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Open Call by Freewaves OUT THE WINDOW About/By/In Los Angeles

Open Call by Freewaves
OUT THE WINDOW About/By/In Los Angeles
Submission deadline March 1, 2011

What do you know about Los Angeles? Want to share your knowledge on TV?  Freewaves is seeking two-minute artists-activists-storytellers’ videos about places in Los Angeles (home, street, ‘hood) to show to I million riders per day on all 2,200 Metro buses in L.A. County in June and September-October, 2011. On Transit TV we will show animations, documentaries, narratives and experimental videos about, by and in Los Angeles.

Riders include more women, more people of color, and more low income Angelenos. Demographics are linked at transitv.

  • In a mobile environment with competing sounds, visuals are more important.
  • Accepted videos will be included in a one-hour program of news, ads, cooking and quizzes.
  • Videos will be shown for approximately 2 days as part of the June or September-October screening periods.
  • Freewaves will post accepted videos on our web site (if you agree) for at least two years with a GPS location tag on our L.A. map.
  • Freewaves will pay $100 – $300 per video. ($100 for pre-existing, $200 for custom editing, $300 for newly commissioned works).
  • Freewaves will ask bus riders to text us in response to geo-tagged messages appearing on Transit TV about places in L.A.


  • Maryam Hosseinzadeh, a writer, collaborator and cultural planner
  • Karen Mack, Director of L.A. Commons, a public art organization
  • Adrian Rivas, Director and co-founder of g727 in Los Angeles
  • Jenn Su, artist and organizer
  • Paul Young, a writer, critic and video art curator at Young Projects

OUT THE WINDOW is a multi-phase project. The first phase involves videos made by L.A. youth with Echo Park Film Center and Public Matters.  UCLA REMAP is producing the technical interface.  A Youtube video shows the youth phase: Transit TV prohibits nudity, sex, violence, alcohol, tobacco and weapons in its programming.

Please fill in Entry form:
and send us a URL on your entry form or a DVD to:
6522  Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90028

We will accept preview videos of any length and will ask that final selections be 2 minutes long.

Application materials will not be returned.


  • Due date: 3/1/11
  • Notice of Acceptance: 4/15/11
  • Screening dates: June and September-October: 2011

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