Good call, Mike. Thanks for posting.
DocuClub in February!
Our February DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, February 24, 7 p.m., at DCTV, located at 87 Lafayette Street (at Walker; take N/R/Q/6 trains to Canal).
We will screen a rough cut of PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE by Jonathan Lee. The first documentary about Paul Goodman, the late social critic, poet, philosopher of education, or, as he called himself, "man of letters in the old-fashioned sense," it follows a biographical through-line and is structured around interviews with family, friends, peers, and activists from the peace, educational reform, and gay movements who today are found in Maine, Minnesota, Massachusetts, California, West Virginia, New York City, Vermont, Paris, and Catalonia, Spain. The interviews are interwoven with archival footage of Goodman and major events in which he was involved and photos made available by his widow Sally. Some interviewees include Noam Chomsky, Judith Malina, and Grace Paley. See a trailer here: http://www.paulgoodmanfilm.com/trailer.shtml.
Director/Producer Jonathan Lee served as producer of the FEAR OF DISCLOSURE PROJECT, a series of videos that explore the act of revealing that one is HIV+ or has AIDS, which began with a video by the late Phil Zwickler and David Wojnarowicz. Under Lee's direction, the project produced and distributed (IN)VISIBLE WOMEN, Ellen Spiro and Marina Alvarez, NON, JE NE REGRETTE RIEN (NO REGRET), Marlon T. Riggs, and OUT IN SILENCE & NOT A SIMPLE STORY, Christine Choy. From 1995-2003, Lee was the founder/director of the Maine Speakout Project, a statewide organization that trained and deployed volunteer speakers to share their personal experiences as sexual minority Mainers with mainstream groups throughout the state. In 2003, Lee returned to New York City to begin working on PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE.
Associate Producer Robert Hawk has been a longtime advisor to filmmakers and film festivals, has had his own business, ICI (Independent Consultation for Independents) for over 13 years, and been a part of the independent film scene for 23 years. Producer credits include Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine's acclaimed documentary, BALLETS RUSSES. Starting with his involvement in documentary as a researcher on Rob Epstein's Oscar-winning THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK, he has been credited with discovering and/or nurturing the talents of such filmmakers as Epstein, Nathaniel Kahn (MY ARCHITECT), Kevin Smith (beginning with CLERKS), Ed Burns (BROTHERS McMULLEN), David Siegel and Scott McGehee (DEEP END; BEE SEASON), and Geller & Goldfine. He has also consulted on hundreds of documentaries, including Oscar winners/nominees such as COMMON THREADS: TALES FROM THE QUILT, COMPLAINTS OF A DUTIFUL DAUGHTER, and REGRET TO INFORM.
Editor Kimberly Reed is a filmmaker living in New York City. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazineâ€™s â€œ25 New Faces of Independent Film,â€ and has been awarded a Yaddo Artistsâ€™ Community Fellowship, a Squaw Valley Community of Writers Workshop Fellowship, and a spot in Al Goreâ€™s Current TV Symposium on the Future of Non-Fiction Film. Her work has been featured four consecutive years at IFPâ€™s Independent Film Week. Her film PRODIGAL SONS â€” a co-production with BBC Storyville, Sundance Channel, and CBC/Canada â€” has been shown around the world in festivals and on television. It was also screened in rough cut at DocuClub in April 2008.
Our moderator will be Basil Tsiokos, who has been a Programming Associate (Documentary Features) for the Sundance Film Festival since 2005. He also serves as a consultant for filmmakers and festivals, offering project feedback and advice on festival and promotional strategy. He was the Executive and Artistic Director of NewFest: The New York LGBT Film Festival between 1996 and 2008. Tsiokos has also served as a Coordinator of the IFPâ€™s No Borders Co-Production Market and has guest curated at the Jacob Burns Film Center and for the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and Germanyâ€™s touring Verzaubert Film Festival. Basil has served on festival juries and panels for the Atlantic Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Full Frame, IFP, LaCinemaFe, Outfest, SXSW, and the AIVF. His writing occasionally appears in indieWIRE, and he can be found on Twitter as @1basil1.
Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $6 for non-members.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP at email@example.com. Our previous screenings have sold out and although admission for non-members is on a first-come, first-serve basis, it is highly recommended if you let us know that youâ€™ll be attending.
Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:
TONIGHT!!!!! How do you find the most amazing images for your film amongst the billions of frames out there in the Archival world? And how can you get the most affordable ones, at that? We're talking to Rosemary Rotondi, foremost Archival Film Researcher with credits such as BAND OF BROTHERS this Thursday, February 11th on DOC TALKS. We're going to get the low-down on saving tons of money and time and getting the very best footage and stills for your film.
DATE: Thursday, February 11th, 2010
TIME: 5pm PST (6pm Mtn, 7pm Central, 8pm EST) for 30 minutes
This call is for Members Only. Join us!
Rosemary Rotondi is also a full member of The D-Word – we already value her as a generous and knowledgeable expert in this complex field.
In reply to Tailinh Agoyo's post on Thu 11 Feb 2010 :
How do I get on the call?
I imagine you'd click on the link in Tailinh's post to find out, Donald.
Tribeca Cinemas Presents: Doc Series 2010
From the team behind the Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas Presents: Doc Series is an exciting new series of interesting, innovative and thought-provoking documentary films. Join us every other Monday night at Tribeca Cinemas for another must-see film.
This bi-weekly series represents a powerful and varied mix of overlooked gems, out-of-print and cult classics, niche audience favorites, and seminal works that have helped to shape the non-fiction film landscape.
While dealing with a wide variety of subjects, each film has both connected with its core audience and resonated with a broader audience that isnâ€™t always associated with traditional documentary film. In short, Tribeca Cinemas Presents: Doc Series is here to bring you the must-sees of documentary cinema.
2.22.10: Dark Days
3.8.10: Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison
3.22.10: Nerdcore Rising
Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and students with a valid ID and can be purchased online.
All TC Doc Series screenings start at 7:30 pm at Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street (at Laight, one block south of Canal).
Share a cocktail with your fellow doc lovers before or after each screening in the Tribeca Cinemas bar!
We look forward to seeing you at the movies.
You only need to post in one Topic (this one is fine). Use Introduce Yourself to tell us who you are and what brought you here.
Documentary Tip – LIGHTS, CAMERA, INSURANCE: HOW MUCH INSURANCE DO I NEED? By Winnie Wong http://ning.it/95MjAZ
In reply to Donald Goldmacher's post on Fri 12 Feb 2010 17:54 UTC :
Hi Donald, Sorry I missed your post. If you would like to join the next teleseminar on documentary insurance on Feb 25, go to www.documentaryhowto.com and click on free teleseminar.
WOMEN MAKE MOVIES – JOB POSTING –
PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Dear WMM Friend,
We are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for our Production Assistance Program Coordinator position. Please feel free to pass along the information below to any interested parties. Your help is greatly appreciated!
PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Founded in 1972, Women Make Movies (WMM) is a non-profit feminist, media arts organization dedicated to the distribution and exhibition of films by and about women. Women Make Moviesâ€™ Production Assistance (PA) Program provides assistance to emerging and experienced women directors in the production of new documentaries, fiction and experimental films.
WMM is seeking a Production Assistance Program Coordinator who will report directly to the Executive Director and work with our Program Consultant. The PA Program assists women filmmakers to independently produce films by providing fiscal sponsorship, workshops, seminars, and various online resources. The Coordinator will manage the fiscal sponsorship program, including review of applications, administering contributions and disbursements, preparing government funding reports, and handling production assistance inquiries. Additional responsibilities include organizing and scheduling workshops and seminars, updating information resources and the PA section of our website, and promoting the program and its activities.
Skills, Qualifications and Other Requirements:
At least two years experience working in a non-profit arts organization
Must have some familiarity with foundation/government fundraising
A basic knowledge of film production and/or financing.
This position requires someone to be extremely detailed, computer savvy, and who can successfully juggle multiple tasks in a productive and positive manner.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to meet deadlines.
Flexibility, professionalism, a positive attitude, and a sense of humor, of course, are mandatory!
HOW TO APPLY: Please email resume with and letter noting relevant experience and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate Production Assistance Program Coordinator in the subject line and tell us where you saw the posting. Women Make Movies offers a competitive salary based upon experience, as well as an excellent benefits package including employer-paid medical and dental insurance, long term disability, retirement plan, vacation, and paid holidays. Women Make Movies is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women of color, lesbians, and older women to apply.
Women Make Movies is the world's leading distributor of independent films by and about women. For three years in a row, films from WMM have taken home top prizes at Sundance. In 2009, ROUGH AUNTIES by acclaimed filmmaker Kim Longinotto won the World Cinema Documentary Jury Prize; and in 2008 THE GREATEST SILENCE: RAPE IN THE CONGO received the Special Jury Prize in Documentary. Additionally, WMM's well-established Production Assistance (PA) Program helps American women directors get their stories to the screen. Recent films of note from the Production Assistance Program include Oscar-nominated NERAKHOON (THE BETRAYAL) by Ellen Kuras and EL GENERAL, by Natalia Almada, winner of the Sundance Directing Award in U.S. Documentary. For more, visit our website at www.wmm.com.
Women Make Movies â€¢ 462 Broadway #500 â€¢ New York â€¢ NY â€¢ 10013
As part of the Documentary Organization of Canada's ReBoot project lab running from February 16 to 19, www.docspace.ca has launched a new ReBoot page featuring video presentations created by leaders in cross-platform media including Blog Cinematech's Scott Kirsner, the National Film Board's Kat Cizek, cross-media expert Lance Wieler and Upian.com's Alexandre Brachet. You can also post questions and comments for the ReBoot presenters. New presentations uploaded daily. Find out more about ReBoot and how to register for the wrap-up event on February 19 in Toronto at www.docorg.ca.
Documentary Director Looking for Cameraperson in Nairobi.
A friend asked for help in finding a cameraperson to hire based in Nairobi. Shooting in HD for one week beginning 2.31.10. Filming at a school outside of Nairobi. Interview set up and additional filming in the regional area. If anyone has suggestions, please let me know or contact:
Adam Del Deo
Perhaps Christopher means Sunday, February 28th? Or Monday, March 1st? Or perhaps the numbers have been switched around such that the actual date is Sunday, March 21st – or 03.21.10? Only one way to find out, I guess.
In reply to Christopher Quinn's post on Fri 19 Feb 2010 :
Hey Koen and James, Good catch. I hotfooted the details to post. The producer and director are traveling now but I am certain she intended to mean Sunday, 2.28.10.
Someone in the member classifieds has already connected them with a potential cameraperson in Nairobi but let me know if you have other recommendations.
James, thanks for the tip on d-word, it has already brought grist to the mill.
Great to see you here, Christopher – looking forward to seeing you in person next time we're in the same town.
It'll put meat on your bones, too, Christopher. Just give it time.
DocuMentors DOC TIP #7: Writing a Strong Treatment
Treatments are an invaluable tool at any step of the way in the filmmaking process. They are a succinct and descriptive way to get across the elements of your film to others. They are usually 1-2 pages and contain only the essential information about your project. (Sometimes a treatment can go up to 4 pages, and then would include a longer narrative story summary, and more character information). The writing should be well-organized, grammatically correct and exciting and tantalizing to read. You want to hook your reader and get them interested in your project so that they want to know more and so that they become a supporter of the project.
Itâ€™s essentially a marketing tool that is helpful in fundraising, distribution, and many other steps of the filmmaking process. Writing a treatment can also really help you sharpen your own ideas and concept of your film.
Your treatment should contain the following elements:
...for the rest of this doc tip, go to www.documentaryhowto.com and click on DOCUMENTARY TIPS.
CALL FOR ENTRIES
Held beneath the red rocks of Zion National Park, the international 4th Annual Red Rock Film Festival comes back in November of 2010 with more excellent programming that will both challenge and educate the mind. The Xtreme sports docs and off-the-charts dramatic features are just the accessories to the festivalâ€™s staple of political documentaries and foreign film.
The festival boasts a strict "no back-door" fairness policy directing all competition entrants, including friends and "high-profile" films to submit online where every film entered goes through "the red mill" previewing and selection process. Early entrants are treated to feedback upon request so they can resubmit new versions of their film, and we offer extremely low entry fees ;)
ENTRY FEES & DEADLINES
Triple Chance Deadline**: March 31, 2010, $13
Double Chance Deadline*: April 30, 2010, $14
Regular Deadline: May 30, 2010, $15
Late Deadline: June 30 2010, $20
**Enter 3 versions of the same film
*Enter 2 versions of the film
You may enter on withoutabox or at http://www.redrockfilmfestival.com/RedPages/entries.html
DocuClub Co-Hosts screening of PRODIGAL SONS on March 4, 7:20 p.m., New York City.
After a successful festival run full of accolades, Kimberly Reedâ€™s autobiographical tour-de-force [www.prodigalsonsfilm.com] premieres in New York City at the Cinema Village on February 26, and then makes its way through San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, among other cities.
DocuClub is proud to co-present New Yorkâ€™s screening at Cinema Village (22 East 12th Street, between Fifth Avenue and University Place), on Thursday, MARCH 4TH, at 7:20 p.m. Director Reed will be available for a Q&A post-screening moderated by DocuClubâ€™s Felix Endara.
Advance tickets are available for PRODIGAL SONS at Cinema Village can be purchased here:
Returning home to a small town in Montana for her high school reunion, filmmaker Kimberly Reed hopes for reconciliation with her long-estranged adopted brother, Marc. But along the way she uncovers stunning revelations, including his blood relationship with Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth, intense sibling rivalries and unforeseeable twists of plot and gender that forces them to face challenges no one could imagine.
Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Best Documentary Jury Prize at NewFest, and Special Jury Prizes for Fearless Filmmaking at the Florida Film Festival and Bravery in Storytelling at the Nashville Film Festival, PRODIGAL SONS is a raw and provocative examination of one familyâ€™s struggle to come to terms with its past and present.
PRODIGAL SONS is opening throughout the U.S. in March. For specific dates and locations, check:
Seeking Manhattan Apt. Rental for March 24 – April 4 (11 days)
I am posting this for a friend:
Rental needed in Manhattan, for the visiting family of documentary film student :
2 parents, (architect/administrator) and 2 siblings (ages 15 and 28).
They are visiting from Madrid, Spain to see their daughter, Caye, who is studying film in NYC at Hunter.
They speak English, are quiet, and are non-smokers, and courteous housekeepers.
Because they will have to do a hotel reservation very soon if they don't find a rental, kindly reply ASAP.
LOCATION: if near East 23rd Street or Union Square is a plus, but not required. Convenient Williamsburg might work also.
Hi. I'm selling my nearly new Panasonic DVX 100B. The camera is in great shape and comes with a camera bag, charger, and three batteries.
All included for $1800 or best offer.
Please email email@example.com if you are interested.
DOCUMENTARY TIP #7: Distribution Strategies for a Changing World
The current state of Independent Film Distribution is complex and ever-shifting. Below is a run-down of a recent talk given at IDFA by indie film distribution guru and strategist Peter Broderick, as reported by our staff member, Carol Ann Short.
Seize the Future: The Cutting Edge of Distribution
There are currently unprecedented opportunities and challenges in what Peter Broderick calls the â€œNew World of Distribution.â€ As traditional distribution has continued to decline, a growing number of filmmakers are using state-of-the-art models to maximize both audience and revenues. Peter consults with filmmakers and media companies to develop strategies to maximize distribution, audiences, and revenues.
First of all, Peter believes that the cornerstone of every distribution plan must include a Web site and a meaningful Distribution List. Many strategy steps will stem from these two items.
Here are some things to think about when crafting the distribution and marketing plan for your film.
I've worked with Peter for almost 6 years. He's a pathfinder in the world of documentary distribution and a fabulous person. If you're interested in distribution, he's the man to work for.
Join us at the cutting edge of distribution. I'm Peter Broderick, an independent film consultant and distribution strategist. I'm looking for a resourceful, friendly, and committed teammate. You will manage scheduling, billing, and database of contacts; handle filmmaker relations; and research new distribution models. This is a great opportunity to provide support for exceptional films and pioneering filmmakers.
You must have an engaging personality, be diligent, and extremely well-organized. A passion for independent film is important, and a knowledge of documentaries a plus. Must be a self-starter with solid writing, typing, research, and Mac computer skills (owning a Mac laptop is essential). Flexible schedule--25-30 hours/week split between work at home and Westside Los Angeles office. Must be reachable outside scheduled hours for urgent questions. Minimum commitment of one year.
To learn more about Paradigm Consulting, visit www.peterbroderick.com.
To apply, send a resume and cover letter to associate at peterbroderick dot com with the exact subject line "Associate Application." The cover letter should state: why you want this job; your qualifications and relevant experience; and your long-term goals. Please write your letter with care since it will give me a sense of who you are, what's important to you, and how well you express yourself.
Please do not call.