through March 2015. Applicants must have edited at least one feature-length documentary (60 minutes or longer), but no more than three feature-length films (fiction or documentary). The feature documentary work sample (60 minutes or longer) must be a film that the applicant did not direct or co-direct. Deadline: Monday, September 30th
CalHum Documentary Grant
The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grants program that supports documentary film, radio, and new media productions that enhance our understanding of California and its cultures, peoples, and histories. Projects must use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective and be suitable for California and national audiences through broadcast and/or distribution. Grants available for Research and Development or for Production. Deadline: 5pm on Tuesday, October 1st
The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 17th-annual festival, which will be held April 3rd through 6th, 2014, in Durham, North Carolina. Short and feature documentaries completed after January 1st, 2012 are eligible for consideration. By completing the online application, you will be submitting to NEW DOCS, the festival’s competitive program. NEW DOCS films are eligible for a number of awards in various categories. Full Frame has also been selected as an Academy-Award qualifying festival in the Documentary Short Subject category and a PGA qualifying festival in the Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture category. Deadline: Tuesday, October 15th
Visual Communications is pleased to announce that the submissions period will open on August 21 for the 30th-anniversary edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Established in 1983, the Film Festival is the largest showcase for Asian Pacific cinema in Southern California. To learn more about the film festival, visit last year's site
. Submit your film via Withoutabox here
. Early Deadline: Friday, October 18
The Frameline Completion Fund provides grants to emerging and established filmmakers. This program seeks to provide a much-needed source of financial contributions to artists who often struggle to secure funding to complete their works. Submissions are being accepted for documentary, educational, narrative, animated or experimental projects about LGBTQ people and their communities. Grants up to $5,000 are available for films that represent and reflect LGBTQ life in all its complexity and richness. Deadline: Thursday, October 31st
This residency program offers established and emerging artists in diverse disciplines - Writing, Visual Arts, and New Media - an opportunity to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in the Jack Straw recording studios, participation in various presentation programs, and support from established sound engineers and professionals. Artists may apply to only one program per year. Deadline: Monday, November 4th, 5pm
The Oregon Media Arts Fellowship(s) provides financial and other support for production expenses to enable Oregon film or video artists to create or complete new work or works in progress. The Media Arts Fellowship recognizes and assists media artists whose work shows exceptional promise and who have demonstrated a commitment to film or video art. The Oregon Arts Commission and the Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation fund the program. The Media Arts Fellowship program is administered by the Northwest Film Center/Portland Art Museum. Deadline: Monday, December 2nd
Collaborative Project Grants: Nonprofits & Literary & Performing Arts
The Creative Work Fund grant program emphasizes the creation of new work — not distribution or productions of work already developed. Projects may culminate in any form, but they must feature a lead artist with a strong track record as a literary artist or performing artist and collaboration between that artist and a nonprofit organization. The principal collaborating artists and organizations must live or be located in the Northern or Central California counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, or Stanislaus; and have been there for at least two years. More information here. Deadline: Friday, December 6, 5pm
With one trillion dollars, what would you do for your community, your nation, or for the world? Create a video for the "If I Had a Trillion Dollars" youth film festival, sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, to talk about what you would change and why. Videos must be three minutes or less. Filmmakers must be 23 years old or younger. Youth whose videos are selected will be invited to participate in a special screening, leadership training, and lobby day in Washington, DC, April 12th through 14th, 2014. Official Selections for the 4th annual film festival will be announced February 10, 2014. Deadline: Saturday, January 11th, 2014 at 11:59pm