News & Updates What's going at renew media Mon, 05 May 2008 15:51:30 +0000 en 2008 Media Arts Fellowships - 22 Filmmakers and Media Artists Receive $715,000 for Artistic Excellence /2008/04/30/2008-fellows/ /2008/04/30/2008-fellows/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2008 17:23:17 +0000 Renew Media /?p=39 [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.

“These 22 artists represent some of the most talented and forward-thinking artists creating independent media today” said Jane Rosenthal, Co-Chair of the Tribeca Film Institute. “We look forward to their lasting and substantial contribution to independent film and arts.”

“We are honored to support such original artists and their unique projects,” said Brian Newman, Chief Executive Officer of the Tribeca Film Institute. “Whether it is a script that needs financing to begin production, or a completed film that needs funding for editing and promotional support, the Fellowships we award allow these talented individuals to contribute fantastic work to the independent media field.”

The Film and Video selection panel included Robert Byrd, Senior Program Officer, Jerome Foundation, Minneapolis, MN; Ed Halter, Film Critic and Curator, formerly director of New York Underground Film Festival, New York, NY; Hye-Jung Park, 2003 Media Arts Fellow and Program Officer for the Media Justice Fund, The Funding Exchange, New York, NY; Gail Silva, Independent Film Advisor and Curator, San Francisco, CA; and Shoshana Wasserman, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, American Indian Cultural Center & Museum, Oklahoma, OK.

The New Media selection panel included Shawn Brixey, 2003 Media Arts Fellow and Director, Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media, Seattle, WA; Juan Devis, New Media and Interactive Producer at KCET/PBS, Los Angeles, CA; Tana Hargest, 2003 Media Arts Fellow and Director of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY; and Paddy Johnson, Media Arts Blogger and Critic, New York, NY.

“The Rockefeller Foundation is proud to support bold and innovative work in filmmaking and new media through its support of the Media Arts Fellowships,” said Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation.

For more than two decades, the Rockefeller Foundation has provided approximately $800,000 in Fellowships each year to support emerging and established artists in both the U.S. and Mexico. Renew Media (formerly known as National Video Resources) administered the Media Arts Fellowships on behalf of the Foundation from 1995 to 2002. In 2003, the Fellowships became a full program of Renew Media, receiving the majority of its financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation. The Media Arts Fellowship program now operates as part of the Tribeca Film Institute, following the formal combination of Renew Media and the Tribeca Film Institute in 2008.

In addition to the Media Arts Fellowships, TFI awards funds through Tribeca All Access, The Tribeca/Sloan Screenplay Development Program and the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund throughout the year.


JULIANNA BRANNUM (Emerging Artist)
Los Angeles, CA

LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 is a documentary about Comanche activist LaDonna Harris, who, as the wife of a U.S. Senator in the 1960s and 70s, worked from within Washington D.C.’s political scene on behalf of American Indians.

Julianna Brannum’s feature documentary The Creek Runs Red (co-directed with Bradley Beesley and James Payne) was featured in PBS’ series Independent Lens, in 2007, and she is currently producing the five part series We Shall Remain for PBS’s American Experience.

Jamaica Plain, MA

The currently untitled “Sisters Project” is a feature length narrative that revolves around a pair of twin sisters. The film is shaped and influenced by the sisters’ identical faces and very different bodies; in reality, as in the film, one uses a wheelchair.

Andrew Bujalski’s previous two narrative features have received wide critical acclaim, following their theatrical release, television broadcast and screening in numerous international film festivals. His debut Funny Ha Ha won the “Someone to Watch” Award at the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards, and was included on various critics’ top ten lists- as was his second film Mutual Appreciation. Bujalski has also served as an actor in several of his peers’ films.

West Hollywood, CA

Invoking Dolores will be a feature length film that will explore the inherent spiritualism in the religious customs of rural Mexico through the story of Michael, a priest who returns from the US to his hometown in Mexico to follow the footsteps of Mexico’s leading exorcist.

Daniel Carrera’s short film Primera Comunion (First Communion) has screened at numerous international and national film festivals and has received several awards, including at the Guadalajara and Morelia Film Festivals in Mexico and the Directors Guild of America. He holds an MFA in Film Directing and Screenwriting from Columbia University.

New York, NY

Amreeka is a feature length fiction film about a Palestinian single mother and her son who arrive in rural Illinois to escape a life of oppression, only to face the fallout from America’s war on Iraq. It is a glimpse into the secret lives of the first generation teenagers caught between their parent’s ethnic heritage and the Western world in which they live.

Cherien Dabis’ previous short film Make a Wish was featured in international festivals such as Sundance and Berlin, and won awards at Rotterdam and the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, among others. Dabis has received numerous accolades, including the L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth Vision Award at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. She is also a writer and co-producer on Showtime Network’s series, The L Word. Dabis was born to Palestinian immigrant parents and currently lives in New York.

Tivoli, NY

Hart’s Location is an animated documentary that will provide a subjective portrait of the residents of a rural precinct in northern New Hampshire, set against the backdrop of the months preceding the country’s primary elections.

Ms. Goss is a versatile media artist who has employed film, video, websites and interactive installations in her arsenal of mediums. Her work has been featured in numerous international festivals, including the Rotterdam, Full Frame and New York Film Festivals. Goss currently teaches film and electronic arts at Bard College.

New York, NY

Heat Wave: An Unnatural Disaster is a character-driven feature documentary that explores the legacy of the 1995 heat wave that ravaged the city of Chicago leaving 739 people dead in four days, the majority of them old, poor and people of color. At the center of this story lies a moral dilemma that has nothing to do with the weather. Poverty predetermined who would live or die during the heat crisis.

Judith Helfand’s previous documentaries have employed a humanistic humor in their efforts to bring attention to environmental concerns. Helfand has received a George Foster Peabody Award and Emmy nominations for her work. She is a co-founder of the non-profit Working Films, as well as of the film fund Chicken and Egg Pictures.

New York, NY

HERE is a narrative feature that chronicles the relationship between an American satellite-mapping engineer and an expatriate art photographer who travel together into uncharted foreign territory. Incorporating experimental interludes about mythical explorations, the film will serve as a meditation on landscape, culture, time and orientation.

Braden King’s previous documentary Dutch Harbor: Where the Sea Breaks its Back was included in over 40 film festivals, including the Full Frame, Margaret Mead and Rotterdam Film Festivals. He has also directed video installations, music videos and live film events. King was awarded an Alfred P. Sloane Feature Film Fellowship for his project HERE.

Los Angeles, CA

Grab is a documentary about the history of Grab Day, as well as its contemporary celebration in New Mexico’s Laguna Pueblo Indian reservation. The filmmaker will follow a family as they prepare for this traditional festivity.

Billy Luther is Navajo, Hopi and Laguna. He directed the award winning documentary Miss Navajo, which screened at several international film festivals, including Sundance, true/False, Los Angeles, Morelia, Rome and Winnipeg. He has received grants from the Sundance Native Initiative, National Geographic’s All Roads Seed Grant and Independent Television Service.

New York, NY

Iran/Laos will be an experimental film/video installation that intends to capture the collective identity crisis in Laos at it undergoes a clash in between its communist and Buddhist cultures.

Shirin Neshat was born in Iran, but has spent most of her life in the US. She explores issues of her native Islamic society through photography and video. Having been exiled from her homeland due to the Iranian revolution, her experiences of displacement inspired her to base her artwork on the universal meanings of cultural ideology and identity of post-revolutionary Iran. Her vast body of work has been widely exhibited in Europe, the US and Latin America.

HUGO PEREZ (Emerging Artist)
Brooklyn, NY

Immaculate Conception is a narrative feature that re-imagines the Virgin Mary story within the context of contemporary Miami’s Cuban community. The story will be told primarily in Spanish, with baroque visual style and deadpan comedic tone.

Hugo Perez’s previous short narratives have been broadcast on HBO and Showtime, in addition to being screened at film festivals. His debut feature documentary Neither Memory Nor Magic recently premiered at the Full Frame Film Festival.

New York, NY

Release is the second film in a documentary trilogy about America’s response to the attacks of 9/11. The film explores the long-term psychological and political repercussions of the U.S. policy of detention and torture.

Poitras’ last film My Country, My Country was nominated for an Academy Award and for an Independent Spirit Award, in their Best Documentary categories. Her previous documentary Flag Wars won a Peabody Award. She has been a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, participated in the Sundance Documentary Lab and received funding from Creative Capital, the Jerome Foundation, and NYSCA, among others.

Long Beach, CA

Pariah is a narrative feature that expands upon a previous short in which a black lesbian teenager struggles with self-doubt as she juggles multiple identities in an attempt to please both her friends and family.

Dee Rees holds an MFA in Film & Television Production from New York University. She has received numerous awards for her narrative short Pariah, including accolades from the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films and Outfest. She is currently finishing the documentary feature Eventual Salvation which was supported by the Chicken & Egg Pictures and Tribeca All Access.

New York, NY

Firelight Song is an experimental narrative film about Harriet “Petey” Weaver, the first female forest ranger, in California in 1929. The film will revolve around Petey’s 21 years as a ranger, during which she also served as an author, artist, and historian, devoting herself to nature, storytelling and the women in her life.

Jennifer Reeves is a film artist who performs all the production roles on her projects, including the shooting, editing, sound and optically printing. Her experimental work spans from narrative/documentary hybrids to visually abstract tone poems. Her previous feature The Time We Killed won the Best NY, NY Narrative Feature at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival, and she has had work featured in the Whitney Biennial, the Museum of Modern Art and numerous international film festivals.

Newhall, CA

The Ukrainian Time Machine is a series of four sixteen millimeter films that will combine personal, experimental and non-fiction approaches to capturing life in the Ukrainian town of Uman.

Naomi Uman’s previous experimental work has applied hand-crafted effects to project her subjective experience of different places and people. Her work has been exhibited internationally in festivals and museums including the Museum of Modern Art, Bilbao Guggenheim, Austria’s Viennale and Sundance Film Festival. She has received support from the Fulbright Scholars Program, Creative Capital and the Guggenheim Fellowship, among others. Uman currently lives in the Ukraine.

San Francisco, CA

Fountains is a site-specific and interactive video installation that comments upon the history of segregation and civil rights protest. The installation consists of a 30- second video projected over the fading imprint of a “Whites Only” sign that exists above the main water fountain of a county building in Texas. The projection is composed of newsreel footage from 1960s civil rights protests, and is activated when one attempts to take a drink from the fountain.

Lauren Woods considers herself an experimental researcher, learner and educator. Her installations and videos have been included in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Houston’s Project Row Houses, NextFrame’s Finalists Touring Film Festival and the collection of National Taiwan University of Arts. Woods holds an MFA with a film concentration from the San Francisco Art Institute.

La Canada-Flintridge, CA

Signs of Life is a documentary about the life and work of deaf educator Dr. Virginia McKinney, and her fight to keep open the school she founded over 40 years ago. McKinney, 83, is the founder of the Center for Communicative Development (CCD) and an advocate for the education of language-deprived deaf adults.

Yu’s uniquely expressive documentary shorts and features have been screened worldwide in festivals and released theatrically nationwide, winning awards along the way. Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien, won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. Her films often feature artistic, yet physically inhibited, individuals and those who forge something magical out of even the bleakest of circumstances.


San Francisco, CA

Capitalist Punishment is a multi-media work which examines the politics of privatization and labor exploitation within the United States prison system. This “new media documentary,” as Daniel terms it, will include a museum installation and related electronic tour of prison industry products inscribed with statements by prison laborers, as well as an interactive website that maps the social geography of the prison industrial complex.

Sharon Daniel’s previous work has involved collaborations with disenfranchised communities; collecting their stories and building online interfaces that make this information available across social, economic and cultural boundaries. Her goal is to not attempt to speak for others, but instead to allow them to speak for themselves. Daniel’s work has been exhibited internationally at museums and festivals including the Corcoran Biennial, Ars Electronica and the Lincoln Center Festival. Daniel currently teaches film and digital media at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Cambridge, MA

Call Me Ishmael is an installation that will convert the atmospheric nitrogen from lightning bolts into laser beams that will reach into space. This unique scientific sculpture will act as lighting-powered lighthouse intended to memorialize victims of natural storms.

Located at the crossroads of art and science, Joe Davis’ work has been exhibited internationally at such events as Ars Electronica, and has resulted from collaborations with institutions such as Harvard Medical School and NASA. His artwork is informed by multiple fields of scientific inquiry, including molecular biology, electromagnetics and astrophysics. Davis has been a research affiliate at MIT for over twenty six years.

San Francisco, CA

They Rule and We Work is a reciprocal pair of websites looking at class in the United States today. They Rule will allow users to map the interlocking directories of the top 500 U.S. corporations and to update the existing information. We Work will be an interactive examination of the state of the U.S. working class in the last 20-30 years, using graphics to represent such data as cost of living, strike levels, and undocumented immigrant labor.

Josh On’s previous websites have explored the meeting point of the didactic, the politically active and the artistic experience, and have been featured at such festivals as the Ars Electronica, Whitney Biennial and Seoul International Media Art Biennial. On holds an M.A. in Computer Related Design from The Royal College of Art in London. Originally from New Zealand, On now lives in San Francisco.

Santa Monica, CA

The not yet titled installation will build upon the artist’s custom-designed software TI, which generates live abstracted images onto structured shapes. This incarnation will integrate sound and will explore the merging of physical form and projected imagery.

C.E.B. Reas focuses on defining processes and translating them into images. He has exhibited his work internationally in art spaces and festivals including Laboral and Sonar in Spain, the National Museum for Art, Architecture, and Design in Oslo, TAG at The Hague, [DAM] in Berlin and Ars Electronica in Linz. In New York, his work has been exhibited at The Cooper-Hewitt Museum and Bitforms. He is an associate professor and chair of the department of Design & Media Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles.

North Bergen, NJ

The Sculptural User Installation: Social Sculpture as Tree-ed Binary Large Object will be an interactive environment that includes virtual objects on screens and their physical realizations as 3D printed objects. Additionally, a web component will be distributed among video monitors.

Michael Rees has exhibited his work in Europe and the United States both in private and public venues. He is collected by the Whitney Museum of American Art and by the Edelman Foundation in Luzern, Switzerland. Rees has also written and lectured widely about the artistic practice of rapid prototyping.

Buffalo, NY

Latent Figure Protocol is an installation in which human DNA samples will be treated in order to produce images. This live scientific experiment will be performed for audiences and recorded for subsequent exhibition. The images created will comment upon issues related to DNA fingerprinting, Eugenic theory and the genetic basis of identity.

Paul Vanouse’s work, which touches upon genetics, identity and history, has been exhibited internationally. He has previously been recognized with awards from Ars Electronica, Creative Capital and New York State Council on the Arts. Vanouse currently teaches in the Department of Visual Studies at SUNY in Buffalo.

About the Tribeca Film Institute

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About the Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation was established in 1913 by John D. Rockefeller, Sr., to “promote the well-being” of humanity by addressing the root causes of serious problems. The Foundation works around the world to expand opportunities for poor or vulnerable people and to help ensure that globalization’s benefits are more widely shared. With assets of more than $3.5 billion, it is one of the few institutions to conduct such work within the United States and internationally.

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TFF to Combine its Tribeca Film Institute with Renew Media /2008/03/04/tff-to-combine-its-tribeca-film-institute-with-renew-media/ /2008/03/04/tff-to-combine-its-tribeca-film-institute-with-renew-media/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2008 22:19:00 +0000 nvradmin /2008/03/04/tff-to-combine-its-tribeca-film-institute-with-renew-media/ 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 >>

Remembering Helen Hill /2007/09/25/remembering-helen-hill/ /2007/09/25/remembering-helen-hill/#comments Tue, 25 Sep 2007 17:30:14 +0000 Renew Media /2007/09/25/remembering-helen-hill/ 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 Fellows in Toronto and Venice Fests /2007/08/31/renew-media-fellows-in-toronto-and-venice-fests/ /2007/08/31/renew-media-fellows-in-toronto-and-venice-fests/#comments Fri, 31 Aug 2007 18:19:28 +0000 Renew Media /2007/08/31/renew-media-fellows-in-toronto-and-venice-fests/ 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 /2007/07/03/priamo-lozada/ /2007/07/03/priamo-lozada/#comments Tue, 03 Jul 2007 20:25:58 +0000 nvradmin /2007/07/03/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

Online Distribution Podcast /2007/05/29/online-distribution-podcast/ /2007/05/29/online-distribution-podcast/#comments Tue, 29 May 2007 16:58:19 +0000 Renew Media /2007/05/29/online-distribution-podcast/ Listen to Brian Newman, Executive Director of Renew Media, on the Workbook Project, an online forum devoted to the issues facing the ever-changing media landscape. In this half hour podcast, Newman and director Lance Weiler discuss net neutrality, copyright, fair use and other key things to consider when deciding to put your work online.

Renew Media Announces 2007 Media Arts Fellows /2007/05/03/renw-media-announces-2007-media-arts-fellows/ /2007/05/03/renw-media-announces-2007-media-arts-fellows/#comments Thu, 03 May 2007 14:38:02 +0000 nvradmin /2007/05/03/renw-media-announces-2007-media-arts-fellows/ For Immediate Release

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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.

“We are inspired by the breadth of innovation and creativity of this year’s Fellows. From emerging artists to those more established in their careers, they represent some of the most talented individuals currently working in the independent media field in the United States,” said Brian Newman, executive director of Renew Media. “Often, the Fellowship award represents the crucial ‘first money’ given in support of a project. We look forward to seeing the continued success of the artists awarded Fellowships tonight. We also applaud the Rockefeller Foundation for its 20 years of visionary support of the media arts, which has assisted nearly 500 artists in the creation of important works of film, video and new media.”

For two decades, the Rockefeller Foundation has provided more than $12 million of support to nearly 500 artists whose work collectively represents some of the most groundbreaking and visionary pieces of independent film and media in recent history. The ceremony last night commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Rockefeller Foundation’s continued support of emerging and established filmmakers and media artists. Through these fellowships, the Foundation has made a lasting and substantial contribution to the state of independent cinema. Renew Media (formerly known as National Video Resources) administered the Media Arts Fellowships on behalf of the Foundation from 1995 to 2002. In 2003, the Fellowships became a full program of Renew Media, receiving the majority of its financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation.

“The Rockefeller Foundation is proud of its long association with the Media Arts Fellowships,” said Joan Shigekawa, Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation. “We believe that a vibrant, independent media is essential for sparking public dialogue and action. During the past twenty years, the Media Arts Fellows have produced one superlative work after another. We also thank our partners at Renew Media for their passion and commitment on behalf of the Media Arts Fellowships.”

The Rockefeller Foundation was established in 1913 by John D. Rockefeller, Sr., to “promote the well-being” of humanity by addressing the root causes of serious problems. The Foundation works around the world to expand opportunities for poor or vulnerable people and to help ensure that globalization’s benefits are more widely shared. With assets of more than $3.5 billion, it is one of the few institutions to conduct such work within the United States and internationally.

Renew Media, formerly known as National Video Resources (NVR), is a not-for-profit organization established by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1990. The new name was chosen for its emphasis on a quest for quality as well as innovation and renewal. The organization fosters independent artistic expression by supporting the creation, dissemination and public awareness of independent media in all forms. The cornerstone of its support for artists is the Media Arts Fellowships, which support the creation of new work that brings innovation to the media arts. The Ford Foundation is also a key funder of the program. Further information can be found at

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The Media Arts Fellowships support artists working in narrative, documentary, experimental, installation or work that centers on dynamic, computer-mediated media, such as web art, robotics, virtual reality, and interactive installations. An asterisk * next to the individual’s name indicates a recipient of an Emerging Artist Fellowship.


Brooklyn, NY, and Mexico City

El General is a feature length documentary about the conflicting history the filmmaker has inherited as the great-granddaughter of Plutarco Elias Calles, President of Mexico in the 1920s and one of Mexico’s most controversial figures. The film is a journey into a family’s past and an intimate portrait of Mexico then and now.

Natalia Almada’s recent documentary Al Otro Lado (The Other Side), a look at immigration and drug trafficking through the tradition of corrido music, received support from the Sundance Documentary Fund and has screened in festivals throughout the world, including those in the United States, Mexico and Brazil. In 2006, the film screened for a week at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Astoria, NY

Everything… Somewhere Else is an experimental feature that incorporates film and video elements to tell the fantastical story of an introverted but headstrong young woman who takes a surreal trip through time and space.

Jonathan Caouette’s experimental documentary Tarnation, about growing up with his schizophrenic mother, received much acclaim at film festivals in the United States and Europe and garnered the Best Non-Fiction award from the National Society of Film Critics and Best Documentary from the London International Film Festival, among others. His work explores self-identity, perception and the language of dreams.

San Francisco, CA

The yet-to-be-titled second film of Two Songs of Existence is a silent work that places emphasis on the musicality of light and montage to express an intimate human song. The film represents the culmination of the director’s lifetime artistic concern for poetic cinema.

Nathaniel Dorsky, a 2003 Fellow, has been making films within the avant-garde tradition since 1964. His works has been exhibited and honored in festivals and art centers throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Lincoln Center and the Whitney Museum in New York, and the Louvre and Centre Pompidou in Paris.

San Francisco, CA

Howl, a documentary memorializing the publication of Alan Ginsberg’s groundbreaking poem of the same name, considers the cultural paths the work set in motion, through a collage of visual and audio techniques.

Rob Epstein is a film and video maker whose work has earned him, among numerous honors, two Academy Awards, six Emmys and three George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Awards. Working primarily in the documentary genre, his work explores the relationship between history and homosexuality.

Los Angeles, CA

A Bitter Taste of Freedom is a documentary about the life and violent death of a celebrated journalist and human rights activist who courageously voiced her opinion about the government policy and fascist movements in Russia. The filmmaker uses excerpts from her own twenty-year video diary to paint a broader picture of Russian society in the period of transition.

Marina Goldovskaya has made 35 films and earned numerous awards, including the Prix Europa, Golden Gate Award, Golden Hugo, Joris Ivens and Silver Rembrandt. In 2006 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award for the Art of Documenting History from the Russian Association of non-Fiction Film and TV. She heads the Documentary program at the UCLA Film School.

New York, NY

The Impossible is a digital recreation of Jacob’s 1975 performance-work that manipulates footage from the 1905 Billy Blitzer movie Tom, Tom, The Piper’s Son. In both the first section Southwark Fair and the second Hell Breaks Loose, the usually two-dimensional images will be specially projected to create a three dimensional effect.

Ken Jacobs has been making films for over fifty years. In that time, his work has been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the American Museum of the Moving Image, and in numerous international film festivals. He is a Distinguished Professor of the Department of Cinema, which he started at SUNY Binghamton in 1969.

Brooklyn, NY

Treeless Mountain is a narrative feature that follows a six-year-old who must take care of her younger sister as they adjust to a harsher life in the rural countryside of South Korea.

So Yong Kim, a Korean immigrant, is a filmmaker, musician and artist. Her first feature In Between Days which she wrote and directed, won the Special Jury Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival as well as the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival’s International Forum for New Cinema. Her installations and short films/videos have exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.

Los Angeles, CA

The yet-to-be-titled installation combines multiple video projections and sculptures to express the interiors of Baroque architectural landmarks.

Won Ju Lim is a Korean born artist whose work has been exhibited worldwide in galleries and shows in Berlin, Madrid, London, Vienna, Basel, and Los Angeles, among other cities. Her work is included in the collections of the UCLA Hammer Museum, Vancouver Art Gallery and La Colección Jumex in Mexico City.

Norman, OK

Left Handed Path takes place on a Navajo reservation in the late 1980s, when devil worship was popular in the southwest. The narrative focuses on a 16-year-old girl who tampers with the occult after losing faith in her traditional upbringing and her family.

Larry Blackhorse Lowe is a filmmaker and educator whose work often deals with the themes of family and tradition within the Navajo community. His first feature 5th World premiered at Sundance and has screened at numerous festivals nationwide.

Norton, MA

Free in Deed is a feature-length narrative about the troubles of an intensely religious man facing a reality devoid of miracles. Based on an actual event in which an eight year old autistic boy died during an attempt to perform a miraculous healing, the story constructs a fictional future for one of the men involved in the tragedy.

Jake Mahaffy is a filmmaker and educator whose work is often spiritual and experimental. He has received grants from Creative Capital and the Guggenheim Foundation, and he was awarded the first Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship by the Sundance Institute. His films have been shown in festivals worldwide, and he was designated as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2005.

Boise, ID

Family: The First Circle follows individuals whose lives have become intertwined with the foster care system. The documentary is intended to explore and question the structure of American families whose children have become wards of the state because of drugs, neglect or poverty.

Heather Rae’s documentary Trudell, about American Indian activist and poet John Trudell, premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and also aired on PBS Independent Lens. As Director of the Native American Program for the Sundance Institute from 1995 to 2001, Rae nurtured the work of more than fifty emerging Native American screenwriters and filmmakers.

Santa Fe, NM

Savage Eden/Holy Smoke is a non-traditional narrative comedy that tackles the age ofisms such as fundamentalism, consumerism and globalism. The filmmaker will collaborate with actors whose body language, facial display and gestural expressions will be used to explore serious themes through a comedic approach.

Godfrey Reggio’s widely acclaimed body of work includes the trilogy Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi. His films have been exhibited in festivals and museums around the world, including New York, Berlin, Venice, Telluride, Sao Paolo and Oslo, among many others. His work has been distributed in more than 50 countries and was among the most frequently shown films on college campuses during the 1980s.

Astoria, NY

Train Choir is a narrative feature about woman whose life is derailed en route to a potentially lucrative summer job. When her car breaks down, and her dog is taken to the pound, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she is lead through a series of increasingly dire economic decisions.

Kelly Reichardt is a New York-based filmmaker and educator whose work has been shown in numerous festivals in the United States and Europe. Her most recent feature Old Joy was the first American film to win the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival, and was theatrically released nationwide.

Seattle, WA

The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle is an experimental narrative feature about a group of night janitors at a product development firm who unwittingly become guinea pigs in a study on cookies with comical and unfortunate side effects. The film features a unique technique that combines time-lapse photography and animation to create an effect called “motion-lapse.”

David Russo is a filmmaker and artist based in Seattle, Washington. His most recent film, I Am (Not) van Gogh, screened at numerous festivals worldwide and won the Juror’s Choice Award at the Black Maria, the Critics Jury Prize at Huesca, and was later purchased by the French Ministry of Culture for distribution. He received an Emmy for Video Effects for his title sequence on the documentary series Community Stories.

New York, NY

Question Bridge is a documentary designed to explore critically divisive issues within the African American male community. Interviews with a hundred black men across the country will be constructed in such a way so as to present a sort of dialogue between themselves, and provide a mosaic of perspectives.

Hank Willis Thomas’ previous work as a photographer has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in the United States, and is included in the public collections of the Studio Museum in Harlem and the International Center of Photography in New York, as well as the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. His photographs have been displayed in New York’s Grand Central Station, and he is collaborating on a video installation for the Oakland International Airport. He was granted a NYFA Fellowship in 2006.

Portland OR

At the Edge of the World is an experimental narrative feature based on the filmmaker’s personal experience of being stranded for four days in a mountain snowstorm with his partner. The story explores the psychological and spiritual awareness that results from this confrontation with survival and mortality.

Chel White’s short film Madga was awarded Best Animated Film in eight film festivals, after making its world premiere at the 2004 Rotterdam Film Festival. Retrospectives of White’s work have been screened by the Portland Art Museum/Northwest Film Center, Austin Film Society, the Ann Arbor Film Festival and Retina, in Hungary.


Tempe, AZ

The W.A.S.D Project is an integrated hardware and software system in which one individual at a computer is able to dictate the actions of another individual. The two people are linked by wireless communication, with the keyboard-controller maneuvering the participant in the manner of a computer game character.

Jon Haddock lives and works in Tempe, Arizona. He received both an MFA and MA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City and has exhibited internationally, including Yerba Buena Art Center in San Francisco, Aeroplastics Contemporary in Brussels and Witte Zaal in Ghent. Mr. Haddock is also included in the collection of the Whitney Museum in New York, among others.

New York, NY

Gas Zappers is a web-based game which will be used to educate about global warming. The game’s design will utilize interactive flash-based software and incorporate pop cultural references in order to illustrate the various causes and effects of this phenomenon.

Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung is an artist based in New York City whose internet design, collages and animations have been exhibited extensively in San Francisco, and have been included in international festivals such as the Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and the VIPER International Festival for Film, Video and New Media in Basel. He is also one of the founding members of Gallery 1310 in San Francisco.

Brooklyn, NY

Inflatable Architectural Body will be the latest installation in The Inflatable Bodies, a series of computer-controlled robotic fabric sculptures capable of fluid movement and interaction with humans. This piece will involve large-scaled inflatable fabric skeletons that will move in response to the presence of a visitor.

Chico MacMurtie is a New York-based artist who founded Amorphic Robot Works, a collaborative group of artists and engineers. In addition to international gallery exhibitions, MacMurtrie’s work has included commissioned pieces, lectures, and robot-building workshops for children. Previous honors include awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts.

Troy, NY

Knitoscope Sampler is an installation that will use custom software to translate digital video feeds into the appearance of knitted stitches. Handmade designs will be collected and scanned into a computer to create a database of patterns from which the video will be “stiched.” The resulting animation series will narrate stories about the labor movement, drawn from interviews with activists, historians and textile workers.

Catherine Mazza combines digital technology and pre-industrial craft in order to initiate discussion about sweatshop labor. She holds an MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and her work has been exhibited internationally in England, Italy, Russia, Brazil as well as throughout the United States. She was also a founding member of Eyebeam, a new media art and technology center in New York City.

Troy, NY

The Institute for Transgeneography is a project whose primary objective is to create the world’s first comprehensive map of engineered transgenic flora and fauna. The project will consist of a database of transgenic organisms and the web interface that will make the information available to the public at large.

Richard Pell is an Assistant Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. His work is a cross-disciplinary combination of art, science and engineering. He has exhibited at museums, galleries and film festivals worldwide including the 2006 Whitney Biennial, the Kassel Documentary Film Festival, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona.

New York, NY

The Inevitable is an installation that plucks sets of matching frames from films, presented on six synchronized video monitors. In order to find these matching sets, the artist will create a visual database and write custom software that will analyze all of the frames added therein. During the installation, different films will run across six synchronized video monitors, freezing when they converge at their matching frames.

Kurt Ralske is a video artist, composer and software programmer based in New York City. He has performed and exhibited internationally, including at the Guggenheim in Bilbao, and the Los Angeles and Montreal Museums of Contemporary Art. Kurt teaches at the graduate and undergraduate level at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Renew Media - 2006 Year End Report /2007/03/01/renew-media-2006-year-end-report/ /2007/03/01/renew-media-2006-year-end-report/#comments Thu, 01 Mar 2007 15:43:05 +0000 nvradmin /2007/03/01/renew-media-2006-year-end-report/ 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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    Indecency? /2006/12/01/indecency/ /2006/12/01/indecency/#comments Fri, 01 Dec 2006 16:39:35 +0000 Renew Media /?p=8 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.”

    National Video Resources has a new name! /2006/11/15/national-video-resources-has-a-new-name/ /2006/11/15/national-video-resources-has-a-new-name/#comments Wed, 15 Nov 2006 16:02:33 +0000 Renew Media /?p=9 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.