NCME’s Desire Vincent Attends Launch of UN Women

In February, NCME’s student employee, UW-Madison senior Desire Vincent, was a delegate at the United Nations’ 55th Meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women. Although Desire was not there as an NCME or public media representative, her experience was relevant to some amazing community engagement efforts in public media. ITVS has been doing some great work with their Women’s Empowerment screenings in 2010, and we know more great things are coming soon from them in this arena!

As Desire describes below, what she learned at this globally significant meeting reflects key aspects of successful community engagement efforts. Her realization that being invited to be heard and speaking up could give her a greater appreciation for her own life experience highlights the importance of listeningnot only as a listener, but also from the perspective of those being heard.

Continue reading

Ford Foundation to Support Filmmakers

The Ford Foundation today announced a $50 million investment in documentary film production through its JustFilms program, which includes support for the Global Perspectives Project (the work of ITVS). The Ford Foundation’s site states: “We support GPP to develop, produce and help finish international social justice films, as well as to earn placement of these works on PBS and other public broadcasters worldwide.”

JustFilms seeks to “Enlarge the conversation on issues of importance by investing in documentary films that capture people’s imaginations and engage them in shaping their futures.” If you’re interested in learning more about producing for public media and being better able to take advantage of funding partnerships such as this one, NCME’s Engagement Guide for Producers is a great way to get started.