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eBulletin • February 2013

NAMAC Webinars!

In an effort to connect you with professional development and networking opportunities, NAMAC continues to offer FREE online conversations for Members, Affiliate Members, Independent Professionals, Student Members, and Organizational Partners. Upcoming webinars include Social Media for Your Nonprofit, with Adam Schweigert on March 14, and Managing Burnout, with Dewey Schott on April 10*. Stay tuned for more Members-Only Webinars in the upcoming weeks!

*Note that the original date of Managing Burnout webinar was set for February 27, but has since been rescheduled to Wednesday April 10, 2013.

In Case You Missed It...

Interacting with Transmedia: An InterActs Online Roundtable

On February 21, NAMAC + The Daily Dot launched an exciting Live Google Hangout that brought together an interdisciplinary panel of transmedia leaders to discuss best practices, the evolution of the term "transmedia," and what it means to effectively engage audiences. The conversation, moderated by Henry Jenkins, was rich in content and important questions. Watch the conversation in full here, and read this Storify for a bite-sized and informative digest of the Twitter conversation that accompanied the panel.
Thank you to all our panelists and listeners! Stay tuned for updates on future NAMAC + Daily Dot Hangouts! To keep the transmedia conversation going, check out Transmedia Hollywood 4, the 4th annual, one-day public symposium exploring the role of transmedia franchises in today’s entertainment industries.

Placemaking and Belonging National Conference Call

On February 13, 2013, in collaboration with Arts & Democracy and the Network of Ensemble Theaters, NAMAC hosted a national teleconference on "Placemaking and Belonging." Listen to a recording of the call here, or download it for listening later!

Map the Field and Be Entered to Win Conference Waiver!

The Mapping the Media Arts Field survey closes this Friday, March 1! Be part of this dynamic process to document the depth and breadth of the work created in our organizations. All who complete the survey are automatically entered into a drawing: Five organizations will receive a registration to our 2014 Conference, a $295 value, for completing the survey.
Contact to complete the survey. If you've already completed the survey, then share with your colleagues!


Member Announcements

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Congratulations 2013 Capacity Building Support Members!
Many thanks to everyone who applied to our 2013 round of Capacity Building Support. This was our inaugural year of Catchafire partnership, so we are especially proud of each of the outstanding organizations that braved terrain and sought out this resource. We wish we could offer support to everyone; but for now, we will use this opportunity to learn more about our Members' needs and design programming to effectively address them. Please stay in touch with us about how we can continue to be of service to your work. Learn about this year's Support recipients here!

Debra ZimmermannWomen Make Movies ED Receives 2013 Doc Mogul Award
NAMAC is proud to congratulate long-time NAMAC Member organization Women Make Movies (WMM). Their Executive Director, Debra Zimmerman, will be awarded Hot Docs' 2013 Doc Mogul Award at an awards ceremony on April 30, during the 2013 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Read about just some of the reasons WMM is kicking off a great 40th year!

People's Channel's Chad Johnston Is New SPNN ED
Chad JohnstonFrom SPNN News—Following an extensive nationwide hiring process, St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) has named Chad Johnston from The People’s Channel in Durham, NC as the organization’s new Executive Director. Chad has been at The People’s Channel since 2004, working tirelessly to promote community media. A graduate of Antioch College, he brings with him a wealth of community media experience, including time spent in Argentina as an independent journalist, three years as a Board Member for the Alliance for Community Media, and many other accomplishments.

Welcome New Members!

Gallery 400

Gallery 400 is a nationally recognized gallery, housed at the University of Illinois at Chicago, that presents consistently acclaimed exhibitions, events, and commissioned projects by some of the most exciting artists working regionally, nationally, and internationally. Their mission is to be a contemporary art hub for social interaction, transformative experience, and multi-dimensional learning.

Image is a still from Striations (Steve Roden, 2010–11), two 16mm films with ink transferred to video, showing now at Gallery 400 as part of their recent exhibition, Observer Effect. Across media and approaches, Observer Effect examines how artworks incorporate processes akin to the scientific method as a means to examine and understand specific phenomena that exist in the world. Learn more about Observer Effect here. And visit Gallery 400 if you're in the Chicago area!
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Member Benefits

Members-Only Webinars
Join us for a series of conversations available to NAMAC Members, Affiliate Members, Independent and Student Members, and Organizational Partners. Upcoming webinars include Managing Burnout with Dewey Schott and Social Media for Your Nonprofit, with Adam Schweigert. Stay tuned for more Members-Only Webinars in the upcoming weeks!

National Leadership Institute (NLI 2013) Applications Available
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 are available now and are due March 11, 2013, at 11 PM PST.

NAMLE Membership Discounts
NAMAC is pleased to announce a partnership with the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). As part 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. Redeem your discount here.

NTEN Membership and Webinar Discounts
NAMAC is proud to be in continued partnership with the esteemed team at the Nonprofit Technology Network. Learn more about what the NTEN membership will mean for you here.

NAMAC Members Featured on Twitter
Check out 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.

Policy Roundup

Victory for Independent Documentary Filmmakers
Last week, New York Federal Magistrate Ronald L. Ellis, sided with the independent filmmaking community when he ruled that filmmakers Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon were not required to submit outtakes from their film, The Central Park Five, to the City of New York. Learn more about this issue, and NAMAC's involvement, here.

Media Democracy Fund Exit Poll
Last week, the Media Democracy Fund released the findings of their exit poll, conducted by Freedman Consulting, to gauge voters’ preferences on Internet policy issues. The poll of 1,000 voters who participated in the 2012 national election confirmed many of the assumptions we at NAMAC believed Americans were in support of, including concerns for privacy and a support of net neutrality. Access detailed results here.
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College Laboratory Technician, CUNY Staten Island (New York, NY)—due February 28th

Development Director, Northwest Film Forum (Seattle, WA)—due February 28th

Program Director, Women's Media Center (Washington, DC)—due March 4th

Development Director, Fre Speech TV (Denver, CO)—due April 1st

YBCA:YOU Senior Program Manager, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA)—due April 1st

Dean of the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL)—due April 24th

Film and Media Director, Westport Arts Center (Westport, CT)—due May 1st

Open until filled:
Communications Manager, TechFreedom (Washington, DC)

Curator of Film, Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)

Development Associate, Youth Radio (Oakland, CA)

Digital Community Manager, Independent Television Service (San Francisco, CA)

Digital Media Specialist, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (Westborough, MA)

Enrollment Advisor, Bay Area Video Coalition (San Francisco, CA)

Finance Director, Youth Radio (Oakland, CA)

Junior Web Developer, Downtown Community Television Center (New York, NY)

K-3 Digital Learning Specialist, CFY National (New York, NY)

Media Account Manager, KCTS 9 (Seattle, WA)

Multimedia Teacher, Vision Education and Media (New York, NY)

National Community Engagement Manager, Independent Television Service (San Francisco, CA)

Program Coordinator, Community Media, BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn (Brooklyn, NY)

Project Manager, Foundation and Government Support, KQED, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)

Senior College Laboratory Technician, Brooklyn College (Brooklyn, NY)

Television Studio Production Instructor, BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn (Brooklyn, NY)

Visual Media Fellow, Friends of the High Line (New York, NY)
Vision Maker Media

Grants and Awards

Vision Maker Media Public Media Content Fund
With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Vision Maker Media Public Media Content Fund will support 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.

OVAC Grant for Artists
The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Grants program was created to: a) Assist Oklahoma artists in the creation of works of visual art for public presentations; b) Assist Oklahoma artists in the professional development of their careers; c) Create opportunities to strengthen collaborations between artists, the arts community and other activities that relate art to communities in Oklahoma. Read more about eligibility requirements and awards here. Applicants must be residents of Oklahoma to apply. Next deadline: April 15, 2013.

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. Late submission deadline: March 1, 2013.

IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs
IFP’s unique year-long mentorship program supports first-time feature directors when they need it most: through the completion, marketing and distribution of their films. Focusing exclusively on low-budget features (<$1million), this highly immersive program provides filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films – and their careers. Open to all first time feature documentary and narrative directors with films in post-production. More info here. Documentary Deadline: March 8, 2013. Narrative Deadline: April 5, 2013.

Laundromat Project, Professional Development Fellowship
The Laundromat Project is now accepting online applications for its Professional Development Fellowship. The fellowship offers a six-month series of bi-weekly professional development workshops for artists interested in developing or deepening their practice of making socially relevant, socially-engaged art. Up to 15 fellows will meet with a diverse roster of artists, activists, arts professionals, curators, funders, and change agents offering strategies for creating and sustaining work that overlaps both the arts and social change sectors. Deadline: Monday, March 4 at 11:59 p.m., EST

Looking@Democracy Challenge
The Looking@Democracy challenge is offering a total of $100,000 in prize money for short, provocative media submissions designed to spark a national conversation about how we can all come together to strengthen American democracy. Create and send short digital media content that either tells a story about why government is important to our lives, or tells how we might together strengthen American democracy. Your submission can come in many formats such as short videos, audio stories, animation, music videos, public service announcements, infographics, graphic art, even Facebook and iPhone apps. They all just need to be digital so they can be shared electronically. More info here. Deadline: April 30, 2013.

Actuality Media Feature Fellowship
Think of it as Peace Corps for documentary makers. Spend one year in a developing community where a movement is under way; where changemakers are battling a widespread social or environmental problem. Working with a partner, overseen by a dedicated production manager, and will the full support of Actuality Media, you can go out into the world and tell an important story that needs to be heard. The Fellowship program begins in September with the goal of completing your film by August of the following year. You choose where you will go, and any part of the world could be your stage. Although research will begin while still at home, continued research, prepping, shooting, editing and preliminary finishing will occur entirely on location. Once the film is almost complete, Actuality Media will take care of professional finishing for delivery to film festivals. More info here. Deadline: March 15, 2013.

Sundance Institute / Ted Prize Filmmaker Award
Sundance Institute and TED will jointly award $125,000 for a short documentary film project about the work of Sugata Mitra, winner of this year's Ted Prize. The award winner will film the TED Prize winner during the course of their first year after receiving the TED Prize, with the goal of crafting a cinematic independent short documentary film of up to 45 minutes in length, suitable for Academy Award short film consideration. In addition, the winner will craft a plan for a multi-platform presence for the project’s content in shorter formats, including promos, a trailer and a 3-5 minute version of the film. More info here. Deadline to submit a proposal: April 15, 2013.

Spanish Film Club (SFC) University Film Festival
Spanish Film Club offers bi-annual grants to help universities bring the very best in contemporary Ibero American cinema to campuses and to introduce students to the language and cultures of these territories. The inventive model allows universities to select a minimum of five films from a catalogue of 27 titles to create a film festival on campus. Representing 15 countries, the films have been carefully selected by a team of experts and are backed by the most important festivals and film critics. Spanish Film Club also allows the organization of virtual Q&As with filmmakers and provides all the necessary material for the festival's promotion. More info here. Deadline: March 15, 2013.

NEA 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 (NEA) 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.”

Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design RFP for Rural Communities Facing Design Challenges
The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) provides communities access to the resources they need to convert their own good ideas into reality. CIRD offers annual competitive funding to as many as four small towns or rural communities to host a two-and-a-half day community design workshop. CIRD will select as many as four communities to host CIRD workshops in the Summer and Fall of 2013. The application deadline is March 5. A final pre-application support call will be held on February 28, 2013.

Aurora Picture Show

Calls for Submissions

Aurora Picture Show Extremely Short Shorts Fest
Aurora Picture Show has officially kicked off the submissions period for the 2013 Extremely Shorts Film Festival. The 16th annual festival will be held May 31st to June 1st in Houston, Texas. Started in 1998, the Extremely Shorts Festival is a juried competition of adventurous three-minute or shorter films and videos from around the world. Each year a different juror (esteemed filmmaker, film programmer or arts curator) selects 20-25 mini-masterpieces to be shown at a two day screening event. Audience Choice cash awards are given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Early deadline: March 29, 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. Earlybird deadline: April 12, 2013.

Jazz Journalists Association Shortform Jazz Video Awards
Jazz Journalists Association is seeking nominees for 2013 Shortform Jazz Video of the Year. You can suggest your own video or someone else's, but it must be jazz-related, less than 10 mins, not primarily a performance video or animation and meet the rest of the criteria on this submission form. Deadline: March 13, 2013.

Flaherty Seminar: Call for Fellowships
The Flaherty Seminar Fellowship Program is designed to further one's knowledge of cinema through participation in an array of unique discussions. Fellows will also participate in all general Seminar activities. The program is rigorous and rewarding and includes selected readings, special meetings with guest artists and other professionals, small group discussions with other Fellows and participation in a mentorship program. The Flaherty is currently offering four types of Fellowships which provide economic support to applicants interested in attending the Seminar: a) Professional Development Fellowships; b) Graduate Student Fellowships; c) LEF New England Fellowship; d) Philadelphia Fellows. For more information and application: Flaherty Fellowships. Deadline: March 1, 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 (BAYMN) 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.

Allied Media Conference: Call for Proposals
The Allied Media Conference (Detroit, June 20 - 23) shares and celebrates innovations from the intersection of community-based art, technology, education, and media-based organizing for social justice. The conference presents content through different "tracks," or themes. This year's media justice track, entitled "Engaging Power: Media Rights & Our Movements," is being coordinated by the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net). Submit proposals to the "Engaging Power" track, or learn about other ACM tracks here. Deadline: March 8, 2013.

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