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PBS and NMC partners nominated for a Shorty Award

Posted By momo On May 2, 2017 @ 2:45 pm In Featured | Comments Disabled

We’ve been nominated for a Shorty Award for Best Multicultural Community Engagement! The awards honor the best in social media.

Our campaign began with a simple idea: Everyone has a story….

And so, we asked ourselves: What if we turned to PBS audiences to help celebrate American Heritage Months through their personal stories and experiences? And not solely through PBS films.

Building on this idea, PBS developed a User Generated Content (UGC) campaign with weekly themes and calls-to-action (CTAs) to inspire audiences to share a memory or piece of history through a picture or video via their social networks, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. It was also important to us that the campaign not be limited to one month alone, and so we thought carefully about unique hashtags that could have life beyond Black, Asian American, Hispanic and Native American Heritage Months: #MyBlackHistory, #MyAPALife, #MiHistoria and #NativeInspired.

Read more about the nomination here [1]!

The 2017 Shorty Awards [2] will be announced in New York on Sunday, April 23rd.

Watch NMC Films at the PBS Online Film Festival

Posted By momo On July 11, 2016 @ 2:38 pm In Featured | Comments Disabled

Today officially kicks off the fifth annual, Webby-nominated PBS Online Film Festival [3]. From now through July 29th, 25 films will be shown via PBS and station digital platforms, such as PBS.org, YouTube, and PBS social media channels.The film festival will also be made available via the PBS app, which is available for Apple TV, iOS, Android, Roku, and FireTV.

Each member of NMC has a film featured in this year’s program. They are as follows:

Center for Asian American Media (CAAM): Home is a Hotel [4]

Huan Di and her daughter Jessica live in an 8ft x 10ft room with no kitchen or bathroom. Recent immigrants from China, they navigate a new language and culture while living in Single Room Occupancy Hotels, a vital but fast disappearing housing option for San Francisco’s working class.

Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB): Gold Star [5]

When Iliana dedicates a love song to her teacher during an elementary school talent show, the ensuing homophobic reactions from school officials and her mother taint the experience. Iliana’s disappointment escalates when she overhears her mother Terry accusing her queer best friend Chela of influencing Iliana’s actions. Despite the disastrous evening, Iliana finds solace and faith with friends.

National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC): Teachers [6]

Ms. Faith Mayfield is a driven, but also exhausted, high school social studies teacher. She has one student in particular, Ellie Thompson, who’s taken the 10th grade two times already. Unless Ellie excels on the final exam, she will have to repeat 10th grade again. Unnerved by that idea, Mayfield confronts Ellie, attempting to inspire passion and motivation in her education but she soon discovers Ellie’s struggles are a direct result of her family’s dire financial situation, and that Ellie is flirting with the idea of dropping out of high school altogether to work full-time.

Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC): Ma [7]

Despite how much time we spend with them, it’s easy to overlook everything our parents and grandparents do for us. In the case of “Ma,” Director Nikki Si’ulepa explores the life of a Samoan grandmother who feels neglected by her family. As a result, we see her turn to a surprising group of confidants for comfort. In this film, humor and sadness meet to reveal the emotional, true story of Ma.

Vision Maker Media (VMM): The Medicine Game 2: 4 Brothers 1 Dream [8]

Miles Thompson tells the story of growing up in the shadow of three lacrosse star brother and how the struggle of proving the doubters wrong overcoming weight issues pushed him to the top of the lacrosse world. We follow Miles training with his brothers on the Onondaga Nation to playing in his first professional lacrosse game in Minneapolis.

Viewers are encouraged to vote by going to pbs.org/filmfestival [9], or by sharing their favorite films on Facebook or Twitter using #PBSolff [10] and the name of the film. The film with the most votes at the end of the festival will receive the PBS People’s Choice Awards.

—Lauren Lola

CAAM Films at CAAMFest 2016

Posted By caam On April 4, 2016 @ 9:37 am In Featured | Comments Disabled

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) has supported independent filmmakers [11] producing stories by or about Asian Americans for public broadcast and public media, with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Our annual CAAMFest [12], the largest showcase of Asian and Asian American film in the U.S., recently wrapped up. As the nation’s largest festival of its kind, CAAMFest 2016 welcomed over 130 filmmakers and guests and showcased over 120 films from 20 different countries, including 23 narrative films, 16 documentaries and 77 short films and videos. CAAM also presented 10 world premieres, 3 North American premieres, 14 west coast premieres, 28 Bay Area premieres and 1 special sneak peek. Featuring both U.S. and international programs such as the Opening Night presentation TYRUS by Pamela Tom, CAAMFest 2016 nearly 27,000 audience members.
TYRUS is also a CAAM-funded film, where 1,400 attendees packed the historic Castro Theater in San Francisco to see a story about the creative mind whose art concepts were behind the unforgettable look of Disney’s Bambi. To top it off, 105 year-old Tyrus Wong attended and was given a standing ovation.
Breathin': The Eddy Zheng StoryDaze of Justice and Forever Chinatown (previously Frank Wong’s Chinatown) were all CAAM-funded films that debuted at CAAMFest 2016. Mele Murals, a film co-funded by CAAM and Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), world premiered to a sold-out show at the Oakland Museum of California. In between, audiences were intrigued by the stranger than fiction story of Operation Popcorn, another CAAM-funded film, followed by a lively Q&A. The festival closed with Right Footed, a documentary about the Filipina American Jessica Cox, who was born without arms and became the first licensed pilot to fly with her feet.
Read more about CAAMFest 2016 here [13].
"TYRUS," CAAMFest 2016 Opening Night Film. [14]

“TYRUS,” CAAMFest 2016 Opening Night Film.

"Breathin': The Eddy Zheng Story." [15]

“Breathin': The Eddy Zheng Story.”

World Premiere of CAAM and PIC funded film, "Mele Murals." [16]

World Premiere of CAAM and PIC funded film, “Mele Murals.”



From "Forever Chinatown." [17]

From “Forever Chinatown.”

"Operation Popcorn." [18]

“Operation Popcorn.”

"Right Footed," CAAMFest 2016 Closing Night Film. [19]

“Right Footed,” CAAMFest 2016 Closing Night Film.

America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa

Posted By eric On October 1, 2014 @ 2:37 pm In Featured | No Comments



Maria Hinojosa

The National Minority Consortia [21] (NMC) – comprised of Latino Public Broadcasting [22], The Center for Asian American Media [23], Pacific Islanders in Communications [24], National Black Programming Consortium [25], and Vision Maker Media [26] – will co-present the new PBS documentary series AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS WITH MARIA HINOJOSA launching Thursday, October 2nd on WORLD Channel, and on PBS beginning Saturday, October 4.

Read the Full Press Release [20]

NMC at the 2014 PBS Annual Meeting

Posted By eric On June 3, 2014 @ 11:14 am In Featured | No Comments

(Left to right ) Shirley K. Sneve, Vision Maker Media; Leanne Ferrer, Pacific Islanders in Communications; Leslie Fields-Cruz, National Black Programming Consortium; Sandie Pedlow, Latino Public Broadcasting; Steven Gong, Center for Asian American Media; Liz Cheng, WORLD; Michael Isip, KQED; Sally Jo Fifer, ITVS; Simon Kilmurry, POV; Ben Feng Torres). Photo by Georgiana Lee. [27]

(Left to right ) Shirley K. Sneve, Vision Maker Media; Leanne Ferrer, Pacific Islanders in Communications; Leslie Fields-Cruz, National Black Programming Consortium; Sandie Pedlow, Latino Public Broadcasting; Steven Gong, Center for Asian American Media; Liz Cheng, WORLD; Michael Isip, KQED; Sally Jo Fifer, ITVS; Simon Kilmurry, POV; Ben Feng Torres. Photo by Georgiana Lee.

Every year, PBS holds its Annual Meeting as the premiere gathering of public television professionals and decision makers representing PBS stations and content providers. This year, the 2014 PBS Annual Meeting took place in San Francisco, CA from May 12 – 15, 2014 and offered a glimpse into the programming that is set to air on PBS.

Check out the video clips presented to stations at the PBS Annual Meeting by the five National Minority Consortia [28].

Read more about the PBS Annual Meeting from National Minority Consortia Members:

Blog post by CAAM about the PBS Annual Meeting [29]

Blog post by LPB about the PBS Annual Meeting [30]

NAPT Short Film Wins PBS Online Film Festival Viewer’s Choice

Posted By amcclure On May 11, 2012 @ 7:59 pm In Featured | No Comments


A People’s Choice award was given to the NAPT short film Horse You See, which gained the most votes in the first PBS Online Film Festival. The festival showcased twenty award-winning short films with a wide array of styles, perspectives and subject matter.

Visitors voted for their favorite film by “liking” it either on the Festival’s page on PBS.org or the PBS YouTube channel. The festival featured short films produced by a number of public broadcasting organizations including Independent Television Service (ITVS), POV and the National Minority Consortia (NMC)–Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), National Black Programming Consortium (NPBC), Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) and Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. (NAPT).

My Source Spots from the NMC

Posted By eric On May 5, 2010 @ 7:19 am In Featured | No Comments

Jessica Torres at KLRN speaking on the Importance of Public Broadcasting [32]

Jessica Torres at KLRN speaking on the Importance of Public Broadcasting

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting [33] (CPB) supported the innovative My Source project and in spite of the many obstacles, the NMC has delivered a set of high quality promotional materials that will be used in stations across the country.  All of the spots are available for viewing [34] along with the accompanying print advertisements [35]Transcripts [36] and lists of programs mentioned [37] in the spots help stations choose the testimonials most suited for their needs.

“For participating stations, it was an overall positive experience.  It increased their knowledge of people of color in their coverage area, and introduced them to producers and directors in our communities.” – CAAM

“It was easy to find Ambassadors for the spots.  We found that many people like and respect PBS and are willing to go on camera to talk about it.  This was a great pilot program and we hope CPB will support the NMC’s efforts to bring diverse voices to the My Source initiative.” -PIC

“Stations are willing to find the necessary time and in-house resources to support our efforts, and to engage with independent Latina and Latino producers to produce the spots.” -LPB

“Locations are more dynamic than studios.  In addition to being visually interesting, it puts the subject/talent more at ease and places their story in a context they can relate to.” -NBPC

“In Seattle, we choose to work with Tracy Rector (Seminole), an award winning documentary filmmaker.  This is the first time she worked with a station (KCTS), and she learned a lot.  We are now working on two other projects with KCTS.” -NAPT

Inmate Re-entry Programs Aim to Strengthen Family Ties

Posted By admin On September 15, 2008 @ 12:07 pm In Featured | No Comments

hope_blog [38]

While campaigning for the presidency, one of the themes then-candidate Barack Obama touched on was the state of black families. The Obama team has voice support for programs like Hope House [39], which helps incarcerated and formerly incarcerated fathers reconnect with their families. Adam Serwer with the National Minority Consortia reports on how the program may fit into the new administration’s agenda.


ADAM SERWER, National Minority Consortia: During his historic run for the White House, President Barack Obama seldom dealt directly with race. One of the few moments he did was during a Father’s Day speech about the state of the black family, where he highlighted a deeply divisive issue: Fatherlessness.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Too many fathers are also missing. Too many fathers are MIA. Too many fathers are AWOL — missing from too many lives and too many homes. They have abandoned their responsibilities, They’re acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families have suffered because of it.

You and I know this is true everywhere, but nowhere is it more true than in the African-American community.

ADAM SERWER: Political observers called the speech a success for then-candidate Obama, who grew up without a father himself.

That summer, the Democratic Party released its policy platform, which featured a brand new plank: Fatherhood.

The language of the plank refers to funding transitional programs, which refers in part to re-entry programs — -programs for men who are transitioning back into society from being incarcerated. Across the country, the formerly incarcerated are often concentrated into poor, black neighborhoods. Nearly two-thirds of the formerly incarcerated return to prison within six years. Experts say this has a devastating effect on the communities they live in. The non-partisan Justice Center estimates that more than seven million children may have a parent in prison or in jail, or under parole or probation supervision.

VICKI TURETSKY, Obama-Biden Transition Team: First of all, you’ve got a certain level of crime in those communities. And sending someone to prison and then back again with no means to support themselves often means a renewed effort at crime, and that affects communities. There’s a certain point at which if there are enough people involved in criminal activities, that affects the safety and stability of the community.

ADAM SERWER: That’s Vicki Turetsky. She’s one of the authors of the Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act, which then-Senator Obama co-sponsored in 2007. When I interviewed her she was with the Center for Law and Social Policy. She has since moved on to a position with the Obama-Biden transition team. Turetsky says the cycle of incarceration is particularly devastating to families.

VICKI TURETSKY: When that man, when that father is taken away and incarcerated for a number of years, it can’t help but affect both the parent-child relationship, but the child’s own sense of himself or herself, and sense of who that child is, who that child is going to grow up to be, the loss that comes from that of losing your parent to prison for years at a time, and then expected to re-establish a relationship.

ADAM SERWER: There are those in the re-entry field who say that without an effective way to repair the relationships between incarcerated parents and their children, fatherlessness and crime are likely to get worse.

That’s partially what inspired Carol Fenley to start the Hope House program in Washington, D.C., which helps incarcerated fathers keep in contact with their children.

The Hope House offers three major services. It records incarcerated fathers reading stories to their children and sends the recordings out to families.

It schedules Online teleconferences between fathers and their children.

And every year, it sets up a one-week summer camp in a local prison in Washington, D.C., where kids spend the day playing games and doing arts and crafts with the fathers they rarely see. It’s an unusual idea.

CAROL FENLEY, Hope House: When we say we do summer camp behind bars with fathers and children people kind of look at us cross-eyed like we’ve lost our minds.

ADAM SERWER: But Fenley says she hasn’t lost her mind, she’s found a purpose. She grew up in California, where she got married, and she says she lived like a normal, middle-class housewife. But after her husband died, Fenley moved to the East Coast, where she first worked at a homeless shelter near the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

When she got the idea for Hope House, she brought it up with the education administrator at the Federal Bureau of Prisons, William Muth, whom she used to bump into in the parking lot nearby. Muth was impressed with Fenley’s commitment to re-entry.

WILIAM MUTH, Federal Bureau of Prisons: She was incredibly knowledgeable about the security, the valid, very real security issues that prisons have to deal with, I think that Carol thinks the way a warden thinks.

ADAM SERWER: Security is the number one priority in a prison, and it took some time for Fenley to make the kind of connections she needed to get her program started. Fenley says she was determined to help families affected by incarceration.

Gerald Savage was a Hope House dad. Incarcerated at 17 for second-degree murder. He spent 24 years in prison, with his wife and kids on the outside.

GERALD SAVAGE, Hope House Father: Your whole emotional state is, like, torn in half. Because, I mean, you have to maintain your emotionalism being incarcerated, but at the same time there’s a part of you that’s missing out on your life.

ADAM SERWER: Now savage works for Peaceaholics, a program in southeast D.C. that aims to support children coming out of the juvenile justice system and squashes beefs between rival neighborhoods.

Savage lives happily with his wife and kids, but he’s never forgotten how hard it was trying to be a father from the inside. While he was still incarcerated, Savage’s son Jerele, then eight years old, had started getting in trouble.

GERALD SAVAGE: So he was kind of acting out. And, in meeting other individuals who may have known me. They would give my son a negative view of me. So he was thinking that he was connected to me — connecting with me — by, you know, simulating some behavior that he may have heard.

ADAM SERWER: When Jerele began failing math, Savage decided the best way to change his son’s behavior was to change the way his son looked at him. During their next Hope House teleconference, Savage put his plan into action.

GERALD SAVAGE: I told him math is my favorite subject, imagine I had all these algebra papers, so I would read it, and I would convey to him that I actually loved algebra, and he started getting As in algebra, and that let me know there that I could really, really, really have the effect that I wanted to have on him the way that my father had on me. That was real fulfilling.

ADAM SERWER: But it wasn’t all that simple. When Savage came out, his wife and five children were living in a crowded, two-bedroom apartment and didn’t have the financial means to move. Savage says the work Hope House did in connecting him with his family helped him understand his responsibilities when he came back.

GERALD SAVAGE: I was able to fulfill the responsibilities of a man. You know, a man, he’s to be that provider, that protector. He’s to be that role model, you know, he’s to be that presence, you know, that assuring hand.

ADAM SERWER: Today, Savage and his wife still live together with their family in a house. But Fenley says the men in Hope House don’t always have the option of returning to an understanding spouse.

CAROL FENLEY: No re-entry program really prepares families for the reality of coming home. While Dad’s been away, you know, Mom’s been the disciplinarian, the bread winner, the head of the household. Now Dad’s coming back, his expectation is that he’s going to move into that slot. But the kids aren’t feeling it. You know, the kids are not feeling that Dad’s suddenly the disciplinarian …”where have you been?”

ADAM SERWER: Sometimes, the dad doesn’t have a spouse to go home to. That was the case for David Jennings, who did nine years on a drug-related weapons-possession charge.

Jennings drives a tow truck from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. in the morning in the Adams Morgan section of D.C. He says working the graveyard shift helps him stay out of trouble with the law.

DAVID JENNINGS, Hope House Father: I took a night job basically, because that’s when I used to get in trouble, so to save me from getting in trouble, I work at night and sleep during the day.

ADAM SERWER: When Jennings came home, he had to make a difficult adjustment. The mother of his daughter was now married to another man, and he now lives with his mother.

DAVID JENNINGS: Before I was incarcerated, I was with my daughter every day, I used to take her to school and pick her up. So through my incarceration that stopped me from doing that.

ADAM SERWER: Hope House helped Jennings keep in contact with his daughter Davisha while he was in prison. He says that the program helped him see how his actions were affecting his daughter and his relationship with her. Jennings was determined to be a better father to Davisha than his father was to him.

David Jennings: It made me want to be a better father, it made me not want to do — the things that he didn’t do, it made me want to do them, but in return I chose to sell drugs, and that still separated me from her.

ADAM SERWER: Jennings sees his daughter every two weeks, but he’s still not as involved as he used to be. That, some say, is the problem. Charles Murray, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, says that nothing can make up for a child not having their father in the home.

CHARLES MURRAY, American Enterprise Institute: When there’s no father there, the role model is the 14-year-old down the block. And that is the worst father figure in the world.

ADAM SERWER: Activists argue out that the number of people in prison is rising, and that doing nothing isn’t a viable alternative.

Obama has promised that his administration will support programs like Hope House with larger federal funding. Formerly incarcerated dads like Gerald Savage and David Jennings say that’s a good thing.

— Adam Serwer, National Minority Consortia and the Online Newshour

Article printed from National Minority Consortia: http://nmcmedia.org

URL to article: http://nmcmedia.org/blog/2008/09/hello-world/

URLs in this post:

[1] Read more about the nomination here: http://shortyawards.com/9th/pbs-celebrates-my-history-my-culture-my-stories

[2] 2017 Shorty Awards: http://shortyawards.com/

[3] PBS Online Film Festival: http://www.pbs.org/filmfestival/home/

[4] Home is a Hotel: http://www.pbs.org/filmfestival/2016/home-hotel/

[5] Gold Star: http://www.pbs.org/filmfestival/2016/goldstar/

[6] Teachers: http://www.pbs.org/filmfestival/2016/teachers/

[7] Ma: http://www.pbs.org/filmfestival/2016/ma/

[8] The Medicine Game 2: 4 Brothers 1 Dream: http://www.pbs.org/filmfestival/2016/medicine-game-2-four-brothers-one-dream/

[9] pbs.org/filmfestival: http://www.pbs.org/filmfestival/coming-soon/

[10] #PBSolff: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23PBSolff&src=typd

[11] supported independent filmmakers: http://caamedia.org/for-mediamakers/funding/

[12] CAAMFest: http://caamfest.com/2016/

[13] CAAMFest 2016 here: http://caamedia.org/blog/2016/03/25/caamfest-2016-highlights-and-audience-awards/

[14] Image: http://nmcmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Tyrus-Wong-copy-770x433.jpg

[15] Image: http://nmcmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Breathin-1540x866.png

[16] Image: http://nmcmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/26083884075_79d2be5bd8_b.jpg

[17] Image: http://nmcmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/FrankWong-1540x866.jpg

[18] Image: http://nmcmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Operationpopcorn-770x433.jpg

[19] Image: http://nmcmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/RightFooted-e1454820395685-770x433.jpg

[20] Image: http://nmcmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/2014-09-30-RELEASE-ABTN-NMCAnnouncement-FINAL.pdf

[21] National Minority Consortia: http://nmcmedia.org/

[22] Latino Public Broadcasting: http://lpbp.org/home.php

[23] The Center for Asian American Media: http://caamedia.org/

[24] Pacific Islanders in Communications: http://www.piccom.org/

[25] National Black Programming Consortium: http://blackpublicmedia.org/

[26] Vision Maker Media: http://www.visionmakermedia.org/

[27] Image: http://nmcmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/NMC2014_gl-1024.jpg

[28] Check out the video clips presented to stations at the PBS Annual Meeting by the five National Minority Consortia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaUpzEls_d8

[29] Blog post by CAAM about the PBS Annual Meeting : http://caamedia.org/blog/2014/05/21/national-minority-consortia-films-coming-to-pbs/

[30] Blog post by LPB about the PBS Annual Meeting: http://lpbporg.ning.com/profiles/blogs/nmcatpnsannualmeeting

[31] Image: http://nmcmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/winner_horse_you_see_banner_crop.jpg

[32] Image: http://nmcmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/klrn_fresh_cut545.jpg

[33] Corporation for Public Broadcasting: http://www.cpb.org

[34] spots are available for viewing: http://nmcmedia.org/nmc-videos/search/?vtags=MySource

[35] print advertisements: http://nmcmedia.org../projects/mysource/my-source-print-ads/

[36] Transcripts: http://nmcmedia.org/projects/mysource/transcripts/

[37] programs mentioned: http://nmcmedia.org../nmc-videos/search/?vtags=MySource

[38] Image: http://nmcmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/hope_blog.jpg

[39] Hope House: http://hopehousedc.org/index.php

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