eBulletin • November 2013 | Connecting the NAMAC Community
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From the NAMAC Desk

We want to express our gratitude to everyone who contributed to NAMAC’s Data Visualization Campaign so far. We fell short of reaching our tipping point goal, so we have decided to focus our energies elsewhere to help secure funds for this project. Your support will aid us as we talk to funders and donors about this dynamic project. The campaign remains active until its completion date – Tuesday, November 26th – so please let your friends and colleagues know that their contribution will help us as we seek support from other sources to make this project a reality.

Over the course of the campaign, our colleagues at Media Impact Funders launched a beta data visualization site for Media Grants in the U.S. This amazing visualization project will provide a wonderful companion for NAMAC’s Mapping the Media Arts Field Data Visualization when we’re up and running next year.  

Once the campaign is over, we will share our reflections about what worked and what didn’t work.  We want everyone to learn from our experience in crowdfunding.  Again, thank you all for all of your generous support – you provided the seed-funding for our project.

-- Jack Walsh, NAMAC Executive Director


NAMAC Partners with ITVS on OVEE Initiiative
On Tuesday November 19, NAMAC and ITVS partnered to host an online conversation around the representation of Detroit in Detropia. Panelists represented Allied Media Projects, Land of Opportunity, Wayne State University, Heidelberg Project, and more. You can access a transcript of that conversation by logging in to the OVEE page here.

Afterimage Features Artist jesikah maria ross
The newest Afterimage includes NAMAC Program Director Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz speaking with jesikah maria ross about the roots of community media, transmedia and the future of documentary.

Online Panel on STEM / STEAM and Youth Media
The National Youth Media Network hosts an invigorating panel discussion on ways that youth media organizations can promote their role in STEM education and innovation, while also maintaining their clear sense of purpose. Thursday December 5, 10am PST / 1pm EST. Register here.

Notes from the Field
Media Arts news you can use from NAMAC Members and Allies.

New Report on Philanthropic Giving in Media
This report, designed in collaboration among the Foundation Center, Media Impact Funders and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, provides a chronological view of media-related funding across organization types and areas of focus. The report includes an interactive data visualization tool. Helpful overview of the report here. 

Introducing FilmEd: Curriculum Exchange Website for Filmmakers & Media Educators
FilmEd is a community driven curriculum exchange website. that empowers educators to share and discover new strategies for teaching media literacy and media making. The site connects teachers with media professionals, encourages collaborative curriculum development, and promotes student engagement through film viewing and media making.

Wallace Foundation Report on Effective After-School Programs. Highlights NAMAC Member Spy Hop Productions
Over 200 teens and eight groups of parents were interviewed in seven different cities for this report that offers 10 principles for developing effective, after-school arts programming. Proud of you, Spy Hop!

Help Appalshop Save At-Risk Films about Appalachia
Appalshop needs donations to help complete preservation and carry out exhibition for at-risk, rarely seen films. Learn more about this trove of 16mm film here.

The Fruit of Our Labour Films Screening for Free Online via Daazo (through Nov 23) is a short film sharing site supported by the MEDIA Programme of the EU that hosts several thousand contemporary shorts. Daazo creates opportunities for cinephiles to watch regular film premieres, follow or take part in film competitions, and find out about short film news and updates.

5 Arson Attacks in 6 Months on a Public Art Project in Detroit
The Heidelberg Project continues to stand strong in the face of these challenges, but they need our help to secure the neighborhood so as to protect residents and protect the art.

Documentary Equipment Survey, National Results Released
POV asked documentarians to share their experiences with equipment and documentary tools - from cameras and lenses to animation software and mobile apps - to create a comprehensive equipment list based on what filmmakers are actually using in the field.

Changes to NEA "Art Works" and "Challenge America Fast-Track" Application Format and Deadlines
Application deadlines and process have changed. Click the link to find out more.
Member Benefits

The Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University offers NAMAC Members (including Affiliates) a $6,000-per-semester minimum scholarship to their full-time, Master of Arts Management degree program. Deadline: Friday, January 10th

Receive a 15% discount on standard licenses for Shutterstock's vast library of royalty-free video clips and royalty-free images. This offer is open to all NAMAC Members—Student, Professional, Organizational, and Affiliate. Offer through Sunday, December 1st

Discounted Membership in National Media Literacy Association
NAMAC Members receive a 10% discount on individual and organizational membership to the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). Offer does not extend to Lifetime Memberships in NAMLE.

NTEN Membership and Webinar Discounts
NAMAC is proud of its continued partnership with the esteemed team at the Nonprofit Technology Network. Through this partnership, NAMAC Members receive NTEN's renowned webinars at NTEN member rates, and free introductory membership or 10% discount on a renewing membership with NTEN.

NAMAC Members Featured on Twitter
Check out our NAMAC Members Twitter List for a quick glance at Member activities! You can also view this feed on our homepage. If you are a member and don't see yourself on the NAMAC Members Twitter List, let us know and we will add you right away.

NAMAC is committed to offering added-value service and support for your membership. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with ideas on what types of services, programming, and membership benefits would best foster your work in the independent media arts.

Policy Updates

NAMAC and Allies File Amici Curiae Brief in Viacom v. YouTube Case
On November 1, 2013, NAMAC with our member organization Kartemquin Films and our allies at the Alliance for Community Media submitted an amici curiae brief in the Viacom v. YouTube case. 

Several issues are at stake in this case for NAMAC organizations and the artists we support. A ruling in favor of Viacom would effectively require platforms to actively monitor uploaded content. This would likely result in these platforms being less open to independent artists. However, a strong ruling against monitoring would help buttress the platforms available. Second, and especially important to the very nature of Internet innovation, a ruling that would effectively require monitoring would add a significant amount of cost for new or smaller platforms. Large companies like YouTube/Google may absorb these costs (or pass them on), but small platforms or new entrants may not be able to. This could limit the variety of platforms for independent media artists and stifle innovation at the same time.


Director of Development, Cal Humanities (San Francisco, CA)—due Saturday, November 30th

Digital Media Video Producer, New York Philharmonic (New York, NY)—due Saturday, November 30th

Digital Communications and Media Manager, International Museum of Women (San Francisco, CA)—due Sunday, December 1st

Program Associate, Scribe Video Center (Philadelphia, PA)—due Monday, December 2nd

Master Control Operator, Manhattan Neighborhood Network (New York, NY)—due Friday, December 6th

Lead Artist(s): Community Story Lab, Venice Arts (Los Angeles, CA)—due Friday, December 13th

Development Director, Free Spirit Media (Chicago, IL)—due Tuesday, December 31st

Open until filled
Operations Associate, Americans for the Arts (Washington, DC)

Public Arts Manager, Americans for the Arts (Washington, DC)

State and Local Government Affairs Coordinator, Americans for the Arts (Washington, DC)

Seasonal Development Associate, Performing Arts, BRIC (Brooklyn, NY)

Director of Finance and Administration, Center for Asian American Media (San Francisco, CA)

Intake Coordinator, Electronic Frontier Foundation (San Francisco, CA)

Executive Director, Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleasantville, NY)

Strategic Assessment Director, Knight Foundation (Miami, FL)

Program Associate, Internet Freedom and Human Rights, New America Foundation (Washington, DC)

Assistant or Associate Professor in Film and Media Arts, Temple University/Center for the Arts (Philadelphia, PA)

Adjunct Instructor Pool—Arts and Administration, University of Oregon (Eugene, OR)

Program Associate: Video for Change, WITNESS, Inc. (Brooklyn, NY)

Director of Arts and Expression, Youth UpRising (Oakland, CA)

NTEN Webinars

Town Hall: January 2014
Tuesday, January 28thʉۢ 11am to 12pm
free for everyone
Grants and Calls
Berwick Media Arts Residency
This annual residency opportunity, hosted by Berwick Visual Arts, is hosted in partnership with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. The residency is an opportunity for an artist working with moving image to create a new piece of work in response to the 2014 festival theme of Border Crossing and have the resulting work premiered at the festival. Deadline: November 25, 2013

San Fran Film Society Documentary Film Fund
This grant provides support to feature length documentaries in early, post-production stage. Early Deadline: November 26, 2013. Late Deadline: December 6, 2013
Established in 1983 - now in its 30th Anniversary Year! - the Los Angeles Asian Pacific 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 hereFinal deadline: November 26, 2013
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. Deadline: December 2, 2013
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. Late deadline: December 6, 2013

California Collaborative Project Grants: Nonprofits, Literary, and Performing Arts
The Creative Work Fund grant program emphasizes the creation of new work through a collaboration between an artist and a nonprofit organization. The principal collaborating artists and organizations must live or be located in specific Northern or Central California counties and have been there for at least two years. More information hereDeadline: December 6, 2013
MAP Fund seeks applications from artists, ensembles, producers and presenters of a high artistic standard, whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies this spirit of exploration and deep inquiry. MAP is particularly interested in supporting work that examines notions of cultural difference or "the other," be that in class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation or other aspects of diversity. Full proposal deadline: Monday, December 9, 2013

Kartemquin's Diverse Voices in Docs
Kartemquin Films' Diverse Voices in Docs is a professional development and mentorship program for emerging documentary filmmakers of color, co-organized with the Community Film Workshop of Chicago. Applicants should have played a principal role in a completed production and should have experience that demonstrates a commitment to social issue documentary. Deadline: December 13, 2013

KQED Seeking Hour-Long Documentaries about California
Through one call for entry each year, Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories reaches out to the independent film community throughout the state to find feature-length documentaries. KQED will offer these films KQED packaging, closed captioning, inclusion in the series website, promotion, and a modest licensing fee for local broadcast rights. In addition, one or more films in the series may be offered in-kind, completion resources tailored to the needs of each project which may include an online edit and a sound mix. Deadline: December 31, 2013

AFI Directing Workshop for Women
AFI Directing Workshop for Women at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles offers a hands-on film training workshop committed to educating and mentoring participants in an effort to increase the number of women working professionally in screen directing. Each participant is required to complete a short film by the end of the program. The program is open to women with three years of professional experience in the arts, and it is tuition-free, though participants are responsible for raising funds for their projects. Deadline: January 6, 2014

Elsewhere Artist Residency
Elsewhere is now accepting 2014 residency applications. Artists, musicians, curators, scholars, writers, gardeners, urban agriculturalists, homesteaders, installation, sculpture, textile, sound, video, kitchen and performance artists, system-thinkers, game-makers, and other creative individuals/groups across medias are encouraged to apply. Residents use the museum’s immense 58-year collection of cultural and material surplus for site-specific projects that interpret and contribute to Elsewhere’s concepts, collections, and communities.
Deadline: January 10, 2014

Investing in Artists Grants Program for Performing & Media Arts
This program provides working artists in California with the financial resources and creative support systems they need to thrive. Investing in Artists provides grants to individual  artists in two funding categories: 1) Grants for Artistic Equipment and Tools (up to $6,000), and 2) Grants for Artistic Innovation (up to $10,000). Deadline: January 10, 2014, by 6pm

"If I Had a Trillion Dollars" Youth Media Competition
Create a video for the “If I Had a Trillion Dollars” youth film festival, sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, to talk about how you would use that money to service your community and why. Videos must be 3 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 D.C., April 12-14, 2014. Deadline: January 11, 2014 at 11:59pm

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