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The NAMAC eBulletin

your latest media arts + culture news—February 2016

Kirsten Johnson's Cameraperson, a personal documentary by the acclaimed cinematographer, screened at Sundance last month.

From the Executive Director

Wendy Levy

Welcome February! I often spend the first weeks of February getting my breath back from the Sundance Film Festival. Sundance is a place where one can stand at the intersection of art and culture at every moment, in a state of high altitude and attitude.

There were new films and projects unveiled this year that will slowly enter the media zeitgeist—many stories made by NAMAC members and partners that will appear over the next months in theaters, on headsets, on public television, in museums and galleries, and on all manner of mobile and living room screens. There are others that will be harder to find, and no less engaging. It is on us to seek out the stories we need most, to support the artists making the work, as well as the people and communities revealed inside of it, whose voices and bodies must also be tended.

TrappedCollisions, Cameraperson, Trapped, Sonita, The Fits, Hooligan Sparrow, The Birth of A Nation, Uncle Howard, and so many others will come into consciousness, enter the culture, embed in our memory, change the conversation, spark a paradigm shift. Collectively, let us tend each other’s work, reach out to the artists who have moved us, bring their projects to our cities, broaden the reach of their campaigns, deepen their connections to community, mentor the young ones, and guide those struggling to a place of peace. If we do this for one another, we are all stronger, more abundant and more powerful.

NAMAC is busy with exciting regional and global creative programs supporting innovation and collaboration between artists, organizations and communities. I hope to see everyone participating this year!
Lynette Wallworth's short VR documentary Collisions, which screened at Sundance in January, features Australian indigenous leader Nyarri Morgan.
Funded by the Warhol and Adobe Foundations, NAMAC’s arts leadership programs support and develop new creative thinkers and veteran arts leaders—and the application form is live! Deadline is March 31. Facilitated by Gibran Rivera and Melinda Weekes, the Lab will be July 11 – 14 at the Sundance resort—check out the report from last year’s lab and apply!

If you work in youth media and want to connect into a national conversation about a collective and collaborative impact plan, now is the time to get involved! NAMAC's Youth Media Impact Producer Jason Wyman is putting together a national panel to guide the process, leverage wisdom from the past, and identify the most pressing goals and challenges. Let’s get to work—contact Jason at

Georgie Girl

Notes from the Field

POV and Women Make Movies are screening WMM classics
Celebrating 20+ years of collaboration, POV and Women Make Movies are streaming four acclaimed WMM documentaries this spring: Judith Helfand's A Healthy Baby Girl (1997), Annie Goldson and Peter Wells' Georgie Girl (2003), Jennifer Dworkin's Love & Diane (2004), and Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco's Ella Es el Matador (2009).

SF Green Film Festival will announce program next month
The SF Green Film Festival is still two months away, but the full program line-up will be released next month, Wednesday, March 16th, at a party open to all SFGFF members.
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Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami's documentary Sonita, about a young Afghani woman rapper who speaks out against misogyny, screened at Sundance this year.

New and Renewing Members

Renewing member! BRITDOC is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to reinventing funding and distribution models for independent filmmakers.

Renewing member! The Center for Independent Documentary (Boston, MA) is a hub for filmmakers, providing support services for production and unique professional development opportunities.

Renewing member! Angelica Das (Washington, DC)

Paul Fenwick (Toronto, Ontario)

Kate Schermerhorn's Luna Park Productions (San Anselmo, CA) Luna Park Productions is a full-service, award-winning production company. Seeking 1906, their first film, won an Emmy in 2004; After Happily Ever After, their second feature-length documentary, screened on World Channel's America ReFramed in 2011.

Renewing member! Meridian Hill Pictures (Washington, DC) is a team of documentary filmmakers committed to independent media-making, participatory trainings, and creative impact strategies, proudly rooted in our nation’s capital.

MIT’s Open Documentary Lab (Cambridge, MA) brings technologists, storytellers, and scholars together to advance the new arts of documentary.

Dain Olsen (Los Angeles, CA) is a media arts and design education specialist, media artist, and the Chair of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards—Media Arts.

Renewing member! The San Francisco Green Film Festival (San Francisco, CA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to screening compelling environmental films; connecting you to filmmakers and experts; and sparking green ideas and actions.

Anna Scime (Buffalo, NY) is an interdisciplinary artist currently living and working between Buffalo, New York City, and Jersey City. She recently received her MFA from the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo where she also teaches film production and analysis courses.

Francesca Soans (Cedar Falls, IA) teachs the theory and practice of film/video production at the University of Northern Iowa.

Renewing member! Spy Hop's (Salt Lake City, UT) mission is to mentor young people in the digital media arts to help them find their voice, tell their stories, and be empowered to affect positive change in their lives, their communities, and the world.

Renewing member! Wide Angle Youth Media (Baltimore, MD) is dedicated to using media education as a tool for communication, youth development, and community-building.

Renewing member! Women in Film and Video DC (Washington, DC) is dedicated to advancing the career development and achievement for professionals working in all areas of screen-based media and related disciplines.

Working Films (Wilmington, NC) builds partnerships between nonfiction media-makers, nonprofit organizations, educators, and advocates to advance social justice and environmental sustainability and support community-based change.
Latino Media Market

Grants and Calls

IDFAcademy Summer School
IDFAcademy's 2016 Summer School is open to directors making their first or second feature documentary—ten projects in the script development phase and six projects in the rough-cut phase. Deadline: Tuesday, March 1st

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

Call for Submissions: Independent Lens 2016-17 Season
Independent Lens 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
Tell Chairman Wheeler: block the Time Warner-Charter merger

Media Policy Watch

Twitter has been in the news lately, from its response to hacking, to its policies on abuse and harassment. In December, Twitter told more than 50 activists across Europe and North America that their accounts had been hacked by unidentified "state-sponsored actors," The Guardian reported.

Since then, activists have joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation in publishing an open letter to Twitter demanding more information about the attacks—and Twitter has not responded, The Guardian reported last week.


From the NAMAC Blog

My Political Skin: The Erasure of the African Diaspora From Visual Mass Media and Why the Women of African Descent Film Festival is so important

By Keya Krenshaw

As a freelance creative (Theatremaker, Filmmaker, Placemaker, Image Consultant, Development Coordinator…), I know at first hand that steady opportunities do not often present themselves. I don’t need to tell you how grossly underfunded and drastically unrepresented the arts are in our schools and communities. I hardly need to describe ad infinitum how hard it is to be acknowledged and compensated for your hard work.

As those of us who are lucky enough to be artists and/or arts administrators already know, it is an endless uphill battle to raise funds, support public art, and design and support education programs, let alone get paid. When said opportunities do land on our doorstep, we hold on to them for dear life. 

When said opportunities do land on our doorstep, we hold on to them for dear life. That is why it is my pleasure to say 2016 marks my ninth year with the Women of African Descent Film Festival (WADFF) in Brooklyn, New York.


Storytelling Matters is a NAMAC blog series feauturing original and curated writing and photography about global story culture and innovation in the hopes of facilitating conversation about the ethical and responsible use of creative technologies in community.

If you have a story to share for either Storytelling Matters or our other blog series, The Meaning of Creative Leadership, let us know!

DC Web Fest

Workshops and Convenings

Thin Line Fest
Wednesday through Sunday, February 17th through 21st
Denton, TX

ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival
Sunday, February 21st through Sunday the 28th
Zagreb, Croatia

From the Heart Productions: Intentional Filmmaking Class
Spring 2016, twice monthly, beginning Monday, February 29th
Online (member discount available)

DC Web and Digital Media Festival
Saturday, March 5th
Washington, DC

Omaha Film Festival
Tuesday through Monday, March 8th through 14th
Omaha, NE

Signal: The Developer Conference for Communications
Tuesday and Wednesday, May 24th and 25th
San Francisco, CA
Harmony Institute

Job Bank

Journalism Program Coordinator, Free Spirit Media (Chicago, IL)—due Tuesday, February 9th

Executive Director, Somerville Community Access Television (Somerville, MA)—due Sunday, February 14th

Communications Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (Washington, DC)—due Monday, February 15th

Operational Content Strategist, RNW Media (Hilversum, The Netherlands)—due Tuesday, February 16th

Membership Giving Coordinator, Oregon Public Broadcasting (Portland, OR)—due Friday, February 19th

Communications and Marketing Manager, Pacific Arts Movement (San Diego, CA)—due Monday, February 22nd

Development Director, CHIRP Radio (Chicago, IL)—due Monday, February 29th

Communications Director, SOMArts Cultural Center (San Francisco, CA)—due Monday, February 29th

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

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

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

Open until filled
Vice President of Development, ArtsFund (Seattle, WA)
Program Coordinator, Chicken & Egg Pictures (Brooklyn, NY)
Web and Creative Manager, Global Fund for Women (San Francisco, CA)
Development Assistant, Harmony Institute (New York, NY)
Broadcast and Distribution Associate, Independent Television Service (San Francisco, CA)
Video Manager, MTA Metro-North Railroad (Westchester County, NY)
Account Manager, TRG Arts (Colorado Springs, CO)

more jobs on the Job Bank

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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