Urbanworld Film Festival

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The word on the street is that the New York-based Urbanworld Film Festival is a black film festival, but inside the theaters it becomes clear that Urbanworld is a showcase for a diverse group of minority filmmakers. From the pulsating hip hop beat of the Clipse’s Lord Willin’ in the opening trailer to the broad… Read more »

Karen Cooper

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“At this moment, my biggest dream is to find the source of our HVAC leak without having to shut theaters and tear into walls,” says Karen Cooper, executive director of New York City’s Film Forum. “There’s nothing less glamorous than a broken machine.” A prosaic goal for the woman responsible for presenting work to over… Read more »

Cave Paintings, Churches, and Rooftops

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While the Lumiere brothers originally screened their films in a Paris café, the term microcinema was not coined until 1991 with the naming of Rebecca Barten and David Sherman’s Total Mobile Home Microcinema. Since then microcinema has come to define a broad range of small screening spaces specializing in moving image media that hovers out… Read more »

A New Romantic T.V. Sound

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The reason that everyone tries to sell to teenagers is that teenagers are HUNGRY PEOPLE. And just as insecure, self-conscious people often make wildly good art, so do hungry people make good curators. We are all experts at giving the thing we want most. So what would happen if a teenager applied her channel-surfing skills… Read more »

Funder FAQ: Film/Video Arts

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What is Film/Video Arts? We are a nonprofit media arts organization which has been around for 33 years. We provide production and postproduction equipment, fiscal sponsorship, plus youth and artist mentorship programs to our 1,200 members. When and why did F/VA come into being? F/VA was started by a group of educators to empower youth… Read more »

Funder FAQ: The Open Society Institute’s Youth Media Program

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What is the Youth Initiatives Program? Youth Initiatives comprise several grantmaking projects that promote critical thinking skills, self-expression, creativity, civic engagement and leadership opportunities for low-income youth, particularly young people of color who are marginalized through poverty or other factors. There’s the Youth Media Program, the Urban Debate Program, the Education Initiative, and the Arts… Read more »

Funder FAQ: National Black Programming Consortium

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What is the National Black Programming Consortium? NBPC is a national nonprofit media arts and funding organization dedicated to the promotion, funding, preservation, and distribution of non-stereotypical, culturally diverse, and contemporary issues emanating from African American communities. NBPC is one of five consortia funded primarily by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to increase diversity… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: Lot 47 Films

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What is Lot 47 Films? We are one of the few independent film distributors left in the United States. Who is Lot 47? It was co-founded in July 1999 by brothers Jeff and Scott Lipsky. A third brother, Mark, joined the company in January 2001 serving as co-president with Jeff. Scott holds the title of… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: MediaRights.org

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What exactly is MediaRights.org? MediaRights.org is a nonprofit community web site designed to make social-issue documentaries and advocacy videos easy to find. We are helping community organizers integrate social-issue documentaries into their action campaigns and encouraging filmmakers to learn how to work with community organizers. Driving philosophy behind MediaRights.org: We want to build a bridge… Read more »

Funder FAQ: The Fund for Jewish Documentary Filmmaking

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What is the National Foundation for Jewish Culture? The National Foundation for Jewish Culture (NFJC) is the central cultural agency of the American Jewish community. The NFJC works with artists, scholars, cultural institutions, and community agencies to enhance the quality of Jewish life in America. We just celebrated our fortieth anniversary in September. When and… Read more »