On March 20, NAMAC hosted a live online conversation with Community Supported Film (CSFilm) to discuss the organization's approach to community-based storytelling. CSFilm is a Boston-based nonprofit that aims to strengthen documentary storytelling capacity in countries where the dissemination of objective and accurate information is essential to stabilization and development. The conversation included: CSFilm Founder, Michael Sheridan, Jamal Aram from the filmmaking team in Afghanistan, and independent filmmaker and former Executive Director of NAMAC, Helen de Michiel.
Watch the conversation here! Alternately, you can:
- Read highlights from the conversation
- Read and download a transcript of the conversation
- Download the audio of the conversation as an mp3
Through April 8, NAMAC and Community Supported Film (CSFilm) will make available, in full and for free, all of the films in the Fruit of Our Labor series. These films were made by Afghans during an intensive 5-week training in documentary production provided by CSFilm. The films, many made by first-time filmmakers, are poetic tributes to a country rebuilding itself, and serve as excellent teaching tools for educators in media production, cross-cultural communications, and international development. Watch all the films in The Fruit of Our Labor here!
On the passing of George Stoney.
By Donna Choi
Just came out of Friday's opening plenary with some interesting discussion on the meaning of Commonwealth and collaborative work. The plenary, moderated by Valerie Linson of WGBH and led by discussants Kristina Newman-Scott, David Bollier, and Tamara Gould, explored varying and evolving manifestations of Commonwealth-- from the new digital commons via the Internet and Web 2.0 to the move away from purely broadcast to a multiplicity of communication outlets.
Three years have passed since NAMAC published Deep Focus: A Report on the Future of Independent Media, and every day the media landscape looks more like the one it predicted.
As definitions go, Web 2.0 should be an easy one. Like the software version-numbering system from which it gets its name, it should simply mark a new, improved version of the Web: good features still there, bad ones gone, bugs fixed, and a bunch of cool new things you can do with it. But when you’re trying to come back from a dot-com-sized market implosion, you’d better have something different to offer. Not surprisingly, difference is a big theme in 2.0 debates, and articulation efforts are often sidetracked by the focus on it.
Saturday night I got home from a party. While I was scanning emails—deleting ads for Viagra, cheap airfare, and listserv nonsense—I saw the subject header, “NY Independent Media Center (IMC) Journalist Murdered by Paramilitaries.”
The use of connective technology in art and community-based projects creates a new way for people to share and collaborate in projects over long distances. A number of technologies have been created for Internet media streaming. Many of these have made it possible to send video and audio cheaply, allowing people to use this technology in new ways. In this article I will briefly discuss some of the latest advancements in streaming technology. I will also discuss my own work in this technology, particularly in Internet-mediated network performance.