April 1, 1995

Short Takes, April 1995

IDA Call for Entries

Ready, set, submit! Out of several hundred expected documentary submissions, four feature-length films and one short (under 35 min.) will be selected to receive IDA Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards, and a student entry will be given the IDA / David L. Wolper Student Documentary Achievement Award. Winners for 1995 will be honored at the 11th Annual IDA Awards Dinner on October 27, and winning films screen on October 28 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Entry fees for this year's competition are $50 for IDA members, $70 for nonmembers, and $30 for students. Deadlines are May 31 for professional entries and June 15 for the Wolper award. 

Membership Renewal Time

IDA's new membership year begins on April 1—and that means your membership benefits run out on March 31, unless you return your membership renewal forms. Membership benefits include a one-year subscription to International Documentary, the only periodical in the United States exclusively devoted to nonfiction film and TV; two free classified ads in ID within the next year; access to group health insurance; discounts on event tickets and on the IDA Survival Guide; access to the International Documentary Foundation as a fiscal sponsor; member mixes, seminars, and more.

From a modest grassroots organiza­tion founded in 1982, the IDA has become a pro-active institution with members in nearly two dozen countries. We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the documentary form and supporting the efforts of nonfiction film­ and videomakers around the world. For further information, call the IDA office at (310) 284-8422 or fax (310) 785-9334.

Media Democracy Consortium Launched

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recently awarded a major grant to launch Media Democracy in Action (MeDIA). A national consortium representing a constituency of over 15,000 independent, minority, and community media organizations and individuals, MeDIA will advocate for equal access to the information superhighway. The 104th Congress will debate bills on the information infrastructure in the United States, and the role of alternative media production and programming within this infrastructure will probably encounter difficulties before an obstinate Republican-led Congress. How to educate and mobilize its grassroots constituency in order to ensure and improve affordable, uncensored access to new media technologies and delivery systems is a priority issue facing the consortium.

The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (of which the IDA is a member), the Alliance for Community Media, the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, the Independent Television Service, the National Coalition of Independent Public Broadcasting Producers, the National Asian American Telecommunications Association, and the Native American Public Broadcasting Consortium all collaborated in the creation of the MeDIA consortium. For information, call NAMAC at (510) 451-2717.

DGA Honors Sports Documentarian

On March 11, Bud Greenspan, sports documentary and film director, received the fourth DGA Sports Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement at simultaneous bi-coastal banquets celebrating the 47th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards.

With a directorial career spanning over 30 years, Greenspan is probably best known for his films chronicling the Olympics. Lillehammer '94: 16 Days of Glory was the fifth Official Olympic Film he directed. His other films document­ed the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, and the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Greenspan's 22- part Olympiad series aired in over 100 countries, as well as on PBS, ABC, and ESPN. He has won three Emmy Awards and one ACE Award and was granted the Olympic Order by the International Olympic Committee for cinematic contri­butions furthering the Olympic ideal.