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

Please include a LOCATION. Spam will be deleted.

As this is a PUBLIC forum, it is also a good idea to write email addresses longhand (person[AT]d-word[dot]com)

Le Sheng Liu

To all NYC-area doc makers seeking funding for prod. and/or post...

Dear Filmmakers,
>> Are you working on a feature-length documentary that is in
> production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition
> in 2009? Does your film examine or document people who are
> ignored, ostracized or otherwise marginalized; people fighting for
> social or political change; or broad social movements? If the
> answer is yes, then you should know about the Gucci Tribeca
> Documentary Fund.
> The Fund will provide finishing funds to documentaries that promote
> social change and illuminate issues in need of comprehensive
> coverage currently missing in mainstream media. Grants ranging from
> $5,000 – $30,000 will be awarded in 2008, totaling $80,000.
> Come hear more and bring your questions for Ryan Harrington who
> will answer questions and share information about the application
> process.
> Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund
> Thursday, March 27th, 7:00PM – 8:00PM
> WMM Office, 462 Broadway, 5th Floor. (Between Broome and Grand in
> SoHo)
> Space is limited, RSVP today!

Questions and details go to

Women Make Movies
462 Broadway, Suite 500WS (at Grand Street)
New York, NY 10013
tel: 212-925-0606 fax: 212-925-2052

Office Hours: 10am to 6pm, Monday through Friday
Subway: Canal Street Station (J, M, N, Q, R, W, Z, and 6 trains)

Mario Berlinguer

Hello again. As i said on my "introduce yourself" post, I'm available for composing original music for interesting documentaries.
Some of my work can be heard on my website at

I have a myspace page with some more music, and then another page on NextCat with a couple different things.

Best way to contact me is at "info" and then the @ and then "" (without the " of course).

Thanks and keep up with the good work!

Doug Block

Hmmm, the D-Word is a 34 year old male residing in New York New York. Who knew?

Ben Kempas

Your city, my age, and John's good karma.

We had to set these things, there was no way to hide them.

Brian Regienczuk

I am interested in advice on how to find right person (film maker) and fund a small documentary style effort and what might be interesting goals / benefits that makes it a win/win for company and film producer. Budget would likely be shoestring, but could be an interesting experience.

Example situation:
Say you have a big event every year like MacWorld (AppleWorld) or an auto show (but put on by only one company, not a tradeshow)... you show off your latest products, you launch 2 or 3 new things, and you show a vision of where your company is going (concept cars, or other physical immersive manifestations). You have to entice the media and your top customers to attend and you want to broadcast and create discussion around all 3 parts of this event experience...

I am exploring how a highly experiential event with similar attributes could leverage film/documentary storytelling in interesting, meaningful ways – meaningful to the company, its stakeholders, and the film maker...

Some nice to have goals for company might be:
+ capture people's reactions around new product innovation at large/major event in Eastern Europe (new product concepts around several themes, dramatic event experience in major city, new products being launched, other interesting products being demonstrated/show for sales in both business to business and business to consumer arena)
+ capture value design is adding to business
+ possible interviews with CEO/CMOs from top companies
+ many other areas that could be mutually interesting if discussed... but trying to understand if this might be interesting to a qualified independent film maker or high potential starting out

There could be two cuts... both would likely be very people-focused. But, one could capture essence of business value and the other could be all around creative/design side of things.

Nicole Cattell

Need help getting your doc funded? I've written and gotten grants and fellowships from ITVS, NEA, LPB, Guggenheim, Jerome Foundation, NYSCA, NYFA and more. I can help you make your proposal successful. Email for more information: nicolecattell at gmail dot com.

Doug Block

Nicole, I see from your profile you helped Natalia Almada write a proposal that got her ITVS funding. Nice. Natalia's an old friend – be sure to say hi if you're still in touch. She's also a D-Word member who hardly ever posts, so nag her for me.

Glad to have you here as a member, too. Be sure to say howdy in the Introduce Yourself topic.

Bill Buchanan

Seeking experienced, professional grant writer in Dallas area with high success rate to help fund a major doc project. If interested please make contact asap. Thanks

Amelia Hanibelsz

Hey thanks to all who sent Rome contacts etc- i will pass them onto my friend. I just got back from a week long shoot – so sorry for the delayed vote of thanks !!

If anyone needs sound in LA – drop me a line .

Jason Rosette

Hey all--

Recently set up this portal to sell iPOD / portable-ready MP4s of my own titles BOOKWARS, SUSAN HERO, and others, and am now offering the platform to other filmmakers who may want to sell MP4 versions (non- DRM) of their work.

No guarantees re: revenue, but probably worth a try, especially for older releases that aren't well repped in the digital space.

  • I'm located in Asia –> Servers located in Florida
  • Buyers get secure link to download title to their desktop

(((Contact me at to discuss)))



Le Sheng Liu

Hi all, if any of you know a qualified individual who would be interested and available in helping out with film festival submissions and marketing for this feature documentary, please let me know!!!

A feature doc on five students at Crenshaw High School who express teen life in South Central LA through a mix of hip-hop and Shakesearean literature. Directed by Emmy Award-winner Michael King.

The producer/exec producer who has plenty of contacts and experience in the TV, music, and film business. You might work with me a bit if I stay with the project and/or if I end up training you.

Manage and update acct
Help maintain calendar of film fest dates, deadlines, fees
Submit/send films and fees to film festivals; meet deadlines
Communicate with film festivals to request deadline/submission fee waivers

This is the top priority but in the event that the film gets accepted to a fest, you'll need to help out with publicity work ranging from updating our Myspace and website to making calls to radio stations. Please contact me if you're interested or have more questions. We are looking for someone who is flexible and follows through with tasks. Help out with as much as you can, and whatever you can't do, let us know and we can work something out. I started with the internship not long ago and it has been a great experience. My availability has changed so I am looking for an assistant/replacement. Thanks!!


Ben Kempas

Le, you can subscribe to email updates on single topics, so you don't need to log on here every day.

Andrew Zinnes

"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 or call 310-941-2168 for more information or to register.

Los Angeles
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)

San Francisco/Berkeley
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)

Felix Endara


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:

Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.

Warm regards,

Felix Endara
Filmmaker Services Coordinator
Arts Engine. Inc.
104 W. 14th St. 4th floor
New York, NY 10011
(646) 230-6368 x 221

Annie Howell

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
Tishman Auditorium
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 Hester’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 Laurel’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.

Mike Malloy


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.

Bill Kerrigan

Can anyone recommend a production fixer in Peshawar Pakistan.

Ben Kempas

Contact D-Word Members Cameron Hickey and Lauren Feeney. They shot close to the Afghan border in Pakistan. Maybe they can help?

Erica Ginsberg

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

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