NAPC Sept.Newsletter - UN Approval Of Indigenous Rights
Submitted by Penny Costello
CITIZEN MEDIA LAW PROJECT
Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, has teamed up with the Center for Citizen Media, to create the Citizen Media Law Project.
Their mission is to provide legal training and resources for individuals and organizations involved in citizen media, as well as research and advocacy on free speech, news- gathering, intellectual property, and other legal issues related to citizen media.
BRIDGING PUBLIC BROADCASTING AND PUBLIC MEDIA
The Center for Social Media is another invaluable resource to content producers and citizen journalists, which represents an expansive collaboration of well-respected organizations with ties to the independent filmmaking and public broadcasting
Bookmark the website, and refer to it often for news and information on everything from funding to fair use to audience engagement and much more.
DISTRIBUTION GUIDE FOR EMERGING FILMMAKERS
Four Baltimore Independent Media Organizations teamed up to produce the Do It Yourself Media Distribution Field Guide.
The guide provides basic information to help identify intended audiences and funders, create promotion plans, explain various distribution methods, and explore the nuts and bolts of getting the finished product out into the marketplace.
Produced by the Creative Media Alliance, the Megaphone Project, Wide Angle Youth Media, and Kids on the Hill.
NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR MEDIA ARTS AND CULTURE (NAMAC)CONFERENCE
"The Frontier is Here: Create, Engage, Act" will take place October 17-20, 2007 in Austin, Texas.
The conference will bring together: artists and filmmakers; staff and board members from media and visual arts centers; funders; programmers; distributors; educators; activists; curators; youth producers; members of the press; and policymakers.
NAMAC aims to convene a showcase of the most current thinking about the field's future opportunities, create a national platform for the media arts, and strengthen our networks.
NAMAC is a nonprofit association whose membership comprises a diverse mix of organizations and individuals dedicated to a common goal: the support and advocacy of independent film, video, audio and online/multimedia arts.* Apply to the NAPT Producer Opportunity Fund for up to $500 in matching travel support.
BUSH FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIPS
Bush Artist fellowships recently expanded with two new programs for artists who are residents of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Bush 2008 Artists Fellowships seek artists who create documentary, animation or experimental works using audio, digital, film and video media.
A series of informational meetings will take place at locations throughout Minnesota, North and South Dakota during September and early October.
FROM OUR LONGHOUSE
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels honored the 2007 Mayor's Arts Award recipients at an awards ceremony, noon, Friday, Aug. 31 at Seattle Center's Northwest Court.
Among those recipients were Tracy Rector (Seminole), Longhouse Media Executive Director and Annie Silverstein, Artistic Director.
In partnership with the Swinomish tribe, Longhouse Media's mission is to catalyze indigenous people and communities using media as a tool for self-expression, cultural preservation, and social change. Longhouse Media's Native Lens program focuses specifically on empowering Native youth via film and digital media.
Rector previously co-produced Teachings of the Tree People, an NAPT presentation which premiered on public television last September.
The Native Lens team is currently working on a new documentary to be funded and distributed by NAPT. March Point explores the impact of two oil refineries built on March Point in the late 1950's, eventually effecting the health of the Swinomish tribe's water, land and the very fabric of cultural tradition itself.
NAPT congratulates Longhouse Media, and we look forward to hearing much more from and about the next generation of Native storytellers. Watch for a future Producer Profile on Tracy Rector.
FESTIVALS, FUNDING, EMPLOYMENT, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
- True/False Film Fest - Earlybird Deadline Sept. 30
- CPB Program Outreach Fund Seeks Proposals
- Independent Lens Seeks Submissions Until Sept. 24
- ITVS Position Opening - Production ManagerBig Sky Documentary Festival - Final Deadline Oct. 20
- INPUT 2008 Call For Entries - Deadline Nov. 2
THE UN APPROVES THE DECLARATION OF INDIGENOUS RIGHTS
September 13th, 2007
From The Indian Issues Blog of Professor Robert J. Miller
This is major news. That is so not because of any legal significance of the Declaration or any substantive rights that it granted, but because it took 22 years to happen and it occurred because of the tenacity of indigenous people and demonstrates a growing worldwide recognition of the rights of native peoples.
The BBC is reporting that the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a non-binding declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples after 22 years of debate. The treaty sets down protections for the human rights of native peoples, and for their land and resources. There are estimated to be 370 million indigenous people in the world.
It passed despite opposition from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. They said it was incompatible with their own laws.
The General Assembly passed the Declaration, with 143 countries voting in favour and 11 abstaining. Four nations - Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States - each with large indigenous populations, voted against. Apparently, they were the only countries to oppose the Declaration.
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