NAMAC Conference is coming soon!

CID is proud to be the host, along with our amazing host committee, of the 2009 NAMAC confernce in Boston: COMMONWEALTH.

Shifting audiences. Evolving economics. Emergent technologies. Political opportunities.Together we can thrive on change to build and sustain the arts, media, and culture.

NAMAC’s biennial conference convenes this year in an extraordinary time. Come share your individual experiences and pool your knowledge as we develop radically new approaches to move our arts and media organizations forward. Hundreds of artists, media makers, scholars, technologists, policy advocates and activists will gather on common ground to make sense of the change and opportunity swirling around us.

Convened by the National Alliance for Media Arts + Culture, an association of independent media and visual arts organizations. We’re building a world where arts and media operate in a sustainable and creative environment, rooted in communities, interconnected through technology, and global in reach.

Conference Highlights:

Plenary Sessions
• Our New World Order: A State of the Field Address in Four Parts
• CommonWealth: Collaboration and Connectedness
• Art in Times Like These: Why We Do What We Do

Discussions on New Developments & Big Ideas
• Policy Update: Media and Arts in the Obama Era
• Creative Communities and Cultural Recovery: Arts as Economic Development
• The People Formerly Known As The Audience
• Reclaiming the Cultural Commons
• New Voices Rising: Technology, Art, and Media Crossing Critical Divides

Best Practice Presentations
• Getting Creative With New Distribution Models
• Arts for Social and Community Change
• Working Across Generations: Leadership Transitions in Our Organizations
• The Joys and Horrors of Partnership and Collaboration
• Getting Grants in Tough Times: Grantmakers’ Resource Review

Skill-building Workshops
• Fundraising with Pride and Power
• Twitters & Flickrs & Facebooks Oh My!: Social Media Bootcamp for the
Overworked and Underwhelmed
• Advocacy for Impact: Getting What We Need from Our Government
• Monetizing Your Media and Art in the Digital Age

A Media Arts Town Hall Meeting, where we gather for a deliberative dialogue to clarify our community’s priorities for policy and advocacy.

Meet & Greets with Funders, where you can converse directly with grant makers

“Open Space” discussions, both structured and unstructured, on the hot topics that you are eager to discuss with your peers

Tours of Boston’s most exciting media and arts organizations and landmarks by bus, foot, bike and even by boat!

• Youth media & arts tour
• Walking tours of public art in downtown Boston and on MIT’s campus
• Bike tour of artist live/work spaces and studio visits
• Tour WGBH, the preeminent public TV station, and its new “green” facility
• African American Heritage Trail tour
• Boat tour of Boston Harbor

• Opening Night Reception at the MIT Museum featuring Connections exhibit
• Boston Film & Television Industry welcomes NAMAC event on the waterfront at the Intercontinental Boston
• Closing Night Party at Artists for Humanity – cool youth arts organization in Boston’s greenest building

* Discount Rates, Student Rates and Day Rates available.

We’ve secured funding from the NEA to offer stipends to offset costs for NAMAC members to travel to Boston for Commonwealth. Support can be used only for travel costs or hotel support for the Park Plaza Hotel.

To apply for funding, please visit to download a brief application. Eighty travel stipends up to $250 each will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to organizations with budgets under $500,000. Limit of one stipend per organization; available to NAMAC members only.


Filmmakers Workshop June 3, 2009

Filmmakes Workshop

Adventures in Independent Filmmaking

Join us as we screen Doug Block’s terrific documentary “The Heck With Hollywood”, about the trials and tribulations of getting an independent film marketed and distributed. The film follows three filmmakers for four years as they struggle to finish and find distribution for their films. Afterwards we’ll hold discussion, share stories and trade resources.

Doug Block is the founder and co-host of The D-Word, the online forum for documentary professionals. His most recent film “51 Birch Street”, was named one of the top ten films of 2006 by the New York Times and one of the outstanding documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review. “The Heck With Hollywood” was called “The Definitive work on the plight of the Independent” by Screen International.

Filmmakers Workshop
June 3, 2009

6:30-7:00- networking
7:00-8:10 – screening “The Heck With Hollywood”
8:10-9pm discussion/networking

Filmmakers Workshops are held at the new CID space at 93 Border Street in West Newton.
The workshop is FREE. Please feel free to bring some food or beverage to add to the snack table.

While RSVPs are not required, we do appreciate knowing if you plan to attend so that we can plan refreshments.

Doug Block will be speaking at the MAKING MEDIA NOW conference just two days later on June 5th! This is a great opportunity to see his work before the conference (it will not be shown there). You won’t want to miss this years conference which features such guests as Keynote Speaker Robert Greenwald, Doug Block, and Sandi DuBowski.


Kopkind/CID Retreat

Invitation to filmmakers:
We are pleased to announce a call to independent documentary filmmakers who would like to participate in a weeklong seminar and retreat in southern Vermont.

Event Info
Sunday August 2nd-August 9th, 2009

Tree Frog Farm, Guilford Vermont

The Center for Independent Documentary (CID) and the Kopkind Center are sponsoring this week-long retreat limited to nine filmmakers along with special invited guests at Treefrog Farm in Guilford Vermont from August 2nd (Sunday is the travel day) to Sunday, August 9th. The theme for the morning seminars is:

Brainstorming to a new future in independent filmmaking
It’s the best of times- it’s the worst of times. It’s certainly a time of profound change. Join us to brainstorm about new ways to think and operate in this new landscape and recharge your creative battery with some of Kopkind/CID’s special brand of “radical relaxation”! It is the summer of the BIG THINK and we aim to explore together not just how to survive as an independent filmmaker, but how to thrive.

You can read more about the camp experience in a recent article that appeared in the last NAMAC newsletter ( HERE).

Kopkind/CID retreat seminars are organized by Susi Walsh, Executive Director of CID and John Scagliotti, Emmy Award-winning documentary producer and the creator of the public television series, In the Life, now about to begin its 15th season of monthly hour-long programs on news and culture about the gay community. Also joining us will be Fred Simon. As an independent producer of documentaries for PBS, Simon’s films have won awards from the American Film Festival, the Athens Film Festival, and are currently in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. In addition, he is an Assistant Professor of film/video production at Clark University. Guest speakers will also join us during the week.

Closer to the end of the Seminar Week, Kopkind will present its 4thAnnual Grassroots Film Festival in the Organ Barn (Aug 6-8 open to the public); the filmmaker(s) will also lead the next morning seminar.



The costs for filmmakers participating for the week is $295 per person.

The cost includes: a single Cabin room for 7 nights (shared bathroom facilities), clean linens and towels, continental breakfasts, buffet lunches, and sit-down family style dinners, afternoon excursions to swimming holes and country outings, pick-up from Bus or Train station in Brattleboro Vermont, and programmed Morning Seminars. There is wireless internet availability. Besides personal items (cool nights in Vermont) participants are asked to bring 20-minutes of their media on DVD or VHS for evening “film slams” in the Organ Barn with late night discussions (optional hot tub discussions) afterwards on the deck. Participants will be responsible for their travel to Treefrog Farm in Guilford or to a public transportation pick up spot in Brattleboro, Vermont. (once you are registered, more information will be emailed to you including directions) Note: while afternoon excursions are planned, you can use this time if you wish as ‘free time’ or as Kopkind calls it – radical relaxation. All registered participants are expected to participate in the organized seminars and evening “film slams” and film festival presentations.

Applying for the retreat week is very easy. Just write a letter to Susi Walsh and John Scagliotti explaining where you are from, what media work you have done and how you could contribute to the theme of our seminars. Also describe briefly the 20-minute visual media you would be bringing to the “film slams.” Send the letter to John Scagliotti ( . We expect to have more applicants than spaces so please respond as soon as possible. We’ll be putting the group together from your letters around May 30th, which is around the time the deposits are due. We do this so that you can make your summer plans.

Registration and Non-refundable deposits ($50) are due by June 10th and full payment is due by July 11th. Deposit and payment checks should be made out to The Center for Independent Documentary and mailed to John Scagliotti, Administrator, Kopkind, 158 Kopkind Rd, Guilford, VT. 05301. Slots are limited, so we recommend an early registration and deposit.

Kopkind and CID are able to offer this camp for filmmakers at such a reduced rate due to the generosity of their supporters. If you wdould like to help support filmmakers seminar, please contact us!

To view some photos from previous camps click HERE.

Prior participants of the seminars:
2008: Erin Sisk, Heather Kapplow, Betsy Kalin, Lynn Cadwallader, Terry Holzgreen, Daniella Broitman, Grace Shulner, Sarah Hesterman, Benedicte Naudin

2007: Nancy Kelly, Savanna Washington, Jonathan Skurnick, Karen Everett, Jim Wolpaw, Nancy Kates, Bennett Singer, Natalie Lardner, Carlyn Saltman and Tim McCarthy.

2006 : Joel Katz , Nancy Kates, Robbie Leppzer, Alexandra de Gonzalez, Emily Kunstler, Deb Ellis, Eli Moore, Jenifer Kaplan, Rebecca Snedeker and Savanna Washington.

Please feel free to ask for more information. Questions about the seminars and retreat as well as the Grassroots Film Festival can be attained by emailing John Scagliotti at Also feel free to send this information to others who might want to participate. Thank you.

Call for Submission of Shorts


Vermont’s Pride Film Festival of Shorts

June 26 & 27, 2008

Sponsored by The Kopkind Colony

“[CineSlam]reaches back to the radical roots of liberation, to the joyously skewed visions of sex, love, culture and camp that lie outside the conventions of the straight world,”— Andrew Kopkind, 1993 (A Queer Nation)

CineSlam takes place in early summer in Vermont, (think green) — a two day ‘videovapalooza’-of-a-festival — screening rousing shorts in a old barn on a farm in Guilford, Vermont

The CineSlam Festival: Friday Evening (7 pm, June 26th, ) screening in Brattleboro, Vermont followed by the Pride Dance at 9pm; then to the Organ Barn in Guilford on Saturday June 27th for an afternoon of screening sessions ending with a delicious BBQ and awards ceremony.

Money Prizes include the Chessie Award for Best Short ($750) with an invitation to present your winning film on the Pride of the Ocean GLBT Film Cruise (expenses paid) leaving Los Angeles Jan 17th 2010 for seven days touring the Mexican Rivier

The Cineslam Retreat: Filmmakers can also apply to be part of the Kopkind Colony’s “Cineslam Filmmakers Retreat.” Your short film will have to be sent in first to be accepted for the festival (that deadline is April 30th ). 8 filmmakers will be accommodated 3 days before the festival begins to participate in film slams in the barn and a special seminar with Karen Everett, owner of New Doc Editing™, an award-winning editor. During the past fifteen years, Karen Everett has been teaching at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. This information-packed seminar shows you how to adapt screen-writing devices such as the inciting incident, midpoint, backstory, climax and denouement, so your documentary will be as engaging and fun to watch as a narrative film. Retreat dates June 23rd to June 28th (5 nights)

See website : and click filmmakers retreat page to find out how to apply for the retreat and click filmmakers submission page to find out how to submit a film! It’s very easy to be part of Vermont’s CineSlam Deadline for films from filmmakers not coming to the retreat is May 25th.

Underwritten by a grant from the Chessie Foundation

Programmed by John Scagliotti, creator of the first glbt TV series on PBS, In the Life. Producer of Before Stonewall and After Stonewall, Programmer of the VT Bear Film Festival

Administrator, Kopkind Colony: Email:

Hillman Broadcast Journalism Award- deadline Jan.31,2009

Hillman Broadcast Journalism Award–Call for Submissions—Deadline January 31, 2009:

The Sidney Hillman Foundation is now accepting nominations and submissions for the 2009 Hillman Broadcast Award (includes television and radio, short form or long form) honoring journalism that explores issues related to social and economic justice. The 2009 prizes are given for work broadcast in 2008. Winners will be announced in May 2009 and will be published in the New York Times. Winners are awarded a $5,000 prize and statuette and travel to New York City for our awards ceremony. For more information and past winners, please visit .

Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund-Submissions Deadline Feb. 5th

Now in its second year, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provides finishing funds to documentaries that promote social change and illuminate issues in need of comprehensive coverage currently missing in mainstream media.

In 2009, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund will offer grants ranging from $10,000 – $25,000 totaling $100,000. Eligible films will be feature-length documentaries that are in production or post-production, with the intended premiere exhibition in 2010. Films should be able to sustain a festival and/or theatrical run and should resonate with a mainstream U.S. audience. International applicants are welcome. Additional information can be found at the Rules and Regulations page:

Films should examine or document people who are ignored, ostracized or otherwise marginalized; people fighting for social or political change; or broad social movements. The ideal film will challenge the status quo not just as pertains to subject matter, but also in form. Funding will be awarded to projects that best fulfill the mission of the program and to those where granting amounts will have significant impact.

Apply Now! Deadline is Thursday, February 5, 2009. Fund recipients will be announced in Summer 2009.

Visit for complete details.

LEF Moving Image Fund- a new initiative for New England documentary makers

At the December Filmmakers Workshop, Lyda Kuth and Kathryn Ostermier from the LEF Foundation, made a presentation about the new LEF guidelines. The deadline for a letter of intent is January 30, 2009. Those selected to submit a full application will receive notification on March 1st. Aplications will then be due on March 27th. Final grant announcements will be made in May 2009. For more information about the Moving Image Fund visit their web page. The complete December session is available for viewing on the AIMM BlipTV website. Please note that it is in 10 minute segments- and you will want to make sure you start with Part 1.