or you can email me. Please do not merely reply as a post here as I don't check these forums daily. Thanks!!!
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"A powerful seminar that was jam packed with great information from the first hour to the closing night. Barely three months later I am now in production directing my first feature length documentary thanks to their guidance and wisdom." Shane Harvey, Producer/Director, Vancouver
As spring brings awakens creativity in all of us, we here at The Documentary Film Makers Course give you not one, but two, chances to get your non-fiction storytelling juices flowing. Filmmaker, consultant and author of The Documentary Film Makers Handbook, Andrew Zinnes gives you tips and advice on how to get your film MADE and how to avoid TRAPS.
Times and dates below. Go to http://www.script-tonic.com or call 310-941-2168 for more information or to register.
When: April 26-27, 2008, 9AM-6PM
Where: Filmmakers Alliance, 1030 W. Hillcrest Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90301
Price: $299 (organization and student discounts available – call for more info)
When: May 3-4, 2008 10AM-6PM
Where: East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison St., Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $299 (organization and student discounts available – call for more info)
DocuClub, a New York-based film series of works-in-progress documentaries, is seeking submissions for 2008.
The format of DocuClub is to screen a rough cut and to have a moderator facilitate a discussion of the film between filmmaker and audience. Past films that have been screened at DocuClub include "Born Into Brothels," "The Boys of Baraka," and "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster."
DocuClub is accepting entries that fit the following criteria:
- They are in the rough cut stage and thus ready to be screened
- They are no longer than 120 minutes and no less than 45 minutes
- They have specific challenges that you wish to workshop
If you would like to be considered, 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.)
Membership in DocuClub includes free admission to all our events. To join, please go to: www.artsengine.net/store/#tools_consul
Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.
FREE Screening: Cynthia Wade's FREEHELD, The New School, April 11
The New School presents
The Sixth Annual Dorothy H. Hirshon Film Festival – Vision and Risk: The Films of Cynthia Wade
Date: April 11, 2008
7:00 p.m., with panel discussion and reception to follow
66 W. 12th Street, New York City
Free and Open to the Public
Screening and Discussion: FREEHELD, winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject
FREEHELD chronicles Detective Lieutenant Laurel Hesterâ€™s struggle to transfer her pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree. With less than six months to live, Laurel refuses to back down when the elected officials of Ocean County, New Jersey, deny her request to leave her pension to her partner, an option granted only to heterosexual married couples. FREEHELD captures the media frenzy and passionate advocacy campaign spurred by Laurelâ€™s plight; it also tells the quieter, personal story of the deep love between Laurel and Stacie as they face the reality of losing each other, creating a powerful, nuanced study of a grassroots fight for justice.
YIKES! MIAMI-AREA DP / CAMERA OP NEEDED IN A HURRY!
Just received an opportunity for a talking-head intvw with a movie star that's very pertinent to my doc. It's in Miami Beach, this week, probably during business hours. Only about one hour of actual intvw, but then set-up and breakdown on top of the one hour.
If anyone fits this bill, is a DP with professional credits and his/her own camera (Sony DVCam preferred) and light kit, drop me a line at:
cultmovies [at] hotmail [dot] com
This is for an in-production feature-length doc that already has some interest from cable and has other movie-star intvws in the can.
Can anyone recommend a production fixer in Peshawar Pakistan.
Contact D-Word Members Cameron Hickey and Lauren Feeney. They shot close to the Afghan border in Pakistan. Maybe they can help?
The Utopia Film Festival, a community festival for which I have been serving as Program Director, is now accepting submissions. Would love to see any D-Worder submissions. No premiere requirements and we do accept films made within the past two years. Here's our blurb...
The Utopia Film Festival showcases short and feature-length works which entertain and enlighten audiences of all ages. Fiction, Documentaries, Animations, Music Videos, and Experimental Films are all welcome. This year's festival will take place from October 24-26, 2008 in Greenbelt, Maryland.
The Utopia Film Festival is an annual cinematic event, now in its fourth year. It reflects the utopian ideals of Greenbelt, Maryland – one of America's first planned communities. Located between the urban centers of Washington DC and Baltimore, Maryland, Greenbelt was designed and built under the Roosevelt Administration's New Deal Federal Works Program in the 1930s. It remains a vibrant community and its historic city center (where many of the festival events take place) has been designated a national historic district.
While we encourage all submissions, these are special strands which we have planned for 2008:
UTOPIAN VISIONS: Films which address themes of community building, promoting diversity, bettering social and economic conditions, or preserving the environment.
KID VIDS: Family-friendly animated or live-action works. Films produced by children and teenagers are especially encouraged.
HALLOWEEN SCREEN: Since our festival coincides with the week of Halloween, we welcome submissions of serious or spoofy horror films appropriate for the season.
Submit now to take advantage of the early bird discount rate on submission fees.
Early-Bird Deadline: April 25, 2008
Regular Deadline: June 13, 2008
Late Deadline: July 1, 2008
Looking for a cinematographer in Minneapolis/St. Paul to film one interview and possibly broll of a rally for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Prior interviews were shot on a Sony HDV camera – would prefer to keep this look. Shooting date will be either April 10th or 11th. Please contact me for more information: email@example.com.
Looking for a cinematographer in Los Angeles to film an interview for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Prior interviews were shot on a Sony HVR VIU and we want to keep a consistent look. Would like to use natural light as much as possible, but anticipate using lights as well. It should be a half day shoot on April 13th – there is some flexibility. Please contact me for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I just wanted to let you know about an opportunity for anyone who's
interested to create a financed short that could broadcast nationally
on PBS. The WGBH Lab has joined with P.O.V. and is seeking compelling
pitches for video shorts about the 2008 Election. If selected,
producers receive $2,000 production funds, get feedback from industry
professionals, and their work may be broadcast nationally. The
deadline for pitches is May 2nd, 2008.
If you'd like to submit a pitch or want more information, visit:
I don't know if this is the right section, but for all that are interested:
My name is Christian Kragh and I'm a freelance Flash designer/developer. I create full Flash websites and am interested in creating websites for films as well. In the past, I've mostly designed sites for portfolios, galleries, artists and photographers, that type of thing. But I want to expand and think film sites can be really great. My website is at http://www.christiankragh.com – please contact me if you are interested at ckragh – at – gmail – dot – com – I don't think I'll be checking d-word so often.
Hi my name is Karen and I'm a freelance web designer, I offer affordable websites, and interest free financing is available. These are tough times and Filmmakers don't have a large budget. I just completed film site that will play at the Newport Beach film festival.
Hello! Does anyone know of any New York-based documentary film makers with internship opportunities? I am looking for some hands-on experience before i attend the Maine Media Workshop's four-week documentary film making course this summer (August). Thank you for any advice or suggestions you can share with me: email@example.com. Best regards, Cynthia
I just sent you an email, Cynthia. Your timing is good.
Subtitling job for a German speaker:
Someone wants to have his late father's video Holocaust testimony subtitled from German to English. The interview has already been transcribed and translated. Length is 1:43.
Having just worked with subtitles myself, I know that it works better when the subtitler speaks the native language. That's why I'm passing up this opportunity.
It would be easiest if the editor lives in the States, since the tapes are in NY, but an accomodation could probably be reached if this is not the case.
Please contact me if interested.
I am looking for a group to view my film. I am just finishing editing it. (I think, LOL) I did a private viewing a couple of weeks ago and made some adjustments and now I would like to screen it again. If anyone is in the Providence/Boston/Conn area and would provide a place to screen it and up to 10 or 15 people to critique it I would be greatly in your debt. (Basically I can go anyplace driving distance,any day, as long as I can make it back to work the next morning)
I am not offering money, just an opportunity to watch a film and network. Just a little background, This is my first film and I did not get any grants.
For more background on the film please go to my website at
Hi there! I'm about to graduate from college (University of Virginia) and am looking for either an editing internship or, better yet, assistant editorship. I've sent out 30-odd emails, queries, demos, and resumes, but I imagine I have another 100-odd to go. Any recommendations for post houses to get my start in editing?
My demo is online at youtube.com/user/xtinatracik
email is firstname.lastname@example.org
ANY suggestions are welcome! (Hey, I hear Starbucks has pretty good benefits these days, too...)
RoleModel Enterprises is casting for a series of very Short Films (total of 70-80 minutes): "Budget Justified." Filming will be in the June time frame in Vienna, VA. We will work with your schedule if possible.
Looking for "Alan"â€”male, white, thirties or forties, funny guy who works for the federal government. (Major Role)
"Tim"â€”male, white, forties or fifties, funny guy with an attitude who works for the federal government. (Supporting Role)
â€œBarryâ€ â€“male, white, forties to sixties, an unfriendly middle manager (minor role)
â€œGigiâ€ â€“female, forties to sixties, a dumpy but nice lower manager (minor role)
â€œJeffâ€ â€“male, forties to fifties, a nice yes-man in lower management (minor role)
â€œGeorgeâ€ â€“male, white, forties to sixties, a grouchy yes-man in lower management (minor role)
â€œBrianâ€ â€“male, thirties, husband to main character (minor role)
â€œYvetteâ€ â€“female, white, twenties, office worker, speaks a few words in French (minor role)
â€œJaneâ€ â€“ female, thirties, attractive, professional
Please be prepared to do a monologue (not to exceed two minutes), and/or complete a cold read at the audition.
This is unfortunately for no pay, BUT we will provide a COPY of the finished film, all the FOOD you can EAT, and a LEARNING EXPERIENCE you will never forget!!
If successful, there will be an opportunity for paid appearances at RoleModel Enterprises evening events starting in September.
Contact Information: roleModelEnterprises@gmail.com
In reply to Christina Tkacik's post on Mon 14 Apr 2008 :
Please check this job internship announcement.
INTERNSHIP JOB DESCRIPTION for RoleModel Enterprises
Job title: Internet video producer
Job description: Since RoleModel Enterprises is a small company, you will have the opportunity to take on as much responsibility as you would like. You will have the creative freedom to impact the company with your own ideas. Part of the job will be to learn about anything you might need to do the job.
Job duties: Depending upon the candidateâ€™s skills, the job duties will encompass a subset of the following tasks. Some of the skill sets necessary for the tasks will be taught on the job if necessary.
Creating stories for new media
â€¢ Video logging and editing
â€¢ Creating a plan for story distribution using social networking sites, text messages, etc.
â€¢ Creating web site content, blogs, vlogs, podcasts, etc.
â€¢ Operate video camera at networking events
â€¢ Ecommerce web site design
Ideal candidate: Has an entrepreneurial spirit, is creative, willing to try out different ideas, and likes working with web technology. Must be familiar with video editing software and comfortable operating a small digital video camera. Also should be familiar with Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, and other new media capabilities. Experience with web site design is a plus, but not required.
About the company: RoleModel Enterprises is located in Vienna, Virginia (one mile from the Vienna metro station). It is a startup dedicated to getting more positive role models featured in entertainment and news stories in new media.
RoleModel Enterprises puts on structured social/educational networking events for people interested in putting positive role models in new media. RoleModel Enterprises creates and distributes fiction and nonfiction stories about role models in written, audio, and video form.
About the CEO: Lisa Schaefer has worked in the technology sector for various government contractors and has mentored interns for several summers. She taught statistics courses for non-math majors at American and Marymount Universities. Dr. Schaefer is the author of Grassroot Hollywood: Brand Yourself as a Role Model in New Media, a book about using a grassroots movement and new technology to put role modelsâ€™ stories in new media. She serves on the board of several service organizations, hosts Fairfax County public access cable shows, and speaks at conferences. She has taken several graduate level video production courses and has participated in several novel writers workshops.
How to apply: Send a resume and cover letter to RoleModelEnterprises@gmail.com
Need Funding for Your Project? Get Grants From Foundations and the Govt. w/ IPF Fiscal Sponsorship
FREE: We would like to give guys a free add on so when you call please mention The D-Word and we will give you online donation acceptance with credit card processing free for six months.
Hey guys, we are the Independent Production Fund, an NYC-based non-profit documentary production company with 20 years of experience in cable and public television. Our mission is to assist filmmakers who focus on important stories and subjects in achieving their visions; because these films often have a tremendous impact on their audience and our world.
Because we know that many on The D-Word are working on great projects that are struggling for funding we would like to invite you to apply to our expanding Fiscal Sponsorship program. This will give you access to foundation grants and government funding that is unavailable to individuals and for profit production companies. I would like to emphasize we are not a school or a membership association but a professional production company with a dedicated, experienced staff that understands every step of acquiring public funds because we use them in our own projects.
Some of you may be experienced filmmakers who are just looking for a like-minded organization to act as a conduit for your funds and we can accommodate that. However if you are not as experienced with public sector fundraising we can help you every step of the way with a full range of services like fundraising (and production) consultation, financial management, online credit card donation processing and discounted rentals (including equipment, Avid suites and meeting space).
Take a look at http://www.IPFMEDIA.org/fiscalsponsorship to see the depth and breadth of the programs we have produced and the kinds of services we can offer your production.
Here is our press release: http://www.ipdgroup.com/pr-news/10125-six-time-emmy-winner-starts-program-to-help-independent-filmmakers
Thanks for taking the time to read this and we look forward to working with you on your next project.
Fiscal Sponsorship Coordinator
The Independent Production Fund
Docs In Progress is seeking submissions for our summer and fall works-in-progress screenings.
We screen documentary rough cuts six times a year in Washington DC and once a year in Baltimore, MD. These screenings are attended by the general public and include a moderated feedback session with the audience. There is currently no fee to submit, although all accepted filmmakers must be willing to attend the screening at their own travel expense. Screenings are usually held on a weeknight.
For our next program in Washington DC (Tuesday, June 10), we are accepting documentary rough cuts which are shorter than 30 minutes. For our July, September, October, and November programs, we will accept submissions of any length. While we accept submissions on a rolling basis, to be considered for the June program, we will need to receive your submission by April 30.
Click here for more information on how to submit.
These screenings are organized by Docs In Progress. Location sponsors are The Documentary Center at the George Washington University (Washington DC) and the Creative Alliance (Baltimore).
Calling New York City's Finest Filmmakers and Supporters of Youth Film!
Want to know what your fellow filmmakers have been up to this year? Want to meet and mingle with leaders in the filmmaking, social issue, and education arenas? Want to show off the cool new projects youâ€™ve been working with?
Come and join the party!
To celebrate the rich breadth of youth making social issue films in New York City, Arts Engine and the Tribeca Film Institute are putting together a bash to honor and encourage youth-produced media dedicated to documenting issues of great importance in our world today.
Making Media That Matters: A Celebration will feature a variety of Media That Matters shorts that highlight the role of youth in producing and promoting socially conscious media, with food and refreshments provided!
We invite educators, activists, and filmmakers of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience to join us in appreciating the role of youth-produced media in exploring and changing our world.
More about TFI Youth Screening Series
The TFI Youth Screening Series is a yearlong presentation of films that serves NYC youth and educators with access to free, relevant programming. The aim of the program is to spark debate and galvanize awareness and action in young people around the issues that are affecting them.
The event will take place on April 25th from 5-8pm at DCTV on 87 Lafayette Street. Space is limited, so please email email@example.com to RSVP or with any questions you may have.
We hope to see you there!
We're looking for a good English-speaking production company or freelancers in Taiwan to help film a corporate commercial May 14-16.
We will need an HD camera package, sound, gaffer, etc..
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.