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Here's your chance to reach a broad public interested in documentaries. Get the (D-)Word out!

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Erica Ginsberg
Please contact them directly and do not call...Good luck!

Optomen Productions seeks an associate producer for a reality series
pilot to broadcast on a major US cable network. Associate Producer
will work with executive producer, researching and supporting all
production needs, including expert and subject casting, scheduling
and conducting interviews and shoots; locating and acquiring footage;
securing all consent and release forms and clearances for footage;
arranging transcription, developing storyline, making transcript
selects and providing support during post production.

Associate Producer will be responsible for all paperwork required,
including music cue sheets, style sheets, etc., and will occasionally
write and edit elements of the show. AP must demonstrate good
interviewing skills, field production skills and fiscal
responsibility and must be willing to perform any additional tasks
required by the executive producer. This is a 17 week commitment to
begin immediately with potential to continue if the series is picked

This is a full time 17 week commitment with travel and weekend
flexibility. Candidates should possess excellent research and writing
skills, demonstrate creativity, responsibility and organizational
abilities and must exhibit diplomacy and cooperation in all aspects
of production. Candidates must also be organized, responsible and
accurate and be able to work under pressure and without constant
supervision.Prior reality/ factual series experience preferred.

Subject to negotiation/ commensurate with past experience and

Fax Cover Letter & Resume to Colin Steele, (no phone calls please!)
or email as attachments and in body text of email to:

or fax to: 212-431-4641
Ben Kempas
Found this in my inbox...

Australian Int. Documentary Conference 2004

Take the Journey to the Australian International Documentary
Conference 2004

Journey to where the sand and sea meet for one of the largest
recurrent screen industry conferences in Australia - the 2004
Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC).

The 9th AIDC - hosted by ScreenWest - will run for three
inspirational and stimulating days from 26-28 February 2004 at The
Esplanade Hotel in the picturesque port city of Fremantle.

AIDC is expected to attract more than 600 national and international
delegates who will traverse a very practical program covering topics
such as film content, craft, contemporary theory, technology,
marketplace demands and future directions in documentary production.
Program highlights include:

· Refugees in the World The numbers grow each year, governments make
it harder for the refugee, and film makers to keep telling stories of
the individual who is the person behind the name - refugee. Do their
films make any difference?

· Documentaries - What's New? Are audiences really watching the same
TV show for 20 years? Has anything really changed in the TV guide
between 1984 and 2004? Is Steve Irwin a recycled Harry Butler?

· Different Ways of Measuring A single documentary can alter a
person's life forever. How do you measure that? A look at the impact
of some documentary programs on people's lives.

Rachael Cochrane Mills Wilson ------------------- Telephone:+61 8
9228 1999 Facsimile: +61 8 9228 1970 Mobile: 0411 771 004 Suite 2/ 642
Newcastle Street Leederville WA 6007
Dallas Brennan
I am looking to hire an excellent, fast, totally competent person
(based in NYC ideally) to do archival clearance work (and some
archival research) starting ASAP and finishing in mid-January for
a Sundance bound feature documentary film. It involves
negotiating a good licensing rate, getting the masters and then
starting the process for clearance for misc. footage from the 60's
through last winter and newspaper clippings. It would be great if
this person had some connections at CBS/BBC, CNN, Chicago
Tribune, and ABC as well. Please email me ASAP your resume,
availability, references and day/week rate:
Paul Devlin

"Gripping!  A real- life thriller!"            ;  -- David Chute, LA Weekly   Power Trip has been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and launches New York City at Film Forum, Dec 10-23, while spectacular news comes out of Tbilisi, Georgia!   Fraudulent elections led to weeks of demonstrations in the streets of Tbilisi. Protestors eventually stormed Parliament, forcing a hasty retreat by President Eduard Shevardnadze and his eventual resignation .   Paul Devlin's award-winning film, Power Trip  provides important context and unique insight into today's headlines, with a graphic, on-the-ground depiction of a society crippled by corruption and the challenges facing globalization of multinational companies in emerging markets.   Check out these stories in Filmmaker and indieWIR E and look for upcoming stories about Power Trip in Newsweek, The New York Times, and Time Out New York.     In addition to the Independent Spirit Award nomination, Power Trip has also added two new festival awards, the "Golden Lynx" - First Prize for Best Journalistic Achievement, Freiburg, Germany and The Grand Prix, Ecomove Film Festival, Berlin, Germany.   Please spread the word about Film Forum and other upcoming screenings below.  More info at      *** 2003 Award Winner **** Berlin Film Festival Florida Film Festival Hot Docs, Canadian Int'l Documentary Film Festival Transparency International Film Festival Port Townsend, WA Film Festival Red Bank, NJ Film Festival Freiburg Okomedia Environmental Film Festival, Germany Ecomove Film Festival, Berlin, Germany

Webster University Film Series, St. Louis, Missouri
Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival
2 Dec, 7PM

Global 03, Berlin
4-10 Dec

Film Forum, New York City
10-23 Dec

Tursak, Istanbul
12-19 Dec

(2004 dates still to come...)   More info at   Thanks for all your support.

Ben Kempas
Pitching Forum - 3-7 March 2004 in Thessaloniki, Greece

"Docs in Thessaloniki" gives the independent producer a unique chance
of presenting a project internationally, to meet colleagues and create
alliances for future cooperation in Europe. Pitch your project to a
wide range of com. editors from different European TV-stations.

Organized by EDN, European Documentary Network in collaboration with
the "Thessaloniki Documentary Festival-Images of the 21st Century"(1-7
March), which includes a national & international program as well as a
doc market and parallel events. The participants of the Pitching Forum
will also have access to the festival.

European producers are invited to apply for participation in the
documentary pitching forum that consists of 5 days intensive training
and information:

Day 1: A general overview of the market situation for documentaries
in Western Europe.

Day 2 & 3: Group work, where the producers meet with international
experts and colleagues, who help them improve and target their
projects to the international market. Pitching training.

Day 4 & 5: Pitching to a panel of European commissioning editors from
different European countries. During the two mornings the projects are
pitched in public to the panelists with individual meetings in the

To apply the producers must send in - in English - a two page
description of their documentary project containing the following

- title, length, format, overall budget, financing plan of the

- name of producer and director etc., CV, filmography

- synopsis, visual treatment, director's idea

- remember address, phone, fax and e-mail of your company

Deadline: Friday 23 January 2004.

The selection will be done by EDN.

Participation for producers with project: 250 EUROs including 4
lunches and festival pass.

Participation for observers without project : 150 EUROs including 4
lunches and festival pass.

Projects should be sent to EDN by email.

More information: Anita Reher, EDN ( Telephone: +45 33
13 11 22, fax: +45 33 13 11 44.
Melissa Hacker
KINDERTRANSPORTS has just been released on dvd by IFC
and copies can be bought through

Melissa Hacker's documentary, My Knees Were Jumping:
Remembering the Kindertransports, is about the Jewish
children who were saved by emigrating to Britain (from Germany,
Austria, Poland and Czechoslovakia) 60 years ago. Since Ms.
Hacker is the daughter of one such emigre -- the costume
designer Ruth Morley, an Academy Award nominee for "The
Miracle Worker" -- she approaches her poignant subject matter
in a particularly earnest, intimate way. In this gentle
documentary, Ms. Hacker's mother and others who shared the
young refugees' experience speak at length about its impact...
-- Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Surviving participants vividly recall the excitement and the
downside of this "adventure".....These stories are
heart-rending....Editing weaves together talking-head interviews,
newsreel footage, old photos and other material to sketch
far-reaching psychological and historical reverberations. Tech
package is crisp and pro....
-- Dennis Harvey, Weekly Variety

Melissa Hacker's My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the
Kindertransports narrates the trauma of history as a tragedy of
generational loss....Narration by Joanne Woodward is intercut
with Hacker's own personal reflections on the impact of the
Kindertransports on her mother and family....the film is not just
about her specific story; it is also about family and the legacy of
experience in the broadest sense.
-- Yosha Goldstein, Filmmaker Magazine feature
(Special Sundance issue)

MY KNEES WERE JUMPING was screened at the Sundance
Film Festival and many international film festivals, on PBS, on
Channel 4 in Britain, and named an "Outstanding Documentary"
by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Ben Kempas
Congratulations, Melissa! I'll buy your DVD as soon as I buy a DVD
player (which I need to do anyway, being a proud owner of the Stone
Reader Limited Edition and Keith Richards & X-pensive Winos DVDs). :-)
Melissa Hacker
Thanks.I am a member, I just read and didn't want my first
posting to be self promotion. But I'll go now & post this over
Erica Ginsberg
A&E is looking for New York-based International Masters Post-
Production Coordinator.


o Monitor edit sessions and format producers, and backup format
producer functions as needed to ensure that project assignment and
execution is followed according to schedule/specifications.
o Acquire missing materials needed in the mastering process by
working with the domestic Library Services department. Determine the
technical specifications required for edit (such as textless
backgrounds and audio tracks).
o Schedule and track all International masters and submasters through
a timely revision process. Analyze all rejected masters, make
recommendations for alternative solutions. Screen all rejections and
source materials, acquire alternate material from supplier and
implement new edit process.
o Provide support, as needed to the Managing Producer -
International, in all post production activities, including screening
final masters following the edit process and prioritizing the edit
schedule, recommending and making revisions according to the needs of
the department.
o Monitor the program packaging elements to insure timely repackaging
of all materials as new elements are introduced. Disseminate new
materials to ventures, manage the revision process of out-dated
masters and maintain control of our assets. Review catalog for given
series and make sure all versions are most up-to-date.


BA/BS and 3+ years post-production experience. Strong Word and Excel
skills. Effective communication and organizational skills. Flexible
to changing priorities and ability to multi-task.

Contact: Tom Tooker