Join Appalshop at MoMA in a conversation that celebrates 40 years of Appalachian voices…

We’re bringing the Appalshop archive and new releases to New York City. Come out and visit us at The Museum of Modern Art.
Appalshop’s work will be showcased at Documentary Fortnight, 2010: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film. We will be celebrating 40 years of independent media making and multidisciplinary arts activity that amplifies the voices and reflects the concerns of people living in rural America. For the most current information, please visit MoMA and
Join an intergenerational group of producers and educators for panel discussions examining Appalshop’s experiences and approaches to place-based media, featuring a wide range of work, including archival films, recent coal-focused documentaries, youth media, and collaborative productions from Appalshop’s Appalachian/Indonesian Exchange Project.

Media that Matters Film Festival at the Brooklyn Museum

Please join the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, February 20, from 2-4pm, for selections from the Media That Matters Film Festival: Short Films That Inspire Action. The short films will highlight Black History Month and feminist issues. A conversation with the films’ directors follows.
This event will take place in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd floor.
Please contact the Brooklyn Museum for more information, (718) 638-5000.


In partnership with Mercy Housing, The Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), one of the nation’s leading nonprofit media arts centers, seeks a dynamic and experienced video maker to lead a community video production on the history of the Sunnydale community. Video Instructor will work in partnership with a coordinator from Mercy Housing to provide after-school video workshops for youth twice a week for 16 weeks, starting March 2010 and to engage community participants in an oral history project.

About the Sunnydale community:
In the Visitacion Valley neighborhood, at the foot of the City’s second largest park, McLaren sits San Francisco’s largest public housing site, Sunnydale-Velasco. The 50 acre, 785 unit site is home to more than 1700 residents. Sunnydale’s 50 acres is surrounded by an ethnically diverse, family-oriented community residing largely in single family homes.

About BAVC’s Next Gen programs:
Since 1999 BAVC’s Next Generation programs have offered a flexible pathway for youth who may lack parental support, school support, and the extra-curricular and leadership opportunities that can help to teach and reaffirm learning and communication skills. Our programs help young people develop their artistic talent and provide them with advanced, industry-standard training in new media while helping them develop life skills to successfully collaborate on and produce a high-quality creative product.
About Mercy Housing: Mercy Housing is one of the top not-for-profit developers of program-enriched affordable housing in the country, and has developed four family and senior properties and three community-serving facilities in Sunnydale’s vicinity. The Related Companies of California has successfully developed master planned, mixed income communities throughout California utilizing the HOPE VI program.
§ Partner with Mercy Housing staff in participant outreach, recruitment and retention.
§ Work collaboratively with BAVC staff and Mercy Housing staff in the development and delivery of the video project.
§ Provide direct instruction to youth in video production and digital storytelling, two afternoons a week and occasional weekends.
§ Provide quality instruction and safe space to youth in the program.
§ Outreach to community members to participate in workshops and interviews.
§ Assure quality of final product, including design and production of final DVD.
§ In partnership with Mercy Housing and BAVC staff, produce and end-of-program community screening and distribution plan.
Must be versed in filmmaking, storytelling and youth cultures. An individual with an understanding of the power of stories told by youth and the use of media they’ve produced for social change and education; able to appreciate their everyday experiences and use them to create inspired work.
Desired Qualifications
· Filmmaking and producing experience.
· Experience in youth programs.
· Experience working with diverse communities.
· Excellent leadership, group facilitation, written & oral communication, and organizational skills.
· Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, and DVD Studio Pro expertise a must. After Effects and Pro Tools experience is a plus.
· Spanish-speaking or second-language fluency a plus.
· Familiarity Visitacion Valley/ Sunnydale community a plus.
· Weekend and evening flexibility is a must.
Schedule and pay:
Program duration March 1 – July 1, 2010. Video Instructor will be contracted for up to 180 hours, including prep time and meetings.
Hourly rate $25- $35/ hour DOE.
Please submit a resume and reel/ link, with cover letter to:
Moriah Ulinskas
Director of Next Generation Programs
Bay Area Video Coalition- BAVC
2727 Mariposa Street, 2nd Floor SF, CA 94110

Media that Matters Film Festival: Call for Entries!

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REMINDER: Our regular deadline is fast approaching! Complete entries must be postmarked by January 22, 2010!
ALERT: We are extending the call for entries for a late deadline. Complete submissions must be submitted online / mailed with a postmark no later than January 29, 2010.
Please be aware that there is a fee increase of $5 from midnight, January 22nd. No waivers will be granted.
Media That Matters: Screen. Act. Impact.
Arts Engine celebrates ten years of Media That Matters — the premier showcase for short films with big messages.
“We no longer have to rely on major corporations for things to be seen — we have Media that Matters to distribute new material and new voices and new points of view.”
— Tim Robbins, Actor
Submit your film for the chance to work with us in creating social change through film. If selected, your film will take become a part of Media That Matters — an international, multi-platform campaign streaming and playing to thousands of people at screenings across the globe. Media That Matters creates discussion guides and screening materials to promote conversation and encourage educators, activists and organizers alike to Take Action around these films. Join us in our TENTH year and submit your film now!
* Short films — the shorter the better—no longer than 12 minutes max, but 8 and under would be great!
* Social issues — Any and all issues will be considered. This year we are focusing on Media Literacy, Human Rights, LGBTQ & Sexual Identity, Youth Activism and International issues in particular.
* The film should encourage the audience to be engaged and take action around the issue.
* All genres — Documentary, animation, public service announcement, narrative, music video, drama, comedy. Creativity is encouraged — but your film must focus on a social issue.
* Open to all ages — Youth-produced projects encouraged!
* The film you are submitting must be cleared for NON EXCLUSIVE home video, educational, online, broadcast and theatrical distribution. If you have signed a contract with any other entity for this film that includes EXCLUSIVE rights to this film, please review prior to submitting to our festival. Media That Matters seeks the widest possible audiences for your film. To do this effectively, we use a non-exclusive contract, so unlike many media entities, we do not ask for exclusive rights. This flexibility helps our outreach team go further with your film, creating even more opportunity for distribution and exposure of your work.
* All footage — including music and other referenced video pieces — must have all rights cleared and secured. Please refer to the Center for Social Media’s set of Best Practices for more information on how to use licensed materials. Creative Commons is also a great resource for license-free or flexi-licensed music and media alternatives.
Step 1: Choose submission method:
*Submit via URL
This year we will be accepting online submissions. We prefer a link to watch online. Please remember to send us a password if necessary to view private videos. You can follow guidelines on Vimeo or Youtube for this.
* Submit via DVD
Submissions must be sent to us on DVD and programmed to play as a DVD Region 0 (region free) or Region 1 (US, Canada, US Territories) Please note that the following formats will not be considered this year: PAL, VHS, mini DV or CD-R (QuickTime MOV or MPG files).
Step 2: Fill out details in the film submission form for each film.
Step 3: Process payment (see submission fees below):
Regular Deadline postmarked by: January 22nd 2010
* Individual Filmmaker: $25 / each film submission; Max: 2 submissions
* Student Filmmaker (18+): $10 w/ Student ID; Max: 2 submissions
* Youth Filmmaker (18 & under): FREE w/ proof of age; Max: 2 submissions
* Non-profit / Youth Media Organization: FREE; Max: 5 submissions
Extended Deadline postmarked by: January 29th 2010
* Individual Filmmaker: $30 / each film submission; Max: 2 submissions
* Student Filmmaker (18+): $15 w/ Student ID; Max: 2 submissions
* Youth Filmmaker (18 & under): FREE w/ proof of age; Max: 2 submissions
* Non-profit / Youth Media Organization: FREE; Max: 5 submissions
Step 4: Your submission will be complete once you receive a confirmation email including a reference number for each film and any further instructions.

Save the Date! 12th Allied Media Conference

The 12th Allied Media Conference will take place June 18-20 in Detroit, Michigan.
Vision of the Allied Media Conference
Participatory Media to Transform Our Selves and Our World
The Allied Media Conference advances our visions for a just and creative world. It is a laboratory for media-based solutions to the matrix of life-threatening problems we face. Since our founding in 1999, we have evolved our definition of media, and the role it can play in our lives – from zines to video-blogging to breakdancing, to communicating solidarity and creating justice. Each conference builds off the previous one and plants the seeds for the next. Ideas and relationships evolve year-round, incorporating new networks of media-makers, technologists and social justice organizers. We draw strength from our converging movements to face the challenges and opportunities of our current moment. We are ready to create, connect and transform.
The AMC supports learning of all different kinds and at all different levels. The workshops are hands-on and participatory. Knowledge is passed horizontally rather than from the top down. Everyone teaches and everyone learns. At the AMC, media creation is not only about personal expression, but about transformation – of ourselves and the structures of power around us. We create media that exposes, investigates, resists, heals, builds confidence and radical hope, incites dialogue and debate. We demystify technology, not only learning how to use it, but how to take it apart, fix it and build our own. We do it ourselves and as communities, connecting across geographic and generational boundaries.
The AMC is a network of networks – youth organizations, international solidarity activists, anti-violence organizers, technologists, educators, media reform advocates, alternative economists, musicians and artists, disability activists, and many others – all using media in innovative ways. Some of these networks have sprouted from the conference, grown over the course of the year, then reconvened in Detroit larger and healthier. Others have adopted the AMC as an annual point of convergence and a space to forge new relationships. Through cycles of collaboration, question-asking and experimentation, our networks continue to grow, bringing new analysis, and new tools to the AMC every year.
The deeper our networks grow, the greater our capacity grows to take collective actions to transform our world. We recognize that transformation happens through our everyday movements. At the AMC, we develop new leaders and new forms of leadership, design new methods of problem-solving, cultivate the visions of our communities and build our power to make those visions real. Our strategies for transformation don’t begin or end with the three days of the conference. They evolve in our lives and our work throughout the year.
For more information, please visit

2010 Talking Pictures Festival: Call for Entries Now Open

The Talking Pictures Festival highlights independent films from around the world mixed with brand new offerings by local filmmakers. The 2010 Talking Pictures Festival will once again be jam packed with animated films, shorts, new fiction films and documentaries that promise to offer something for everybody.
The Talking Pictures Festival invites independent films and videos of any genre or length to participate in its 2010 edition. We are looking for films that are challenging, intriguing, entertaining, personal, thought-provoking, or unique in perspective. From dramatic films to hard-hitting documentaries, comedic shorts, experimental films, or music videos, we invite independent filmmakers to send us their work for consideration.
Entries must be completed works, accompanied by an entry form and fee. Selected films screen in the festival and compete for cash awards.
You can download the Entry Form and Guidelines here, or check the website for more information.

Call for Entries: Our City, My Story 2010

Calling all young NYC filmmakers!
The Tribeca Film Institute is seeking work made by NYC students (middle and high school) to screen this spring for Our City, My Story—an event that celebrates the vision, excellence and diversity of NYC youth-made work.
In honor of the NYC Department of Education’s newly produced Blueprint for the Teaching and Learning of the Arts: The Moving Image, The Tribeca Film Institute is especially proud to invite New York City students, NYC public schools and youth media organizations to submit work to our annual celebration of excellent youth-made work. In a special effort to encourage educators to use the new Moving Image Blueprint, we encourage them to download the blueprint and let us know (with your submission) how the work references the five strands of learning.
Deadline: January 20, 2010
Apply online here!
(Note: All applications of youth-made work are free of charge.)
The Fine Print:
Region: All films must be made by youth residing within the five boroughs of New York City
Age of youth producer(s): 19 or younger and a middle or high school student at the completion date of the film
Length of submission: 10 minutes or less
Submission format: DVD
Completion date: Films must have been completed after January 1, 2009.
Previously submitted films: TFI will not consider previously submitted films.
Multiple entries: Each organization or student may submit a maximum of three films. If multiple entries are submitted, each film should be submitted separately.
Youth Made: To be eligible for TFI’s youth media screening, youth must be responsible for the overwhelming majority of the work submitted (including, writing, editing direction and photography).
The deadline for Our City, My Story is January 20th, 2010. Please note that while this is a program of the Tribeca Film Institute, all entries for Our City, My Story are processed through the Tribeca Film Festival, which has an initial deadline of January 11th, 2010 for Festival submissions, this deadline does not apply to Our City, My Story submissions as selected films are not official selections of the Tribeca Film Festival. Please reach out with any questions. We look forward to watching your work!
If you have any questions about your submissions to Tribeca Film Institute, please contact
Our City, My Story is a youth media program produced by Tribeca Film Institute, films selected to be screened in this program are not official selections of the Tribeca Film Festival.

MNN Youth Channel Deadline Extended: Free Video Production Training Program for Youth

Youth Media Impacting Communities
Y.M.I.C is a program providing young people with high-quality training in media making and in community service. In this program, youth receive advanced media-making and media-communication training. Program participants learn media production, leadership, community outreach and media literacy skills.
Participants also get to engage with New York City grassroots, arts and cultural organizations. The students that participate in this program meet twice a week, the program starts January 27th and last till June 5.
Y.M.I.C is the Youth Channel in-house training program that directs and covers Defense Against Media Nonsense. Defense Against Media Nonsense is a show that allows young people to capture what is news to them. It is news casting that is done in documentary format, and told through the lens by youth, for youth.For more info on this show please go to
Deadline Extended: January 11,2010
Please Download and fill out the Application form, from our website and return it to MNN Youth Channel APPLY NOW!!
Contact: or call (212) 757-2670 ext.330, 331

MNN Youth Channel