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The NAMAC eBulletin

your latest media arts + culture news—August 2016

Youth Media Collective Action: Launch of the 50 State Dinner Party Project!

From the Executive Director

Wendy Levy

Summer is a busy time in NAMAC world! While we’d love to enjoy the spaciousness of some serious time off, we are still deep into processing the excitement and impact of the ALLIANCE conference in Oakland in June and our Creative Leadership Lab at Sundance in July. The power of these convenings has energized us all, and the new ideas are already FLOWING out into the field. We can’t wait to see the stories, art works, partnerships, and programs that grow out of this very beloved community. Stay tuned to—the Storytelling Matters blog, the Youth Media Hub, the Innovation Studio, and the Screening Room—for reports, resources, grants, and opportunities to connect. Our 2016 Creative Leaders will be blogging in the coming weeks about their organizations and projects, and already we are visioning together a series of regional NAMAC events and HatchLabs in Chicago, New Orleans' Ninth Ward, and Philadelphia for 2017.
NAMAC 2016 Creative Leaders
Check out the ALLIANCE conference video here—and if you like what you see, join NAMAC and help us envision ALLIANCE 2018! Anyone who joins or renews in AUGUST will receive a stylin’ NAMAC ALLIANCE T-shirt! (slate gray, full color logo) So get ’em while they last. And while you’re in the Screening Room, check out the Keynote presentations from Tabitha Jackson, Joaquin Alvarado, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Sarah Crowell, Jax Deluca, Jamiel Alexander, and Michael Premo. You’ll also find videos of selected Mainstage presentations: Black Panthers: From the Screen to the Streets, Navigating the New Philanthropy, and Media Artists Impacting Policy. Thanks to all the amazing speakers who brought insight, passion, poetry, and conviction to those conversations.

Enjoy these dog days of summer. As Mirasol Enriquez reminded us recently at the Creative Leadership Lab, “Arte es Vida. Vida Es Arte.” Stay connected with us. Join (get the T-shirt!), and as always, you can reach out my way,
There Are Jews Here

Notes from the Field

371 Productions' There Are Jews Here Premieres at 2016 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Directed by Brad Lichtenstein and Morgan Elise Johnson, There Are Jews Here documents America's disappearing Jewish communities, from Montana, to Texas, to Alabama. The film had its world premiere at the SF Jewish Film Fest earlier this week.

Portland Community Media Launches Youth Filmmaking Project on Climate Change
Portland Community Media has partnered with the Lents Youth Initiative (Lents is a neighborhood in southeast Portland) on a youth-led filmmaking project focused on creating short documentaries about the Portland environment and the global effects of climate change.
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Visual Concepts

Welcome New Members

Yvonne Mendez (Amherst, MA) is a multimedia artist and designer and the principle designer/owner of Visual Concepts, a freelance design business working in web, print, video, and multimedia.

Jillian Baldwin Kim (Chesterfield, MO) is a Graduate Assistant at Saint Louis University in the English as a Second Language program, where she has presented on using digital media in ESL education.

Theresa Redmond (Boone, NC) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University, where she specializes in media literacy education, instructional technology, and multimedia arts production.
The 50-State Dinner Party Project Toolkit

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. 

The 50-State Dinner Party Project Toolkit

The 50 State Dinner Party Project is the beginning of a Collective Action Initiative produced by NAMAC to spark conversations in localities about civic issues through simple dinners. Our goal is to have 50 dinners in 50 different states in the next one to two years!

We believe that collective action starts with local engagement. Through conversations in homes, community spaces, small businesses, and public institutions, we will be able to find, name, and connect the opportunities and challenges facing rural, suburban, and urban municipalities in our diverse fifty states. This will lead us toward discovering shared visions that can move our fields—youth media and creative youth development—into more coordinated action resulting in deeper impact. Our ultimate goal: inspiring creative, collective action that identifies and investigates civic issues facing our country and the world. And that starts with the act of sharing a meal.

The Fledgling Fund: 2016 Engagement Lab Impact Workbook

The Fledgling Fund designed this Impact Workbook to support filmmakers who are telling stories and building engagement campaigns intended to make social change. It provides a set of questions to think about and exercises to help you refine your purpose, set specific and manageable goals, articulate tangible benchmarks, activate and inspire a partner network and discover the appropriate pathway to make a significant and unmistakable contribution to the issues you care about.
Future of Storytelling Prize

Grants and Calls

2016 Future of Storytelling Prize
The FoST Prize is awarded to the most exceptional interactive story of the year, which may include but is not limited to virtual and augmented reality, web-based films, data-driven projects, mobile apps, narrative games, multimedia installations, and other multiplatform projects. The winner will receive $10,000. Deadline: Monday, August 8th

Call for Submissions: SXSW 2017
The South by Southwest Film Festival seeks submissions of features, shorts, music videos, and more. Early deadline: Thursday, August 25th

Call for Applications: DOK Hackathon and Prototype Jam
DOK Leipzig seeks applications from professionals working in documentary, animation, and other creative/technological fields to come together and create new interactive storytelling prototypes. Deadline: Sunday, August 28th

Int'l Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam: Crossmedia Forum
The Forum seeks creators working on interactive new media projects to publicly pitch to an audience of interactive storytelling and documentary professionals. Projects accepted include webdocs, virtual reality and artificial intelligence projects, physical installations, multimedia journalism, live performances, and anything else that tells a documentary story. Deadline: Thursday, September 1st

Call for Submissions: CPH:DOX 2017
Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival seeks short and feature length documentaries, experimental documentaries, and innovative visual documentary productions for digital media. Early deadline: Thursday, September 15th

more Grants and Calls on the Job Bank
Imagine Science Films

Job Bank

Marketing-Communications Manager, Boston Jewish Film Festival (West Newton, MA)—due Friday, August 5th

Digital Communications Assistant, PEN America (New York, NY)—due Monday, August 15th

Media and Technology Assistant, Minneapolis Institute of Art (Minneapolis, MN)—due Friday, August 26th

Operations Manager, Imagine Science Films (Brooklyn, NY)—due Wednesday, August 31st

Tenure-Track Film Production Professor, Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA)—due Thursday, September 15th

Open until filled
Professor of Television and Film, California State University Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Youth Media Manager, KQED Education (San Francisco, CA)
Android Developer, NAMAC (remote/telecommute)
Production Services Coordinator, Portland Community Media (Portland, OR)
Senior Producer, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

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 ConferenceBiennial gathering of the media arts and culture community

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