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March 2015 | Facilitating innovation + impact for the media arts
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From the Executive Director Wendy Levy

Hey NAMAC people—welcome to March. It is Women's History Month, among other notable monthly distinctions: International Women's Day is on the 8th, Pi Day the 14th, and then the Ides of March. It's Human Rights Day in South Africa on the 21st, International Day of Tree Planting and World Poetry Day (also on the 21st), Purple Day on the 26th, and Cesar Chavez Day on March 31st. So much to celebrate, and much to do. I call upon all of you this March—step into the NAMAC community as you never have before. Join the Alliance if you haven't done it yet, or renew your membership at a higher level. If our programming is going to bust out this year—the Innovation Studio, the Creative Leadership Lab, the Youth Media Roundtables, the Survey, and everything else—we need your buy-in, your contribution, your voice and your participation. Read on:

1. If you are a youth media organization or practitioner, please join our Youth Media: Present and Future Virtual Roundtable discussion on Monday, March 9th. It’s going to be a powerful field-building discussion, hosted by NAMAC and co-moderated by Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz, Better Youth Executive Director Syd Stewart (NAMAC Leadership Institute alumna) and Spy Hop Executive Director Kasandra VerBrugghen (NAMAC Board Member). You’ve got to sign up to get an email invite to the Zoom meeting, so don’t wait until the last minute. Do it now: namac.org/programs/youth-media

2. NAMAC’s Creative Leadership Lab (formerly the National Leadership Institute) is happening at Sundance this summer and applications are now open! Apply at the link above—deadline is Friday, March 27th at 5pm.

3. Please fill out the short and fun survey that The Fledgling Fund and the Philadelphia Foundation have helped us put together to find out how NAMAC can best serve the need of media arts and culture organizations and practitioners everywhere.

Last thing—NAMAC is on the road this month for a couple of events that demonstrate the range of impact we’re having and the kickass possibilities for the future.

SXSW Interactive is always a radical deepthink, and this year is no different. How does the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture find its voice in this Austin technology mecca? My panel, Technicians of the Sacred: The New Native Apps is an attempt to integrate culture and media innovation with a discussion about Native American and indigenous communities working with technology and storytelling to preserve, challenge and sustain their identity.

Lauren Chief Elk of the Wiyabi Project (fresh from her recent Twitter dust-up with Rosie O’Donnell), Lewis “Bleu” St. CyrMedia Specialist of the Winnebago Tribe and NAMAC Board Member and Googler Eric Doversberger will join me for what I hope will be a unique and soulful SXSW conversation. Lewis is not only the tech guy for his tribe, he’s also an incredible hoop dancer—anything could happen. The panel is happens on Monday, March 16th at 3:30pm in Salon 2 of the JW Marriott. NAMAC members, friends, fans, followers—please come say hello.

The SXSW panel will not be a one-off conversation—in the Google universe, October is Map Your Indigenous Community Month, and NAMAC will be working towards a virtual members event this fall to get everyone involved in storymapping in their communities. If you are a NAMAC member who would like to join in the effort, or lead a project in your area, please contact me soon at wendy@namac.org!


After SXSW, I’ll be part of the California contingent at Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. The event brings together a cross section of United States-based cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 500 grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts. What should we be saying to our elected officials? Let me know!
 

Notes from the Field

Congratulations to NAMAC member Chris Johnson—he and the creative team of Question Bridge are the recipients of the 2015 Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography. Question Bridge is an innovative transmedia project that seeks to represent and define Black male identity in America.


 
NAMAC Innovation Project Map Your World is based on the award-winning film Revolutionary Optimists by Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger Monsen—and it is streaming for free on PBS through March 9th. If your organization is ready for community-led data storytelling, get involved with Map Your World in NAMAC's Innovation Studio or email wendy@namac.org for more info.

Macky Alston, Vice President for Strategy, Engagement, and Media at Auburn Seminary and an award-winning documentary filmmaker, was published in The Huffington Post last month, and his piece—"The Power and Pleasure You Can Unleash When Your Inner Artist Joins Your Inner Activist"—is worth reading. Macky will also be an advisor at NAMAC's Creative Leadership Lab at the Sundance resort this July.

Is there something you'd like to publicize via NAMAC's eBulletin? Fill out our eBulletin submission form here.
NAMAC travels to SXSW this month as ED Wendy Levy will speak at Technicians of the Sacred: The New Native Apps on Monday, March 16th.
Houston Center for Photography

Welcome New Members!
 
Ecodeo is a digital media firm that inspires audiences to make sustainable lifestyle choices. Ecodeo creates media about eco impact, innovation, and sustainability for a wide spectrum of sustainable brands including eco products, renewable energy, and clean transit and technology solutions.

Chris Johnson is a photographer, media artist, professor of photography at California College of the Arts, NAMAC member, and co-director/producer of Question Bridge: Black Males. Chris and the entire Question Bridge team has been awarded the International Center for Photography's 2015 Infinity Award (see Notes from the Field, below).
 
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 namac.org.
 
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Media Policy Watch
 
By Rose Kaplan

Congratulations to Internet activists and users everywhere! Last month brought a major victory for Net Neutrality, with the FCC's three-to-two vote to reclassify broadband Internet access as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.

And congratulations to director Laura Poitras, whose documentary Citizenfour (co-produced by NAMAC member organization BRITDOC)—about Edward Snowden and the systematic NSA surveillance he uncovered—took home the Oscar for best documentary at the 87th Academy Awards last month. It's a win for art, justice, and humanity!

Writing about Citizenfour for the Ford Foundation, Cara Mertes notes, in terms equally applicable to the FCC's decision, "For those who understand the Internet to be a new kind of public commons, we can see how its uses and safeguards will decide the fate of individual rights, free expression, rule of law, and access to opportunity. Justice hangs in the balance."


Now that the FCC has voted, you may be wondering, what happens next? Public Knowledge's Michael Weinberg breaks down possible upcoming legal and congressional action that could affect implementation of the FCC's decision, and Dustin Volz profiles Internet activism against the Trans-Pacific Partnership in a piece for the National Journal on where Net Neutrality activists might next focus their attention. Battle for the Net and Save the Internet have also updated their campaigns with new information about how you can continue to pressure Congress to support Net Neutrality—scroll down on Battle for the Net's page for a fantastic list of additional Net Neutrality articles and resources.

Finally, The New Republic's David Dayen has the scoop on another recent FCC decision that's been largely overshadowed by the Net Neutrality vote—a three-to-two ruling on community-owned broadband networks that seems to strike down Telecom-favored laws in nineteen states that ban or restrict community broadband.

 
 
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Grants and Calls
 
Call for Submissions: Camden International Film Festival
The 2015 Camden International Film Festival seeks documentary films of all shapes, sizes, styles, and lengths. Early deadline: Friday, March 6th

IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs
First-time directors working on low-budget (less than $1 million) projects are invited to apply to the
 Independent Filmmaker Project's year-long Labs mentorship program. Documentary deadline: Friday, March 6th

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. Regular deadline: Saturday, March 7th

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 Projects: Cross Video Days
Cross Video Days 2015 seeks innovative in-development video projects with transmedia elements that are in need of financing. Selected projects in the "Cinema and Transmedia" category will be pitched at the Cannes Film Market. Deadline: Monday, March 16th

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

Call for Submissions: Durban International Film Festival
DIFF 36 seeks submissions of feature-length and short documentary and fiction films completed in 2014 or 2015. Deadline: Friday, March 20th

Encounters South African International Documentary Festival
Encounters 2015 seeks submissions of African and international documentaries. Deadline: Wednesday, March 25th

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

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

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

Festival Manager, Portland Film Festival (Potland, OR)—due Friday, March 6th

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


Mentor Program Coordinator, Computers 4 Kids (Charlottesville, VA)—due Tuesday, March 10th

Associate Director of On-Air Fundraising, Oregon Public Broadcasting (Portland, OR)—due Tuesday, March 10th

Senior Program Manager—Youth Exchange, Open Society Foundations (New York, NY)—due Friday, March 13th

Production Manager/Associate Editor, The Representation Project (San Francisco, CA)—due Friday, March 13th

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

Program Coordinator, TechGirls (Bedford, VA)—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


President, The Representation Project (San Francisco, CA)—due Friday, March 20th

Managing Director, Imagine Science Films (Brooklyn, NY)—due Friday, March 20th

AM Digital Producer, Oregon Public Broadcasting (Portland, OR)—due Tuesday, March 24th

Chief Operating Officer, World Pulse (Portland, OR)—due Friday, March 27th

Executive Director, Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa (Tulsa, OK)—due Tuesday, March 31st

Computer Clubhouse Mentor Program Manager, Museum of Science (Boston, MA)—due Tuesday, March 31st

Open until filled
Office Operations Coordinator, Brave New Films (Culver City, CA)

Operations Manager, BRIC (Brooklyn, NY)


Membership Sales Manager, California Film Institute (San Rafael, CA)

Development Manager, Camara Education (San Jose, CA)

Hub Manager, Camara Education (San Jose, CA)

Nonprofit Services Manager, Chicago Access Network Television (Chicago, IL)

Video Technical Support Specialist, Chicago Access Network Television (Chicago, IL)

Creative Director, Chicken and Egg Pictures (Brooklyn, NY)

Program Associate, Cinereach (New York, NY)

Maker Design and Technology Instructor, DreamYard Project (Bronx, NY)

Grants and Data Manager, Hack the Hood/Center for Media Change (Oakland, CA)

Summer Filmmaking Instructor, Harlem Educational Activities Fund (New York, NY)


Director of Programs, Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA)

Tenure-Track Instructor, Multimedia Design Digital Arts, Highline College (Des Moines, WA)

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

Youth Media Educator and Trainer, Manhattan Neighborhood Network (New York, NY)

Communications Director, Not In Our Town (Oakland, CA)

Media and Field Coordinator—Palestine, Just Vision (Occupied Palestinian Territories or Israel)

Film Curator, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

Executive Vice President/Dean of the School of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA)

Museum Communications Manager, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA)


Vice President of Major Gifts, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA)

Seasonal Festival Positions, Seattle International Film Festival (Seattle, WA)

Director of Digital Media, The Story Exchange Foundation (New York, NY)

Digital Coordinator, Tribeca Film Institute (New York, NY)

STEAM Curriculum and Graphic Designer, Vision Education and Media (New York, NY)


E-Learning Technology Curriculum Producer, Youth Digital (Chapel Hill, NC)

Technology Education Instructional Designer, Youth Digital (Chapel Hill, NC)

Education and Career Pathways Coordinator, Youth Radio (Oakland, CA)
 

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