Producer Newsletter Vol. 9 Issue 10
A list of opportunities for filmmakers to help increase the diversity of the media landscape.

Peggy Berryhill to be Honored 
At Vision Maker Film Festival 
Peggy Berryhill (Muscogee), the founder of the Native Media Resource Center (NMRC), will be awarded the Frank Blythe Award for Media Excellence at the Vision Maker Film Festival, March 10-13, 2016, in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Founded in 1996, the NMRC produces content about Native Americans and promotes racial understanding and cross-cultural harmony. Berryhill has been instrumental in organizing Native radio stations and independent producers throughout her 42-year career, which began at KPFA in Berkeley, where she produced Living on Indian Time, a weekly one-hour program focused on the Native community both locally and nationally. Since then, she has been a Program Director at KUNM-FM, KPFA-FM, and KALW-FM , and is the only Native person to have worked as a full-time producer at National Public Radio (NPR) in the Specialized Audience Programs Department from 1978-79. 

Berryhill has won numerous awards for her documentary work including the Unity Award, the Cindy, and those from the New York Festival, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Native American Journalists AssociationIn 2005 she received the Local Heroes award from KQED-FM public broadcasting in San Francisco. Known for her vision as a Media Architect, Berryhill designs media and technology opportunities and solutions by collaborating with numerous public broadcasting and community organizations and institutions such as the Smithsonian American History and the National Museum of the American Indian

Never one to sit still, in 2010 the NMRC built KGUA 88.3 FM, located on the northern California coast in Gualala. Berryhill's daily interview program, Peggy's Place, is the signature program of the station, where she has conducted more than 600 interviews in a style that has been compared to that of Studs Terkel. Read More

Need Access to Archival Material?
The Smithsonian Institution Launches SOVA:
Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives

October is American Archives Month-- the perfect time to unveil the new Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives  searching tool. 

Users now can discover these unique resources via Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives (SOVA), an online interface that provides access to archival collection descriptions in EAD (Encoded Archival Description) format, and associated digital online content, including letters, manuscripts, diaries and journals, ledgers and stock books, photographs, scrapbooks, sketchbooks and drawings, technical drawings and blueprints, field notebooks, log books, rare printed materials, sound recordings, videos, and much more. Collection descriptions can be downloaded as either EAD or PDF documents.

The Smithsonian Institution has vast archival collections that measure circa 137,000 cubic feet, making its collective holdings one of the largest repositories of primary sources in the United States. Held in 14 individual repositories, the collections tell the story of our nation's shared artistic, cultural, folk, natural, technological and scientific heritage, as well as the history of the Institution itself.

SOVA also allows users to browse easily to related museum objects and library resources with simple links to the Smithsonian's Collections Search Center, as well as to archival collection descriptions from other institutions across the world in OCLC's ArchiveGrid. The technical platform is based on open source technology. Most of the EAD documents are created using Archivist's Toolkit and indexed using Apache Solr. The application development used responsive design to ensure that desktop and all mobile tablets and devices are well supported.

This is just a beginning for the Smithsonian in providing access to its archival collections. They will continue to add new functionality, new collections and more digitized objects in the near future. Archives: HTTP://SOVA.si.edu
Indigenous San Diego App Available

The Native American Law Practice Group Proocpio announced the launch of the Indigenous San Diego mobile app produced by Procopio and presented in association with the Southern California Tribal Charimen's Association and Maatam Naka Shin. 

The app, which can be accessed throughout Indian Country, features tribal and public museums, cultural trails and landmarks, tribal-owned businesses, tribal lands and higher education. The goal is to empower Native-owned businesses that need to generate revenue. The app also can work with BIE schools so that children in South Dakota or Oklahoma can visit cultural sites in San Diego.

Attendees of the 72nd Annual NCAI Convention and Marketplace were the first to download and experience the Indigenous San Diego app earlier this month. The app allowed the attendees from the 567 recognized Tribal Governments to develop a personal connection with the San Diego area Indigenous community. 
Independent Television Service (ITVS) 
Seeks Applications for Diversity Development Fund

ITVS is now accepting applications for the Diversity Development Fund, which has funded over 100 projects including films like The Waiting Room, The New Black, Reportero, and Tough Love.

The Diversity Development Fund provides up to $15,000 in research and development funding to independent producers of color to develop single documentary programs for public television. Projects should speak to the ITVS mission to serve underrepresented audiences with programs that take creative risks, explore complex issues, inspire dialogue and express points of view seldom seen on commercial or public television.

Funding activities may include travel, research, script development, preliminary production for fundraising/work-in-progress reels, or other early phase activities. The deadline for receiving all application materials is Friday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. (Pacific).

DDF accepts:
* Producers from cultural and ethnic communities historically underrepresented on public television
* Single documentaries
* Projects not yet in production

Content Development & Initiative Manager N'Jeri Eaton will be hosting a Diversity Development Fund Live Chat on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. (Pacific)/1 p.m. (Eastern). She will be able to answer any questions about the initiative ahead of the deadline. Participate in the live chat: https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/qskue

More information about funding: http://itvs.org/funding.
Questions about DDF? Email: njeri_eaton@itvs.org 

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