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Doug Block
Mon 15 Mar 2010Link

Watch out for misspelling my name, too ;-)

We know you're just enthusiastic, Leonard.


Tailinh Agoyo
Tue 16 Mar 2010Link

DOC TALKS – Free and Open to Everyone! Thursday, March 18th at 5pm PST – Teleseminar with Documentary Storytelling Consultant, Karen Everett of NewDocEditing.com. We'll focus on strategies for crafting a compelling documentary, from creating a great opening to your film, to using the 3-Act Structure to generate suspense. We'll discuss character-driven documentaries and how to create an engaging film even if you don't have strong characters guiding your narrative. And much more! This call will be relevant no matter what stage you are in with your filmmaking process – from development
through post-production. REGISTER NOW FOR THE CALL! www.documentaryhowto.com. click on free teleseminar.


Ryan Ferguson
Wed 17 Mar 2010Link

Hey anyone... especially those in the midwest... especially those in the Chicago vicinity. You are cordially invited to a giant dance party. Details in the below flier:


Tailinh Agoyo
Wed 17 Mar 2010Link

Here's a guest blog from our DOC TALKS expert interview for March 18th, Karen Everett of NewDocEditing.com.

Advice to Filmmakers: Reverse Engineer Your Psychobabble. I had the pleasure of having a former psychotherapist in my recent weekend seminar, "Structuring the Character Driven Documentary". When we began our story focusing exercises, he was picked to be the guinea pig. One of the documentary story exercises involves filling out three simple sentences, which provide the skeletal backbone for acts one, two and three.For example, the first sentence reads....

TO READ MORE: http://www.documentaryhowto.com/documentary-blog/139-guest-blog-by-karen-everett


Paul Devlin
Thu 18 Mar 2010Link

Greetings,

I urge all artists using the CreateSpace fulfillment service to protest their new policy of withholding all purchaser information. Put all of your CreateSpace titles ON HOLD, followed by quitting the company if the policy is not reversed. Immediately seek alternative fulfillment services such as Filmbaby, CDbaby, CCNOW, Kunaki, IODA, Neoflix, and others.

CreateSpace used to be an excellent fulfillment service that does on-demand, one-off duplication of DVDs, CDs, and books, so that artists do not need to maintain inventory of the products they are selling. I have been using and actively advocating this fulfillment service since 2003 (when the name was Customflix). More about me and my films at: http://www.blastthemovie.com/about.html#bio

However, the company was acquired by Amazon a few years ago. Earlier this year, without notice, CreateSpace instituted a new policy that withholds all purchaser information from artists selling on their site. Their position is that people who purchase our products are THEIR customers rather than OUR customers (despite the fact that they do not actively promote OUR products). All purchaser information is withheld because of “privacy issues,” even though we may have direct personal relationships with our customers. This represents a profound misunderstanding of the customer relationship.

The new policy prevents artists from building their business around customer relationships and from building community around their titles. It is in direct conflict with the promise of the Internet that our community has been promoting the past few years: bypassing gatekeepers in order to engage directly core audiences, allowing artists to build sustainable businesses around their work. Our economic sustainability as independent artists will be severely threatened if CreateSpace’s new policy becomes a trend in the industry.

In response, I urge you not only to join me in boycotting CreateSpace’s service, but to participate in an aggressive, online, social networking campaign to inform colleagues of this new policy, and to encourage CreateSpace to reverse it.

Please respond by posting on relevant forums, blogs, facebook, twitter etc. Make suggestions on where colleagues can post. If you are a CreateSpace customer, make your voice heard on their “Community” forum, and by directly contacting:

Melissa Creeger
Member Support Team Lead
mcreeger@createspace.com
(843) 760-8079

If we succeed, it will be a newsworthy story of our community flexing our social networking muscle. If CreateSpace does not reverse its policy, at least we will have informed our community about the drawbacks of using this service.

Thanks and Good Luck!

Paul Devlin
Director, BLAST!, Power Trip, SlamNation
www.devlinpix.com


Konrad Aderer
Fri 19 Mar 2010Link

Melissa & Paul,
Thanks for posting this. There's a lot of aspects to distributing on Amazon through CreateSpace that are ridiculous, like not being able to choose a trailer or even link your DVD listing to your VOD listing.

Do any of the other on-demand services provide a listing through Amazon?


Leonard Lopez
Sat 20 Mar 2010Link

Hi all,

Any new documentaries in the pipe line needing our services?

Sorry Doug for spelling your name wrog.
Regards.
Lenny.


Bill Kerrigan
Sat 20 Mar 2010Link

I need a soundperson, camera assistant, EX3 camera, sound & lighting equipment, for a shoot in New York on April 6th.
Please email kerrigan@mac.com and I'll pass the info on to the producer.

Bill Kerrigan
http://www.kerrigan.ca


Felix Endara
Mon 22 Mar 2010Link

DocuClub in March!

Our March DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, March 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 THE LEARNING by Ramona Diaz. American public schools systems today are struggling to meet the federal No Child Left Behind Act’s (NCLB) requirement of highly qualified teachers in every classroom. Nowhere is the teacher shortage more pronounced than in mathematics and the sciences. Consequently, a significant number of urban school districts across the country have begun hiring foreign teachers, with the Philippines – because of its surplus of education majors, American-based education system, and English-speaking population – emerging as a recruitment hub.

The film follows four Filipino teachers as they take their place on the frontline of the No Child Left Behind Act, chronicling the sacrifices they make as they try to maintain a long-distance relationship with their children and families, and begin a new one with the mostly African-American students whose schooling is now entrusted to them. While the story of women who care for other women’s children is timeless and universal, the experience of the Filipino teachers is an especially contemporary example of the economic exodus of women from poor countries. But as they take on a function of daily American life, they also step into a position of subtle power. For each generation of teachers, regardless of where they come from, influences the education, values, and economic prospects of a new generation of Americans.

THE LEARNING is funded by ITVS, the Center for Asian American Media, and the Sundance Documentary Fund.

Producer/Director Ramona Diaz is a Filipino-American filmmaker whose credits include IMELDA (Sundance, IDFA, LAFF, True/False, IDA Award) a full-length documentary about the former First Lady of the Philippines. The documentary was released theatrically in the United States and the Philippines, screened in over fifty film festivals around the world, and was broadcast on Independent Lens in May 2005. Diaz also directed and produced SPIRITS RISING (Student Academy Award, Ida Lupino DGA Award, IDA Certificate of Merit), a film about women’s role in the 1986 People Power revolution in the Philippines. She is currently in post-production on DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY, a feature length documentary film about the iconic 80’s band, Journey, and their new lead singer, Arnel Pineda, whom they discovered through YouTube.

Editor Leah Marino has completed numerous documentary features that have aired nationally. Most recently, she did work on PORTRAIT OF WALLY about a painting seized from the Museum of Modern Art in NYC because of a Holocaust dispute. She completed THE CREEK RUNS RED, about an environmental super-fund site in Oklahoma, which aired on Independent Lens. Marino also edited Diaz’s IMELDA, which won numerous awards including one at Sundance and at the IDA.

Cinematographer Gretchen Hildebran filmed THE LEARNING and contributed to Joan Braderman’s THE HERETICS. She is also producing and shooting THE BRONX IS HERE TO STAY, which examines the fires that destroyed much of New York in the 1970s. Her documentaries include the internationally screened CARVE (2003) and WORTH SAVING (2004), which was presented in HBO’s Frame by Frame documentary showcase and received Best of the Fest at the 2006 International Conference for Reducing Harm.

Cinematographer Gabriel Goodenough began his career as a camera assistant on narrative feature film and television projects such as A BEAUTIFUL MIND, THE SOPRANOS, THE WEST WING, OZ and HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREETS, and advanced to the position of camera operator on the HBO series UNSCRIPTED. He has served as the Director of Photographer or Camera Operator on a variety of projects for outlets including The Learning Channel, Discovery Television and PBS.

Our moderator will be Betty Yu, a longtime community-based media maker, educator and organizer who is currently the Director of Community Outreach and Media at Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), Manhattan's Community Access TV organization in New York City. At MNN, she provides media making tools and resources to community based organizations through video production training and a Community Media Grants program. RESILIENCE, Yu’s film chronicling her garment worker mother's fight against sweatshops, was shown at the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival. In 2007, she was selected for the National Rockwood Fellowship in Media, Communications and Information Policy. In addition, she has served on the boards of Working Films, a social documentary film organization and the North Star Fund, a progressive foundation that supports grassroots social justice organizing work. This year, Yu joined the Board of the New York Film and Video Council, a 60 year-old organization serving the independent film and video community.

Also present will be Sweet Tooth of the Tiger, which is part d.i.y. food service project and part participatory art project that uses sugar as a medium and explores eating as social practice. Taking the form of a bake sale table, STOT makes an effort to help artists raise money for creative projects by presenting delicious and creative baked goods for a suggested donation. By exchanging cash for sweets, we can establish new and real ways of challenging traditional arts funding models. More info: www.sweettoothofthetiger.com.

Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $6 for non-members.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP at docuclub@artsengine.net. 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 you’ll be attending.

Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:

http://www.artsengine.net/store/items/docuclub_membership_individual_rate


Nina Numankadić
Mon 22 Mar 2010Link

The Doc Alliance Selection 2010 was announced during the VISION DU REEL Nyon press conference in Switzerland last week. The Doc Alliance Selection is an annual series of FIVE innovative documentaries selected by each of the Doc Alliance partner festivals, CPH:DOX Copenhagen, DOK Leipzig, IDFF Jihlava, Planete Doc Review Warsaw and VISION DU REEL Nyon. All FIVE docs will tour each festival throughout the year and contend for the Doc Alliance Award, which will be granted by an international jury during IDFF Jihlava 2010. Doc Alliance created Doc Alliance Films, a selective platform for online distribution of documentary and experimental films. It offers permanent access to outstanding documentaries, through stream or download, selected by the Doc Alliance partners, promising the esteemed trademark of film festival programming.

Visit http://docalliancefilms.com

Into Eternity by Michael Madsen (Denmark, Finland 2009, 75 min)
Selected by CPH: DOX Copenhagen

The Arrivals by Claudine Bories and Patrice Chagnard (France 2009, 111 min)
Selected by DOK Leipzig

Metrobranding by Ana Vlad and Adrian Voicu (Romania 2010, 92 min)
Selected by IDFF Jihlava

Steam of Life by Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen (Finland, Sweden 2010, 84 min)
Selected by Planete Doc Review Warsaw

Aisheen (Still Alive in Gaza) by Nicolas Wadimoff (Switzerland, France 2009, 86 min)
Selected by VISIONS DU REEL Nyon


Nina Numankadić
Mon 22 Mar 2010Link

DOC ALLIANCE FILMS offers FREE STREAMING

EVENT OF THE WEEK: A selection from THE RESTORED FILMS BY JAN SPATA is available for FREE at http://docalliancefilms.com

From Monday, March 22 to Sunday, April 11, Doc Alliance Films offers a FREE worldwide STREAM of three selected films by the master of Czech documentary filmmaking, Jan Spata. THE RESTORED FILMS project was awarded by the Czech Film and Television Academy. Each of the films will be available for one week.


Kathleen Maguire
Mon 22 Mar 2010Link

The Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival's early submission deadline is fast approaching!!

The American Museum of Natural History’s Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival is the longest-running showcase for international documentaries in the United States. The Mead Fest considers documentary films and videos (including shorts, experimental films, essay films, animation, and new media) only. Productions must have been completed within the last three years.

There are two ways of submitting your work to the Festival:

1. Mail us your film along with an entry form. All forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the web site at: http://www.amnh.org/programs/mead/submit/

2. Submit your film through Without A Box at: http://www.withoutabox.com/login/1236

Entry Deadlines:
• Early Deadline: March 31, 2010
• Final Deadline: May 3, 2010

For more information on submission requirements and other details, please check out the guidelines and Mead FAQs on our website www.amnh.org/mead.

Please pass this on to your colleagues, friends, neighbors, students, and resident filmmakers.


Sarah Sim
Mon 22 Mar 2010Link

Hey all -

I stumbled upon the "One Chicago, One Nation" film contest recently and it looks like a really cool social action through film project.

A number of nonprofits joined together to ask filmmakers to submit short videos about inter-faith and multicultural communities working together to break down stereotypes and promote greater understanding among diverse groups.

They're giving away $50k in prizes, with $20,000 for the grand prize.

However, I wish I found this earlier. Apparently the contest ends at the end of April :(

More info here: http://www.linktv.org/onechicago/


Donald Goldmacher
Tue 23 Mar 2010Link

I need a soundperson, camera person with HD camera, sound & lighting equipment, for a shoot in Detroit on April 23rd.
Please email me at donald.goldmacher@gmail.com. The shoot will be some interviews combined with audience shots of a rank and file labor conference in Dearborn, MI.
www.Heist-themovie.com


Kristin Alexander
Tue 23 Mar 2010Link

In reply to Leonard Lopez's post on Sat 20 Mar 2010 :

Leonard I received the email and phone call, stating you got my information from D-word.. I am not interested. Thank you.


Lynn Cassaniti
Tue 23 Mar 2010Link

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Hand Rewinds (2)
Split Reels (2)
Spring Clamps (C-Clamps)
Take-up Reels (3)

Trim Bin
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Contact: Lynn Cassaniti
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917-847-8491
(location: lower Manhattan)


Ben Kempas
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

In reply to Kristin Alexander's post on Wed 24 Mar 2010 :

Kristin, the hosts deleted his account after receiving a number of complaints about unsolicited emails in which he referred to The D-Word.

As he just had an Enthusiast account, he was only able to see your website on your profile, not your email address or phone number. (However, these are listed on your website.)

Edited Wed 24 Mar 2010 by Ben Kempas

Ryan Bruce Levey
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link Tag

VAGRANT FILMS RELEASING AND PUBLICITY AVAILABLE FOR YOUR HOT DOCS PUBLICITY AND MARKETING NEEDS

“Vagrant worked our film at Sundance with energy and enthusiasm”
Laura Paglin- Director, No Umbrella: Election Day in the City (Sundance’06)

“I worked closely with Ryan Bruce Levey during a promotional tour of the film "Lymelife" in Toronto. I found him to be truly invested and savvy with regard to his responsibilities and relationships with journalists and general media. I would also have to add that he was extremely considerate and a heck of a lot of fun to be with.”
Jill Hennessy- Actress, Law and Order, Crossing Jordan, Lymelife

As Hot Docs approaches, it is time start thinking about options for publicity and marketing. With the costs of a publicist increasingly a headache, Vagrant Films Releasing and Publicity is proud to offer an affordable and reliable option, with deep industry ties, and a reputation for handling some of the hottest indies, sizzling docs and iconic acting legends.
We pride ourselves on creating a fun experience for all of our clients, while generating press with media outlets from around the world.
Vagrant can provide competitive rates and assist you in addition with marketing and outreach ideas.
Please feel free to contact us for a consultation.
About us
Launched in September 2000 at the Toronto International Film Festival, Vagrant Films Releasing and Publicity has gone from a Canadian theatrical distribution entity, to a multi pronged film services company handling everything from international sales, distribution for hire, service output for major studios/sales agents and film/talent publicity.

Our publicity department has worked on such festival favourites like PRESUMED GUILTY, HOUSE OF SAND, THE ENGLISH SURGEON, THE WAY WE GET BY, UPSTREAM BATTLE, LYMELIFE, NO UMBRELLA (SUNDANCE 06) and with actors like Oscar winner Tatum O’Neal, Academy award nominated actress Fernanda Montenegro, 2 time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton, Emmy winner Jon Cryer, acclaimed TV icon Jill Hennessy, and the legendary Tura Satana, star of FASTER PUSSYCAT, KILL KILL.

Titles currently handled for World sales include IF I KNEW WHAT YOU SAID (TIFF 09) , Australian thriller CACTUS (Starring and executive produced by Bryan Brown), Dragons and Tigers award nominated THE “THANK YOU” GIRLS.
Our Canadian theatrical division has released such acclaimed films as MARGARET CHO: I’M THE ONE THAT I WANT, OUTSOURCED, SORDID LIVES (For Here Films/Regent Releasing) THE GRAND (For Anchor Bay Canada), 70’s Psychedelic tribute VIVA, SXSW audience award winner DIRTY COUNTRY, Paul Cox’s NIJINSKY, Hot Docs jury award winner THE ENGLISH SURGEON, the Martin Scorsese produced LYMELIFE and Aviva Kempner’s YOO HOO, MRS. GOLDBERG.
Vagrant Films Releasing and Publicity attends festivals and markets like Sundance, Berlin, Rotterdam, Pusan, Tribeca, Toronto, Fantasia, Montreal World Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Cleveland, Hot Docs and many, many others.
Ryan Bruce Levey
Vagrant Films Releasing and Publicity
318 Rhodes Avenue
Toronto, ON M4L 3A3
Main- 647-929-7304
E- v_f_c_rb@yahoo.ca


Jon Fordham
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link Tag

I am an online editor/colorist in New York and have had the pleasure of working on many documentaries from the D Word community. Here in the second decade of the millennium the post world has changed. While it is more complicated than ever to finish a film, especially in HD, budgets have all come down. Well, so have prices in post facilities. You might be surprised at the budgets we can work with. I'd be happy to offer D Word members a break. I'd love to help and at the same time shamelessly go on making a living color correcting good documentaries.


Ben Kempas
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

Ryan, I just upgraded you to Member status so you can say hello in our dedicated Hot Docs 2010 topic. I'm sure there'll be people with "sizzling docs" who may need a good publicist.


Doug Block
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

Ryan helped out with 51 BIRCH STREET at the Toronto Film Festival in 2005. "Energy and enthusiasm" doesn't begin to describe him.


Ben Kempas
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

I can second that from TIFF 2008. :-)


Randy M. Salo
Thu 25 Mar 2010Link

Hey fellow D-worders, i'm a film composer as well as a doc filmmaker and wanted to share my work with you in case you need any music for your films. I'm in the NYC area but easily work remotely in the internet age. Thanks and Best of luck to all your projects! If interested you can reach me at [perpetualprogression(at)hotmail.com] or (917)349-0565

www.myspace.com/randymsalomusic

you can check out my current doc in progress here at CID:

http://documentaries.org/cid-films/faces-in-the-rocks/


Jon Foy
Thu 25 Mar 2010Link

Hey Randy, the preview looks pretty awesome. I'm in a similar boat, doing a doc and doing scoring (with a bit of metal influence too). The music fills in the tone nicely. It tells me you are bringing us closer to his ideas, at least in spirit. Not in an absurd way, but a respectful way. That really came through for me. I like weird subjects like this too. Cheers.


Laura Moire Paglin
Thu 25 Mar 2010Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 24 Mar 2010 :

Yes I know Doug. Well if you can supply better adjectives, I'll have Ryan change the quote!


Tailinh Agoyo
Thu 25 Mar 2010Link

5pm PST TONIGHT teleseminar about DocuMentors newly released budgeting system. To see a sample of the system or sign up for the call, click on this link:
http://documentaryhowto.com/free-documentary-teleseminar-registration


Randy M. Salo
Thu 25 Mar 2010Link

Hey thanks Jon! I'm glad it came off to you in this way. Its very encouraging. You have a site up for any of your work? you can email me at perpetualprogression@hotmail.com so we keep the chatter down on the board. thanks again!


Felix Endara
Fri 26 Mar 2010Link

DocuClub CALL-FOR-ENTRIES

DocuClub is seeking submissions for 2010. Currently, our April 21 and May 19 slots are open.

Every month at DocuClub a filmmaker presents a rough cut of her film to DocuClub members and the public. A facilitated discussion follows each screening. Past films that have been shown at DocuClub include BORN INTO BROTHELS (Academy Award for Best Documentary, 2004), PRODIGAL SONS (Telluride Film Festival 2008), and DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE: RADICAL LAWYER WILLIAM KUNSTLER (Sundance Film Festival 2009). For more details, go to: www.docuclub.org.

DocuClub is accepting entries that fit the following criteria:

  • They are in the rough-cut stage and thus ready to be screened.
  • They are no longer than 100 minutes and no less than 45 minutes.
  • They have specific challenges that you wish to workshop.

If you would like to be considered, please mail a clearly labeled DVD screener to the address below. (Please note that your screener will not be returned unless you provide a SASE.)

Felix Endara
Filmmaker Services Manager
Arts Engine, Inc.
104 West 14th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10011
docuclub@artsengine.net


Nina Numankadić
Mon 29 Mar 2010Link

DOC ALLIANCE FILMS: FREE STREAMING OF FILMS BY KHAVN DE LA CRUZ

Doc Alliance Films presents a series of 5 FILMS by Khavn De La Cruz, the outspoken, experimental Filipino filmmaker with a desire to explore and cross boundaries. Khavn De La Cruz has made 23 features and more than 70 short films, most of which have received prizes and screened at international film festivals.

Visit www.docalliancefilms.com to watch!

SQUATTERPUNK (79 min), available now
In the midst of the squalor they were born in, the impoverished Filipinos of Squatterpunk still find a will to live above the preconceived notions of suffering that accompany their state of life.

BAHAG KINGS (74 min), available now
A group of tribal leaders from the jungle search the city like a hard rock band. Or is it a rock group looking for the jungle? The filmmaker was arrested for the film, together with his half naked kings. Funny, unpolished, musical and (hence) also a little bit political.

RUGBY BOYS (7 min), online NOW FOR FREE!
The winning film at the Oberhausen short film festival, Rugby Boyz presents a disturbing and compressed portrait of life in a poor neighbourhood in a Philippine town, where among the shacks the only source of entertainment for children is karaoke, rugby, and sniffing paint thinner. A cruel irony on the hope these children bring.

CAN AND SLIPPER (2 min), for FREE STREAMING staring April 1
A boy from the slums plays football. His soccer ball is an empty can of Coke and his soccer shoes are a pair of flip-flops. A shocking message about the real world awaits you at the end.

OUR DAILY BREAD (3 min), for FREE STREAMING staring April 1
A short documentary on how one family lives out each day to earn their daily bread. How one man's trash is literally transformed into this family's treasure.

http://docalliancefilms.com


Paul Fitzgerald
Tue 30 Mar 2010Link

Hi, I'm looking to rent a camera and sound package, 4/5 – 5/5, from here in NYC. EX1 or comp HD camera preferred. For a month shoot down in Virginia. I'm an experienced narrative filmmaker embarking on my first doc. Please be in touch at paul@pulledpictures.com

Thanks much!


Riley Morton
Tue 30 Mar 2010Link

when renting for that long, i'd imagine it'd be cheaper to buy.


Jehan Harney
Thu 1 Apr 2010Link

Looking for an experienced game designer and a web developer soon to join my film team at BAVC's Producers Institute in San Francisco. Ticket, food, and accommodation are covered for 10 days starting May 28, 2010. This is an opportunity to be part of a project with potential for a long-term job. JehanHarney@aol.com


Florencia Davidzon
Fri 2 Apr 2010Link

Does someone goes to HOTDOCS this year? We are 2 filmmakers going from LA.
It will be nice to meet with hotdocs members or fans!
let me know if you are interested or if you already are hosting an event.
thanks

Florencia


Felix Endara
Fri 2 Apr 2010Link

DocuClub CALL-FOR-ENTRIES

DocuClub is seeking a rough cut of a short doc (10-20 minutes) for Wednesday, April 21, 2010.

Every month at DocuClub a filmmaker presents a rough cut of her film to DocuClub members and the public. A facilitated discussion follows each screening. Past films that have been shown at DocuClub include BORN INTO BROTHELS (Academy Award for Best Documentary, 2004), PRODIGAL SONS (Telluride Film Festival 2008), and DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE: RADICAL LAWYER WILLIAM KUNSTLER (Sundance Film Festival 2009). For more details, go to: www.docuclub.org.

Our April DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, April 21, 7 p.m., at DCTV, located at 87 Lafayette Street (at Walker; take N/R/Q/6 trains to Canal). Our moderator will be Iris Morales, a life-long activist, educator, media producer and writer. She is the producer, writer and co-director of !PALANTE, SIEMPRE PALANTE! THE YOUNG LORDS, an award-winning documentary that chronicles Puerto Rican activism in the United States in the Sixties.

If you would like to be considered, please mail a clearly labeled DVD screener to the address below. (Please note that your screener will not be returned unless you provide a SASE.)

Felix Endara
Filmmaker Services Manager
Arts Engine, Inc.
104 West 14th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10011
docuclub@artsengine.net


Doug Block
Fri 2 Apr 2010Link

In reply to Florencia Davidzon's post on Fri 2 Apr 2010 :

Quite a few are going, Florencia, including me (I'll be screening my film THE KIDS GROW UP). Can you tell us more about yourself in the Introduce Yourself topic?


Ryan Ferguson
Fri 2 Apr 2010Link

one last reminder – folks near Chicago. big-ass party tomorrow for a documentary film. will be totally amazing with dancing and good beer and good coffee and so much more. BE THERE!

facebook event listing with flier and all the info


Ryan Bruce Levey
Sat 3 Apr 2010Link

Can't wait to see KIDS at Hot Docs, Doug!! Hopefully I'll be there working on something, nothing yet so far. But, I should still be around.


Gary Beeber
Sat 3 Apr 2010Link

NEW YORK CITY PREMIERE of my new film
"DIRTY MARTINI AND THE NEW BURLESQUE":
Sunday, June 13th, 8:00 pm

With LIVE Burlesque performances by Dirty Martini and other performers included in the film
Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement
212.598.0400 | 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) New York, NY 10002


Stefani L. Weiss
Tue 6 Apr 2010Link

Hi,
I'll be in Boston April 14-20 shooting for my doc WinCatherine and am looking to rent a few P2 cards from someone. (The DP I hired only has (2)16GB cards and I know we'll need more than that.) I'm looking to rent (2)32GB cards or similar. Please email me at stefani@sparklinblueproductions.com if you can help or know anyone who can. Thanks!

PS. I'll be coming from Philly so renting from there is an option too. Rule was way too expensive in Boston.


Felix Endara
Wed 7 Apr 2010Link

Our April DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, April 21, 7 p.m., at DCTV [http://www.dctvny.org/], located at 87 Lafayette Street (at Walker; take N/R/Q/6 trains to Canal).

We will be showing a rough cut of short documentary BISMILLAH by Jolene Pinder and Sarah Zaman. The film follows the beginnings of one Muslim woman’s groundbreaking struggle against America’s political structure. BISMILLAH tells the story of Farheen Hakeem, a feisty 31-year-old Muslim Girl Scout troop leader who puts herself under public scrutiny by taking part in the consummate patriotic act: running for office. The daughter of Indian immigrants, Farheen is the first Muslim woman to run for office in Minnesota. Putting Midwestern niceties aside, she is neither apologetic for her religious beliefs nor silent about the biases she sees in her community. She lives the phrase emblazoned on her favorite t-shirt: “This is what a radical Muslim feminist looks like.”

BISMILLAH was a finalist for the International Documentary Association's David Wolper Award, won first place in the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' College Television Awards (Student Emmys) and was the recipient of a CINE Golden Eagle Award.

Co-director Sarah Zaman was born and brought up in Pakistan, and came to the U.S. in the fall of 2002 to pursue an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies at Eastern Illinois University. While earning her B.A. in Mass Communications, she worked as a news producer, reporter, cameraperson, writer and assignment editor for three years at WEIU-TV (the PBS affiliate) in Charleston, Illinois. Sarah graduated from the University of Florida's Documentary Institute in 2007. Currently, she works as an anchor and producer for Voice of America's Urdu TV show in Washington, DC.

Co-director Jolene Pinder is currently the Festival and Outreach Director at Arts Engine. Prior to this work with AE's Media That Matters Film Festival [wwwmediathatmatteresfest.org], she was an Associate Producer at Big Mouth Films (the production arm of Arts Engine) [http://www.artsengine.net/bigmouthfilms]. She is currently a co-producer on the Arts Engine work-in-progress Asexuality: The Making of a Movement [http://www.artsengine.net/asexuality]. In her role in the production department, she was Associate Producer for Outreach and Distribution on Arts Engine's latest releases, Arctic Son [http://www.artsengine.net/arctic_son] and Election Day. Recently, she screened the short film Little Fountains (co-directed with Josh Solondz) at MoMA as part of her work with the UnionDocs Collaborative. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida's Documentary Institute.

Our moderator will be Iris Morales, a life-long activist, educator, media producer and writer. She is the producer, writer and co-director of !PALANTE, SIEMPRE PALANTE! THE YOUNG LORDS, an award-winning documentary that chronicles Puerto Rican activism in the United States in the Sixties. Broadcast on P.O.V in 1996, it continues to be widely screened at film festivals, colleges, high schools, and community venues across the country. Morales has also produced several short films and web-based projects, and has published articles about Puerto Rican migration, immigration and detention, gender equality and other social justice issues. Recently, she produced and launched US-PuertoRicans.org, a web-based multi-media project that integrates commentary, news, video, photographs, maps, and history dedicated to the Puerto Rican Diaspora. She is also an attorney and currently serves on advisory boards of the Caribbean Cultural Center and Teatro Vida, has previously served on the boards of Women Make Movies, the Association of Hispanic Arts, and Black and Hispanic Images (BHI) and on artists panels at the National Endowment for the Arts [www.arts.gov], P.O.V. Television Series [www.pbs.org/pov], Urbanworld Film Festival [www.uwff.com], Media That Matters Film Festival [http://www.mediathatmattersfest.org/], New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Independent Television Service (ITVS), among others.

Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $6 for non-members.

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Kaitlin Keleher
Wed 7 Apr 2010Link

In reply to Marisa Murgatroyd's post on Mon 8 Mar 2010 :

Hi Marisa,

I came across Peter's job posting on the International Documentary Association's job board the other day. I sent in my application materials yesterday, but I noticed that the posting is almost a month old. Do you happen to know if the position has already been filled? It looks like a tremendous opportunity!

Thank you,

Kaitlin


Christopher Wong
Wed 7 Apr 2010Link

don't know if the position has already been filled, but they are well on their way to deciding... they got more than 600 applications! (and i was already rejected...)


Koen Suidgeest
Thu 8 Apr 2010Link

In reply to Felix Endara's post on Wed 7 Apr 2010 :

My only question is: why is this incredibly interesting story "only" a short? How short is short?


Kaitlin Keleher
Thu 8 Apr 2010Link

Well if you were rejected, Christopher, then I have absolutely zero chance :( Thanks for letting me know! I'll just have to keep on the lookout for other great opportunities.


Christopher Wong
Thu 8 Apr 2010Link

i wouldn't say that, kaitlin. people who have met me often tell me how much smarter i seem in my picture... and those are my good friends!

but it just seems like this job was "perfect" for so many of us in the filmmaking world – on the cutting edge of distribution, being able to work from home, and having a relatively stable income. oh well... back to making films and eating ramen noodles.


Peter Brauer
Thu 8 Apr 2010Link

lol Chris. Having never met you, and only seen your picture. I always thought you were a brainiac. Thanks for the warning about the let down.


Soudabeh Moradian
Thu 8 Apr 2010Link

In reply to Christopher Wong's post on Thu 8 Apr 2010 :
Hey Christopher!
could you let me know about the job?! I want to try my chance!


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Thu 8 Apr 2010Link Tag

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Mariah Wilson
Thu 8 Apr 2010Link

Hello everyone!

I will be going out of town from April 24 – May 9, and am looking to sublet my studio, located in central Brooklyn Heights. It's spacious (600 sq ft), with a gorgeous view of the East River, Bridges, and entire skyline from its balcony. It is located in a doorman building with a great courtyard, near many subway lines (2/3, A/C, R, F, 4,5,6) and near the Brooklyn Promenade, too. 700$ includes internet, cable, electricity, AC, the works.

I priced the rent a little lower because of the following – I have two cats that I need to be looked after. So... if you're looking at this posting, you should probably be okay with the felines :) They're a great pair, no health probs or anything like that. Fun and cute!

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Nina Numankadić
Mon 12 Apr 2010Link

Free Streaming of DOC ALLIANCE SELECTION 2009, APRIL 21 – 25

To celebrate the upcoming 16th edition of Visions du Reel NYON (April 15 – 21), DocAllianceFilms.com will offer free streaming of the FIVE documentaries from the Doc Alliance Selection 2009, from April 21 to 25.

Visit www.docalliancefilms.com

Maggie in Wonderland by Ester Martin Bergsmark, Beatrice "Maggie" Andersson und Mark Hammarberg
(Sweden, Finland 2008, 72 min)
Maggie, a young woman from Kenya, films her world in the Swedish city of Malmö. A creative portrayal of the meaning of social isolation.
WINNER OF THE DOC ALLIANCE SELECTION 2009

Auto*Mat by Martin Mareček (Czech Republic 2009, 90 min)
Martin Marecek invents a militant, jubilatory action to combat the automatisms generated by Prague’s automobile culture.

Big John by Håvard Bustnes (Norway 2008, 86 min)
The rise and fall of a young boxer coached by his father ‘Big John’ – who was also his trainer, impresario and agent.

Hotel Sahara by Bettina Haasen (Germany 2008, 85 min)
Nouhadibou in Mauritania: a melting pot of dreams, hopes and the terminus of countless young African emigrants who end up here.

Survival Song by Yu Guangyi (China 2008, 94 min)
A family of Chinese peasants is condemned to poverty and broken apart in the name of modernity. A deeply moving and sublime social tale.


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