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your latest media arts + culture news—March 2016

Chasing the Sun
Chasing the Sun, by Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons (a.k.a. the Goggles), is an immersive online first-person story about the Arctic and a new project in NAMAC's Innovation Studio

From the Executive Director

Wendy Levy

Marching On
We are part of each other and part of something bigger than our own egos. An artist should bring into the world some vision. They should ask, “What is their work in service of?” – Bill T. Jones
Hey NAMAC people—there's so much going on this month, its hard to know what to highlight. Between the kickoff of the HatchLabs, planning the ALLIANCE 2016 Conference (registration available NOW), and doing outreach for the next Creative Leadership Lab at Sundance (deadline the end of this month!)—NAMAC Consulting Producers have their hands incredibly full. 

As I've been tracking myriad conversations about the breathtaking sexism in Hollywood,  I've also been in conversation with some extraordinary women who are taking the lead in the arts and culture sector; Jax Deluca at the National Endowment for the Arts, Roberta Uno at Arts in A Changing America, Sarah Crowell at Destiny Arts Center, and others. As women in all sectors of the arts step into leadership in new ways, we can imagine and build new pipelines of funding and sustaining support for women's creativity. 

I know the recent news from MacArthur Foundation that they would no longer be directly supporting documentary projects hit the filmmaker community hard this month; where it might at first feel like a consolidation of resources for a chosen few organizations—collectively, those organizations are more empowered to support a range of independent and emerging documentary voices. NAMAC's role will continue to be as a facilitator of collaboration, innovation and growth for media arts and culture work; we will offer new models for content creation, distribution and impact, spaces to come together to discuss and advocate for the issues we care about, and do what we can to support all our members to be able to create the abundance for the work that needs to be done.

If you haven’t had a chance to do a NAMAC Bay Area Braintrust, I highly recommend it. Last month, our amazing member organization World Pulse, came down from Portland to hang at the Oakland Impact Hub (another member organization and fiscal sponsoree!) with a table of NAMAC consulting producers, filmmakers, creative technologists, impact strategists, journalists, and designers to help re-imagine their new web platform. Thanks to everyone who participated—the room was on fire and great ideas were everywhere. The braintrusts are a benefit of membership—so if you haven’t joined yet, we’d love to have you.
222 Forgotten Cities
Brittani Sensabaugh's 222 Forgotten Cities is a new photography project in NAMAC's Innovation Studio addressing the disconnect between the popular, media-informed perception of a city and the reality of the people who live there
I’m also excited to announce two new projects in the Innovation Studio: Brittani Sensabaugh’s 222 Forgotten Cities and Chasing the Sun by those awesome Canadians known as the Goggles, Michael Simons and Paul Shoebridge.
Chasing the Sun is an immersive online story about the Arctic. It is a provocative, imaginative interactive story that is part film, part book, part something new—we will work with the creative technology team to better understand how a multi-platform environmental web doc develops a cult fan base, creates inroads and changes conversations in both science and culture, and investigate how the newest digital technologies can be both embraced and resisted for the sake of a story and its audiences.  An interactive case study will be published and shared—we hope to discover new insights about how social movements can leverage creative approaches that transcend the desperate limitations of “charity storytelling.”

222 Forgotten Cities is a photo series aimed at visually dissolving the disconnect between the popular, media-informed perception of a city and the reality of the people who live there. The numerical title is inspired by the six most formative years of photographer Brittani Sensabaugh’s life; the two after receiving her camera, the two after her brother died, and the two after she moved to New York. "It's an example of anybody that is breaking society's boundaries, giving unconditional love and compassion to their craft, building—and just anyone that's out here battling," she says of the project. "Around the time when I created it, I was battling so much and creating was really my only outlet."

Mark Strandquist's 'Windows from Prison'

Member News and Notes

Mark Strandquist's 'Windows from Prison' Opens at JMU
Artist, activist, educator, and new NAMAC member Mark Strandquist's project "Windows from Prison" connects currently incarcerated men, women, and teens with those on the outside via the collaborative creation of images representing aspects of prisoners' pasts—and, last month, an exhibition of work from the project opened at James Madison University.

Meridian Hill Pictures' City of Trees to Screen at DCEFF
The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital kicks off later this month, and NAMAC member Meridian Hill Pictures' documentary City of Trees—profiling a DC nonprofit's efforts to implement a “green jobs” program paying unemployed residents to plant trees in city parks—is part of the lineup, screening on two Wednesdays, the 16th and the 23rd.

Youth FX Film It's Natural Selected for Portland's POW Fest
It's Natural, a short documentary directed by new NAMAC member Youth FX youth filmmakers about black women and hair, screened yesterday at POW Fest, the Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival, after winning Best Documentary at the Rockland Youth Film Festival last year.
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West Hartford Community Television

New and Renewing Members

Owen Davies (Washington, DC) is the Strategic Partnerships Manager at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital.

Amy Halpin (Los Angeles, CA) is the Director of Filmmaker Services at the International Documentary Association.

Annie Kaempfer (Brooklyn, NY) is an MFA candidate at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, a Board Member of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, and a consultant for the Ford Foundation's JustFilms initiative.

Samantha Libby (New York, NY) is a playwright, artist, and human rights activist serving as Advocacy Officer for the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Mark Strandquist (Philadelphia, PA) is an artist, activist, and educator who uses art as a vehicle for connecting diverse communities and supporting social justice movements.

Naomi Walker (Chicago, IL) is a documentary engagement consultant who previously served as a National Engagement Consultant at Independent Television Service for nine years.

West Hartford Community Television (Hartford, CT) is a community media center featuring programming by residents, nonprofits, and town officials on three local cable channels.

Mona Yeh (Seattle, WA) is a radio producer with 91.3 KBCS working on the Association of Independents in Radio's Localore: Finding America project.

Youth FX (Albany, NY) empowers and inspires young people in the capital region of New York through digital film and media arts.
Southern Circuit

Grants and Calls

South Arts' Southern Circuit Tour
SC provides filmmakers with paid opportunities to tour their films throughout the American South. Late deadline: Thursday, March 10th; extended WOB deadline: Monday, March 21st

15th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival
WADFF seeks submissions of web series, shorts, documentaries, animated films, and features produced, written, or directed by women filmmakers of African descent. Films must not exceed one hour. Deadline: Friday, March 18th

Independent Lens 2016-17 Season
IL seeks submissions of films with compelling storytelling, innovation, and diversity, in advanced rough or fine cut stage, or else already completed, to be broadcast during the 2016-2017 season. Deadline: Friday, March 25th

NALIP 2016 Latino Media Market
NALIP seeks submissions of low-budget features in development or pre-production, documentary works-in-progress, tv/streaming scripted concepts/pilots, and digital web series. Deadline: Friday, March 25th

Pragda's Spanish Film Club
Pragda funds Ibero American film festivals on college campuses, covering some costs and offering programming advice and potential filmmaker Q&As. Deadline: Friday, April 1st

more Grants and Calls on the Job Bank
Alterna Center for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Job Bank

Communications and Digital Storytelling Fellowship, Alterna Center for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Quetzaltenango, Guatemala)—due Monday, March 14th

Summer Immersion Program Teacher and Teacher Assistant, Girls Who Code (New York, NY)—due Tuesday, March 15th

Visiting Film/Video Professor, Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA)—due Monday, March 21st

Managing Director, Impact Hub Global (New York, NY)—due Thursday, March 31st

Jobs Coordinator/Business Manager, Maine Media Workshops + College (Rockport, ME)—due Thursday, March 31st

Executive Director, Pacific Arts Movement (San Diego, CA)—due Thursday, March 31st

Executive Director, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (Washington, DC)—due Friday, April 15th

Open until filled
Community Engagement Manager, DataArts (Philadelphia, PA)
Executive Director, Forecast Public Art (Saint Paul, MN)
Managing Director, Harmony Institute (New York, NY)
Manager of School Programs, Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleasantville, NY)
Executive Director, Latino Public Radio Consortium (remote/telecommute/anywhere)
Executive Director, Not In Our Town (Oakland, CA)
Program Officer, Documentary Photography Project, Open Society Foundations (New York, NY)
Director of Programs and Community Engagement, Portland Community Media (Portland, OR)
Outreach and Campaign Director, Reel Link Films (Lafayette, CA)
Lead Photographer, Venice Arts (Venice, CA)

more jobs on the Job Bank
City of Trees

From the NAMAC Blog

Storytelling Matters: What Authentic Storytelling Means for Us

By Brandon and Lance Kramer

Since we started Meridian Hill Pictures in 2010, we have been privileged to participate as relative newcomers in the long tradition of documentary storytellers who have used the medium of film to share underrepresented perspectives, build empathy for people different from ourselves, and facilitate constructive dialogue about the complexities of the human experience. As documentary filmmakers in the District, we’ve been grateful for the opportunity to bring this kind of authentic storytelling to people and communities in our home city.


Jason Wyman and Myah Overstreet

Youth Media, Collective Action, Dinner, and the Future

A 'Blogversation' by Jason Wyman, Myah Overstreet, and Wendy Levy

Read more and sign up for the National Youth Media Network here
Cultural Times

New in the Resource Library

Have you checked out the NAMAC Resource Library yet? There you'll find story and design tools, cultural strategies, field research, and white papers that will deepen your understanding of innovation and shared practice across the field. 

Cultural Times: The first global map of cultural and creative industries

The idea behind this report is that the economic weight of cultural and creative industries (CCI) in mature and emerging economies is partially described, misunderstood and undervalued. This is why the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC—the body representing authors’ societies worldwide)—decided to commission a global study of the economic and social impact of CCI, focusing especially upon revenues and employment.

Mapping the Intersection of Two Cultures: Interactive Documentary and Digital Journalism

The MIT OpenDocLab conducted an eight-month research project mapping and assessing the dynamics of an ongoing convergence between interactive and participatory documentary practices and digital journalism. In October 2014, forty leading professionals from the worlds of interactive documentary, digital journalism and the academy gathered together to discuss and identify key issues relevant for the study. This report is the culmination of the research.
Laura Poitras: Astral Noise

Media Policy Watch

By Rose Kaplan

The month's big media policy news has been Apple's ongoing legal battle with the FBI over access to the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, and recent coverage has teased out a few interesting threads from the case. Most recently, the FBI acknowledged that it was responsible for locking Farook's iPhone, by resetting his iCloud password, thus locking themselves out of the device, as The New York Times explains.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a number of articles recently on a related case, in which the government seeks access to an iPhone 5C as part of a New York drug case, writing here, for example, about how Judge James Orenstein's rejection of the government's demand that Apple unlock the phone correctly recognized that acquiescing to such demands could lead to "virtually limitless" surveillance powers—all based on a dubious interpretation of a law from 1789, the All Writs Act.

Free Press has also written on the recent Apple cases, noting that while the government has sought to minimize the importance of the San Bernardino case as being only about "one phone," the Justice Department is currently pursuing court orders to make Apple unlock 12 other devices—none of them terrorism-related, as the Wall Street Journal reports.

The EFF also outlines a newly proposed British spy law that would similarly compel Apple and other tech companies to comply with government demands for access to devices like iPhones.

In other news, you can get up close and personal with filmmaker Laura Poitras' Freedom of Information Act requests used in the making of her documentary Citizenfour—they're currently on display at the Whitney Museum in New York City as part of a new exhibit, Laura Poitras: Astro Noise.

And finally, February 26th marked the one-year anniversary of the FCC's new net neutrality rules—Public Knowledge's Meredith Whipple breaks down where we are today with regard to net neutrality, and what's happened in the past year.

THE JOYS OF NAMAC MEMBERSHIP • Networked Web PortalA 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 • Leadership RoundtablesQuarterly 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 • Innovation StudioA 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 • Media Policy Action HubThis 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 • Global Artist Residency Program and FundTo 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 • National ConferenceJune 9th through 12th in Oakland!

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