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March 16, 2009

SCSU - Assistant Professor of Film Production, one-year replacement

Position Available:Assistant Professor of Film Production, one-year replacement, contingent on funding (Vacancy Number 793506)

Salary:Commensurate with education and experience

Date of Appointment:Fall, 2009

Responsibilities:Teach two courses in the fall and three courses in the spring. Fall courses are The Art of Film (a large introductory aesthetics class of 95 students) and Filmmaking I (introductory digital filmmaking). Spring courses are The Art of Film, Filmmaking I, and Filmmaking II (intermediate digital filmmaking). Oversee the department’s film production program (including production equipment and post-production lab), mentor students, and pursue creative and/or scholarly work.

Qualifications and Experience:MFA in discipline of Film and/or Video Production, training in the art of New Digital Media, Film History, Theory and Criticism required. The successful candidate will be able to incorporate into Filmmaking I the major elements of film production, including screenwriting, digital editing (Final Cut Pro), basic cinematography, directing, and sound recording and mixing. Ability to teach large and small courses and work with students individually and in groups essential. The successful candidate will also show evidence of genuine enthusiasm for undergraduate film education and have a demonstrated ability to teach and work with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds. Please make sure your cover letter addresses these qualifications.

Apply to:St. Cloud State University
Department of Theatre, Film Studies & Dance
Chris Jordan, Search Chair
720 Fourth Avenue South
St. Cloud , MN 56301-4498
Phone: 320.308.3229

Application Information:Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, work sample on DVD (30 minutes maximum) three recent letters of recommendation, and graduate transcripts (copies OK) to address above. No faxes or electronic submissions. Application materials must be postmarked by April 13, 2009. Notice: Employee’s motor vehicle records are checked annually.

Application Deadline:April 13, 2009

Department Information:www.stcloudstate.edu/theatrefilmdance

January 2, 2009

CALL FOR PAPERS: Hip Hop's Languages of Love

Women and Language calls for submissions to a special issue dedicated to “Hip Hop’s Languages of Love.? The issue will focus on love in hip hop as it relates to language and gender. It will be published in the Fall of 2009.

Critical examination of hip hop’s languages of love is important because despite its crude stereotypes, hip hop is an often-consulted source on the subject. We intend to expand the definition of love by embracing its complexities. We seek perspectives on love that are not singular and do not polarize. For instance, we welcome manuscripts that address diverse sexual identities and relationships. Moreover, our definition of hip hop extends beyond rap music to embrace an entire culture that includes other forms of music, dance, visual art, comedy, fashion, film, poetry, journalism, literature, scholarship, and politics. The culture’s influences are readily found in media, professional athletics, and religious and educational institutions, just to name a few of the major sites.


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

* How is language used to portray intimacy among and between men and women in hip hop?
* What role does the language of passion play in hip hop’s heterosexual and homoerotic spaces?
* What relationships exist among language, love, and the pornographic in hip hop?
* What language patterns and definitions represent commitment (or the lack thereof) in hip hop among individuals, between individuals and the industry, and/ or between individuals and the art of performance?
* In what ways does self-love manifest in hip hop?
* What relationships exist between the love of the divine and the language of hip hop?
* What are the ramifications of conceptualizing hip hop as a love-filled or loveless space?

We invite scholars from diverse disciplines, experiences, and backgrounds to consider such questions in a special issue devoted to hip hop and love. We seek pieces that take theoretical, critical, scientific or creative approaches to developing an understanding of the interactive dynamics of hip hop, love, language, and gender. Submissions can range from theoretical or critical analysis to personal experience, to reports of research, to book or film reviews, book notices, or poetry.

Submissions should be sent as MS Word attachments to Ebony A. Utley at hiphoplove09@gmail.com no later than January 15, 2009. Author identifications should appear in the body of the email and not with the paper itself.

Any material that includes references should be prepared following the Modern Language Association (MLA) Style Manual. Preferred maximum length of submissions is 15 pages or 3600 words, but longer articles will be considered. If you would like to discuss your ideas in advance with the editors, please e-mail Ebony A. Utley: hiphoplove09@gmail.com.

Women and Language, an international, interdisciplinary research periodical publishing thought‑provoking essays and inquiries, book reviews, bibliographies, and more, on topics of interest to a wide range of scholars interested in communication, language and gender, will be edited for this special issue by Ebony A. Utley and Brenda J. Allen. Any questions related to other issues involving W & L should be directed to Ataylor@gmu.edu.

January 1, 2009

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Looking Back, Moving Forward

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Download PDF of CALL FOR ENTRIES HERE

December 31, 2008

Free OPPORTUNITY for Twin Cities girls (14 - 19 yrs old)

Do you know girls who like to write poetry/spoken word, dance, sing, make art or want to? Are they between the ages 14 and 19? Articulating Our Voices Now is beginning a new session this January! It's a 12 week class where we will write, dance, sing, do visual art, and tell our stories through a variety of different ways. We will work with guest artists (dancers, musicians, spoken word artists, etc) from all over the Twin Cities. No artistic experience is necessary! All that's needed is energy, ideas, and
interest to join the class! The classes are absolutely FREE! Everyone is welcome!

*Details*

*What:* Articulating Our Voices Now

*Where:* Hope Community Center, 2023 Portland Ave S Mpls

*When:* Tuesday's 4:30-6:30pm and Thursday's 4:30-7pm; January 6th - March
26th 2009. (Start date subject to change)

*Cost:* FREE


Space is limited. There are only 20 spots available!


To enroll call or write Kristy at 612-435-1687 or kristy@hope-community.org.


Spread the word! Please pass this message on to youth, youth organizers and activists, family members, everyone you think would be interested.

December 29, 2008

IFP classes enrolling now


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click the image or HERE FOR PDF of all the classes, or HERE for more info

Introduction to Video Production – Learning the Techniques
Instructor: Rachel Raimist
6 sessions: Wednesdays, January 21–February 25, 6:30–9:30pm

Reg. deadline: January 14
Tuition: $245/$205 members
Max. enrollment: 12 students

This course is designed for all skill and interest levels - beginners, video enthusiasts and more experienced students needing a refresher course. Students will gain hands-on production experience using digital video. We’ll focus on directing the camera, lighting for video and sound recording. We’ll also examine video production techniques of various film forms and genres through a mixture of screenings, discussions and hands-on exercises. There will be no hands-on editing during the course. Tuition includes camera rental for use outside of class.

Digital Storytelling
Instructor: Rachel Raimist
2 sessions: Saturdays, February 21–28, 9am–6pm
Reg. deadline: February 14
Tuition: $245/$205 members
Max. enrollment: 5 students

Storytelling is a tool for preserving memory and history, learning, entertainment and healing. It is in the telling of our stories that we discover our connections with others and the world. Our stories reveal truths about ourselves and our community; they reflect our experiences and point of view. We are the stories that we tell.

This workshop gives students the tools to tell their stories using digital media (video, still images, sound and artwork) edited on a computer. Students will individually produce a short video (5 minutes and under). Through the process we’ll examine modes and power dimensions of storytelling, and topics like truth, authenticity, and responsibility. This class is perfect for those who are creative writers, filmmakers, photographers, visual artists, or creative thinkers. This is a hands-on, Mac-based computer intensive workshop. Students do not need to know how to use particular editing software but should be comfortable using computers. There will be a lunch break each session.

October 7, 2008

PTO: Call for Proposals (Revised)

Mad as Hell? Now Move (or Draw, or Act…): Organizing for Social Justice @ PTO Gathering ‘09

I wanted to follow up with information about where to submit proposals
More Information about proposals: http://www.ptoweb.org/cfp.html

PTO: REVISED CALL HERE

For Submissions: http://www.ptoweb.org/submission-form.html

Finally, clarifications on the conference dates:
May 18-20 Pre-conference workshops with Augusto and Julian Boal
pending Augusto's health and with Chaka Mkali and Marc Bamuthi Joseph
on Hip Hop as Organizing Tool.
May 21-24 Conference
May 24-25 Post-Conference Arts Literacy workshop with Jan Mandell and
others

Registration for conference and workshops will be open later beginning in January 2009. Please note that all presenters must pay conference registration fees (on a sliding scale from about $65 for students and others with lower incomes to about $155 with scholarship and volunteer opportunities.) Pre- and post-conference workshops require additional fees exact amount to be determined. Additional information on accommodations will be posted soon.

October 5, 2008

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS - PTO

www.ptoweb.org Deadline Dec. 1, 2008

Mad as Hell? Now Move (or Draw, or Act…): Organizing for Social Justice @ PTO Gathering ‘09

What makes you mad? What injustices compel us to act? What are the success stories? How do we organize long-standing and sustainable changes for the good of our communities? How might we use problem- posing to address the conflicts that confront us? How do we navigate the spaces between the World As It Is and the World As It Should Be? The PTO Board and the Local Organizing Committee request proposals for interactive presentations, panels, performances, dialogues, and workshops that wrestle with our organizational mission: To challenge oppressive systems by promoting critical thinking and social justice.

Download info HERE and more details after the jump

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September 11, 2008

Fall Classes at IFP Enrolling Now

Here's what I'm teaching at IFP:

Introduction to Video Production – Learning the Techniques*

Instructor: Rachel Raimist
6 sessions: Wednesdays, October 1–November 5, 6:30–9:30pm
Reg. deadline: September 24
Tuition: $235/$195 members
Max. enrollment: 12 students

This course is designed for all skill and interest levels - beginners, video enthusiasts and more experienced students needing a refresher course. Students will gain hands-on production experience using digital video (DV). We’ll focus on directing the camera, lighting for video and sound recording. We’ll also examine video production techniques of various film forms and genres through a mixture of screenings, discussions and hands-on exercises. There will be no hands-on editing during the course. Tuition includes camera rental for use outside of class.


Advanced Video Production – Shooting the Short Film*
Instructor: Rachel Raimist
6 sessions: Wednesdays, November 12–December 17, 6:30–9:30pm
Reg. deadline: November 5
Tuition: $235/$195 members
Max. enrollment: 12 students

This course is designed for students with some filmmaking experience who have the desire to produce a short film. Students should have some experience with camera, sound and lighting equipment. You’re encouraged to come to class with a short script (up to 8 pages of narrative, documentary or experimental) that will be used for the duration of the course. You’ll learn how to revise scripts, prepare production materials (budget, storyboards, shooting scripts, etc.), cast actors, and other aspects of pre-production. We’ll study directing the camera, directing actors and creating visuals that communicate the director’s vision. Students will select scripts to collectively shoot as a group or proceed with individual projects. Students will crew shoots, act as production teams for one another and edit projects using Final Cut or iMovie.

We’ll conclude the course by screening our work. Students are issued editing time to be used in IFP’s editing suite outside of class time to help ensure project completion by the end of the session. Students are expected to provide their own portable external hard drives for storing their projects. Tuition includes equipment rental and editing time.

LOTS of AMAZING CLASSES!

August 25, 2008

NEEDED THIS WEEK! UnConventional Media Makers! Youth/Community Videographers Photographers Interviewers!

Are you going to be in Minneapolis/St. Paul between August 30 to Sept. 4 for the Republican National Convention?

Intermedia Arts and The UnConvention organizers have put together an amazing array of public and indoor events in arts, education and journalism. If you are interested in covering this colorful collection of events and activities around the Twin Cities August 30 to Sept. 4, please CONTACT US.

We are looking for youth and community videographers, photographers, interviewers who would like to become an UnConventional MediaMaker.

During the weekend of the RNC, Minneapolis and St. Paul will be an exciting venue for performances, art exhibits, discussions, gallery openiongs, parades, picnics as part of The UnConvention.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE THE PEOPLE ARE HEARD AND SEEN AND ARE MAKING MEDIA TOO!

How can you be an UnConventional MediaMaker?
1. Bring out your cameras and mikes.
2. Drop off your DVDs at Intermedia Arts (starting Sept. 5)
3. Or simply upload them to YouTube and let us know so we can link to your video. Make sure you use the word UnConvention or UnConventional in your title.

Details of coverage opportunities after the jump!

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April 11, 2008

New Fall 2008 Course!

Digital Storytelling in and with Communities of Color
AFRO 3910 Topics in African American and African Studies, Section 002
GWSS 3390 Topics: Visual, Cultural, and Literary Studies, Section 001
Co-taught by Professor Walt Jacobs and Rachel Raimist

Course Description:
Storytelling is a tool for preserving memory, writing history, learning, entertaining, organizing, and healing in communities of color. It is in the telling of stories that communities build identities, construct meaning, and make connections with others and the world. In this course, we will investigate modes and power dimensions of digital storytelling, analyze the role of digitized media as a method of individual healing, and examine media as tools for community organizing and development. We will explore media making, creative writing, and memoir in both literary and digital writing, and examine the gendered, racialized, and classed dimensions of digital storytelling. We will create projects to tell our stories, examine our social ghosts, and work with community members as part of the 40th Anniversary of the African American and African Studies Department to develop digital stories about Twin Cities communities of color. Students will learn to produce creative work (writing, video, photography, sound and artwork) and gain technical proficiency in Mac-based editing. Students will produce photographic and video work that will be shared on the course blog. No technical expertise is necessary!

In this course, students will:
• Gain a deeper understanding of the theoretical and practical issues of digital media-based storytelling in communities of color
• Analyze the ethical and moral dimensions inherent in representing the lives of others; discuss gendered, colonial, and ethnographic gazes
• Consider the impact of digital tools, methodology, and content of digital stories on individuals, community, and social justice movements
• Gain a firm grounding in basic digital media production tools; develop skills with tools of technology (hardware and software)
• Understand the concepts and methodologies of media making, visual literacy, photographic composition, and principles of video editing
• Demonstrate creativity, analytical thinking, and technical skill in digital storytelling

Main learning activities:
• In class screenings, hands-on lab workshops, and discussions
• Short response posts on course blog
• Short analytical response papers
• Creative exercises in digital photography, video, and storytelling
• Final paper/creative project

Selected Course Texts:
Capturing Lives, Creating Communities (Joe Lambert)
Ghostbox: A Memoir (Walter R. Jacobs), and selections from various texts: Home Movies and Other Necessary Fictions (Michelle Citron), Reframings: New American Feminist Photography, If You Lived Here: The City in Art, Theory and Social Activism (a project by Martha Rosler, edited by Brian Wallis), and the Digital Storytelling Cookbook.
We will also examine various websites: Third World Majority, SilenceSpeaks, Capture Wales, Photobus, and others.

Here are some examples of digital stories:

"Decolonizing Black Women's Bodies Desired/Desiring Ourselves"

by Mireille Miller-Young, PhD, Assistant Professor of Women's Studies, UC Santa Barbara
Made as part of her course "Black Feminist Multimedia", this short video is about the problematics of desiring ourselves, once, as women of color our bodies have already been colonized. How can we decolonize our bodies and still engage them in the pursuit of self-authored desire, pleasure, and representation?

"Pieces (Bling Bling) / Freetown v. Cash Money"

words by Kahlil Amustafa, edited by Eli Jacobs- Fantauzzi

February 4, 2008

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for The Womanhood Learning Project

Dear Hip-Hop Ladies, organizers of Hip Hop Events for Females, supporters and friends!

The Hip-Hop Association (H2A) is working on a women's initiative entitled, Womanhood Learning Project. This is a two-year study that explores women's roles and leadership positions in different sectors within Hip-Hop culture and the community.

This project is intended to bring unity within women in Hip-Hop by creating a space to learn, build, and bring about concrete change through an online platform - www.womeninhiphop.net , a book, a case study, and a marketing campaign empowering women around the world.

We want to declare 2008 "The Year of Hip-Hop Ladies" and among other things want to create an events calendar with all your events for females in Hip Hop, so we can promote each other's activities.

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January 8, 2008

Digital Storytelling for Women - 1 Spot Left!

Digital Storytelling for Women
Instructor: Rachel Raimist
Saturdays, Mar. 22–29, 9am–6pm
Reg. deadline: Mar. 15
Tuition: $235/$195 members
Max. enrollment: 4 students

Course meets at IFP Center for Media Arts, 2446 University Avenue West, Suite 100, St. Paul, MN 55114 (651) 644-1912 (phone) / (651) 644-5708 (fax) Homepage

Course Description:
Storytelling is a tool for preserving memory and history, learning, entertainment and healing. It is in the telling of our stories that we discover our connections with others and the world. Our stories reveal the truths about ourselves and our community; they reflect our experiences and point of view. We are the stories that we tell.

This workshop gives women the tools to tell their stories using digital media (video, still images, sound and artwork) edited on a computer. Students will individually produce a short video (5 minutes and under). Through the process we’ll examine modes and power dimensions of storytelling, and topics like truth, authenticity and responsibility. This class is perfect for women who are creative writers, filmmakers, photographers, visual artists or creative thinkers.

This is a hands-on, Mac-based computer intensive workshop. Students do not need to know how to use particular editing software but do need be comfortable using computers. There will be a lunch break each session.

January 7, 2008

Minnesota Projects Gallery Open Call for Submissions

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Minnesota Center for Photography is seeking proposals from Minnesota-resident artists for use of the Minnesota Projects Gallery (MPG), our space dedicated to experimental and exploratory artist-driven photographic installations. These run concurrently with Main Gallery shows, though are not necessarily related to them. Past MPG artists include Martin Springborg, Ellen Rutchick, Kermit Graber, Dona Schwartz, Mike Hazard, Laura Hoyt (with Abinadi Meza), Mara Pelecis, Simon Martinez, and Missy Whiteman.

Submissions Due: January 18, 2008, 5 p.m.

browse through current and past MPG artist exhibitions by clicking here

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December 19, 2007

Call for Presenters

2008 Arts for All Conference
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Battle Creek Middle School,
2121 North Park Drive
St. Paul, MN 55119
7:50 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Click HERE for more info

Description:
Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) 7th Annual Arts for All Conference is a professional development training for educators, administrators, parents/guardians, community members, artists and arts organizations that work with educators and youth in Saint Paul Public Schools, other districts, or in the community. The ultimate goal of the conference is to provide participants with visual and performing arts knowledge, skills, tools and the beliefs necessary to create high levels of student learning and engagement, improve instructional quality and encourage personal artistic growth.

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December 18, 2007

IFP: Winter Offerings

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More Info: IFP website

Introduction to Video Production – Learning the Techniques*
Instructor: Rachel Raimist
Wednesdays, Jan. 23–Feb. 27, 6:30–9:30pm
Reg. deadline: Jan. 16
Tuition: $235/$195 members
Max. enrollment: 12 students

This section is designed for all skill and interest levels - beginners, video enthusiasts and more experienced students needing a refresher course. Students will learn about aspects of production from camera, lighting and sound, to editing strategies, film festivals and distribution. There will be screenings, discussions and exploration of various film forms and genres, and an examination of stylistic images. Students will learn the basics of filmmaking through in-class exercises and have the opportunity to develop, shoot and edit short projects individually or as a group. Tuition includes camera rental and editing time in IFP’s edit suite (iMovie or Final Cut) for use outside of class time.

Advanced Video Production – Shooting the Short Film*
Instructor: Rachel Raimist
Wednesdays, Mar. 5–Apr. 9, 6:30–9:30pm
Reg. deadline: Feb. 27
Tuition: $235/$195 members
Max. enrollment: 12 students

This course is designed for students with some filmmaking experience who have the desire to produce a short film. Students should have some experience with camera, sound and lighting equipment. You’re encouraged to come to class with a short script (up to 8 pages of narrative, documentary or experimental) that will be used for the duration of the course. You’ll learn how to revise scripts, prepare production materials (budget, storyboards, shooting scripts, etc.), cast actors, and other aspects of pre-production. We’ll study directing the camera, directing actors and creating visuals that communicate the director’s vision. Students will select scripts to collectively shoot as a group or proceed with individual projects. Students will crew shoots, act as production teams for one another and edit projects using Final Cut or iMovie.

We’ll conclude the course by screening our work. Students are issued editing time to be used in IFP’s editing suite outside of class time to help ensure project completion by the end of the session. Students are expected to provide their own portable external hard drives for storing their projects. Tuition includes equipment rental and editing time.

Digital Storytelling for Women
Instructor: Rachel Raimist
Saturdays, Mar. 22–29, 9am–6pm
Reg. deadline: Mar. 15
Tuition: $235/$195 members
Max. enrollment: 4 students

Storytelling is a tool for preserving memory and history, learning, entertainment and healing. It is in the telling of our stories that we discover our connections with others and the world. Our stories reveal the truths about ourselves and our community; they reflect our experiences and point of view. We are the stories that we tell.

This workshop gives women the tools to tell their stories using digital media (video, still images, sound and artwork) edited on a computer. Students will individually produce a short video (5 minutes and under). Through the process we’ll examine modes and power dimensions of storytelling, and topics like truth, authenticity and responsibility. This class is perfect for women who are creative writers, filmmakers, photographers, visual artists or creative thinkers.

This is a hands-on, Mac-based computer intensive workshop. Students do not need to know how to use particular editing software but do need be comfortable using computers. There will be a lunch break each session.

*IFP Certification credit is available.

August 30, 2007

Call For Submissions: Essays on Motherhood

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:
Who’s Your Mama: The Voices of Unsung Women and Mothers

Looking for women writers in the U.S. who are mothers,
trying to become mothers and who are childless by choice or circumstance

There are so many books published about the motherhood experiences of affluent, married, White women, books that often revolve around the "mommy wars," the raging debate between mothers who work and those who stay at home. The fact that this small demographic is represented in the media as the face of U.S. motherhood has effectively removed the voices and stories of the true majority of mothers from the public dialogue. The true majority includes mothers who are: women of color, low and middle
income, single, bisexual or lesbian.

This anthology proposes to gather women’s writings about motherhood that addresses race, class, sexuality, identity and intimate partnership. We have chosen to use the words women and motherhood, but it’s being used to focus on the female experience of parenting under patriarchy, not to exclusively
define it.

Gen-X/Hip Hop generation women, those born between 1965 and 1984, grew up in the aftermath of social and political revolutions of the 1960s and 1970s that sought to re-define marriage, sexuality
and motherhood. While the primary societal messages continue to trumpet traditional values and heterosexual marriage as the preferred norm, on the ground, women are actively engaged in
crafting identities and family structures (including remaining single and/or childless) that speak practically to their personal beliefs, intimate relationships and economic realities.

Demographically, this generation of mothers looks different from its predecessors. Many did not even have children until they were 25 years old or older and on average they are having only two children. Therefore in comparison to their mothers and grandmothers they are older and have fewer children to look after. Having come of age in the 1980s and 1990s these women also grew up taking feminism (and the benefits it bestowed) as a given. For Gen-X and Hip Hop generation women, they believe that they can choose to raise healthy happy children and still be true to themselves.

Unlike previous generations, Gen-X women are represented by a diversity of contexts for motherhood that include heterosexual marriages, single parenting, committed partnership and gay marriage. Furthermore we recognize that the ability of a woman to have the option to be a working mother or a stay at home mother is frequently dependent on her socio-economic standing as demonstrated by her access to informational and financial resources, nearby, reliable and affordable child care and good
fortune to work in a flexible work environment...

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August 19, 2007

Call for Proposals / Papers

Call for Proposals
Tenth Annual Women's History Month Conference
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
Friday-Saturday March 7-8, 2008

Black Power, Black Feminism: Black Women's Activism and Development of Womanist/Feminist Consciousness in the Era Black Power.

Keynote Speaker: Chana Kai Lee, author of For Freedom's Sake: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer

Traditionally scholarship on the Black Power era has characterized this time of renewed cultural and political nationalism and activism as an almost exclusively male domain. This has begun to change. Not only have scholars uncovered a long tradition of black women's activism before and during the Black Power era, but they have begun reevaluating the entire era as a result. Part and parcel with this period of activism has been the development of a Black feminist consciousness. If scholars have seen the seeds of this consciousness far earlier, the sixties and seventies were notable for organizing that recognized inextricable and complicated ties between categories of race class and gender. This conference seeks to sustain and enhance new scholarship that redefines the era, bringing the work and effort of women to the center...

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April 9, 2007

Call for Essays

Just Like a Girl: A Manifesta!

The latest offering from GirlChild Press is intended to be a rough and tumble, sassy, wickedly clever kick-ass anthology.

Where Growing Up Girl: An Anthology of Voices from Marginalized Spaces was a meditation on the state of girlhood; Just Like a Girl is meant to highlight the clever girls, the funny girls, the girls who don’t ask for permission and take up as much room as they damn well like. She is the girl who knows there is no sin in being born one; and that in spite of all evidence and current belief systems girl/woman does not equal weak.

Said girl doesn’t have to be a super hero, but she has hit a few balls out of the park, cursed out a couple trash talking construction workers, and took a few racist, homophobic, misogynistic folks to task. Ultimately, she knows how to pick herself up and brush herself off.

She’s a feminist. 2nd Wave. 3rd Wave. No Wave.
She’s high maintenance.
She has read the Patriot Act. She understands it.
She recognizes that people’s lives fall apart, but with time and some Elmer’s glue it all works itself out.

She’s an urban girl. A country girl.
She lives in a square state. A blue state. A red state.

She seriously ponders what are the SAT scores of those girls grinding in the music videos. She is the girl in the music video.

She has the perfect plan on how to break up with a boyfriend and how not to lose her cool when her 38 triple D bra snaps in the middle of a cocktail party.
She’s a 25th century girl.
She knows the words to Roberta Flack’s Killing Me Softly.
She secretly pinches her best friend’s bratty three year old.
She is a cashier at WALMART.
She’s the second chair flute in her 8th grade band.
She marches on Washington
She makes fun of vegans
She has 6,000 friends on myspace.com
She still hides the tattoo that she got at senior beach week from her mother – she’s 42.

She writes for herself. She writes for her sister. She writes for the girls still not born.

Think of Just Like a Girl as a travelogue for the bumpy, powerful, action packed world of girlhood.

Tell a secret.
Reveal a lie
Go tell it on the mountain.
You get the point.
So cast a net and see what the day’s catch brings

Submission Details

Deadline: September 30, 2007

The anthology is open to any subject matter.
Work is especially welcomed from new and emerging writers.
Contributors may submit up to three pieces.
Essays and short stories should be no longer than 3,000 words.
Poems should have the contributor’s name on each page
Sci-fi is encouraged!

Electronic Mail
Send your work to girlchildpress@aol.com
Attachments should be titled with your name and the email subject should be Just Like a Girl.

Snail mail
Michelle Sewell
GirlChild Press
PO Box 93
Hyattsville, MD 20781

Please include a brief bio and a mailing address.

Contributors will receive a copy of the anthology and the opportunity to read at the official Spring 2008 booksigning.

For more information on Michelle Sewell and the press check out www.girlchildpress.com


michelle
www.girlchildpress.com

November 1, 2006

Special Technology Issue of Feminist Teacher

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Special Technology Issue of Feminist Teacher

Seeking Papers that
… address any topic related to technology
… take an explicitly feminist perspective
… discuss implications for teaching practices

Using a broad definition of technology, we are interested in papers that address feminist concerns in relation to teaching about technology, the uses of technology for teaching, technology policies of schools or other sites of teaching, the intrusion of technology into educational settings, and related topics. Suggested topics include technology assessment from a feminist perspective, communications technology and access to women, representations of women in media and technology, teaching feminist ethics in high tech contexts, including reproductive technologies in biology or health classes, issues raised by genetic testing, using technology in teaching your subject matter, technology in social studies classes, how language of technology positions women, teaching about technology with feminist science fiction, how girls appropriate technology, sexuality and technology, gender issues in high tech gaming, the proliferation of pornography on the web, and many others.

If you have an idea for a paper you'd like to chat about or if you have a paper you would like to submit, please contact Issue Editor:
Suzanne Damarin, Ohio State University
Damarin.1@osu.edu
Phone: 614-292-7845
Fax: 614-292-7900

DEADLINES: One Page Abstract - December 4, Full Manuscript - April 2, 2007


Feminist Teacher is a Quarterly Journal published by the University of Illinois Press
http://www.uwec.edu/wmns/FeministTeacher/

October 21, 2006

Ladies Submit Your Films!

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CALL FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS
The 2007 Black Lily Film & Music Festival (“The Lily?) will be the first event of its kind in Philadelphia—a film and music festival wholly focused on the contributions of women. It will take place May 4-6 in Philadelphia. Recognizing the parallels between the music and film industries—both male dominated fields—in which women continue to strive for the acknowledgement and recognition often taken for granted by their male counterparts; this international, multi-racial, non-competitive festival seeks to highlight groundbreaking women filmmakers and musicians.

OPEN CALL
The films in this section will make up the bulk of programming and may be short-form (0-30 minutes) or feature-length (31-90 minutes) in any of the following genres:

Narrative Films

We are accepting works of fiction that deal with any topic or theme, provided that the work is directed and/or produced by a woman. Preference will be given to recent works, but it is not mandatory.

New Media/Experimental
We are accepting works that don’t fit into the narrative/documentary binary. Works that employ alternative technology and/or structure are encouraged to submit to this category. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to mount video installation, so please only submit works that are meant to be screened in a theater.

Documentary Films
These works may include shorts and features from 0 to 90 minutes. Works not originally produced in English must have English subtitles.

Music Videos
These works may feature artists that are signed or unsigned as long as the director has festival rights to screen the work. They should not exceed 5 minutes in length.


SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

Peace & Justice
Black Lily is collaborating with non-profit group Spearhead Soldier to present works celebrating the global struggle for peace and justice for individuals, families, communities and nations. We welcome narratives, documentaries and experimental works dealing with this topic. Priority will be given to works dealing with violence against women but all will be viewed and considered.

Women in Music
Given the history of the Black Lily organization and our hometown of Philadelphia’s rich legacy contributing to American music, we’ve decided to have a special focus on films dealing with women in music. These films can be narratives or documentaries about musicians, composers, vocalists, promoters or related artists.

Young Lily
Girls aged 19 and under are encouraged to submit film & video works that will be shown in conjunction with the Open Call, but will receive special attention for a Black Lily Honor on closing night and also be screened as part of the Girls Workshop.

The Five Spot: Paying homage to the home of our original music series, five [5] works created by local women filmmakers who live in Philadelphia and the surrounding area will be showcased. Artists must have lived in the city for at least six months prior to submission. Any pieces 45 minutes and under are welcome for this showcase.


PRIORTITY DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS DECEMBER 1, 2006
Late deadline is December 31, 2006

Download Submission Guidelines HERE

Download Entry Form HERE

Please mail submissions (and a postage-paid return envelope if desired) to:

Black Lily Film & Music Festival
c/o Painted Bride Arts Center
230 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 USA

Submission fees must be made out the Painted Bride Arts Center
(Please include “Black Lily Festival? in the memo line)

For updates and more information, check out blacklilyfilm.org and myspace.com/blacklilyfilm

** PLEASE NOTE THAT A SEPARATE CALL FOR MUSICIANS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN DECEMBER **

October 4, 2006

Seeking Executive Director - FYI (Films By Youth Inside)

This is a message on behalf of filmmaker, Alex Munoz whose work some of you may be familiar of. He is also thefounder of the non-profit called FYI (Films by Youth Inside.) This program introduces incarcerated youth to the filmmaking process and gives the youth an opportunity to write, direct and edit their own films. All of their films are screened at Sony studios after they have completed the FYI program. It really is an AMAZING program and I had a chance to see some of the films this past summer and was seriously BLOWN AWAY at the creativity, originality and unique visions presented by these kids!

ANYHOW, Alex is currently seeking a new EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR to run FYI. The candidate would have past experience working with incarcerated youth, have a strong knowledge of film production, possibly a background in teaching, and experience in running non-profits. If ya'll know of ANYONE who fits the bill, please, please, please have them give me a call at (213) 250-9921 ext. 104. THANK YOU!!! peace,
MIA

Info on FYI is below and attached. FEEL FREE TO FORWARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Films by Youth Inside (FYI)is an introductory filmmaking program developed and administered by writer/director Alex Muñoz.

The purpose of the program is to imbue youthful offenders with the critical-thinking, cooperative learning and organizational skills they need in order to complete school and obtain decent jobs, while also providing them with a medium for positive self-expression and personal transformation.

Each participant works with professional screen writers, actors, directors and other production technicians. Then each writes and produces a 3 to 5 minute film . either narrative or documentary.

The curriculum includes: 1) feature and documentary film appreciation, 2) screen writing fundamentals, 3) the terminology and techniques of film production, including acting, cinematography and editing, and 4) educational and career paths and opportunities in the film industry.

While educating youthful offenders in storytelling and filmmaking, the FYI program provides the youth with a unique and constructive platform to demonstrate their newly discovered and developing skills.

The FYI Team consists of experienced filmmakers and teachers who have seen persuasive evidence of the transformative and rehabilitative effects of the program. We believe that the lessons learned by FYI participants extend far beyond the fundamentals of film and can literally change their lives.

February 27, 2006

Calling Twin Cities Filmmaker

FILMMAKER NEEDED TO MAKE DOCUMENTARY VIDEO

FORECAST Public Artworks is seeking to hire a Twin Cities-based documentary video artist to create a 45-minute documentary featuring the 9 public art projects funded through FORECAST's annual Public Art Affairs program (supported by Jerome Foundation). Artist must be available to begin in March. Projects take place at various times during the year and at various locations. More information about the grant program and previously funded projects may be viewed at www.forecastart.org. Fee for service: $1,000.

Please send letter of interest, resume and one work sample (if available) postmarked by March 7 to:
Jack Becker, director, FORECAST Public Artworks, 2324 University Ave. W. #104, St. Paul, MN 55114. 651-641-1128 (forecast @visi.com).