There are many "contests" like this, Greg. Many people still submit.
Also, when one submits cold to Discovery, for instance, you basically have to sign something similar before anyone will look at your stuff. From their point of view, they get thousands of submissions, many for ideas that look pretty similar to each other, and would rather be protected from what they see as reasonable-looking, but actually not, stolen ideas. Particularly if the submitted does not have an industry track record.
IDA's DocuDay is almost here. An all-day orgy of documentary deliciousness featuring back to back screenings of all the nominated shorts and features. Happening in LA and NY. LA screenings feature the filmmakers and subjects in attendance. You can buy a single tickets or an all-day pass. It's a heap of fun.
Story Consultant needed – After working on my political documentary for 4 years, I realize that I need someone experienced with fresh eyes who help shape what I've put together into an exciting must watch documentary. Since this is a political documentary, the subject matter won't be for everyone, as I'm telling a story, not pushing an agenda.
Pay would be in some combination of salary and equity. This is an independent film, however, so keep that in mind. DBLasdon AT ca.rr dot com
On Monday night in LA, I'll be moderating a special International Documentary Association Doc U dedicated to the pursuit of the little golden man, and how the Academy's new Oscar rules might change that lovequest in the coming year. Join me and Steve Pond (The Wrap), Dana Harris (IndieWire), James Moll (AMPAS) and Dusty Smith (Roadside Attractions) at Cinefamily @ The Silent Movie Theatre on Monday at 7:30pm. I plan to ask a lot of questions :)
Sounds good. Is there a D-Word promotional code? IF not, no probs!
Nope. But $15 if you're an IDA member. You ARE an IDA member, right Jill? Not that I'll fight with you over it, but ya know...
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Don't Miss Out! Deadlines are fast approaching for both initiatives! Submit Now!
Call for Entries! The New York Television Festival is seeking original, independently produced TV pilots for the UK Section of their Independent Pilot Competition. Warner Bros. International Television Production and Fox Television Studios, in conjunction with Apostle, are each offering development opportunities exclusively to UK producers through the competition! Submissions should be 4-22 minutes in length – more info here: http://www.nytvf.com/2012_ipc_london.htm
DP and Sound Needed in Minneapolis, MN in July, 2012
I will be shooting a series of interviews in Minneapolis for a week in July. Not sure of the specific dates quite yet. The film is about a blind telephone hacker, who spent the last part of his life (he passed away in 2007) living in Minneapolis.
Please send me an email if you are interested with links to work, previous experience, whether you own equipment and if so what.
Feel free to post elsewhere.
Award winning editor/writer/producer/director Doug Blush (that's me!) is offering up documentary project consultations on Kickstarter to support our latest film, OF TWO MINDS. Two different levels of consultation, that also come with lots of other goodies, in the rewards section of our campaign page here:
Five time Sundance filmmaker, multiple Tribecas and SXSWs, PBS, HBO, and network films, nine theatrical releases...I can help your film too! Please pass this on to friends' projects also...join us and help out our new film, premiering soon!
I am a tv producer working in unscripted tv in DC. I have been making a podcast about the creators of unscripted film and tv called "The Real Stuff". It's direct, one-on-one interviews. You can listen for free on my site www.darrencoyle.com or you can subscribe on iTunes for free. Please give it a try, and if you like it tell a friend. It relies on word of mouth. I think most people who go to this site will want to check it out!!
Last minute tickets are still available for tonight's IDA/DOC U event in Los Angeles. We'll be discussing the Academy Award for Documentary, and the new rule changes. How will they affect the environment for doc makers? What were the problems they were trying to solve, and do the new rules actually address them, or make them worse.
Join me and Steve Pond (The Wrap), Dana Harris (IndieWire), James Moll (AMPAS) and Dusty Smith (Roadside Attractions) at Cinefamily @ The Silent Movie Theatre on Monday at 7:30pm.
I've also now secured a D-Word discount for the event. You can buy tickets at http://doc-u-feb-20.eventbrite.com/?discount=DWORDDOCU and enter the discount code DWORDDOCU.
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The Documentary Center at George Washington University is currently recruiting for the position of Executive Associate to the Director.
The role of the Executive Associate at The Documentary Center is an exceptionally important one. This position acts as the right hand, and frequently on behalf of, the Center Director. We are a small office but have a very large mandate, which is to teach documentary production, to host screening exhibitions, and to produce award-winning films for international audiences.
Ranked as one of the top ten documentary programs in the nation, it is the responsibility of the Executive Associate to maintain the standards and presence of The Documentary Center to many and varied communities. The person in the position has daily responsibilities for the administrative and fiduciary organization of the Center, responds to inquiries from potential students and manages our admissions process for The Institute for Documentary Filmmaking, oversees our digital production and post-production technologies as our students move through the Institute process, plans and executes all screening and special events that frequently include partnerships with embassies, film festivals and other academic institutions, conducts all of our social media, marketing, advertising, and promotional campaigns, manages our web presence, and provides general assistance in the support of Documentary Center films and distribution.
The ideal candidate is someone who has superior writing and organizational skills, with a strong foundation in social media, website, digital media and post-production technologies and applications, can manage many kinds of projects at the same time and who can work well independently.
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In order to apply go to: https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/7392
The position is listed as an Executive Support Assistant III in the Center for History in the Media (now known as The Documentary Center)
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Hi D-Word Community-
First met Doug Block in Thom Power's Documentary Producing class at NYU last year and I'm glad to be here.
Anyway, we all know the power of a really great doc trailer as a calling-card to open doors and build production teams – so we're looking for a editor / "trailer doctor" in NYC to re-cut our 10min trailer down to less than 3 min (see link to YT). The doc is called "Get It All Out" – and it's a story about the power of a long-lost music songbook to survive decades in the hearts and minds of those who first heard it and made it. It's cross-platform project that includes a feature, an album, an eBook and a 10 piece orchestra (down from 13 last year, due to market conditions).
Give it a look and let us know what you think by sending along an email to info(at)mediagroove(dot)com with your CV/resume, experience and links to your previous editing work.
Hey, Will, glad to see you made it here. I edited your post only to change your email address (spelling out the "at" and "dot"). Since this is a public topic, you'd be subjected to spammers, otherwise.
Thanks, Doug – forgot about that! I hope to see you at DIY Days this year.
Love DIY Days, so hope to go again this year. Have they announced when it is?
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Mar. 22, 6-10 pm, New York City
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Requirements: laptop equipped for wifi; a film you're working on (at any stage)
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Doug – Sorry for missing your reply – DIY Days is THIS SATURDAY, March 3rd. Same location as last year – New School. http://diydays.com/
Urgh, wish I knew sooner. Just committed to something else on Saturday.
Selling my Zacuto Z finder. Bought it new for $400. If interested, make me an offer.
Hello all. I am looking for an archival research/copyright clearance person. Must have experience doing research and copyright work for documentary film/publishing. This may be a full-time job for the month of March. San Francisco Bay Area a plus, but not required. Contact yyohan 'at' yahoo.com
Wonderful office is available for share. The office is clean and large with wood floors, high ceilings, great natural light and central air conditioning/heat. The building is safe and quiet with lots of friendly, creative neighbors on the floor: doc filmmakers, photographers, etc. Great location, a few blocks from either the 7th Avenue or 15th Street/Prospect Park F stops and lots of great bodegas, cafes, Prospect Park, Celebrate Brooklyn, etc.
Space is available April 1 for short or long term rental. The ideal candidate is someone who works independently or creatively and is not on the phone all day. You'd get a large work space that includes wireless internet, refrigerator and espresso/coffee machine. There is currently an oversized desk, chair and shelves for your use or you can bring your own.
Rent is negotiable, between $275-300, depending on your work schedule (nights, weekends, days, etc) so please let me know what kind of work you do and your typical work week--if you have one.
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Looking for a Native American Documentary-maker
A NYFA thesis student from Bulgaria will soon begin shooting a doc about an Omaha Sioux family who are trying to maintain and nourish their traditional ways against rather daunting societal, economic, and now medical odds. She and I would both like to get her connected to a Native American documentarian for mentoring as she goes. It could be as significant or minimal as anyone is willing to do. She has great craft mentors through the school. And she will have the guidance and advice of several Omaha people. Still, while some of her faculty have made docs with and about Native Americans, none of the Omaha advisers knows anything about filmmaking and none of us has the prospective that an actual Native American might lend her. She'd love to find someone Omaha but will thrilled with anyone who could combine some knowledge of film making with a Native American personal perspective.
Please email me at email@example.com if you, or someone you know, might be willing to help.
Looking for shooter in Cincinnati for Thursday March 28 and Friday March 29, with gear, for medical related interviews & b-roll. The person will also being doing sound and need to have appropriate lav mic for interview. Possibly lighting also. I will be there as producer and camera assistant. Will need to capture or transfer files on location before I return to NYC. $600/day. jill at jillwoodward dot com
Christina King might have ideas for you, Andrea. She is currently Director of Production at Arts Angine in NYC, and she is Native American (Navajo, I think?) She is on Facebook, or feel free to email me for her contact info.
In reply to Andrea Swift's post on Wed 7 Mar 2012 :
I'll pass your request on to a few friends.
Need steady cam op with EX1/3 with wide angle 3 days of week of 3/19 on long island. anyone have anyone? firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for a handheld rig suitable for the Sony F3 for Tues. March 13th--in Seattle. Please email me: margaretlongley(at)gmail(dot)com Thanks!
I am looking for a field sound recordist in Missouri. We'd especially like it if you had your own package. Please email me: tracy(at)dinkypictures(dot)com
Anthology Archives NYC
"Speaking for Myself" Directed by Bert Shapiro, screens tonight 6pm.
Just joined D-Word so would be happy to meet other members who can attend.
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Our next DocuClub will take place on Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m. at DCTV, located at 87 Lafayette (at Walker). This month, we will screen a rough cut of Changing Face of Harlem by award-winning filmmaker Shawn Batey. March's DocuClub will be moderated by Marilyn Ness, Arts Engine's Director of Production.
Changing Face of Harlem is a one-hour documentary that examines the revitalization of Harlem told through the deeply personal stories of its residents, small business owners, politicians, developers and clergy. The film takes a critical look at Harlemâ€™s history, early development, and present transformation. Twenty years ago, according to the press, Harlem was a crime-ridden ghetto full of hoodlums and drugs. Though recognized internationally as â€œThe Black Mecca,â€ the historic neighborhood was overlooked for decades. Longtime residents weathered the storm despite the lack of city services and building landlord abandonment. Bank practices of redlining in the 1980â€™s prevented many residents from purchasing turn of the century brownstones within their own blocks. Recently, however Harlem has matured into a prosperous locale for commercial and corporate interests. As New York City exhausts its scarce amount of centrally located prime real estate, it has marketed Harlem as an ideal investment. With this influx of new investment has come a younger, more professional, and affluent class of residents. The film offers fresh perspectives from community members on the pressing issues of class, cultural preservation and sustainability.
If youâ€™re planning to attend, please RSVP to email@example.com. Admission at DCTV is free for current DocuClub members and $6 for non-members.
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Point of View Magazine's Marc Glassman had a chance to talk to Wim Wenders about his successful documentary "Pina." To accompany the most recent issue's cover piece, we have uploaded the interview for you to enjoy on YouTube. Check it out!
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Hello! I am looking for a grant writer to help with my film – Star in the RIng – it tells the story of when Jews DOMINATED the sport of boxing. It is a part of Jewish history / American history and sport history, that is all but forgotten.
I am honored to say that I received a grant from The Righteous Persons Foundation.
The ideal grant writer could start with helping me write a two page letter of inquiry that can be tailored to the foundations I have narrowed down. I am part of NYFA – which makes this project have a 501 – c – 3 status. I am hoping the good people here – who have done this adventure, may have some recommendations they had good experience and are willing to share. I have been in touch with Joanna Rabiger – she sounds wonderful from people on here... but she is not available till the summer.
Thanks so much for any help!
Here is a link to my website:
and my email is:
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Hello. I'm shooting a feature in Eastern Washington state some time this summer. I'm curious if anyone can point me towards the best grip and electric rental house in Seattle. If there is even more than one. I'm looking for a good deal on a 5 ton package and a 500 amp genny. I'm also looking for local talent in the grip and electric departments. I know this isn't strictly along documentary lines, but I thought I'd give this forum a try, as I'm striking out in other places.
Hi Holden, I recommend Anne Seidlitz, I have worked with her several times on similar projects. I have forwarded your listing to her. Good luck!
Is anyone in need of audio post production services for their documentaries? I work independently as well as with a world class post production studio called Clatter&Din studios. I was recently lead sound designer for the feature films "Safety Not Guaranteed" and "Eden" which did extremely well at Sundance and SXSW respectively. I have also worked on a number of documentary projects including a 50 minute doc called "Uncertain Ice" which you can find a clip from on my website.
I hope to hear from some of you soon.
Award-winning director is seeking an editor for a major high-def PBS documentary with an airdate. Post production to begin shortly.
Willing to consider editors with all levels of experience, but you must be able to work in a team environment, on our site, and you must be fast on FCP 7.0.3
Please respond with current bio or CV to firstname.lastname@example.org (rfilmprod [at] gmail [dot] com
My podcast "The Real Stuff" is a series of one-on-one interviews with the makers of unscripted tv & film.
There is a new one posting today and it was a lovely conversation, I hope you will find it interesting too!
Please check it out on my website: www.darrencoyle.com
My guest this episode is Ray Foley.
Ray is a documentary director and producer working in New York.
In reply to Elizabeth Westrate's post on Wed 28 Mar 2012 :
Thank you so much Elizabeth. I started to work with Joanna Rabiger and will let the group know how it goes. So far she has been more then quick with her communication and full of wonderful ideas! Thanks for the recommendation of Anne.
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For those of you who teach college/film school students, I'm looking for a summer intern to help us out this coming summer. I'm working with a graduate school that relies heavily on doc-style video in its curriculum. I've attached the job description. Feel free to share with your students or distribute to your campus film department list.
I am currently seeking a MARKETING/OUTREACH INTERN to assist with outreach for our documentary film, WORDS OF WITNESS.
WORDS OF WITNESS follows a young female journalist navigating historical times in Egypt. It premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2012. We are currently gearing up for our US premiere.
A minimum commitment of 3 months is required for all internships 10 hours a week. Candidate should have his/her own laptop. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. After 3 month internship is completed, this position has the potential to lead to a long term paying job.
Depending on your interest, responsibilities may include:
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+Assist with administrative tasks around screenings
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+ Ability to think outside of the box and multi task while paying close attention to detail
+ The ideal candidates will be highly motivated self-starters, able to work independently and collaboratively
+ Knowledge of Arabic is a plus though not a requirement
DocuClub Screenings: Next DocuClub Wednesday April 18th at DCTV!
This month, we will screen a rough cut of MEXICAN DREAM. Our moderator will be Vanessa Erazo of New York International Latino Film Festival.
MEXICAN DREAM is about one group of indigenous migrants who change a pastoral but poverty-stricken life in Mexico for a new home in a small meatpacking town in Minnesota. It introduces several families from an impoverished agrarian community in the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico. It also presents a Midwestern meatpacking town that was at the center of a crushing national defeat of the meatpackerâ€™s union during the Reagan administration, where the Mexican migrants have formed their own community that exists uncomfortably alongside the mostly white population.
A mix of observational documentary and montage with reportage via interviews and several inter-titles shows how the strong sense of community amongst these immigrants perseveres in the U.S. while the anxieties of working class life set in. The social effects on the families of migrants back home are profound. MEXICAN DREAM brings these pressing issues to light and humanizes the denigrated, undocumented â€œillegals.â€ It also discusses how these same anxieties haunt the long time white community. Shot on both sides of the border, it shows the contradictions in many Americansâ€™ ideas about immigration
and how Mexican society has accepted it as a convenient outlet for decades.
About the filmmaker:
Jon Wetterau (Videography/Co-Producer) has worked on documentary productions in various roles in India, Central America and Cameroon. He initiated and photographed ONE COUNTRY, CAMEROON; TWO QUARTIERS. He has directed two other projects in his native Queens, New York City and has a work-in-progress about Americans gentrifying San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
About the moderator:
After having spent several years working for various film festivalsâ€”such as the International Latino Film Festival – San Francisco Bay Area, the International Contemporary Film Festival of Mexico City(FICCO) and the Havana Film Festival New Yorkâ€”in a variety of roles, Vanessa Erazo now acts as the Documentary Programmer at the New York International Latino Film Festival. She has curated films on a wide range of topics such as human rights, autism, sports, adoption and homelessness. Until recently, she served as the Programming Co-chair for the New York chapter of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. She is also a regular film contributor for Remezclaâ€”an online Latino culture guide. Vanessa holds a Masterâ€™s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University, and a B.A. in Political Science from San Francisco State University.
Admission at DCTV is free for current DocuClub members and $6 for non-members.â€¨
Tickets will be sold at the door, cash only.â€¨
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No admittance after 7:15 p.m.â€¨â€¨
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