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eBulletin • January 2013
Capacity Building Support Programs 2013

Capacity Building Support Now Available! 
In December, we released applications for our current round of Capacity Building Support. NAMAC's Capacity Building Support Program helps NAMAC Member organizations plan for and invest in valuable capacity building projects that strengthen internal operations and systems; support internal governance and leadership development; develop strategic fiscal and human resources; and create innovative strategies for community engagement and support.

This year, in addition to offering NAMAC Members Study Trip Support, we are also offering Organizational Planning Support in partnership with national capacity building organization Catchafire,  

Lend Your Voice to Mapping the Field!
We’ve also launched the 2nd Edition of our Mapping the Media Arts Field Survey and we invite you to add your organization to this important study. Mapping the Field provides robust data for understanding and advocating for the media arts sector, including information about annual revenues, total hours of programming, audience numbers, and much more. The survey will close on January 31, 2013. If you would like to participate in this endeavor to fortify the field through our comprehensive study, please join us! Request a survey at mapping [at] namac [dot] org.

We’ve Moved! 
We’ve moved! (kind of...). We’re still in the same building, but please we’ve moved upstairs to take advantage of a space that encourages collaboration and the fluid exchange of ideas. Mail will be forwarded from our Suite 102 address if you have Membership Dues or greetings headed that way, but please do make note of our new address:

145 9th Street, Suite 230
San Francisco, CA 94103


Member Announcements

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Restore/Restore: An Open Space Documentary and People’s History
Multimedia artist and innovative educator jesikah maria ross recently launched a multi-platform project to document historic changes in California's topography through a layered, community-rooted tapestry of voices, histories, and user experiences. In this interview, ross gives NAMAC readers a peek into the production process and philosophy behind Restore/Restory.

For insights about the learning outcomes of this inclusive project, read these wise words from a student leader on the production team. 

Early Bird Registration: Media that Matters Conference
The Media That Matters Conference, presented by the Center for Social Media at American University, is an annual convening for established and aspiring filmmakers, nonprofit communications leaders, funders, and students who want to learn and share cutting-edge practices to make their media matter. On February 15, 2013, innovative media makers will convene at American University for workshops, panels, and networking on the hottest topics in socially engaged media making. See the Conference’s 2012 videos for a sample of the types of discussions held at Media That Matters. 

Docs in Progress Peer Pitch Session
Docs In Progress will be taking its popular Peer Pitch program on the road to the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival in Sonoma County, California. The Peer Pitch program will give up to seven documentary filmmakers the opportunity to network and gain valuable feedback on upcoming projects from fellow filmmakers. More details on registration coming soon.  In the meantime, send an email to Docs In Progress Executive Director Erica Ginsberg at erica [at] docsinprogress [dot] org and she will alert you once registration is live.

Media Arts Center San Diego Seeks Youth Produced Films
The 20th Anniversary San Diego Latino Film Festival, organized by Media Arts Center San Diego and to be held March 7-17, 2013, seeks youth-produced short films for their Youth Visions showcase. Films must: 1) be produced by youth 18 years or younger; 2) be less than 10 minutes in length; 3) be related to the Latino community—either directed, produced, or written by members of the Latino community, or demonstrate content of relevance to the Latino community. SDLFF is a prestigious and internationally recognized festival that celebrates films and videos by Latinos and/or about the Latino experience. If you or anyone in your extended network would be interested in submitting, please contact julia [at] mediaartscenter [dot] org. Deadline: January 31, 2013.

Anita ReherMeet The Flaherty Seminar’s New Executive Director! 
In October 2012, the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar named Anita Reher as its new Executive Director. Anita Reher was the co-founder of the European Documentary Network, a membership-based association created in 1996 with more than 1000 members from 60 different countries. Here, Anita answers our questions about the future of Flaherty, the documentary landscape, and the lure of Chilean filmmakers. 

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Member Benefits

Discounted Registration to Join the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)
In celebration of NAMAC's partnership with the National Association for Media Literacy Education, NAMAC Members will receive a 10% discount on individual and organizational membership in NAMLE. Offer does not extend to Lifetime Memberships in NAMLE. Learn more about how you can redeem your discount here. 

Discounted Submission Rate to Chicago Int'l Movies & Music Film Festival
Available to NAMAC Members and Affiliate Members. Visit this page to learn more about the Festival and how to redeem your discount. Deadline to submit: January 18, 2013.

NTEN Membership and Webinar Discounts
NAMAC is proud to be in 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!
  • Free introductory membership or 10% discount on a renewing membership with NTEN. Learn more about what the NTEN membership will mean for you here.

NAMAC Members Featured on Twitter
We're featuring our Members' Twitter feeds on our home page! Stay up to date on Member activities through this active list! 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.

National Leadership Institute (NLI 2013) Applications Released Later This Month!
The National Leadership Institute, a flagship program brought to you in partnership with the Learning Commons and through the generous support of our sponsors, returns in 2013. Applications will be released later in January here. Learn more, begin lining up your references, and share this important opportunity with your colleagues, staff, and friends in the visual and media arts fields!

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.

Welcome New Members

The National Association for Media Literacy Education
The National Association for Media Literacy Education is a national membership organization dedicated to media literacy as a basic life skill for the 21st century. Learn about the benefits accrued to NAMAC Members through this partnership.


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Calls to Action

Join MAG-Net’s Digital Dialogue "Advancing Our Media Justice Agenda Under a New Administration"

Join MAG-Net on January 30 at 1pm EST / 10am PST in a national dialogue that looks at the new administration and its media and telecommunication priorities.

How might the likely transitions at the Federal Communications Commission impact our vision, and how will the changes in Congress and in mayoral leadership affect our fights? How can we advance our fight for Internet freedom, mobile consumer protections, media ownership diversity, municipal broadband, public access television, community radio, and other issues? How do we increase media and technology access for low-income, native, rural and communities of color? This digital dialogue will feature media policy change and community media advocates who will shed light on the challenge and opportunities under this new administration.

Learn more and register here.



Director of Development, International Women's Media Foundation (Washington, DC)—due January 15th

Managing Director for Access Services, Manhattan Neighborhood Network (New York, NY)—due January 15th

Director of the Creative Industries Division, Colorado Department of Economic Development and International Trade (Denver, CO)—due January 18th

Program Associate, EmcArts Inc. (New York, NY)—due January 22nd

Youth Education Curriculum Manager, San Francisco Film Society (San Francisco, CA)—due January 28th

Access Manager, PhillyCAM (Philadelphia, PA)—due January 31st

Education and Production Coordinator, PhillyCAM (Philadelphia, PA)—due January 31st

Facilitator, Chicago StoryBooth, StoryCorps (Chicago, IL)—due February 1st

Production Assistant, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)due February 4th 

Project Manager, Chicago Youth Voices Network (Chicago, IL)—due February 8th

Executive Director, NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts and Technology (Cleveland, OH)—due February 8th

Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University (Wichita, KS)—due February 8th

Instructors, Baltimore Speaks Out! Program at Wide Angle Youth Media (Baltimore, MD)—due February 15th

Creative Technology Coordinator, Mt. Cuba Center (Hockessin, DE)—due February 15th

Open until filled:
Website and New Media Associate, Americans for the Arts (Washington, DC)

Video Editor/Motion Graphics Designer, Common Sense Media (San Francisco, CA)

Video Writer/Producer, Common Sense Media (San Francisco, CA)

Communications and Marketing Director, Media Literacy Project (Albuquerque, NM)

Lead Producer, Reel Grrls Productions (Seattle, WA)

Technical Director, Reel Grrls (Seattle, WA)

Board Affairs Coordinator, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Coordinator, Human Resources, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Per Diem Facilitator, Chicago StoryBooth, StoryCorps (Chicago, IL)

Senior Development Associate, Individual Giving and Events, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Marketing Manager, Women Make Movies (New York, NY)
Vision Maker Media

Grants and Awards

Vision Maker Media Public Media Content Fund
Vision Maker Media (formerly Native American Public Telecommunications) is receiving proposals from independent and public television producers. With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Vision Maker Media Public Media Content Fund will award support to video projects with significant Native involvement—particularly projects that profile Native American leaders, activists, and artists—and help bring the projects to national broadcast on public television. Submitted proposals must be postmarked by March 15, 2013. 

Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellowship and Lab
Created to help develop and support the next generation of American independent producers, the year-long Creative Producing Fellowship and Lab is designed to nurture emerging producers with project-specific support through labs, grants, and long-term advisor relationships. Six emerging independent producers in the United States will be selected for a one-year fellowship program that includes $10,000 in grants, participation in a creative producing lab and summit, and long-term advisor relationships. Deadline to apply: February 8, 2013.

San Francisco Film Society’s Visiting Filmmaker Program
The SF Film Society’s Filmmakers in the Classroom program matches professional filmmakers with classrooms for a series of educational sessions over the course of the semester, culminating in the production of collaborative short film projects. If you are a classroom teacher in the Bay Area and would like to participate in the program, please make sure your classroom meets the criteria listed here. For more information, or to be considered for participation in the program, please contact Youth Education Manager Keith Zwolfer at kzwolfer [at] sffs [dot] org or (415) 561-5040.

Project Catalyst at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Fest
Project Catalyst (formerly known as the C3: Project Market) will be held at the Directors Guild of America, May 4-5, 2013, during the 2013 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Project Catalyst serves as a launchpad for filmmakers of Asian descent to showcase their narrative feature projects to financiers, producers, production companies, artists, agents, managers, and industry executives. Visit this page for eligibility requirements and information on how to apply. Submission deadline: January 25, 2013.

National Conference on Media Reform Scholarships
The National Conference for Media Reform, hosted by Free Press, is the nation’s biggest and best conference devoted to media, technology and democracy. The conference’s energy and power come from a diverse group of attendees who bring their ideas, expertise and perspectives to the event. Free Press is awarding a limited number of registration-fee waivers. Apply here. Deadline: February 1, 2013.

Catapult Documentary Development Funds
Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story, and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes. Deadline: January 30, 2013.

2013 New Media Women Entrepreneur Fund
J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism and the McCormick Foundation will fund 4 *women-led* media projects that show promise in creativity and sustainability. If you have an idea for a new website, mobile news service or other entrepreneurial initiative that would offer interactive opportunities to engage, inspire and improve news and information in a community, then apply today! Deadline to apply: January 23, 2013.

Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant
This grant funds first time documentary makers for travel and accommodations at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, April 4-7, 2013. For four days, grant recipients will be given access to films, participate in master classes and be mentored by experienced filmmakers. Two filmmakers will be chosen for the grant in its sixth year. Deadline: applications must be received by February 1, 2013. 

National Endowment for the Arts Grants for Arts Projects
Application guidelines for the next round of Grants for Arts Projects are now available on the National Endowment for the Arts website. To view the guidelines, go to, select the field or discipline most relevant to your project, and choose Grants for Arts Projects from the list of funding opportunities. Organizations may apply under the categories of “Art Works” or “Challenge America Fast-Track.”

Gucci Tribeca Documentary Film Fund
The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries which highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. Funded films are driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach. The Fund is open to all filmmakers, domestic or international, whose films are in production or post-production and will be completed in 2013. Submissions close February 5, 2013.

Lucas Artists Residency Program at Montalvo Arts Center
For the first time, the Lucas Artists Residency Program is hosting an open application process solely for California artists of any discipline. The Lucas Artists Residency Program is a multi-disciplinary international residency, seeking contemporary artists from throughout California who feel they could significantly gain from time in the program and also contribute to the Art Center's activities. For more information about the residency and the Montalvo Arts Center, visit this page. Applications will only be accepted via Slideroom. Deadline to apply: January 25, 2013.

Aurora Picture Show

Calls for Submissions

Aurora Picture Show Seeks Design Submissions
Aurora Picture Show is seeking design submissions by artists for future merchandise and membership materials, including T-shirts, pint glasses and membership cards. Designs should make reference to Aurora Picture Show in name. You can specify if your design is intended for a specific item; otherwise, your design will be considered as a candidate for any of the mentioned items. Check out past examples of artist designs and handmade membership cards on the Aurora Picture Show Pinterest boards. There will be a $150 cash prize for any art work selected to be used. There is no entry fee. Deadline to submit: February 14, 2013.

San Diego Asian Film Festival
Named by USA Today as one of the 10 reasons to visit San Diego, the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival is the flagship event of Pacific Arts Movement (formerly the San Diego Asian Film Foundation), a non-profit media arts organization specializing in Asian and Asian American cinema. Learn more about how to submit your film here. Early bird Deadline: April 12, 2013.

Squeaky Wheel’s Media Artist Residency
Squeaky Wheel’s International Media Artist and Filmmaker Residency is a four-week residency open to media artists who reside outside of the Western New York Region. Details, requirements, and application form here. Deadline: January 31, 2013.

Alliance for Community Media 2013 Conference 
The Alliance for Community Media is requesting proposals for workshops and sessions to be held at the Annual Conference in San Francisco, May 29 to 31, 2013. Click here to access the RFP documentationDeadline: January 31, 2013.

San Francisco Cinematheque Crossroads 2013 Film Festival
San Francisco Cinematheque seeks submissions of recent films and videos for Crossroads 2013. Occurring in April at in San Francisco's Victoria Theatre, Crossroads 2013 will showcase new film/video works by emerging and established filmmakers, including performance and works of "live cinema." Cinematheque seeks submissions of compelling non-commercial, artist-made work of all genres and durations. Deadline: January 31, 2013.

Frameline Film Festival
Founded in 1977, Frameline’s San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival is the longest-running, largest, and most widely recognized LGBT film exhibition event in the world. FRAMELINE37 is a competitive film festival with cash prizes attached to a variety of Audience Awards. Click here to learn how you can submit your film. Regular Submission Deadline: January 22, 2013. Late Deadline: February 15, 2013. 

Great Lakes Film Festival
The Great Lakes International Film Festival is owned by the Great Lakes Film Association, a 501c(3) non-profit organization and is dedicated to showcasing independent films in the digital  medium and to presenting the works of independent filmmakers and outstanding achievements in cinema. Learn about how you can submit your film here, and read about why the Great Lakes Film Festival is boycotting Withoutabox. Deadlines to submit your film vary.

Bay Area Youth Media Network Seeks Youth-Made Media!
The Bay Area Youth Media Network is now accepting submissions for BAYMN FEST, its first annual youth media festival, taking place June 1-2, 2013 at the San Francisco Public Library. BAYMN FEST is an interactive showcase of media produced by youth ages 12–24. Through screenings, workshops, a transmedia gallery, and networking opportunities, BAYMN FEST will be a place for young artists to share their work—and win cash prizes and media-making tools! Visit this link for submission guidelines and application form. Deadline: April 1, 2013.

Nonprofit Technology Network

Upcoming NTEN Webinars

Quick Donate via Mobile Devices
Tuesday, January 15th
 • 11am

New Year, New Solutions: Learn Five Easy Ways to Solve Nonprofit Tech Problems
Thursday, January 17th
 • 11am

Best Practices for Data Visualization
Thursday, January 24th
 • 11am

Series: Getting the Word Out Through Integrated Marketing
Thursday, February 7th, 14th, and 21st
 • 11am

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