Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Opportunities & Events

Reel Queer (deadline June 30 - Seattle, WA)

A video production and media literacy training course for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transexual, Queer, Questioning and Allied teens of all genders.

[hosted by Reel Grrls - reelgrrls.org]

This summer, Reel Grrls is hosting our very first Queer-focused video production and media literacy training course for LGBTQA-identified youth ages 13-19.

In this four-day course, participants will:
*learn the basics of video production and visual storytelling.
*enhance their understanding of queer-based media literacy
*work in a safe environment with queer, media-professionals
*use professional camera and editing equipment
*create a short video that will be screened at the 2009 Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival!

As a program for queer youth, we honor the following principles:
· We value the power of video as a means to create personal and social change
· We value efforts that actively expand opportunities for LGBTQ youth.
· We value positive approaches to fighting homophobia
· We value integrity, honesty and respect
· We value appropriate sharing of resources, cooperation and collaboration
· We value using our collective voice to further our mission
· We value diversity

If these principles speak to you as well, join us! We're looking for:
-LGBTQA participants - all genders aged 13-19
-LGBTQA mentors - all genders

July: 20, 22, 27, and 29th! 10am-4pm

Applications are available now at: reelgrrls.org/programs - we have 16 spaces available and will be accepting participants on a first-come first-served basis. Application deadline: June 30th.

Please contact us for more information!

Downtown Community Television Center / PRO-TV Professional Youth Media Training (Event on July 7 -- New York, NY)

Please join us Tuesday, July 7th as we celebrate the accomplishments of the Media Fellows Class of 2009 in the screening of their final works in the PRO-TV program. We will be screening their autobiographical pieces as their culminating works of art in the "Reflections of Me" series. The program will begin at 6PM on the first floor of DCTV.

To RSVP, please contact Chinisha Scott at 646-484-4642 or chinisha@dctvny.org.

What is PRO-TV (http://www.protvny.org/abouttheprogram.html)

PRO-TV is the most successful youth media arts training program in the nation. Offering free training to the youth of New York City since 1978, PRO-TV provides positive creative outlets for young people to address the issues affecting their lives and their communities. Students are paired with top teaching artists who guide them through a rich curriculum of media arts training using state-of-the-art equipment. In programs ranging from one day to three years in duration, students have the opportunity to:

• Practice the art of storytelling using design, lighting, sound and image

• Attend seminars on media literacy and the history of media arts

• View and deconstruct films in roundtable discussions

Master cameras, audio equipment, and digital editing systems

Awards & Recognition

PRO-TV wins more awards than any similar program in the nation. Students frequently participate in film festivals and events worldwide. Recent film festivals and awards include:

• Student Emmy® Awards

• Sundance Film Festival: Special Jury Prize

• Tribeca Film Festival

• San Francisco International Film Festival

• The Los Angeles International Film Festival

• The American Black Film Festival

• Women in the Director’s Chair Festival

• Hot Springs International Film Festival

Almost 100% of PRO-TV Media Fellowship students go on to attend college and/or gain employment in the media industry. PRO-TV provides support throughout the college application process, and each year PRO-TV students are awarded numerous acceptances and scholarships. Recent grads are currently enrolled at schools as diverse as:

• NYU/Tisch School of the Arts – Lewis Rudin City Scholarship; University Scholars Program; New York Times Full Scholarship

• Claflin University – Emma Bowen Foundation Scholarship

• Kingsboro Community College – Future Latino Filmmakers Scholarship

• And many more, including Penn State University, Syracuse University, Emerson College, Ithaca College, Pace University, and SUNY/CUNY colleges.

PRO-TV students can put the technical skills they learn to use in internships with major media companies. Recent internship sites include NBC, The New York Times, and NY International Latino Film Festival.

Academic Opportunities

Call for papers: Issues in Critical Investigation (deadline June 30)

Issues in Critical Investigation: The African Diaspora
(ICI), a new initiative devoted to critical thinking and writing about the African Diaspora and the pursuit of a cross-generational dialogue on issues related to it -- http://www.vanderbilt.edu/ICI/ -- is pleased to announce our inaugural 2009 competition for the two best unpublished, single-authored manuscripts or manuscripts of linked essays. The winners of the two prizes—the Anna Julia Cooper Prize in the Humanities and the Ida B. Wells Prize in the Social Sciences—will each receive $3,000 and the option for a book contract with Vanderbilt University Press. Each manuscript must be written by an untenured professor on the general topic of the global African Diaspora and produced in any field of the Humanities and the Social Sciences.

Manuscripts will be read and closely evaluated by senior professors in the relevant fields, and the winners announced each spring. In the fall, an annual symposium will be convened at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. during which winners and finalists will present seminars on their topics.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • African, African-American or African-Canadian studies
  • Anthropology
  • Atlantic African slave trade
  • Black European studies
  • Black popular culture
  • Caribbean studies
  • Cinema and film studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Latin-American studies
  • Media
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • War and peace

All submissions must be emailed to ici@vanderbilt.edu, between June 1 - 30, 2009, with the subject line “Submission.” Do NOT send full manuscripts at this time. Please include the following:

-cover letter
-proposal with a prospectus and book outline

Candidates will be notified by July 15 if they are invited to submit a full manuscript. All submissions must be exclusive submissions to ICI for the duration of the contest.

For information contact:

Hortense J. Spillers, executive director
Brenna Hansen, program coordinator
Vanderbilt University
Station B # 351654
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235

CFP: Wasafiri New Writing Prize (deadline: 31 June 2009)

Wasafiri New Writing Prize -- opportunity to be published in this international magazine and win £300. The deadline has been specially extended to 31st July 2009. Further details can be found at:



The James & Janie Washington Foundation is happy to have two new Artists in Residence. Esther Ervin and Romson Bustillo are starting their residencies at the same time.

Esther Ervin is a dedicated working artist who
currently uses the gourd as her primary sculptural
medium. She has recently finished an Artist in Residency and the Pathways Scholarship at Pratt Fine Arts Center, where she has learned to work with metals. Her aesthetic is grounded in the use of multiple media.

Ms. Ervin has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from
California State University at Long Beach and a
Bachelors Degree (BS) in Biology from the University of
California at Irvine.

Her work in the local arts community includes
being curator at Festival Sundiata Art Exhibits and serving as an On Site Evaluator for 4Culture. She was the curator for the Art Gallery at South Seattle Community College for four years.

Romson Bustillo returns to the foundation after nearly a year of travel in Central American and Spain. He will be working with the Foundation staff to develop a Youth Workshop in printmaking and Social Awareness.

Romson Regarde Bustillo was born on the island of Mindanao in Cagayan de Oro City, the Philippines. He moved to the US when he was a young boy. He grew up in Columbia City in the south part of Seattle.

His work is represented in private and public collections nationally and internationally, including ArtCol Trust, the Washington State Art Commission, and the Wing Luke Asian Museum. He has been an artist in residence and instructor for Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, the Seattle Art Museum, and an NEA supported Artist in Residence for the Tacoma Art Museum.