New Media, officially the Foundation for New Media, Inc, is based in Birmingham, Alabama, and since 1990 has produced award-winning documentary and dramatic programming based in the arts and humanities and focusing on the history, music, literature and culture of the deep South, with a special emphasis on Alabama.
The Foundation is a (501(c)(3) organization and has received major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts as well individual donors and organizations.
Founded by Birmingham native Robert Clem, New Media has produced a dozen films and seven radio series and programs, most of which have aired on PBS and NPR and are available now online.
Our goal is not to advocate but to find personal narratives that tell us about life in the South in all its complexity and contradictions.
This website has been developed with a Recovery grant from the Alabama Humanities Alliance with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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FNM FEATURED PROJECTS
SINK THE ALABAMA
The Confederate commerce raider CSS Alabama, built in Great Britain and commanded by the “pirate” Raphael Semmes, decimates Union shipping all over the world until cornered in Cherbourg France.
LEARN MOREHOW THEY GOT OVER
Named one of the best documentaries of the year and winner of four film festival awards, the story of how the upbeat harmonies and antic style of Black gospel quartets in the 1940s and 50s influenced rock n’ roll.
LEARN MORERADIO ACTION THEATRE
This collaboration between writer/director Robert Clem and composer Donald Stark produced over a dozen radio dramas based on Southern history and literature and aired internationally and on NPR and Pacifica. Now available as podcasts. With Jeffery Wright, David Strathairn, Hope Davis, Campbell Scott, Betty Buckley, Eli Wallach, Ossie Davis, Will Patton and Stacy Keach.