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@ The Eugene Katz Award or Excellence in the Coverage of

The Center for Immigration Studies announces the third annual:

Much of the discussion on immigration, whether by politicians or
the media,
has been simplistic and two-dimensional. It often lacks nuance
and an
appreciation of the complexity of this multi-faceted issue.

In order to recognize reporters whose coverage of the issue rises
platitudes and generalities, the Center for Immigration Studies
the Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in the Coverage of
Immigration. The
award is named after the former owner of Katz Communications, who
 during his long career on both the editorial and advertising
sides of, print
and broadcast.

The winning entry will be selected based on the quality of
writing and
reporting, mastery of the subject matter, effective articulation
of the
stories context, etc. Submissions must consist of three to five
of spot news, features, and/or commentary, from print or
broadcast media.
(More than five stories are allowed if they constitute a series.)

Copies of print articles or wire stories can be submitted in any
(originals, photocopies, or computer printouts). Broadcast
should be on audio or videotape. Nominations from third parties
encouraged. Submissions will not be returned.

The selection committee:
 MARK KRIKORIAN, Executive Director, Center for Immigration
 RICHARD LAMM, former governor of Colorado
 GRIFFIN SMITH JR., Executive Editor, Arkansas Democrat Gazette

The $1,000 award will be presented at a luncheon in Washington on
June 4, 1999.

Submissions should be mailed to:
Katz Award
Center for Immigration Studies
1522 K St. NW, Suite 820
Washington, DC 20005-1202

If you have any questions, please contact the Center at (202)
466-8185 or

Mark Krikorian, executive director
Center for Immigration Studies
1522 K St. NW, Suite 820, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 466-8185 (202) 466-8076, fax
@ The Union for Democratic Communications (UDC) invites participation in
next international meeting, October 14-16, 1999 in Eugene, Oregon at The
University of Oregon.  The conference theme is "Communication, Culture and

UDC welcomes papers, audiovisual works, panels, workshops and projects
which promote dialogue and interaction around questions of critical
communications scholarship and media activism, as suggested below.  Please
send proposals for presentations no later than April 30th, 1999 to:

Ellen Riordan
Journalism and Communication
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR  97403-1275


The conference theme "Communication, Culture and Environments" is intended
to be broadly interpreted to address issues of communication and culture as
they relate to specific environments -- not only natural, but also social,
political, institutional, technological, legal, urban, local, and global.
Presentations exploring the intersection of class, race, gender and
sexuality with communication environments are also encouraged.  Possible
areas of concern include but are not limited to:  how communication and
specific environments intersect; the role of communications technology such
as radio, cable access, video and the Internet in environmental and other
activism; the role of communication technologies in creating cultural and
social environments;  the role of mainstream media in reporting
environmental issues.

A limited number of scholarship funds are available for low income
participants.  For an application, please contact Bernadette
Barker-Plummer, or Department of Communication,
University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117.

Please contact Ellen Riordan with any questions about the conference:
Theme: "the videopoem."

Application form
@ Outline of Tokyo Video Festival

(Forwarders Note: This is an ongoing festival... the information on this
site is
currently for the 1998 version... but changes little from year to year)

?E The festival is an international video competition sponsored by Victor
Company of Japan. The festival was started in 1978
?E Approximately 28,000 video works from 82 countries have been
submitted-by professionals and amateurs alike-for consideration for this
international award.
?E The aim of the festival is to promote ?gvideo software production?h as
one way to enjoy video technology, as well as to introduce creative new
?E The only requirement for a work to be accepted is that it be shot with
video camera and be no longer than 20 minutes. Any theme can be
addressed. Past entries have dealt with personal opinions and experiences,
dreams, daily life and creation. They have aroused sympathy and left many
touching impressions.
?E We try to bestow the top prize to the most superb work as well as
an environment where people and cultures can carry on exchanges through
film media.

Entry Information
List of Addresses Accepting Entries by Country
@ Chicago Underground Film Festival


As the May 15th entry deadline approaches for the Sixth Annual Chicago
Underground Film Festival, Chicago prepares itself for another cinematic
barrage from below.  New for the 1999 festival is the Goose Island "Brewed
in Chicago" Award-a special prize funded by the local brewery and presented
to the best Chicago-produced film in the festival. Festival Director Bryan
Wendorf said, "Chicago filmmakers have been an important part of CUFF since
its inception. The creation of the "Brewed in Chicago"  award reinforces
commitment to the local filmmaking community".

At a time when once-provocative festivals are offering up what the Village
Voice calls "cookie-cutter indies" and critics denounce the mainstreaming
independent film - CUFF continues to offer up uncompromising, challenging,
and truly original fare.  For this reason, CUFF remains a haven for
visionary and maverick filmmakers and a focal point for the underground.

Now in its sixth year, CUFF long ago established itself as a showcase for
uncompromising cinema. CUFF has presented local and world premieres of such
groundbreaking work as Sonic Outlaws, Craig Baldwin's experimental
documentary about the band Negativeland, The Decline of Western
Part 3, Penelope Spheeris' self-financed, thought-provoking glimpse into
world of street punks, Charlie's Family, Jim Van Bebber's ten-years-in the
making dramatization of Manson's followers, and Mary Jane's Not a Virgin
Anymore, Sarah Jacobson's unabashed look at teenage sexuality. Moreover,
CUFF has paid its respects to the history of the underground, honoring such
celluloid renegades as John Waters, Jack Smith, and Richard Kern.  As Roger
Ebert has said, CUFF is populated with films "grittier, more anarchic, less
eager to please, and more willing to outrage" than your average film
festival * a sensibility ever more important in the wake of indie

CUFF is not just an underground event, but a locus point for the
scene.  Filmmakers like Peter Hall (Delinquent) and John Michael McCarthy
(The Sore Losers) cite the festival as the spawning ground for creative
collaborations and future projects. Hall recently stated "At CUFF, I have
communed with filmmakers I merely encountered at (other festivals)." The
result of this kind of interchange between filmmakers makes CUFF a ground
zero for the radical visions of tomorrow, provoking George Kuchar to say
"CUFF gave me hope for the future."

It is in this spirit that CUFF invites the subversive, maverick, and
new visions to Chicago for it's annual festival of uncompromising cinema.
The 6th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival runs August 13-19, 1999 at
the four-screen Village Theater, 1548 North Clark Street.

For further information or festival entry forms contact:
Bryan Wendorf, 773-327-3456,
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