Friday, May 30, 2008

[MISP] Orphan Works Act

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Several of you have probably seen an email or two about this.  The Orphan Works Act has stirred up a lot of interest and action in the arts and several other communities. 

For a little more info on what this really is, Ars Technica has a pretty balanced description:

New Orphaned Works Act would limit copyright liability

By Nate Anderson | Published: April 25, 2008 - 11:36AM CT

Here's the problem that Congress is trying to solve: imagine that you are a well-known graphic artist who gains huge popularity from the funny videos you routinely post to YouTube. One day, you come across a vintage graphic from the 1960s at a yard sale; it would be perfect for your next video, you know exactly how you want to use it, but it contains no copyright information. You do what you can to find out if the image is still copyrighted and who it might belong to, but to no avail (the Copyright Office has no visual registry of works), so you go ahead and throw it into your video, which becomes a raging success, goes on to sell millions of copies on DVD, and is shown relentlessly on the vapid morning talk shows. And then, out of the blue, comes the lawsuit.

Such a picture might be an "orphan work," one without an active copyright holder. Artists die, publishers go out of business, some people never registered their work in the first place. Even if some entity still exists who values the copyright on the object in question, it can be impossible to locate this person.

Congress is now taking a stab at solving the problem with two new bills just introduced by Howard Berman (D-CA) in the House and by Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in the Senate. The "Orphan Works Act of 2008" (HR 5889 and S 2913) attempts to create a system where new creators can use old works without fear of massive lawsuits, provided that a good faith effort has been made to find out if the work in question is copyrighted.

(more info at the arstechnica site)

Writing last week in the New York Times, Lawrence Lessig makes a well reasoned case why the legislation is flawed:

Little Orphan Artworks

CONGRESS is considering a major reform of copyright law intended to solve the problem of "orphan works" — those works whose owner cannot be found. This "reform" would be an amazingly onerous and inefficient change, which would unfairly and unnecessarily burden copyright holders with little return to the public.

The problem of orphan works is real. It was caused by a fundamental shift in the architecture of copyright law. Before 1978, copyright was an opt-in system, granting protection only to those who registered and renewed their copyright, and only if they marked their creative work with the famous ©. But three decades ago, Congress created an opt-out system. Copyright protection is now automatic, and it extends for almost a century, whether the author wants or needs it or even knows that his work is regulated by federal law.

The old system filtered copyright protection to those works that needed it; the new system regulates indiscriminately. The Congressional Research Service has estimated that just 2 percent of copyrighted works that are 55 to 75 years old retain any commercial value. Yet the system maintains no registry of copyright owners nor of entities from which permission to use a copyrighted work can be sought. The consequence has been that an extraordinary chunk of culture gets mired in unnecessary copyright regulation.

The solution before Congress, however, is both unfair and unwise. The bill would excuse copyright infringers from significant damages if they can prove that they made a "diligent effort" to find the copyright owner. A "diligent effort" is defined as one that is "reasonable and appropriate," as determined by a set of "best practices" maintained by the government.

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Whether this effects you directly or not, it's at least an interesting case of the ongoing struggle to balance creators' rights in a changing world.

Best wishes,

Eric

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Subject: Fw: Artists' Alert: Orphan Works Act
Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 16:43:00 -0500

Greetings,
 I am writing today to help inform my fellow artists about some very disturbing news in regards to the United States copyright laws which are currently in existence and which may be changed if specific senators have their way.
The laws as they are being presented are:
Bill H.R. 5889 for the House of Representatives and for the senate S.  Bill 2913
Same Orphan Works bill, different #'s for Senate and House.
A full explanation follows as it has been written about by Art Calendar Magazine.      But if you really want to scare yourself silly take some time and listen to this webcast interview with Brad Holland about the Orphan Works act bill. This webcast offers insight to the ramifications of this bill - if it should pass. The mp3 webcast interview about the Orphan Works act bill can be heard at the site listed here:

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[MISP] Fwd: Governor Richardson Announces Winners of the 2008 Governor's Cup Short Animation Competition

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Congratulations to the winners!


From: Kelleher, Caitlin, GOV
Sent: Friday, May 30, 2008 3:51 PM
Subject: Governor Richardson Announces Winners of the 2008 Governor's Cup Short Animation Competition

 

For immediate release                                                                  Contact: NM Film Office

May 30, 2008                                                                                               (505) 476-5600

 

Governor Richardson Announces Winners of the 2008 Governor's Cup Short Animation Competition

Winning animated shorts will be produced in New Mexico this summer

 

SANTA FE - Governor Bill Richardson today announced the two winners of the 2008 Governor's Cup Animation Documentary Competition: Jeff Drew of Albuquerque and Frederick Aragon of Taos.  The two winners will each receive $10,000 towards their short animated projects which will be produced in New Mexico this summer.

 

"These filmmakers represent some of the best of New Mexico's media talent," said Governor Bill Richardson.  "The film industry is growing rapidly in our state and I'm pleased to support the animation community."

 

Funded entirely by Pangea Pictures Corporation and the National Geographic All Roads Film Project, each winner will receive a $10,000 budget toward the creation of their short animated project, use of software, trainees and equipment from state schools and Pangea Pictures.

                                                                                              

Eric Witt, Director of Media Arts & Entertainment Development for Governor Bill Richardson, noted the ongoing success of the Governor's Cup competition.  "Bringing the work of New Mexicans to a larger audience remains a top priority," he stated.  "This competition has repeatedly discovered some of the most promising media artists in the state." 

 

The winner of the Pangea Pictures prize is ONE SQUARE MILE OF EARTH, by

Jeff Drew.  Jeff is an animator, director and illustrator who has developed a signature moving-collage style, seen in many commercials and in illustrated covers for The Weekly Alibi.  Working with the Albuquerque-based comedy duo The Pajama Men (Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez), Drew describes ONE SQUARE MILE OF EARTH as "a cut-and-paste moving collage world filled with an array of furry, scaley and sometimes slimy characters."

 

The winner in the National Geographic All Roads category is COYOTE TALES: MYSTERY'S NIGHT by Frederick Aragon.  This short animation tells the tale of Coyote, who has never been able to make someone love him – and his journey to change that.  Aragon is a musician and storyteller with a background in graphic design, illustration and animation.  He has created two CD's of original stories and music, and expands his animating career with COYOTE TALES.

 

The winners were chosen by a five-member selection panel:

 

Derrick Ballard has over 14 years of experience in the multimedia and design industries and has served as a project designer with Antoine Predock Architect since 1999.  Since 2003 he has also spearheaded Evoc, a design research and development institution that capitalizes on the advent of performative techniques for architecture, set design, generative design and eco-sustainability.

 

Francene J. Blythe (Navajo/Dakota/Cherokee) is an advocate for indigenous storytellers around the globe.  An actress for over twenty years, Ms. Blythe has been a panel reviewer for ReNew Media, Native American Public Telecommunications and the Sundance Institute's Native Initiative.  She currently serves as Director of the National Geogrpahic All Roads Film Project in Washington, DC.

 

Troy D. Fernandez is Deputy Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.  Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Fernandez served as Deputy Director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Special Projects Coordinator for the New Mexico Department of Health, and Deputy Director of the New Mexico Health Policy Commission.  Mr. Fernandez is also a psychotherapist and mediator by profession, and fosters lifelong passions as a New Mexican santero, oral historian, and flamenco dancer.

 

Chris Kientz (Cherokee) is a 2004 Governor's Cup winner whose career has grown briskly since then.  He is creator of the award-winning children's animated series RAVEN TALES, and recently completed a new series titled TASK FORCE SHAMAN.  Mr. Kientz is a consultant to numerous media schools and businesses in New Mexico, and is currently working on his first live-action short film.

 

Jason Libersky is a native New Mexican and Senior Vice President for Technology and Strategic Development for Pangea Pictures Corporation.  Mr. Libersky is also a founder of UVAi, an internet technology and business development company.  He has also held positions at Alo Groups, LLC, Sandia National Laboratories and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

 

#30#

 

 

 

 

Caitlin Kelleher

Office of the Governor

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson

State Capitol, Suite 400

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Office: 505-476-2299

Cell: 505-795-2480

 



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[MISP] Fwd: From Torlen FW: Artists' Alert: Orphan Works Act




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Begin forwarded message:

From: Karen Gunderson <gunderpaint@hotmail.com>
Date: May 30, 2008 9:06:50 AM MDT
Subject: FW: From Torlen FW: Artists' Alert: Orphan Works Act


This does seem serious.  Karen
________________________________
Date: Fri, 30 May 2008 08:35:55 -0400
Subject: From Torlen FW: Artists' Alert: Orphan Works Act

I don't know if you all have heard about this Orphan Works Act, but it seems serious enough to warrant concern. Please pass it on. I am writing to the legislators. Michael Torlen

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Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 09:53:34 EDT
Subject: Fwd: Fw: Artists' Alert: Orphan Works Act

We received this email alert about pending legislation that would severely effect our protected   copyrights. We feel we need to inform you about the Orphan Works bill [HR 5889 and S bill 2913], so we can all join in protest.   We are writing our legislators and hope you will do likewise.
Harold Gregor


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Subject: Fw: Artists' Alert: Orphan Works Act
Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 16:43:00 -0500

Greetings,
 I am writing today to help inform my fellow artists about some very disturbing news in regards to the United States copyright laws which are currently in existence and which may be changed if specific senators have their way.
The laws as they are being presented are:
Bill H.R. 5889 for the House of Representatives and for the senate S.  Bill 2913
Same Orphan Works bill, different #'s for Senate and House.
A full explanation follows as it has been written about by Art Calendar Magazine.      But if you really want to scare yourself silly take some time and listen to this webcast interview with Brad Holland about the Orphan Works act bill. This webcast offers insight to the ramifications of this bill - if it should pass. The mp3 webcast interview about the Orphan Works act bill can be heard at the site listed here:

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Re: [MISP] NM Game Industry Update: Competition, Workshops & Teacher Training

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Hi all... A fairly brief update here on a few activities in New Mexico's Video Game community (some of which I wrote up at http://emergentwave.blogspot.com).  Including a workshop we just held and a teacher training bootcamp that's coming up soon.  Things in the Games and Education area here in New Mexico feel like they're picking up speed (there are good programs underway in Las Cruces and Santa Fe as well).  If you'd like to know more or get involved... give me a shout.

NVGA Championships & Rio Grande IGDA Game Design Workshop


RG-IGDA-4.JPG, originally uploaded by ARTS Lab.

Just a quick post for the moment, thanking Luke Nihlen and Jonathan Whetzel for making our Rio Grande IGDA Game Design Workshop and Challenge happen this past Saturday at the NVGA Tournament here at Albuquerque's Convention Center. Special thanks also to Abalone Studios for the loan of the systems, to Sandia National Labs for their support, and to Jason and Greg from the NVGA (Albuquerque's X-Topia and Colorado CutThroat Chapters respectively) for making this happen.  And an additional thanks to Novint for getting involved with a mini-tournament of their own.

It was great to see much of New Mexico's small but feisty game industry pitch in and get behind this event.

For a little more background and press on all this, please visit:

NM Business weekly: Calling All Geeks!

Weekly Alibi: Three... Two... One... Fight!

KOB-TV: Luke Nihlen Interview

TEACHER TRAINING BOOTCAMP

On a particularly exciting note (for me anyway), Luke will be leading the first Video Game Development Teacher Training Bootcamp at Albuquerque High School, June 23-28 (I've attached a flier with more information). Luke is a software engineer,  professional video game developer for Abalone Studios, and an AHS alumnus.  The platform for the course will be Microsoft's XNA program, used to create games for Microsoft's XBox.

This free bootcamp is designed to encourage secondary school teachers to modify basic games and create games of their own to both motivate and educate their students.  While many science, engineering and math concepts are almost naturally involved in game design and play, the teaching of concepts in english, social studies and other subjects is possible too. Please forward this information on to teachers who might be interested in participating.  (We're encouraging teachers to include one student each from their programs as well.)

To sign up, contact Luke Nihlen at luke@nihlen.us

RIO GRANDE IGDA GAME DESIGN CHALLENGE

For the Game Design Challenge, we had four teams/individuals present their concepts for a game to be developed using Game Maker:

Daoden
Mower
Evolution
BioCraft
All were good, and we were a little amazed at the work they were able to do in creating demos, given just a few hours. Kudos (and the grand prize) went to Ryan and Mattheus Wallace for their Evolution Game which earned high marks for both its originality and artistic design. Honorable mention went to Jorge Sanchez for his potentially 'squishy' BioCraft game.  Game Maker ended up being an even more powerful program than we'd first thought, with a free 'lite' version for PCs and extensive documentation.

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Re: [MISP] Fwd: Santa Fe Studios Open house invite - please forward

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Where exactly is the new media district south of Santa Fe, where
Santa Fe Studios will be built on 65 acres. Can anyone give me the
north/south/west/east street names? (roughly)

thanks,
Trish

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[MISP] APOLOGY

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TO ALL MEMBERS & FRIENDS OF NMWIF WHO RECEIVED THE NEWSLETTER:
 
My apologies to you all for allowing your e-mail addresses to be printed on the outgoing newsletter today.  I am new at gmail and this is the first time I had sent the newsletter on my own.  As I was sending it out, I realized it had not bcc'd everyone's email as I thought.  I've corrected this and it will not happen again.
 

Sincerely,
 
Kaaren Ochoa
President
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[MISP] Fwd: REMINDER - Deadline is June 2, 2008 - Introducing the NM FILMMAKERS Mentorship Program

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Quick reminder... this is an excellent opportunity to get real world professional experience.  Please pass it along!

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From: Bussey, Rochelle, EDD <Rochelle.Bussey@state.nm.us>
Date: Wed, May 28, 2008 at 12:35 PM
Subject: REMINDER - Deadline is June 2, 2008 - Introducing the NM FILMMAKERS Mentorship Program
To:


Dear Filmmakers - just a reminder that the application is due on Monday, June 2, 2008.  The on-line application can be found at:  http://www.nmfilm.com/locals/nm-filmmakers/mentorship-program-app.php 
 
 

 

The New Mexico Film Office is pleased to announce NM FILMMAKERS MENTORSHIPS, made possible by JTIP for Film and Multimedia.  The Mentorship Program is open to New Mexico residents age 18 and older, who wish to advance their film careers by shadowing professional above-the-line or specialty talent on major productions.  Mentorship is available for the following positions:

      -     Director

-          Producer

-          Writer

-          Editor

-          Production Designer

-          Line Producer

-          Unit Production Manager

-          Production Supervisor

-          Script Supervisor

-          Casting Director

-          Story Board Artist

-          Sound Looping

 

The pilot program will take place on a major television series shooting in Albuquerque from June through November 2008.  We are now seeking applicants who are willing and able to commit a minimum of twenty days, maximum of sixty days, on the production during that time.   The application is attached as a PDF form and can be submitted on-line at: http://www.nmfilm.com/locals/nm-filmmakers/mentorship-program-app.php .

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  JUNE 2, 2008 @ 5:00 PM

 

Questions: please email nm.filmmakers@nmfilm.com or call 505-476-5600.

nmfilmmakers
Jodi Delaney, Program Director
Rochelle Bussey
New Mexico Film Office
418 Montezuma Avenue
Santa Fe, NM  87501
Phone: 505-476-5600
Fax: 505-476-5601
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[MISP] NMWIF NEWSLETTER 5/28/08

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NEW MEXICO WOMEN IN FILM NEWSLETTER

5/28/08

 

INDEX:             NMWIF Meeting Info & Announcements

                        Job Announcements, Inquiries & Messages

                        Albuquerque Film Showing – TONIGHT!

                        48 Hour Film Project

                        NM Filmmakers Mentorship Program

                        Professional Grant-Writing Workshop

                        Metaphysical Film Festival – Press Release

                        American Indian National Center for Television & Film – Press Release

                        NM Video Game Community Update

                       

 

NEXT NMWIF MEETING JUNE 4TH

 

"EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ACTING"

 

Q & A followed by a networking mixer & refreshments

 

Filmmakers -

Find out how to get actors attached to your projects!

What do actors want from you both in the script and on the set?

How to work with agents & casting directors!

How to get an agreement with SAG & what is the benefit of using SAG actors.

Find the actors for your next project!

 

Actors-

How to break into the biz!

How to get and keep a good agent!

How to get in front of a casting director (more than once); what does the casting director want from you? How to get the part!

Meet local independent writers, directors, producers, & other working actors in your area... meet for table reads, networking, acting classes, and get cast in the next indie short film or big studio movie production!

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4TH at 7:00 PM at Soundstage 41, 4121 Cutler NE, Albuquerque  87110

 

Panelists:

Jo Edna Boldin – Casting Director (and founding board member of NMWIF) recent credits include: Academy Award winner No Country for Old Men, 3:10 to Yuma (with Russell Crow), Brothers (Toby Maguire & Jake Gyllenhall), Swingvote (Kevin Costner), In the Valley of Elah & The Missing (with Tommy Lee Jones)

 

Lynette O'Conner – Talent Agent (her talent has been cast in all of the above movies)

 

Rosalia de Aragon – New Mexico Screen Actors Guild Branch President

 

Dana Hee – Stunt Woman, Actress, & Olympic Gold Medalist; stunt doubling credits include: Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Garner, Uma Thurman, Gina Davis, Gwyneth Paltrow

 

Greg Serano – Actor: Wildfire series regular, ER, CSI, Legally Blondein NM: Felon, Conspiracy, Beer for my Horses, Not Forgotten

 

Nana Visitor – Actress: Wildfire & Star Trek series regular, CSI, Frasier, Las Vegas

 

 

NMWIF ANNOUNCEMENT:

 

Due to a short term health issue Cynthia Straus has resigned as President of NMWIF.  At the Board of Directors meeting on 5/13/08, returning and founding Board Member Kaaren Ochoa was elected to replace Cynthia as President of NMWIF for the duration of the term (through 12/31/08).  Cynthia will remain as a Director on the Board.

 

 

NMWIF ANNOUNCEMENT:

Our rates for associate membership will be going up to $100 a year. Associate members have the same privileges as general members with the exception of voting.  Registration via our new website will reflect the increase immediately. Registration in person at any NMWIF meeting will remain $50 until July 1st, 2008.

 

 

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT – TO NMWIF MEMBERS:

I am a director in the New Mexico Film Intensive program at the College of Santa Fe, and I'm looking for an Art Director for my short film. The short, FISH OUT OF WATER, has two main locations an Apartment for two struggling young adults and the interior of a fish tank. This piece deals with altered realities and the distortion of reality. Therefore, this piece allows for a lot of creative exploration for the Art Department. Anyone who might be interested in this project may contact me, Kathryn Olguin at olguinkathryn@hotmail.com.  Shoot Dates:  June 23-27. Thank you.

 

 

JOB INQUIRY – TO NMWIF MEMBERS:

I am very pleased to see that WIF has a presence here in New Mexico.  I have worked in the past as a Videotape Librarian in Los Angeles and am considering the possibility of doing so again.  What does anyone know about such opportunities?  Here in Albuquerque?  Anyone who has any information may contact Cynthia Vaughan at cvaughan@cblegacynm.com.  Thank you.

 

 

MESSAGE FROM FILMMAKER GLORIA MARTINEZ, PANELIST AT APRIL NMWIF MEETING:

Hey everyone, I am just about on my way out to Cannes. I just wanted to let
you know I and "The Decision" will represent NM in a big way. I hope to post
the latest flyer/poster so keep a look out for the picture.
I have set up a blog that is being worked on as I write this. Stay in touch
by blogging me and my plan is to upload articles, pictures, and video at
least daily.
blog.captiveent.com
To find additional information I have set up
www.captiveent.com
www.myspace.com/captiveent
Take a look at the credits: cast and crew. I have a lot of people to thank
for making all this happen. Also thanks to: Digital Filmmaking Institute and Friends of Film.

Gloria Martinez

 

 

ALBUQUERQUE FILM SHOWING:         "GAS HOLE"

Narrated by Peter Gallagher and Co-directed by Albuquerque's own Jeremy Wagener!

IF YOU BUY GASOLINE, THIS IS A MUST SEE FILM! -- Judy Dugan, former LA Times Reporter & current Research Director of Oilwatchdog.org

This timely, hot-button film takes an intense look at oil prices and the future of alternative fuels. The film has special screening events at The Guild Cinema on Wednesday, May 28th at 4:15pm, 6:15pm, & 8:30pm with a Q & A session with the filmmakers to follow each screening.    (www.gasholemovie.com

Jeremy Wagener is a Highland High & University of New Mexico graduate.   We've been selling out theaters on our 43 city National Tour and look forward to bringing the film to Jeremy's home town.

 

 

CALLING ALL FILMMAKERS!

 

48 HOUR FILM REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY, MAY 19th

 

The 48 Hour Film Project is coming to NEW MEXICO!  In a wild, sleepless weekend, you and a team will make a movie--write, shoot, edit and score it.  From scratch.  In 48 hours.  On Friday, July 11, you'll get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in your movie.  By Sunday, July 13, the movie must be complete.  It will show at KiMo Theater in Albuquerque on July 16.

 

In association with the Duke City Shootout, and with support from the City of Albuquerque, the 48 Hour Film Project is starting its 3 rd year in New Mexico.  Teams from across the state are invited to participate.

 

This week, last year's winning team – Trifecta Plus, is flying from Albuquerque to the Cannes Film Festival, in France, where their winning film, "Sweetie" will screen as one of the Best International  48 Hour Films of the year.

 

Will it be you next year?  Join up and see.

 

There are two ways to be involved:

 

1. FORM A TEAM.  If you can rustle up enough folks to make a movie, great!  The project is open to pros and amateurs alike.  Just put together a team and register on-line at http://www.48hourfilm.com/newmexico and then meet us on Friday, July 11, ready to go.  There are only a limited number of slots, and once we reach our limit teams will be put on a waiting list, so apply soon...

 

2. JOIN A TEAM.  If you're interested in participating, but can't form a team, you can still definitely be involved!  There will be happy hours where folks can meet team leaders and join their teams.  Get your information to team leaders at:

http://www.48hourfilm.com/join.  Stay tuned for announcements about  "Meet and Greet" opportunities in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

 

Here's your chance to get off the couch and start filming.  Meet other filmmakers, spend 48 hours in intense movie making, see your film screened at the world class KiMo Theater, and compete for International fame!  

 

The winning NEW MEXICO team will compete in second round competitions for a Panasonic Camera, and $5000 in cash, as well as national distribution and film festival screenings.  Entry instructions can be found at http://www.48hourfilm.com/newmexico.

 

Come on out and make a movie!

 

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Liz Langston
Executive Producer and New Mexico Producer
48 Hour Film Project

 

 

Introducing the NM FILMMAKERS Mentorship Program - deadline to apply is June 2, 2008 @ 5:00 pm

The New Mexico Film Office is pleased to announce NM FILMMAKERS MENTORSHIPS, made possible by JTIP for Film and Multimedia.  The Mentorship Program is open to New Mexico residents age 18 and older, who wish to advance their film careers by shadowing professional above-the-line or specialty talent on major productions.  Mentorship is available for the following positions:

Director, Producer, Writer, Editor, Production Designer, Line Producer, Unit Production Manager, Production Supervisor, Script Supervisor, Casting Director, Story Board Artist, Sound Looping

The pilot program will take place on a major television series shooting in Albuquerque from June through November 2008.  We are now seeking applicants who are willing and able to commit a minimum of twenty days, maximum of sixty days, on the production during that time.   The application is attached. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  JUNE 2, 2008 @ 5:00 PM

Questions: please email nm.filmmakers@nmfilm.com or call 505-476-5600.

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Jodi Delaney, Program Director
Rochelle Bussey
New Mexico Film Office, 418 Montezuma Avenue, Santa Fe, NM  87501
Phone: 505-476-5600           Fax: 505-476-5601
nm.filmmakers@nmfilm.com             www.nmfilm.com

 

 

Gateway to Grants is Offering a professional 3-day intensive

 Grant Writing Workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexcio!

Workshop Details:

When: Monday, June 16th – Wednesday, June 18th

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day

Where: Santa Fe Community College – Conference Center - Board Room

Cost: $575*

Learn how to write a successful grant proposal! 

Whether you're a professional, student, non-profit officer, educator, scientific or academic researcher, hospital administrator, local government manager, or an individual considering a career change and/or looking to enhance your skills – you will leave our workshop – certificate in hand - empowered to write successful grants!

 What You Will Learn:

  • How to assess the fundability of proposals
  • How to find and analyze funders
  • The need for a relationship building strategy with potential funders
  • The elements of a grant proposal
  • How to package a proposal for submission
  • The significance of reporting to funders

 Who You Will Learn From:

  • a seasoned professional
  • experienced in writing and managing grants

 To register for this workshop visit our website: www.gatewaytogrants.com and choose "Register".  If these workshop dates don't work for you, check out our upcoming workshops at various venues throughout the country in the months ahead by choosing the "Workshop Schedule" link.  You can also call us at 505-983-3588 or e-mail us at info@gatewaytogrants.com

 

 

 PRESS RELEASE - SANTA FE'S FIRST METAPHYSICAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

Santa FE, New Mexico - The 1946 film claassic "It's a Wonderful Life" never won an Oscar and by industry standards was a colossal box-office flop, yet to the zillion or so folks around the globe who have watched it again and again as their Christmas tradition, this film struck a chord. It made the ordinary man extraordinary and celebrated the pluck of the human spirit. This beautifully uplifting film has since been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 Best American Films ever made, and touted as the most inspirational American Films of all times.

 

The Metaphysical Film industry was born!  This fall we're bringing that rich genre of cinema to New Mexico.

 

The First Annual Santa Fe Metaphysical Film Festival - September 18 - 21 - will be an opportunity for filmmakers and film-lovers to come together to share a journey into the world of spirit and the supernatural through the rich medium of film. The brainchild of screenwriter and Santa Fe resident Carolyn Cobelo, this four day festival will offer a showcase for talented film makers who are committed to making cutting edge films that explore cross cultural understanding higher consciousness. It will also be a festival for film-lovers who want to step into a movie house and experience the wonders of spirit and beyond.

 

In addition, the festival will offer a spectrum of educational panels:

 

Spirit of Film - how to approach film from a spiritual standpoint; Money & Magnets - how to attract new creativity to the industry;

Spotlight on the Stars - successful actors in the genre. There will be a juried sacred art market offering paintings, sculpture, jewelry, music and clothing.

 

Opening and closing ceremonies will celebrate spirit through dance, ritual and music. There will be themed networking cocktail parties each evening, a Festival Gala, and an awards ceremony.

 

DETAILS:

First Annual Santa FE Metaphysical Film Festival

September 18-21, 2008

Scottish Rite Temple  Santa Fe, NM

E- metaphysical film@aol.com   www.metaphysicalfilm.com  T 505-820-6030, F. 505-829-6036

 

TICKETS:

Full Package: All films, Educational Seminars, Cocktail Parties, Galas, Award Ceremony - $325           All Films - $300         Individual Film Tickets - $12

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:

There is an open call for entries in the following categories: Short Film, Documentary, Animation, Feature & Student Films that celebrate the supernatural, spiritual and transformational potential in film!    Submission Deadline: July 15, 2008

 

For more information and submission details, please go to:

www.metaphysicalfilm.com or T. 505-820-6030

 

Contact:

Carolyn Cobelo, Director                                     Cynthia Whitney-Ward

Santa Fe Metaphysical Film Festival                               1424 1/2 Agua Fria Street

T. 505-820-6030                                                 Santa Fe, NM 87505

E - akashains@aol.com                                                 505-470-8118

 

 

 

INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN INDIAN ARTS & MAJOR TELEVISION NETWORKS

LAUNCH AMERICAN INDIAN NATIONAL CENTER FOR TELEVISION AND FILM

 

March 26, 2008 – Taking a lead role in developing entertainment career opportunities for Native people both in front of and behind the cameras, the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Development ("IAIA") has partnered with ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC in establishing the American Indian National Center for Television and Film.

 

According to Dr. Robert Martin, President of IAIA, the center, located at Los Angeles' historic Prospect Studios "will serve as a bridge between Native American talent and opportunities in the entertainment industry.  From independent producers to filmmakers, editors, screenwriters and actors, the center will foster professional development and industry networking."

 

The country's major broadcasters - ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC - have joined IAIA to underwrite the cost of launching the center and will provide their expertise to support the goals of the center.

 

The center will be a shared resource for American Indians, Alaska Natives and the entertainment industry.  Serving as an open door for those seeking a career in television and film, the center will strive to increase employment opportunities, enhance career development and provide access at all levels in the entertainment industry.

 

The programs, workshops and other offerings of the center will be a natural extension of many of the diversity initiatives already in place at the various networks.  Those initiatives will now be enhanced through the educational outreach to the American Indian community of IAIA.

 

In a joint statement the four network partners said, "We are proud to join together with IAIA on this historic outreach.  This is an affirmation of our shared belief in the importance of diversity.  The intent of this initiative is to increase the presence of American Indians in all aspects of our industry."

 

IAIA Academic Dean Ann Filemyer elaborated on the center's equally important role as a resource for entertainment industry professionals.  "Whether the focus involves personal stores, cultural histories, or present-day realities, the center extends IAIA's mission of empowering the arts and cultural, as well as professional, lives of all American Indians."

 

Dr. Martin also announced that Jhane Myers (Comanche Nation) has been named Executive Director of the American Indian National Center for Television and Film.  Her credentials include serving as publisher and editor-in-chief of Oklahoma Casinos & Entertainment magazine, founding Jhane Myers & Associates, a public relations firm handing tribal and community matters on local and national levels and working as a motion picture publicist.  Herself a beadwork artist, Ms. Myers recently served as community cultural consultant representing the Southern Plains in the National Museum of the American Indian's exhibition "Identity by Design."

 

Contact:            Charmaine Jackson-John, Film & Media Specialist
                        216 Villeros St.,Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
                        Cell: 505-231-0383
                        Email: hurricanecharmaine@yahoo.com

 

 

NEW MEXICO'S VIDEO GAME COMMUNITY UPDATE

A fairly brief update here on a few activities in New Mexico's Video Game community (some of which I wrote up at http://emergentwave.blogspot.com).  Including a workshop we just held and a teacher training bootcamp that's coming up soon.  Things in the Games and Education area here in New Mexico feel like they're picking up speed (there are good programs underway in Las Cruces and Santa Fe as well).  If you'd like to know more or get involved... give me a shout.

NVGA Championships & Rio Grande IGDA Game Design Workshop

RG-IGDA-4.JPG, originally uploaded by ARTS Lab.

Just a quick post for the moment, thanking Luke Nihlen and Jonathan Whetzel for making our Rio Grande IGDA Game Design Workshop and Challenge happen this past Saturday at the NVGA Tournament here at Albuquerque's Convention Center. Special thanks also to Abalone Studios for the loan of the systems, to Sandia National Labs for their support, and to Jason and Greg from the NVGA (Albuquerque's X-Topia and Colorado CutThroat Chapters respectively) for making this happen.  And an additional thanks to Novint for getting involved with a mini-tournament of their own.

It was great to see much of New Mexico's small but feisty game industry pitch in and get behind this event.

TEACHER TRAINING BOOTCAMP

On a particularly exciting note, Luke will be leading the first Video Game Development Teacher Training Bootcamp at Albuquerque High School, June 23-28 (I've attached a flier with more information). Luke is a software engineer, professional video game developer for Abalone Studios, and an AHS alumnus.  The platform for the course will be Microsoft's XNA program, used to create games for Microsoft's XBox.

This free bootcamp is designed to encourage secondary school teachers to modify basic games and create games of their own to both motivate and educate their students.  While many science, engineering and math concepts are almost naturally involved in game design and play, the teaching of concepts in English, social studies and other subjects is possible too. Please forward this information on to teachers who might be interested in participating.  (We're encouraging teachers to include one student each from their programs as well.)

To sign up, contact Luke Nihlen at luke@nihlen.us

RIO GRANDE IGDA GAME DESIGN CHALLENGE

For the Game Design Challenge, we had four teams/individuals present their concepts for a game to be developed using Game Maker:

Daoden
Mower
Evolution
BioCraft

 

All were good, and we were a little amazed at the work they were able to do in creating demos, given just a few hours. Kudos (and the grand prize) went to Ryan and Mattheus Wallace for their Evolution Game which earned high marks for both its originality and artistic design. Honorable mention went to Jorge Sanchez for his potentially 'squishy' BioCraft game.  Game Maker ended up being an even more powerful program than we'd first thought, with a free 'lite' version for PCs and extensive documentation.

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