April 2015 | Facilitating innovation + impact for the media arts
From the Executive Director
Wendy LevyHey NAMAC People.

My theme this month is “building the network.” 
There is little that is more important to NAMAC’s next phase of growth. This organization is an alliance of extraordinary artists and visionary organizations (check out our new Member pages and see what I’m talking about), en route to becoming a vibrant, networked community. Each new program—all member services, every upcoming residency or grant—is an opportunity to connect with one another, share successes and failures, transfer knowledge, raise our collective creative voices and deepen our impact in our respective communities. 

NAMAC strengthened our internal network last month; the NAMAC Board of Directors welcomed four new Board members (clockwise from upper left):  We are currently refreshing our governance documents and strategic impact plans and will publish them on the website in the coming weeks. Board President Nathaniel James termed off the Board (thank you to Nathaniel for many years of dedicated service!) and I’m excited to announce that Board member Casey Rae, the Chief Executive Officer of the Future of Music Coalition, became our new Board President.

The 2015 NAMAC Survey: The Year We Want

So basically, things are on fire at NAMAC right now—we are deep into planning the Creative Leadership Lab at Sundance this summer, welcoming new U.S.-based and international members, gleaning insight from new survey data about everyone's needs and challenges (please do the short survey HERE!), and working with our strategic partners to lay the groundwork for core field-building initiatives in InnovationYouth MediaCollective Impact and Media Policy. Please join us—at NAMAC, every member really matters.

Youth Media at NAMAC

On a final network-building note, NAMAC convened forty Youth Media organizations and practitioners in a Virtual Roundtable conversation on Monday, March 9th to strategize together about the needs of the network, the progress of leadership development, the advocacy work of the Creative Youth Development movement and the undiscovered strategic alliances that would benefit the youth and communities we serve. The goal is to have interested Youth Media organizations and practitioners join NAMAC so we can leverage that commitment and secure some additional funding to hire a consulting impact producer, and NAMAC can serve effectively as a lead partner, convener, facilitator, researcher, and resource hub for Youth Media.

Youth Media Virtual Roundtable

The call inspired the hell out of me—I was blown away by the sheer number of folks who took the time to join in and actively participate, and also by the passion and intellect of this group of diverse arts leaders.

The Sundance Stories of Change team at the 2014 Skoll World Forum

NAMAC is on the road this month at the Skoll World Forum (with the Sundance Stories of Change team) and then on to the Tribeca Film Festival. I hope to meet as many members in person as possible—please do not hesitate to reach out so we can build the network together—

Notes from the Field
Full Frame Documentary Film FestivalThe Full Frame Documentary Film Festival starts this week in Durham, NC and Tom Roston—guest columnist for NAMAC member POVoutlines his picks for the fest on the POV blog.

Aurora Picture ShowNAMAC Member Aurora Picture Show and the Southwest Alternate Media Project host a free grant workshop with the Austin Film Society on Tuesday, April 21st from 6 to 8pm.

Ron LatheyPerformance artist Ron Lathey addresses the "Post-
AIDS" body in the latest in NAMAC Member Walker Art Center's Artist Op-Eds series.

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Welcome New Members!

American Documentary, Inc. produces PBS's POV documentary series and is a nonprofit multimedia company dedicated to creating, identifying and presenting contemporary nonfiction stories that express opinions and perspectives rarely featured in mainstream media.

a/perture cinema is an independent, locally owned art-house cinema in Winston-Salem, North Carolina screening a mix of independent, foreign, documentary, local, and festival films.

Based in Helsingborg in Southern Sweden, BoostHbg is a regional hub focusing on new story and business development in innovative media and film.

Coral Gables Art Cinema is an art-house theater in South Florida presenting first-run and regional premieres of quality American independent and international features, both fiction and documentary, in addition to classic films, special programs, and film festival events.

The Loft Cinema is a nonprofit, mission-driven, membership-supported movie theater in Tucson, Arizona. The Loft screens classic art films and new independent American and foreign films and documentaries, as well as hosting a variety of interactive events.

Think+DO Tank is an Australian community development agency that creates its own public art and participatory projects through its charitable arm, the Think+DO Tank Foundation.

Urbano Project empowers Boston teens and professional artists to effect social change through participatory works of contemporary art and performance.

Zamler Productions is the independent production company of Leah Mahan, Producer, Director, and Cinematographer of the 2013 documentary Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek.

as well as...

Janet Banks, Helen De Michiel, Rebecca Gates, Sue Johnson, Hillary Kolos, Kimberly Moorehouse, Linda Corbin Pardee at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and John Parssinen—welcome all!
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, see
Skoll Foundation

Job Bank
TV Production Coordinator, Cambridge Community Television (Cambridge, MA)—due Friday, April 10th

Managing Director, Imagine Science Films (Brooklyn, NY)—due Friday, April 10th

DCJCC Film and Music Administrative Manager, Washington Jewish Film Festival (Washington, DC)—due Friday, April 10th

Communications and Outreach Director, Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA)—due Monday, April 13th

Facilitators (National, Mobile, and Per Diem), StoryCorps (anywhere)—due Monday, April 13th

Studio Producer, BronxNet (Bronx, NY)—due Wednesday, April 15th

Cultural Advocacy Fellowship, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (New York, NY)—due Friday, April 24th

Executive Director, Holyoke Media (Holyoke, MA)—due Friday, April 24th

Digital Program Manager, Girls Write Now (New York, NY)—due Saturday, April 25th

Education Operations Coordinator, Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)—due Thursday, April 30th

Associate Curator, Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, Skoll Foundation (Palo Alto, CA)—due Thursday, April 30th

Assistant/Associate Professor-in-Residence—Game Design and Development, University of Connecticut, Digital Media and Design (Stamford, CT)—due Thursday, April 30th

Assistant Professor-in-Residence—Motion Graphics, University of Connecticut, Digital Media and Design (Storrs, CT)—due Thursday, April 30th

Assistant Professor, Web Design and Development, University of Connecticut, Digital Media and Design (Storrs, CT)—due Thursday, April 30th

Program Leader/Teaching Artist, The Berkeley Youth Institute (Berkeley, CA)—due Friday, May 1st

Director of Digital Media, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston (Boston, MA)—due Friday, May 1st

Interim Executive Director, The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies (Portland, ME)—due Friday, May 1st

Executive Director, Somerville Community Access Television (Somerville, MA)—due Friday, May 1st

Somerville Neighborhood News Director, Somerville Community Access Television (Somerville, MA)—due Friday, May 1st

Radio Program Director, WBAI (Brooklyn, NY)—due Friday, May 1st

Summer Documentary Study Abroad Instructor, Actuality Media (Guatemala, Malaysia, Uganda)—due Sunday, May 10th

Video Intern, International Rescue Committee (New York, NY)—due Saturday, May 30th

Open until filled
National Arts Marketing Project Coordinator, Americans for the Arts (Washington, DC)

Website and New Media Manager, Americans for the Arts (Washington, DC)

Cultural Arts Program Manager, City of Austin, Texas (Austin, TX)

Resource Teacher—Technology/Media/K-5 (Paul A. Dever Elementary School), Blueprint Schools Network (Boston, MA)

Documentary Shorts Interviewer/Story Producer, Brave New Films (Culver City, CA)

Studio Operations Manager, BRIC (Brooklyn, NY)

Marketing and Digital Communications Associate, Brooklyn Public Library (Brooklyn, NY)

Digital Media Manager, Dallas Theater Center (Dallas, TX)

Digital Strategist and Website Manager, The HistoryMakers (Chicago, IL)

Exhibition Production Manager, International Center of Photography (Jersey City, NJ)

Senior Director of Operations and Visitor Engagement, International Center of Photography (New York, NY)

Youth Participation Manager, KQED, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)

Development Team Member, Lone Star Film Society (Fort Worth, TX)

Media Instructor, Manhattan Neighborhood Network (New York, NY)

Digital Editorial Assistant, National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC)

Online Community Facilitator, OpenMedia (Vancouver, BC)

Membership and Advancement Associate, Pacific Arts Movement (San Diego, CA)

Director, General Audience Publicity, PBS (Arlington, VA)

Director, Research (Brand Strategy, Marketing, Promotion), PBS (Arlington, VA)

Senior Associate, Funding Policy, PBS (Arlington, VA)

Audio Visual Coordinator, Rubin Museum of Art (New York, NY)

Executive Director, Society for Photographic Education (Cleveland, OH)

Director, Information Systems and Technical Support, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Junior Web Developer, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Sponsorship Director, True/False Film Fest (Columbia, MO)

Teen Arts + Tech Program Director, West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (Grand Rapids, MI)


Nonprofit Technology Network

NTEN: How to Empower Staff to Be the Voice of the Organization through Social Media
Wednesday, April 15th • 11am to 12pm
$30 for members, $60 for nonmembers
Center for Media Justice Executive Director Malkia Cyril
Media Policy Watch
By Rose Kaplan
Independent Lens and POV are in danger! These are the two series that most consistently showcase diverse filmmakers, diverse communities, and underrepresented voices and perspectives on public television.
The Indie Caucus has started a petition to Paula Kerger, President of PBS. Our voices are needed to make sure PBS 
keeps these series in their primetime spot on primary channels, promotes them, and works with stations all across the country to carry them. Sign it here.

In Net Neutrality news, it's been nearly a month since the FCC published its new order, which, in case you forgot, reclassified broadband Internet access as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934—the very reform Internet activists had hoped for. Check out this overview of the new rules from the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Kit Walsh if you need a refresher.

The battle's not over yet, however, as Public Knowledge's Harold Feld explains in this summary of current legal challenges to the new Net Neutrality rules (warning: article includes some complex legalese).

Finally, Free Press provides some additional context for the new Net Neutrality rules in two key articles—one by Candance Clement on congressional efforts to overturn the FCC's ruling, one way or another, and another by Joe Torres on responses to those congressional efforts from racial justice and civil rights leaders, including the Center for Media Justice's Malkia Cyril (above).

In other news, the EFF has an interesting piece on some dangerous provisions found in a chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership leaked by Wikileaks that would give multinational corporations broad authority to challenge any nation's laws or government actions if they have the potential to harm present or future profits. In this case, the EFF's Maira Sutton analyzes potential outcomes of such a provision in the realms of copyright law and fair use.

Two last links: Automakers are trying to apply the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to their cars, many of which now contain complex proprietary computer code that they don't want you to modify; and ISPs have purposefully engineered a "highly congested state" at their interconnection points with certain carriers and content providers, causing Internet slowdowns for millions of end users, all in the hopes of extracting additional profits from content providers (see Comcast's deal with Netflix).

Grants and Awards
Call for Applications: New York State Council on the Arts Grants
Funding is available for both organizations and individuals through the Electronic Media and Film and the Individual Artists grant programs. Deadline: Friday, April 10th

Call for Submissions: SoCal Creative and Innovative Film Festival
Filmmakers are invited to submit short (less than 30 minutes) documentaries with total budgets not exceeding $10,000. Extended late deadline: Tuesday, April 14th

Bay Area Documentary Fund
Awards ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 are available from the San Francisco Foundation for film/video/digital media artists seeking early production support for documentary projects addressing issues pertinent to the five Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and/or San Mateo. Deadline: Wednesday, April 15th

Call for Entries: Connecticut Sea Grant Arts Funding Program
An award of up to $1,000 is available to the winning artist; work will be evaluated on the basis of its aesthetic quality, relevance to coastal and marine environments, and potential impact on non-traditional audiences. Deadline: Wednesday, April 15th

2015 Austin Film Festival
The Austin Film Festival seeks submissions of both feature-length and short documentaries. Early bird deadline: Monday, April 20th

Call for Submissions: Camden International Film Festival
The 2015 Camden International Film Festival seeks documentary films of all shapes, sizes, styles, and lengths. Regular deadline: Friday, April 24th

Roy W. Dean 2015 Spring Film Grant
The Roy W. Dean Grant funds independent feature, documentary, and short films that are unique and make a contribution to society that, without its help, might otherwise never get made. It seeks films that need help getting started or getting completed. Grant winners receive a cash award as well as goods and discounted services offered by film industry companies and professionals. Deadline: Thursday, April 30th

SiciliAmbiente Documentary Film Festival San Vito Lo Capo
SiciliAmbiente Festival seeks international documentaries completed in 2013 or later that address themes of environment, anthropology, human rights, biodiversity, war, integration, civil rights, sustainable development, and the relationship between humanity and the environment. Deadline: Thursday, April 30th

2015 Benicia Film Festival
The Benicia Film Festival seeks submissions of short and feature-length films of all genres that have completed production in the last 24 months. There is no submission fee. Deadline: Friday, May 1st

Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund
The BB Connect Fund seeks smart, strategic outreach campaigns for ambitious independent documentary feature films with a social issue at their core. Grants ranging from £5,000 to £50,000 are available. Deadline: Friday, May 1st

Call for Submissions: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
IDFA 2015 seeks submissions of documentaries and other non-fiction forms of digital storytelling, games, apps, installations, and media art completed between August 1st, 2014 and April 1st, 2015. Deadline: Friday, May 1st

40th Toronto International Film Festival
Submissions are open for TIFF 2015. Both Canadian and international documentaries are sought. Deadline: Friday, May 1st

NEH Preservation and Access Education and Training Program
Grants of up to $100,000 per year, or $175,000 per year for preservation field service organizations, are available from the National Endowment for the Humanities to organizations in need of education and training assistance towards the preservation of cultural materials including photographs, sound recordings and moving images, electronic records, and digital objects. Deadline: Tuesday, May 5th
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