In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 9 Dec 2009 :
In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 9 Dec 2009 :
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.
In reply to Tailinh Agoyo's post on Mon 21 Dec 2009 :
Still not enough, Tailinh. You need to have a talk with those Mentors, especially now that their rates are going up ;-)
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 http://www.docsinprogress.org.
If you have any additional questions, please contact Director of
Programs and Services Adele Schmidt at adeleATdocsinprogressDOTorg
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...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
A friend is looking for a local fixer in Guatemala City and also in Honduras for shoots in January 2010.
Email him – email@example.com
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 itâ€™s a bit like dreaming up your treatment when you donâ€™t know how your film is going to play out. Itâ€™s a series of creative and educated guesses that can dramatically impact your film. The way I start the budgeting process is...
READ MORE at http://documentaryhowto.com/documentary-blog
Happy holidays. :)
In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 22 Dec 2009 :
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 DeanHamer@aol.com with your resume or links to samples.
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 Deanhamer@aol.com with resume.
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!
Free teleseminar with Food, Inc. producer, Elise Pearlstein. Thursday, January 7. It's free and open to everyone. Register at www.documentaryhowto.com.
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 www.documentaryhowto.com to register for the teleseminar.
I will be speaking at Notre Dame on February 5th. It's free, so please come join if you happen to be in IN. I look forward to meeting you!
I'm traumatized I won't get to hear you speak, Danielle. Have fun.
The Amtrak goes directly from Penn Station to South Bend. Only takes 17 hours. See you there!
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.
The Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 22-April 29, 2010!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or if you want to discuss your project- more details are below.
IFP'S 2010 INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER LABS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
Documentary Lab â€“ April 12â€“16, 2010; Application deadline FEBRUARY 12
Narrative Lab â€“ June 7â€“11, 2010; Application deadline MARCH 26
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 Discoveryâ€™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 Universityâ€™s Tisch School of the Arts and has a B.F.A. in Film and Television.
Producer Christina D. Kingâ€™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: TECUMSEHâ€™s VISION directed by Chris Eyre and Ric Burns. King also field produced for Michael Mooreâ€™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 Eyreâ€™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 Filmmakerâ€™s Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. His other credits include A THIEF OF TIME and SKINWALKERS for PBSâ€™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 Universityâ€™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 artistsâ€™ 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: email@example.com.
Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also consider short docs for future programs. Check out the lineup for our January 27th event: http://nywift.org/article.aspx?id=2107
Cool Audio Producer job in NYC just posted by The National Black Programming Consortium:
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.
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Post by Arts Engine NY.
2010 TALKING PICTURES FESTIVAL (www.talkingpicturesfestival.org) – January 22 deadline coming up!
This very doc-friendly festival invites independent filmmakers to submit their films to its annual festival competition in Evanston, Illinois (next to Chicago). Run by filmmakers, the Talking Pictures Festival seeks films that are thought-provoking, intriguing, entertaining, vibrant, authentic, artful and informative.
Festival takes place in May 2010 and attracts filmgoers from the entire northern Chicago metro-area. Low entry fees. Free for international entries. Cash awards for winning entries.
Last year's fest lineup included well-known docs alongside lesser known, international and regionally produced films. Doc award-winner was "Body & Soul: Kathy & Diana" by Alice Elliott.
Regular postmark DEADLINE: January 22, 2010
Late postmark DEADLINE: February 1, 2010
Entry form and more info at: www.talkingpicturesfestival.org
Submit your entry at: www.withoutabox.com/login/8776
Questions? Contact: email@example.com
ATTN: DC area documentarians...
Docs In Progress is excited to welcome two guest experts to our workshop offerings at the Documentary House in downtown Silver Spring, MD:
Jay Schlossberg from Media Central will be speaking next Monday about working internationally with a focus on how to navigate carnets, insurance, finding a local crew and fixer, and budgeting for things you may never have had to consider when filming in the U.S.
WHEN? Monday, January 25 (6:30 Networking/7:00-8:30 pm Presentation and Q&A)
FEE? $35 ($30 for Docs In Progress DocsInsiders). Because of limited space for only 15 participants, advance registration is highly recommended.
MORE INFO? http://www.docsinprogress.org/index.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=41&jevtype=jevent&year=2010&month=01&day=25&Itemid=1
Christine Intagliata's presentation on Writing Documentary Treatments was so popular last Fall that we've brought her back to lead a three-night workshop on the same subject. She'll focus on how to take the film in your head and translate your ideas into words to help with fundraising or working with a specific client. Participants will receive samples of successful treatments and, because this is a longer session, will get to develop their own treatments during the course.
WHEN? January 28 – February 11 (three consecutive Thursday nights from 7:00 – 9:00 pm)
FEE? $250 ($225 for Docs In Progress DocsInsiders). Because of limited space for only 10 participants, advance registration is highly recommended.
MORE INFO? http://www.docsinprogress.org/index.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=39&jevtype=jevent&year=2010&month=01&day=28&Itemid=1
For more information on these and other Docs In Progress programs and how to become a DocsInsider, visit our website at http://www.docsinprogress.org or contact Adele Schmidt, Director of Programs and Services, at adeleATdocsinprogressDOTorg or (301) 789-2797.