Jobs & Opportunities
Street Movies! Film Programmer/Field Producer
Scribe Video Center seeks a film programmer/field producer to coordinate Street Movies!, an annual summer film series, to be presented on-line and on-location in 2021. Scribe partners with neighborhood organizations across the Philadelphia region (including Camden and Chester) to present screenings of short independent films in neighborhood settings (vacant lots, parks, playgrounds, etc.) and simultaneously through on-line platforms. The screenings include live performances (music, spoken-word, dance, etc.), as well as a facilitated discussion of the films. A total of nine Street Movies! presentations will take place in August 2021.
The Producer enlists neighborhood groups to partner with Scribe; works with groups to develop a film program that is of interest to each selected community; recruits emcees, live performers and technical crew; and writes copy for marketing materials (posters, program guides). A substantial amount of time is spent researching, screening and selecting appropriate independent film works for Street Movies! On the day of screenings, the Field Producer, working with a small road crew, is responsible for bringing projection and screening equipment to each outdoor site; set up and breakdown of video, audio and projection equipment. Presentations are video recorded and presented live to the audience.
This is a part time temporary position from April to mid-September 2021.
§ Knowledge and interest in contemporary independent and community media
§ Demonstrated knowledge of digital video projection equipment
§ Knowledge of lighting, video and audio recording
§ Experience directing live performance for video
§ Experience setting up sound systems for live concerts
§ Ability to work with diverse communities
§ Excellent public speaking skills with ability to communicate about Scribe’s mission and programs
§ Valid driver’s license with experience driving a passenger van
§ Experience supervising staff
§ Ability to lift and carry equipment
§ Highly organized and good at inventorying equipment and supplies
§ Knowledge of Philadelphia area neighborhoods
If interested please send a letter of interest and a resume to jobs(at)scribe(dot)org. Please write ”Street Movies! Producer” in subject line.
Humanities and Social Science Consultants Wanted
We are presently seeking the assistance of humanities scholars and social scientists from the fields of history, urban studies, anthropology, folklore and sociology to work as facilitators on 2021 Precious Places Community History Projects. As a humanities consultant, you will help guide the research process, discuss the process of creating oral histories, and help identify sources of archival images and other corroborating materials.
Participating humanities and social science consultants will meet about three times a month for three months with the groups, guide the group through one day of primary shooting, and also consult on occasion during the editing. Generally, we estimate up to 75 hours in total over a six month period beginning in April 2021. Participating humanities and social science consultants receive a small honorarium.
Please send a letter of interest along with a resume or CV with the subject heading “Precious Places Humanities Consultant” to: email@example.com
Production Facilitators Wanted
Scribe Video Center, non-profit media arts education organization, is seeking videomaking facilitators to work with community groups participating in the 2021 Precious Places Community History Project.
1. Providing instruction to members of the community organization in the skills necessary to produce a short videotape, including production management and editing.
2. In consultation with the community group, seeing that the project proceeds in accordance with Scribe’s overall production and completion schedule.
3. Guiding the group in logging and transcription procedure, as well as in the completion of an editing script (paper edit) prior to editing.
4. In consultation with the community group, supervising and executing the edit of the video using Adobe Premiere software.
Participating videomaking facilitators will spend an estimated 75 to 100 hours on the project (generally 2-4 hours a week) over a six-month period beginning in April 2021. Facilitators will receive an honorarium for their work.
Please send a letter of interest, resume, and work sample with the subject heading “Precious Places Production Facilitator” to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Documentary History Project for Youth
The Documentary History Project for Youth is an annual after-school, weekend and summertime digital media production workshop for middle and high school students. Each year, youth participants create short documentary films as a way to explore some aspect of the social, political and cultural history of Philadelphia. In past years students have focused on policing, African American history, and leadership. Apply here.
Teaching Artists Wanted
Some of Philadelphia’s most outstanding media makers have taught and presented works at Scribe. We create a venue for experienced media makers to share their skills with emerging artists at our workshops in West Philadelphia and in community media production projects throughout the Philadelphia region. We are looking for talented artists with solid skills in HD videography, sound recording, editing, animation and motion software, web design. Most of our instructor/facilitators have MFAs and/or have produced a solid body of creative work. Our hourly rate for teaching is comparable to area colleges. (But in all honesty, you're not going to get rich doing this, but you will make a huge difference.)
Please send a cover letter, resume and web-links of your work to email@example.com with “Teaching Artist” in the subject line.
Freelance Photographers Wanted
Scribe Video Center seeks work-for-hire photographers to document community media projects. The photographer will attend production planning meetings and document community-based productions throughout the Philadelphia area. We are asking for behind the scenes production photos, as well as publicity stills suitable for newspaper, printed brochure, and web-based promotion. Scribe will pay $125 per shoot date for a minimum of ninety minutes per shoot and a minimum of 100 digital images.
If interested please send a resume and examples of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Storyville Call for Works
Scribe's Storyville provides a forum for regional media artists to exhibit their works and engage audiences in discussion.
For consideration, send a copy of your film (DVD preferred) and a cover letter with the title, total running time, director, distributor, and a brief description to:
Scribe Video Center
3908 Lancaster Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
For more information, call (215) 222-4201.
Volunteer At Scribe
We often need volunteers at screenings and events. If you would like to be added to our list of prospective volunteers please email us at email@example.com.