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What's New: NEH and California Humanities

International Documentary Association

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

What's New: NEH and California Humanities

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Monday, August 20, 2019
IDA Offices
3470 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 980,
Los Angeles CA 90010 (Map)

Join David Weinstein, senior program officer with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and John Lightfoot, senior program officer with California Humanities, for the next installment in our What’s New series, in which prominent industry leaders in documentary present up-to-the-minute information about what’s happening in the documentary landscape and discuss new opportunities for filmmakers.

Are you considering applying to a future NEH Media Project grants or the 2019 Cal Humanities' California Documentary Project (CDP) with a film, audio, or digital media project? Do you have questions about writing the proposal, filling out the budget form, or submitting work samples? Or do you want to know more about humanities advisers and what role the humanities can play?

The NEH’s Media Projects grant program funds has supported many award-winning historical documentaries. There are two levels of funding: Development and Production. David will discuss funding for long-form documentaries as well as revealing an exciting new grant program, Short Documentaries. This program funds short documentary films (up to 30 minutes) that engage audiences with humanities ideas.

Cal Humanities' CDP is a competitive grant program that supports the research and development and production stages of projects that seek to document California in all its complexity. Projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective and reach and engage broad audiences through multiple means, including but not limited to radio and television broadcasts, podcasts, online distribution and interactive media, community screenings and discussions, in classrooms and libraries, at cultural centers, film festivals, and beyond. Funding for the November 1 deadline is available in two categories: Research and Development Grants up to $10,000, and Production Grants up to $50,000.

David and John will offer tips on preparing your proposal, discuss what makes an application competitive, share news, and there will be ample opportunity for Q&A.

David Weinstein

Jennifer TiexieraDavid Weinstein is a senior program officer in the Division of Public Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). He has managed grants for award-winning films, radio programs, museum exhibits, and digital projects. David joined the NEH in 2000 after teaching media studies and production at George Mason University. David holds a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Maryland College Park and a B.A. from Brandeis University. He is the author of The Forgotten Network: DuMont and the Birth of American Television (2004) and The Eddie Cantor Story: A Jewish Life in Performance and Politics (2018).

John Lightfoot

Jennifer TiexieraJohn Lightfoot is Senior Program Officer at California Humanities, an independent non-profit and a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He currently manages the California Documentary Project (CDP), a competitive grant program that supports experienced and emerging mediamakers working in documentary film, audio or interactive media. Through CDP, John has overseen the awarding of 221 grants to independent media projects that explore California in all its complexity. In 2018, he helped launch CA2020: Youth Perspective and the Future of California, California Humanities’ new statewide initiative focused on youth, journalism and media literacy. Prior to California Humanities, John produced and directed documentary films, both as an independent and for PBS affiliate Twin Cities Public Television, and taught filmmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area. He frequently serves as a panel reviewer for funding organizations and has read untold thousands of proposals. John holds an MA in American Studies from Brown University, an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University, and a BA in History from New York University.

Driving & Parking

IDA is located at 3470 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 980 Los Angeles, 90010; between Normandie and Mariposa streets. Our tower building is not visible off of the main street. Visitor parking is at the Central Plaza Parking Garage with entrance located on Mariposa Ave, south of Wilshire Blvd.

  • Turn into driveway next to The Brass Monkey
  • Park in any spot NOT marked 'Reserved'
  • Once you have parked, exit your vehicle and walk back toward the shops
  • Take a left, pass the WilFit Sports Club entrance
  • After several feet, you should see our building on the left.
  • We are located on the 9th floor, follow the sign for suite numbers.
We are located in the corner 2-hour metered parking is also available on the surrounding streets.

Public Transportation

IDA is conveniently located across the street (249 ft) from Wilshire/Normandie Metro Subway Station, served by the Purple Line, and 10 minutes (0.5 miles) walking distance from Wilshire/Vermont Metro Subway station, served by the Red Line.

Special support provided by:

  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Department of Cultural Affairs - City of Los Angeles Los Angeles County Arts Commission HFPA
Members and Supporters of the IDA
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IDA Offices
3470 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 980
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

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International Documentary Association

Founded in 1982, the International Documentary Association (IDA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that promotes nonfiction filmmakers, and is dedicated to increasing public awareness for the documentary genre. Our major program areas are: Advocacy, Filmmaker Services, Education, and Public Programs and Events.

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