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Nicole Opper

Hi D-Word friends: I'm looking to rent out my edit suite which I won't be in need of for at least another six months. I'm also open to bartering for access to a good HD camera kit (ideally the Panasonic HVX200) since I'll be back in production mode soon. Thank you!

A list of the goods (all bought a year ago and in top condition):

MacPro 8-core Two 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon/2GB/GeForce 8800
GT/320GB/16x Superdrive/Bluetooth
Dual Samsung 245T Syncmaster 24” LCD Monitors
Sony HVR-M15U 1080i HDV VTR (DV Deck)
Internal 1.5TB RAID media drive 6GB Mac Pro 800MHz RAM
Edirol MA-15DBLK Digital Monitors/Speakers
APC Back-UPS 1500VA LCD 120V
Canon Canoscan LIDE90USB Color Flatbed Scanner
Lightscribe DVD burner
Applecare for Mac Pro
Airport Wireless Card for Mac Pro
All necessary cables

Software includes:
Apple Final Cut Studio 2 / Final Cut 6.0.3
Cinema Tools
Soundtrack Pro
DVD Studio Pro, Toast, DiscLabel
Photoshop CS3, After Effects CS3, Illustrator CS3
Microsoft Office

I can also throw in a big sturdy desk and comfortable swivel chair! And I will deliver it to you myself. I also have a lot of production equipment I won't be needing for awhile too, including a DVX camera,
if anyone's interested.

Please email to negotiate rates!

Felix Endara

DocuClub in November!

Once again, we are thrilled to partner with Tribeca All Access for our November DocuClub. The screening will take place on Wednesday, November 18, 7 p.m., at the Tribeca Cinemas, located at 54 Varick Street (corner of Laight, on block below Canal). You can take the 1, A, C, E, trains to Canal Street.

We will screen a rough cut of BEIJING TAXI by Miao Wang. The feature-length documentary vividly portrays the ancient capital of China going through a profound transformational arch. Through a humanistic lens, the intimate lives of three taxi drivers thread through the morphing city of Beijing confronted with modern issues and changing values. Though each faced with their own struggles with modernity, the three characters radiate a warm sense of humanity. With stunning imagery of Beijing combined with a contemporary score rich in atmosphere, the audience experiences a visceral sense of the common citizens’ persistent attempts to grasp the elusive. Its society is living through enormous contradictions adjusting to a new capitalist system from a Communist-ruled and educated society. BEIJING TAXI uses the Olympic games as the backdrop for the film. The Olympics is the biggest metaphor and China’s coming-out party to mark this era of China in transition. Candid and perceptive in its filming approach and highly cinematic and moody in style, BEIJING TAXI takes us on a lyrical journey into fragments of a society riding the bumpy roads to modernization. Though the destination is unknown, they continue to forge ahead.

Born and raised in Beijing, Director Miao Wang immigrated to the United States in 1990. Her first documentary, YELLOW OX MOUNTAIN, has screened at over twenty festivals, received a Best Short Film Award and a broadcast on WNET Thirteen. Wang has worked as an assistant at Maysles Films, and has edited documentaries for PBS and programs for National Geographic. For BEIJING TAXI, Wang has received grants from the Sundance Documentary Fund, the Jerome Foundation, and the New York State Council for the Arts. She has participated in the IFP Filmmaker’s Lab, Tribeca All Access, and Independent Film Week and currently splits her time between New York and Beijing. BEIJING TAXI is her first feature-length documentary.

Producer Ivana Stolkiner was born in Argentina, and moved to New York in 1998. After graduating with honors from Hunter College’s film program in 2004, Stolkiner assisted the producers of Kartemquin Films in several award-winning documentaries--MAPPING STEM CELL RESEARCH: TERRA INCOGNITA, MILKING THE RHINO and IN THE FAMILY, among others. She has assisted Engel Entertainment in films for the Discovery Channel and National Geographic, and has also served as an associate producer at Pacific Street for the documentaries IN DEBT WE TRUST and BEYOND WISE GUYS.

Editor Sikay Tang received her film training with Spike Lee’s production of JUNGLE FEVER (1991) and MALCOM X (1992). A year later, during the making of her first video, Tang began her interest in film editing. Her editing credits include the documentaries CHISHOLM 72: UNBOUGHT AND UNBOSSED (2004) by Shola Lunch, and THE GOOD SOLDIER (2009) by Michael Uys and and Lexy Lovell. Tang works as a film and video editor and lives in New York City.

Our moderator will be Adella Ladjevardi, Grants Manager at Cinereach, a not-for-profit organization that facilitates the creation of films that “challenge, excite, innovate, offer new perspectives and inspire action.” Most recently, she was the Associate Producer for 2009’S MY NEIGHBOR, MY KILLER, a documentary feature by Emmy-award winner Anne Aghion. Ladjevardi was also Associate Producer for the four-hour cut of acclaimed filmmaker Jennifer Fox’s 2008 documentary mini-series FLYING: CONFESSIONS OF A FREE WOMAN, broadcast on the BBC and SBS; and served as the Distribution and Outreach Manager for the educational and non-theatrical markets for FLYING’s six-hour version. Prior to working with Fox, Adella worked for three years in marketing and publicity at documentary film distributor Icarus Films. She was also Associate Producer of Tanaz Eshaghian’s 2002 short doc I CALL MYSELF PERSIAN: IRANIANS IN AMERICA, broadcast on PBS and screened at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight. Ladjevardi received a BFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $6 for non-members.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to:

Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:

Michael Fox

Mendocino Film Festival's Call for Entries
Final Deadline Dec. 1, 2009

Set in the historic village of Mendocino on the spectacular Northern California coast, the Mendocino Film Festival (June 4-6, 2010) has been praised by attending filmmakers as “a filmmaker’s film festival,” an intimate gathering place for independent artists hailing from across the country and around the globe.

The Mendocino Film Festival offers attending filmmakers the warmest hospitality for three nights in the private homes, lodges, and inns of Mendocino and neighboring communities. With screenings and discussions by day, filmmakers and audience members gather in the evenings for informal celebrations and special events. Gatherings include an opening reception and a private filmmakers’ party at an historic Victorian home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The atmosphere is profoundly relaxed, intimate and festive.

"The Mendocino Film Festival is the near perfect film festival. It is about great films, talented filmmakers and wonderful film lovers, all set in a breathtakingly beautiful place," said filmmaker Adrian Belic.

The festival has been proud to host beloved documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, actor Carl Lumbly, actor and activist Danny Glover, Sydney Pollack, documentary theoretician Bill Nichols, Academy Award nominees Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, and many others.

The Mendocino Film Festival focuses on creative kinship and great films. Filmmakers come to Mendocino to turn off their cell phones, hike our beautiful coastline and share their work with passionate colleagues and attendees. Mendocino is known for its artistic and politically active population—our audiences are informed, engaged and supportive.

Located on the Northern California coast a scenic three-hour drive from San Francisco, Mendocino is a charming and historic village with everything in walking distance. The town’s unforgettable setting has served as the backdrop for over sixty films, including East of Eden, Same Time Next Year, Summer of ‘42, The Russians Are Coming, The Majestic, and Murder She Wrote.

The Mendocino Film Festival invites filmmakers to submit entries by Dec. 1, 2009, to one of these special categories:

• Films on the Arts – Films on the lives, work and creative process of artists in the visual, literary, applied and performing arts.
• Films for our Future – Environmental, social justice, and spiritually themed films that offer models, solutions, and inspiration for our future.
• Documentary Features – Strong, well-crafted stories that inform, infuriate, inspire and change how we see the world.

For full details and submissions, go to:

Matt Sharp

Creating opportunities for writers on a global scale!

Accepting screenplays thru Nov 19, 2009.

Back by popular demand is the 2nd Annual Bridge International Screenplay Competition. We are currently accepting screenplays and teleplays from around the world. Don't miss this priceless opportunity to have your work in front of over 8,500 industry professionals. Submitting your script is fast and easy with our simple online entry form.

Thanks to the overwhelming response we received last season from writers world-wide, we're able to offer $10 entry fees this year! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Submit today!

$10 ENTRY FEES – Submit Your Script Now!

Stefani Saintonge

MFA Documentary Program at Hofstra University is hosting a screening of Made in L.A. tonight at 7pm. The film will be shown on the university campus in Breslin 211 following a guest speaker.

Information about the film:
Emmy award-winning feature documentary that follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer.
Guest Speaker: Nadia Marin, Attorney / Executive Director, the Workplace Project of Long Island.

Matt Peterson

Ongoing series of non-fiction screenings in NYC: Red Channels ( Today we start a Jackie Raynal retrospective at UnionDocs in Brooklyn.

Tailinh Agoyo

NEW DOCUMENTARY RESOURCE WEBSITE that offers weekly free teleseminars/webinars.

The DocuMentors website gives you a fun, supportive, money-saving way to stay ahead of the curve in the documentary industry. If you are new to the field, membership will save you years of time navigating the ins and outs of a very complex field. If you are a veteran, there’s plenty here for you too – the latest equipment info, funding updates, and filmmaker case studies. New features and content are being added weekly.

Enjoy privileged access to DOC TALK calls, our teleseminar series with documentary industry experts. You don’t want to miss this biweekly event, packed with the latest info on everything from raising documentary money to getting into the best film festivals and more. Plus, listen to the inspiring and encouraging real world stories of how award-winning filmmakers have made their films a reality. You’ll have access to the DOC TALK Archive and can listen to the recorded calls at your leisure.

Get exclusive access to everything you need to make your documentary happen now. This rich, up-to-the-minute treasure trove of documentary resources includes:
Fundraising Materials that will guide you down the tricky path of fundraising
Sample Trailers that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from various foundations and funders
Funded Proposals that have been awarded monies from sources such as ITVS and the Sundance Institute
Actual Budgets—Real budgets from real films. A must-have for any beginning filmmaker. A good, realistic budget gives funders confidence in you, giving you a huge edge when seeking documentary money. You’ll also get blank budget templates. (coming soon)

Release Forms
Budget Templates (coming soon)
Crew Agreements (coming soon)
Production Forms (coming soon)
Composer Agreements (coming soon)
Distribution Agreement Templates (coming soon)

And More!

Gregg Schwenk

In reply to Gregg Schwenk's post on Tue 20 Oct 2009 :


Submit your film now and save!

The deadline is NOVEMBER 20-

Features $45

Shorts $40

Submit on the web with and receive a discount! You can find
the NBFF submissions link to withoutabox at<>

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2010 Newport Beach Film Festival
April 22-29th, 2010

Amanda Salazar
Associate Director of Programming
Newport Beach Film Festival
4540 Campus Drive
Newport Beach, CA, 92660
(949) 253-2880 ex 226

The 11th annual Newport Beach Film Festival will run April 22nd – 29th, 2010

Rob Jackson

Serac Adventure Film School has spots available for the 2010 Colorado Backcountry Adventure Film School this Jan. 25th – Feb. 2nd!

Travel deep into the Rocky Mountains for life-saving avalanche training, winter backcountry skills and weather forecasting, all while making your very own film. The trip includes high-elevation snow camping and 2 overnights in a rustic backcountry cabin, part of the 10th Mountain Division Hut circuit.

What will you film? Everything from in-depth character stories and stunning landscape sequences to breathtaking powder skiing shots—you decide!

Check out the website at:

Or, check out Behind-the-Scenes footage from last year's backcountry film school at:

Melis Birder

We're in the process to produce DVDs for an award winning documentary The Visitors.

The film is about the passengers of a charter bus that leaves New York City every weekend for various prisons located in upstate New York, most of them long hours away from the city.

The DVDs will be available for sale from our website that is currently being updated:

We need a part-time/freelance outreach, marketing person to help us bring this film to as many people as possible.

Duties include:

- Take part in our online grassroots outreach campaign by identifying audience segments and how to effectively reach them.

- Enlist fans to spread the word.

- Generate sales through partnerships with other sites, organizations, and blogs.

- Develop and manage film’s Facebook page 

- Field film screening and distribution inquiries

- Email list creation and management.

Skills Required:

• Online marketing and outreach experience
• Familiarity with film business
• Bachelors degree; film or business degree preferred
• Interest in criminal justice issues

This is a non-paid but commission based job. And some of the profits will go help the families of the incarcerated.


Felix Endara

DocuClub in December!

Our December DocuClub screening will be on Wednesday, December 2, at 7 p.m., at Goldcrest Post (799 Washington Street, between Horatio and Gansevoort), in New York City’s West Village.

We will screen a rough cut of Jill Morley’s FIGHTING IT. While taking a personal journey into the boxing ring, FIGHTING IT explores the complexities of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, racism, and the importance of pursuing your dreams no matter what they are, what issues surround them, or gender you happen to be. It also emphasizes the value of being present and using the past to fuel your journey forward. FIGHTING IT views overcoming adversity, coping with trauma and healing from the past through the lens of boxing. The fact that such healing can take place in what many consider a violent sport is what makes these boxers’ journeys so unique and compelling.

Director Jill Morley’s STRIPPED ran on the Sundance Channel and won Best Documentary at the Women’s International Film Festival in Sydney. Her play, TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A GO-GO GIRL, was recently made into a Lifetime Movie of the Week and was published in Women Playwrights: The Best Plays of 1998. Heading the Paul Taylor Dance Company Video Archive project, Morley shot, edited, and directed the company’s repertoire for their video archive. She also worked with Michael Moore as a producer and correspondent for THE AWFUL TRUTH. In addition, Morley’s Shooting Ninjas Productions specializes in corporate videos, events and performances. Some clients include Gerber, Activision, TIME Magazine, and Kiehl’s.

Our moderator will be Danielle DiGiacomo, Community Manager at IFP, the nation's oldest and largest membership organization, and premiere advocate, for independent filmmakers. Previous to that, she was Head of Documentary Acquisitions for IndiePix Films, building up the documentary feature catalogue and spearheading the successful multi-platform releases of films such as Jeremiah Zagar's IN A DREAM, Kristi Jacobson's TOOTS, and Jason Hutt's ORTHODOX STANCE. She also developed and produced the first and second annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Film. DiGiacomo has programmed in conjunction with the Woodstock Film Festival, Brooklyn Independent Cinema Series, and Rooftop Films, and has presented on panels about film distribution and production at the Newport International Film Festival, Hunter College, Big Sky Documentary Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, and Krakow Film Festival, among others. In addition, she has taught "Contemporary Documentary" and "Documentary Distribution and Marketing" at New York University.

This is DocuClub’s last screening in 2009, so come out to support your filmmaker peers!

Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $6 for non-members.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to:

Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:

Joe Moulins

I'm in Edmonton for a screening of "A Tribe of His Own: The Journalism of P. Sainath", and to install Sainath's photo exhibit "Visible Work, Invisible Women" at the U of A extension campus gallery. The gallery is in the Bay building at Jasper Ave and 103rd St. The photos will be open to viewing by the public here until January 2010.

If you're interested in bringing "Visible Work, Invisible Women" to your community, please contact me at

Edwin Gailits

I'm looking for a location sound recordist in the Ft Lauderdale, Florida area in the middle of December for 4 days.
The film I'm working on, and have been for the last several years, is a self-funded dance documentary, and I don't have the budget to pay top industry rates.

I'm paying but I'm looking for someone willing to work with me on the rate.
I'm also looking for someone familiar with documentary location sound recording.
I have all the audio gear, but I assume most sound people prefer to use their own.

Let me know if you want more details, or if you can pass on the name of any sound recordist, it would be much appreciated.




Tracie Holder

From Festivals to Cinemas to Broadcast to Digital: Surveying Your Distribution Options

Next Wed. Dec. 2 | 6:30-8:30pm | WMM Office | $50/$40

Knowing your options for distribution and establishing a clear set of goals for your film—as early as the pre-production phase—are essential for your film’s success. This workshop presents how to explore the different markets (i.e. theatrical, educational, broadcast, home video, public screenings, digital/download) and determine the right fit.

Topics include: developing the public image of your film; navigating the film festival circuit; pitching to buyers; negotiating contracts; and making decisions in a digital age. An essential workshop for any filmmaker who wants their work to be seen! Presented by Women Make Movie's Executive Director, Debra Zimmerman.

Register today! Space is limited. The $40 discount rate is available to D-Word members.

Monica Rosales


Submit Your Film Now!

Feature Documentary
Feature Documentaries with a total running time from 61 – 180 minutes. (All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)

Documentary Short
Short Documentaries with a total running time between 4 and 30 minutes. (All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)

Very short documentaries and fiction forms plus all experimental genres allowed with a total running time of under 4 minutes (this is up to 3 minutes and 59 seconds, not a second more!) – Go to the limit of documentary film making: free form – free content –(All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)

Documentary Medium-Length and Essay Forms
Medium length documentaries and documentarian film essays with a total running time between 31 and 60 minutes. (All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)

Miranda Yousef

Hello fellow D-Worders,

FCP Editor available!

I just got back from a 2-month stint in New Orleans editing a fellow D-Worder's documentary, and really enjoyed that experience. I'm looking for my next gig, and wanted to introduce myself to those of you who are looking for an editor.

I am a Final Cut Pro editor with several years of experience, and a number of post-production feature documentary and television credits. Projects I have worked on include an Academy Award short-list nominee, and the winner of the 2008 IDA Audience Award.

I have supervised post-production for broadcast television as well as for theatrical film-outs, and am proficient in After Effects, Photoshop, and all aspects of Final Cut Studio.

I have an excellent grasp of story structure, a good eye for comedy as well as drama, and the ability to pull out the poignant moments that make audiences love (or hate!) the characters.

You can find my reel and resume online at my website; please contact me directly (see my member profile page) for URL and login info.

Thanks, and good luck with all your projects!
- Miranda

Tailinh Agoyo

How to be more competitive when applying for funding from ITVS' OPEN CALL (deadline 1/15/10) – FREE TELESEMINAR Thursday, December 3rd.

Join DocuMentors for a free DOC TALKS teleseminar with Richard Saiz, Senior Programming Manager at ITVS (Independent Television Service), this Thursday, December 3rd, at 5:30pm PST for one hour. We'll talk to Richard about how to be more competitive when applying for funding from ITVS' major initiative OPEN CALL (deadline on January 15th, 2010). ITVS is a champion of independent filmmaking and a major source of programming for PBS, providing over $10 million in licensing fees to filmmakers each year through their many funding initiatives.

COST: Free
DATE: Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
TIME: 5:30pm PST (6:30 Mtn, 7:30 Central, 8:30pm EST) for one hour

To register, follow link below.

J Damon Chang

Looking for a Mandarin Speaking Editor

We have three documentary films in post-production. All were shot and based in Taiwan and have bi-cultural storylines.

Currently, I'm looking to hire an EDITOR or ASSISTANT EDITOR for each film.

A. The editor can be located in Los Angeles or San Francisco.

B. The assistant editor needs to be bi-lingual (Mandarin / USA), and have experience editing documentaries.

C. The feature editor needs to have FEATURE documentaries in their portfolio/resumes.

This is a PAID position.

Here's a quick synopsis on the three projects:

1. Asian American actress with US TV credits goes back to Taiwan to confront the father who left her and her mom when she was two. Father married 5 wives in the span of 25 years, and is still running.

  • Then click on the 1st post under "Press Release"...(It's a China Post article)

2. A documentary on the shifting landscape of dating in Taiwan. How has the economic explosion of Taiwan in the last 40 years affected the current generation's views on dating and marriage.

3. A personal documentary for the new Taiwanese singer 袁詠琳
(Cindy) the new singer from Jay Chou's record company JVR.


If interested, email:

Amelia Hanibelsz

Hi Everyone – I am looking to sublet my fabulous SOHO studio apartment while I am away.

Just steps away from the C&E train on Spring Street and very close to many other subway lines.

Walking distance to East Village, Little Italy , Chinatown and Tribeca.

Would love to sublet to a fellow D-Word -er :-)

Dates : 18th of December – 9th of January

Price $120 a day with a refundable $500 dollar deposit.

Let me know if you are interested –

Many thanks – Amelia

Tailinh Agoyo

This Thursday, December 10th, DocuMentors will be hosting a DOCUMENTARY BUDGETING webinar. This live, interactive tutorial will cover Accurate Documentary Budgeting and the newly created DocuMentors Budget Templates in detail. Members will receive access to the tutorial, the templates, and Going Rates Table – everything you need to create excellent budgets! If you are a member, you will be sent registration information for the template tutorial webinar. If you are not a member yet, but would like to sign up, go to
DATE: Thursday, December 10th, 2009
TIME: 5:30pm Pacific (6:30pm Mtn, 7:30pm Central, 8:30pm Eastern) for 90 minutes

Tailinh Agoyo

MENTORING CONSULTATION: Become a member of DocuMentors by December 20th, and you will receive a complimentary 30 minute private consultation with either Hank Rogerson or Jilann Spitzmiller about any aspect of documentary filmmaking with which you need help.
Visit to JOIN and get your complimentary 30 minute consultation! Jump start your project!!

Tailinh Agoyo

DON'T MISS THESE UPCOMING DEADLINES (and see over 100 more extensive listings in our Funder Database in our Members Area – )

ALL ROADS SEED GRANT PROGRAM AND FILM PROJECT – National Geographic's All Roads Seed Grant Program funds film projects by and about indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture filmmakers from all reaches of the globe, with an emphasis on first-person storytelling.
Deadline: December 15, 2009

ITVS U.S. OPEN CALL – ITVS funds, distributes and promotes new programs primarily for public television. We work with independent producers to create and present programs not usually seen on public or commercial television. Open Call provides finishing funds for single non-fiction or Animation public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video.
Deadline: January 15, 2010

Tailinh Agoyo

Now up in the Members Area ( in the DOC TALKS archive – our conversation with Richard Saiz, Senior Programming Manager at ITVS. ITVS' next OPEN CALL deadline is January 15th. Listen to this incredibly informative DOC TALKS to find out how to make your application much more competitive. Richard gave us a behind-the-scenes look at how ITVS decides on which projects to fund, and how much money ITVS will give to any one film – you'll be surprised and inspired!

Doug Block

Tailinh, whatever those folks are paying you it's not enough.

Leila McCullough

Friday January 8, 2010 - Thursday January 14, 2010
from 8:00pm11:00pm
IFC Center
323 Sixth Avenue
New York City, New York 10014

"Memory is everything. Without it we are nothing," says neuroscientist Eric Kandel, winner of the Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking research on the physiology of the brain's storage of memories. As he explains, memory is the glue that binds our mental life together and provides a sense of continuity in our lives.

IN SEARCH OF MEMORY is a compelling blend of autobiography and history that recounts the life of one of the most important neuroscientists of the 20th century and illuminates scientific developments in our understanding of the brain's role in recording and preserving memory. In addition to archival footage and dramatic re-creations of Kandel's childhood experiences in Nazi-occupied Vienna and his formative years as an emigrant in New York, the film features discussions with Kandel, friends and family, as well as his public lectures in Vienna and New York, which explore both his professional and personal life, especially his emotional ties to Judaism.

Both through its personal journey into the memory of this amazingly spry and witty 79-year old, especially his traumatic experiences during the Holocaust, and a visit to his Columbia University laboratory, where Kandel and his colleagues demonstrate their experimental research, IN SEARCH OF MEMORY examines how the brain stores memories, the difference between short-term and long-term memory, Alzheimer's and age-related memory loss, and structural modifications to the brain that enhance memory.

In revisiting the people, places and objects of Kandel's lifetime experiences, IN SEARCH OF MEMORY reveals how everything we undergo changes the brain, even our genetic make-up, and can determine the focus of a life's work.

Gregg Schwenk


Friendly reminder that the regular deadline to submit your film to the Newport Beach Film festival is DECEMBER 18, 2009.

Check out our festival on YouTube at:

Submit directly at Withoutabox:

Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 22-April 29, 2010

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Tailinh Agoyo

It's today! December 21, 2009 from 12-4pm. DocuMentors is having their 50% off sale. This includes How To's, DVD's, and Mentoring Services (they will consult with you on any stage of your project or process). Coupon code: YA1221

Also, be advised that Membership rates will be going up in the New Year, so if you join now, you can start benefitting from things like DOC TALKS with ITVS, Sundance Film Fest and more, and the new Budgeting Templates and Tutorial in the Members Area. Many of the upcoming DOC TALKS and tutorials will be for Members Only in the New Year.

Erica Ginsberg

Any folks in the DC area who are still looking for a special gift for themselves or a loved one...Docs In Progress starts up with a new round of classes and workshops in January. Here's what's coming up:

Saturday, January 23: Documentary Fundraising 101 (an all day workshop)

Tuesday, January 26 – Tuesday, March 2: Intro to Final Cut (a six week
evening class limited to 6 participants)

Wednesday, January 27 – Wednesday, March 3: Documentary Filmmaking
from A to Z (a six week evening class aimed at new filmmakers or
filmmakers transitioning into independent documentary filmmaking)

Thursday, January 28 – Thursday, February 11: The Art of Writing
Documentary Treatments (back by popular demand in a longer workshop

Saturday, January 30 – Saturday, March 6: Documentary Production (a
six week Saturday morning class aimed at first-time filmmakers)

More information on these programs plus screenings, salons, guest experts, and more on the Docs In Progress website at

If you have any additional questions, please contact Director of
Programs and Services Adele Schmidt at adeleATdocsinprogressDOTorg

Rachael Rakes

Hello, I'm writing to let you all know that the call for entries for this year's Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant is online. More info below:
Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant

What: This grant funds first time documentary makers for travel and accommodations at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, April 8-11, 2010. For four days, grant recipients will be given access to films, participate in master classes and be mentored by experienced filmmakers. TWO filmmakers will be chosen for the grant in its third year.

Deadline: Applications must be RECEIVED BY Friday, February 5, 2010. Applicants will be notified by email in early March.

About the Grant: Garrett Scott made a distinctive mark in documentary during his short career. Without any formal training in film, he directed Cul De Sac: A Suburban War Story, examining the case of a methamphetamine addict who stole a tank from an armory and went on a rampage through the San Diego suburbs. The film prompted Filmmaker Magazine to cite Scott as one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film. He went on to make Occupation: Dreamland, co-directed with Ian Olds, about U.S. soldiers in Falluja, Iraq. It won prizes at Full Frame and the Independent Spirit Awards. Both films were broadcast by the Sundance Channel. In 2006, Scott died of a heart attack at age 37.

Scott's work examined how the forces of state power and economics impact individuals. Stylistically, his films broke convention, giving audiences new perspectives on familiar milieus like suburbia or war torn Iraq. He was a beloved member of film communities in San Francisco and New York City and several points in between.

His friends, family and colleagues established this development grant to help other emerging filmmakers reach their potential. The grants selection committee looks especially for filmmakers who somehow fulfill Scott's example, by bringing a unique vision to the content and style of contemporary documentary making.

Previous grant recipients include Elinyisia Mosha and Cameron Yates in 2009, Rebecca Richman Cohen, Nathan Fisher and Mai Iskander in 2008 and Robin Hessman and Lee Lynch in 2007.

Criteria: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or green card holder and live in the continental United States; any age 18 or older. By "first time filmmaker," we mean someone who is in the early stage of their documentary career and has not yet received significant recognition (such as major festival play or broadcast). All applicants should anticipate finishing their first project by March 2011. You still qualify as a "first time filmmaker" if you've made shorts or student projects, worked professionally as a crew member on other people's films, or if you've recently completed a documentary that hasn't been released yet. The grant is open to students and non-students alike.

How: Applicants should send a 2 page letter addressing these areas:

1) Project summary: Describe the documentary you're working on. It doesn't matter whether the film is a short or a feature, though the judging tends to favor more ambitious projects. Describe the characters, structure, visual approach and what stage you're at.

2) Director's statement: Describe how you came to filmmaking and how you've trained as a filmmaker. It doesn't matter whether you went to film school or are self-taught. Describe what you want audiences to take from your film.

Work sample: Applicants must send a 5-10 minute DVD sample of a work-in-progress or a past work. You may send a longer work sample, but judges may only review the opening minutes.

Submit TWO COPIES of both the letter and DVD along with your...


Send to:
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
ATTN: Garrett Scott Documentary Grant
324 Blackwell Street. Suite 500
Washington Building, Bay 5
Durham, NC 27701

Question or comment? e-mail us
Thanks, RR

Tailinh Agoyo

an awesome new blog post from Jilann just went up on DocuMentors. it's an interesting and super informative take on documentary budgeting. here's an excerpt:

How the heck are you supposed to know what your film is going to cost before you even begin shooting it? I am working on a budget right now for the film that we wa...nt to shoot this summer, STILL DREAMING, and it’s a bit like dreaming up your treatment when you don’t know how your film is going to play out. It’s a series of creative and educated guesses that can dramatically impact your film. The way I start the budgeting process is...


Dean Hamer

GRAPHICS DESIGNER needed for the Out in the Silence film and community engagement campaign. We need to create a "look" for posters, marketing items, the discussion guide, toolkit, etc. Prefer DC based but not essential. The project is supported by the Sundance Institute and the David Haas fund and focuses on human rights in rural America.

Please email with your resume or links to samples.

Dean Hamer

Seeking a PUBLICIST or COMMUNICATIONS EXPERT to help with message development and media relations for the Out in the Silence film and community engagement campaign. Experience with social issue films and/or LGBT rights preferred. The project is supported by the Sundance Institute, David Haas fund, Active Voice, and multiple outreach partners.

Please email with resume.

Jill Morley

Looking for a DP in Toronto and one in London to do a 5 minute interview / spot. Please have a simple light kit for one person. Fine to use DVX100A. Can pay $350. It's actually for a corporate client's website, but I figure I'd hook a brother or sister up here!

Tailinh Agoyo

Free teleseminar with Food, Inc. producer, Elise Pearlstein. Thursday, January 7. It's free and open to everyone. Register at

We'll discuss how Elise and director Robert Kenner navigated the very treacherous waters of the Industrial Food complex and came outwith an incredibly engaging, as well as eye-opening film.

We'll talk with Elise about working with Participant Media and Magnolia Pictures, two of the foremost companies in the documentary industry today.

Visit to register for the teleseminar.

Doug Block

I'm traumatized I won't get to hear you speak, Danielle. Have fun.

Danielle Beverly

The Amtrak goes directly from Penn Station to South Bend. Only takes 17 hours. See you there!

Gregg Schwenk

Final Call For Entries – 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival

The 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival will screen over 350 feature length and
short films. The 2010 NBFF will also host red carpet Opening and Closing
Night Gala Celebrations, International Spotlight events, an Action Sports
Film Series, an Environmental Film Series, a Family Film Series, a
Collegiate Showcase, a Youth Film Showcase and a free Seminar Series. Come
be a part of the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival.

The FINAL deadline for film submissions to the 11th Annual Newport Beach
Film Festival is JANUARY 25, 2010.

Submit your film at

The Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 22-April 29, 2010!!

Rose Vincelli Gustine

I'm looking for first-time documentary directors in post-production to participate in IFP's Documentary Lab – a free week long workshop to help you strategize the finishing and most professional release of your film. The illustrious Doug Block is a mentor for this program, among many other top producers and directors. Apply yourself or spread the word to anyone you think might be interested. Email me at if you have any questions or if you want to discuss your project- more details are below.

Documentary Lab – April 12–16, 2010; Application deadline FEBRUARY 12
Narrative Lab – June 7–11, 2010; Application deadline MARCH 26

IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs is the only program in the U.S. supporting first-time feature directors at the crucial rough cut/post production stage. The Labs play a pivotal role in helping emerging filmmakers to realize the full potential of their stories – and their careers. Through five days of workshops, mentorship, networking opportunities and creative guidance on their project, Lab filmmakers are able to gain editorial feedback, assess strategic partnerships & marketing opportunities, and evaluate their options for maximizing the reach of their film via festivals, traditional theatrical roll-outs or through innovative, DIY distribution methods.
Drawing from a national candidate pool, 20 projects (10 documentaries and 10 narratives) are selected for this year-long Lab fellowship which, includes the five-day Lab in New York City, one-on-one mentorship with industry innovators and icons, and during IFP’s Independent Film Week in September – pre-scheduled meetings with potential buyers, sales agents and festival programmers and inclusion in a Lab “Sneak Preview” Showcase presentation.

Criteria, additional information, and online applications available at

Felix Endara

DocuClub in January!

Our January DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, January 27, 7 p.m., at the 92YTribeca, located at 200 Hudson Street (at Canal). You can take the E, 1, or 6 trains to Canal.

We will screen a rough cut of UP HEARTBREAK HILL by Erica Scharf. The documentary chronicles the lives of Thomas, Tamara and Gabby – three Native American teenagers in Navajo, New Mexico –as they navigate their senior year at a reservation high school. As graduation nears, they must decide whether to stay in their community– a place inextricably woven into the fiber of their being – or leave in pursuit of opportunities elsewhere. Largely isolated from mainstream America, they hesitate to separate from their families and traditions, rooted to home in equal parts by love, obligation and fear. Tribal elders urge members of the younger generation to leave, acquire an education or learn a trade, and return home with the skills to help their people. But, with an unemployment rate near 58% and a per capita income under $4,600, Navajo has few prospects. Thomas, Tamara and Gabby each bear amazing strength and promise, but all are products of their environment, and it is the same community that has set before them so many challenges that now asks them to become the leaders that will reshape the Navajo Nation. Their battles to shape their identities as both Native American and modern American lie at the heart of the film.

Director Erica Scharf has spent much of her career in documentary film and television. Most recently, she worked as an editor on Investigation Discovery’s documentary television series, THE SHIFT. She has shot, produced and edited numerous episodes of THE FIRST 48 (A&E). She directed and edited MARNEE: A GARAGE SALE RETROSPECTIVE, which was the First Place Winner at Movie Making Madness 2005, and edited CIY (Best Short Film, 2007 Aspen Shortsfest). Other credits include SWAT (A&E), MIAMI INK (TLC), and LAST SEEN ALIVE (Discovery). In 2005, Scharf was the Assistant Editor on GOD GREW TIRED OF US (Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, 2006 Sundance Film Festival). Scharf is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has a B.F.A. in Film and Television.

Producer Christina D. King’s body of work spans news, documentary, and film. After producing broadcast news in her home state of Oklahoma, King went on to associate produce the documentaries ELECTION DAY (PBS), BAD BLOOD, and human rights projects for the ACLU. Recently, she line-produced WE SHALL REMAIN: TECUMSEH’s VISION directed by Chris Eyre and Ric Burns. King also field produced for Michael Moore’s recent documentary, CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY. A Native American of Creek/Seminole/Sac & Fox descent, King has a B.A. in Film Studies and Mass Communication from the University of Tulsa.

Executive Producer Chris Eyre’s film EDGE OF AMERICA received a 2005 Peabody Award and he was recognized with a Directors Guild Award. His first feature film, SMOKE SIGNALS, won the Audience Award and Eyre received the Filmmaker’s Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. His other credits include A THIEF OF TIME and SKINWALKERS for PBS’s MYSTERY! In 1995, Eyre received a Rockefeller Foundation Intercultural Film Fellowship. A Cheyenne/Arapaho Native American, he earned his M.F.A. in Film and Television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Editor Cindy Lee has worked extensively in documentary and narrative film, television, and commercials. Her feature editing credits include NO END IN SIGHT (Academy Award nominee 2008, New York Film Critics Circle 2007 Best Documentary, Sundance Special Jury Prize 2006), HOTEL GRAMERCY PARK (Special Jury Mention, Tribeca Film Festival 2008) and MANHATTAN, KANSAS (SXSW Film Festival 2006). She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.A. from Lund University in Sweden.

Editor Isaac Wayton honed his editorial skills while cutting short form documentary films, as well as various television and web projects. His documentary short, CHILDREN IN THE FIELDS (2004), has been used by multiple foundations to raise awareness about the lax child labor laws among migrant workers in the United States. He has collaborated with music artists Keith Urban and Sir Paul McCartney to create unique featurettes for the artists’ websites. His television credits include MYSTERY DIAGNOSES (Discovery Health), THE DETONATORS (Discovery), and IT TAKES A THIEF (Discovery). Wayton received his B.F.A. in Film and Video from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Our moderator will be filmmaker Almudena Carracedo. Born in Madrid, Carracedo is the Emmy-award winning Director and Producer of the documentary MADE IN L.A. Funded by ITVS, POV and the Sundance Documentary Fund, the film has received critical acclaim and international awards, including an Emmy Award, a Henry Hampton Award and a Special Mention of the Jury at the Valladolid International Film Festival. Her previous documentary on Tijuana as a border town, WELCOME, A DOCU-JOURNEY OF IMPRESSIONS, received the Sterling Award for Best Short Documentary at SILVERDOCS and screened in numerous national and international festivals. Carracedo is the 2008 recipient of NALIP's (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) ESTELA Award, and has served as a jury in several film festivals, including the SILVERDOCS, Valladolid International Film Festival and Santiago's International Documentary Festival in Chile (FIDOCS).

Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $8 for non-members.

Only DocuClub members who plan to attend need to RSVP at:

Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:

Vicki Vasilopoulos

I'm looking for recently completed feature docs for Cinewomen On Screen, a series I help to program for NYWIFT (New York Women in Film and Television). We screen at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan and we have a slot open for our March program. Please contact me ASAP at We will also consider short docs for future programs. Check out the lineup for our January 27th event:

Erica Ginsberg

ATTN: DC-area documentary filmmakers

Docs In Progress is holding an all-day workshop next Saturday, January 23 in Silver Spring which is focused on fundraising for documentaries. This workshop is appropriate for documentary filmmakers of all experience levels – whether you have never raised funds for an independent documentary or have been frustrated by your efforts to do so.

The focus will be on providing participants with concepts and tools that can help you learn how to develop a fundraising plan, track the fundraising effort, research potential donors, conduct a fundraising drive, and solicit grants from corporations and foundations. There will be plenty of handouts of samples. The workshop is being led by Sam Hampton, an experienced fundraiser. Dr. Hampton, in addition to being the Director of Planning and Special Projects for Docs In Progress and a documentary filmmaker himself, is also the Founding Partner of Hampton Consulting, LLC which works with nonprofit, philanthropic, corporate, and public sector clients on building their strategic plans and increasing their chances of fundraising success – elements which apply just as easily to documentary filmmaking.

Saturday, January 23, 2010 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Docs In Progress Documentary House, 8700 First Avenue Silver Spring, MD (walking distance to free parking and the Silver Spring Metro)

$250 (or $225 if you join Docs In Progress' new Docs Insider Program which gets discounts to many programs)

Since space is limited, advance registration is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Please visit our website for more details or contact Adele Schmidt, Director of Programs and Services, at adeleATdocsinprogressDOTorg or (301) 789-2797.