Regional Report 2011
In 2010 and 2011, NAMAC set out to better understand the challenges, opportunities and emerging strategies for independent media arts organizations in the digital era. Through four regional gatherings, a total of 64 media arts leaders in Boston, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area and Texas shared their experiences. Following the gatherings, NAMAC commissioned a series of eight case studies to learn more. This Report from the Field synthesizes key findings from all four convenings and incorporates rich illustrations gleaned from the case studies.
Although the explosion of public use and commercial monetization of the web dates back to 1995, it took most film distributors a good decade longer to harness the internet to distribute their films. One of the earliest “pioneers” of internet streaming and downloading is Cynthia Close, executive director of Documentary Educational Resources since 1993.
With a motion picture tax credit law passed in 2007, Boston has been attracting Hollywood films, creating jobs for a wide range of industry workers and benefiting smaller independent filmmakers as well. When the tax credit was threatened 2010, the community mobilized with the help of Facebook. Founded in 2005, the Massachusetts Production Coalition was the first and foremost industry group to work with the legislature and the governor toward passage of the Massachusetts motion picture tax credit.
Bart Weiss's incomparable energy and enthusiasm for the art of media continue to drive the Dallas Video Fest, now entering its twenty-fourth year. Since 1986, the Video Association of Dallas, in Dallas, Texas has thrived through the effort of Weiss and a group of dedicated aficionados who love video art.
Philadelphia’s independent film and video community has a flavor all its own, driven by community activism and a thriving creative culture. The emergence of PhillyCAM, after a decades-long grassroots campaign for public access television, typifies Phildadelphia’s community spirit.
The story of recent innovations at the Center for Asian American Media is the story of how the right organization, at a critical turning point, with the willingness to experiment and the support of the right funders, can repurpose itself to engage rapidly changing technologies and build new, deepened relationships with its audience.
What’s an archive to do with 91,000 film reviews, press kits, festival and showcase program notes, newspaper articles and world cinema documents? The Pacific Film Archive embarked on the CineFiles project in 1996, an online archive that will eventually make the overwhelming volume of printed content in the PFA’s film files available to anyone with Internet access.
The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture is proud to announce the publication of our new white paper, Media Arts Organizations in the Evolving Digital Landscape: A Report from the Field. Over the next eight weeks, we will be publishing individual case studies, culminating in the release of the full report in December 2011. Find out more!