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.
NAMAC's Executive Director, Jack Walsh, and Policy Strategist, Belinda Rawlins, came together from their respective west and east coast offices to attend Arts Advocacy Day 2012 in Washington, DC.
Preserving community media outlets like Community Access TV is an important part of our media justice movement. These centers are unique spaces where community members can come together to build, to connect, to become media literate and create stories on their own terms. Localism is one fundamental principle of PEG, tens of thousands of hours of local content are being produced by stations on a weekly basis.
The California Community Media Exchange (CACMX) – an innovative partnership between seven California Community Media centers – has just completed a website, which is just one of many projects they’ve been working over the past year. The CACMX first met in August 2010 with the goal of holding four in-person meetings to share best practices and come up with different ways to work together.
"If community radio geeks could have a holiday, it would certainly be celebrated with a barnraising."
NAMAC members weigh in on the best and worst of 2009: from work ethic to public media, web 2.0 projects to local organizing efforts.
Hear from Julia Kirt of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition on the 10 Worst Artist Excuses for Turning Proposals or Artwork in Late, read up on the top 10 download folder items that Belinda Rawlins of the Transmission Project keeps coming back to, and check out Patty Zimmerman's list of the best international multi-platform Web 2.0 projects of 2009.
Community media work has always been hard to fund, and it’s only getting tougher with today’s economy. Meanwhile, universities are looking for creative ways to reach out to the communities that surround them and have the resources to do it. As a media artist/educator living in a university town, it occurred to me that I could design the kind of participatory, social change oriented media projects I’m passionate about in a way that meets the university’s needs. So I put these puzzle pieces together and over the past two years developed the Art of Regional Change (ARC) at the University of California Davis, 15 miles west of Sacramento.
Connecting with people has never been easier than it is today. Thanks to technology and social networking, we are literally able to get up-to-the-second updates about the comings and goings of hundreds of “friends” near and far. This is powerful and exciting. Yet it seems as visual arts administrators, we’ve got so much to do and so little time to do it that we are rarely able to meaningfully connect with each other. This summer, however, I had the chance to “disconnect” from status updates and text messages and connect with an impressive group of arts professionals at the 2009 NAMAC Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations.
The time is now. If we don't fully own the absolute necessity to change how we've all been working, we won't be working -- and we won't have the illuminating, inspiring, transforming films that we now enjoy. It's your choice, but action is required.
There is the capacity for many more of us to create and prosper from creative media work. This capacity can also close up and vanish along with our audiences. The canaries are now the size of Big Birds and we somehow are able to ignore them (but that is a subject for a different posts).