News quiz and fundraiser for the Public Press, this Thursday night!, SF

News Quiz Night — this Thursday!
Join us for a fun, interactive fundraiser to support the San
Francisco Public Press. Bring your friends and compete for prizes in
a pub-quiz style contest with a newsy twist emceed by our celebrity
quizmaster Dana Rodriguez, host of KALW's quiz show "Minds Over

Matter."

WHEN: 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012
WHERE: Maritime Museum, Beach and Polk streets in San Francisco
TICKETS: Members — $25 • General Admission — $30 • Students —
$15

Purchase your tickets today –

http://cts.vresp.com/c/?SanFranciscoPublicPr/fec0a89ff1/TEST/2eea80befb !

Answer this easy sample question to try for a free ticket: What is

the title of former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's new
memoir?
We'll give a ticket to the first person who emails the correct answer
to rsvp@sfpublicpress.org. (If you cheat, we'll expect you to make a

big donation at the event!)

The evening also boasts a silent auction featuring many exciting
items, including tickets to the San Francisco Ballet, California
Academy of Sciences and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and services

Michael Stoll
Executive Director
San Francisco Public Press
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From PRX – New funds for global stories

If you're not already familiar with PRX, you should be. Below is another reason why.
-mia
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Left Behind, Dropping Out

PRX is excited to announce the Global Story Project.
This is an open call for great audio.

We're looking for really groundbreaking and gotta-keep-listening stories — long-form works, segment length pieces, and reversioned materials — about people and situations outside of the U.S. that will help American listeners better understand the rest of the world.

We're not looking for 'foreign reporting' per se. In fact we have some cool projects underway that get to some of that necessary and timely stuff.

For the Global Story Project, we want story to drive the audio. And creativity.

Time is short and we have about $50,000 to work with. PRX has fueled a lot of projects over the years, helping struggling and talented producers make great work. One of these previous PRX funding efforts actually lead to The Moth Radio Hour. We want to make a memorable and meaningful impact on listeners.

So, we'll be taking your pitches online for only a few short weeks. The criteria (please read it!) and application form are here.

Then, some people you know and some you don't will help PRX decide where to invest. We want all of the chosen works posted to PRX before the end of the year. We'll award the funds based on the proposed budgets, the ambition of the projects, the application criteria, and the overall ability of the applicants to deliver the goods.

At a time of shrinking independent funds for radio and audio productions, the Global Story Project is a sign of hope. Thank the Open Society Foundations for its vision and dedication to risk and audio storytelling. We're proud to be part of this.

Dream big; review your archives from that overseas reporting trip or the audio diary you might have kept in the Peace Corps; reach out to friends outside the U.S. and let them know. Let's see what jewels the Global Story Project can unearth.

Onward,
John

John Barth
Managing Director, PRX



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Upcoming Events at UnionDocs

From the fine folks at UnionDocs.
-Mia

October Events at UnionDocs:

My Brooklyn with Kelly Anderson

Sunday, October 7 at 7:30pm

Suggested donation $9

 

My Brooklyn follows director Kelly Anderson’s journey, as a Brooklyn gentrifier, to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood. The film documents the redevelopment of Fulton Mall, a bustling African-American and Caribbean commercial district that – despite its status as the third most profitable shopping area in New York City – is maligned for its inability to appeal to the affluent residents who have come to live around it. As a hundred small businesses are replaced by high rise luxury housing and chain retail, Anderson uncovers the web of global corporations, politicians and secretive public-private partnerships that drive seemingly natural neighborhood change. The film’s ultimate question is increasingly relevant on a global scale: who has a right to live in cities and determine their future?

 

Control Group: Shorts presented with Video Data Bank

Sunday, October 28 at 7:30pm

Suggested donation $9

 

This program of experimental videos presented by the Video Data Bank explores the natural world around us and how humans attempt to measure and control it.  The artists turn their cameras toward natural environments and human built spaces to explore the intersections between the two.

 

Upcoming September Events at UnionDocs:

 

Running Stumbled: A benefit screening for John Maringouin

Saturday, September 22 at 7

Sliding scale donation $10-20

 

Prologue with Raed Rafei

Sunday, September 30 at 7:30pm

$9 suggested donation.

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Pitches for the Believer Magazine Podcast

A cool new project distributed by KCRW. Details and contact info below. (Note, I'm not sure what "mellow, indie publishing rates" are but KCRW has a dedicated listenership and the mag itself looks great FWIW.) -mia
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The Organist is a monthly experimental arts-and-culture program hosted and distributed by KCRW. The editors of the award-winning monthly magazine the Believer, published in San Francisco by McSweeney's, will produce ten annual episodes of the podcast, which includes richly sound designed, eccentric audio documentaries, comic radio drama, un-fusty reviews, narrative field recordings, more. The scope of the podcast will reflect that of the print edition: its contributors take a thoughtful approach to pop culture, along with an irreverent attitude toward the highbrow. From philosophy to daytime TV, from poetry to martial arts, the show scrutinizes and interrogates the world with an affectionate and rigorous intelligence. Pieces from the podcast will grow out of stories in the magazine, and vice versa. Far from functioning as a supplementary appendage of the magazine, the show aims to become a cultural institution in its own right, discovering and developing a new generation of artists and musicians, writers and comedians. Weaving together the voices of its contributors, which include the brightest talents in literature and the arts, the Organist is an elegant, impressionistic, funny, and sharp cultural magazine that itself becomes an object of inquiry, discussion, and wonder.

We're looking for contributions of between zero and twenty minutes, preferably closer to four. Four minutes is the sweet spot. Any format will be considered, but the best thing you could send would be a radio documentary that doesn't have a twee or self-serious narration that uses sound in an intelligent way that introduces us to a new corner or aspect of the world, whether that world be cultural, political, literary, sociological, artistic, scientific, musical, anthropological, cinematic, or all ten. Send a brief bio, a handful of clips, and a pitch (or link to audio) to organist@believermag.com.

The podcast will launch December 1 at KCRW.org and believermag.com and iTunes and &c &c. We will pay our contributors mellow independent publishing rates TBD.

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“The Idiocratic Life” screens at Rough Cuts on Tuesday, September 25th, SF

Great film event in San Francisco………..

Join us for the 2012 September evening of Rough Cuts

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
$9 admission
Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided
At
Ninth Street Independent Film Center
145 Ninth Street, between Mission and Howard, San Francisco

To attend, please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, September 25th to roughcutsrsvp@yahoo.com

The Idiocratic Life
Directed by Kent Kessinger

Are utopias doomed to failure? Are Thoreau and his children—Eugene V. Debs, the ‘60s, Skinner—nothing more than the stuff of textbooks barely read in undergraduate seminars?

Kent Kessinger’s “The Idiocratic Life”–a stylishly shot look at counter-culture today—attempts to answer this question, by capturing the faces, stories, and inner struggles of members of communes in America.  In the process, Kessinger shines a light on pockets of America rarely seen in film, or anywhere else, and proves that, far from the media’s spotlight, great social experiments—from egalitarianism to anarchy—continue to percolate, and, in some cases, even thrive.

Moderator: Kelly Duane de la Vega

Kelly Duane de la Vega’s documentaries have been screened in film festivals around the world and broadcast on PBS stations and on the Documentary Channel. Her Emmy nominated “Monumental: David Brower’s Fight for Wild America” opened theatrically nationwide and is part of the curriculum in more than 50 universities worldwide. Her most recent documentary “Better This World” (POV, 2011) premiered at SXSW and was awarded Best Documentary by both San Francisco International Film Festival and Sarasota Film Festival.

For more information about the evening and Rough Cuts in general, visit http://sfroughcuts.com/nextevent.html

Rough Cuts

Rough Cuts is a series of work-in-progress documentary screenings that are produced every other month at various locations throughout San Francisco. For each evening, we screen one rough cut of a long-form documentary and then moderate a conversation about the film. These post-screening discussions are designed to give the filmmaker a better, more objective sense of what is working and not working with his/her film, with particular attention paid to improving the film’s structure and narrative clarity. We hope that the series also provides a welcome space for local filmmakers, film professionals, and fans of documentary film to meet and talk.

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Call Out for AIR’s Live Interactive Collaboration/Residency, Deadline Nov 14

Two of my favorite orgs working together to provide a residency program for YOU! Deadline November 14. Details below. -Mia

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Call Out for AIR’s "Live Interactive" Collaboration/Residency –> Transmedia 
 

AIR and free103point9, a 15-year old media arts non-profit operating WGXC 90.7FM, join forces to offer, for the first time, a ten-week residency to support producers developing new collaborative work.

We’re looking for adventurous media-makers, artists, and documentarians interested in teaming up in Spring 2013 to explore/exploit media that spans the broadcast/transmission, digital, and “street” platforms. Our selected team will receive a $10K stipend to work on-site for eight of the ten weeks in upstate New York. Two weeks will be devoted to planning and advance preparation.

Applicants may be involved as collaborative partners already, or may be coming together for the first time. We’ll also accept applications from individuals interested in finding a partner/open to a match-up by AIR.

In addition to the stipend, our Live Interactive Residents will have resources and additional support including:

•    Housing for eight weeks in Acra, NY (near Hudson and Catskill)
•    Live broadcast studios 
•    A research library
•    A dynamic community of media-makers associated with the station

Are you who we’re looking for? This is a great opportunity for those with bold ideas who need a supportive space to experiment with broadcast/transmission media. We want gifted makers who have an appetite for risk, and who are bringing ideas that have potential to expand and broaden our understanding of a converged, multiplatform spectrum.  Among the hundreds of makers who have worked with free103point9 are Gregory Whitehead, Brenda Hutchinson, Anna Friz, and Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler who, with Jason Cady, created a continent-spanning project called Chorus of Refuge.

Interested producers will be asked to complete an on-line application detailing their experience and their proposed project. The strongest applicants will be those who are recognized for having high standards in work ethics and quality, and able to work both independently and as part of a team. The strongest proposals will put forward ideas that show the most promise of:

1. transcending traditional or familiar uses of media;
2. dissolving the barriers between broadcast, digital and/or street media (including installation work); and
3. extending out in an on-going way, either in a direct way as a “work-in-progress,” or as part of the producers’ continuum of artistic or professional development.

Those applying as a team must select a lead producer/representative.

Key dates:

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:
Wednesday, NOVEMBER 14, 2012, noon PT


Apply here: https://airmedia.wufoo.com/forms/2013-live-interactive-residency/

We will notify our winning Live Interactive Residents by mid December.

The dates for the residency will be negotiated with the selected producers for a 10-week period between February 1 – May 31, 2013. 

ALL WORK MUST BE COMPLETED BY MAY 31, 2013.  If you are not able to complete the 10-week term by that date, do not apply.

If you have questions, please contact AIR’s Membership Director Erin Mishkin at erin@airmedia.org.

Links:

Application:  https://airmedia.wufoo.com/forms/2013-live-interactive-residency/

AIR:  http://www.AIRmedia.org

free103point9:  http://free103point9.org

WGXC: http://www.wgxc.org/about

Archive: http://transmissionarts.org

Financial support for Live Interactive comes from the National Endowment for the Arts which believes a great nation deserves great art.

 

Funding for AIR comes from our members and the generous support of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the Wyncote Foundation, Recovery.gov, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

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P.O. Box 220400
Boston, MA 02122
Phone: 617-825-4400
www.airmedia.org

 

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Call for pitches – Facebook Stories

Hey folks. An interesting opportunity from Facebook(?!). Details HERE and below. Note the phrase “we pay well.” -Mia
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I recently became Senior Producer of a new podcast at Facebook, and I’d love your pitches for our next few episodes. The podcast is part ofFacebook Stories (www.facebookstories.com), a new site “dedicated to sharing extraordinary, quirky and thought-provoking stories and ideas from Facebook’s community.”

I wanted to tell you all about our next few Facebook Stories podcast themes, and it would be great if you could send pitches in the next week or so. There should be some Facebook spin/hook to these stories, but it doesn’t have to be a huge part of the story. These podcasts are truly not intended to be long Facebook ads. Mostly we just want really good stories. We pay well, and will work out details based on length, etc.

Themes:

1.) The body politic: how social media is used by governments and by citizens

2.) Coming out: this is a take on the larger theme of identity, where we focus on Facebook as sort of a last, and in a way, most “official” step of changing your public identity. So more intense content such as coming out as gay, an undocumented immigrant, switching genders, etc., but also lighter stuff such as admitting you still play Magic The Gathering or Collect Beanie Babies or whatever (totally cool if you do! No judgement here).

3.) Dying: what happens when people die now that everyone has a profile on the internet.

Also, if you can think of any other crazy/interesting Facebook-related stories you may want to report, but that don’t fit into one of these themes, please do let me know.

To get an idea of the podcast tone, you can check out our first one here: http://www.facebookstories.com/stories/1575/podcast-1-the-4-74-degrees-of-kevin-bacon.We were tasked with explaining the history and evolution of the term “six degrees of separation.” I like this one, but we had very little time to complete it and I’d like our future podcasts to include a lot more interesting personal stories. So if you have a great story that doesn’t fit into the tone of this podcast, please don’t be discouraged! We are open to lots of new ideas.

And one last thing in this epic email: If you have any ideas for stories that you’ve heard but don’t have time or interest in reporting, we may be able to give you a small “story finder’s fee” if we use your idea and report it ourselves.

Thanks so much everyone. Looking forward to your pitches.

Jenna
jweissbe@gmail.com

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Media Ideation Fellowship Applications open TODAY

Cool fellowship opportunity – details here www.mediaideation.org/applications-open and below. -Mia


Applications open! How to apply for the Media Ideation Fellowship.
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The time has finally come: Applications are now open for the inaugural class of Media Ideation Fellows.

www.mediaideation.org/applications-open

We're connecting 5 young innovators to the financial resources and access to mentors they need to bring their world-changing ideas to life. Are you yearning to get off the treadmill and do something important? This is your opportunity to build a cause- or movement-related project that will change the world, bridge a divide, fix an injustice, or spur progressive social change.

Applications close at midnight on October 8, so get started today.

Learn more at an in-person event

We're hosting three informational napkin sketch events in San Francisco, Boulder, and Washington, DC. We'll provide the food and drinks, you bring your questions and big ideas! Space is limited, however, so RSVP right now:


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America Abroad Seeks entrepreneurship stories

America Abroad is looking for stories about entrepreneurs and startups. Details and contact info below. -Mia
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America Abroad's turning an eye to the economy this month, and specifically towards entrepreneurs and startups. If you have a good story to tell about someone who has (or hasn't) overcome obstacles in opening a store, staying in the US, or starting up a business, we want to hear it. In particular, we're looking for stories that have not just a personal element, but also get at the policy hurdles and red tape entrepreneurs have to deal with. Please get in touch at acvaldez@americaabroadmedia.org.

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UnionDocs Season Opens Sept 16, Brooklyn

The latest from UnionDocs – details on September/October events below. -Mia
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Images of Asian Music and At Sea with Peter Hutton

Sunday, September 16 at 7:30pm

$9 suggested donation. 

Peter Hutton’s unforgettable films, typically shot and exhibited on 16mm, often portray landscapes and cityscapes from around the world. Here we present his sublime, At Sea, which overviews the life cycle of a container ship (recently awarded the top spot on Film Comment’s Best of the Decade: Avant-Garde list). Proceeding this we will screen Hutton’s Images of Asian Music, which recalls his time as a US Merchant Marine in Southeast Asia in the early 1970′s.

Running Stumbled: A benefit screening for John Maringouin

Saturday, September 22 at 7:30pm

Sliding scale donation $10-20

As the film community rallies in support of beloved documentary filmmaker, John Maringouin in his ongoing battle against lung cancer, we will screen Running Stumbled to benefit the director and support his recovery. In order to help raise funds for his surgery, all revenues from the box office will be given directly to the John Maringouin Surgery Fund (click the link to donate now before campaign officially ends September 4th). Maringouin cites his inspiration for Running Stumbled to films such as the Maysles brothers’ Grey Gardens, Bela Tarr’s Sátántangó and Harmony Korine’s Julien Donkey-Boy. It premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival and shocked audiences at CineVegas.

Prologue with Raed Rafei

Sunday, September 30 at 7:30pm

$9 suggested donation.

The current furor over dramatic shifts that continue throughout the Middle East and North Africa often obscure the significant political protest and social actions that have set the stage for contemporary revolutionary fervor. Prologue is a film that offers audiences imagined yet intimate portraits of young activists in 1974. The film collapses time and offers testimony as an aesthetic project by giving young Lebanese activists a platform to tell the story of their forebears, and reveals a complex narrative of agitation, direct action and rebellion. The film toggles between past and present, imagined history and reality, to create a platform that engenders a dialogue with the past, an action that is often marked as taboo in the Lebanese context.

My Brooklyn with Kelly Anderson

Sunday, October 7 at 7:30pm

Suggested donation $9

 My Brooklyn follows director Kelly Anderson’s journey, as a Brooklyn gentrifier, to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood. The film documents the redevelopment of Fulton Mall, a bustling African-American and Caribbean commercial district that – despite its status as the third most profitable shopping area in New York City – is maligned for its inability to appeal to the affluent residents who have come to live around it. As a hundred small businesses are replaced by high rise luxury housing and chain retail, Anderson uncovers the web of  corporations, politicians and secretive public-private partnerships that drive seemingly natural neighborhood change. The film’s ultimate question is increasingly relevant on a global scale: who has a right to live in cities and determine their future?

 If you could help us spread the word about these events in any of your publications, we would really appreciate it. For more information about these events, please check out the linked titles. If you do end up publishing something about the events, please let us know!

Thanks,

Caitlin Dronen

UNIONDOCS.ORG
322 Union Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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