From the Executive Director
Summer is a busy time in NAMAC world! While we’d love to enjoy the spaciousness of some serious time off, we are still deep into processing the excitement and impact of the ALLIANCE conference in Oakland in June and our Creative Leadership Lab at Sundance in July. The power of these convenings has energized us all, and the new ideas are already FLOWING out into the field. We can’t wait to see the stories, art works, partnerships, and programs that grow out of this very beloved community. Stay tuned to namac.org—the Storytelling Matters blog, theYouth Media Hub, the Innovation Studio, and theScreening Room—for reports, resources, grants, and opportunities to connect. Our 2016 Creative Leaders will be blogging in the coming weeks about their organizations and projects, and already we are visioning together a series of regional NAMAC events and HatchLabs in Chicago, New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, and Philadelphia for 2017.
Check out the ALLIANCE conference video here—and if you like what you see,join NAMAC and help us envision ALLIANCE 2018! Anyone who joins or renews in AUGUST will receive a stylin’ NAMAC ALLIANCE T-shirt! (slate gray, full color logo) So get ’em while they last. And while you’re in the Screening Room, check out the Keynote presentations from Tabitha Jackson, Joaquin Alvarado, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Sarah Crowell, Jax Deluca, Jamiel Alexander, and Michael Premo. You’ll also find videos of selected Mainstage presentations: Black Panthers: From the Screen to the Streets, Navigating the New Philanthropy, and Media Artists Impacting Policy. Thanks to all the amazing speakers who brought insight, passion, poetry, and conviction to those conversations.
Enjoy these dog days of summer. As Mirasol Enriquez reminded us recently at the Creative Leadership Lab, “Arte es Vida. Vida Es Arte.” Stay connected with us. Join (get the T-shirt!), and as always, you can reach out my way,firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member News and Notes
371 Productions’ There Are Jews Here Premieres at 2016 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Directed by Brad Lichtenstein and Morgan Elise Johnson, There Are Jews Here documents America’s disappearing Jewish communities, from Montana, to Texas, to Alabama. The film had its world premiere at the SF Jewish Film Fest earlier this week.
Portland Community Media Launches Youth Filmmaking Project on Climate Change
Portland Community Media has partnered with the Lents Youth Initiative (Lents is a neighborhood in southeast Portland) on a youth-led filmmaking project focused on creating short documentaries about the Portland environment and the global effects of climate change.
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