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Yance I have a lot of terrific students who fit the bill. How many do you need?
Hi, I'm working for an acclaimed documentary filmmaker in Santa Monica.
We are looking for interns to log footage.
More details to be discussed once the dialogue starts.
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The Paley Center is offering a $5,000 finishing grant to an emerging filmmaker working as part of our annual Pitch Workshop.
The Pitch Workshop is offering the grant for an unfinished, work-in-progress documentary film.
Late deadline is Sept. 7. You can find out more and apply here:
We're now also featuring video of our past pitch workshops – very useful for learning how to pitch your documentary film.
Seeking Toronto based AP's, PA's and interns for a doc project. Shoot begins around Sept 7 and goes until 20th Sept. All positions are PAID. Please send a resume and cover letter to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for a local shooter with HD/HDV and basic sound set-up for a one-person, one-day doc-style commercial shoot on Kona, Hawaii. The date is flexible, October 6, 7 or 8. Please send me an email at email@example.com.
2010 ROGUE & AMC BIG BREAK MOVIE CONTEST OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!
The Rogue and AMC Big Break Movie Contest announces its call for entries! Submit your film and launch your career.
The winning film will be released in 50 AMC theaters nationwide.
The submission period runs from Aug 16th to Oct 15th, 2010.
NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS.
ENTER YOUR FILM NOW!
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If interested, please contact Steve Mendelsohn at 646-230-6368. ext. 231, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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CALL FOR ENTRIES
Scottish Documentary Institute is pleased to announce that Bridging the Gap 8 is now open for applications!
We are looking for Scottish-based filmmakers to make 10 minute documentaries on the theme of SHIFT. We want films to be told in the first person – either by the filmmaker or the main character.
12 ideas will be short-listed on the basis of the proposal and supporting materials. In the following weeks they will be developed through weekend workshops so that they can be pitched to a panel of experts who will commission the final 5 projects in December 2010. The films, to be delivered by April 2011, are intended for distribution in cinemas and festivals.
Who can apply?
This scheme is open to all filmmakers based in Scotland, and particularly aims to bridge the gap between training/graduation and a first commission, and those filmmakers who have not made films for the big screen. We are especially interested in filmmakers from diverse and under-represented backgrounds. We cannot accept applications from students in full time education.
DEADLINE: 6 October 2010
Supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise & ERDF via Screen HI, Edinburgh College of Art, home of Scottish Documentary Institute.
DocuClub in September!
We are happy to announce a partnership with Women Make Movies for our September DocuClub. The screening will take place on Wednesday, September 29, 7 p.m., at 92YTribeca (Take 1, A/C/E to Canal Street).
We will screen a rough cut of FLAT DADDY [www.flatdaddydocumentary.com] by Nara Garber and Betsy Nagler. As military families across the country continue to endure the deployment of loved ones to Afghanistan and Iraq, many attempt to fill the void with “Flat Daddies” and “Heroes on a Stick,” life-sized cardboard cutouts of their husbands, wives, sons and daughters serving overseas. Using these two-dimensional surrogates as a connecting thread, the documentary tells the stories of four such families, from suburban Minnesota, the Bronx, Las Vegas and rural Maine, as they unfold over the course of a year. Each family represents a unique perspective on the war effort and the difficulties of deployment; together, they weave a nuanced narrative of how military families are coping in post-9/11 America as combat operations enter their tenth year.
Co-Director/Producer/Director of Photography Nara Garber divides her time between directing, producing, shooting, and editing. Often wearing many hats on the same project, Garber produces educational documentaries for Carnegie Hall and has helmed productions for major corporations while also collaborating on provocative PSAs for The Point Foundation and the political satirists, Billionaires for Bush. As a DP, she has dragged camera equipment across five continents in pursuit of the perfect shot. In 2009, a documentary assignment took her on a tour of American military bases in Iraq where many of the men and women serving volunteered the opinion that deployment is harder on the families back home. Garber hopes that FLAT DADDY will help bring that statement to life for a larger audience.
Co-Director/Producer/Editor Betsy Nagler is a Brooklyn-based writer and filmmaker. Her producing and directing credits include work for the website of the Working Families Party, for the television show BLUE’S CLUES, and short narrative films shown at the Seattle and Chicago Film Festivals. In 2005, she completed ‘DO, a documentary on how people feel about their hair that received funding from the New York State Council on the Arts through the Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Regrant Program. She and Nara Garber then received a NYSCA Individual Artists' Grant for FLAT DADDY in 2008. Nagler earned her B.A. at Stanford and her M.F.A. at New York University.
For her first film, Producer Peggy Sutton directed and produced SQUONKUMENTARY. Selected for the 2005 New York IFP Market, the documentary also screened at the Three Rivers Film Festival, Rehoboth Beach International Film Festival and the 2006 Bend Film Festival. Over the past 18 years, her work as a script supervisor has ranged from big budget movies like MEN IN BLACK II to indies such as POLLOCK.
FLAT DADDY is a fiscally sponsored project of Women Make Movies.
Our moderator will be Rose Vincelli, the Program Manager for the Independent Filmmaker Project [www.ifp.org], specifically focusing on curating and producing the Independent Filmmaker Labs, an immersive workshop assisting first-time Documentary and Narrative feature directors with distribution and exhibition strategies, as well as the Project Forum of Independent Film Week. From 2005-07, she was a programmer for the SILVERDOCS Documentary Festival, helping to grow the festival in its inaugural years and working primarily to curate the Shorts Competition. Vincelli recently produced the short documentaries TRANSPOSITION and NO ONE WANTS TO EAT THE PARSLEY. She lives and cooks in Brooklyn.
Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $8 for non-members.
For this screening, only DocuClub members need to 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.
Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:
Washington DC and Baltimore-Area Filmmakers...
While Docs In Progress offers consultation services throughout the year at rates affordable to independent documentary filmmakers, on Saturday, September 25, we will be bringing all our affiliated consultants under one roof at one time for One Stop Consultation Day. All in downtown Silver Spring, MD convenient to parking and Metro.
You can schedule up to three consultations on this day and only have to move from room to room at the Docs In Progress Documentary House to get what you need. What kind of topics can Docs In Progress consultants cover?
- Story structure at any stage of development of a documentary
- Production planning for documentaries, including budgeting, working with crews, and scheduling production shoots.
- Fundraising strategies
- Marketing and Outreach, including film festival strategies; press kit essentials; presenting the most effective synopsis, logline, and stills; and using social media tool
- Legal Questions (from an entertainment attorney!) including Contracts, Rights, Clearances, and Fair Use
- Personalized Feedback on Rough Cuts, Trailer, Proposals, and Treatments
Who Are the Docs In Progress Consultants?
Adele Schmidt (Story Structure, Budgeting, Production Planning, Personalized Feedback on Rough Cuts or Trailers)
Erica Ginsberg (Story Structure, Marketing and Outreach, Personalized Feedback on Rough Cuts or Trailers)
Sam Hampton, PH.d (Fundraising Strategies, Video Equipment Advice, and Personalized Feedback on Proposals)
Christine Intagliata (Approaches to the Documentary Treatment and Personalized Feedback on Treatments)
Laura Possessky, J.D. (Legal Issues including Contracts, Rights, Clearances, and Fair Use)
For more information and to sign-up, please visit our website at http://www.docsinprogress.org/index.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=77&jevtype=jevent&year=2010&month=09&day=25&Itemid=1
Greenlit: Developing Factual / Reality TV Ideas From Concept to Pitch by Nicola Lees
Do you have a documentary project that you are dying to pitch to a TV network, but don’t know where to start? Have you tried pitching it and had the door slammed in your face (several times)? Are you frustrated with being fobbed off? Are you losing confidence in your idea, even though deep down you know it’s a great concept? Is is something you did? Or said? Why are the buyers just not that into you? Don’t despair, you’re not alone in your frustration (although it can feel that way)!
I’m Nicola Lees, experienced development producer, and founder of TV Mole. I’ve spent more than 13 years in the international TV business, and have developed written and pitched hundreds of documentary, docu-drama, multi-platform and reality series for broadcasters such as the BBC, Discovery,Nat Geo, History, TLC and the The Travel Channel, and have won approximately 80 commissions in the UK and USA. I have written a comprehensive guide to the frustrating and often confusing world of TV commissioning, wherever you are in the world.
I’ve interviewed 50 top industry names – producers and buyers – to find out what works, and what doesn’t. You’ll get advice from:
* 10 TV development producers – who have a combined experience of 50+ years of developing and pitching ideas at all levels, from trainee researcher to creative director, and
* 20 senior executives from internationally successful independent production companies who have sold some of the world’s most successful shows, to
* 16 channel executives – the people to whom you will pitch your ideas, who between them have worked at
* 18 TV channels – their experience and advice spans commercial and public service broadcasting; cable, terrestrial and satellite channels; documentary, reality, entertainment, specialist factual (science, history, arts, religion and natural history) and multi-platform programming, in
* 7 countries across 4 continents
I also incorporated advice from a Hollywood agent, several video editors, a storytelling consultant, two production managers and four commercial rights experts.
Collectively, the people who will share their insider knowledge with you have originated, pitched, bought or produced some of the most successful, award-winning TV shows and documentaries in the world, including The Age of Stupid, Touching the Void and Murderball. You are getting hundreds of years of experience condensed into a few hundred pages.
"As a Development Producer with a fair few years in the field, I wasn't sure how much I'd get out of this book...it was worth every penny." (Amazon reviewer)
"After 25 years in this crazy business, it's the first time I have seen TV commissioning so comprehensively and entertainingly dissected." (Mike Slee, Independent Film & TV Producer/Director)
I am looking for an experienced editor (preferably in the Bay Area, but not a deal-breaker) to help me finish a feature-length documentary called TEACHED.
The film provides a candid look at how and why, fifty years after Brown vs. Board of Education desegregated American schools, black and Hispanic students are still performing far behind white students. The film takes the audience into urban schools where the problems are most severe, to talk to the students, parents, principals and, most importantly, the teachers working there to understand: why the race-based "achievement gap" persists; how it is connected to cycles of poverty, underemployment and incarceration; and what could be done to eliminate it.
I have nearly 200 hours of footage shot mostly with a Sony EX-1 in 1080p24, an 80 min rough cut, and a website where you can watch the trailer and get more information: www.loudspeakerfilms.com.
I'd like to find an editor in the next 2-3 weeks, give you the footage to watch, and then work with you to wrap this puppy up before the end of 2010. I know what stories the footage is ready to tell, but I don't have enough experience to do it. I need an experienced editor who has sophisticated story-telling skills (some of the stories are quite sensitive), great technical ability (FCP), and a strong belief that all kids can learn and achieve at high levels if they are given the chance. I'd also like to find an editor who believes that a documentary film can be compelling and educational and inspiring...and ALSO a beautiful work of art.
Please send your resume and links to your work (or any questions) to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this position. I expect the work will take 8-12 weeks, and payment will be competitive. thanks- Kelly
In reply to Kelly Amis's post on Wed 15 Sep 2010 :
Very interesting film! Good luck. I'm sure you will find a talented editor through D-Word.
What an interesting story!
Kelly, if you also have the stories of a couple of individuals (teachers, parents and students), you'll have all the elements you need to make this a fantastic documentary!
CALLING ALL DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS!
Deadline Approaching for 2011 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival – Films must be POSTMARKED by October 15, 2010!
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the premier venue for nonfiction film in the American West, is seeking submissions for its eighth annual event. From February 11-20, 2011 the festival will screen 100+ films, including world and U.S. premieres, classics, rare and experimental works on Montana's largest screen at the historic Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula, Montana. In addition to ten days of screenings, the event will feature many public and VIP events including panel discussions, galas, receptions and networking round-tables.
The competitive event is open to non-fiction films and videos of all genres, subject matter, lengths and production dates. Awards and cash prizes will be given for Best Documentary Feature (over 50 minutes), Best Documentary Short (15-50 minutes), Best Mini-Doc (under 15 minutes) and best documentary about the American West (the Big Sky Award).
DVD (NTSC/PAL), VHS (NTSC/PAL), DVCAM (NTSC/PAL), HDV (NTSC), and miniDV (NTSC/PAL) accepted for preview.
Enter via Withoutabox.com at – http://www.withoutabox.com/login/3969
or download entry form in pdf format at – http://www.bigskyfilmfest.org/entries.html
If you would like an entry form emailed to you in pdf format, send a request to email@example.com.
For more information visit http://www.bigskyfilmfest.org
I'm looking for freelance editor..
I'm shooting a series of short docs in Washington DC at the GW Medical Faculty Associates. If you are (or know anyone who is) an AMAZING freelance editor or animator looking to make some money, I would be very grateful. Thanks.
Please send your resume and links to your work (or any questions) to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Docs In Progress returns this Friday, September 24 with Trailer Night. You will be able to provide feedback on documentary trailers and might even be able to get feedback on one of your own since we've got one open film slot. Read on for details.
This workshop-style screening program allows filmmakers who may be at an earlier stage of development with their films to benefit by the moderated feedback of audiences who have traditionally provided feedback on full rough cuts. The filmmakers are looking for audience feedback not only on the effectiveness of the trailer itself, but on the concepts of their films – tremendously helpful as they continue in production and post-production of their films. The evening is being moderated by Erica Ginsberg (Executive Director) and Adele Schmidt (Program Advisor) from Docs In Progress. This program is organized by Docs In Progress and sponsored by The Documentary Center at the George Washington University.
Friday, September 24, 2010
The Documentary Center at The George Washington University
School of Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st Street, NW (21st and H Streets)
Auditorium B-07 (one floor down from street level)
Washington DC 20037
Closest Metro: Foggy Bottom. Limited street parking free after 6:30 pm. Garage parking nearby on H and I Streets.
$10 suggested donation ($5 suggested for Docs Insiders). Cash only at the door. No advance ticketing.
A Different Drummer
by Jonathan Gruber and Robert Jackson
In the mid-1960s, Father Stamand, a white priest working helped change the lives of African-American youths in Washington DC's Anacostia neighborhood by putting together the VIP Drum and Bugle Corps which was one of the first all black drum corps. Now more than 40 years later, five of the original members are seeking to carry on Father Stamand's legacy by encouraging a new generation of drummers and buglers.
Inside: Human Trafficking in the U.S.
by David Gedney
While sex trafficking is often viewed as a problem affecting other countries, it is a growing issue right here in the United States, including in Washington DC. This film is an investigation into the trafficking and exploitation of young girls.
by Sam Hampton
This portrait piece of Kumi Korf explores the lifeforce which inspires an artist. The Japanese-American creates architectural designs, prints, paintings, and artist books which are held by the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, and the Tate Library, among others. We travel with Korf from her home in Ithaca, New York to her homeland of Japan as we explore what it means to be an artist today.
I Didn't Know
by Ron Minor
Kidney Disease is a health epidemic, especially in minority communities. African-Americans in particular are nearly 5 times as likely to develop kidney disease than Caucasians, often as a result of diet and prevalence of other diseases like hypertension and diabetes. We hear from experts and follow people living with various kidney ailments, some of whom are among the 126,000 on a waiting list to receive a kidney.
Married in Spandex
by Devin Gallagher and Allison Kole
As they begin a life's journey together, Amanda and Rachel are determined to make their wedding day a unique and memorable affair. They travel from Philadelphia to Iowa for their nuptials. But at a time when same-sex weddings are still seen as a political act, can the couple convince their friends and family to get on board and support the relationship...not to mention the gold lame wedding outfits?
Wild Card Slot
Yes, we have room for one more trailer. If you have a 2-7 minute documentary trailer you'd like feedback on from a Docs In Progress audience, bring it with you to tonight's screening. We will select one wild card submission at random. Note that we can only screen DVDs or VHS tapes. No Quicktime files, AVIs, or Windows Media files even if they are on a DVD.
More info: http://www.docsinprogress.org
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Hope to hear from you soon and good luck in all your future projects!
Spiro Films has an immediate need for a production assistant in Cleveland tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 23rd. Ideas???!! Please call: 917-856-2027
Does anyone know an expensive place to rent a projector & speakers near Roswell GA this Saturday? Its a small event so I'm shooting for a low-tech solution. Any suggestions?
Thanks so much!
Looking for a shooter ideally someone with an HVX200 or similar, in Washington DC for a few hrs on the 15th and 16th of Oct. Verite experience would be good. Thanks! email@example.com
In reply to Karen Bernstein's post on Wed 22 Sep 2010 :
Whoa – wish I'd known. Contact me if you need anything Cleveland related. – Laura
New York City-based folks-
Indie Documentary Film seeks MBA-type with passion for the arts/film
MediaGroove LLC is seeking a Associate Producer with a strong business background to help project manage and coordinate resources for our documentary Get It All Out – a feature-length story about the life of a late, charismatic, yet unknown Pittsburgh musician/ vocalist / poet/ humanitarian and the percussive post-punk/ jazz/ worldbeat/ avant-funk band he was in during the early 1980s. Our protagonist was truly a likable, inspired character, and it doesn’t hurt that he was a compassionate human being who could actually sing and write decent lyrics. If you have experience in collaborating on dynamic teams, contributing your best ideas, are not afraid of hard work and take pride in getting things done – we should talk!
In short, we are reanimating the lost musical DNA of an underground sound that never reached a wide audience, and having a blast doing it (by re-recording, remixing and releasing an amazing songbook of material as a companion soundtrack). Film-wise, we’re 2.5 years in the making and we’ve already completed 2/3 of our planned interviews. Breaking the rules of the typical talking head “rockumentary” – we’re incorporating the use of animation/motion graphics, CGI visualization, social media and other creative digital storytelling techniques to elevate the storyline in contemporary ways.
The right candidate will play a key role in setting the stage to refine and finish the film so this is a great opportunity to be part of an experienced team on the excavation of a dusty gem of a narrative. This position is non-paid (though we will cover working production meals, pre-approved necessary expenses) and will provide you with valuable experience and connections.
Qualifications & Responsibilities:
• This is the ideal project for an MBA with a passion for the arts. Someone who wants to use their professional business (and or marketing) skills outside of work to help bring a film through post-production, fundraising, and see it distributed to national/international festivals, Netflix, Amazon, cable/satellite, etc.
• Strong prior knowledge of Microsoft Project or other web-based project management tools (Basecamp or similar.)
• You will work with the film’s Producer to manage timelines, deliverables, set milestones and hold people to reaching them. Great organizational and detail skills a must!
• Commitment to a minimum of 1 to 2 days per week on a part-time basis (starting immediately)
• MUST be NYC-area based and able to attend meetings with producer, director, assistant editors and archivist.
• Interest in music as a force for social change, progressive politics, multiple genres of music (e.g. – jazz, rock, afrobeat/afro-pop, funk, dub/reggae, post-punk, etc.) – helpful, wouldn't hurt –- but not necessary.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
We hope you’re the right fit to help us with our quirky, passionate, musical doc! So, please send a brief cover letter and CV/resume, reel/links to projects you’ve managed and/or worked on, and please put "Associate Documentary Producer" in the subject line. Preference given to candidates with at least 3 solid employment/internship references and prior film or collaborative arts team project experience.