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LA LUTTA NEW MEDIA COLLECTIVE, INC.
La Lutta NMC, Inc. is a nonprofit organization based in New York City
providing production support and technical assistance to groups that promote
social justice, public art and community-based media. Founded in 1997
by Antonino D’Ambrosio, with a six-member board of directors, the
organization produces documentary and independent films, develops performing
and visual arts programs, and promotes grassroots activities to encourage
progressive social change.
LA LUTTA NMC’S SCOPE
To date, La Lutta has provided assistance to more than 3,000 nonprofits,
grassroots groups and individual artists and activists. La Lutta’s
community-outreach database contains more than 70,000 members. Performing
and visual arts events and community outreach activities organized by
La Lutta have served about 50,000 audience members. Since 2001, the organization
has screened at least 60 films by independent filmmakers and activists
worldwide. Each year, the organization has offered internships for four
to six youths, ages 14 to 18.
LA LUTTA NMC PROGRAMS
La Lutta NMC’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP), created in 1997,
has provided new media support, information systems building and strategic
planning resources for thousands of groups. They include the Brecht Forum,
the Nation Magazine and Institute, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum,
the New York Foundation, the Monthly Review magazine, the Taxi Workers
Alliance, Paper Tiger Television, Konscious Media, the tenants’
advocates group Community Training and Resource Center, and El Puente,
an alternative school in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
La Lutta NMC produces and supports production of documentary and independent
films that can be used for issue advocacy and movement building. Since
1997, La Lutta NMC has directed, photographed and shot more a half dozen
films, and sponsored or co-produced films by at least a dozen films by
grassroots and activist filmmakers.
The Visual Liberation Film/Talk Festival, created by La Lutta NMC, the
Brecht Forum, and the Institute for Mass Communications in 2002, annually
screens about 30 films, documentaries and shorts aimed at challenging
cultural, historical and political representation. Screened at the Wesbeth
Arts Center in the West Village, the annual summer festival has, to date,
attracted more than 25,000 attendees.
La Lutta sponsors two internship programs to educate high school students
in activist media, the Creative Activist in Residence (CARE) Program and
the Active Youth Knowledge Program.
Additional La Lutta program activity includes producing media campaigns,
fiscal sponsorship and fundraising support, graphic design, independent
publishing, public art advocacy, and educational outreach.
SELECTED LA LUTTA NMC ACHIEVEMENTS
As a consultant to The Center for Court Innovation, a public-private partnership
with the U.S. Department of Justice and the New York State Office of Court
Administration, La Lutta created two documentary films about two alternative-to-incarceration
programs. The films, focusing on drug courts and integrated domestic violence
courts, are screened worldwide to promote models of alternative to incarceration.
In partnership with People-Link and the Institute for Mass Communication,
La Lutta created the “The Road to a New Contract” campaign
in 2002 to support 35,000 members of Transit Workers Union Local 100,
during its contract negotiations with the City of New York. TWU leadership
hired La Lutta to help develop the campaign, to build a Web site for TWU
membership, and to produce two short documentaries focusing on contract
issues, screened by members and the press.
La Lutta hosts ongoing community forums around issues of economic justice.
For example, the organization sponsored the Fight Against Sweatshops,
a series twelve community forums from 1997 to 1999, bringing together
immigrant workers, union leadership, policy makers, local politicians,
advocacy organizations and artists to create a dialogue about sweatshop
labor to help cast a spotlight on abuses in the workplace.
In August 2000, La Lutta organized a performance event, “New York
City Youth Respond To Police Brutality,” bringing together 30 youth
advocacy and art and culture groups from around the city for a ten-hour
performance event at Charas Community Center on the Lower East Side. The
event resulted in the creation of a broad-based youth coalition to respond
to police brutality and a youth watchdog group to monitor police misconduct
in New York’s low-income communities.
Since April 2002, La Lutta has been a media consultant to the Movable
Museum at the American Museum of Natural History, creating promotional
materials for the department.
In 2002, La Lutta NMC became the Film Programmer for the Brecht Forum.
In 2003, began work as technology consultant to the Central Park Conservancy.
Financial contributions and in-kind donations
In 2004, La Lutta worked with the Lower East Side Tenement Museum to design
a youth immigrant education multimedia program, “The Immigrant Experience.”
In 2004, La Lutta designed a media campaign for Harold Holzer, Senior
Vice President of External Affairs for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In 2005, La Lutta continues to expand its global reach. Director Matt
Pascarella participated in the World Social Forum in Brazil, and La Lutta
sponsored photographer Lila Lee on her trip to Indonesia to document the
devastating impact of the tsunami. La Lutta director Antonino D’Ambrosio
has lectured on art, culture and the politics of social change throughout
the U.S. and in New York. He has been invited to lecture in Rome, Italy.
DOCUMENTARY AND INDEPENDENT FILM PRODUCTION
“Piccolo Coli,” documentary directed by Antonino D’Ambrosio,
“Desapericidos,” documentary directed by Antonino D’Ambrosio,
“Saffarrian,” documentary directed by Matthew Nicolau, in
“Freedom Demo,” directed by Antonino D’Ambrosio, in
“Machetero,” independent film directed by Vagabond, released
“Integrated Domestic Violence Court,” documentary for the
Center of Court Innovation, 11/04
“The Treatment Court Story,” documentary for the Center for
Court Innovation, 5/03
“The Contract and Beyond,” documentary for the Transit Workers
“The Road to the Contract,” documentary for Transit Workers
“Back in the Days,” produced in association with book of the
same name, 2/00
“Once There Was a Village,” produced in association with book
by Yuri Kaprolov, 9/98
LA LUTTA NMC GRANTS AND AWARDS
F.B. Heron Foundation, Special Needs Grant 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Nation Institute Developmental Grant for Dispatch Alternative Media Project,
Nation Institute Investigative Fund Grant, 1997, 1998, 2000
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Art Development Fund Grant,
Pfizer Family Foundation Community Media Grant, 1997, 1998, 1999
Manhattan Borough President Virginia Fields Office, Borough Needs Grant,
LA LUTTA NMC ACCOLADES
The New York Times, called La Lutta’s programs “…heroic
work, creating true democracy,” 9/01
The Nation selected as one of the “Top 25 Independent Media Organizations,”
Clamor Magazine, called La Lutta “innovative, empowering, fresh
and hip,” 6/02
Get Underground, an online news source, called La Lutta “a worthwhile
TECHNICAL SKILLS PROVIDED
Streaming Audio/Video; Final Cut Pro; DVD Pro; Windows (98, 2000, NT,
XP) and Mac (OS 9 and X) operating systems; Novell NetWare; MS NT/2000
Server and Workstation; MS Office (97, 2000, XP) and Corel Suite; Multi-relational
databases (FileMaker, SQL, PHP, CGI); Internet administration (TCP/IP,
DSL); Remote access technologies; HTML, XHTML, JAVA Script, ASP; Macromedia
Studio, MS Frontpage, PhotoShop, Illustrator, QuarkXpres.
are greatly needed and fully tax deductible.
Please e-mail us with any questions
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