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Erica Ginsberg

Docs In Progress Rough Cut Screening in Washington DC Friday, July 10
Join us for a screening and feedback session for the following films:

BACK UP! concrete diaries (15 minute excerpt)
by Monique Hazeur and Nijla Mumin
Sidewalks, street crossings, corridors, and hallways are hostile territory where women and girls experience verbal assault from men on a daily basis. How are women fighting back and defining their own personal and public spaces?

KEEPING THE KIBBUTZ (60 minute rough cut)
by Ben Crosbie and Tessa Moran
An examination of the challenges of a community in transition from the perspective of members of an Israeli kibbutz who are facing the inevitable end of their communal living experience.

Friday, July 10, 2009
7:00-10:00 pm

George Washington University Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st Street, NW (corner of 21st and H Streets)
Auditorium B-07 (one floor down from street level)
Washington DC 20052

$5 suggested donation. Cash only at the door or order tickets online in advance. Visit our website at to order tickets in advance.

Special thanks to The Documentary Center at George Washington University for sponsoring our Washington DC screenings.

Reva Goldberg

Film Fellowship Opportunity, Cinereach's Reach Film Fellowship

Deadline July 15th

The Reach Film Fellowship is a granting program supporting filmmakers who have recently completed a film studies program (or who have an equally rigorous, self-taught background) and are producing socially relevant short films.

Four fellows are selected per year to receive a $5,000 grant, production support from sponsors, mentorship, workshops, career coaching and industry exposure.

Every year, one fellow is awarded an additional achievement award of $5,000 for his/her next film, or for the distribution and exhibition of his or her Reach film.

In 2009, we will consider applications from filmmakers who have (or will have) graduated from film school in 2008 or 2009, and who will live or stay in the New York Tri-State Area during the course of the Fellowship cycle. Self-taught filmmakers, please email us to discuss your eligibility.

Irene Herrera

Global Lives South-Central Asia shoot: Seeking collaborators

The Global Lives Project is planning a shoot in South-Central Asia for August/September 2009. We will be recording the life story and 24 hours in the life of an as-yet-to-be-selected person from one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan. The subject will be age 10 or younger and will come from a religious community outside of the world’s major religions. See the subject selection page on the Global Lives website for more details on the proposed subject profile.

We are a nonprofit educational arts organization with more than 250 collaborators in 8 countries and we are looking for volunteers in South-Central Asia to participate in the project. While participation will not be remunerated, the project offers broad, worldwide exposure for collaborators’ work and the opportunity to be a part of a growing and dynamic collective of creative and socially-minded filmmakers. While our current priority is to find a Producer, we need all of the following types of people and organizations:

Partner institutions – We are looking to partner with a university’s communications department, a museum, a video production studio, or any other cultural institution interested in being involved in the shoot from start to finish, and also with organizing an exhibition in the future.
Co-director/producer – Involved in subject selection process from the beginning, making preparations for shoot on the ground. Approximately 6-8 days total of time commitment including preparations and shoot. Also involved in post-production.

Camera operator – Commitment for the day of the shoot only + transportation time. Works usually in 2-person teams for 8-hour shifts.

Photographer – Day of shoot only + transport, 8 or 12-hour shifts.
Production assistant (good position for a film student) – Providing support throughout selection process to the director/producers with preparations for shoot. Commitment to assist with post-production also helpful.

Interpreter/translator – Needed for the day of the shoot as well as for pre- and post-production.

Crew Members
We already have three experienced Global Lives Project volunteers ready to join with local collaborators to produce the shoot:

Nobuhiro Awata
Nobuhiro Awata is an experienced video producer and director, photographer and audio technician. Born and raised in Japan, Nobuhiro lived in New York City for five years and now is living in Taipei where he is studying for a degree in Computer Science. Nobuhiro was a co-Producer of the Global Lives Japan shoot in 2007 and a camera operator and still photographer for the Global Lives China shoot in 2008.

Chieko Kato
Chieko Kato is from a small, traditional city called Takayama in the mountains of Japan. From a young age Chieko was eager to see the world, and made it her mission to travel at every chance she gets. In between extended bouts of travel, she studied commercial photography and worked for 5 years in New York as a freelance photographer, photographer’s assistant, and photo retoucher. In 2007, she returned to Japan and has been working as a freelance photographer, producer and interpreter for small video shoots, and as a studio assistant. She participated in the Global Lives Japan shoot in 2007, as a still photographer and production assistant and again as a still photographer on the Global Lives China shoot in 2008.

Hes Mundt
Hes has been a freelance cameraman for 19 years, working for Dutch National TV and public stations like the VPRO, NPS. He has shot a number of documentaries on political subjects and music. Hes was a cameraman on the Global Lives Serbia shoot in 2009.

Local team members will also be asked to provide camera and sound equipment.
To find out more, check out our website at and send an email to production [at] globallives [dot] org. Emails will be understood easily if sent in English, Russian, Spanish or French. If you can translate this email to any other language, please do and send it along freely!

Felix Endara

DocuClub CALL-FOR-ENTRIES: September 2009

DocuClub is seeking submissions for 2009.

Every month at DocuClub a filmmaker presents a rough cut of her film to DocuClub members and the public. A facilitated discussion follows each screening. Past films that have been shown at DocuClub include "Born Into Brothels" (Academy Award for Best Documentary, 2004), "Prodigal Sons" (Telluride Film Festival 2008), and "Disturbing the Universe: Radical Lawyer William Kunstler" (Sundance Film Festival 2009).

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 95 minutes and no less than 45 minutes.
  • They have specific challenges that you wish to workshop.

We're specifically looking for a rough cut to show at our September screening on Wednesday, September 30. Please note that the screening will take place in New York.

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.)

Felix Endara
Filmmaker Services Coordinator
Arts Engine, Inc.
104 West 14th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10011

Christopher Allen

The UnionDocs Collaborative:
A new program for non-fiction media research and group production.


The UnionDocs Collaborative (UDC) is a one to two-year program for twelve emerging media producers, theorists, and curators. It is both a rigorous platform for exploring contemporary approaches to the documentary arts and a process for developing an innovative group project. The program focuses on providing what we believe are the most effective educational resources for individuals at the beginning of their careers:

* direct contact and structured exchange with visiting artists.
* exposure to a wide variety of practices and models.
* dynamic interaction among a network of talented peers.
* regular group critique sessions.
* mentorship toward the production of an original work.
* exposure through a toured exhibition and/or publication.

The UDC has been set up to be affordable and scheduled for individuals who may need to work full-time or freelance while being involved in the program. It offers an intensive learning experience at a price that one might expect to pay for just a single credit at a university. While the UDC may have many parallels to parts of a masters program, it is designed to be an alternative-approach that focuses on inspiration from working artists and self-organization within a group, rather than a teacher-led environment. The UDC does not grant degrees or certificates; instead, the completion of an excellent collaborative project is the goal.

For some, participation in the program may lead to further study. For others, it may lead to independent projects or the beginnings of careers within the industry. For all, it is an unparalleled immersion in the expansive field of non-fiction media and art.

Masterclasses and Events

The twelve carefully-selected participants in the UDC have open access to all UnionDocs public screenings, lectures, exhibitions, workshops, and resources. Over the course of the year beginning in September, participants also attend private masterclasses with over thirty visiting artists. These artists represent a broad range of work in non-fiction film, radio, photography and interactive documentary. In these private meetings, the visiting artist shares the detailed history of a particular project from both a practical and a theoretical perspective and then enters into an extended discussion with the group. When appropriate, visiting artists may also offer critiques of works-in-progress by participants of the UDC. Based on individual initiative and with support from the Program Director and the UnionDocs staff, participants may curate public events, bringing the artists of their choice for masterclasses and presentations. Check back soon for a growing list of confirmed masterclasses and screenings for Fall 2009.


The program also facilitates the production of an annual project, a unique collaborative documentary work, offering a way for the group to author individual pieces within the context of a larger framework. The annual project approaches a singular subject from multiple perspectives, following multiple stories, and containing work in multiple media, which may included critical writing or curatorial work. The structure is left open to reflect the interests and talents of the individual participants. The process for developing this work is led by a Mentor with expertise in both non-fiction media and collaborative structures. The final manifestation of the whole project will vary from year to year as a suitable constellation of formats are chosen by the Mentor and Executive Director; one year's project might be a DVD and book, another might end up as an installation and a website. All projects will be shown first at UnionDocs and then designed to be reproducible and seek broader channels of distribution.

View Program Details and Online application.
Deadline for resident applications Aug. 31st.

Marj Safinia

IDA is doing an upcoming Doc-U session on getting the best score for your film on Thursday 23rd July at the Kodak Screening Room in Hollywood. Miriam Cutler will be talking about the process from the perspective of the composer, the filmmaker and the editor. Promises to be very educational. Tickets sell early and space is very limited, so if you're in the market to learn more about composing and music for docs, I encourage you to attend.

Sara Jane Keskula

The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture is excited to announce this year's conference program has been posted at: We hope all of you Documentary professionals will join us in Boston.

Some not to be missed highlights include:

  • Opening reception at the MIT Museum's Connections exhibit that explores the social potential of new communication technologies.
  • Thomas Allen Harris' Digital Diaspora Family Reunion taps into a vast network of black photographic archives across the nation to bring a fresh look at African-American history and community.
  • Hands-on workshops offer skills in fundraising, leadership, advocacy, audience-building, and social media.
  • A Media and Arts Town Hall Meeting convenes us to clarify our priorities for policy advocacy.
  • Open Space sessions offer opportunities for you to convene discussions on the hot topics you are eager to discuss with your peers

Join a dynamic and diverse group of veteran and emerging leaders, practitioners, and thinkers in the media and visual arts for an event chock full of big ideas, exciting connections, and opportunities for collaboration.

Register before Early Bird deadline July 22 and save:

Shelley Chance

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Amy Korngiebel

IDA DocuWeeks call for volunteers!

The International Documentary Association is seeking energetic and motivated individuals to volunteer at the 13th Annual DocuWeeks Theatrical Documentary Showcase in Los Angeles from July 30th – August 20th at the ArcLight Hollywood.

If you’re interested in joining our team, and are available anytime between July 30th – August 20th, click the link for more info: