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ever has. " -Margaret Mead
Turning your TV Time into Quality Time
April 4, 2006 Issue #4
Christine L. Pollock, Editor
Ranny Levy, Publisher
1. Letters from the Editor, President
2. Web Store Features
4. New Endorsements
5. Festival Titles
6. New Members/Renewing Members
7. Member News
8. Media News
9. Family and Parenting News
10. Shorts, How Sweet - Film Festival
Highlights by Christine L. Pollock
11. Crafts and Activities: Outdoor
Weather/Indoor April showers Sort of Activities from
Dr. Toy and Tie-dyed Easter Eggs Craft
12. Festival City Schedule and Events
14. Special Offers
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Every week after
Sunday school, my boys stop off at the church library to pick a
few books and videos for the week. A little over a month ago I noticed
something humorous. Each week since then it has happened again.
My children are consistently checking out titles that we reviewed
for KIDS FIRST!® As jurors, we review so many titles, we couldn't
possibly keep them all so we donate to local schools and libraries.
Apparently our boys are impressed with the
quality of the titles since they keep checking them out of the library.
This month I
want to share one of my favorite traditions with you. Like many
American families, we enjoying dying eggs to hide on Easter morning.
When I taught in a Waldorf-inspired preschool many years ago, I
learned a new way to dye the eggs with tissue paper. It has now
become a family tradition, and it makes the most beautiful tie-dyed
designs on the eggs. Some KIDS FIRST!® Kid jurors are shown
making the eggs in this picture. You can find directions below.
As always, I
welcome your input. If you have comments on titles we have endorsed;
notices of awards, publications, and products; or suggestions for
articles. . . Please drop me a line.
Happy April. As I walk out the front door every
morning, I'm greeted by a mass of cheerful yellow daffodils. These
happy little harbingers of spring are a reminder of renewal and
refreshment. I am grateful that I'm healthy and able to experience
these early bloomers every day. And, I realize that not everyone
is. KIDS FIRST!®
is constantly exploring ways in which we can reach children who
are underserved, those who can't walk outside and see the flowers.
One group of children who miss out are hospitalized kids. Those
of you who have been with us for a while are familiar with the hospital
initiative we incubated six years ago, which has now become a stand-alone,
nonprofit, Meg's Gifts. Meg's Gifts donates about a quarter of a
million dollars worth of videos to hospitals every year. We felt
there was still more we could do.
has now partnered with two other groups to help us deliver more
programming to hospitalized kids. One group, Lollipop
Theater, a charity dedicated to bringing movies to children
confined to hospitals, is working with us to bring a continuous
stream of new releases to pediatric patients nationwide. The collaboration
debuted March 25th with a screening of Twentieth Century Fox Home
Entertainment's Little Manhattan at the Avalon Theatre
in Washington, DC. Outpatients and their families from Children's
Medical Center were given free passes. Additional screenings have
taken place at the hospital and will continue through April 7. Our
plan with Lollipop is to create similar programs for the 40 hospitals
they are currently working with.
Our other initiative, KIDS
FIRST! Cares, is a collaboration with Corporations for Character.
Together, we plan to deliver to hospitals the newest hardware loaded
with films that have been endorsed by KIDS FIRST!®
which will be placed directly in children's hospital rooms. This
"box" will contain more than 45 hours of positive, uplifting,
fun programs for kids between the ages of 2 and 15 and we will be
able to change the programming on it once a year, or more frequently
if need be. Our goal is to reach more than one million children's
hospital rooms by the end of 2008. This program is supported entirely
by private donations of $10 each. We invite you to join us in meeting
this goal. To make a donation or get more information, visit kidsfirstcares.org.
We encourage anyone who
lives in southern California to attend the Newport Beach Film Festival
where many KIDS FIRST!®
titles will be screened during their opening weekend, April 21-23.
Reaching as far away as Africa and India, and back home to some
of America's most popular children's titles, Newport has chosen
some of the "best of the best" of what KIDS FIRST!®
has to offer, including: Barbie Diaries, Maya & Miguel:
Cinco de Mayo, We Don’t Want No War, A Divided
City, Rapping at Fear,
Mbiya and His Cow, Going to School in India, Danger
Rangers: The Great Race, The Derby Stallion, Moongirl,
Second Banana, This Pretty Planet, Penguins of
Antarctica, Reptiles and Amphibians of Costa Rica, and
Axtelevision: Come Outta That Shell. For a complete schedule,
visit our new online
events calendar, or go to the Newport
Beach Film Festival website.
Enjoy your month,
and let us know what events and films you've attended.
Founder and President, KIDS FIRST!®
is from David Kottwitz, history teacher at Bolivar-Richburg in western
NY, highlighted in KIDS FIRST!® News
for using visual media as the driving force in his curriculum: "The
students are enjoying (the class) greatly. The response has been
so good that the Guidance Office asked if I could make it a different
class next year because many kids want to take it again. So I have
made it a rotating class where one year we will do American History
and the next we will do World History. The students are very surprised
at the way Hollywood can take a certain situation and create a perception
that it occurred a different way. I
feel their are two great lessons that I learned from my experience.
First, students love movies if they are filled with action or intensity.
They are able to better visualize what they have read or been taught
through traditional method. The other lesson I have learned is that
as a teacher, I need to help the students understand the misconceptions
created by media, especially when the media has given a perception
that does not support the facts of the issue."
to Deepa Rajagopal on graduating from our online KIDS FIRST!®
juror training program! Rajagopal is a full-time mom and resides
with her husband Murthy and their 5-yr-old daughter Kavya in Fairfax,VA.
She recently launched her three well-acclaimed movie titles for
preschoolers and toddlers under the brand name Smart Cookie! to
the North American market. She is currently working on childrens
books that will be sold under the same brand name. You can reach
her at www.smart-cookie.com.
JUROR TRAINING PROGRAM
about what kids watch? Want to do something about it? Become a KIDS FIRST!® juror. It's easy. Take our online training. It will
take you about four hours to complete and we will provide you with
your own personal trainer. The $40 fee is 100% reimbursable once
you evaluate six titles for KIDS FIRST!®. You may keep any movie
you approve. What a wonderful way for teachers, librarians, parents,
and daycare providers to build their own quality media library while
helping evaluate movies for others. To register or get more information,
our KIDS FIRST!® juror's page.
KIDS FIRST!® WEB STORE FEATURES
& PASSOVER AT BUBBE'S. Kids of all ages will find pure enjoyment
celebrating Chanuka & Passover at Bubbe's (beloved grandmother).
Join in a joyful romp with a host of colorful muppet-like characters.
There is Anton the bully, who insists on having things his way,
Rhino, who "horns" in before he understands the situation,
Chester, who tries too hard, practical Zachary and adorable Muffin.
While this delightful group prepares for the holiday feast, we witness
the past as Bubbe relates the story of Chanuka - the fight between
the Greeks and the Maccabees - the miracle of the burning oil -
the importance of religious freedom for all people. Special DVD
exclusives: "Sing along at Bubbe's", traditional games,
recipes, prayers and songs. And while Bubbe prepares for her annual
Passover Seder, they are surprised by a talking Haggadah and are
magically whisked back to Egypt during the time of the Pharaohs.
There, they experience the trials of captivity and ultimately, a
triumphant escape to freedom. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Juror Comments:
Provides an excellent introduction to the stories of Chanuka and
Passover. Promotes cultural awareness for non-Jewish and Jewish
children alike. Well-written and well-produced. KIDS FIRST!®
KID Juror Comments: Both Jewish and non-Jewish children enjoyed
the puppets and learning about Chanuka. The kids were easily able
to follow the storyline and asked lots of questions afterwards.
DVD. 75 min.; $11.96; Age: 3-11. Monterey Media.
OF TEDDY RUXPIN, THE JOURNEY BEGINS. A whole new generation
can experience the magical stories that teach values like courage,
friendship, positive attitude and determination. Featuring five
original episodes from the hit children's television series. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Juror Comments: Crisp, clear, and colorful with simple
scenes. Good music with short songs, spaced well. The storyline
is easy to follow and written at the appropriate age level with
silly characters and interesting creatures like the sprite and mud
creatures. Some unkind words are said such as "doddering old
man" and "imbecile. " To catch the entire story, you
need to watch more than one episode. KIDS FIRST!® KID Juror Comments:
Kids enjoyed this, especially the six-year-olds. DVD. 120 min.;
$11.98; Age: 5-8. First National Pictures.
CHRISTIAN DVDS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KIDS. Includes two titles:
Paws and Tales: Seeing the Unseen and Flo the Lyin' Fly.
In Paws and Tales, Wally Wickett, a new friend of the club,
needs proof that God exists. While on an exciting campout with Paw
Paw Chuck and the club, Wally sees first hand what is invisible
but very real. He comes to understand that God, like love, is felt
more than seen. Flo the Lyin' Fly offers a moral lesson of
an adorable hot pink fly that has a problem telling the truth. In
the end, Flo learns honesty is the best policy. Voices by Vicki
Lawrence, Tim Conway and Don Knotts. These two titles have a combined
retail value of $35.98. In this package, you can purchase both for
$22.36. Recommended for Age: 5-8.
DVDS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KIDS. Includes three titles: Veggie
Tales: The Toy that Saved Christmas, Elliot The Invincible,
and Together We're Better. In The Toy That Saved Christmas,
it looks like the worst Christmas ever until brave little Buzz-Saw
Louie doll takes matters into his own hands. Teaches children messages
about the true meaning of Christmas. In Elliot the Invincible, the
town jocks have exiled a boy named Elliot from their zany new game,
Flobo, and given him a cruel nickname. But the Good Sports Gang
knows that everyone has a talent and they're off to the rescue.
Elliot learns that everyone is a champ. Together We're Better offers
a story about teamwork. In this fun filled adventure, both float
builders and good sports learn on of life's most important lessons:
together we're better. These three titles have a combined retail
value of $41.31. In this package, you can get all three for.$26.36;
Recommended for Age: 5-10.
OF THE WORLD FOR EARLY ELEMENTARY. Includes Baku the Travel
Bug - Making Friends Around the World and Raven Tales: Raven
Steals the Sun. Baku the Travel Bug says, "Hola!
Namaste! And Hello!" Baku is a lovable travel bug who lives
inside the travel bag of his best friend and travel partner, Aunt
Sydney. Raven Tales invites you to join the wild and funny
adventures of Raven, the most powerful, and one might add, trickiest
troublemaker of First Nations Folklore. These two titles, when purchased
individually, have a MSRP of $36.94. In this package, we are selling
both for $19.95.
Recommended for Age: 5-8. World Notes and Raven Tales Production.
. .AND MORE STORIES ABOUT FRIENDSHIP. Corduroy (writer/illustrator
Don Freeman) longs for someone to take him home from the department
store. He thinks that finding his lost button may help, so he searches
the store when nobody's around. Includes: Yo! Yes?; Here
Comes The Cat! KIDS FIRST!® Adult Juror Comments: Anthology
of children's classics. The theme of friendship is beautifully and
artistically executed. The art ranges from Norman Rockwell to Monet.
Corduroy is excellent; shows good problem solving skills.
KIDS FIRST!® KID Juror Comments: Each story is different and
got different responses from the kids. "I was tricked by the
one with the cat. I thought the mice didn't like the cat but they
did. They related to the theme. "I know what it's like to want
a friend and try hard to get one. " DVD. 54 min.; $9.56; Age:
3-8. Scholastic Entertainment.
THE WILD THINGS ARE. .AND OTHER MAURICE SENDAK STORIES. Max is
a young boy who sails off to an imaginary island inhabited by strange
creatures, only to become their king. Includes two other Maurice
Sendak stories, The Nutshell Kids and In the Night Kitchen. KIDS FIRST!®
Adult Juror Comments: Fun to see familiar books come to life. Some
animation is not full motion. These stories respect children's imagination
and their need to feel powerful without violence. This age loves
stories that resolve danger comfortably. Great music by Carol King. KIDS FIRST!® KID Juror Comments: Liked some parts, others were scary. Everyone loved Chicken Soup with Rice. Younger kids were
genuinely frightened by the monsters. Older kids who were familiar
with Sendak's books liked it best and appreciated the fantasy. DVD. 30 min.; $11.96; Age: 3-7. New Video Group, Inc.
New Endorsements can be found at
*** = Titles receiving the highest scores are given
a three star rating.
** = Titles that meet or exceed the criteria receive a two-star
* = Titles that meet the baseline criteria but require some extra
consideration on the part of the viewer receive a one-star rating.
SMART COOKIE! : BIRTHDAY FUN! Preschool curriculum at a Big
3 B-day Party? The little viewers eat the cake and have it too,
as they imbibe preschool fundamentals, table manners and sharing.
They learn about a different culture and cuisine, as they dance
to a catchy Indian number. Adult Juror Comments: Perfect for two
to five-year olds. Having a birthday party as a theme to get them
interested is a great idea. It speaks to children right on their
level, addressing manners, growing up, feeling, sharing - all things
that they care about. Songs and the silliness of the burping and
the clowns are all good. Kid Juror Comments: Right on target. "I
love birthday parties! " "I love the clown" It's
silly and they like that. "I like when the boy dropped his
jello. " The youngest ones lost interest intermittently. All
said they'd watch it again. DVD. 60 min.; $9.99; Age: 2-5. GYANNI,
THE DANGER RANGERS: WILD WHEELS.
When Rusty Ringtail plans to skateboard his way to the top of the
Statue of Liberty, the Danger Rangers dive into action and show
how kids can be Danger Ranger Ready on bikes, rollerblades, skateboards
and razor scooters. Adult Juror Comments: Aesthetically pleasing,
good message, a little preachy. Usually safety films warn viewers
to stay away from dangerous situations. This film delivers the message
of "if you go into it, be prepared and use the right equipment.
" Kid Juror Comments: Likable. Cool cartoons and animals. "My
friends would like the bike tricks. " "The Danger Ranger
animals remind me of my friend and and me. " Kids picked up
some good safety tips. "It taught me how to brake with your
rollerblades before you go down steps. DVD. 28 min.; $12.99; Age:
4-9. EDUCATIONAL ADVENTURES.
OF THE HEART. When Jed and Martha Richards agree to raise young,
orphaned Daniel, Jed is delighted. But Martha, still grieving for
her two little girls who died on the trek west, finds herself swept
away each day in a thousand wistful memories. As her golden-haired
daughters dance through her aching heart, she can't help comparing
them to this awkward, dirty young boy who annoys her at every turn--and
needs her so desperately. Jed and Danny both reach out to Martha,
yet her anguish isolates her and threatens the marriage relationship.
But spring sometimes comes unexpectedly, and for Martha it comes
on a snowy Christmas Eve when Danny's innocent heart is finally
able to rescue hers. Featuring Leigh Lombardi, Sam Hennings, Claude
Akins, and Logan Hall. Based on a story by Lael J. Little. Produced
by Heart Productions. DVD.94 min.; $12.95; Age: 8-12. FEATURE FILMS
SELECTIONS FROM KIDS FIRST!® FILM
AND VIDEO FESTIVAL 2005
a complete list of all Festival titles currently being shown, visit
A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN. A. 85 min.
Join Charlie Brown and the rest of the delightful "Peanuts®"
gang in their smashing debut on the silver screen in the late Charles
M. Schulz's first full-length animated motion picture. It's a movie
filled with all the characters and charm that has made "Peanuts®"
the most popular comic strip in the world. And it is musical entertainment
that will positively make you grin from ear to ear. Our story begins
with Charlie Brown gearing up for his first pitch of the baseball
season - stopping midstream because his pitcher's mound is filled
with dandelions. Music by Vince Gauraldi and songs by Rod McKuen.
Gene Shalit said "is so cheerful I can hardly wait for the
next one! " Age: 5-8. TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT.
DORA THE EXPLORER: DORA'S FIRST TRIP. A. 100 min.
Join Dora on her interactive adventures as she meets Boots for the
very first time and celebrates at Best Friends Day Picnic. Age:
2-5. PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
LITTLE MANHATTAN. L. 98 min.
Little Manhattan is a feel-good comedy that is perfect for all ages.
Life as a kid in modern-day New York has enough challenges, but
sometimes it seems nearly impossible! Gabe (Josh Hutcherson) and
Rosemary (newcomer Charlie Ray) have known each other nearly all
their lives, but when they come face to face in a karate class,
they see each other in a whole new light. Filled with all the magical,
marvelous, and maddening moments of first love, this charming film
is fun for the whole family. Age: 8-12. TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME
LON POPO (A RED-RIDING HOOD STORY FROM CHINA). A. 12 min.
In this Chinese version of the classic fairy tale, a mother leaves
her three children home alone while she goes to visit their grandmother. When the children are visited by a wolf, pretending to be their
Po PO, or granny, they let him in the house, but ultimately are
not fooled by his deep voice and hairy face. Combining ancient Chinese
panel art techniques with a contemporary palette of watercolors
and pastels, this powerful story brings lessons about strangers,
trust and courage to a new generation. Narrated by B. D. Wong, with
music by Ernest V. Troost. Directed by Cha-Pow! Book by Ed Young
Illustrator: Ed Young. Caldecott Medal Book. Age: 4-8. Weston Woods/SCHOLASTIC
PEEP: PEEP'S MOON MISSION & THE MANY MOONS OF QUACK THE DUCK.
A. 22 min. E.
Peep combines animation and short live-action interstitials to nurture
preschoolers' curiosity about the natural world. Peep (a newly hatched
chicken), along with his friends Chirp, (a smart and sassy robin)
and Quack (an endearingly egotistical duck), explores the wonders
of the "big wide world. " In these episodes, Peep sees
a circle moon one night, but Chirp sees a half-circle moon. Quack
saw the moon as a white sliver. Who's right? Quack insists there
are many moons. Peep and Chirp aren't so sure. Preschoolers acquire
basic science investigation skills such as observing, comparing,
predicting and persevering in a way that is so entertaining! Ages
2-5. DISCOVERY KIDS
POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER: BUSTER'S WORLD OF SPORTS. A. 88 min.
At the Utah Olympic Park, home of the 2002 Winter Olympics, Buster
finds out what it really takes to be an Olympic athlete. He meets
Squirt, a talented and dedicated ski jumper who introduces Buster
to the world of speed skaters, and luge racers. Age: 2-5. PARAMOUNT
AND RENEWING MEMBERS
Please welcome these new
or renewing members and visit their web sites.
Media LLC http://www.equatordv.com/
Live Wire Media http://www.livewiremedia.com
Me Spanish! Fiesta Friends LLC http://www.fiestafriends.com
Congratulations Going to School in India: In a Mud Desert
producer, writes, "KIDS FIRST!® has helped us in many ways
- when we were nominated for the best in category award, everyone
we know in India was happily voting on-line feeling as if they were
a part of a movement, there was really the sense, that we were all
Going to School! Two other festivals have contacted us because of
KIDS FIRST!® - and then we have now signed an agreement with
KIDS FIRST!® Festival Title Airs on TV
On Friday, April 7, 9a and 1p, Nick Jr. premieres "Dora's First
Trip" a special episode of Dora the Explorer, in which
Dora tells about her first adventure and how she met Boots. The
following week, on April 11, Nickelodeon and Paramount Home Entertainment
releases a DVD/VHS of Dora's First Trip.
Nick UK and
ABC TV Australia Pick Up KID FIRST! Titles
Star Farm Productions' Edgar & Ellen has been picked
up by Nickelodeon UK and ABC TV Australia. Both networks will air
six specials in the fall followed by the 30-minute TV series in
AND PARENTING NEWS
Award-winning producer of youth voices, releases a new curriculum
resource called the Fourth R, which adds radio to our traditional
lineup of reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic. Each month, the Fourth
R provides free, online lesson plan suggestions and standards alignment
linked to a radio story written and produced by youth. Read
Shorts, How Sweet - Film Festival Highlights by Christine L. Pollock
The films last
fewer than ten minutes, but make me cry, laugh, and learn. The saying,
"something for everyone" sums up the KIDS FIRST!®
film festival experience, especially when it comes to shorts, which
run as short as 2 minutes. We're finding a welcome audience at our
hosts' theaters who have commented that our indi shorts compilation
is their favorite title. They're certainly unique and often, thought-provoking.
Such as Emelia, a title for 12 to 18-year-olds. Emelia is
a five-year-old animated Goth girl. In this film, we enter Emelia's
head, which shows us the wild and fantastic images that she feels
and thinks. Her world of loneliness is opened by a Window which
finds her when she is in a dark place. Derek Flood, Emelia's
producer, believes that everyone has dark places and that way to
find hope and learn to care for ourselves is to look into those
dark places and face them. According to Flood, "After
screenings, people have come up and told me how they connect to
Emelia in ways I never could have imagined." Flood mentioned
one woman who suffered from clinical depression. She said the Window
that turned Emelia's world upside down and helped her reach out,
reminded her of how she felt when she was on antidepressant medication.
Flood realized the woman's reaction was "right on" because
that was the woman's Window in her life where she could find hope.
He hopes that everyone can dare to find their inner Goth, and find
their Window, too. You can learn more about Flood and Emelia
Whereas Emelia is dark and introspective, Tin Town
is a non-narrative, captivating short showing wind-up tin toys in
action, set to the whimsical music of composer Raymond Scott. This
is a fun film for all ages. The vintage toys inspired producer,
Sarah Wasley-Smith, and film and sound editor, Rachel Smith, to
create this film to music of the same era (early 1900's). The crew
filmed Tin Town using a borrowed Sony VX 2000, from cinematographer
Rachel Messer, with backdrops they set up in the home of the toys'
owner. They edited using Final Cut Express. Smith believes short
films are a great medium for presenting creative ideas and entertainment.
"Film festivals are a great way to share these ideas,"
she says while encouraging everyone to submit titles they create.
Postlewaite, executive producer of Renegade Animation, and her partner,
Darrell Van Citters love Tom Chapin's music and want to create music
films that revolve around traditional fine art, using digital tools.
This Pretty Planet is featured in this quarter's KIDS FIRST!®
Film Festivals. Nate Pacheco, the lead artist on the piece, created
paintings for this title in Corel Painter and used Flash animation.
The biggest challenge was to figure out how to create a traditional
look of fine art for viewers using digital tools. Postlewaite is
amused by the fact that everyone who sees This Pretty Planet
is so taken by its beauty and peacefulness. No-one can believe it
wasn't painted traditionally. "We love proving how technology
can do anything, if you put the right artists in charge."
embracing the variety of shorts at the KIDS FIRST!® Film Festivals,
and producers are jumping at the the opportunity to show their creations.
Perhaps the greatest beneficiaries are the kids who get to see films
that have been created on small budgets and are inspired from what
they see. As Postlewaite concludes, "If you have a vision,
you can bring it to life. . .it doesn't take zillions of dollars,
so don't let that stop you! "
We want to remind
all you budding filmmakers out there to submit your youth and independent
productions of any length. Our next deadline, for our fourth quarter
festivals is coming up soon. May
15 for early submissions, June 15 for regular submission and July
15 for late submissions. Our entry fees for shorts and student
submissions are half the price of feature length titles.
Dr. Toy's Tips on Use of Video by Stevanne Auerbach, PhD. /Dr.Toy
www.drtoy.com Smart Play /Smart
Weather/Indoor April Showers Sort of Activities
Being outdoors every day when the weather permits is essential for
healthy growth. All children need time to play outside. There are
plenty of outdoor fun things to do. When they must be inside, however,
they also need to keep active. You can encourage children when indoors
to move to music. In each of these areas you can help your child
by using media like videos and CDs to complement all these activities.
A wonderful DVD for inside play is Easter
Carol. It's filled with great music and is easy to do supplemental
Tie-dyed Easter Eggs complements Easter
Materials: Boiled eggs, water, colored tissue paper
For instructions, go to craft
KIDS FIRST!® Film and Video Festival
Join us as we travel around the country with film festivals. Find
out when we will be in a town near you. For details read
San Jose, CA
May 10, 2006
- DEADLINE. Aging and Ageism Student Video/Storyboard Competition.
AMLA member Jennifer Swift-Kramer reports: The Aging and Ageism
Caucus of the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) invites
Oakland, California, area high school students to submit videos
or storyboards about intergenerational mentorship among women, or
women learning as they age. More information.
May 15 and November
15, 2006 - DEADLINE. Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Research
& Educational Projects. The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism
Foundation was established in
1982 for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes, including
the improvement of the quality of the practice of journalism among
various media. This support includes funding for creative projects
and research that promotes excellence in journalism and instills
and encourages high ethical standards in journalism. Funding is
available to formal organizations only. Application deadlines are
May 15 and November 15. For more information on the application
process and requirements, please visit http://www.journalismfoundation.org/application.html.
May 25, 2006
- DEADLINE. Local Independents Collaborating with Stations Grant.
A program of the Independent Television Service, LINCS gives independent
producers and public television stations an opportunity to form
full production and presentation partnerships. By providing matching
funds to these partnerships, LINCS acts as a catalyst, helping independent
producers leverage the support of stations and helping stations
access the talent of independent producers. For complete program
information and application procedures, go to http://www.itvs.org/producers/funding.html.
May 26, 2006
- DEADLINE. Black Entertainment Television (BET) Rap-It-Up/Black
AIDS Short Subject Film Competition. BET (Black Entertainment Television),
the Black AIDS Institute, and the Kaiser Family Foundation have
announced the 3rd Annual Rap-It-Up/Black AIDS Short Subject Film
Competition. Submission deadline is May 26, 2006. For additional
information, go to http://www.blackaids.org.
June 6-10, 2006.
Media Literacy: Overseas Conversations Series III. Speakers include
several international scholars from Spain and Brazil. click here
June 15-18 Marriott
Oakland City Center. The annual meeting of the National Women's
Studies Association. For information go to: http://www.nwsa.org.
2006 John Ansen Ford Amphitheater (across from the Hollywood Bowl).
The What IFFF? Kids Film Festival and Film Camp. International
Family Film Festival promotes and encourages the creation and
sharing of the family film screenplay through professional and children's
hands-on workshops and seminars. Submission Deadline: June 1, 2006.
Applications are on their web
2, 2006. University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Democracy and Independence:
Sharing News in a Connected World. The conference is designed for
citizens interested in learning about new innovations in web, print,
film, and audio news creation and delivery. More
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