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Public Classifieds and Announcements - Get The (D-)Word Out!
Here's your chance to reach a broad public interested in documentaries.
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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!
To learn more about my work please visit www.dempseyrice.com
If you have any questions please do email me. If you are interested in the position please send a resume and cover letter telling me a little bit about your experience and what you bring to the table.
All the best,
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
For more information about the seminar/panelists & to register for the event, visit http://marketmymovie.eventbrite.com
JOB POSTING- DP
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.
Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
In reply to Shahira Motani's post on Tue 20 Apr 2010 :
All D-word members can use discount code "DW429" to receive $5 off registration for the seminar!
We hope to see you there!
Vasilios here with a humble yet urgent request from The Guarani Project Documentary:
Hey D-word Community,
My name is Vasilios Sfinarolakis, Producer and Director of Photography for the Guarani Project Documentary
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.
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.
Again, here is our website, which I hope you have time to look over: The Guarani Project
And you can pledge via our Kickstarter page here: http://kck.st/c36RKN
I very much appreciate your efforts, and I thank you in advance for your help and contribution to the Guarani Project Documentary.
Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or ideas at Vasilios [at] theguaraniproject.com; I look forward to hearing from you.
The Guarani Project
Producer, Director of Photography
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.
More details here: http://doc-u-fernanda-rossi.eventbrite.com/
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.
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anyone in here have a wide-angle lens they could lend me that would fit on a DVX-100a? i need one this coming weekend for a non-profit dance performance. i can pick it up anywhere in L.A.
since i'm being paid "squadoosh" (that's the technical term) on this project, i can't really pay anything in cold hard cash, but i can definitely owe you one in the favor department... thanks!!!
Meet the Broadcaster: Tabitha Jackson, Channel 4 (UK)
April 27 | 6:30-8:30pm | WMM Office | $25/$20
Register at http://bit.ly/9Yg7Pt
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.
Deadline for application is May 1, notification by June 10. Check our web site for further details: www.squawvalleywriters.org/swriter_ws.htm
So I can answer any questions, but if you're interested in taking a week to really work on your idea, this is a great way to do it.
EDIT: Just in case there's any issue, I'm not involved with any of the acceptance process or sales or anything like that, I just handle some staff stuff during that week and post around about it.
Greetings, Jason. This is a website for documentary filmmakers but I'm sure some of us still harbor delusions of fiction film grandeur. Squaw Valley sounds like a great program, so thanks for posting.
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.
We Want Roses Too Now Available at www.DocAllianceFilms.com
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.
We Want Roses Too can be streamed or downloaded at www.docalliancefilms.com
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.
I am going to take Fernanda Rossi workshop in San Diego, does somebody will attend? I am looking for a place to stay May 8 in San Diego, some idea?
Looking for a good sound person in Baton Rouge, Louisiana the week of May 10th and in Salt Lake City, Utah the week of May 24th. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Please email me at: email@example.com
Jan Sikl’s Private Century Offered on www.DocAllianceFilms
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!
Please visit www.docalliancefilms.com
In reply to Koen Suidgeest's post on Thu 8 Apr 2010 :
That's a good question, Koen, and I think it's best posed to the filmmakers themselves. In BISMILLAH'S case, it is Jolene Pinder and Sarah Zaman. Sometimes, it's strategic as a short film is a way get interest in/funds for a longer version of the film. For example, Jennifer Redfearn's short THE NEXT WAVE, which was shown at Media That Matters in 2009, was later expanded to SUN COME UP, which recently premiered at Full Frame. But it's also a question that perhaps many others in this forum can answer.
I wanted to let the D-word members know about our new online ongoing documentary film festival at www.docspopuli.com. Conceived and curated by accomplished documentary filmmakers, Docs Populi groups accepted films into thematic collections which include both familiar and less well known works of all eras and lengths. Filmmakers submit their work for consideration and pay an entry fee as in most other film festivals. Unlike many other film festivals, Docs Populi responds to every entry with written comments, and if accepted, the film and the filmmaker are given a unique page within Docs Populi whose sole purpose is to preview and promote the film and the filmmaker, and to sell DVDs of the work to the internet public. Films that do not fit easily into one of the thematic collections, may be submitted to the "One of a Kind Docs" collection. Filmmakers with a work-in-progress can submit to "Films Looking for Funding" as a way to find finishing funds from interested individuals and film funding foundations recruited to the site by our staff. Docs Populi also provides a consultation service, whereby interested filmmakers can submit a rough cut of a film to a specific curator for feedback. Please check us out and let us know what you think!
Hello D-Word Members,
My name is Alie McNeil and I am a documentary film student at Stephens College, a small women's college in Columbia, Missouri and one of the only women's colleges with a film production program. I am looking for an internship in the field of documentary filmmaking for the summer of 2010. I am experienced with Final Cut Pro as well as Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, and several Adobe programs. I am hardworking, extremely organized and very reliable. If anyone needs an unpaid intern for the summer please contact me!
My resume and samples of my work can be found on my website at www.alisonmcneil.com.
We are looking for a local runner for a shoot in Greece from the 21st june 5th july.
We need someone who speaks greek, english and/or spanish, they should know the place and have a driving license.
Any tips would be of great help!
Thanks a lot.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Arts Engine, Leslie Wiener and ITVS International are pleased to announce the national premiere of "Teacher," on PBS World on Sunday May 9th! We are opening this season of Global Voices-check your local listings here:
This is the riveting story of Nguyen Van Hung, an AIDS awareness activist in Ho Chi Minh City, struggling to educate and provide for impoverished sufferers of the disease. Thay Hung shines as an example of grassroots change that can stem from just one dedicated person.
Show your support by becoming a fan of "Teacher" on Facebook and by following us on Twitter!
Hi there John, we'll be travelling around, a couple of days in Athens, six in Santorini and six in Mykonos. It's all about filming people on holiday!
The second annual TALKING PICTURES FESTIVAL will take place this week in Evanston (right next to Chicago): www.talkingpicturesfestival.org
We have a terrific line-up of 14 documentaries at the fest this year: from ECHOTONE, a brandnew doc about the Austin music scene to Steve James' NO CROSSOVER: THE TRIAL OF ALLEN IVERSON, Tom Shepard's WHIZ KIDS to Laura Israel's WINDFALL... lots of great films to see!
I'd love to invite D-Word folks in the Chicago area to attend, meet some of the visiting filmmakers and participate in the many post-screening discussions we've planned.