Monday, July 2, 2012

July 2012: Silverdocs, Fair Use for Libraries, and 'The Invisible War'


July 2012

FROM THE DIRECTOR

As we move into the height of summer, we hope you'll have a chance to delve into our web resources. The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Librarians has already generated great interest nationwide, and spurred us to add more resources. We also invite you to take a look at the interviews our grad fellows have done with dozens of expert filmmakers who match a high level of craft with innovative practice, in the "Pull Focus" series. Stay cool, and see you soon!

Best,
Pat Aufderheide


    IN THIS ISSUE

POV Premiere Party Initiative

Rhythmic Uprising Screening

Is This What a Documentary Looks Like? Silverdocs 2012

Silverdocs' Hottest Topics: Are Filmmakers Journalists? Can Filmmakers Help Themselves?

Finding the Right CMS for Your Media Project

Military Malfeasance: Exposing 'The Invisible War'

Libraries, Publishers, and Fair Use Game Shows

Fair Use Question of the Month

Pop Culture Critic Elisa Kreisinger's Fair Use Video of the Month

Public TV and Documentarians at Silverdocs

15th Annual UNAFF

Fixing the Future Across America

Media That Matters Educational Discount

Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Accepting Applications

UPCOMING EVENTS

POV Premiere Party Initiative
The Center for Social Media is proud to be one of the sponsors of
POV's Premiere Party initiative! POV, American television's longest-running independent documentary series, began its 25th season on PBS on June 21, 2012. To celebrate their 25th anniversary, POV is inviting viewers to host their own POV Premiere parties. Tell POV about your premiere party experience and enter to win a POV Party Pack including Pat Aufderheide's Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction; autographed film posters; DVDs; books; snacks; and memorabilia. Visit pov.org/premiereparty to find Official Entry Rules and the Premiere Party Planning Guide.

Rhythmic Uprising Screening
Rhythmic Uprising is a documentary project that seeks to empower a movement of artists who are using Afro-Brazilian traditions to elevate the quality of life for children in the culturally rich region of Bahia, Brazil. The screening, brought to you by the Center for Social Media, American University's School of Communication, The Wild Kat Show, and The Instituto Midia Etnica, will begin at 7 pm on August 1, 2012 in Wechsler Theatre on the 3rd floor of American University's Mary Graydon Center. To RSVP, click here.

MAKING YOUR MEDIA MATTER

Is This What a Documentary Looks Like? Silverdocs 2012
Silverdocs, the largest documentary film festival in the U.S., showcased a striking range of documentaries this year, and of course far more of them than I could ever hope to see.  The styles ranged from highly personal to big-picture essay, from meditative to thriller-paced, from celebrity-focused to featuring the people you usually pay no attention to. The commonality?  All the ones I saw richly rewarded my attention. Read more...

Silverdocs' Hottest Topics: Are Filmmakers Journalists? Can Filmmakers Help Themselves?
AJ Schnack sure knows how to stir up trouble. His panel, “Hot Topics,”at Silverdocs, became one of the most talked-about at the fest for pushing the hot button of ethics. Read more...

Finding the Right CMS for Your Media Project
This guest post is from Land of Opportunity, creators of an interactive web player
demoCMS: Content Management System. If it sounds utilitarian, that’s because it is.  Like so many innovations in the wide world of the web, CMS’ exist to make it easier to create cool stuff online. Read more...

Military Malfeasance: Exposing 'The Invisible War'
Graduate Fellow Katie Bieze recently interviewed filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering about their film, The Invisible War, for Documentary Magazine. The magazine has generously agreed to let us republish the article on our website. Read more...


FAIR USE AND COPYRIGHT

Libraries, Publishers, and Fair Use Game Shows
The Center for Intellectual Property Biennial Symposium in Baltimore early June was a hotbed of fair use discussion. How do you teach art students about making fair and legal decisions, especially in an era in which appropriation is everywhere? Paul Dobbs and Greg Wallace from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design have an answer: JeopARTy. Read more...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Digitizing & Streaming Videos from a University Library
This month's fair use question comes from an employee in the IT department at a university library who is looking to take advantage of fair use in order to fulfill a professor's request.
Read More...

Pop Culture Critic Elisa Kreisinger's Fair Use Video of the Month: "African Men. Hollywood Stereotypes."
In an effort to combat stereotypes of African men in mainstream Hollywood movies, Joe Sabia created this docu-mashup for a non-profit organization called Mamma Hope. The organization works with local African groups to connect them with the resources required to transform their own communities. Read more...


FUTURE OF PUBLIC MEDIA

Public TV and Documentarians at Silverdocs
At this year's
Silverdocs film festival, the largest documentary film festival in the nation, public television had a central role. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting was the lead sponsor, and on a panel I had the pleasure of moderating, PBS had some good news for independent documentarians: It's showcasing indie work like never before. Read more...

PARTNER NEWS

15th Annual United Nations Association Film Festival
The 15th UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) from October 18-28, 2012 celebrates the power of documentary films dealing with human rights issues, the environment, racism, women’s issues, universal education, war and peace. The theme for this year is HUMAN DIGNITY. To learn more, visit http://www.unaff.org/2012/index.html

Fixing The Future Across America
On July 18th, dozens of cities and towns will shine light on revitalizing their local economies with the launch of Fixing the Future Across America. Hosted by Active Voice
in partnership with JumpStart Productions, this national event marks the theatrical premiere of the documentary Fixing the Future, which features communities using innovative approaches to create jobs and build sustainability. Find a screening near you.

Media That Matters Educational Discount
School’s out for summer and Arts Engine is excited to offer educators a special end-of-the-year discount on our specially curated Media That Matters collection. For the month of June, you can add this important resource to your classroom toolkit and receive 10% off the Media That Matters 11 DVD by entering the promo code
TN1008 upon checkout; discount only applies to Schools, Libraries & Community Organizations, and Universities, Colleges & Institutions.

Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Accepting Applications
The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund which grants between $1 and $2 million per year to support U.S. and international contemporary independent documentary films is now accepting applications. The postmark application deadline for submissions in the Development and Production/Post-Production categories is July 10th, 2012. For more information about the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and  Fund and to apply for a grant, please visit www.sundance.org/documentary .

The Center for Social Media: We investigate, showcase and set standards for socially engaged media-making. We organize conferences and convenings, publish research, create codes of best practices, and incubate media strategies. We are a part of American University's School of Communication.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

VISTA Positions available at CIS!

Hello!

Two VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) Volunteer positions are available at Communities In Schools of Lenawee to help us empower students to stay in school and achieve in life! 

One VISTA will work full time at Adrian Middle School 7/8 and one at Onsted Middle School.to structure afterschool and volunteer programs based on the needs expressed by the schools.

VISTA volunteers receive a stipend of approximately $10,700 per year, and receive an educational award at the end of their volunteer service.  They must make a full time commitment and may not have outside employment. The experience gained by the VISTA volunteer and the service they provide for at-risk youth in Lenawee County is invaluable!  

If you know of someone over 18 who is interested, self-motivated, has excellent communication and interpersonal skills, can work both independently and as a team member and wants to make a difference for youth, please have them contact Christine MacNaughton at Communities In Schools of Lenawee at 517-263-4591 as soon as possible – as we will be making final decisions within 2 weeks!

                                    


                                    Good writing and computer skills

                                    College degree helpful but not necessary


--
 Christine MacNaughton, Executive Director
 Communities In Schools of Lenawee
1040 S. Winter, Ste. 3013
Adrian, MI  49221
phone:  517-263-4591
fax:  517-264-6357
email:  christine@cislenawee.org
website: cislenawee.org

Surrounding students with a community of support, empowering them
to stay in school and achieve in life.
            



Tuesday, June 5, 2012

For Immediate Release - Public Hearing on Proposed LISD 2012-2013 Budget

 

 

 

 

NOTICE OF

PUBLIC HEARING ON

PROPOSED 2012-2013 BUDGET

 

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the LISD Board of Education has rescheduled its Regular July Board Meeting to  June 21, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. at the LISD William J. Ross Education Service Center of the Lenawee Intermediate School District, 4107 N. Adrian Highway, Adrian, Michigan. At this meeting, the Board of Education of Lenawee Intermediate School District will hold a public hearing to consider the District’s proposed 2012-2013 Budget.

 

The Board may not adopt its proposed 2012-2013 budget until after the public hearing.  A copy of the proposed 2012-2013 budget, including the proposed property tax millage rate, is available for public inspection during normal business hours at the LISD William J. Ross Education Service Center, 4107 N. Adrian Highway, Adrian, Michigan.

 

PURPOSE OF THE MEETING

 

This is a public discussion on the proposed 2012-2013 budget.  The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be a subject of this hearing.  The Board may not adopt its proposed 2012-2013 budget until after the public hearing.

 

This notice is given by order of the LISD Board of Education.

 

 

 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Good News for Librarians, Silverdocs June 18-24, and Why You Should Use Tumblr


June 2012

FROM THE DIRECTOR


May was a month of big wins. Indie documentary won big when PBS decided to showcase Indie work after a hard fought campaign by filmmakers and viewers (led by Kartemquin Films). You can follow the progression of the movement through my series of blog posts. In a win for librarians, just last week the judicial decision in the Georgia State University lawsuit came down overwhelmingly in favor of fair use. In other news at the Center, we owe a big thank you and good luck to our long-time Project Coordinator, Lauren Ann Donia, who is moving on, we wish her the best of luck in new endeavors. Another big thank you to our graduate fellow Katie Bieze, who has contributed to the Center for the duration of her two year MA program, we couldn't be more grateful for the time and value she's brought us. Finally, June isn't slowing down, we look forward to seeing our many friends and colleagues at SILVERDOCS June 18-24, check out the newly announced line-up online.
 
    IN THIS ISSUE

Free Screening: Julie Wyman's Strong!

Center for Social Media at Silverdocs

Finding Your People - Why Filmmakers Should be on Tumblr...Now

Strategic Communication is for Everyone

Women, Technology, and Social Media

Memes to Meaningful Media - How to Inspire, Engage and Galvanize Your Viewers

Sparkwise: A New and Innovative Tool for Measuring Media Impact

Fair Use and Librarians

Fair Use Question of the Month: Archiving Online Material for a Library Collection

GFEM Annual Funder Conversation: Role of Public Media in Our Democracy

PBS Decides to Showcase Indie Work

Localore Percolates

15th Annual United Nations Association Film Festival

55th Annual CINE Awards Gala

BAVC Accepting Entries for 2012 Producers Institute for New Media Technologies

Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Accepting Applications in June for Fall 2012

Register Now for the Games for Change Festival

UPCOMING EVENTS

Free Screening: Julie Wyman's STRONG! on Saturday, June 30 at 5:00 pm
The Center for Social Media, Community Cinema, Busboys and Poets, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, and ITVS, presents a screening of filmmaker Julie Wyman's STRONG! at Busboys and Poets on Saturday, June 30 at 5 PM
. The film follows Cheryl Haworth, a young woman with a big dream: to be the strongest woman in the world.
For more information, visit: http://www.communitycinema.org

Center for Social Media at Silverdocs - June 18-24, 2012
Keep an eye out for the upcoming Hackathon at this year's Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival, sponsored by the Living Docs project (Mozilla, ITVS, Tribeca Film Institute, BAVC and the Center for Social Media). The two-day Hackathon event will give pre-selected documentary filmmakers the chance to collaborate with creative technologists to develop a functioning prototype of an original web documentary. For more information, visit http://silverdocs.com/.

MAKING YOUR MEDIA MATTER

Finding Your People - Why Filmmakers Should be on Tumblr...Now
Project coordinator Lauren Donia writes, "I joined Tumblr in the summer of 2010, just a few months before permanently deleting my Facebook account. I was late to the game. Tumblr was already full of people who had been there for a couple of years and they all seemed to know one another. It was a tough nut to crack, as the saying goes, and it took some time for me to develop my sites, find blogs to follow and attract my own followers." 
Read more...

Strategic Communication is for Everyone
Greetings from
Telluride Mountainfilm! Associate Director Angelica Das had the pleasure of taking part in one of Mountainfilm's programs that helps to strengthen the work of non-profits. This one was on Strategic Communications and Spitfire Strategie's Kristen Grimm taught Angelica to love the Smart ChartTMRead more...

Women, Technology, and Social Media
Did you know that Yahoo! has a Business & Human Rights program? On May 18th, they hosted a Change Your World Summit in Washington, D.C.--a follow up to their first Summit in Cairo--dedicated to Women, Technology and Social/Digital Media. 
Read more...

Memes to Meaningful Media - How to Inspire, Engage and Galvanize Your Viewers
This guest post is by Marin Tockman from
Land of Opportunity. Learn more about their interactive web video player, or click here to read more from their blog. Right now, as you read this blog post, you probably have a few dozen other windows open on your desktop, are writing an email, making your own facebook or blog post, retweeting your friends’ retweets, streaming music etc… It’s cool – I’m with you. Welcome to the present – we are in a world of media over drive and we are loving it. Read more...

Sparkwise: A New and Innovative Tool for Measuring Media Impact
Tomorrow Partners, a Berkeley based strategic design firm, recently launched a free cloud-based online tool for aggregating all sorts of metrics, including social media and web presence in a personalized dashboard. Read more...

FAIR USE AND COPYRIGHT

More on Libraries and Fair Use
Librarians across the country watched as last month's long-anticipated judicial decision in the
Georgia State University lawsuit came down overwhelmingly in favor of the university's fair use. The lawsuit, brought by publishers, charged that the university had exceeded fair use in its policies on posting reserves materials for classes electronically. Read more...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Archiving Online Material for a Library Collection
In this month's fair use question, a high school librarian wants to create an online collection archiving the community's reactions to the high school's remodel.
Read more...

FUTURE OF PUBLIC MEDIA

GFEM Annual Funder Conversation: Role of Public Media in Our Democracy
This year, the Grantmakers in Film & Electronic Media will be holding their Annual Funder Conversation on June 27th and 28th in Philadelphea. The convening will feature remarks by Gary Knell, the new president of National Public Radio and former head of Sesame Workshop, a keynote with FRONTLINE's David Fanning, and a keynote interview with Terry Gross, host of NPR's Fresh Air. The event is for funders and invited guests. To learn more, visit
http://gfem.org/node/9162

PBS Decides to Showcase Indie Work
Responding to an outpouring of filmmaker and viewer enthusiasm for
Independent Lens and POV, PBS has reinstated the two programs on its core schedule. The two programs will now take the 10pm EST spot on Monday nights, prime TV programming real estate. Read more...

Localore Percolates
AIR Media Strategist and CSM Senior Fellow Jessica Clark is tracking the launch of the multiplatform Localore projects in a series of posts: read about the startup phases of Sonic TraceHear Here, and Planet Takeout, and stay tuned for more next month.
PARTNER NEWS
15th Annual United Nations Association Film Festival
The 15th UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) from October 18-28, 2012 Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford University celebrates the power of documentary films dealing with human rights issues, the environment, racism, women’s issues, universal education, war and peace. The theme for this year is HUMAN DIGNITY. To learn more, vis
it http://www.unaff.org/2012/index.html

55th Annual CINE Awards Gala 
On May 9th, 2012, CINE held its 55th Annual Awards Gala at La Maison Francaise, the Embassy of France in Washington, DC.
The winner of the 2012 CINE Award of Excellence as the top prize in the Student division, Arya Surowidjojo of American University also received a CINE mentoring prize to assist him as he works on a follow-up to his CINE award-winning documentary The Vigil. For a complete list of 2012 CINE Masters Series Award winners and to see a gallery of images from the 2012 CINE Gala, visit our website at www.CINE.org.

BAVC Accepting Entries for 2012 Producers Institute for New Media Technologies
The Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) is now accepting entries for the 2012 Producers Institute for New Media Technologies. 
The Producers Institute is a week-long social impact laboratory that connects the world’s best social issue documentary filmmakers and partner nonprofit organizations with leading technologists and mentors to develop new media tools to advance social change.  Preference will be given to documentary films and transmedia projects that highlight themes of economic justice, educational opportunity and human rights.

Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Accepting Applications in June for Fall 2012
Sundance Institute Documentary Fund will begin accepting applications online for the Fall 2012 round of funding starting on June 6th, 2012 through July 10th, 2012 (postmark deadline). The Documentary Fund supports cinematic feature documentaries that focus on current human rights issues, freedom of expression, social justice, civil liberties, and critical issues of our time. The online application may be accessed here.

Register Now for the Games for Change Festival - June 18-20, 2012 in New York City
This year, the Games for Change Festival will devote two entire days focusing on how educators can use the impact of games in formal and informal classroom settings. Join long time investor in tools for teaching game designer, AMD, as they present an entire track of programming and workshops dedicated to teaching game design in the classroom. And don't miss the Games for Learning Institute track which highlights research into games-based learning in a series of engaging talks. Register now and don't forget that groups of 5 or more who register together get 25% off!

The Center for Social Media: We investigate, showcase and set standards for socially engaged media-making. We organize conferences and convenings, publish research, create codes of best practices, and incubate media strategies. We are a part of American University's School of Communication.

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