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The fantastic folks at Creative Capital have created yet another way to support the artists in their universe. For those who are unawares, Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization that provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists of all disciplines. They are not just interested in funding a project to see it succeed; they are interested in nurturing artists to create sustainable practices so that the artists succeed. They are amazing and if you don’t know about them, please check them out. However, like most grantmaking and artist support orgs, they are limited in the number of projects they can take on each year. Which of course does not diminish the number of exciting and worthy projects that they review. For these projects that are dear to them, but do not capture that final funding gold ring, they have created On Our Radar. On Our Radar is a searchable database featuring nearly 400 projects that advanced to the second or third round in the highly competitive Film/Video and Visual Arts grant round last year. Although these projects were not ultimately funded, they felt the need to create a space to showcase this incredible work.

At the end of last month I went to a Copyright and Fair Use Workshop with Attorney Karen Shatzkin, sponsored by Emerson College’s department of Visual and Media Arts. Karen focused on the basic ideas of copyright and Fair Use as they apply to documentary filmmakers, and I took notes. Filmmakers – don’t quake under the threat of legal action, read up on your rights!

Earlier this year, we decided a party was in order as part of celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the LEF Moving Image Fund.  Due to capacity issues, we were limited to inviting those filmmakers we had funded and colleagues we work closely with.  But the spirit of the event was to celebrate the filmmaking community as a whole—not just those in the room-- and to affirm that none of us does this work alone.

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