I'm an emerging, non-union Director of Photography / Camera Operator with over 10 years of experience working on national TV commercials, music videos, and feature narrative films. My years of working in still photography gave me an extensive understanding of lighting and composition which I've segued into my cinematography. Although, I have no experience in non-fiction storytelling, I am extremely passionate about documenting the truth. As Federico Fellini once said,"My fantasy is to make something REAL". So, please feel free to contact me whether or not your next project calls for a Director of Photography and/or Camera Operator.
FLAHERTY NYC PRESENTS
Rebecca Richman Cohen's WAR DON DON
MONDAY, MAY 9, 7:30 PM, ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES
32 SECOND AVE, NEW YORK, NY, 10003
$9/GENERAL $7/STUDENTS & SENIORS $6/AFA MEMBERS
Director Rebecca Richman Cohen and producer Francisco Bello in person for discussion with Chris Santora, one of the Sesay trial prosecutors featured in the film!
Rebecca Richman Cohen's remarkable debut film WAR DON DON begins at the end of a decade-long civil war in Sierra Leone which has left a population devastated by mass murder, rape and savage disfigurement. Now, in the capital city of Freetown, United Nations soldiers guard a heavily fortified building known as the Special Court. Inside, a man named Issa Sesay awaits his trial. The prosecution say Sesay is a war criminal, guilty of heinous crimes against humanity. The defense says he is a reluctant fighter who protected civilians and was himself a victim of terrible poverty and violent coercion. Justice Benjamin Itoe says the Court means "to bring an end to impunity and to contribute to the peace and reconciliation process." WAR DON DON presents the trial of Issa Sesay in incredible detail and from myriad perspectives, offering a rare and penetrating view of international criminal justice.
"One of the most viscerally compelling documentaries of the year. It will leave you haunted."
Mary Anderson Casavant, Filmmaker Magazine
"Without eliding the grim human cost of the crimes and criminals involved, Rebecca Richman Cohen's unusually lucid documentary plays against type."
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Fascinating and complex... a remarkably sophisticated examination of the machinery of justice."
The Independent Weekly, Raleigh, NC
Rebecca Richman Cohen is an award-winning filmmaker and a law school graduate with experience in international human rights and criminal defense. She interned as an investigator at the Bronx Defenders and continued to do investigative work at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, working on a legal defense team for Alex Tamba Brima in the AFRC-accused case. Five months after leaving the Brima defense team, she returned to Sierra Leone to begin production on WAR DON DON. Between trips to Sierra Leone, she has been adjunct faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where she taught an undergraduate seminar entitled "Human Rights, Mass Atrocity, and Documentary Film" and at American University's Human Rights Institute where she taught "Criminal Justice Stories in Film." Rebecca graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and with a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. For her work on WAR DON DON she was awarded the the Cinereach Award for excellence in vital, artful storytelling. WAR DON DON also won the Special Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival. In 2010 Rebecca was profiled in Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces in Independent Film.
Deborah Dickson, a three-time Academy Award nominee, is an independent filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY.
===Upcoming at Flaherty NYC===
Seva Lives (Francisco Serrano) Monday, June 12 at Anthology Film Archives
In 1983, a Puerto Rican newspaper published Seva: History of the first U.S. invasion of Puerto Rico in May 1898. This fictional account of the U.S. invading Puerto Rico and massacring its people was a national sensation. SEVA LIVESdeconstructs the sociopolitical debate of the facts and myths surrounding the history of Puerto Rico and explores the issues that arise when fiction meddles with recollections of the past. Organized by Cinema Tropical, this screening celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 7th Robert J. Flaherty Seminar, held in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico.
Need a great NYC creative work space near everything in Union Square? Turn key production suite with six workstations available June 15th. Optional Avid. Call for details: 212.477.2211
TWN Spring Evening Workshops 2011!
TWN presents its seasonal series of walk-in seminars on production topics you need – from production planning and distribution, to new media production, sound recording and more. All classes are $20 ($10 for low income) unless otherwise noted. The workshops take place at Third World Newsreel. Register now by emailing email@example.com.
Tuesday, May 10th, 6:30 PM
Sound Recording: Tips for Better Results and New Gear
An intro to getting decent sound and a look at some of the more popular mixers, hard drive recorders and radio mikes. Whether working with the 5D, the 900 or your tiny FS200. Facilitated by JT Takagi, recordist/filmmaker with gear courtesy of Professional Sound Services. ($20/10 low income)
Tuesday, May 24th, 6:30 PM
Production Planning and Budgeting with Ann Bennett
Prepping your film – from R&D to production, post and distribution – with a special focus on budgets and planning your multiplatform strategy. Led by Producer/Director Ann Bennett, multimedia producer for Through a Lens Darkly ($20/10 low income)
Stay tuned for more! Production Planning, Marketing and Distribution.
All Classes held at:
Third World Newsreel
545 Eighth Avenue, 10th Flr
between 37th and 38th Streets
1, 2, 3, A, C, E to Times Square
212 947-9277 x 15
RSVP and info – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to get active on Twitter but been putting it off? Check out our May Twitter BASICS workshop for filmmakers and other creatives. Deets in the hidden section.
Looking for a Grant Writer
I am producing a Documentary about a Horse Sanctuary in Northern Idaho. As we profile the owner and volunteers at this ranch we touch on issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Autism Spectrum, Foster Care, Economy and the fate of unwanted horses.
Production: 60% complete
Post: 20% complete
We have already spent about 50k and need about 150k more in grants and other sponsorship. I am a first time Documentary Producer and am especially new to the Grant and Funding process. We need someone who has experience and success at writing Grants and other fund raising proposals to come on board with us. This is a PAID position.
Please email me at: email@example.com
Adam, a number of D-Word members have raved about Joanna Rabiger as a grant writer.
I just tried to get in touch with her yesterday coincidentally, but her website was having some issues and I couldn't get her an email. Thanks to you guys, I can now!
In reply to Adam Johnson's post on Thu 12 May 2011 :
I second Doug, we've worked with Joanna and she's phenomenal.
I am working on 'Under the Radar' a documentary on the undocumented Irish living in New York. I could do with adivce/help on fundraising options.
'Under the Radar' is a documentary feature that chronicles the lives of the undocumented Irish who immigrated to New York looking for a better life or simply to avoid the unemployment lines back home. It is factual storytelling at its best. It is told from the prospective of three recently arrived Irish immigrants as they navigate their way through a myriad of hurdles in order to stay one step ahead of the immigration authorities. It captures the excitement and disappointment immigrants go through in the Big Apple as they pursue their dreams. It chronicles their fears and aspirations in the wake of 9/11.
Thanks for taking the time.