Hi everyone. I have a question. In terms of copyright and legal issues, is it okay for me to publicly screen trailers of documentaries without asking for permission from the relevant persons?
In reply to Mildred Achoch's post on Sun 13 Mar 2011 :
Mildred, are you talking about permission from the relevant directors/producers, or is this a trailer of a film you are making and you're talking about the characters?
Trailers are confined to the same copyright rules as any other audiovisual work. This generally means that you require people's permission to reproduce their work (in case of the author) or voice and likeness (in case of characters in a film you're making). There are exceptions though, like when your film is about a public figure, say a politician.
If you're talking about other people's work: many times filmmakers will fully copyright their documentary but assign a Creative Commons license (creativecommons.org) to the trailer, so it can be freely shared without permission (although often not altered). So this would differ from trailer to trailer.
Hi Koen. Thank you for your detailed reply :-)
I would like to screen a collection of rock documentary trailers since getting permission and/or the money to pay the producers so that I can screen their full documentaries is rather hectic (I'm speaking from experience). I was thinking that screening the trailers would be a kind of shortcut in that I would showcase the various documentaries without the related expenses.
Thanks for the info about the Creative Commons license. I will explore this.
FLAHERTY NYC: "PSYCHOGEOGRAPHIES"
!! TONIGHT !!
Monday, March 14, 7:30pm, Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Ave, New York, NY | $9
For the March installment of the Flaherty NYC monthly screening series, The Flaherty will present PSYCHOGEOGRAPHIES: work by Kathryn Ramey, Jason Livingston, & Joel Schlemowitz, a program of four 16mm films about places that are both real and imagined. There will be a post-screening discussion with the filmmakers, moderated by Colin Beckett, Critical Writing Fellow at UnionDocs.
Yanqui WALKER and the OPTICAL REVOLUTION (Kathryn Ramey, 2009, 33min)
An experimental documentary about William Walker, an American expansionist and military dictator. Through military force and coercion, Walker became president of Nicaragua in 1856. The film blends found footage, documentary photography, ethnographic inquiry and personal travelogue with hand-processing, optical printing and hand conducted time-lapse to detour and derail the various approaches to history-making that have been applied to this story. Yanqui WALKER not only tells us something about history and how it connects to current political, social and economic situations, but also how art and poetry can be a means to subvert and transcend even the most oppressive of narratives. Winner, â€œBest Short Docâ€ at Athens International Film and Video festival; Jury selection (1st prize) at the Black Maria Film Festival.
"The stylized strategy of Kathryn Ramey captures the mythology of her allusive subject in this unusual work." â€“Black Maria Film + Video Festival
Weimar (Joel Schlemowitz, 1996, 8 mins)
This little film took root while reading Henri Murger's Bohemian Life and Alex De Jong's Weimar Chronicles, while feeling admiration for the quiet heroism of Rudy Burckhardt's movies, while the next NYFA rejection arrived, and while a little free film was slipped my way, befitting a project about the value of art in people's lives, and ironically commenting on such through the thrift of its production. No plot. No story. Just a series of suggestive tableaus. The bohemians are played by: Stephen Callahan, Marchette DuBois, Lee Ellickson, Genese, Gary Goldberg, Rebecca Hampden, Alice MacIntyre, Bridget Meeds, Wanda Phipps, Jennifer Todd Reeves, Madeline Schwartzman, MM Serra, and Stuart Sherman.
Tombeau for Arnold Eagle (Joel Schlemowitz, 1994, 4 mins)
A memorial film for my mentor, who was once Robert Flahertyâ€™s cinematographer.
â€œJoel Schlemowitz is a wizard of cinema. Each [film] is a unique gem â€“ quirky, provocative, playful, often handmade, and always daring â€“ celebrating Joel's astonishing mastery of the tools of filmmaking, and his poetic grasp on the art of cinema.â€ â€“Alan Berliner
Under Foot & Overstory (Jason Livingston, 2005, 35 mins)
Local environmentalists, the Friends of Hickory Hill Park, work to protect nearly 200 acres of unique urban parkland in Iowa City, Iowa. The organization's mission statement must be produced. The inaugural Hickory Hill Park calendar must be completed. Nature images run parallel, collide or drift beside the demands of group writing, open space and the park's changing boundary. There will be a 6 minute intermission. Winner of a Jury Prize at the New York Underground Film Festival.
â€œThe best piece on Program 6 [from Onion City] is another unusual documentary, Jason Livingston's Under Foot and Overstory; the sound track recording of a friends of the park committee trying to draft its mission statement combines with fragmented images to remind us that parks are works in progress." -â€“Fred Camper
how do I start this and grab attention but not sound bland?
well, I want to be a documentary filmmaker in real life after college, but the film program here at Binghamton isn't really giving me the experience I need. Is anyone looking for a volunteer/intern this summer? I don't need to be paid or get credit or anything, I just need to learn. I am a very friendly, level headed person with problem solving skills and the ability to think both logically and creatively.
I have a passport and think I would actually prefer traveling anywhere.
I am a fast learner with technical experience already.
Please contact me if you are a filmmaker and would like help this summer, or if you know anyone who fits that description.
Thanks for reading.
Have a Great Day
Would like to invite everyone to join NALIP NY's 1st event of the year:
SPOTLIGHT ON DOCUMENTARIES MIXER
This is the first of a series of bi-monthly events organized by NALIP-NY. Each event will feature a discussion with industry insiders, showcase New York-based filmmakersâ€™ work and will of course provide an opportunity to connect with seasoned industry professionals.
WHEN: MARCH 22nd
â€¢ Greg Rhem, Documentary Acquisitions, Original Programming for HBO
â€¢ Francisco Bello & Tim Sternberg, Co-Directors of 'El EspÃritu de la Salsa' and Academy Award nominees
â€¢ Nicolas Entel, Director of 'Sins of My Father' and NALIP 2010 Estela Award for Documentary Film
National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP): All are Welcome!
Steve James in conversation at IDA's Doc-U Series
Doc legend, Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Stevie, The New Americans) is coming to IDA's Doc U seminar series this Monday at the Cinefamily Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles.
You can see more and buy tickets here
I think it will be a fascinating night, complete with a mixer afterwards, and lots of great folks in attendance. I highly recommend you attend if you can.
Also, in May, IDA will be hosting none other than Doug Block himself, in conversation with yours truly. Stay tuned for info on that...
Marj, may I ask if there is a D-Word discount code? :-)
Looking for a sound recordist in Boston tomorrow evening. Half day, $400 with gear. Best to contact me directly at aschocken at gmail.
DocuClub in April!
Our April DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, April 6, 7 p.m., at DCTV, located at 87 Lafayette (at Walker).
This month, we will screen a rough cut of HOW TO LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY by Therese Shecter. Investigating father/daughter purity balls, million-dollar virginity auctions and the search for the mythic hymen, Shechter poses two compelling questions: Why does virginity still hold such importance in an otherwise hyper-sexualized American society? And does virginity actually exist, or is it just a social construct created to keep the girls in line? Shechter engages sex educators, porn producers, abstinence advocates, historians and teenagers, to dig beneath the no-win double-message of a culture that cynically encourages virginity but sells promiscuity. (Think tight t-shirts that say "Virginity is Hot," expressing the virgin/whore dichotomy in a cotton/ polyester blend.) Traveling through pop culture, religion and history, Shechter plays the audienceâ€™s navigator, deconstructing the elusive, mysterious and not-always-precious gift that is virginity.
Producer/Director Therese Shecter considers herself a full-fledged virginity geek now that sheâ€™s been a panelist at Harvard Universityâ€™s Rethinking Virginity conference and presented Feels Like the First Time: A Virginity Primer for Nerd Nite at Galapagos Art Space in New York. She also writes about virginity, feminism and sexuality for her blog "The American Virgin." Her first feature documentary I Was a Teenage Feminist screened worldwide in festivals, universities and international womenâ€™s organizations. In 2009, Shechter was honored to personally screen the film at Serbiaâ€™s first-ever Womenâ€™s Film Festival. She is most proud, however, to have been called a â€œbrazen advocate of slut cultureâ€ by a conservative blogger who shall remain nameless. You can read her intermittent tweets @trixiefilms.
Co-producer Lisa Esselstein Co-Producer) lives at the junction of independent film and television. An award-winning writer/producer and editor, she got her start at IFC Entertainment, producing behind-the-scenes documentaries for festival favorites like TRANSAMERICA and ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW. Currently, Lisa produces national promotional campaigns for Sundance Channel films and non-fiction series, including BRICK CITY, LOVE/LUST, and the critically acclaimed ICONOCLASTS.
Editor Dina Guttman has been a part of the documentary world since 1996, editing films shot all over the world. She edited several PBS films including INDEPENDENT SPIRITS (2001), National Geographicâ€™s THE LAST ROYALS (2005), and A HEALING ART (2010); and many film festival successes such as COWGIRLS (2002 USA Film Festival finalist), and ILONA, UPSTAIRS (HBO Audience Award, 2005 Provincetown Film Festival). She and her producing partner, veteran editor Toby Shimin, run the production company Dovetail Films.
Our moderator will be Mitch Teplisky, a documentary producer and marketing/fundraising consultant. His film SOY ANDINA, about two New York dancers who journey to Peru to reconnect with roots, aired on Latino Public Broadcasting's Voces series in 2009-2010. It was crowd-funded by more than 150 donors and business sponsors. Before that, Teplitsky was the long-time marketing director at the Film Society of Lincoln Center – and a volunteer for Docuclub, back in the late 1990s. So moderating this event marks a return to his own Docuclub roots! He is currently producing a New Media project, "The New American Girls," about undocumented teens in America (fiscally sponsored by Docuclub's parent Arts Engine), and plotting new projects in Peru.
If youâ€™re planning to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission at DCTV is free for current DocuClub members and $6 for non-members.
Tickets will be sold at the door, cash only.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No admittance after 7:15 p.m.
Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:
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Hey all-Wanted to pass this along, i'm selling part of my gear. Figured i'd throw it up here if anyone is interested...here's the specs:
FOR SALE: Sony HVR-V1U HDV Camera w/ accessories. Just three years old, this camera is in very good condition. Used primarily on interview shoots and documentary style shoots, itâ€™s been well taken care of. Comes with a number of accessories as well, all purchased the same time as the camera from B&H Photo. (See below) Will also be including Sony 62mm UV Filter for the lens.
Petrol PCCB-1-N Camcorder Bag
Elipz 10K 7 Hour Battery & Charger
Sony HVR V1U HDV Camera
Includes: Remote control, composite video cable, component video cable, HDMI cable, shotgun microphone, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Zoom Lens, 20x, MemoryStick Duo Media slot, dual XLR channels, HDV1080/60i, 1080/24p recording modes, 1/4" 3CMOS ClearVid Sensor.
Asking $2800 OBO.
email me if interested: email@example.com
You could win $14,000 for making a 60-second commercial in Harbor Freight Tools' commercial pitch competition. They're looking for ideas to drive traffic to their stores and website. 10 pitches will win $500. Harbor Freight's goal is to produce up to three of the 10 pitches into commercial spots and air them on cable, network TV and online – a potential audience of millions. Those three winning pitches will each receive a $12,000 production budget, plus a $1,500 bonus for the writer-director. Including the $500 semi-finalist prize, that's a total of $14,000. Pitches are due Monday, April 4, 2011. Go to Filmaka.com/harborfreight to learn more
Selling our trusty Canon XHA1 HDV Camcorder with lots of accessories. The camera is 4 years old, but the tape heads were replaced new in 2008. The camera is in excellent condition. Looking to sell the whole package for $1800 but will take $1500 if you only want the camera.
XH-A1 camera with all original cables/chargers/manual, B+W protective filter on the lens
3 batteries – large capacity BP-970g, BP-950g, and an Impact equivalent of the BP-950g
Petrol camera bag
Azden SGM-1x shotgun microphone with mic muff
Varizoom S-2010 on-camera LED light with Canon battery plate
Hoodman LCD hood
25 Panasonic DVM63AMQ MiniDV tapes
3 Panasonic DVM63PQ MiniDV tapes
email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
I'm shooter and editor, I've 5 years of experience making documentaries and video. I've done 2 documentaries in Africa and some in Europe as shooter/director/editor. In Uganda I made a documentary about alcoholism and in Tanzania about the traditions of Maasai tribe and their impact on contemporary world. I'm interested in controversial issues and social documentaries.
Now I'm looking new experiences, I would to join in some new production or share some of my projects.
I can help in the phase of script, production or post-production. I'm convinced that the experiences of documentaries and videos are more interesting if they are the result of collaborations.
More informations about my works and skills are:
Write to me for any question or consideration,
Franco, given your qualifications, feel free to upgrade your status here to Professional membership, which will give you access to many more discussion topics.
The Director of Bigger Stronger Faster is looking for a great documentary line produceer, DP, Interns, PA's and anyone else that'd like to send me reels, resumes, etc. for my new documentary Trophy Kids.
This film is about the importance that we place on our kids to excel in athletics even though statistics say that only 3% of NCAA Division One Scholarship Athletes will ever turn pro. This film will feature famous athletes, coaches, and most importantly real and touching stories of kids and their parents striving for perfection.
I don't need someone to raise money or executive produce. I have that handled. I need a crew that can shoot this and make it look amazing and someone that can help me everyday in Los Angeles, most likely Venice or Santa Monica with Day to Day production.
Please send resume, reel if you're a DP, and whatever else you'd like to mention to BiggerStrongerFasterYounger@[AT]gmail[DOT]com ATTN: Chris Bell
Six Foot Chipmunk produces robust outreach and engagement campaigns for social-issue documetary films. We work with filmmakers to develop, implement and find funding for multi-facted campaigns that empower audiences to take action in creative and compelling ways. Services include: Grantwriting, crowdfunding, website development, social media management, non-profit partner development, engagement campaign strategizing and production, collateral production, curriculum development and community screening coordination. Past clients include Oscar Nominees Gasland and Sun Come Up, Participant's Standard Operating Procedure, No Impact Man, Truck Farm, Bag It and One Lucky Elephant. Contact Stephanie at bleyer[AT]gmail[DOT]com.
I'm looking for a sound person in or near Munich, Germany who can do pick-up sound on an interview that is partially unusable due to technical issues! A director/producer who has sound gear, a radio producer, or a soundperson would be great. Please contact me at blevison[AT]etsy[DOT]com and I'm happy to tell you more. Any recommendations/references are MUCH appreciated! Thank you!
does anyone need Tapes at half price? :
panasonic DVCPRO AJ-P66MP (190 tapes-retail at $13each)
panasonic DVCPRO AJ-P126LP (7 tapes-retail at $22each)
Sony HDCAM BCT-32HD (7 tapes-retail at $24each)
forgot to put my email. tad[AT]krfilms[DOT]com - thanks
For DC-area folks...
Docs In Progress is excited to announce our next work-in-progress screening, taking place in one week on Wednesday, April 6 at 7 pm at the Silver Spring Civic Building. This program is being produced in partnership with the Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, a program of the Montgomery County Government and is sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.
After the screening, we'll be moderating a workshop-style audience critique session. This honest but constructive feedback is aimed at helping the filmmaker get to the next stage of completing and distributing her film.
THE CREATORS (80 minute fine cut)
by Laura Gamse
Step into the lives of six artists sculpting South Africa's future from the fragments of a tumultuous past. Born in different areas of the formerly-segregated country, the artists separately recraft history – and the impacts of Apartheid – in their own artistic languages. How does creative expression traverse the divide?
Wednesday April 6, 2011
The Silver Spring Civic Building
One Veterans Place (corner of Fenton and Ellsworth)
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Visit our website for further directions by Metro and Driving
Free. No advanced RSVP or tickets required.
More info at http://www.docsinprogress.org
UPDATED CALL FOR ENTRIES:
Africa Volunteer Corps is searching for short films to participate in our Visualize Change series of fundraisers. AVC is an organization dedicated to harnessing the potential of Africans, strengthening grassroots social change in Africa, and putting the development process in the hands of locals. We ask for films that portray empowerment, positive images of Africa, or the importance of local initiatives to the development process. We seek especially to showcase African filmmakers, but we welcome filmmakers of all nationalities.
The selected films will be shown to audiences of 50-100 activists and philanthropists in cities across the Unites States: ; Athens, GA, April 25th; New York, April 26th; Chicago, May 9th. The screenings will be followed by a question and answer session with AVC founder Caitlin Kelley. A biography of each filmmaker (as well as contact information) will be included in our event program. Selected films may also be screened at a sister event in New York city on April 19th. AVC issued a call for entries in Feburary, 2011 for the inaugural Visualize Change event held in Chicago on March 3rd, 2011. The success of the event led us to add more cities and seek out additional films.
Films must be 10 to 60 minutes in length and submitted by April 8th. Please submit digital files to caitlin[DOT]kelley[AT]africavolunteercorps[DOT]org via Dropbox. DVDâ€™s should be sent to Africa Volunteer Corps, c/o Caitlin Kelley, 963 Kent Ave, #3, Brooklyn, NY 11205. Films must be received by April 8th to be considered for inclusion in our 2011 forum. Films sent after this deadline will be kept for consideration in future events.
Need intern this Saturday (April 2) in Cambridge, MA with their own EX 1 to be a second camera on a shoot of interviews with children about what they know about gays and lesbians. The day should be good experience working with talented cinematographer on an 8- 10 hour shoot. Small stipend available. Shoot is for a short teacher training film for non-profit. Please contact me off the list if interested at Ellen Brodsky (one word) at comcast dot net.