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eBulletin • June 2013

NAMAC Remembers Robert West

Robert West, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Working Films, served on the NAMAC Board for five years in the 2000s. In 2012, he began suffering symptoms of brain cancer, and in June 2013, he passed away.

Helen De Michiel served as Co-Director of NAMAC from 1996 to 2010. In this moving tribute, Helen expands upon Robert's contributions as a leader in the independent media arts, as a champion for social justice, and as a model of a life lived well and openly.

Robert shifted the way documentaries would be thought about and used in the world of social justice. He corralled his talents of heart and mind to design approaches for using films intentionally to change a national, and sometimes global dialogue about an issue...He could command the podium, funders’ table, the telephone, email and coffee shop conversations equally with grace and belief in his mission. [Read More]

NAMAC's current Board Chair, Nettrice Gaskins, first began working with Robert in the mid-aughts. She notes:
"At the time (as now) the media landscape was in constant flux but the vision Robert had for social justice in media is as relevant now as it was then, if not more so. The field lost an amazing advocate and champion for indie media. He will be greatly missed."

To keep the legacy of Robert West alive, please consider contributing to the Robert West Reel Engagement Fund, established by Working Films in his honor. The Reel Engagement Fund will support an issue-driven initiative developed and evolved under Robert's leadership. Click here to learn more and to donate to the Fund.


National Leadership Institute 2013

We recently wrapped another successful National Leadership Institute in the foothills of the Oregon Cascades. Learn more here about the delegates who started as strangers but are now active members of a peer exchange network.

To see some of the fun, check out this photo album on our Facebook page.

Be on the lookout for 2014 applications between January and March. We'll keep you updated via this newsletter.

Understanding STEM to STEAM

In two weeks, NAMAC will host an interactive conversation at the NAMLE 2013 Conference to identify strategic and specific action steps towards creating an integrated, national media education policy in the United States. This policy will necessarily have to take into consideration the thinking around STEM to STEAM.

We recently asked our Board Chair Nettrice Gaskins to explain her thoughts on how the arts (including media arts) can be a critical tool for boosting the United States' poor performance in STEM. Nettrice is
a Ph.D. candidate and researcher in Georgia Tech's Digital Media Program. This summer, Nettrice will work with a team at the Smithsonian to produce a web portal that offers new digital resources that incorporates STEAM materials for learners at different levels. Read our interview with Nettrice here.

National Field-Building in Youth Media: Panel Recap

On Thursday May 30, NAMAC, NAMLE, and ACM co-hosted a panel at the Alliance for Community Media annual conference on national field-building in youth media -- current initiatives, challenges, best practices, and the role of the intermediaries in supporting a national network. Read a live blog of that panel conversation here! And if you're interested in contributing to this national field-building endeavor, please email NAMAC's Program Manager, Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz, for info on how you can be involved. Aggie can be reached at aggie [at]

Affiliate Membership in NAMAC
Did you know that your organization's members are entitled to a free Affiliate Membership in NAMAC? Affiliate Membership keeps your members connected to important conversations in the field, extends some of the benefits of membership, and as valuable stakeholders in media policy, Affiliate Members add strength and vision to NAMAC's policy efforts.

Learn about some of the direct benefits of Affiliate Membership here. Encourage your Affiliates to join with us in this network of organizations, artists, and educators in the media arts, who continue boldly to create space for important stories to be told and seen. Register for a (free!) Affiliate Membership here today!

Announcements from Members and Allies

We want to showcase your work! If you have announcements, calls-to-action, or other news to share, fill out this form by July 15 to be featured in NAMAC's July eBulletin!

reCREATE Women in Media Workshop
TILT Youth Media in collaboration with About-Face and Oasis For Girls, is offering a FREE 3-day media-making workshop for teen girls (ages 14 to 17) in the Bay Area. In 3 days, participants will create their own short videos that “talks back” to harmful media messages that affect identity, self-esteem and body image. For more information and to apply online, please visit this link.

Opportunities for Screenwriters
San Francisco Film Society has TWO opportunities currently available for nurturing your screenwriting talent. Look below in the "Grants and Calls" section for information on the Hearst Screenwriting Grant (DL: June 28) and the Djerassi / SFFS Screenwriting Residency (Early DL: July 6).

Docs In Progress Capacity Building
Under the visionary leadership of Erica Ginsberg, Docs In Progress is servicing the field more than ever before. This summer, they need us to help them strengthen their capacity so the organization can meet the exhilarating growth of their programs. Learn more about their work over the last year and what your dollars will help provide to the filmmaking community in D.C. and beyond, here on their capacity building Indiegogo campaign.

Tools for Speaking Back to Representations of Muslim Identity in Media
In March 2013, the International Museum of Women launched a new, online exhibition, Muslima: Muslim Women's Art & Voices. The exhibition spotlights the art, voices, and ideas of a new generation of Muslim women, addressing myths and prejudices about Muslim women and fostering understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims in the U.S. and globally.

Welcome New Members

Women in Film and Video DC
Women in Film and Video DCWomen in Film Video of Washington, DC (WIFV) is a non-profit membership organization and professional resource for DC-area women working in all areas of film, television, video, multimedia, and related disciplines. Its programs include an Executive Series, Annual Media Job Fair, a pitch presentation event called ScriptDC, the Women of Vision Awards, and an annual Short Films Showcase in March to honor International Women's Day and Women's History Month. WIFV is part of the global Women in Film and Television network, made up of more than 10,000 media professionals in nearly 40 chapters worldwide. 
Member Benefits

Shutterstock Discount
NAMAC is thrilled to partner with Shutterstock to promote and facilitate creative production. Through this partnership, all NAMAC Members—including Student, Independent Professional, and Affiliates—receive a 15% discount on standard licenses for Shutterstock's vast library of royalty-free video clips and royalty-free images. This offer is available between May 2013 and December 1, 2013. Learn how you can redeem your Member discount here.

NAMLE Membership Discounts
NAMAC is pleased to announce a partnership with the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). In celebration of this important collaboration, NAMAC Members will receive a 10% discount on individual and organizational membership to NAMLE. Offer does not extend to Lifetime Memberships in NAMLE. Learn more about how you can redeem your discount here.

NTEN Membership and Webinar Discounts
NAMAC is proud of its 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
Check out our NAMAC Members Twitter List for a quick glance at Member activities! You can also view this feed on our homepage. 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.

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.

Call to Action!

Seize the Airwaves!
Start a
Low Power FM Community Radio Station!

From October 15 through October 29, local nonprofits, community groups, unions and schools nationwide can apply to the Federal Communications Commission to start their own community radio stations. This is a historic and singular opportunity that creates a needed space for the sharing of information and voices that are of relevance to communities across the country.

If you'd like to take control of the airwaves, use radio as an organizing tool, and/or develop media leaders in your community, Prometheus Radio Project offers step-by-step instructions, trainings, resources, and many other types of support to make the application process as easy and as clear as possible for new applicants.


Content Assistant, Education, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)—due July 4th

Education Associate, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)—due July 4th

Station Manager, KGNU Community Radio (Boulder, CO)—due July 5th

Associate Director, Scribe Video Center (Philadelphia, PA)—due July 10th

Director of Programs, New Urban Arts (Providence, RI)—due July 17th
ITVS Open Call

Grants and Calls

ITVS Open Call
Open Call provides completion funds for single nonfiction public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video. Open Call funding is only available to independent producers who are citizens or legal residents of the United States and its external territories. Deadline: Friday, June 28th

Public Knowledge/Eyebeam Residency Program 2013
Public Knowledge and Eyebeam are seeking applications from artists, engineers, designers, curators, and creative technologists interested in being the inaugural resident in this joint residency program. The purpose of the Public Knowledge/Eyebeam Artist Residency is to make policy issues more engaging. Deadline: Friday, June 28th

SF Film Society Screenwriting Grant and Residency
Apply now for SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant—an award of $15,000! The grant is open to writers residing in the United States whose project expresses both a unique personal perspective and an artistic approach to the subject. Priority is given to writers whose previous short or feature screenplays have been produced as an independent film. Late deadline: Friday, June 28th

Union Docs Collaborative Studio
CoLAB offers a platform for exploring contemporary approaches to the documentary arts and a process for developing an innovative collaborative project. The program consists of weekly production meetings, seminars, screenings and other public programs, along with regular masterclasses and critiques with visiting artists. Deadline: Monday, July 1st

Djerassi/SFFS Screenwriting Fellowship
Apply now for a productive getaway! Djerassi/SFFS Screenwriting Fellowship provides a one-month residency in the summer of 2014 at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program for an emerging or established screenwriter. Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the program provides artists with uninterrupted time for work, reflection and collegial interaction in a supportive and inspirational environment. Open to both U.S. and international screenwriters. Early deadline: Saturday, July 6th

USC Multimedia Literacy Institute
This summer, the University of Southern California's Institute for Multimedia Literacy will be offering its online course Teaching with Digital Media. This intensive five-week course provides a hands-on experience for K-12 teachers to learn free and accessible digital tools for teaching and learning. Assignment materials like readings, videos, and hands-on activities get posted weekly and the course is asynchronous. There will be optional Google Hangouts as office hours. Begins Wednesday, July 10. Registration deadline: Tuesday, July 9th
Project Look Sharp Summer Institute
This Summer Institute is an intensive, week-long media literacy course for teachers, support staff, college faculty, and other professionals working with students in an educational setting. The Institute runs July 29-August 2 2013. Participants receive applied and theoretical training in the theory and practice of media literacy, learn applications for digital technology, and work individually with a Project Look Sharp "coach" to develop and implement a media literacy integration project. Registration deadline: Friday, July 12th
Youth Media Reporter

Grants and Calls

Youth Media Reporter Call for Papers
The newly relaunched Youth Media Reporter is now officially open for submissions! Learn more about the re-launched Youth Media Reporter in this online Connector Session, led by YMR’s new Editor, Lora Taub-Pervizpour, and including Ingrid Dahl, Steve Goodman, and Laura Deutch. Deadline for all manuscript and multi-media submissions is Monday, July 15th.

Jacob Burns Film Center Summer Teachers Institute
This summer, the JBFC is expanding its popular and successful Summer Teachers Institute into a multi-disciplinary experience to serve educators at every grade level and experience, and across subject area. The expansive list of offerings will provide curriculum, strategies and resources for P-12 and across content areas. The Summer Teachers Institute will run Monday, July 29th through Friday, August 2nd, 9am to 3:30pm, for a total of 30 hours/2 credits. Cost: $600. Financial assistance available.

MacArthur Foundation Documentary Open Call
The MacArthur Foundation's Media Program supports the production of documentary films that illuminate human stories within complex social issues. We especially look to fund projects designed to reach a broad audience, particularly in the United States, through public television broadcast, via community and policymaker screenings, and online. Grants are made to production companies and non-profit organizations that are based in the U.S. The typical grant amount is between $50,000 and $200,000. We will begin accepting applications on Monday, July 15. Deadline: Wednesday, July 31st

Northwest Film Center Fresh Film Northwest 2013
The Northwest Film Center's Fresh Film Northwest 2013 (formerly the Young People’s Film Festival) Film Festival is open for submissions. Any young filmmaker between the ages of 13 and 19 living in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, or Montana may enter a film in any theme or style made after September 1, 2011. Group projects as well as individual works are acceptable. All entries must be student produced. Adult guidance and instruction is permissible, but the primary hands-on creative work and point-of-view must be by a student(s). Submission deadline: Thursday, August 1st

NEA Art Works / Media Arts Grant
The NEA Media Arts category offers matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 to support the development, production, distribution, preservation, restoration, and archiving of projects that demonstrate media as art and media about the arts. Media Arts projects supported in the Art Works category should achieve any one of the following four outcomes: Creation, Engagement, Learning, and Livability. Visit the NEA's Art Works page for more information on these categories and how to apply. Deadline: August 8, 2013
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