February 20, 2008

movie distribution workshop in LA

THE SECRETS TO DISTRIBUTION: Get Your Movie Distributed Now!

Speaker: Jerome Courshon - Producer/Writer

The real nuts & bolts for getting distribution for your movie

So you've made your movie. Congratulations! Or you're going to make your movie. Excellent! What do you do to ensure the final step of your filmmaking journey? Getting distribution? Whether you're about to start shooting, have finished your final cut, are on the film festival circuit, or even if you've been turned down by distributors already, you CAN get distribution. It is not impossible, but there are strategies that MOST producers & directors do not know or understand.Where can you learn these? At producer Jerome Courshon's groundbreaking 1-Day seminar, "THE SECRETS TO DISTRIBUTION: Get Your Movie Distributed Now!"

Bottom line: This seminar is about getting results and getting the deal, with key resources provided. If you are serious about getting your movie into the marketplace, then this is not a day to miss.

COST: $129 for WIF members, $149 for non-members.

Registration: www.Distribution.LA/wif.html

Where & When

Marriott Courtyard Hotel
15433 Ventura Blvd.,
Sherman Oaks, CA

March 8, 2008
10:00am - 6:00pm


I don’t know these writers personally by the way – just saw this on Women in Film newsletter and thought I would pass on - SJ

The Valley Writers Group meets every third Sunday of the month (with a few exceptions for holidays.)It is a workshop for writers to bring in material they are working on to be read aloud by other writers. We are very fortunate that this particular group has a few actors that come regularly just to read pages for us. ACTORS are very welcome in our group.

If you would like your pages read (10-15 maximum), please RSVP by sending the working title and whether it is a screenplay or teleplay, etc.RSVP is necessary ONLY if you would like your pages read. If the pages fall within the script, please bring a short synopsis with you to the meeting to put your pages in context. Also, please bring enough copies for EACH of the characters in your piece plus one copy for a narrator (extra copies are not necessary). Please note that we recommend new members attend a couple of meetings before bringing material to be read.

Please contact Laura Grant at lauraggrant@aol.com with any questions.

Where & When

Feinstein Studio
13273 Ventura Blvd, Ste 212
NE corner of Fulton & Ventura
Studio City

February 24 2008
11:00am - 1:30pm

march deadlines

March 1

The Lower East Side Printshop’s Keyholder Residency offers emerging US artists one-year residencies in New York City with 24-hour access to professional printmaking facilities. Residents also receive a $500 stipend, basic supplies, exhibition opportunities, and much more. Applicants do not need printmaking experience; basic instruction in printmaking is available. Students are ineligible. For complete information on how to apply, visit http://printshop.org/web/home.html.

Ahsahta Press’ Sawtooth Poetry Prize awards $1,500 and publication to a book of poems between 48-100 pages written in English. The winning volume will be published in January of 2009 by Ahsahta Press. Translations are ineligible. There is a $25 reading fee. For complete information on how to apply, visit http://ahsahtapress.boisestate.edu/contest.htm.

The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts’ Fellowships consist of $5,000 and a one-year residency in Helena, MT for a ceramic artist who demonstrates exceptional merit and promise. Residents receive studio space, glazing and kiln facilities, a discount at the Bray’s supply store, and exhibition space. Residents must assume the cost of housing, food, materials, and firing; there is no on-site housing. There is a $20 application fee. For more information on the program, visit http://www.archiebray.org/.

Binghamton University sponsors two competitions for writers with March 1 deadlines. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award offers $1,000 and publication to a book of poetry of at least 48 pages published in 2007 by a poet over the age of 40. The John Gardner Fiction Book Award is a $1,000 grant and publication given to a novel or collection of fiction published in 2007. For complete application guidelines, visit http://english.binghamton.edu/cwpro/BookAwards/Book-Awards-index.htm.

The Platte Clove Artists-in-Residence program in upstate New York offers visual artists, writers, composers, performing artists, and environmental researchers a location to appreciate the natural environment and focus on their art. Residencies last for up to two weeks. During the residency, artists reside in a cabin surrounded by trails, waterfalls, and the forest. Residencies culminate in an exhibition at the Catskill Center’s Erpf Gallery in Arkville, NY. Residents must provide their own bedding and food. For complete application information, visit www.catskillcenter.org/programs/arts/residency_application.pdf.

The Eastern Frontier Education Foundation and Norton Island Residency Program allows visual artists and writers a rustic island one mile off the coast of Maine to develop their work. Lodging is provided for residents in cabins without running water. Residencies take place in the summer for 18 days. There is a $25 application fee. For complete information on how to apply, visit www.easternfrontier.com/sessions.html.

Wilkes University’s James Jones First Novel Fellowship is a $10,000 award given to an American author of a first novel in progress. Novellas and collections of closely linked short stories are also eligible. The award honors the honesty and insight into modern culture embodied by the late author James Jones. There is a $25 application fee. The grand prize winner must accept the award in person during an early November ceremony in Wilkes-Barre, PA. For complete information on how to apply, visit www.wilkes.edu/pages/1159.asp.

The Kamiyama Artist in Residency Program offers visual artists a month-long residency in the Japanese countryside to focus on the creation of new work. Applicants must be able to speak and understand Japanese or English. Residents are offered transportation, a materials allowance, studio space, exhibition space, an honorarium, and accommodation. For complete information on how to apply, visit www.kamiyama-gvi.jp/kair/guidelines.html.

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME offers ceramics artists a Winter Artist Residency from September to May, exhibition opportunities, a $150 monthly fee, a $325 monthly utilities fee, materials and firings, and a private room in a shared cabin. There is a $25 application fee. For full information on how to apply, visit www.watershedceramics.org/winterresidency.php.

Writers at Work’s Fellowship Competition awards $1,500, publication in Quarterly West, a featured reading, and attendance of the Writers at Work conference in Salt Lake City to emerging writers in the fiction, poetry, and nonfiction genres. Applicants should not have published a book-length volume of original work with a national press in the genre in which they submit work. Only unpublished work is eligible. For full application information, visit www.writersatwork.org/competition.html.

March 3

The New York State Council on the Arts’ (NYSCA) registration deadline for its grants program is March 3. NYSCA grants are given to nonprofit arts organizations in New York State. Individual artists may apply for fiscal sponsorship through nonprofit organizations to become eligible for NYSCA grants. For complete information on how to apply, visit www.nysca.org.

Brooklyn Community Access TV and BRIC Arts’ Rotunda Gallery Video Residency makes media training programs available to professional Brooklyn-based visual artists. The organization’s media center includes a studio and studio control area, a training studio, a mini-studio, edit suites, and much more. Residencies are available in the Television Studio Production and Remote/Video Editing Production areas. Residents are offered a training program, camera rental, and 50 hours of lab time. Residents also receive a $200 honorarium. For complete information on how to apply, visit www.briconline.org/rotunda/residency.asp.

March 4

March 4 marks the deadline for Creative Capital’s inquiry forms for 2008 grants. Initial grants are for $10,000. This year, grants will be given to writers, performing artists, and artists working in emerging fields (gaming, digital arts, sound art, architecture, design, interdisciplinary projects, and other new genres) who are making adventurous and imaginative work. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent legal residents, at least 25 years old, and a working artist with at least five years of professional experience. Creative Capital usually funds artists’ projects over the course of two to four years. Priority is given to projects that transcend discipline boundaries and illuminate the present moment. For complete information on how to apply, visit http://apply.creative-capital.org//guidelines.php.

March 7

Prix Ars Electronica awards cash grants of up to 20,000 Euros for creativity and pioneering spirit in the field of digital media in the following categories: Computer Animation/Film/VFX, Interactive Art, Digital Music, Hybrid Art, Digital Communities, Freestyle Computing, and Media Art Research. Works may be entered in one category only. For full information on how to apply, visit www.aec.at/en/prix/index.asp.

March 15

The Ace Film Festival in New York City is accepting films and videos from American artists in the following categories: Feature Films, Short Films, Animations, and Video Art/Music Videos. The March 15 deadline is the festival’s earlybird deadline, offering a reduced application fee. Preferred formats are DVD and Mini-DVD. The festival’s grand prize winner receives the additional benefit of free fiscal sponsorship for one year from NYFA. For full information on application fees, types of accepted films, and how to apply, visit www.acefest.com/submit.

February 16, 2008


Creative Capital Accepting Applications for Grants in Emerging Fields, Innovative Literature, and Performing Arts

Deadline: March 4, 2008 (Letters of Inquiry)

Founded in 1999, the Creative Capital Foundation ( http://www.creative-capital.org/ ) is a national nonprofit organization that supports artists pursuing adventurous and imaginative work in the performing and visual arts, film/video, innovative literature, and emerging fields. The foundation is committed to working in long-term partnership with the artists it funds, making a multiyear financial commitment, and providing advisory services and professional development assistance along with financial support. Funded artists agree to share a small percentage of any net profits generated by their projects with Creative Capital, which applies those funds toward new grants.

In 2008, Creative Capital will support artists in Emerging Fields, Innovative Literature, and Performing Arts. Emerging Fields may include digital arts, gaming, sound art, architecture, design, interdisciplinary projects, and new genres. Innovative Literature may include poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and genre-defying literary work. Performing Arts may include dance, music theater, exper- imental music performance, non-traditional opera, spoken word, theater/performance art, puppetry, and interdisciplinary projects.

To be eligible to apply, an artist must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of the U.S.; at least 25 years old; and a working artist with at least five years of professional experience.

Visit the Creative Capital Web site for complete program information and application procedures. RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10011339/creative-capital


Open Society Institute Invites Photographers and Artists to Apply for Moving Walls 15 Group Exhibition

Deadline: March 28, 2008

Moving Walls is an annual documentary photography exhibition produced by the Open Society Institute ( http://www.soros.org/ ), a private operating and grantmaking foundation that works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. The exhibition series is an artistic interpretation of the obstacles -- such as political oppression, economic instability, and racism -- that society often erects, and the struggles to tear those barriers down. Since its inception in 1998, Moving Walls has featured nearly one hundred photographers whose work addresses a variety of social justice and human rights issues. OSI encourages photographers to submit documentary work of national or international subjects that coincide with the issues and geographical areas that are of concern to OSI. Upon selection, photographers must submit a budget proposal for printing, dry- mounting, and other miscellaneous costs. In addition, selected photographers will receive a $1,500 royalty payment.

Visit the OSI Web site for complete program information. RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10011340/soros


VSA arts of Massachusetts Invites Applications for ADA Cultural Access Grants

Deadline: April 23, 2008 (Intent to Apply)

VSA arts of Massachusetts' ( http://www.vsamass.org/ ) mission is to involve people with disabilities in the mainstream cultural life of the community. With support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council ( http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/ ), VSA arts of Massachusetts is offering ADA Cultural Access Grants to organizations that propose innovative ways to include artists with disabilities and attract audiences, including people with disabilities. The purpose of the ADA Cultural Access Grants program is to create opportunities for cultural organizations to engage artists, humanists, and interpretive scientists with disabilities in the creative work of the organizations. P

rograms are intended to be accessible and to reflect universal design principles. They may include staff development, audience development, and access services such as sign interpretation, captioning, assistive listen- ing, and audio description; only programs substantially involving people with disabilities are eligible, however. To be eligible for funding, applicant organizations must have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; be incorporated in Massachusetts as a nonprofit; and main- tain a regular schedule of public cultural programs.

Visit the VSA arts of Massachusetts Web site for further informa- tion and application materials. RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10011341/vsamass

For additional RFPs in Arts and Culture, visit: http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_arts.jhtml

February 14, 2008

teaching the arts

* Theatre Faculty, Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences Nova Southeastern University (Florida) (date posted: 2/11/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000547764-01&pg=e

* Dance Faculty, Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences Nova Southeastern University (Florida) (date posted: 2/11/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000547763-01&pg=e

* Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Marching Band University of Hawaii-Manoa (Hawaii) (date posted: 2/11/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000546735-01&pg=e

* Assistant Professor of Costume Design University of Missouri - St. Louis (Missouri) (date posted: 2/11/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000546240-01&pg=e

* Dance, Visiting Instructor/Assistant Professor Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (New Jersey) (date posted: 2/8/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000547483-01&pg=e

* Multiple Positions City College of City University of New York (New York) (date posted: 2/11/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000546478-01&pg=e

* Assistant Professor: The Arts Empire State College of State University of New York (New York) (date posted: 2/12/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000548032-01&pg=e

* Assistant Professor - Department of Drama Syracuse University (New York) (date posted: 2/8/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000547554-01&pg=e

* Assistant Professor or Instructor/Technical Director/Designer, Department of Communication and Theatre Southwestern Oklahoma State University (Oklahoma) (date posted: 2/11/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000547129-01&pg=e

* Assistant Professor/Program Director Dance Drexel University (Pennsylvania) (date posted: 2/13/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000548368-01&pg=e

* Assistant/Associate Professor of Jazz Studies University of North Texas (Texas) (date posted: 2/11/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000547952-01&pg=e

* Assistant/Associate Professor of Music/Director of Band Southern Utah University (Utah) (date posted: 2/8/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000547527-01&pg=e

* Costume Designer/Costume Shop Supervisor Carthage College (Wisconsin) (date posted: 2/12/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000548117-01&pg=e

fast track program in la


Film Independent is now accepting applications for its 2008 Fast Track program, a film financing market that runs during the Los Angeles Film Festival. The deadline for submissions to the program is 31 March, 2008 (postmarked). The program is sponsored by Kodak.This year Film Independent is greatly expanding what we offer to the filmmakers chosen for the program. In past years, Fast Track was restricted to alumni of the Los Angeles Film Festival and graduates of Film Independent's Talent Development Programs. Selected filmmakers received a pass to the festival and one day of industry meetings. The program is now open to all filmmakers with strong feature projects, both narrative and documentary, national and international, seeking their financing. Applicants do not need to be alumni of the Los Angeles Film Festival nor graduates of our Talent Development Programs.The filmmakers chosen for the 2008 Fast Track program will receive:

three days of intensive, high-level industry meetings taking place during the Festival

an Industry pass to the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival

a pass to Film Independent's 2008 Financing Conference, running in June 2008

a pass to Film Independent's Filmmaker Forum, which runs in the fall of 2008

complimentary membership in Film Independent

year-round support from Film Independent.

Previous Fast Track projects include Courtney Hunt's Frozen River, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival; Sterlin Harjo's Spirit Award nominated Four Sheets to the Wind; Jennifer Westfeldt's Ira and Abby; Jessica Sanders' award- winning documentary After Innocence; Chris Chan Lee's Undoing, currently in theatrical release; Dana Jackson's Park; and Scott Prendergast's feature Kabluey, which had its world premiere at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival.

For the application and additional information, go to http://www.filmindependent.org/index.php/talent_devel opment/fasttrack or contact FilmmakerLabs@filmindependent.org

February 11, 2008

more artists pose questions to Eric Maisel

As Eric promotes his book, many artists are sending him questions that are relevant to us all. I'm posting excerpts, with Eric's permission, from those interviews:

You note in the book that "Most creators feel miserable if few or none of their creative efforts succeed." How do you counsel artists to make meaning, when they seem to depend so much on public awareness and acceptance of their creative work?

A lack of success and a lack of recognition are profound meaning crises that must be addressed just as any meaning crisis must be addressed, with all of our heart and all of our energy. We have the following options. We reinvest meaning in our art and reinvest meaning in our marketing efforts and make a new go at doing excellent work and also at becoming an excellent advocate for our work, in the hope that this time recognition and success will follow. That is, we try again, only harder and smarter. In addition, we invest meaning elsewhere, in other meaning avenues and other meaning containers, and especially in intimate relationships (Van Gogh was happy for one year, when he was in such an intimate relationship). There are no other existential answers: we try again (perhaps differently and hopefully with a better payoff) and/or we try something new.

How do you counsel an artist facing stage fright or fear of the blank page?

When we fear that we do not matter or that our efforts do not matter, we get depressed. Similarly, the places where we make large investments of meaning, for instance in our performances, paintings, or books, are places of great anxiety, because there is more than
our ego on the line, there is our very sense of the meaningfulness of our life. If the world is not interested in our paintings, for instance, we will be hard-pressed to maintain meaning there; so, when we come to the blank canvas, we can already be a little (or a lot) frightened that a negative reaction to this as-yet-unborn painting will precipitate a meaning crisis. There is a remarkable dance that is necessary to perform in order to deal with this precise dynamic: we must invest meaning in our effort while at the same time detaching (or divesting meaning) from the outcome. That is, we say to ourselves, "I will show up that is what I demand of myself" and at the same time we say, "I have no way to control the creative process, so I have no way to guarantee an excellent outcome here; all I can do is try." We make the meaning investment in the effort, not in the outcome; and in that way we reduce our experience of anxiety.

Artist Caroline Bertorelli is quoted in the book: "I get depressed quite regularly and often. It used to distress and frustrate me that I have such a tendency. But as I grow older, I see my depression as a valuable time for introspection and deep thinking about life." Do you find that others are able to experience depression or anxiety as something with positive meaning and value?

Many artists try. I believe that it serves us best to learn how to reduce or eliminate both depression and anxiety from our lives, as I do not hold them as useful in any way. I think that pain is overrated. That isn?t to say that the following might not happen: you work honorably and well on a creative project, you finish it, you are depleted and no new project wants to come forward, and after a certain amount of time the blues strike, since you aren?t making sufficient meaning and don?t feel quite up to making new meaning. This sort of depression can creep up on any working artist. The depression is not useful in and of itself but it is a clear signal that the time has come to see if new meaning can be made. It is the time to get back on the horse and back into the studio. Maybe there is nothing there yet and maybe you will experience days or weeks of nothing particularly generative happening. Be that as it may, the depression was not a gift; it was merely the warning sign that a meaning crisis was brewing or had erupted?and that action, even if futile at first, was now required.

February 01, 2008

upcoming deadlines for grants

Foundation for Jewish Culture Invites Applications for New Jewish Theater Projects Program
Deadline: March 24, 2008

The Foundation for Jewish Culture ( http://www2.jewishculture.org/ ) is accepting applications for the New Jewish Theater Projects program. The program provides grants of up to $5,000 each to national nonprofit theater companies for the commissioning of new plays, musicals, or multimedia works of Jewish significance. Grant funds supports play or performance development, which can include commissioning fees, playwright's residency expenses, and research or workshop costs. Unless special arrangements are made in advance, awards are distributed directly to the venue where the work is to be presented.

Applicants must be a nonprofit organization with federal tax- exempt status; have completed at least two seasons of public performances (student productions are not eligible); and commit to presenting the proposed play to the public within one year of receiving the commission. A workshop production, staged reading, or first production is acceptable, and must include a forum for public discussion. Each application is reviewed according to the following cri- teria: clarity of artistic vision; qualifications of the play- wright/creative team; significance of the play to Jewish history, life, or culture; and feasibility of the theater company to manage the commission and produce the proposed work.

Complete program information is available at the Foundation for Jewish Culture Web site. RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10011101/jewishculture


Princess Grace Foundation-USA Announces Availability of Applications for 2008 Awards in Theater, Playwriting, Dance, Choreography, and Film
Deadline: Various

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA ( http://www.pgfusa.org/ ) has announced the availability of applications for the 2008 Princess Grace Awards in Theater, Playwriting, Dance Performance, Choreography, and Film. The foundation is dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging artists in theater, dance, and film and awards grants to individual artists across the United States.

Theater Awards take the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships. Grants are awarded based on the quality of the emerging artists' past work, their potential for future excel- lence, and the impact the collaboration between the nominating organization and the artist will have on the individual's artistic growth. The Playwriting Award includes a residency at New Dramatists, Inc. ( http://www.newdramatists.org/ndhome.htm ) in New York City. Individuals may submit an unproduced, unpublished full-length play for consideration. (Deadline: March 31, 2008)

Dance Performance Awards take the form of scholarships and fellowships. Awards are based on the applicant's artistic merit, significance of the award to her/his current artistic development, and the potential for future excellence and impact on the field. Choreography Fellowships offer emerging choreographers the opportunity to create a new work with a company with which they have little experience. (Deadline: April 30, 2008) Some theater and dance companies who host apprenticeship and fellowship recipients receive an additional grant to be used for general operating expenses.

Film Scholarships, awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students, are by invitation only. Universities, colleges, and schools are invited to submit applicants via their department chairs, deans, or professors. Film scholarships provide funding toward the filmmakers thesis film. A complete list of accepted schools is on the foundation's Web site. (Deadline: June 2, 2008)

All Princess Grace Awards applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status. In addition, all applicants (except playwriting) must be nominated by a nonprofit organization (school or company) with which they will be affiliated during the grant period (September 2008-August 2009).

Full guidelines and applications are available at the foundation's Web site. RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10011102/pgfusa

For additional RFPs in Arts and Culture, visit: http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_arts.jhtml