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The NAMAC eBulletin

your latest media arts + culture news—October 2015


From the Executive Director

Wendy Levy

October is a big month, isn’t it? 
I’m tired and inspired from a few road trips—meeting with artists, organizations, members, and partners; leading and mentoring labs and workshops; co-creating new initiatives; 
planning conferences; and trying to mind-meld with funders. Here’s some highlights:
Conference Planning
The planning for ALLIANCE 2016 (the June NAMAC conference) has kicked into high gear—we’ve partnered with Story Matters to produce a blowout event in Oakland June 9th through 12th—so save the date! So many of our phenomenal Creative Leadership Lab alumni will be co-leading tracks, moderating roundtable conversations, curating screenings, and hosting youth. We’ll have super exciting content, a VR/AR playground, movies and performances, special breakout and collaboration spaces with couches and fresh air, buffet breakfasts and artisan box lunches, screens large and small, and even room for dancing. And you’ll love the mobile app—it will extend beyond the conference and help us find each others' screenings and community events around the world all year long. And I’m meeting with the Mayor’s office next week—the City of Oakland is already gearing up to welcome us media arts and culture folks next year. So let’s make some noise. If you have an idea for the conference you’d like to share with us—there’s a form on the Conference page of the website. Use it!
NAMAC member BritDoc’s NYC GoodPitch was as good as it gets. I was excited to be able to cheer on NAMAC Innovation Studio project Roll Red Roll (Nancy Schwartzman & Jessica Devaney) and meet filmmakers Damon Davis and Sabaah Jordan, the creative team behind the new documentary Whose Streets. Immediately invited them to our upcoming Video Roundtable.
Video Roundtable: Black Lives Matter and the Future of Storytelling
Black Lives Matter and the Future of StorytellingThis next Video Roundtable is happening on Monday, November 16th at 10AM Oakland time/1PM Brooklyn time. These days, when we talk about storytelling, we almost always end up talking about power. The goal of this conversation is to look deeper at the intersection of media, inequality, and innovation through the lens of #BlackLivesMatter and riff on how the future of movement-building has been and will be impacted by digital innovation. As artists dive into the augmented and virtual reality future, and it becomes clear you don’t need film school to be a filmmaker, are we turning back the clock on culture? Whether you shoot with a 360° camera or a mobile phone, the questions about who speaks and whose stories gets told are still up for grabs. At the end of the 75-minute conversation, we hope to grow the network of engaged storytellers and organizations working on racial justice and equality, share resources, concerns, works-in-progress, and new ideas. We hope to identify strengths as well as gaps and figure out some ways forward that we can work on together, in community.


Notes from the Field

See's News + Opinion for more!
Just Vision's 'The Wanted 18' Is On Tour
Renewing member Just Vision's documentary "The Wanted 18" (still above)—about Palestinian nonviolent resistance during the First Intifada—is currently showing at venues around the country. The film will screen at the Asian World Film Festival in Los Angeles this weekend and at a number of other film festivals and universities in the weeks to come.

Ongoings at the Black Film Center/Archive
Want to know more about new NAMAC member the Black Film Center/Archive? This news story from the Indiana University Media School highlights fall happenings at the Center/Archive, including new grants, programs, and symposia.

Raw Science Prepares for 2nd Annual Film Festival
New member Raw Science will launch its second annual festival of science and technology films just over a month from now, in early December. For now, submissions are open for documentaries and features of all lengths—scroll down to Grants and Calls for more info.
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New and Renewing Members

The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) was established in 1981 as a repository of black films and related materials. At the BFC/A, scholars, students, and researchers can view films and access auxiliary research facilities.

Renewing member! Just Vision highlights the power and reach of Palestinians and Israelis working to end the occupation and build a future of freedom, dignity, and equality for all. They drive attention to compelling local role models in unarmed movement-building and demonstrate to journalists, community leaders, public intellectuals and students—in the United States, Israel, Palestine, and beyond—what is possible when leaders at the grassroots choose to act. They tell their under-documented stories through award-winning films, digital media and targeted public education campaigns that undermine stereotypes, inspire commitment and galvanize action. Check them out, support their work, join the movement. 

Originally from Seattle, WA, Sierra Lorenzini studies Visual and Media Studies at Duke University (Durham, NC).

Stefanie Malone (Seattle, WA) is the Executive Director of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth and an Emmy award-winning independent producer.

Raw Science (Los Angeles, CA) is an online network focused on science and technology that will change the world in the near future. With on-demand streaming media, original series, and editorially curated content offered by leading experts in all areas of science and technology, Raw Science explores how cutting-edge advances can furnish solutions for the greatest issues confronting our society.

Terre Layng Rosner is an Associate Professor and the Department Chair of Communication and Media Arts at the University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL).

Louis Ziccarelli (New York, NY) is an attorney specializing in media, entertainment, and intellectual property law and is the Director of Legal and Business Affairs at A+E Networks.

Workshops, Convenings, Festivals

Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival
Thursday, November 5th through Sunday, November 15th
Copenhagen, Denmark

Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Friday, November 6th through Sunday, November 15th
Thessaloniki, Greece

Conference for Community Arts Education
Wednesday, November 11th through Saturday the 14th
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
Wednesday, November 18th through Sunday, November 29th
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Arts & Democracy/NOCD-NY: Cultural Organizing for Community Change
Sunday, November 22nd • 9:30am to 6pm EST
540 President Street, Brooklyn, NY

Tuesday, December 1st through Tuesday, December 8th
Porto, Portugal

Media Policy Watch

By Rose Kaplan

From Ferguson to Baltimore to Tuesday's attack on a black Columbia, SC high school student by her white school resource officer, police violence against black Americans has raised a number of additional pressing issues around citizen journalism—in the Spring Valley High case, the student who filmed the proceedings was arrested and only released after paying $1,000. Free Press's Mary Alice Crim writes here about the importance of protecting journalists as they exercise their legal right to film the police.

Another intersection of policing and media policy—earlier this month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed CalECPA, which requires police to obtain a warrant before accessing Californians' digital records, including emails, texts, and geographic location data. The bill is being hailed as the nation's best digital privacy law.

In Washington, the FCC voted last week to reduce skyrocketing costs for prison phonecalls. The ruling will cap rates for inmates making local and in-state long-distance calls and will cut the existing cap on interstate long-distance calls by up to 50 percent.


Grants and Calls

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Full Frame seeks short (up to 40 minutes) and feature (41 minutes or longer) documentary films completed after January 1st, 2014. Regular deadline: Saturday, October 31st; late deadline: Tuesday, December 15th

2015 Raw Science Film Festival
The Raw Science Film Fest seeks fiction and nonfiction, short and feature, films on science and technology. Regular deadline: Friday, November 6th

ITVS Diversity Development Fund
The Diversity Development Fund provides up to $15,000 in research/development funds for independent producers of color to develop single documentary programs for public television. Deadline: Friday, November 13th

2016 Tribeca Film Festival
Tribeca seeks submissions of feature-length and short narrative and documentary films, as well as trans/intermedia projects for its interactive storytelling program. Regular deadline: Wednesday, November 25th

Nashville Film Festival
Film submissions of all types are welcomed for the Nashville Film Fest. Over $60,000 in cash and prizes are available for filmmakers. Late deadline: Monday, November 30th

Nieman-Berkman Fellowship in Journalism Innovation
The Fellowship brings fellows to Harvard University to work on specific courses of research or specific projects relating to innovation in journalism. Candidates should either be working journalists (freelance included) or work for news organizations in a business, technology, or leadership capacity. Deadline: Tuesday, December 1st (international); Sunday, January 31st, 2016 (domestic)

AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women
The American Film Institute offers this hands-on training program in order to increase the number of women working professionally in screen directing. Participants must complete a short film or series by the end of the program. Deadline: Sunday, December 6th

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. 

New this month:
Two reports from NAMAC's A Closer Look archives offer insight into past struggles and conversations around creative leadership in independent media:

Bold and imaginative, Deep Focus (2004) offers a rare preview of the likely new ecologies emerging for independent media. It offers an invitation to anyone working in media today to consider how they will adapt to the possibilities and demands that are defining this next great era for independent media.

Through a vivid series of narratives and studies, Leading Creatively (2010) tackles issues like balancing art making and arts management; the entrepreneurial spirit and struggles of curators and programmers in the new cultural landscape; organizational succession planning; the challenges and rewards of first-time executive directors; and omni-directional mentorship across generations.

Job Bank

Chase (Bookings) Producer, Editorial Team, The Real News Network (Baltimore, MD)—due Saturday, October 31st

Community Manager, TechChange: The Institute for Technology and Social Change (Washington, DC)—due Saturday, October 31st

Principle, Smarthouse Creative (Seattle, WA)—due Monday, November 16th

Open until filled
Filmmaker Services Manager, International Documentary Association (Los Angeles, CA)

Administrator, Marfield Prize (the National Award for Arts Writing) (Washington, DC)

Video Producer, Marginal Revolution University (anywhere/remote)

Associate Professor and Program Director, Digital Arts and New Media, University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)

Bilingual Mobile Facilitator, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Marketing and Outreach Manager, Women Make Movies (New York, NY)

more jobs on the Job Bank

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