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eBulletin • April 2013

It has been a very difficult week for the country and for the NAMAC community. While we continue with the work of fostering the media arts sector, our hearts are with our members, families, friends in the Boston area, with anyone who has suffered great loss or great trauma through these terrible events. As Governor Patrick noted, in times like these, let us turn to each other, not on each other. Let us also seek media sources that encourage - through temperate, responsible and ethical reporting - compassionate and just relations among us.
Navigating the International Film Circuit: A Women Make Movies Webinar

Women Make Movies' First-Ever Webinar!

NAMAC is proud to partner with Women Make Movies (WMM) to help launch "Navigating the International Film Circuit." Women Make Movies provides highly attended, in-person educational workshops to their Filmmakers every year. Now, for the first time, they are making their invaluable knowledge and expertise available to a national (and international) audience! On Thursday, April 18, WMM Executive Director, Debra Zimmerman, leads a webinar on how to use the film festival circuit to launch your film and gain word of mouth. Find out how to optimize your festival screenings with tips on creating your festival strategy, packaging your film, and navigating the scene once you're there. Register here. Space is limited!

Discounted registration rates for all NAMAC Members (Affiliate, Student, Independent, Organizational).

Many thanks to artist Nile Livingston for her designing the Women Make Movies banner image!

#artsENGAGE with us!

artsENGAGE: art + community in the digital age, is a blog salon, Tumblr, and social media experience that is led by - and responds to - its readers and contributors.

We are so pleased to have launched the artsENGAGE blog salon and social media experience! Already we've had excellent posts from Michelle DelCarlo, jesikah maria ross, and the Fledgling Fund. Meet all the artsENGAGE bloggers here!

We invite you to ENGAGE with us in any of the following ways!

Many thanks to our curatorial and design partner Molly Hanse (@mollyetta). And to our content partner, Ashley Weinard (@eduseum)of the Musings on Engagement blog.

Youth Media Reporter Connector Session

Join the National Youth Media Network and NAMAC on Tuesday May 7 (1pm EDT / 10am PDT) in a free, online Connector Session on relaunching and revamping Youth Media Reporter! Panelists will include the current editor of YMR, Lora Taub-Pervizpour, the editor of YMR from 2006 - 2011, Ingrid Dahl, and longtime advisor and contributor to YMR, Steve Goodman. Register here to join in this timely and important conversation!

Catch Up on What You Missed!
  • We were delighted to participate on NAMLE's first online roundtable with Project Look Sharp and The LAMP (Learning About Multimedia Project). Hosted by NAMLE, the Hangout provided each of our organizations the opportunity to discuss media literacy online, the power of partnerships in nurturing the youth media and media literacy sectors, and upcoming projects. Catch highlights from the conversation here.
  • Watch or read the transcript of our #InterActs roundtable on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The #InterActs series is hosted in collaboration with The Daily Dot.
  • Meet the delegates to National Leadership Institute 2013!
  • Review or watch video of the Managing Burnout webinar led by Dewey Schott.
  • Arts & Democracy Project and NAMAC recently collated an ample collection of Placemaking and Belonging resources. If you liked what you heard in our February 13th national conference call, then check out this bounty of placemaking content that follows up on what we discussed.
Notice to Filmmakers with Film Elements at DuArt Labs 
DuArt Labs is clearing out its film vault. DuArt film developing and printing departments ceased operations in 2010. DuArt is not closing. DuArt video, digital and audio departments are still in operation. Currently film left at the laboratory must be cleared out. If you left negatives at DuArt contact Steve Blakely by email only at DuArt sblakely [at]  Please do not call by phone to DuArt about film vault questions.  Recommendation for the film would be to move it to a long term storage, preferably an archive if at all possible.  Academy Film Archives, UCLA, Library of Congress, Anthology Film Archives, George Eastman House, MOMA and other archives are accepting films.
Video elements vault requests should be made separately to Edward Mable: emable [at] (Note: There may be additional storage and or labor costs in retrieving video elements)

Member Announcements

Send us your announcements by emailing or Tweeting @namac!

Wide Angle Youth Media raising $4k for film on youth violenceSupport Youth Media! TILT reCREATE and Wide Angle Youth Media
Two amazing youth media initiatives need your support! In Baltimore, Wide Angle Youth Media is raising money for a youth-produced short film about breaking the cycle of gang violence. See the project's GiveCorps page here.

TILT, Oasis for Girls, and About Face are partnering to lead reCREATE Women in Media, a summer media program aimed at empowering young women via digital tools. Donate to the project on Indiegogo.

Announcing the BAVC Impact Playbook
On April 9th, the Bay Area Video Coalition released the Impact Playbook: Best Practices for Understanding the Impact of Media. Co-written by the Harmony Institute and with the support of the Fledgling Fund, the Impact Playbook provides best practices, concrete strategies, and realistic action steps to guide media makers in developing, measuring, and communicating the impact of their work and engaging audiences. Download it for free here.

Free Day of Tinkering and Learning in NYC
New York's DIY Days is presenting a free day of talks, hands-on workshops, and networking on creativity and media on April 27th, hosted by Reboot Stories and the New School. Check out the schedule and registration info here.

Welcome New Members

GlobalGirl Media

GlobalGirl Media is a nonprofit media organization working to provide teenage girls in underserved communities with digital media skills, in order to create digital journalism and inspire community activism and social change. Created by a coalition of women broadcasters and journalists from around the world, GlobalGirl supplies equipment, education, and support to help teen girls become digital blog journalists. Learn more about GlobalGirl Media and hear from their young, fierce journalists on the GlobalGirl YouTube page!

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Member Benefits

Discounted Registration to StoriesLab Interactive Workshop
StoriesLab is a half-day interactive exploration into the possibilities of story to entertain, inform connect, and engage, held in D.C. on Saturday May 4, 2013. During the StoriesLab experience, participants will look at transmedia storytelling as a tool of engagement, participate in a mini story hackathon, engage in a workshop on measuring impact for cross media projects, and more. NAMAC Members receive a 10% registration discount with discount code NAMAC1. Register here.

Discounted Registration Rate to the Women Make Movies Webinar
NAMAC Members and Affiliate Members receive discounted registration to Women Make Movies' first professional development webinar, "Navigating the International Film Festival Circuit." Thursday April 18, 2pm EDT. Register 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.

Calls to Action

Say No to CISPA!

Pick up the phone and urge your representative to vote "NO!" on CISPA. Free Press can help you identify your representative here. Electronic Frontier Foundation has is acquiring signatures for a petition to speak out against overbroad and ineffective cybersecurity proposals like CISPA.

Congress could vote on the Cybersecurity Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) as early as today. CISPA would mean that sites like Facebook could freely disclose your private messages, status updates, photos, searches, likes — even your location — to the National Security Agency or the Department of Homeland Security. The White House has threatened to veto the bill, as it still "remains riddled with inadequate privacy protections." But the House will likely pass the Bill. So call your representatives today and tell them to vote No! More info about why privacy protections are lacking and why the White House says it will veto here.

Share any of these messages with your Twitter followers to urge them to call their representatives:

We've got hours left to oppose #CISPA. Please use the @EFF site to call your Rep now and oppose the bill: #EndCISPA

Only YOU can #StopCISPA. Call your Rep in Congress now to stop #CISPA's assault on privacy:

Stop the insanity! Tell your representative we don't want CISPA! Call today! #mediajustice

You can also tweet @RepMikeRogers who says that #CISPA opponents are probably 14-year-olds in a basement. Tell him who you are and how wrong he is by tweeting him.
Public Access Corporation of the District of Columbia


Social Media and Membership Coordinator, Public Access Corporation of the District of Columbia (Washington, DC)—due April 22nd

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

Coordinator, Information Technology, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)—due April 26th

Designer, Filmmaker, and Storyteller, The B Team (New York, NY)—due April 30th

Office Manager, Community Media, BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn (Brooklyn, NY)—due April 30th

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

Communications Manager, Youth Radio (Oakland, CA)—due May 1st

Communications Director, Leeway Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)—due May 20th

AmeriCorps*VISTA, Critical Exposure (Washington, DC)—due August 31st

Open until filled:
Development and Membership Manager, Performing Arts, BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn (Brooklyn, NY)

Program Associate, Performing Arts, BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn (Brooklyn, NY)

Seasonal Assistant to the Director of Performing Arts, BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn (Brooklyn, NY)

Director of Communications, Common Sense Media (San Francisco, CA)

Senior Manager—Education Content, Common Sense Media (San Francisco, CA)

Development and Communications Associate, Free Spirit Media (Chicago, IL)

Senior Film Program Officer, Japan Society (New York, NY)

Campaign Coordinator, Media Literacy Project (Albuquerque, NM)
Center for Asian American Media

Grants and Calls

The Center for Asian American Media is currently seeking applications from independent producers who are looking for post production funds for broadcast hour (56:46) documentary projects intended for public television. Previous CAAM funded films have been broadcast on award-winning series such as Independent Lens and POV and have screened widely at film festivals across the country (Sundance, Tribeca) as well as internationally at festivals like IDFA in Amsterdam. Deadline: May 9th, 2013
Mission Voices Summer is a four-week intensive summer arts program. It gives young people the opportunity to exercise leadership skills and participate in their community by exploring relevant social and personal issues through visual arts. Three Teaching Artists, three Teaching Artist Assistants, and one intern will work with up to 30 participating youth to produce a collaborative project with a united thematic focus. The program will culminate with a large-scale exhibition and opening event at Southern Exposure on view June 28th - July 14, 2013. Deadline: April 30th, 2013
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 29th - August 2nd 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. Deadline: July 12th, 2013
The San Francisco Film Society’s Documentary Film Fund will support riveting documentaries in postproduction distinguished by compelling stories, intriguing characters and an innovative visual approach. A total of $100,000 will be disbursed annually between 2011 and 2013 to documentary filmmakers nationwide. Early deadline (letter of intent): May 1st, 2013
With an emphasis on story, this Lab supports artists who are developing interactive, immersive, or experimental projects that aim to create rich and resonant experiences for audiences. Projects supported by this Lab can take many forms, but the common goal is this: while each story thread or media (i.e., film, game, mobile app, animation, comic book, performance) can be experienced individually, the narrative and emotional connections between them magnifies the power of story and creates a more engaging and participatory experience. New Frontier Story Lab project submissions are accepted by invitation or recommendation only. If you’re interested in receiving an application or would like more information, please send your request by emailDeadline: June 3rd, 2013
The Princess Grace Foundation-USA, in partnership with the Ford Foundation, is accepting nominations for its 2013 JustFilms Documentary Awards program, which seeks to identify and support voices from underrepresented communities with authentic and powerful stories to tell.
This year, priority will be given to social justice films by Native/Indigenous peoples of the Americas. Grant amounts are contingent on the size of the project budget. For eligibility and application guidelines, visit this page. Deadline: June 1st, 2013
Centre3 for Print and Media Arts (formerly the Print Studio) invites graduate students or recent graduates to apply for the Emerging Print Media and/or Media Arts Residency Program. More info here. Deadline: May 15th, 2013
Provisions Library—an art and social change research organization based in Washington, DC and at George Mason University, invites proposals from creative social change agents for research projects in partnerships with DC institutions and communities. Researchers may be contemporary artists, public-interest activists, academics, cultural producers, and creative practitioners of all kinds. This year, Provisions has special interest in research projects relating to (but in no way limited by) Agri-Cultures (post-industrial permaculture), Mournuments (structures of death, mourning, remembrance), Labours of Love (work, love, and sexuality), Education Reformation (lores of de-schooling), and Affect Mapping & Measurement (qualifying quantity). Deadline: April 30th, 2013

Grants and Calls

The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film will award a $5,000 (USD) grant to a single, completed "short-short" documentary film project. All entries must be individual, stand-alone documentary films between 10 and 20 minutes in length and completed no earlier than November 15, 2011. The grant is open to up-and-coming, non-professional filmmakers and directors. Participants must be committed to the field of reportage and documentary filmmaking. For more on submission, rules and details, visit their website. Deadline: May 31st, 2013
Project Involve is a mentorship program at Film Independent to "cultivate the careers of filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the industry." Open to all international applicants, but you must reside in Los Angeles during the nine months of the mentorship and professional development program (October to June 2013/14). Deadline to Apply: April 29th, 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. Regular Deadline: May 24, 2013

Call for Film/Video Programs: Exuberant Politics
“Exuberant Politics” is issuing a call for film/video programmers, activist archivists, and DIY curators to propose 70-90 minute programs of moving image work featuring exuberant, vivacious, and creative responses to historical and contemporary political issues. “Exuberant Politics” is a yearlong series of programs organized by University of Iowa faculty and Iowa City artists and arts organizations. Proposals should include a 250 word description of the program, a tentative list of works (with short synopses and runtimes), and a 250 word narrative bio of the programmer. Send to exuberantpolitics [at] gmail [dot] com by April 21st, 2013. Submissions will be reviewed, selected, and notified by May 5.

Call for Presenters / Instructors
The Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, a project of the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island, will be held in Providence July 14 - 18, 2013. The Institute is is seeking dynamic and engaging presentations from teachers, librarians, college faculty, ed tech entrepreneurs and media professionals. You’ll get to work shoulder-to-shoulder with world-class experts in digital literacy and assist with program development and implementation. Use this form to submit a proposal for consideration. Deadline to submit a proposal is April 30th, 2013. You will be notified by May 15 if your proposal has been accepted. Presenters pay no tuition to participate in the program but assume responsibility for their travel and accommodations.

Cine Qua Non Lab Residency
Cine Qua Non Lab is a residency for filmmakers held August 11 - 25th in the Sierra Madre Mountains, overlooking Lake Pátzcuaro. The Screenwriter’s Workshop is a 14-day workshop that gives independent screenwriters the opportunity to work on their feature length narrative scripts in a workshop environment structured to foster professional collaboration and high-caliber script development. Ten filmmakers will be selected to participate. Participants can be from any part of the world. Applications may be submitted in Spanish or English; however, the workshop will be held in English and all participants will need to prepare English language scripts for the workshop sessions. More information here. Note that we only accept feature film scripts that are ready for the revision process. Projects at the treatment level will not be considered. Feature-length animation projects are welcome to apply as well. Application Deadline: May 12th, 2013
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