June 2009 - August 2009: Issue 31

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AXIS Dance Company Hosts Dance Summer Intensive

AXIS Dance Company invites applicants to "prepare to leave all your preconceptions at the door," promising that they will "change the way you think about the possibilities of the human body forever." AXIS, one of the best known integrated dance companies in the country, encourages adults with and without physical disabilities at all levels of dance experience to apply. Classes held in Oakland, California include Contact Improvisation, Technique, Choreography and Performance. The program runs from August 1 -7, and tuition is $500 with some limited scholarships available. The deadline for application is June 1. For more details go to:
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Gallaudet University to Host WORLDEAF Cinema Festival

In recognition of excellence in deaf filmmaking, Gallaudet University will hold its first WORLDEAF Cinema Festival November 4-7, 2009 in Washington, DC. The four-day festival will include professional and student film competitions, with cash awards and a Hollywood-style awards show. Other events will celebrate past and present accomplishments as well as promote interaction among industry representatives, filmmakers, and audience participants.

“The WORLDEAF Cinema festival provides a way to celebrate the men and women, both deaf and hearing, who have captured in film the essence of the deaf experience, and I am thrilled to be a part of it,” states Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin, the festival’s honorary chair. Ms. Matlin will also receive the first WORLDEAF Cinema Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The festival will spotlight the international dimension of deaf cinema and the diversity of the world’s deaf and hard of hearing communities. It will include speakers, panel discussions, film screenings and community forums. Dr. Robert Davila, President of Gallaudet University, states, “Gallaudet University is honored to serve as host to the WORLDEAF Cinema Festival and to share in the excitement and acclaim it will bring to this medium. This festival will highlight the depth and breadth of the achievements that have been made in the industry, and the profound impact they have made on the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people throughout the world.”

The four-day event will kick off on Wednesday, November 4 with a keynote speech by internationally renowned scholar Dr. Carol Padden, Associate Dean, University of California, San Diego. During the following days, Thursday through Saturday, festival attendees can view classic and new productions in deaf cinema, browse industry-related exhibits, and learn about vlogging. On Saturday, November 7 the festival will close with a red carpet, star-studded WORLDEAF Cinema Awards ceremony.

Conference organizers are soliciting new work from both professional and student filmmakers. Entries must have been created after 2006. Juried cash awards will be presented for outstanding feature, documentary, and short films. Submissions are also invited from creators of vlogs. “We are excited to be able to stimulate new work by offering substantial cash awards,” says Dr. Jane Norman, festival producer and director, and Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Gallaudet University. “The festival will also promote opportunities in deaf cinema because registrants will be able to network and pursue distribution opportunities in the mainstream film industry.”

For registration information, visit: http://wdcf.gallaudet.edu.


Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships

The Application deadline for the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships has been extended to June 15, 2009. The goals of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships are:

Fellowships are awarded in two categories:

The program will bestow a total of five fellowships per year in both categories combined.
To apply go to: http://www.tcg.org/grants/fox/fox_index.cfm top

Program for Writers on Theatre

American Theatre is seeking applicants to its Affiliated Writers Program for early-career arts writers. The Program was designed to stimulate high quality cultural reporting, feature writing and theatre criticism that breaks past its own boundaries: 1) the geographical restrictions most theatre writers face, limited by economics to working in local areas of the country and 2) the narrow confines of theatre "reviewing"—too often treated as judgment for judgment's sake. The program is only open to New York City and Minnesota residents. To apply go to:


MacDowell Colony Residencies

The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.


The Colony accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, which the Colony defines in a pluralistic and inclusive way. The Colony offers barrier-free access in all main buildings and some studios. The winter deadline is September 15, 2009 for residencies February 1 – May 31. To apply go to: www.macdowellcolony.org/apply-appguidelines.html.

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