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.
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.
DC-area folks, it's high time for another Docs In Progress Work in Progress screening, don't you think? Join us this Friday night.
Docs In Progress is back with a triple feature of works-in-progress in Washington DC. The program is sponsored by The Documentary Center at The George Washington University.
Following a screening of each film, the audience will be invited to participate in a feedback session with the filmmakers to help them get to the next stage of completing their films.
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF ARTOMATIC (3 minute trailer)
by Jay Krasnow
Artomatic began with 350 visual artists a decade ago and has grown into a Washington institution which attracts more than 1,000 artists, musicians, comedians, poets, and filmmakers and is a model for grassroots arts festivals.
LIFE ON DEATH BEACH (7 minute segment)
by Jeff Arak
A coastal town in Oaxaca is a microcosm of struggles for recognition within Mexican society, as told from a group of volunteer lifeguards or the patients and therapists at a center working to rehabilitate people with disabilities.
FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS (80 minute rough cut)
by Donald Plata
Considered one of the most elite groups of the U.S. army during the Second World War, the Phillipine Scouts were credited with one of the greatest success stories for the Allies in the Pacific – keeping Japan from invading Australia. Although they fought America's first major ground battle of the war, their story remains largely unknown.
Friday, April 16, 2010
at The George Washington University
Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st Street, NW (corner of 21st and H Streets)
Auditorium B-07 (one floor down from street level)
Washington DC 20052
Convenient to garage parking and the Foggy Bottom Metro.
This Saturday, April 17th, in Los Angeles. Full day workshop with Morrie Warshawski fundraising guru. Workshop entitled: Shaking the Money Tree: The Art of Getting Grants and Donations for your Film/Video Project.
I haven't taken a Morrie workshop before, but I know others here have and speak highly about the experience. Sign up now if you're interested, space is limited. Pricing is $85 for IDA members and $110 for non-members. Taking place at The Standard, Downtown.
We're looking for an inexpensive (re: really CHEAP) video screening room in NYC – any ideas out there? Say around 70 seats, project HDCAM or Digibeta, an early evening in May, during the week? We've looked at DCTV, 92ndSty Tribeca, Bowery Poets . . . thanks!
You might try http://www.thetanknyc.org/ We screened Second Skin there for 4 days. They split the door with us, and it was a totally decent space with nice staff. However, it is not a true movie screening room, more like a black box theater that has a projector. Sadly they have no HDCAM or Digibeta for sure.
Docs In Progress Webinar: Budgeting for Documentaries
Wednesday, April 21 2010
7:00pm – 8:00pm eastern standard time
Having a comprehensive budget for your documentary film is essential not only as a part of funding proposals, but as a means to keeping control over the production process from beginning to end. The budget is as much a story of the film as the trailer or treatment. This one-hour webinar from Docs In Progress co-founder Adele Schmidt will focus on why you need a budget, how you structure a budget, what elements should be included in a budget, and how a budget evolves over the course of making the documentary. Webinar participants will also receive a sample budget which can be used as a template for your own projects.
This webinar is appropriate for anyone who is making their first independent documentary or for more experienced international filmmakers who want to understand common budgeting formats for raising funds in the United States. Since the webinar is conducted entirely online, all you need is Internet access at a computer with speakers or headphones at the time of the webinar and the ability to call in to a U.S. phone number via landline, cell phone, or Skype. There is no software to download.
Wednesday, April 21 from 7:00-8:00 pm eastern standard time (5 hours behind GMT)
Wherever you are. The beauty of webinars is you can be based anywhere as long as you have access to a computer with Internet access and sound through speakers or headphones and the ability to telephone in to a U.S. phone number.
Regular Fee – $35 USD
Payment can be made on the Docs In Progress website via credit card or PayPal. Fee does not include any long distance or other fees you may incur calling into the U.S. phone number.
To register, click here. Once registered, you should expect an e-mail on the date of the webinar with further instructions on how to call and connect in for the webinar.
This week! FREE Webinar. Increase your documentary's presence on the internet – Webinar on Website Search Engine Optimization. April 22nd at 5pm PST. Space is limited – register now – go to www.documentaryhowto.com and click on free teleseminar.
I am an award winning documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York who is just finishing a new experimental short documentary about remembering called FORGET ME NOTS. In addition, I am in the process of crowd funding the 10th Anniversary DVD of my documentary film DAUGHTER OF SUICIDE and I am working on two new projects – one is a web-based extension of DoS and FMN, the other is a documentary about Oliver Sacks.
I am seeking an intern who can help me with several aspects of my work:
• Reach out to blogs and organizations that write about surviving suicide and ask them if I can write a guest post or if they are willing to feature me in some way. The goal is to promote the Kickstarter campaign that is currently running to fund the DoS DVD.
• Help me to create to brainstorm, research and create the Grassroots Distribution Tour of DoS and FMN. This includes creating a workshop/theme/packaging that can we used to promote the tour and at screening sites as well as contacting potential participants in the tour.
• Help to create the web based extension that will be the foundation of the Tour and outreach efforts.
• Help to build and maintain my social media profile.
I'm sure there is more... but that's a big start! I'd like an intern who can employ critical and creative thinking skills, work independently in my home office (or at their home some of the time if that seems to work for both of us), is familiar with Mac computers, is child friendly and trustworthy! (I have two young children who are around and about which can make my schedule chopped up and hectic. I'd like an intern who likes kids because they are around sometimes and an intern who can deal with the fact that my attention can be distracted by the kids sometimes.)
This is an opportunity to help put together a grassroots tour and distribution campaign from the ground up!
Film Distribution & Movie Marketing Seminar with Expert Panel Discussion – NYC – 4/29
Learn about film distribution & movie marketing strategies for your film in this unique seminar with NEW information lead by film distribution executive Allen Chou. After the presentation, there's a BONUS panel discussion with industry experts ready to answer your questions. Join us as we discuss current strategies on topics such as:
- How to find the best distributors for your film
- What film & TV markets you should attend immediately
- How to find & select a “legitimate” producer’s rep or sales agent
- How to use film festivals as a launch pad for releasing your film
- How to properly use Twitter, FaceBook, & YouTube for film promotion
- How to use Social Media Marketing to engage with your audience & build a fan base
- How can you give away your film for FREE & still make money?
- The value of your film in foreign markets. Will it sell?
- Crowd sourcing & fund raising for your film
- The Pro's & Con's of DIY distribution
- Digital delivery with Netflix, Itunes, Hulu, & VOD
- Why everything we know about distribution has changed
I’m producing a film about a medical maverick who sees the world as made up of waves. The application of his wave theory has enhanced professional athletic performance and has resulted in the most successful Cold Fusion experiments in the world. Furthermore, many people feel he is helping heal their diseases, from Parkinson’s to Cancer.
We’re looking for an experienced DP who is innovative, patient, and collaborative.
There will be a fair amount of travel between May and November of 2010 ranging from New York to London. Interviews are being held from April 21st to April 27th.
I want to take 5 minutes of your time to ask you for your help. If there is any one community of people that can help us here at the Guarani project, it's the D-worders.
The Project: Recently, I, along with my partner Annabel Symington have been in the throws of raising money to produce and shoot a documentary concerning water in Latin America. Over the last two months we've been trying to raise a target of $14,500 so we can make an initial 2 month research trip into the region. We are close to our goal via Kickstarter but there is still a good amount of funds to be raised.
If we don't hit that $14,500 target within 4 Days, we don't get a dime of the over $9,000 already pledged.
The support and positive feedback that I've had from people regarding this Project has been overwhelming. What's been harder is getting people to translate their enthusiasm into a pledge.
In the last 56 days of fundraising so much has happened that further strengthens the reach and potential of this documentary, from being featured in various Online and Print Media, having the CEO of the Brazil Foundation personally contact us, to having the very respected hydrologist at Oregon State University, Dr. Michael Campana join the team as our water advisor.
The fact of the matter is water use has grown at twice the rate of the world’s population for the last century, and we’ve reached peak water, the point at which the renewable supply is forever outstripped by unquenchable demand. Compounding this problem, the hydrologic cycle is growing less predictable as climate change alters established temperature patterns around the globe. As countries look to alternatives sources of water to alleviate shortages the world’s largest body fresh water, The Guarani Aquifer, is going to be high on the list.
And yet, despite it all, we are still coming up short in funding, and the clock is ticking. In 4 days, we need over $4000. And we know we can do it.
But not without help.
So I humbly ask of you, if you find the project a worthwhile one, that you Forward our Message to your friends, family, and colleagues, and equally important, Donate whatever amount you feel comfortable donating.
Following on the heels of a packed and very successful IDA Doc-U all day workshop with Morrie Warshawski last weekend, I'm pleased to announce our next all day event will be TRAILER MECHANICS: MAKING A FUNDRAISING DEMO THAT ACTUALLY GETS FUNDING with D-Word's own talented Fernanda Rossi. Saturday May 15th in Hollywood.
Until April 25th, priority tickets are being sold to IDA members only. General public tickets will be available from 26th.
It's rare that the gifted Ms. Rossi finds herself on the West Coast, so this is a not-to-miss workshop if you're planning to use a trailer for fundraising anytime soon. Space is super limited, so don't delay.
Looking for a filmmaker interested in 1920's American bank robbers.
I am a writer who has done extensive research on Herman K. Lamm, often called "the father of modern bank robbery" and "the man who taught Dillinger." Very little was known about Lamm. No biographies. No movies. This would be the first. I have written a screenplay about Lamm, but would prefer to work with a documentary filmmaker. History is my first love.
A few of the dynamics of the Herman Lamm story.
He was an expatriated Prussian officer who came to America just before World War One.
Lamm came into contact and was likely influenced by Wobblies.
He worked on a prison road camp in Utah on the old Outlaw Trail and came into contact with former members of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch, which is the source of legends about Lamm being involved with Cassidy.
He is considered one of the most prolific bank robbers of the 1920's and the "Lamm Method" was copied by many other robbers.
His final robbery and chase by a posse in 1930 is one of the most exciting bank robbery stories in American history.
If anyone is interested in his story, please let me know. It is an important part of American history and is yet to be documented.
Women Make Movies (www.wmm.com) is thrilled to offer filmmakers a unique opportunity to meet Tabitha Jackson, Commissioning Editor of More4 – Channel 4's high-end digital channel. Tabitha oversees the flagship international documentaries strand, True Stories, and is responsible for pre-sales, co-productions and acquisitions.
True Stories looks for high quality international feature-length documentaries that have a strong directorial voice, are character-driven, and reveal compelling truths about the contemporary world. For those not familiar with Channel 4, it is one of Britain’s most cutting edge, controversial and creative broadcasters. Channel 4 places a premium on innovation and experimentation in the form and content of its programming.
Don’t miss this rare chance to learn about this leading international broadcaster, what they are interested in, how much money is available and how to get your documentary seen in the U.K. Come with questions.
Register today at http://bit.ly/9Yg7Pt! Cost is $20 if you are a member of one of WMM’s partner organizations.
I work as Surround Staff for a summer Writer's Retreat called "Squaw Valley Community of Writers." I'm in the screenwriting program, although there's also a novel program. For the last 5 years I've been with them, spending a week in Lake Tahoe working on a script exclusively with other screenwriters.
You work with a mentor, who reads through your script in advance and then, each afternoon, has a small group of students that they meet with in groups and one-on-one. They know your script in advance so you get a lot of direct attention on your specific story, which was a huge help for me early on.
I do surround staff, which is basically like setting up the DVD projector and the like. I attended on a scholarship my first year and have been going back since just to help however I can. Hashing out problems in my screenplay with a seasoned professional was great for understanding screenwriting as a whole, and spending a week lodging in this mountainous resort was inspirational for the new ideas I'm always looking for.
Here's the official copy:
The Squaw Valley Screenwriting Program focuses on individual attention and work-in-progress, mentored by award-winning writers and writer-directors. Crystallize the story you want to tell, and excise extraneous elements. Designed for both screenwriters and filmmakers, this unique program invites both narrative features and character-driven documentaries that are currently in development. Our goal is to assist writers to improve their craft and thus move them closer to production.
I did this for two years and had a really good time. Basically they let you attend this crazy, fun and amazing music camp for free and make some sort of movie under the mentorship of the great Garry Beitel. You also help out by filming their incredible concerts. I heard they are still waiting for people to apply. This is in the Laurentians in Quebec, but there is a bus ride included from Montreal.
For more info you can go to www.klezkanada.org (where you can see the short Klez Kebec that I made as well) or contact me.
David Stein Memorial Filmmaking Scholarships
David Stein was a talented young filmmaker who passed away suddenly in 2004 at age 34. David produced a wide variety of works in his prolific career including documentary features, music videos, short art films, and a variety of corporate and commercial work. His films screened at a number of international film festivals, as well as on Bravo!, History Television, Vision TV, and Star TV among others. David was well-known in the Jewish film and music community and with his ever-present camera in tow was a ubiquitous presence at many Yiddish culture events, including two stints at KlezKanada in 1998-99. In addition to his artistry as a filmmaker, David was known for his vibrant spirit, larger-than-life personality, and unforgettable smile. The David Stein Film Scholarship is an opportunity for emerging filmmakers to explore KlezKanada creatively through the camera’s eye. Under the supervision of veteran documentary filmmaker and teacher Garry Beitel, participants will hone their documentary skills through workshops and filmmaking projects – using performances and interactions with the leading lights of the Yiddish culture scene and the 450+ KlezKanada enthusiasts as their subjects.
Doc Alliance Films recently acquired the stunning visual masterpiece We Want Roses Too (Italy, Switzerland, 2007, 85 min) by acclaimed Italian director Alina Marazzi. The film is an exuberant testament to the resolve of women of the 1960s and 1970s sexual revolution and feminist movement in Italy. Marazzi takes viewers on a gorgeous storytelling journey through archival footage, advertisements, and colorful images juxtaposed with the true-life struggles and first-hand accounts provided by the diaries of three women.
Please be aware that there is a territory restriction on this film. We Want Roses Too is NOT available in: Switzerland, Italy, Rep. San Marino, Vatican, Capodistria, Monaco, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia, Greece, Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia, Turkey, Russia, and Poland.
Starting May 1, Doc Alliance Films will present Private Century, an 8-part series from one of the Czech Republic’s prominent documentary filmmakers, JAN SIKL. The political and social upheavals of twentieth-century Czechoslovakia—war and occupation, the twin specters of Nazism and Communism, the Velvet Revolution—have never been more intimately rendered than in Private Century. Composed entirely of family home movies, still photographs, letters, and diaries dating from the 1920s to the 1960s, the series explores how sweeping historical events transform the private lives of ordinary people, and how small domestic pleasures can crystallize into profound and enduring memories.
On May 1 & 2, you can stream two films from Private Century, Statuary of Granddad Vinda and King of Velichovky, FOR FREE!