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The NAMAC eBulletin

your latest media arts + culture news—January 2016

photo credit: Ian Davis, from Oakland Fence Project

From the Executive Director

Wendy Levy
I have a new mantra this year. Thanks to Toni Morrison in her recent piece in The Nation called “No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear”:

“In times of dread, artists must never choose to remain silent.”

At NAMAC, we gather artists and their colleagues and partners and communities with intention—so we do not remain silent. In the cold and often unbearable state of the world, we heed Ms. Morrison’s words:

This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.

I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge—even wisdom. Like art.

This year, NAMAC will be hosting numerous ways to come together in community, to find new ways of working, share challenges, excavate solutions, make and share stories and images that move the world, create abundance and equity for artists, hold the space for creative leaders and practitioners everywhere to find their light, their voice and their power.  This is what we are up to:  


I hope everyone is saving the date and socking away some cash to attend NAMAC’s ALLIANCE 2016 Conference in Oakland June 9th – 12th, 2016. Our beautiful conference website will go live any minute now and early registration will be available mid-January. Keynote speakers include Jax Deluca, the brand-new Media Arts chief at National Endowment for the Arts, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, award-winning spoken word poet, dancer and playwright who is Artistic Director of the 7-part HBO documentary Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices and Chief of Program and Pedagogy at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, NAMAC’s Creative Impact Network officially launches with three HatchLabs—international creative workshops that bring artists, activists, scientists, and communities together to explore new collaborative models for environmental justice storytelling:  
  • March 21st/22nd in Washington, DC, in collaboration with the Environmental Film Festival at our Nation’s Capitol
  • April 10th in Oxford at the Skoll World Forum, in collaboration with the Sundance Institute and Skoll Foundation’s Stories of Change Program 
  • June 8th in Oakland, as part of pre-conference events at NAMAC’s ALLIANCE 2016 Conference
for more information, see

VIDEO ROUNDTABLES—new series: ‘The Future of Storytelling’
Our Video Roundtables were so successful last year, we are growing the program in 2016 to provide more opportunities for open dialogue, connection and collaboration. NAMAC Consulting Producer Melinda Weekes will be facilitating “The Future of Storytelling” series—online conversations designed to unpack some of our field’s most pressing issues, raise awareness across cultural boundaries, examine innovations that support freedom of expression, equity and a more just creative community. Stay tuned for opportunities to register for “Black Lives Matter and the Future of Storytelling II,” “Indigenous Narratives and the Future of Storytelling,” “Women’s Voices and the Future of Storytelling”—and more. NAMAC members can curate & co-host their own Video Roundtables—contact to schedule!

Member News and Notes

Histories of Sexuality on Video Data Bank’s VDB TV
Last month, Video Data Bank released new collections of archival video on VDB TV, its digital distribution project offering free, online streaming access to curated programs of video and media art. Collectively titled Histories of Sexuality, the two programs (Parts I and II) explores two past programs from the New Museum that focused on sexuality and gender in then-recent video works.

Southern Documentary Fund seeks new leadership
The Durham, North Carolina-based Southern Documentary Fund, which cultivates documentary work made in or about the American South, seeks a new Executive Director to begin no later than May 1st—applications are being accepted via Submittable until February 1st.

Venice Arts wraps youth-made web series Pushing Buttons
In the fall, youth filmmakers at Venice Arts debuted their own web series Pushing Buttons, about a young music producer balancing her burgeoning career and the needs of her family. Just last month, the final episode of the eight-episode series debuted on YouTube—watch all eight episodes here!
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Immigrant Nation

New and Renewing Members

Renewing member! Better Youth (Los Angeles, CA) is a curriculum-based media and performing arts mentoring agency for youth.

California Humanities produces, funds, creates, and supports humanities-based projects and programs, cultural experiences, and conversations in California in order to help create “a state of open mind.”

Renewing member! Creative Capital (New York, NY) supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel, and career development services.

Shaked Dagan (Karlsruhe, Germany) is a dance teacher and current Bachelors student in arts and cultural management.

Renewing member! Docs in Progress (Silver Spring, MD) gives individuals the tools to tell stories through documentary film to educate, inspire, and transform the way people view their world.

Maria Gambale (Brooklyn, NY) is a producer, director, cinematographer, and writer working in documentary film and radio under the name Vera Donna Films.

Lana Garland (Durham, NC) is the Executive Producer of Insibah Media. She is the also a new media consultant for a team of educators collaborating to create a distance-learning course between North Carolina Central University, The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark, Sibelius Academy of Finland, and the University of South Africa.

Cindy Hudson (Ann Arbor, MI) runs, the official website of the mid-70s documentary of the same name, shot by her husband Ivan Krole, about early New York City punk rock.

Nicole Opper (Oakland, CA) is an adjunct processor of film production/studies at Bay Area schools including Stanford, San Francisco State University, and Diablo Valley College.

Renewing member! Rada Film Group (Brooklyn, NY) aims to create compelling visual stories and foster social change that provokes thought about our multicultural world.

Theo Rigby (San Francisco, CA) is the Project Director of Immigrant Nation, a transmedia initiative exploring the United States as a nation formed by immigrants and immigration.

Renewing member! Founded in 2002, the Southern Documentary Fund (Durham, NC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organization that cultivates documentaries made in or about the American South.

Renewing member! TV Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA) empowers people to make media that matters by providing the knowledge, resources, and tools to create and distribute their own original programming content.

Upright Citizens Brigade (New York, NY) is an improvisational and sketch comedy group that has performed in Chicago and New York since 1990.

Renewing member! Venice Arts (Venice, CA) is a nonprofit arts organization that is committed to providing high-impact arts education for low-income youth in the areas of photography, filmmaking, and multimedia, and serving as a local and global hub for community storytelling through media.

Renewing member! Video Data Bank (Chicago, IL) is home to the world’s most extensive collection of videos by and about artists.
Thanks to all new and renewing members!
Squeaky Wheel

Job Bank

Executive Director, Squeaky Wheel (Buffalo, NY)—due Friday, January 15th

Outreach Coordinator, WWOZ (New Orleans, LA)—due Friday, January 15th

Youth Media Coordinator, Community Media Access Partnership (Gilroy, CA)—due Monday, January 18th

Social Media and Communications Coordinator, International League of Conservation Photographers (Washington, DC)—due Wednesday, January 20th

Executive Director, Southern Documentary Fund (Durham, NC)—due Monday, February 1st

Communications Director, SOMArts Cultural Center (San Francisco, CA)—due Monday, February 29th

Open until filled
Documentary Instructor, Actuality Media (Bolivia, El Salvador, Tanzania)

Data Scientist, Harmony Institute (New York, NY)

Digital Production and Design Associate, International Documentary Association (Los Angeles, CA)

News Director, KNOM Radio Mission (Nome, AK)

Director of Digital, Rockefeller Foundation (New York, NY)

Associate Director, Scribe Video Center (Philadelphia, PA)

more jobs on the Job Bank

Media Policy Watch

By Rose Kaplan

Last month, Media Policy Watch opened with reports from the then-ongoing Philadelphia-Comcast franchise renewal talks. Free Press's Dana Floberg has an excellent summary of how the city fared—briefly, fairly well (although funding was not as desired by public access and community media organizations), in an agreement that could serve as a model for other cities looking to hold cable providers accountable for corporate malfeasance.

T-Mobile has been in the news lately for deceptive marketing, particularly around its new Binge On initiative, which claims to offer customers free streaming video from many popular video services. As EFF's Jeremy Gillula explains, however, with Binge On, T-Mobile has also begun throttling all its video streams.


Grants and Calls

2016 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. Extended deadline: Friday, January 8th

2016 Los Angeles Film Festival
The LA Film Fest seeks submissions of feature films (completed after June 1st), short films, music videos, alternative online content, and more. Late deadline: Friday, January 15th

2016 Rooftop Films Summer Series
Rooftop Films seeks submissions of feature and short documentaries and fiction films of any genre or category for its 2016 summer series of outdoor film screenings. Regular deadline: Friday, January 15th

Greenwich International Film Festival
Greenwich seeks documentary and narrative features and shorts, with a $10,000 prize for best social impact film. Late deadline: Monday, February 1st

Call for Applications: 2016 Wave Farm Residency Program
The Wave Farm Residency program seeks artists to produce new transmission-based works and conduct research about the genre. Deadline: Monday, February 1st

Call for Submissions: AFI DOCS
The American Film Institute seeks submissions of feature and short documentaries, from around the world, on any subject. Regular deadline: Friday, February 5th

more Grants and Calls on the Job Bank

Workshops, Festivals, Convenings

Premiers Plans: Angers Film Festival
Friday, January 22nd through Monday, January 31st
Angers, France

Göteborg Film Festival
Friday, January 29th through Monday, February 8th
Göteborg, Sweden

Thin Line Fest
Wednesday through Sunday, February 17th through 21st
Denton, Texas

ZagrebDox: International Documentary Film Festival
Sunday through Sunday, February 21st through 28th
Zagreb, Croatia

Frozen River Film Festival
Wednesday through Sunday, February 24th through 28th
Winona, Minnesota

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 ConferenceJune 9th through 12th in Oakland!

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