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!
Public Classifieds and Announcements
Here's your chance to reach a broad public interested in documentaries. Get the (D-)Word out!
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As this is a PUBLIC forum, it is also a good idea to write email addresses longhand (person[AT]d-word[dot]com)
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.
DocuClub in May!
Our May DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, May 19, 7 p.m., at 92YTribeca, located at 200 Hudson Street, at Canal. (Take 1, A/C/E to Canal Street).
We will be showing a rough cut of "DeAf Jam" by Judy Lieff. The documentary traces the journey of five deaf teens from New York City as they discover and explore American Sign Language (ASL) poetry with some of this nation’s most acclaimed ASL poets, and then bring their poetry to their hearing peers at youth poetry slams and other spoken word events. Performing in ASL, a dramatic visual language, the poets use rhythm, movement and body language to create a cinematic equivalent to oral poetry. The poets use sign language and poetry also to raise issues about disability and the future of ASL. Pitted against the journey of the poets and contributing to this bittersweet story, is a counter-narrative, which traces the increasing erosion of this indigenous art form in the face of technologies and the educational system “serving” to mainstream the Deaf into the hearing world. One of the highlights of the film is a collaboration between a deaf Israeli poet and a hearing Palestinian poet. Without “speaking” each other’s language, they manage to navigate through the collaborative process both with and without an interpreter. Eventually, they create a hearing/deaf duet that metaphorically relates to the world around them. Watch a trailer of the film here: http://www.deafjam.org/trailer.html.
Director/Producer Judy Lieff is a dancer, filmmaker, and teacher. She began her relationship with the Deaf community through the making of an award-winning experimental film, "Duties of my Heart." The film became a catalyst for four consecutive grants to teach video production workshops she designed for deaf teens in Los Angeles. In 2000, Lieff received a National Dance/Media fellowship from the Pew Charitable Trusts. In 2004 and 2007, she was awarded a New York State Council on the Arts independent film grant for production on "DeAf Jam." In 2009, the film was awarded finishing funds from the Independent Television Service Open Call competition.
Steve Zeitlin, Co-producer, served as co-producer of "From Mambo to Hip Hop," a documentary about the South Bronx funded by ITVS and broadcast on public television across the U.S. as part of the Voces series of Latino Public Broadcasting. He received his Ph.D. in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania, and is the director and co-founder of City Lore, an organization dedicated to the preservation of New York City’s—and America’s—living cultural heritage.
Editor Keiko Deguchi cut award-winning documentary films such as Jeremiah Zagar’s "In a Dream," Linda Hattendorf’s "The Cats of Mirikitani," and John Valadez and Cristina Ibarra’s "The Last Conquistador." Her most recent film, "To Catch a Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America," was shown at Sundance Film Festival 2010. She is the recipient of the James Lyons Editing Award at Woodstock Film Festival in 2008.
Our moderator will be Doug Block, a is a multiple award-winning, New York-based documentary director, cameraman and producer. His films "The Heck With Hollywood" and "Home Page" have been released theatrically in the U.S., won awards at leading international film festivals and have been broadcast around the world. "51 Birch Street" was named one of the 10 Best Films of 2006 by a number of leading critics, including The New York Times, and was selected as one of the outstanding documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review. His latest film, "The Kids Grow Up," is about his relationship with his daughter and only child, Lucy, shot over a period of 18 years and focusing on her last year at home before she left for college. The film is set for an early Fall theatrical release and a later broadcast on HBO. Block is also founder and co-host of The D-Word, an online community for documentary filmmakers, which now has over 4,000 members from 80 countries.
We’ll announce our rough cut soon. Stay tuned!
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, it is highly recommended that you purchase your tickets in advance via 92YTribeca.
Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:
In reply to Andrea Ferrando's post on Mon 3 May 2010 :
I might have a couple of candidates for you – I'll email you directly
The POV Call for Submissions is open for business. Films will be considered for broadcast in 2011 and beyond. Arrival deadline is June 30th by 6pm.
Details here http://www.pbs.org/pov/filmmakers/submit-your-film.php Online submission form at http://cfe.pov.org
Email is the worst thing ever invented. Give me a ring if you have any questions 212-989-8121 x314.
In reply to John Burgan's post on Mon 3 May 2010 :
THanks a lot.
Journey from Zanskar
I haven't seen this doc yet, but I ran into Louise Brooks, the
Manager of Community Relations and Volunteer Programs at the Rubin Museum, and thought some folks might be interested. The Rubin is a nice museum, especially with free admission on Friday nights.
RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART presents
Journey from Zanskar
A Monk’s Vow to Children
From the co-creator of Hoop Dreams, Frederick Marx, comes a film about a daring attempt to save Tibetan Buddhism in the Himalayas.
Spurred by their promise to the Dalai Lama, they rescue seventeen children from a remote and ailing valley in Kashmir and together march in the direction of far off Dharamsala, on the other side of the ice-bound Himalayas. The oldest child was just twelve years old.
Narrated by Richard Gere, this inspiring film follows the audacious plan of two Tibetan monks to safeguard Tibetan Buddhist cultural heritage.
Screenings throughout the month of May:
• Wednesday, May 5 – 7PM, post-screening discussion with the director
• Saturday, May 8 – 2 & 4PM, post-screening discussion with the director
• Sunday, May 9 – 1PM, post-screening discussion with the director
• Friday. May 14 – 7PM
• Saturday, May 15 – 2 & 4PM
• Sunday, May 16 – 1PM
• Wednesday, May 19 – 7PM
• Wednesday, May 26 – 7PM
All screenings are $12 and can be purchased by phone, visiting the museum’s front desk or online.
To view the trailer, please visit http://www.journeyfromzanskar.com/trailer.asp
"Beautiful, powerful, and heart-warming" – Prof. Robert Thurman
For tickets and details visit: www.rmanyc.orc/zanskar
RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART
150 WEST 17TH STREET, NEW YORK CITY
www.rmanyc.org 212.620.5000 x344
Serac Adventure Film School will be leading once-in-a-lifetime courses in Bhutan and Kenya this summer. The school is led by three time National Emmy Award Winner, Michael Brown, who helps you make your own film from concept to big screen. The Kenya school is unique because you will also be contributing to an actual documentary production. Soon to be the Outside Adventure Film School, this is really the only film school of its kind!
Check it out – http://www.adventurefilmschool.com/
Doc Alliance Films Offers 3 Films by Iranian Filmmaker Sepideh Farsi
On May 10, Doc Alliance Films will add another film by award-winning director, Sepideh Farsi. Harat (2007), which won the Best documentary prize at Festival dei Popoli, follows mother and daughter Sepideh and Darya – a successful young filmmaker and her child who has clear ideas about how to make a film. With only two cameras in tow, they embark on a long journey to meet members of their vast family, from Paris to Tehran and beyond the Afghanistan border. The complex ramifications of a genealogical tree are gathered in this subtle family album.
Doc Alliance Films presents two additional films by Farsi, Homi D. Setha, Filmmaker (2000), winner of the FIPRESCI Prize and the Traces de Vie prize, and Men of Fire, which is an insight into today's Iran through the eyes of fierce firemen in Tehran.
Please visit www.docalliancefilms.com where all 3 films by Sepideh Farsi can be streamed or downloaded.
LOOKING TO RENT AN HD MINI-DV DECK IN NEW YORK ASAP
Hi D-worders, I just got back from a shoot and am looking to rent a deck to digitize roughly 40 hours of HD mini-dv tapes. Thinking I can finish it this week, if I can find on a deck by Monday (May 10th) or Tuesday...Just looking for a reasonable rental rate...feel free to call me at 917 648 3055 – Thanks! Dan
Institute of Documentary Film – Call for Articles
Two months into the adventure that is the www.DOKweb.net portal, the Institute of Documentary Film would like to announce a call for articles. We encourage documentary practitioners, industry insiders, students in a film or a film-related programme and other documentary professionals to send us submissions that deal with the theory or practice of documentary filmmaking in any part of the world.
Preference will be given to texts accessible to a broad audience. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, an account of your experience with international co-production, funds or broadcasters; documentary funding in Western Europe or North America; difficulties encountered in the development of your project; an outline of legal or other issues hampering the audiovisual industry in your country; advice and suggestions concerning various aspects of documentary filmmaking; views from the other side (overseas contributors, commissioning editors, funders). Film reviews are not part of the current call.
Submissions of 2 – 6 standard pages may be sent in English, Czech or Slovak. Texts selected by IDF's editorial staff will be posted in English and Czech on our portal, www.DOKweb.net, the largest online resource for East European documentary film. Following an agreement with the author, texts may be edited or trimmed. Authors of published submissions will receive CZK 250 per standard page.
There is no fixed deadline; submissions are considered on an ongoing basis. Please send your text in .doc format to firstname.lastname@example.org. The authors of accepted and rejected texts will be notified by email within two weeks.
We're looking forward to reading your views and insights!
For other inquiries, please drop us a line at email@example.com.
Calling all Filmmakers – Be Discovered in Hollywood!
Submit your film NOW! The 14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival is now open for submissions. Visit http://www.hollywoodfestival.com to submit your film. We are accepting the following categories: Features, Documentaries, Shorts.
The Deadline has been extended, so submit ASAP!!!
Hey LA Doc-fans,
I'm working on the community engagement campaign for Laura Poitras's documentary THE OATH and it will open in LA on May 21, 2010 at Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood. I've heard it's really hard for docs to find their audience in LA – prove those naysayers wrong! Here is info about the film:
Watch trailer: http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/theoath/
From the director of the Oscar-nominated My Country, My Country, The Oath is a spectacularly gripping documentary that unspools like a great political thriller. It’s the cross-cut tale of two men whose fateful meeting propelled them on divergent courses with Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo Bay Prison and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Abu Jandal is a taxi driver in Sana’a, Yemen; his brother-in-law Salim Hamdan is a Guantanamo prisoner and the first man to face the controversial military tribunals. Jandal and Hamdan’s intertwined personal trajectories—how they became bin Laden’s bodyguard and driver respectively—act as prisms that serve to explore and contextualize a world which has confounded Western media. As Hamdan’s trial progresses, his military lawyers challenge fundamental flaws in the court system. The charismatic Jandal dialogues with his young son, Muslim students and journalists, and chillingly unveils the complex evolution of his belief system post-9/11. Winner of Best Documentary Cinematography at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, The Oath offers a rare window into a hidden realm—and the international impact of the U.S. War on Terror.
Let your friends know that Eyes of the World Media Group is looking for interns for the Summer Training Program.
Here is some information about the program, but of course let me know if anyone is interested or has any questions!
TRAINING PROGRAM: Use media to make change!
Looking for a training program that gives you responsibilities, career coaching, opportunity to work directly with the organizations leaders, and make the world a better place?
Eyes of the World Media Group (www.eowmg.com) is a production company specializing in the creation of socially relevant media (video, web, design, and animation).
We make it a high priority to match you with projects that will help you gain experience and skills you will need to be successful in a variety of careers.
Some of the training opportunities we offer include:
* Graphic Design
* Web Development
* Video Production
* Business Development & Marketing
For more info visit: www.eowmg.com/training_program.html
We're looking for creative, smart, and organized individuals with a passion for socially conscious media.
The program length is 200 hours that can be completed over various periods to accommodate your scheduling needs. At minimum, you must be able to commit at least 13 hours a week.
Email resumes and cover letters to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate that you are applying for the Training Program in the subject line.
We hope to hear from you!
In reply to Innbo Shim's post on Wed 12 May 2010 :
LA folks, by all means come out and support The Oath (especially in its first weekend). I guarantee you'll be glad you saw it on a big screen.
I'm looking for a Producer who can help me fundraise on a documentary I am directing about strippers & working violations. This person must have experience with writing & successfully getting grants esp from documentary funders and other social-issue funders. Plus would be if they have experience with targeting individual donors, using social media, Kickstarter, & other avenues to get completion funds. Please send me a resume with URL links to projects that you have worked on.
Here's some info about the project:
LICENSE TO PIMP is a feature-length personal documentary about labor conditions for exotic dancers who must pay for the privilege to strip. The film follows a whistle-blower, a teenage club prostitute, a woman who strips outside the club circuit, & myself (the filmmaker and a former stripper). The film follows the choices we and other workers make as our workplaces engage in illegal & unsafe practices that violate our rights as workers.
I'm happy to tell U more about the project & share the work sample if you contact me.
seeking POST-PRODUCTION INTERNS for Documentary projects
We want smart, energetic individuals who can commit time to learn about all aspects of independent film production. Duties will range from the daily tasks of operating a production company to specific work on different documentary projects in various stages of production. Position will be supporting an independent filmmaker with day to day activities and projects. The themes of various documentaries include sex work, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, & gay/lesbian issues.
This is a great opportunity to learn about development, production, & post-production in a creative environment. You must have a sense of humor, positive attitude, & a desire to delve deeper into social issues that impact women/girls, queer people, & people of color.
A background in post-production editing is essential. The candidate should be eager to learn about documentary filmmaking and have a foundation in film/video production & post production. Candidate must have Final Cut Pro editing experience and your own Apple laptop computer with Final Cut Pro (version 6.06), MS Word,& Photoshop. U must be able to work independently, multi-task by managing multiple projects, & prioritize workload as needed. Please note, we cannot accept people who only have PC laptops as all work is streamlined to Apple computer & editing applications.
LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP: Begins immediately. 3 month commitment is asked.
• Transcribe documentary interviews
• Log & digitize documentary footage with Final Cut Pro
• Assist with research and licensing of archival photographs, music, and footage
• Production assistance
• Database entry and management
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
BONUS: Website development, knowledge of Illustrator, Flash, After Effects, outreach, and fundraising skills
TIME COMMITMENT: 2 to 3 days per week from 1pm to 7pm. Minimum 12-18 hours/wk (Mon. through Fri only).
LOCATION: Based in NYC
APPLY: send a resume and info about yourself
COMPENSATION: No pay. Credit for college is OK. You will also be credited on the films that you work on.
NEW DAY FILMS – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
New Day Films is currently accepting submissions from filmmakers with social issue documentary and fiction titles for non-theatrical distribution. Our upcoming submission deadline is May 31, 2010. We invite you to submit an application to join our vibrant and creative film collective.
WHO WE ARE...
New Day Films is a filmmaker-run distribution company providing award-winning films to educators since 1971. Democratically run by more than 100 filmmaker members, New Day delivers over 150 titles that illuminate, challenge and inspire. Collectively, New Day titles have won an Academy Award, 9 Academy Award nominations, 4 Emmys, and hundreds of awards at prestigious film festivals. Our films have been broadcast on PBS, HBO and other media outlets.
New Day brings together talented and accomplished filmmakers dedicated to both finding educational audiences for our films and earning revenue to support the independent filmmaking process. A vibrant, creative organization, New Day is a strong brand, which buyers have relied on for decades.
Distributing independent social issue films since 1971, New Day has developed a strong brand within the educational community, built a huge knowledge base on effective distribution and marketing, and grown revenues to over $1 million annually. When you join New Day you become part of a dynamic, democratically run collective of filmmakers.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR...
We actively seek a diversity of voices among our members as well as in our film collection. Short and long-format documentary, fiction and experimental works are welcome. Your film must address a social issue. Those applying should be comfortable joining a collective, where members market their own films, work as a team and volunteer for tasks. Please visit our website to learn more about joining New Day Films.
The upcoming submission deadline is RECEIPT by May 31, 2010.
Please contact us to request an application today.