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David Blumenfeld

I am seeking a Polish and English speaking editor – someone very creative with film experience for a project I am working on...Editing to be done in Late spring or summer...I am based in Israel, but may edit the project in Poland, so its OK if editor is there. Please contact me at directly to hear more about it.


Darla Bruno

Anyone here in Rome and want to meet up . . . I'll be there Jan. 15-Jan 27.

Sarah Josephson

Editor for hire in NYC.
My background is documentary and television news. Having left the hectic world of TV to work from home (and see my kids once in a while) I'm now working on my own FCP system and enormous new hard drive. I am available to travel for meetings and screenings. Please contact me at You can also see samples of my work at thanks.

Derek Drouin

Hello Everyone,

My first posting here. I am an Assistant Editor in Los Angeles. I have just finished working on a doc that will play at Sundance called "Bigger, Stronger, Faster*". If anyone is seeking an Assistant or Additional Editor I can be contacted at


Wm. Lee Little

Do you have extensive video of a major tourist attraction, a National Park, a City tour ? Are you looking for a way to re-purpose your work ?

My company has developed the GPS Ranger,

The Ranger is a handheld computer with a 4" LCD screen and built in GPS technology. It is designed to be an automated tour guide product. Our product is installed in 7 locations; Martin Luther King Historical Site, Vicksburg National Military Park, Death Valley National Park, Cedar Breaks Nationa Monument, the San Francisco And Dallas Zoo and most recently a walking tour of Key West, Florida. We have 8 more projects lined up as well.

We are looking to expand the number of partners we work with.

We have the hardware and the software and we are looking for content development partners who have compelling and interesting location based stories.

Our system will take your video in 1 to 5 minute segments and have your content automatically trigger in front of a point of interest, how about walking tours for Paris, Venice, Moscow and so on.

Attached is a brochure. Take a look and let me know if you are interested, Thank you
Lee Little

Siddharth Pillai

Voices from the Waters 2008
3rd International Film Festival on Water

Bangalore Film Society, Arghyam, Svaraj- Society for Voluntary Action Revitalization and Justice, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca College, USA (FLEFF) Mountainfilm in Telluride, USA, Alliance Francaise de Bangalore and Water Journeys – Campaign for Fundamental Right to Water are organizing the third International 'Voices from the Waters'- the biggest international film festival on water in August 2008 following on the footsteps of the hugely popular and successful events in 2005 and 2007.

This consortium of committed organizations active in water issues are inviting you to be part of this festival by contributing short, documentary, animation and feature films (DVD format only) with English subtitles on water and related issues. Also include a photograph and CV of the film-maker, a minimum of three film stills and a short synopsis of the film. You are also most welcome to send us photographs for exhibition at the festival.

The first edition of 'Voices from the Waters' was held in April 2005 in collaboration with Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, while the second was held in June 2007 in Bangalore, India by a consortium of organizations. With the overwhelming success and the positive responses to the festival from across the globe and the urgency of the water issue to a planet headed towards catastrophe, 'Voices from the Waters' is being organized as an annual event of images and sounds, of films, songs, photo and art exhibitions, lectures and conferences, a platform for diverse voices – free as water as nature intended it to be.

If you have a film under the following categories:
1. Water Scarcity,
2. The Dams and the Displaced,
3. Water Harvest,
4. Water Struggles,
5. Floods and Droughts,
6. Global Warming and Climate Change,
7. Impact of Deforestation on Water Bodies and
8. Water and Life,

you should consider sending it to us so that we may place them in the festival. All entries will be acknowledged. 'Voices from the Waters' is a public awareness program and while there is no entry fee for the festival, the final short-list for the festival will be decided from the entries by a committee comprised of eminent film-makers, film critics and social activists. This is also conceived as a traveling film festival.

Deadline for entries is 30th April, 2008 .

For more information, contact us at the address below.

Thanking you,
Yours sincerely,
The organizing committee

If there is magic on this planet it is contained in water
- Loran Eisley

Georgekutty A.L.
Secretary, Bangalore Film Society,
33/1-9, Thyagaraja Layout, Jai Bharath Nagar, MS Nagar P.O.,
Bangalore- 560 033. Karnataka, India
Tel: 91- 80- 25493705
Email: ,

Campaign for the fundamental right to water,
C/o No.33/1-9, Thyagaraj Layout,
Jai Bharath Nagar,
Maruthisevanagar P.O,
Bangalore-560 033

Robert Richter

Some festivals will not accept entries of productions that were released before a certain year. Some will accept entries regardless of the year of release. What is the situation with the one you describe above?

Le Sheng Liu

This is a call for any members here with films on Netflix. I was interested in checking out works by all of you. So if you have something on Netflix, shoot me the title (and your role if you'd like) and I'll be sure to catch it. Thanx!!!

Joe Pedalino

Anybody looking for a well equipped, reasonably priced DP/Camera person for any upcoming or current projects ? Check out my website @ for more details on experience and capabilities. Thanks ! Special deal for interesting projects, of course they are all interesting...Lemme know...

Chris Hinrichs

I think you have a great idea, Le Sheng. I'd like to get in on that, too. If you could forward any movies you get on to me or if anyone who has their film on Netflix and would like it to be seen, I'm a doc junkie and guarantee I'll watch it if I haven't already. Here's the list of the ones I've seen ( and my e-mail is

Darla Bruno


I'm going to need an experienced international doc film/cinema verite editor who can work with PAL footage and who has FCP 6. Ideally, you'll know Italian (though I realize that can be a stretch) as I'd like to work with someone local, and I'm in New Jersey. Please have full-length international doc and/or cinema verite experience. I will be back in the States with my footage mid-late Feb and need to log and cut a trailer for an April 11 deadline.


Doug Whyte

Hi all,

I want to let you know about an event I founded called The International Documentary Challenge ( Here is some info:

The International Documentary Challenge Returns to Hot Docs!

After a sold-out screening in 2007, The International Documentary Challenge returns to Hot Docs in April 2008! Registration for the 3rd annual Doc Challenge, held March 6-10, 2008, is now open.

The Premise: Filmmakers from around the world have just 5 days to make a short non-fiction film. Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, the Presenting Partner, will once again host the theatrical premiere of the finalists and the awards ceremony during the Festival. After the premiere of the finalists, showcases of regionally produced films will be held, including an IDA sponsored screening in Los Angeles, a SILVERDOCS sponsored screening in Washington DC, a Big Sky Documentary Film Festival screening in Montana, a DOC sponsored screening in Toronto, a Northwest Film Forum sponsored screening in Seattle, a Film Action Oregon sponsored screening in Portland and many more! Additionally, a Best of DVD will be released and television distribution will be pursued by a distribution partner.

Early Registration Deadline: February 11, 2008
Final Registration Deadline: March 5, 2008
Event Dates: March 6-10, 2008
Hot Docs Premiere of Finalists: April 2008

Complete details and entry forms can be found online at

Check out Hot Docs here:

The Doc Challenge is produced by Doug Whyte of KDHX Community Media and sponsored by Hot Docs, the International Documentary Association, the Documentary Organization of Canada, SILVERDOCS, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Film Action Oregon and the creators of the 48 Hour Film Project.

The International Documentary Challenge.
Real Life. Filmed Real Fast.

Don't think a good doc can be made in 5 days? Check out some of the past submissions:


Barry Zucker

Film editor/maker to create instructional/educational video/DVD for Our Pesticide Alternatives for Safer Schools project in Ohio. Our project has been underway for 4 years primarily with grant funding. This is a paid position. Use your creativity to make an impact on the environment and on the health of children in Ohio. Contact Barry Zucker before March 1, 2007 at and visit our website for more info about our project.

Melanie La Rosa

Please forward ...


Coming to Terms With Impermanence is an impressionistic documentary about highly acclaimed poet Diane di Prima. Poet, memoirist, activist, and teacher, the “Poet Priestess” is the most well-known female writer of the Beat era and has published more than 40 books of poetry and prose, including Recollections of My Life as a Woman, Loba, Memoirs of a Beatnik, and many many more.

The film is about artistic conviction and commitment, and mixes impressionistic scenes drawing on the perception, feeling, and mood of di Prima’s prolific writing, set into context with humorous anecdotes from her peers.

Intern(s) will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in all aspects of creating a documentary. Ideal for motivated students wanting to learn or improve software skills and apply their knowledge to conceptualizing and creating an unusual and beautiful film.

Based on skills and experience, interns will assist with post-production, production and upcoming shoots, graphic design, creating websites and dvd's, writing promotional materials.

Interns will have the opportunity to gain experience with the following: Arri-S, Super8, DVX100a, lighting and/or sound recording for interviews, Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Photoshop, AfterEffects. Training provided.

Director's previous work has screened around the world and won awards. Preference for students seeking academic credit. 1-2 days per week commitment, work will take place in media facility in Williamsburg.

Send resume and brief description of your strengths, what you would like to contribute to making a feature documentary, and what you would like to learn.

Robert Richter

Looking for an intern for our doc production company. Based in mid-town Manhattan. Check our website to see what we've done: Several projects are now in house. Screen credit for responsible and reliable intern.

Adam Hyman

Hi all,

I'm looking for skilled fixers in the following countries, for a doc on genocide. Feel free to write me directly if you know anyone.
Bosnia (Sarajevo)
Serbia (Belgrade)
Kosovo (Pristina)
Germany (Berlin based)
South Africa (Johannesburg)(Yes, I know there was no genocide there)

thank you for your help!

Adam Hyman
JTN Productions

Stuart Harmon


Hi all -

I've wrapped up a rough cut of my first documentary film titled, "The Money Stone," and I'm in search of a NYC based producer to help finish the project. The film explores the world of illegal gold mining in Ghana, West Africa and looks at its impact on the people and the environment. The film was workshopped last November at the IFP Rough Cut Lab in NYC and has already gained some interest.

Ideally, I'm looking for someone experienced and who has a passion for film about human rights and development in Africa. More specifically, I'm looking for someone who will help secure completion funds, aid in the creative process of bringing the film to picture lock, and help in bringing the film to festivals and through distribution. Most importantly, I'm looking for someone to become part of the team who wants to see the film be successful and get the word out about the topic. Compensation will be provided once funding is secured.

Visit for more info about the film. Please email all inquiries to


Stuart Harmon

Nina Davenport

Hello Everyone-
I need some help. I am looking for an ASSISTANT EDITOR/ASSOCIATE PRODUCER to start Immediately.

I am an independent documentary filmmaker looking to hire a full-time employee to help me with logging and digitizing footage, cutting rough sequences, solving a myriad of technical problems, paying bills, writing grants, running errands, etc.  In short, assistant editing AND associate producing work. 
I have made four feature-length documentaries:  Operation Filmmaker, opening at IFC Center in June; Parallel Lines, Always a Bridesmaid, Hello Photo.  I am now starting another personal documentary, the sequel to Always a Bridesmaid, and need someone to help me jumpstart that process.

Please send resumes to with ASSISTANT EDITOR/AP in subject line.
for more about me:

Julia Welbourne

Just wanted to repost this on behalf of the company I work for:

Brooklyn based documentary company Flicker Flacker Films seeks experienced, talented, dynamic people for the following positions for a feature-length documentary about immigration for theatrical release and national broadcast:

- Associate Producer
- Production Coordinator
- Business Manager (part-time)

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Duties include: assisting in casting, working closely with producer/director and key characters, and communicating with network. Must have a proven track record with at least 2 years experience on feature-docs (not reality TV). Highly organized, outgoing, professional, detail-oriented, fearless, and, if possible, mellow. Multi-lingual a plus.

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR: Responsible for organizing all the logistics of shoots: local, out of state and international. Communicating regularly with shooters and field-producers. Must be sharp, highly organized and detail-oriented with a strong knowledge of equipment, insurance, and releases and permits. Bonus points for a good sense of humor.

BUSINESS AFFAIRS (part time): Experience with budgeting, line-producing, payroll, insurance, HR, Quickbooks. Must understand the intricacies of managing the books and deliverables.

This project will start in mid-late February 2008 and continue through the summer.

Please email cover letter and resumes to if you are interested.


Richard Burnsed

The Sacramento International Film Festival is coming March 29 to April 6 and we want you to be a part of it. Inspired by local filmmakers' contributions last year in our component of the 48 Hour Film Festival we are inviting you to make a submission for Current TV.

Current TV is a network started by Al Gore that features viewer generated content. Instead of the networks telling the people what is news, the people are telling the network what the news is.

for more information:

Sarah Park

ISO: Jacksonville, FL camera person, sound person to shoot at a breast cancer conference from Feb 22 to 24.

Email me at for details.

Matt Dubuque

Might anyone have a reasonably priced copy of The Technique of Film Editing by Karel Reisz for sale? I would prefer the first edition, but the second edition would also be acceptable.


Robert Goodman

Why? Are you planning on cutting workprint? If you want to learn how to edit read Walter Murch's book or mine "Editing Digital Video." My co-author and I wrote it to replace Karel's fine book which was great when we were cutting on flatbeds with workprint.

Matt Dubuque


I'm currently studying the Technique of Film and Video Editing in its 4th printing, by Ken Dancyger. It has an excellent history on how different editing techniques are featured in different genres and how technological changes have impacted editing decisions and styles.

It's an extraordinary book and is at:

He cites Karel's book as a deep inspiration and I need to study it. I am extremely serious and thorough about what I am doing and I can't afford to gloss over all the great cinema before video was invented.

My view is that quality editing is to a substantial extent independent of the medium. Alternatively stated, if I immerse myself in the study of the editing techniques of Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Resnais, Welles, Goddard and Fellini, I will be serving my interests well. I will never achieve my idea of greatness in cinema without mastering what each of these masters was all about.

Robert Goodman

Then you should read Eisenstein. Karel took his tiny bit of editing philosophy from him. Most of the book is about the mechanics of editing film. Another series of books worth reading are by EDWARD DMYTRYK. Called "On Screen Directing" "On Film Editing" etc.

Boyd McCollum

Another good book would be "Story" by Robert McKee. Don't forget, editing is storytelling.

Richard Burnsed

Nor-Cal Filmmakers, Show your chops!

The Sacramento International Film Festival is giving people two chances to screen work. One is the 48 Hour Film Festival where teams complete a short movie in 48 hours.

The second is Current Visions. In conjunction with Current TV, Filmmakers are asked to submit a 10 minute documentary for screening. The documentaries can be about on any topic including: Bio, Humanities, Politics or other. The top documentaries will also be picked up for broadcast by Current TV.

Matt Dubuque

Thanks Gentlemen, I appreciate it!

Yep, clearly Eisenstein is key. I'm really enjoying the war films of Humphrey Jennings; the way he combines music with a documentary (Listening to Britain) and poetry with a documentary (Words for Battle) is masterful. And although he clearly is influenced by montage, Jennings is singularly British as well.

I'm also enjoying how King Vidor weaves sound and scene in Our Daily Bread and his work generally (The Crowd).

And I remain a serious devotee of Bunuel and his editing throughout his very long career.

I'm interested in exploring new avenues in what role sound plays in a documentary and how to weave that into the editing process. Any reading suggestions you might have along these lines would also be warmly welcomed.

Thanks for all the help!

John Burgan

If you're enjoying the Jennings, a must-read is Dai Vaughan's "Portrait of an Invisible Man: The Working Life of Stewart MacAllister, Film Editor". Remember that "Listen to Britain" credits Jennings and MacAllister as co-directors.

It's the single most inspiring book on editing documentary I know, written by the most experienced documentary editor in the UK. It's out of print, but you can still find copies via websites like

Matt Dubuque

Thanks John, I'm enjoying the heck out of Jennings. That fellow is masterful in so many ways and way, way ahead of his time.

That's an awesome tip about McAllister. Thanks!


Simon Fred

The Streaming Festival is now accepting submissions for its 3rd edition in October 2008.

Deadline for submissions is 01 September 2008.
Accepted genres are documentary, animation, video art, flash and narrative.
No entry fee.

Send submissions through postal service, or provide a website link with a preview to the submission.

The Streaming Festival is an international artfilmfestival on the internet. Films are presented full screen on streaming servers with high image quality.
The 3rd edition will start in October, and lasts four days. The Streaming Festival is based in the Netherlands but has no geographic boundaries. Viewers can visit from any location in the world, at any given time and plug into one of the festival streams.

Online submission form :
Website :

Anthony Giacchino

Hello all . . . I'm working on a project in which I would like to use entries from an old diary I've uncovered. However, I'm having the hardest time reading a large portion of what the person wrote. Does anyone out there know of a good hand-writing expert who may help me "translate" the entries? Any help/suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Adam Hyman

Hi all,

Still looking for experienced fixers for PBS documentary for:

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Jo'burg, South Africa

Please reply directly to me if you have any recommendations or resumes.

Doug Block

To "Anonymous Please", we've deleted your post because we have a policy at The D-Word that no one can post anonymously. We're not censors – if you identify yourself, and are willing to confirm it should we feel the need, then feel free to post it again.

Jo-Anne Velin

Adam, for Guatemala, you can probably get a good lead from Jan van Bilsen who is based in Nicaragua but has worked all over South America for 25+ years. He is/was a member of D-Word but I've not seen him post here. I know him from 2-pop, 6 years ago. Please share my best regards. This is the last email I have for him. and if you google his name you'll notice his credentials...

Erica Ginsberg

Docs In Progress is partnering with NomadsLand to curate a special international edition of our popular works-in-progress screenings. After a worldwide call with excerpts from the finalists posted on the website, we have selected two documentary rough cuts to be screened and critiqued by a live audience with out-of-town filmmakers participating in the discussion via Skype.

WHEN? Sunday, February 17 at 6:30 pm. The screening will end no later than 10 pm.

WHERE? Busboys and Poets 2021 14th Street (at V Street), NW Washington DC. Closest Metro: U Street/Cardozo Metro Station. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A DIFFERENT LOCATION FROM OUR USUAL WASHINGTON DC PROGRAMS.

HOW MUCH? $5 (cash only, at the door). Cost includes the screening and discussion only. Food and drink are available at cost from Busboys and Poets.


COMRADES by Dean Hamer
Struggling against 5000 years of Confucian tradition and a communist government that views any type of organizing with suspicion, China's gay community is finding novel ways to fit into the fabric of modern society without hiding who they really are.

CASA (HOUSE) by Luis Alaejos and Raúl Díez Alaejos
In what was once the tallest building in all of South America, 1500 neighbors of all social classes co- exist. This is a portrait of Montevideo's Palacio Salvo and its occupants: artists of little and great renown, recent arrivals attracted by the building's bohemian atmosphere, those who want to leave, but can't, and those who are the ghosts of a building's faded past.

Please come join us and pass the word on. Filmmakers and non-filmmakers alike are welcome to attend and participate.

More at

Lucia Duncan

I'm looking for a Spanish speaking boom operator in the San Diego area. Must have a valid passport. Shoot is March 1st to approx. March 10th. Will fly with a charter plane from San Diego to the San Ignacio Lagoon where the majority of the shooting will take place. Return will be by plane, if we're lucky, or by bus (14 hrs). Can pay $600 plus all expenses. Two-person crew, this is the fourth shoot. I'm an MFA student at the U. of Texas, Austin, and this is my thesis, a documentary about eco-tourism (whale watching), environmental conservation, and the displacement of local people. If interested contact Or if others on D-Word know of people who might be interested, let me know!

Amelia Hanibelsz

I am looking for a HD cameraman and a sound man based in Chicago- for a shoot this thursday and friday.
The camera is the Sony F900. It will mainly be interviews and some b-roll .

Please contact me directly at :

Many thanks !!

Ivica I. Ramovic

we are a film production company that produce and co-produce features,shorts and documentaries for theatrical release.Our philosophy is a simple one:We don't make films for you.We make them with you.
our web

John Burgan

Ivica – welcome ( there's no need to double post at the D-Word)

Laura Moire Paglin


I need an Assistant Editor to come to Cleveland for several days, a week, or however much time necessary, to come up with organization system for a long form doc containing 200 – 300 hours of footage and numerous characters. Footage needs to be logged and searchable, interviews need to be transcribed and we need to be able to train interns to do much of the rudimentary work. Editing HDV material in Final Cut.

Fee negotiable plus travel/living expenses and accommodations. Could eventually be an ongoing position depending on funding. Prefer someone within a 1000-mile vicinity of Cleveland (i.e. New York).

Please email resume to:

You can read about my other work here:

Synopsis of current documentary available upon request.

Boyd McCollum

Hi Laura, do you want the AE to transcribe the interviews? I'm sure that will take much more time...

Laura Moire Paglin

No. The idea would be to come up with the best system so we can train interns to do the actual grunt work. For example, should they be given clones of QT files? How will they log the time code? etc.

Laura Moire Paglin

But if anyone has a better idea on how to start organizing a project for an editor before you can afford to pay one, please let me know!

Robert Goodman

Your best solution is to get all 200 hours onto hard drives. Then make clones of sections of the materials that can be loaded into an edit system so people have control over the material. Let them make subclips with notes about the material. The transcript project should be done by a professional who can insert time code into the documents. That said, I wouldn't bother with transcripts of all the material. Too expensive. Just transcribe the 20% that may make it into the film.

Laura Moire Paglin

Robert – thanks for responding. I'm going to post my question and response to yours in the editing section.

Fredric Lean

what would be the best options in terms of camera to shoot a shoestring budget documentary which requires a lot of outdoor shootings following a subject discreetly in different local public places and some indoors for interviews- (pretty much guerilla/ news style)?

here are the options:
-Panasonic DVX 100b
-Panasonic AG-HVX200(P2 cards + camera =outside our budget range-unless somone knows a great place to buy it cheap)
- Sony HDR-FX1 (someone told me good but not so great)
-Sony HVR-A1U
-Sony HVR-Z1U

now i have been told, since the film style will be pretty much hidden camera style (almost) , to use may be a high end HD consumer camera so i can hide it even in pocket.
does anyone know anything about the quality of these cameras below:
-Panasonic HDC-HS9 (HD & 24p)
Canon HV20 HDV (HD & 24p)
Panasonic AG-HSC1
Sony HDR-CX7

any suggestions or help?

thank you

Christopher Wong

it's nice that IDFA wants to do this, but c'mon, that's friggin expensive. first and second time directors who are currently in the midst of producing their films do NOT have the money to jaunt off to amsterdam for a bit of mentorship. to go from the u.s., you'd have to spend about $2500-$3000 for tuition, airfare, and accomodations. no IDFA Summer School for me.

Matt Dubuque


This might well be a question for the mentoring section.

That said, the Canon HV20 is probably the best disposable high definition camcorder you can buy. Because of its plastic parts, it is unlikely to last you much more than one film. But for what it is, a disposable HD camcorder, it can't be beat. It has a very nice lens and superior image stabilization. Ranked as product of the year (2007) by Videomaker magazine.

Matt Dubuque

I must add that one nearly fatal flaw in the Canon HV 20 is the sound. In my book, any camcorder that uses mini-jacks for its mike inputs is completely unacceptable for almost all serious work by any documentary professional.

You can, however, bring the sound quality of the HV20 up to a level that will be acceptable to the vast majority of viewers by using good mikes connected to an XLR adapter (such as a Beachtek). That XLR adapter then plugs directly into the HV 20.

Nigel Walker

Matt, I was interested to know how you went about getting permission to film in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Joe Moulins

An XLR adapter will do nothing to improve sound quality for an HV20, or any camcorder. The adapter plugs into the mini-jack, so you're still dealing with that bottleneck. Plus, you're adding another noisy connection to the path between mic and tape, and the pots in the adapter itself which will get dirty and add their own noise. In fact, even when they're not dirty they're pretty noisy.

There are some decent mics available (Rode, Sennheiser,?) with 1/8 inch plugs. I'd go with one of those, or record audio to a separate recorder altogether.

Matt Dubuque

Thanks for the clear thinking Joe!

Nigel, one of the qualifications for being a Member here is that I need to be of demonstrable use and benefit to the professional documentary community. As things appear to stand now, I need to wait until completion of one of my films before I am granted membership. Unfortunately for me, that will be next year.

I do not object to that requirement. I am willing to play by the rules; that's fine. I am not complaining about the rules and I am not attempting to change them.

If you can assist me in becoming a member sooner, then I am willing to share what I know about this with you and others immediately upon receipt of Group Membership. I am aware this decision is not up to you.

As a member, you have much more power in this group than I do. You have access to all sorts of discussions that I am not privy to, that I would benefit enormously from.

Until that fine day when I become a member, I have to zealously guard certain crown jewels which I do possess. Otherwise I would be at a complete and absolute disadvantage to every member here.

Nothing personal at all. It's just part of paying my dues.

Very best wishes to you.

Fredric Lean

Hi Matt,

Thank you for the info. I am going to post the question on mentoring as per your suggestion. This is one crew person filmmaker who is trying to reach a professional as much as he can. so any help about shooting tips (camera, cinematography, sound) is VERY VERY welcome! :-))
Thanks for your support.

Nigel Walker

No worries Matt. The question comes from just an inherent interest for 'all things production' in the Middle East. I worked there for a few years and wondered if there had been any significant changes in access to Mecca. You stated you are a newcomer and I was impressed that you had this kind of access, the assumption I made was that you weren't affiliated with any large media group. I wasn't looking for any hard earned personal contacts just some basics, in the past we used crews out of Egypt because it was difficult to get any non-muslim producers into Mecca. I should have phrased the question differently, apologies. My days working in the Middle East are, in all likelihood, over.

You are right in assuming that I have no influence here and can do nothing to help you become a member quicker, I'll leave that to Doug and the more senior members here who have invested years of their lives creating this invaluable resource and support network.

I will say this though, it surprises me how little the mentoring section is used by enthusiasts, you mention you are not privy to a wealth of information, I disagree, all you have to do is ask a question, the members are incredibly generous with their time and advice.

Lenville O'Donnell

In reply to Matt Dubuque's post on Sun 24 Feb 2008 :
Matt, I may be speaking out of school here, as I'm a fairly new member and not one of the hosts. This forum is, in my limited experience (though I have read every post since the beginning and found a wealth of useful information) one that is, almost above all, based on a selfless spirit of generosity and community. Established filmmakers help each other, and they also help newcomers to the field in public forums, such as this one. I haven't seen any quid pro quo requests here... if someone requests information or assistance the response is always generous and unqualified. Paying it forward, to use a trite phrase. I should think that your providing a member with requested information would be automatic and not come attached with conditions. You could request the member's e-mail and provide the info in private if you did not want to share your "crown jewels" with the public (members do this all the time). It's only my way of thinking, but if you demonstrated through your posts in the public threads that you could indeed be a productive participant in this little village by EXCHANGING information unconditionally with both members and enthusiasts in an intelligent, thoughtful, and professional manner, it might very well accelerate your admission as a member even though you are an inexperienced filmmaker. Food for thought. And don't get me wrong: it's great to have you here participating.

Felix Endara


DocuClub is pleased to announce its participation in the 2008 SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival with an “In-the-Works” program.

The deadline for submissions is APRIL 18, 2008. SILVERDOCS takes place June 16-23, just outside Washington DC. For more information about the Festival, go to:

DocuClub is currently accepting submissions for an “In-the-Works” program at SILVERDOCS. The “In-the-Works” program offers filmmakers a safe environment to screen a rough-cut of their documentaries before an audience of their peers and lovers of the form. The audience is encouraged to give constructive feedback about the structure, content, characters and clarity of the film in a post-screening discussion facilitated by an experienced filmmaker.

Past films that have screened “In-the-Works” include BORN INTO BROTHELS, METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER, and THE BOYS OF BARAKA, which won an Audience Award at SILVERDOCS.

Submission requirements for the “In-the-Works” program at SILVERDOCS include the following:

• Films must be in rough cut stage and thus ready to be screened;
• Films must be no longer than 90 minutes and no less than 45 minutes;
• Filmmaker should be able to articulate specific challenges that you wish to workshop.

To apply, please mail a clearly labeled DVD screener to the address below. (Please note that your screener will not be returned unless you provide a SASE.) :

Felix Endara
Filmmaker Services Coordinator
Arts Engine. Inc.
104 W. 14th St. 4th floor
New York, NY 10011


For more information, contact:
Felix Endara
(646) 230-6368 x 221

Mercy Murugi

I introduced myself, now let me introduce Ginger Ink Films.

Ginger Ink is a film and television production company based in Nairobi, Kenya and, as you will see from the following, we give creative input and practical support for any production from commercials through to documentaries and feature films filmed all over Africa.

• We have recently filmed documentaries for such clients as Crocs Inc in Malawi, “Soles United in Africa”,
and DHL in South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana;
• Facilitated crew and equipment in Ethiopia on the feature film, “The Athlete”, for the German-based Grand Hotel Pictures/Invicta Entertainment, which will be released in 2008;
• Filmed and produced television shows for National Geographic – “Hunter, Hunted” & “Is it Real?” ; the Travel Channel – “Stranded with Cash Peters”, and Virgin Media TV – “Take Me to the Edge” , the latter of which is to be shown in the UK in July 2008;
• Produced commercials for the African market for blue chip companies as Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser and Diageo and have a team of producers, directors, cameramen, soundmen, art department, location scouts and managers, casting agents, assistant directors, production assistants, grip and lighting crew, etc.

We also have inhouse camera and sound equipment. Grip and lighting equipment can be hired in Kenya.

For your next project in Africa, give us a shout.



Robert Richter

Kenya has been one of my all time favorite places.
Nowadays it seems to be in a big storm?

Matt Dubuque

Thanks Nigel-

I'm not complaining. But I think it would be incorrect to state that being a Member is identical to not being a member.

I remember as a law student the first time I entered the Stanford Law Library. The wealth of information there is staggering. The general public is not allowed in, for good reason.

But being allowed to study in those stacks of 18th and 19th century books, where the majority of thoughts are in complete paragraphs, was a revelation indeed.

And I have lots of questions about Vertov. For example, what influence did his films have on the very famous German actress Leni Riefenstahl before she started directing many years later? She must have seen his films; they were a smash in Europe. What influence did Vertov have on Bunuel?

And James Longley (member and 3 time Academy award nominee) is the only person I know of who has spent 2 years in Russia absolutely immersed in Soviet montage. I know he's a member here, but I've never seen him post in the Mentoring section. And I'm sure he has the kind of deep, specialized knowledge I seek.

I'm not being ungrateful or complaining. I'm simply able to make distinctions between my specialized inquiries and the general needs of others.

If you are ever at the SF Doc-u-Link I'd love to meet you.

And I'm glad you understand my point about crown jewels, even if others do not. One thing I can say, for me it just seems essential to have an Islamic film crew filming in Saudi Arabia, especially given what I intend to film there. All my analysis starts from there.

Mercy Murugi

In reply to Robert Richter's post on Fri 29 Feb 2008 :


The big storm slowed to a tiny squall. Now it looks like it's a beautiful breeze!

Things have gotten back to normal(what is normal anyway?)... and i have a deep-seated feeling that they will stay so.

Le Sheng Liu

Hey everyone I'm helping out with marketing and distribution for this feature documentary "Rapping With Shakespeare." Directed by Emmy Award-winner Michael King, it tells the story of how five Crenshaw High School students integrate Shakespearean literature with modern day urban music culture to express adolescence in South Central LA. We had a sold-out debut in Wisconsin and our next screening will be at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. Any support or help getting the word out on this project would be greatly appreciated!!!

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Robert Richter

I sincerely hope you are right! I look forward to another visit, and this time a side trip to Lamu.