JOB: Program Director for the Arts


The James Irvine Foundation
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5 Indispensable Websites for Filmmakers

If you’re a 21st century movie-maker, then youcan’t pass up the following sites to help promote your film! Most of your audience will hear about your film through an online presence, not your uncle at church. Make sure you have an email account to sign up for any of these sites!

5. Bullet Film

For free you can upload your film, and setup a film presence for your audience. If you have a trailer, that’s even better!

4. IndieGoGo

IndieGoGo is new on the scene, but is already impacting filmmaking and filmmakers! Get people to donate to your film, communicate with your fans, and network with other filmmakers! (And don’t forget to “friend” IBWFF when you get there!!)

3. Film

Where else can you find the ultimate, international film festival guide? Better site for the larger film festivals, like the Berlin Film Festival or the San Francisco Film Festival.


Convert almost any digital media to another format, including adjustments for sound, frames, size, etc. …and it’s all for FREE!

1. YouTube

YouTube is the film-/video-/movie-maker’s crack. The cons, is that your film is available …to everyone. If you have some old film school clips just sitting around, upload them and create a buzz and discussion around your work!

“Ragtime” is back

In case you missed the Broadway musical “Ragtime” the first time around, be sure to catch it in the 2009-2010 season in NYC! Some of you may remember the movie adaption by the same name, which starred stage and screen performer Debbie Allen (“Fame”) and the late-Howard Rollins (“A Soldier’s Story”), or it’s 1998 revival starring the multi-talented diva Audra McDonald.

Everyone’s excited by a revival of this poignant and entertaining musical that covers three families, racial strife, political machinations, the rise of Eastern European immigration, and the clash of cultures between a burgeoning Black

urban population and the white industrialists who exploited their labor.

The casting call just went out this past summer, but the cast is already hard at work in rehearsals! Check out what’s to come and here’s a little reminder of the magic of the screen version.

6 Friendliest Venues for Showing Your Film!

As the curator and founder of the International Black Women’s Film Festival, you can believe I’ve scoped, prodded, questioned and “dealt with” a whole bunch of screening venues in San Francisco and Oakland.

To save you the hassles and the headaches, here are the “friendliest” and best locations to show your film!

Rental Fees:

$ = Cheap  | $$ = Affordable |  $$$ = You May Miss a VISA Payment |  $$$$ = You May Need to Sell a Kidney

Click the venue title to link go to their page

6. Kaiser Center – Lakeside Theater (Lake Merritt – Oakland)

Kaiser Center - Lakeside Theater

300 Lakeside Drive, 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA, $$$$

Great folks who will work with you. Caveat, the charges for audio-visual are separate from the charges for the rental of the venue itself, so you’re going to receive two separate invoices …which adds up. Second, you have to provide your own projection equipment. They have audio, but you’ll need a digital projector. Third, the nickel-and-dime-ing can start to add up. What may seem affordable at first can quickly balloon into the $3,000 to $5,000 range if you’re planning a full on event with a reception, live entertainment and screening. However, it’s definitely a workable space and non-video groups like theater groups and dance companies can definitely benefit.

5. Sundance Kabuki (Japantown – San Francisco)

1881 Post Street @ Fillmore, $$$$

The renovations that were done on this place are amazing! I’ve had the personal tour of seeing some of the changes, including their sustainable design, which includes bamboo flooring that simulates wood. A big plus is that they have a restaurant next door, and a bar, just in case you win the lotto and would  like a dining and dancing with your debut. (The San Francisco Film Society uses this space, so either you’ll think it’s the coolest spot ever, or just over saturated.)

4. San Francisco Main Public Library (Civic Center – San Francisco)

100 Larkin Street, $

This 235-seat gem of  a theater is tucked (or hidden) away in the basement of San Francisco’s Main Library. This site would have been my number-one choice, but the Coordinator, Amanda Hall, was sent to a different location, and replaced by a less friendlier version. The tech people are fantastic, and patient. The requirements are a bit archaic and confusing, but if you get someone who was as great as Amanda, you’ll just be slightly confused and overwhelmed. Also, remember, this is the PUBLIC library. Any and all manner of the public may just join your screening…

3.  Foreign Cinema (Mission District – San Francisco)

Between 21st and 22nd Streets, $$$$

Fine dining, wine and film… who could ask for anything more. The configuration may be a little quirky and uncomfortable, but it’s a good atmosphere for fundraising, premiere screenings and special occasions. The big plus is that they have other areas within the complex for either small, private dining, or a more lavish reception area.

2. The Oakland Museum (Lake Merritt – Oakland, CA)

1000 Oak Street, $$$

The 2009 International Black Women’s Film Festival held it’s gala opening at the Oakland Museum of California, and the venue was absolutely beautiful. Other local groups use the museum often, including the Bay Area’s First Friday group. The only drawback is: 1) They’re closed for renovations, and 2) the air-conditioning gets turned off after 5:00 pm.  Other than that, look for their  re-opening!

1. The Delancey Street Theater (South Beach – San Francisco)

600 Embarcadero Street, $$

The absolute best kept secret in San Francisco! This clean, professionally equipped theater is hidden within the Delancey Street complex on Embarcadero. It is run by the Delancey Street Foundation, a substance abuse recovery center, and it is one of the best models I’ve seen of a social entrepreneurship in action. This is the fourth time I’ve used this venue, and it’s a gem in the yuppified South Beach crown. It’s also a great example of the what San Francisco is really about. Check them out!

Who Are the Worst?

No vendetta, but I’ve had horrible luck trying to schedule bookings at the following places. Granted people are busy, but when you’re basically giving them money, you just expect a little better service, and maybe a better attitude out of some of them. (Sorry we weren’t Pixar, but we had the money, too…) Maybe you’ll have better luck or a secret decoder ring for getting a response.

1. The Victoria Theater (SF) – Stank attitude.

2. Museum of the African Diaspora (SF) – Just unresponsive. UPDATE: They’ve improved their online information and there’s now a better response time. However –according to the website– you can only rent the salon for screenings. If that’s not true, then the website should be updated.

3. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF) – Always an excuse why the screening room is booked or scheduled for something else… no matter how early you try to book it. UPDATE: There’s a new Executive Director, so maybe you’ll do better. (Caveat, you now have to rent the screening room in conjunction with one of the other spaces, which now puts this into the $$$$ category.)

4. African American Museum and Library (Oakland) – So unresponsive I just assumed they were shut down.

5. 111 Minna Street (SF) – Talk about passive-aggressive. Emails, nothin’. Telephone call and an actual connection with the instructions, “Sure! Just email me the details!” Crickets.  I’ve tried on several occasions for several years, and they just have their own posse and their own agenda… I guess.

(This is a reminder that the arts in already in dire straights and we cannot afford to “pick and choose” which arts groups deserve to be treated with respect, or even equal treatment.  Hopefully, this list will encourage other art/film exhibitors to have a positive experience with businesses and organizations that want your business and will help you to have one less headache added onto your already stressful schedule.)

Rebecca Naomi Jones rocks “American Idiot”

Green Day’s punk musical “American Idiot” –based on their multi-platinum 2004 album of the same name– rocked the Berkeley Repertory Theater’s Roda Stage on its opening night in Berkeley, California. According to the SF Chronicle, the theater was full of energy and electricity with the creative staging, and incredible vocal chops of a brash group of singers and dancers! Rounding out the amazing cast is the beautiful and talented co-star Rebecca Naomi Jones, who also starred in “Passing Strange,” which also debuted at the Berkeley Rep.

“As seductive as Gallagher and Caplan’s voices are, it’s the women who generate the greatest rapport, particularly the beguiling and mellifluous Rebecca Naomi Jones (of “Passing Strange”) as Johnny’s passing lover”

—SF Chronicle

The musical also stars John Gallagher Jr., Michael Esper, Matt Caplan, Tony Vincent, and others. Purchase your tickets now because they’ll only be here through Nov. 1, 2009, at the Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley.

Tickets are $19-$95. Call (510) 647-2949 or go to

Read more at the: SF Chronicle

JOBS: Executive Assistant, Brooklyn Bodega

Looking for Assistant to The President of Brooklyn Bodega/Exec Director of the BHFShare

Position:  Brooklyn Bodega is looking for one or two dedicated individuals to work directly with our President and Festival Executive Director, Wes Jackson.

Description: The position is a volunteer one with the distinct possibility of transforming into a paid position.

Assistant will report directly to the President and will assist in all day-to-day duties regarding The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival and Brooklyn Bodega.

In these tough times when so many are either unemployed or underemployed this position is a great resume builder as you will gain experience in virtually every facet of the music business. Event Production, Talent buying, Marketing, Finance and more. As stated the position is unpaid but there is a clear path to compensation for the right person. The Bodega and the Festival are run like a non-profit. Our focus is on the culture and inspiring those around us. If you feel the same way then this is the perfect place for you.

Projects you will be working on:

• The 5th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
• “Show and Prove” MC competition
• Savannah Boogie Music and Song (new digital record label)
• Brooklyn Bodega Consulting and Branding


• Daily communication with President and key staff
• Serve as key advisor to President
• Help execute initiatives
• Coordinating schedule
• Setting up meetings
• Corresponding with staff, clients, and patrons
• Manage the execution of BHF project plan
• Supervise interns and volunteers


• Above average communication skills
• Ability to work independently
• Self starter
• Proficient with MS Office suite of products
• Experience with Adobe products (Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver) is a plus
• Experience with basic HTML is a plus
• Passion for Hip-Hop music and culture

More details:

• Minimum 20 hours/week
• Can work remotely but at least half of the 20 hours will be in the Bodega office
• Position runs through June 26th. Can be extended.
• College credit available

Send resumes to

Call for Films! No Submission Fees Until 12/31/08!!

The International Black Women’s Film Festival is now accepting film submissions for 2009! Big changes this year, specifically, NO VHS tapes. Sorry, but they’re too bulky, too difficult to transport, and can get de-magnetized…which has happened.

Not to fret, I’m accepting DVDs, but you can also submit your film for consideration for the online film festival. (Just URLs, no “embed” codes, please.) Submissions to the online film festival are always free!

What else is free? Film submissions until December 31, 2008! Are you a previously selected filmmaker at the IBWFF? Then it’s free for you, too!!

Check out more at the site created just for filmmakers who are interested in submitting work. Remember, submissions are free until December 31, 2008…for realsies.

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: California Newsreel

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This announcement was forwarded to me. California Newsreel has an amazing library (for rent or purchase) of African and African Diaspora cinema, as well as other films and documentaries.

The deadline to apply is OCTOBER 31, 2008! YES, THAT’S TOMORROW, so dust off your resume and start sending!!

(Sorry, but I –and the sender– received the notice late, too.)

Drop me a line if you are hired!