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[New York, NY April 29, 2008] Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) today announced the recipients of its 2008 Media Arts Fellowships; the Fellowship program was founded and is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. This year, TFI awarded $715,000 to 22 innovative filmmakers and media artists. Tribeca Film Institute CEO Brian Newman along with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Alan Berliner (Nobody’s Business, Wide Awake), awarded the Fellowships at a ceremony at the New York Academy of Art to some of the most promising and respected independent filmmakers working today.

Awarded to filmmakers and media artists whose work is innovative, creative and pushes boundaries, the Fellowships provide support to 22 filmmakers and media artists each year. The Fellowships offer financial support for artists working in the narrative, documentary, experimental, installation and computer-generated media genres. The Media Arts Fellowships recognize the artistic excellence of 20 film, video and new media artists in the United States with cash awards of $35,000 each. The program also awards two additional Fellowships of $7,500 each to emerging film and video artists.

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Tribeca Film Institute and Renew Media (formerly National Video Resources), founded by The Rockefeller Foundation, will formally combine their organizations and operate going forward under the name of the Tribeca Film Institute. Find out more >>

The tragic murder of 2004 Fellow Helen Hill, which took place in New Orleans at the beginning of the year, has inspired memorial screenings, filmmaking awards and press coverage. All these tributes attest to the effect Helen’s work and life has had on those who knew her and her films.

For those who wish to read more about this dearly missed artist, Jason Berry’s recent article for the Harvard alumni magazine 02138, provides an extensive and intimate portrait of Helen.

In order for more audiences to experience Helen’s playful and poignant animation, the Harvard Film Archive created new 16mm prints of ten of her films. These shorts have been shown as special presentations at the Images Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Madcat Women’s International Film Festival and Ottowa’s International Animation Festival. Upcoming screenings will be held in Los Angeles at the Redcat Theater, and in New York City at Anthology Film Archives. Groups and festivals interested in screening the films can contact:

Mark Johnson, HFA Film Trafficker
mhjohn (at) fas (dot) harvard (dot) edu
(617) 496-8438

While it is difficult to reconcile one’s emotions with such a senseless tragedy, it is comforting to know that Helen’s passion will continue in new vessels, through awards for filmmakers. The Film Studies Program at the University of South Carolina, the Nickelodeon Theatre of Columbia, South Carolina, and New York University’s Department of Cinema Studies have established the Helen Hill Award to enable a filmmaker to attend the 6th Orphan Film Symposium, in March, in New York City. The Linda Joy Media Arts Society has also inaugurated the Helen Hill Animated Award, to recognize animators in Canada’s Atlantic Provinces.

Further information and ways to pay tribute can be found on

Renew Media extends congratulations to the eight Fellows whose work will be shown at the 32nd Toronto International Film Festival!

Arthur Dong’s Fellowship-funded documentary Hollywood Chinese will receive its international premiere at the festival. Drawing from a trove of memorable film clips, and incorporating interviews with well-known actors, Hollywood Chinese documents the visual and social history of the Chinese in American feature films.

Toronto also marks the world premiere of James Spooner’s Fellowship-funded feature narrative White Lies Black Sheep, which challenges the illusions of integration in New York City’s nightlife.

Other world premieres include Ira SachsMarried Life, starring Pierce Brosnan, Rachel McAdams, Patricia Clarkson and Chris Cooper, and Ellen Spiro’s Body of War, co-directed with talk show host Phil Donahue, which follows the political transformation of a US soldier wounded in Iraq.

The festival’s Wavelengths program includes Peter Hutton’s At Sea, a lyrical portrait of a container ship’s life, and Ken Jacobs Capitalism: Slavery, which uses video to animate nineteenth-century stereoscopic images of slaves.

Toronto will also mark the latest stop on the festival tours of Carlos ReygadasSilent Light, which won a special jury prize at Cannes, and Gregg Araki’s Smiley Face, which is likely to be the only film in the festival that revolves around pot cupcakes.

Renew Media also wishes to congratulate Ed Radtke and Hartmut Bitomsky on the world premieres of their latest films at the 64th Venice International Film Festival.

Radtke’s The Speed of Life is part of the Venice Day Sidebar program.This fellowship-funded narrative feature follows a group of Brooklyn teenagers who spend their days stealing tourists’ video cameras and imagining themselves in better places. Their run-ins with reality involve probation officers, ex-cons, waitresses and an old man who believes he can fly.

Bitomsky’s Staub is included in the Orrizonti program. This feature film acts as essay, rhapsodizing about dust- which is everywhere and ever present and will not go away.

If you happen to be in Venice for the film festival, be sure to also check out the Biennale, which features work from Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Shih Chieh Huang and Bill Viola!

Priamo Lozada

Priamo Lozada passed away on Wednesday, June 14th in Venice, Italy. Priamo was co-curator of the Mexican Pavilion at the Venice Biennale this year, the first in over 50 years. We at Renew Media are very saddened by the sudden loss of Priamo.Born in the Dominican Republic in 1962, Priamo served as chief curator of Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City since the museum’s inception in 2000. In 2005 he was curator of Dataspace, held in el Centro Cultural Conde Duque and co-curator of the Tijuana sessions in Alcalá 31, both in Madrid, Spain. This past November he and Barbara Perea organized the ambitious project Plataforma Puebla 2006. He collaborated with Renew Media via our Media Arts Fellowship program as both a nominator and panelist.

Priamo greatly supported the development and exhibition of media art in Mexico and promoted it to the rest of the world.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

On behalf of the board and staff of Renew Media,

Lucila Moctezuma
Director, Media Arts Fellowship

Brian Newman
Executive Director, Renew Media

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Priamo Lozada falleció el 14 de junio en Venecia, Italia. Priamo fue co-curador del Pabellón de México en la Bienal de Venecia, el primero después de más de 50 años. El equipo de Renew Media siente mucho la pérdida de tan invaluable persona.

Nacido en 1962 en Santo Domingo, República Dominicana, Priamo fue curador del Laboratorio Arte Alameda desde su fundación en 2000. En 2005 se desempeño como curador de diversos proyectos en Madrid, España, incluyendo Dataspace presentado en el Centro Cultural Conde Duque y Tijuana sessiones, en Alcalá 31. El pasado noviembre fungió como director artístico, en colaboración con Bárbara Perea, del ambicioso proyecto de arte contemporáneo Plataforma Puebla 2006. En el pasado, Priamo Lozada colaboró con Renew Media como nominador y jurado para el Programa para Artes Audiovisuales.

Priamo contribuyó a apoyar al desarrollo y exhibición de las artes mediáticas en México y a dar a conocer a artistas Mexicanos en el extranjero.

Nuestro más sentido pésame para su familia y amigos.

De parte de el Consejo Directivo y el equipo de Renew Media,

Lucila Moctezuma
Directora de Becas Audiovisuales

Brian Newman
Director Ejecutivo, Renew Media

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22 filmmakers and media artists receive nearly $750,000
Jonathan Caouette, Ken Jacobs, and Kelly Reichardt among recipients

May 2, 2007 (New York, NY) – In a ceremony last night at the American Academy of Art, Renew Media announced the recipients of the Media Arts fellowships for 2007, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, awarding nearly $750,000 to 22 innovative and pioneering filmmakers and media artists. Film producer Jim McKay (Brother to Brother, Stranger Inside) joined Renew Media representatives in handing out the fellowships to some of the most promising and respected independent filmmakers working today, including Kelly Reichardt (Old Joy), Jonathan Caouette (Tarnation), Rob Epstein (The Times of Harvey Milk), Godfrey Reggio (Koyaanisqatsi), and Ken Jacobs (Tom, Tom, The Piper’s Son). A complete list of the 2007 Fellows, including a description of their upcoming projects, is included below.

The Fellowships recognize the artistic excellence of 20 film, video and new media artists in the United States with cash awards of $35,000 each. The program also awards two additional Fellowships of $10,000 each to emerging film and video artists. The Fellowships are intended to provide support to filmmakers and media artists whose work represents creative risk-taking – pushing the boundaries of genre, form, technique, medium, and content – as well as social and political relevance. Renew Media also awards between four and six Fellowships of $20,000 each to Mexican filmmakers and media artists.

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2006 was a year of change and new activity for Renew Media. It also was a year that saw a great number of accomplishments on the part of the Fellows. Renew Media has expanded the opportunities we provide to our Fellows and to the Media Arts community
at large.

Included in this expansion in 2006 the organization:

  • Changed the name of the organization from National Video Resources to Renew
    Media to better reflect the commitment to artists in the changing media
  • Awarded :
    • 20 Media Arts Fellowships of $35,000 each
    • 2 Emerging Artists Fellowships of $7,500 each;
    • 4 Media Arts Fellowships of $20,000 each to Mexican artists;
    • 11 Technical Assistance Grants to Fellows, awarding a total of
    • $30,000, and an additional $15,000 as in-kind website
      development assistance.
  • Conducted two highly successful Impact workshops for Fellows, focused on
    developing effective outreach and distribution strategies;
  • Launched the Looking at Jazz series with a sold-out program at the New York
    Film Festival and partnered with libraries in 50 cities for the Looking at Jazz
  • Introduced Re:Sources, an online

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    Renew Media announced in a press release that we’ve joined the ACLU, the Free Expression Policy Project and a coalition of 20 organizations in filing a legal brief stating that new standards adopted by the Federal Communications Commission to censor “indecency” on the airwaves are overly vague and unconstitutional. The groups urged the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn an FCC ruling issued earlier this year that applied new standards for censoring indecency and profanity to complaints received between 2002 and 2005. In the court brief, the groups advocated for the FCC’s censorship scheme to be thrown out altogether, arguing that the “FCC’s efforts to regulate in this area have proven to be constitutionally unworkable.”

    Re:New Media is the new name for National Video Resources, a not-for-profit organization established by The Rockefeller Foundation in 1990.

    Re:New Media supports media artists & advocates on their behalf, connects audiences with independent films and contributes to the media arts field, via innovative programs and direct cash support.

    In 2007, Re:New Media celebrates 20 years of the Media Arts Fellowships (formerly the Program for Media Artists), a program established and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. Anniversary celebrations will include screenings and events in 6 cities across the USA, and a special publication that highlights the achievements of the program and the fellows.

    In coming months we will be sending out announcements about the upcoming events and new programs at Re:New Media. Please be sure to update your details with us.

    Visit for the latest news on Re:New Media programs, and to access artists’ profiles and project information for all 426 fellowship recipients.

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