Call for Submissions - Radical Remedies: Collective Healing and Power Through Story

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As our communities face the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and severe anti-Black racism, what do resilience, resistance, joy, grief, and collective care look like?

Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA) invites Detroiters and Michigan residents to creatively respond to this question through short videos with its latest project, Radical Remedies: Collective Healing and Power Through Story.

Radical Remedies will amplify community stories to build collective healing and power, as well as redistribute resources to storytellers and mediamakers. Video submissions should be 30 seconds to five minutes long; selected videos will receive a $100-$500 stipend, and will be shared across media platforms. This project will honor the experiences of Black, Brown and Indigenous people living in Detroit and Michigan, weaving together our collective threads, connecting kindred communities nationally and globally.

To submit to Radical Remedies, please read the following carefully

  • Your video must be between 30-seconds and five minutes long, and creatively respond to the following prompt:
    As our communities face the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and severe anti-Black racism, what do resilience, resistance, joy, grief, and collective care look like?
  • Your video can be documentary/non-fiction, narrative/fiction, experimental, animation, or any other form/genre. It can be expressed through storytelling, dance, music, skillsharing, science fiction, comedy, and so much more. It simply needs to be original, creative, engaging, and related to the prompt.
  • This opportunity is open to all experience levels ranging from professional filmmakers, community mediamakers, to social media content creators (TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, etc).
  • Eligibility

    • Submitters must live in Michigan. We will be prioritizing entries by and about people who are BIPOC and those living in Detroit (including Hamtramck and Highland Park), but all Michigan residents are encouraged to submit.
    • You must have ownership/rights of the content shared in order to submit.
    • Videos with misinformation or any content that perpetuates harmful narratives will not be considered.
    • Selected videos will receive a stipend ranging from $100-$500, and an opportunity to have their work shared with proper credit on DNA channels, social media, and possibly screened as part of DNA's Ethics & Aesthetics series launch at the Allied Media Conference (AMC). In order to submit your video you must agree to allow DNA and Radical Remedies community partners to share your video/film publicly.

    Program Values

    • We prioritize films made by Black, Brown, Indigenous, Immigrant, Disabled, Poor/Working Class, Queer, Trans*, non-binary, Women and Femmes who are storytellers and mediamakers.
    • We prioritize media made by people who belong to the communities their media Is about.
    • We prioritize stories that disrupt dominant media narratives.

    Due date

    Submissions are due Monday, July 13, 2020 12:00 PM EST

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    If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Ryan Pearson at

    Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA) is a community organization that disrupts harmful narratives about Detroit. We do this by supporting Black, Brown, and Indigenous Detroiters to examine and create film and media that build collective healing, power and liberation.

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