April 25, 2008


American Library Association Announces Outreach Grant Program for Federal Writers' Project Documentary

Deadline: July 11, 2008

The American Library Association ( http://www.ala.org/ ), in partnership with Spark Media ( http://www.sparkmedia.org/ ), a Washington, D.C.-based production and outreach company, has announced an innovative library outreach program to enhance and increase the nationwide impact of Spark Media's documentary film, "Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project."
Major funding for the program has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities ( http://www.neh.gov/ ).

The film and library outreach program (http://www.ala.org/soulofapeople ) is designed to acquaint public, academic, and special library audiences with the story of the largest cultural experiment in U.S. history -- the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration -- told against the backdrop of the Depression and 1930s America.

Following an application process, thirty libraries will be selected to receive a $2,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to present five different public outreach programs during the period of the national broadcast of "Soul of a People" in the Spring of 2009. The grants will be used for scholar honoraria, book purchases, publicity, and other program-associated costs. Libraries will be asked to enlist from a local college or university a lead project scholar with expertise in American history, the WPA, and/or the WPA era to help
present and plan programs, ensure that program content conveys the intended humanities themes, and work with local media and other partners in planning.

Librarians applying for "Soul of a People" grants must register their institution at Grants.gov ( http://www.grants.gov/ ). Prospective applicants are advised to register with Grants.gov
as soon as possible, since the process can take up to two weeks to complete.

The application and guidelines for "Soul of a People" and complete instructions for registering and applying through Grants.gov may be found at the ALA Web site.

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Lifetime Networks Invites Entries for Every Woman's Film Competition

Deadline: July 8, 2008

To nurture the next generation of great women filmmakers, the Lifetime Movie Network ( http://www.lmn.tv/ ), the Hollywood Reporter ( http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/ ), New York Women in Film & Television ( http://www.nywift.org/ ), the Paley Center for Media ( http://www.paleycenter.org/ ), the William Morris Agency ( http://www.wma.com/ ), and Women in Film Los Angeles ( http://www.wif.org/ ) are launching the second annual
Every Woman's Film Competition, presented by the Lifetime Movie Network.

The competition is open to all women who are legal residents of the United States and who, by the entry date, are at least 18 years of age. Competition entrants will produce short films of
three to five minutes in length.

First- and second-place winners, as well as three honorable mentions, will be selected. In addition, the LMN.tv audience will have a chance to vote online for their favorite film and deter-
mine the selection of a special LMN.tv Audience Winner. The judge-selected first- and second-place winners will receive $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, to advance their film projects,
exposure on Lifetime Movie Network and LMN.tv, as well as trips to both the Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment Breakfast and the Hamptons International Film Festival, where they will be featured guests. The three honorable mention recipients, as well as the favorite filmmaker chosen by the LMN.tv audience, will win $1,000 each. Contest information is available at the program's Web site.

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