February 23, 2009

writing contests

7th Annual 2009 Script P.I.M.P. Screenwriting Competition

DEADLINE: May 1st, 2009

New this year: writers may request general script notes for $40.

For registration, visit: http://www.scriptpimp.com/writing_competition/home.cfm

$16,000 CASH to winners - $50,000 in prizes

The 2009 Script P.I.M.P. Screenwriting Competition is now accepting entries for feature film scripts - all genres, styles, and lengths accepted. This is an international competition and non-U.S. writers are welcome. $50,000 in prizes given away to ANYONE who enters*.

Four (4) Grand-Prize winners receive:

- $3,000 cash each
- Pitch meetings with reps from at least four major studios or production companies
- A mentor meeting with a literary manager or executive who will provide advice and further leads
- Introduction to established literary representation
- Additional assistance from Script P.I.M.P. in polishing their script, including a one-hour free consultation with a personal analyst
- At least one mentor meeting scheduled the day after the awards ceremony with an industry professional.
- 5-year memberships to Script Pimp's Writers Database
- Invitation to the Script Pimp Awards Dinner in Santa Monica, CA (Writers Boot Camp) in July 2009 where the winners will be announced
- Guaranteed circulation to over 150 companies
- Featured 'Script Pimp Winner' listing on Ink Tip
- (2) free Development Notes on another script

Top 20 Finalists receive:

$200 cash
At least one mentor meeting scheduled the day after the awards ceremony with an industry professional
5-year memberships to Script Pimp's Writers Database
Invitation to the Script Pimp Awards Dinner in Santa Monica, CA (Writers Boot Camp) in July 2009 where the winners will be announced
Guaranteed circulation to over 150 companies
Featured 'Script Pimp Winner' listing on Ink Tipâ„¢
(1) Free Development Notes on another script

Composed of working literary agents, literary managers, and development directors from
the film industry, the 2009 judges include representatives at the following companies:

Alive Entertainment, Arpil Entertainment, Benderspink, Creative Artists Agency, Creative
Convergence, Darko Entertainment, Energy Entertainment, Foursight, Guy Walks Into A Bar
Productions, Hypnotic, Intellectual Property Group, Mission Underground, Smart
Entertainment, Think Film, The Radmin Company, United Talent Agency, William Morris
Agency, Kersey Management, Management 360, Original Artists, Silent R Management,
Bopopolis Bros. Film Factory, Candance Lake Literary, Diverse Film Company, Elements
Entertainment, Endeavor Agency, Foremost Films, Gersh Agency, Industry Entertainment,
Infinity Media, Menlo Park Productions, Millennium, Mosaic Media Group, New Regency, ONC
Entertainment, Original Media, Rebel Entertainment Partners.

In addition, the following are a selection of companies that have requested to review the

3 Arts Entertainment, 3 Ring Circus Films, AEI, The Alpern Group, Anthem Entertainment,
Andrew Lauren Productions, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Cedar Grove Agency,
Cinematic Instinct, Energy Entertainment, Genius Management, The Greenblatt-Janollari
Studio, Gersh LA, Hi-Def Entertainment, IndieShares, The Jerry Leider Company, JT
Entertainment, London Pictures, Pierce/Williams Entertainment, Polsky Films, Principal
Entertainment, Symbolic Entertainment, Underground Films, Wonder Entertainment

2nd Annual 2009 Script P.I.M.P. TV Writing Competition

$1,000 Cash to Best Overall TV Script

The 2nd Annual Script P.I.M.P. TV Writing Competition is now open.

Grand prize is $1,000 to the best spec, pilot, or reality series proposal.

Judges for the contest include writer Brian Keith Etheridge ("South Park"), Michael Morris (producer, Brothers and Sisters), and Mike Kelley, creator of "Swingtown."

Contact entry@scriptpimp.com with questions or to request more information.

Script P.I.M.P. Competition Success Stories / Feedback:

Former competition winning script "Slammin'" sells to Warner Bros. for six figures

Evan Daugherty's 2008 grand prize-winning script SHRAPNEL makes the Blacklist (a list of
the top 100 scripts in Hollywood for 2008)

James K. Watts script BECKWOURTH, a 2008 Script Pimp Screenwriting Competition
finalist, is currently under option.

16 writers gained literary representation in the last two years

Since the Competition began in 2003, Script P.I.M.P. has successfully matched all
Grand-Prize winners from the competition with A-level literary representation. Our 2008
contest has netted option and representation agreements with many of the finalist
writers. Chadwick and Sean will work to set up at least one mentor meeting with each finalist.

To submit: http://www.scriptpimp.com/writing_competition/home.cfm.

Script P.I.M.P. Home Page: http://www.scriptpimp.com

***All new Writers Database members get one FREE entry into either competition!***

*all miscellaneous prizes are given away at random

About Script Pimp

Script P.I.M.P., LLC is a full-service screenplay analysis and resource hub designed for
writers, producers, and film industry professionals.

For nearly a decade, Script P.I.M.P. has provided screenwriters worldwide with quality,
in-depth analysis from readers with years of story development experience. In addition,
Script P.I.M.P. has gathered the specific needs and submission guidelines of production
and management companies, literary agencies, independent producers, and creative
executives searching for new material. Along with extensive resources, this information
is now available through their members-only Writers Database.

Script P.I.M.P. continues to offer top-notch coverage services and the potential to have
one's script circulated to production companies, agents, and managers through our Writers
Workshop, which reviews screenplays, short scripts, and TV specs and pilots. Rave
reviews and success stories continue to fuel the Workshop, as more and more writers
benefit from Script P.I.M.P.'s wide array of resources, from one-on-one consultations to
basic story notes.

Most recently, Rogues Gallery, a former Workshop "Recommend" screenplay written
by Brian Watanabe, wrapped production in Los Angeles and is set for a 2009 release.

To visit Script P.I.M.P.'s IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/company/co0173374/

teaching the arts

* Multiple Positions
Shorter College (Ga.) (Georgia)
(date posted: 2/23/2009)

* Assistant Professor of Theatre, Lighing Design
Oklahoma City University (Oklahoma)
(date posted: 2/20/2009)

* Senior Lecturer/Administrator in Digital Film Practice
Vanderbilt University (Tennessee)
(date posted: 2/23/2009)

* Assistant Director of Choral Activities
Baylor University (Texas)
(date posted: 2/23/2009)

* Technical Director
SRO Associates, Inc. (Texas)
(date posted: 2/19/2009)

February 20, 2009


Meet The Composer Invites Grant Applications for Commissioning Music/USA
Deadline: March 13, 2009

Meet The Composer ( http://www.meetthecomposer.org/ ) offers support through its Commissioning Music/USA program to ensure that composers and their commissioners have the knowledge and resources to successfully complete their shared goals. This support takes the form of subsidized commissioning fees as well as technical assistance in managing the entire life-cycle of a commissioning project.

The 2009 round of Commissioning Music/USA will consider applications for concert works (i.e., stand-alone musical works created by single or collaborating composers and performable in a concert setting) in the following genres: chamber, jazz, orchestral, chorus, and solo works. Proposed works can be in any style and may be notated, improvised, electronic, or any combination.

Applications may be submitted by a single commissioner or consor- tium of commissioning organizations. If selected to participate in the program, Commissioning Music/USA offers between $10,000 and $20,000 in support of the composer's commissioning fee and copying expenses.

Visit the Meet The Composer Web site for complete program guide- lines. RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/15016980/meetthecomposer

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


First Peoples Fund Seeks Nominations of American Indian Artists for Community Spirit Awards
Deadline: June 15, 2009

The First Peoples Fund ( http://www.firstpeoplesfund.org/ ), a national nonprofit organization, is accepting nominations for the Community Spirit Award, which recognizes American Indian artists who have made substantial contributions to their communities. The program will honor four individuals with fellowships of $5,000 each.

Recipients of this award must demonstrate acts of community spirit through art. First Peoples Fund seeks artists who are deeply rooted in and maintain direct ties to their tribal com- munity, demonstrate a commitment to building the strength of native communities by sharing their skills and talents with others in their respective communities, and maintain an artistic practice that passes on traditional practices and life ways.

Nominated artists must be active and of demonstrated maturity in their field (i.e., practicing their art for a minimum of ten years) and be documented affiliates of a United States tribe. In addition to visual arts, the fund has expanded its recognition of practicing artists to include contemporary and traditional forms of performing and literary arts.

Program information and nomination forms are available at the First Peoples Fund Web site. RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/15016981/firstpeoples

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

stage manager needed in LA

Lyric Theatre Seeks Stage Manager for Little Women - The Musical (ASAP)

The stipend for the position is $2,700. The show runs March 12 - April 26 Thursdays-Saturdays @ 8pm (SM probably called at 7pm) and Sundays @ 2pm (SM probably called at 1pm). The rehearsal schedule is below. All rehearsals are at the Lyric Theatre (520 N. La Brea Ave. LA, CA 90036).

Let me know if you can think of anybody and THANK YOU so much for your help!!!!!

Darby Cahill

Saturday Feb. 21: 10am – 5pm
Sunday Feb. 22: 6-10pm
Monday Feb. 23: 7-11pm: Act 1 with music (Entire Cast)
Tuesday Feb. 24: 7-11pm: Act 2 with music (Entire Cast)
Wednesday Feb. 25 7-11pm: SITZPROBE with performance pianist (Entire Cast)
Saturday Feb. 28 10am – 5pm: Stumble-through (Entire Cast)
Sunday March 1: 6-10pm: Stumble-Through (Entire Cast)
Tuesday March 3: 7-11pm: Dress Rehearsal w/ props & costumes (Entire Cast)
Wednesday March 4: 6-11pm Dress Rehearsal with hair/makeup (Entire Cast)
Thursday March 5: 7-11pm Dress Rehearsal (Entire Cast)
Friday March 6: 7-11pm: Dress Rehearsal (Entire Cast)
Saturday March 7: 12pm – 10pm TECH (Entire Cast)
Sunday March 8: 12pm – 10pm TECH (Entire Cast)
Tuesday March 10: 7-11pm: Dress Rehearsal (Entire Cast)
Wednesday March 11: 7-11pm: Dress Rehearsal

PERFORMANCES: March 12 - April 26
Thursdays - Saturdays @ 8pm
Sundays @ 2pm

Darby Cahill
Managing Director - Lyric Theatre
Phone: 323.939.9220

February 16, 2009

teaching the arts

* Theatre Arts - Associate Faculty Pool
West Valley-Mission Community College District (California)
(date posted: 2/11/2009)

* Division Chair - Fine Arts Faculty
Friends University (Kansas)
(date posted: 2/13/2009)

* Speech and Theater Instructor
Southeast Community College (Neb.) (Nebraska)
(date posted: 2/13/2009)

* Theatre Faculty
Warren Wilson College (North Carolina)
(date posted: 2/10/2009)

February 13, 2009

more grants

Dance/USA Seeks Project Ideas for New Engaging Dance Audiences Initiative

Deadline: May 4, 2009

With support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (http://www.ddcf.org/ ), Dance/USA has launched Engaging Dance Audiences, a $1.5 million pilot program to analyze current dance
performance attendance and research methods of engaging new audiences for dance.

The program will provide support to Dance/USA members working to develop or refine existing engagement practices and share their discoveries with the dance field. Grant amounts will range according to the size of the project and the organization's operating budget, but will generally be between $25,000 and $125,000 each, and no greater than $150,000. In addition to grant support, grantees will receive technical research assistance from consultants and participate in a learning community about engaging audiences, including regular meetings and conference calls. Results of the projects will be posted on Dance/USA's Web site.

Both organizational and individual members of Dance/USA may participate in the program. Applicants must have 501(c)(3) status and be an organizational member in good as of May 4, 2009. Individual members may be part of a consortia (at least two or more partners) or upgrade their membership to become an organizational member and be eligible to apply on their own. Applicants must complete the online Field Survey of Audience Engagement Practices.

Complete program guidelines, survey, and membership information are available on the Dance/USA Web site.

RFP Link:

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Sacramento Region Community Foundation Announces Grant and Capacity Development Opportunities for Arts Organizations

Deadline: Various

With support from the James Irvine Foundation (http://www.irvine.org/ ), the Sacramento Region Community Foundation (http://sacregcf.org/default.aspx ) has launched a grantmaking program and capacity-development opportunity geared toward small to medium-sized arts organizations working to bring art experiences to the people of Sacramento and to engage their
donors as contributing participants in that engagement.

There are two specific opportunities in the Advancing Sacramento Arts Request for Proposal: one for Program Support Grants to create an art experience in Sacramento, and one for the Capacity Development Series for arts leaders, directors, or administrators. Through the Program Support Grant opportunity, arts organizations can apply for a grant of up to $15,000 each to broaden the art experience across Sacramento's many communities. The Capacity Development Series includes workshops, symposia, assessment tool, networking opportunities, and related resources. Program Support Grant applications are due February 23, 2009; Capacity Development Series applications are due March 6, 2009.

To be eligible, applicants must have as their primary purpose the creation and delivery of arts to the public, have an operating budget of $500,000 or less, be headquartered and primarily working in Sacramento County, and maintain tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status. Preference will be given to organizations that have been in operation for at least three consecutive years.

Visit the Sacramento Region Community Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines.

RFP Link:

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The Jerome Foundation's Travel and Study Grant Program is accepting applications from emerging artists currently living in Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City. Travel may be national or international, and must occur between June 1, 2009, and December 31, 2012. Wondering if you're eligible?

Travel and Study Grant Program awards grants to emerging artists who create new work (music: composers and sound artists; theater: playwrights and creators of performance art and experimental theater; and visual artists). The program supports such activities as research leading to the creation of new work, the development of collaborations, participation in specific training programs, time for reflection and individualized study, investigating artistic work outside of Minnesota or New York City, and dialogue on aesthetic issues. This is not a program that supports the production of new work or acquiring teaching credentials.

To apply for The Travel and Study Grant Program please visit http://www.jeromefdn.org/IV~Grant_Programs/C~Travel_and_Study/.

The deadline is February 20, 2009


Love docs? Want to be part of the excitement of the 2009 Academy Awards®? Volunteer for one or both of these events hosted by the International Documentary Association. We have 2 opportunities - you can do both!


The Annual IDA Nominees' Reception
(honoring Academy Award® Nominees in both the Short and Feature categories)
Wednesday Feb 18, 2009
5 pm – midnight
The Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater (on Wilshire in Beverly Hills)

Hosted by Lily Tomlin, the party begins with a catered reception followed by a program of clips and filmmaker comments and ends with desserts and coffee after the show! A fun, fun time. Volunteer and join the party!

Volunteers needed for the following positions: Ushers, Guest Check In, Media Check In, Publicity and Theater Greeters.

To work this event, please email: volunteer@documentary.org and in subject line write: Awards Reception – also indicate which position you prefer.

(Please note: All volunteers must be dressed in business or formal attire for this event. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes.)


Can’t make it to the Awards Ceremony? Volunteer for DocuDay instead and get to see some of the nominated films!

DocuDay LA
Saturday Feb 21st, 2009
The WGA Theatre (on Doheny in Beverly Hills)

An all-day and night screening marathon of the nominated documentaries with Q&A's between each screening.

Volunteers are needed for the following positions: Ushers, Theater Greeters, Box Office, Café and Volunteer Check In.

Shifts are available from:

Shift One: 8 am to 12:30 pm
Shift Two: Noon to 4:30 pm
Shift Three: 4 pm to 9 pm
Shift Four: 8 pm to 12:30 am

Please email: volunteer@documentary.org and in subject line write: DocuDay – then indicate which position you prefer and which shift(s) you are able to do.

The dress code is casual. Volunteers are welcome to watch films before or after their shifts.

February 09, 2009

artists respond to Senator McCain

Joseph Hayes writes:

This was my response to Senator McCain -

Senator McCain,

You asked, "Tell me how [the arts] creates any significant number of jobs?"

I am one, independent playwright. I get no funding from corporations, I am affiliated with no large theater. What funding I've ever received has come from state arts foundations. Since 2002, I have had 18 productions and readings of my plays.

As a writer in midcareer, I have yet to hit any large theaters with my work, the plays being done in small, regional theaters across the country. But since 2002, I calculate that my writing has created 107 roles for actors, 30+ musicians, a couple of hundred sound, light and stagecraft people. My plays have sold more than 2,000 tickets
(remember, these are very small venues), not to
mention the benefit the theaters and local
businesses have garnered from the audiences apart from ticket sales, in the babysitter economy, the restaurant economy, the parking garage economy.

That's the jobs I have personally generated. If there was national funding available for me, larger productions would follow. If national funding for the arts was available to the people I connect with in my art, they could in turn generate more jobs for other people.

The arts is a vital job, and more importantly, career generator.

jobs in the arts

* Guest Director/Artist
Southern Arkansas University (Arkansas)
(date posted: 2/9/2009)

* Head of Writing for Performance
California Institute of the Arts (California)
(date posted: 2/9/2009)

* Assistant Professor
University of Florida (Florida)
(date posted: 2/6/2009)

* Assistant Professor of Theatre
Gordon College (Ga.) (Georgia)
(date posted: 2/3/2009)

* Professor of Production Design
Savannah College of Art and Design (Georgia)
(date posted: 2/6/2009)

* Asst. Prof., Theory/Jazz Theory/Jazz Performance,
University of Illinois at Chicago (Illinois)
(date posted: 2/5/2009)

* Robert Nims Endowed Chair in Entertainment Arts
University of New Orleans (Louisiana)
(date posted: 2/9/2009)

* Theatre
College of Wooster (Ohio)
(date posted: 2/9/2009)

February 08, 2009

Please write your own letter to John McCain

Today, John McCain said: “$50 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts — all of us are for the arts,” McCain said. “Tell me how that creates any significant number of jobs?"

Please tell him about your job:


Dear Senator McCain --

I understand you are not aware of how funding for the arts creates jobs. So, I'd like to tell you what I do for a living. I am a...

Thank you so much for asking what I do.


And join the Dear John site on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?topic=13405&post=144982&uid=53261576045#/group.php?gid=53261576045

My letter to John McCain

Dear Mr. McCain --

It has recently come to my attention that you said: “$50 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts — all of us are for the arts,” McCain said. “Tell me how that creates any significant number of jobs?"

I understand you are not aware of how funding for the arts creates jobs. So, I'd like to tell you what I do for a living. I am a playwright and I have, in the past, received funding from the NEA for projects I created by, about and for my home state of West Virginia.

To give you an idea of how even a small four-person play can create jobs, I’d like to explain how my most recent production here in Los Angeles rippled through this community.

Directly involved in the production were a set designer and her builders, lighting, costume and sound designers, a props master, a stage manager, a director, actors, understudies, photographers, videographers, a publicist, producers etc. All told twenty-three people were directly employed by this play that had a six-week run.

Rippling out, just for our opening night alone, we also employed a valet service, a caterer and waitstaff, additional photographers and videographers not to mention the numerous news outlets who sent their employees to cover the event generating work for journalists, reviewers and paparazzi.

Rippling further out, our audience members often had dinners and drinks before or after each performance bringing business to the restaurants and bars that surrounded the theatre. Considering the poor state of our economy, it was business desperately needed and welcomed by these locally-owned establishments.

We were one show running for six weeks and yet our presence directly and indirectly affected hundreds of people. Now multiply that by the hundreds of stages that are lit every night of the week just in Los Angeles alone. Now multiply that by all the stages across the country.

On each of those stages, in the wings of those theatres, in the seats, people have gathered, people are employed, people are moved because one writer, sitting alone in a room, received a letter from the NEA, received a check from the NEA that allowed them one more month of rent, one more chance to put the words on the page, one more chance to create something beautiful, something that may live beyond us all to bridge the gap between present and future, between cultures, between art and commerce.
Thank you so much for asking what I do. I certainly hope you will do everything in your power to keep the arts very much alive in America.


Susan Johnston

February 06, 2009

grants, grants and more grants

Joyce Foundation Issues Call to Entry for 2010 Joyce Awards

Deadline: April 6, 2009 (Letter of Inquiry)

The Joyce Awards support commissions given by Midwest cultural institutions to artists of color. Four grants of $50,000 each will be awarded for commissions of works in Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts.

The annual awards target cultural organizations in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and St. Paul/Minneapolis. The dance award supports the commission and performance of a new choreographed work in any dance genre. The music award supports
the commission and performance of a new, fully developed composition in any musical genre. The theater award supports the commission and performance of a new play. The visual arts award supports the commission and exhibition of new works of painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, mixed or new media, or installation/conceptual art. Where appropriate, collaborations among organizations across the target cities and joint programming are encouraged. Projects should include significant efforts by the institution and the artist to engage its community and attract new audiences.

Eligible cultural organizations must have a primary mission to present art through public programs in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, or Saint Paul/Minneapolis. Groups must be well established, demonstrate strong organizational capacity, and have a track record of presenting programs of the highest artistic caliber. Additionally, organizations must demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse audiences in their current programming, community-based education, outreach, and other activities. The proposed work should not be developed beyond the conceptual stage at the time of application and not be completed before
January 2010.

For complete information on applying for the 2010 Joyce Awards, visit the Joyce Foundation Web site.

RFP Link:

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Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Seeks Innovative Ideas for South Florida

Deadline: March 2, 2009

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (http://www.knightfoundation.org/ ) has launched the second round of the Knight Arts Challenge ( http://www.knightarts.org/) a community-wide contest to fund the best art ideas in South Florida.

The challenge, part of a five-year, $40 million initiative, is designed to help transform South Florida by bringing community together through the arts. In 2009, the challenge will award a
total of almost $4 million.

Last year, the program awarded $8 million in grants to thirty-one groups for a variety of projects, including the University of Miami's two-year residency for up-and-coming artists in the Design District, a Haitian jazz series, and a network of children's choirs serving disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Entrants must propose ideas that are about the arts and that take place in or benefit South Florida. Applicants must find funding to match the Knight Foundation grant. Individuals,
organizations, and businesses are eligible to apply. The contest is open to applicants of all nationalities. The program's simple, two-question application is designed to attract appli-
cants who are not traditional grantseekers. Winners will be notified in June and will have until November to raise matching funds for their projects.

For complete program information and application, visit the Knight Arts Challenge Web site.

RFP Link:

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Nominations Invited for Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America

Deadline: March 9, 2009.

The Business Committee for the Arts, Inc. ( http://www.bcainc.org/), a national not-for-profit organization working to bring business and the arts together, is accepting nominations for the BCA Ten: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America. Announced annually, the BCA Ten is a national list created to recognize businesses of all sizes for their exceptional efforts to use the arts to enrich the workplace, education, and the community.

Any individual, arts organization, or company employee may nominate a company for the award. Companies, both large and small, that support the arts in the United States are eligible for nom-
ination. Tax-exempt not-for-profit organizations and companies in the BCA Hall of Fame are not eligible, nor are companies named to the BCA Ten in 2005, 2006, 2007, or 2008.

Nomination statements should address how the company supports the arts through leadership, long-term commitment, impact, addressing community needs, employee and customer involvement, and by encouraging other companies to support the arts.

Award information and nomination forms are available at the BCA Web site.

RFP Link:

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San Francisco Film Society Announces New Filmmaking Grants Program

Deadline: February 23, 2009 (Letter of Intent)

As part of its new filmmaker services programs, the San Francisco Film Society ( http://www.sffs.org/), with support from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation ( http://krfoundation.org/), has announced the new San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin
Foundation Filmmaking Grants. Over the next five years, the program will disburse a series of annual grants totaling $3 million for narrative feature films being made in the San Francisco Bay

The SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants will support films that use plot, character, theme, or setting to significantly explore human and civil rights, anti-discrimination efforts, gender and sexual identity, and other urgent social justice issues of our time.

The grants will be awarded in the spring and fall of each year. In 2009, the program will award two grants of $35,000 each. The 2009 grants support screenwriting and script development, pre-production, and post-production expenses. In addition to the grant, recipients will receive a range of benefits through the film society's filmmaker services programs.

Applicants must be in a key creative role for their film (screen-writer, producer, or director), must be an SFFS member at the Filmmaker Pro level or above, must be at least 18 years old, and must have a strong connection to the San Francisco Bay Area. Applicants may not be full-time students.

Visit the SFFS Web site for complete program guidelines and eligibility details.

RFP Link:

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Children Invited to Submit Designs for U.S. Fund for UNICEF Greeting Card Contest

Deadline: March 6, 2009

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF ( http://www.unicefusa.org/) has announced a call for entries for its annual Pier 1 (http://www.pier1.com/ ) greeting card contest, in which a child's winning design is turned into an official UNICEF greeting card to be sold at Pier 1 Imports stores across the
United States during the 2009 holiday season. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the card, as well as all UNICEF cards sold at Pier 1, go to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to
help in its mission to reduce the number of preventable childhood deaths from 25,000 each day to zero.

The contest is open to children age 14 and under. All entries must be hand-drawn. The children's artwork will be judged on artistic quality and creative interpretation of this year's theme, "Joy to the World."

In addition to having their design turned into a greeting card, the winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship, along with $500 worth of art supplies for his or her school. Visitors to the Pier 1 Web site will also be invited to vote on their favorite design from April 1 to 15, 2009. The "People's Choice" winner will receive $500 worth of art supplies.

Further information is available at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Web site.

RFP Link:

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February 04, 2009

LA apartment for rent

Fantastic Location, Large Condominium $2500

Large 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath condo, corner unit in security building located 1/2 block south of Wilshire Blvd. Walking distance to trendy San Vicente Village.

Bus stop on the corner. 1 mile to UCLA and Veteran's Admin.

Bright and sunny unit includes: microwave, refrigerator, washer and dryer (in unit), dishwasher, double ovens, dining area, large closets, gas fireplace, small balcony, storage area and tandem indoor parking spaces. Unit has security and fire systems.

Building completely renovated.

Immediate move-in available.

Call NOW for appointment...310-528-0824.

Short Films Needed

The NYU Tisch West Cinema Club is planning its March – August 2009 screening and guest speaker series. If you know someone who attended NYU and had a prominent role in making a short film that is available for screening, please let us know.

Documentary, fiction, animated, live-action, or music video—if the film has a director, producer, writer, lead actor, or other comparable talent who attended NYU and could appear at a screening, we'd like to hear about it.

Each selected film receives promotion and a one-time screening with an alumni-related feature film at the AFI. The event includes audience Q&A (for the feature) and a reception. Last year's features included The Eye, Get Smart, Hamlet 2, and Smart People.

To apply, see the entry form at http://www.tischwest.com


NYU Tisch West is an alliance of LA-based alumni from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. NYU Tisch West exists to increase the visibility of Tisch alumni working in the entertainment industry and to create professional inter-departmental collaborations and cross-generational relationships between alumni. NYU Tisch West is headed by The Tisch West Alumni Council, a working board that serves as 1) the link between LA alumni and Tisch; 2) the organizational arm for fundraising efforts in LA; and 3) a bridge to ease the transition for alumni from East Coast to West -- the classroom to the entertainment business.

For more info, see http://www.tischwest.com


Thursday, 2/26, 7:30 p.m. WGA Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. RSVP: (323) 782-4602.

On the Thursday after the Oscars, join the WGA Writers Education Committee in a frank discussion about studio feature development today all the way up the "ladder."

Panelists include: the screenwriter Jonathan Hensleigh (Armageddon, The Punisher, The Rock); JC Spink from BenderSpink management; development executive Navid McIlhargey (Sr. VP of Production at New Regency; previously of Silver Pictures); producer Derek Dauchy (President of Davis Entertainment); studio executive David Beaubaire (VP of Production at Paramount; previously studio executive of DreamWorks and Warner Brothers - he knows how each works); and a Surprise Guest. And if you just want to just support me, I have the responsibility of moderating the panel.

At the end of the panel, there will be an audience Q&A via note cards, where we will ask this group of execs YOUR burning questions (in case I missed it). What do you most want answered by those who hold our dreams in their hands? I will try to get real answers. Think about it...

Members in good standing, plus a guest. Please tell and forward this to your writing staffs, team you went on strike with, all your writer friends and writing groups. It is also open to NYU Tisch west alumni film as well. This is going to be a very informative night with an opportunity to get to know these big, behind-the-scenes decision-makers who can get our projects made, which means something in this economy.

A special thank you to Patrick Brennan of Team Todd for having me do a panel like this with different execs for NYU Alumni last year, which inspired this event. Please RSVP at (323) 782-4602. I hope to see you all there.


Kind regards,

Michael Tabb
WGA Writer
WGA's WEC Event Chair for this Panel

Head of Submission for www.Strike.TV online - the filmmaker's homepage for original content

February 02, 2009

amazing grant for MAP grantees


MAP to Offer $200,000 Annually For Early Creative Research Among Its Grantees

New York, NY (February 2, 2009) The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation announced today the establishment of a new pilot program to benefit individual artists in the early stages of research and development of new creative concepts.

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Creative Exploration Fund at MAP will award $10,000 to individual artists who received two or more MAP grants in a five-year period, beginning with 2003-2008, and rolling forward through 2010. The grant was inspired by a recent report by author Edward Martenson, entitled The Impact of the MAP Fund from the Artists Perspective, which surveyed 250 MAP grantees from the past decade. In interviews and through questionnaires, many artists spoke of the frustration of having to financially "start from zero" with each new work, despite the demonstrable success of past efforts.

In response, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is underwriting a 3-year pilot program that aims to help proven artists sustain the momentum of success by moving seamlessly from a completed project to the exploration of new concepts that may need time to incubate, cohere or be discarded. Grantees are encouraged to pursue their most passionately held ideas, those that might, without such support, be deemed too risky.

Ben Cameron, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Program Director for the Arts stated: "Helping artists undertake necessary research, find reflective time, or embark on artistic exploration—explorations which may not lead to a fully blown project—has always been a challenge. We hope that the Creative Exploration Fund will afford artists such time and opportunity. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation salutes both MAP and Creative Capital for embarking on this journey and looks forward to what we can learn together about the value of such an approach."

"Our work with artists has taught us the value of time in the development of new work and the importance of letting the trajectory of the creative process unfold at its own pace," added Ruby Lerner, founding executive director and president of Creative Capital. "This addition to MAP's program provides artists with the precious resource of time, giving them the opportunity to truly nurture new ideas."

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Creative Exploration Fund Inaugural Grantees:
Richard Alger & Tina Kronis: Los Angeles
Marc Bamuthi Joseph: Oakland
Ann Carlson: Boston
Mary Ellen Childs: Minneapolis
DD Dorvillier: New York
Erik Ehn: Los Angeles
Guillermo Gómez-Peña: San Francisco
Neil Greenberg: New York
John Jasperse: Brooklyn
Noémi Lafrance: Brooklyn
Sarah Michelson: New York
Jennifer Monson: Urbana, IL
Linda Parris-Bailey: Knoxville, TN
Phil Soltanoff: New York
Donna Uchizono: New York

About the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and the prevention of child maltreatment, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke's properties

About Creative Capital

Supporting artists nationally since 1999

Ten years ago, Creative Capital reinvented arts philanthropy, constructing a new paradigm to fulfill the specific needs of the country's most innovative artists. Today, it is the premier national artist support organization, committed to the principle that time and advisory services are as crucial to artistic success as funding. Over the lives of its funded projects, Creative Capital provides artists with a flexible program of multi-faceted support and partners with them to determine how targeted funds and services can best work in concert to progress towards the grantees' own goals. Since its founding in 1999, the organization has committed more than $14 million in financial support and services to 324 projects representing 411 artists. A complete list of Creative Capital artists and projects is available online at creative-capital.org.

Sustaining support for Creative Capital is currently provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The TOBY Fund, The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and more than 370 other foundations and individuals.