I've seen it and it's super charming. Definitely recommended.
Public Classifieds and Announcements
Here's your chance to reach a broad public interested in documentaries. Get the (D-)Word out!
Please include a LOCATION. Spam will be deleted.
As this is a PUBLIC forum, it is also a good idea to write email addresses longhand (person[AT]d-word[dot]com)
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.
Tickets are on sale for the NYC première of WAR DON DON at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival: http://www.filmlinc.com/wrt/onsale/hrw10/wardondon.html
We’ll have three screenings at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater:
Saturday, June 12 PREMIERE at 6:45pm with panel discussion and reception to follow
Sunday, June 13 at 2:00pm with Q&A to follow
Wednesday, June 16 at 4:00pm with Q&A to follow
We’ll sell out the weekend screenings pretty quickly, so I encourage you to buy your tickets soon! And check out our website for latest awards, reviews, and other upcoming screenings: http://wardondonfilm.com
Sign up for the newsletter (link below) to hear about the screenings, reactions from civil society organization, former combatants, and the Special Court. It’s an exciting time for the film – and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you in June.
Producer / Editor, WAR DON DON
I'm a grad student in New York working towards my MFA in Documentary Studies. I'm in the Boston area for the summer and looking to find work on any projects that might be going on. I've develop editing, producing, shooting, and writing skills in the program and I have a strong film background as well (I have my BA in Film Studies/Production). I'm a hard worker and willing to get my hands dirty. I've posted my reel and please email me at email@example.com for my resume. Thanks!
Online Documentary Music Seminar. Join DocuMentors for an amazing opportunity to learn all about composing music for documentary films. The Documentary Music Virtual Symposium will take place on Sunday, May 23rd from 3pm-6pm Mtn, and you can listen from anywhere! Top award-winning composers will be sharing their secrets of success in this comprehensive online seminar. Find out more and register at www.documentaryhowto.com/doc-music-symposium. Use code CL523 for a 15% discount. The seminar will be recorded if you can't listen in live. Join us on Sunday!
Next Monday night (May 24), Docs In Progress welcomes Jon Gann to our Evening with an Expert series to talk about Film Festival Strategies.
Jon will unlock the secrets of the film festival system and give tips on how to research potential film festivals, how to prepare for a festival, how to make an impression with programmers and audiences, what to expect from a festival, and how to promote your film as it travels the festival circuit.
Monday, May 24, 2010
6:30 pm Networking
7:00-8:30 pm Presentation and Q&A
Docs In Progress
8700 First Avenue (corner of First Avenue and Fenwick Lane)
Silver Spring, MD 20910
$35 ($5 discount for members of the Docs Insider program)
Because space is limited to 12 participants, advance registration is highly recommended. Visit our website at http://www.docsinprogress.org to register.
ABOUT THE EVENING WITH AN EXPERT SERIES
This Docs In Progress series brings specialists on different aspects of the documentary and broader film industry to the Docs In Progress Documentary House in downtown Silver Spring, MD to speak to a small audience of filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers. Because these programs are limited to 12 registered participants, it allows an intimate environment in which participants can both learn and interact with the specialist.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Jon Gann is the founder of the DC Film Alliance, a non-profit group supporting Washington, DC’s film and video community, and the creator of the DC Shorts Film Festival; now in its sixth year, the event attracts national and international filmmakers, and has become one of the country’s premier short film showcases. MovieMaker Magazine named DC Shorts as “one of 20 festivals worth an entry fee” — two years in a row — and “one of the leading film festivals” in the country. DC Shorts was also chosen by the readers of the Washington City Paper as the area’s best festival. As a filmmaker, Jon’s notable past projects include: Cyberslut, the first gay-themed short film to screen at over 50 festivals and broadcasts worldwide; Signs, a national 48 Hour Film Project award winner, and Offline, a modern dating parable. Jon’s new venture, Reel Plan, consults with filmmakers on the festival circuit. His “festival tips” blog is read by hundreds of filmmakers every week, and through his work, Jon has bridged the communication gap between competing film festivals, so all can share film information, sponsor strategies and filmmaker data.
My name is Jamila K. Gaskins. I need your help find two people for production this weekend for an Electronic Press Kit for my documentary, Project 1. It's unpaid, but I'm feeding people. Please send to people you know. It has my contact info in it.
WORK ALERT! MALIBU, CA – BOOM OPERATOR/FLEX FILL OPERATOR – Saturday, May 22nd – Seeking two production people to help with the shooting of an EPK (electronic press kit) for a very worthy cause. This Sat, Jamila K. Gaskins will be shooting the press kit to help raise awareness about Project 1, a documentary on the prevention of HIV for women in America. She'll need you from 8am til around 6; It's unpaid, but she will feed you really wel!! You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Project 1 go to https://projectonethemovie.com/Home_Page.php
I'm looking for an Amsterdam-based producer shooter to help us with a doc shoot one day in the area of June 1 – 3. Need someone who is strong on verite and speaks excellent English ... the only thing is that we're an indie doc so we are low on $$. If anyone can recommend someone, it would be great. Film is about ex-con turned spoken word artist Lemon Andersen. He is reuniting with his estranged brother in Amsterdam and we want to capture it on screen. Project really is great (ITVS Phase 3 finalist!!!!), and in Amsterdam, it will be a 1/2 of shooting (there might be about 2 hours on 2nd day). Thank you thank you! Info on the project at www.dandelion-films.com!
Hi. I have a couple hours of Haitian Creole I need translated for a short right away. I have a modest budget. Anyone interested or with any suggestions can contact me at email@example.com
I'm the one looking for an Amsterdam-based producer shooter. My email is on the website, but to contact me directly ... my email is firstname.lastname@example.org! So much for late night postings .... Thank you!
I am working with the New York Times 'Frugal Travel' writer Matt Gross on a series pitch called "Strangers in Strange Lands." Our goal is to put real travel on American TV – this won't be one of those glossy, polished shows that shies away from the insanity and difficulty of foreign travel. Rather, it'll embrace the challenges, and highlight one of the best things about going abroad: meeting kindred spirits who care about adventure and discovery.
Please check out our Kickstarter page, and if you can contribute even a little that would be fantastic! Feel free to pass along to anyone who is yearning to see a travel show that was made for travelers.
Thanks so much,
Tenth Annual Media That Matters Premiere, June 2, 7 p.m., New York City
Join us in NYC for the World Premiere of the tenth annual Media That Matters collection! For the last three years, the MTM premiere has sold out. You won't want to miss this very special 10th anniversary event! We have a special treat for MTM attendees this year--free ice cream cones for all, generously donated by the Raw IceCream Company!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
6:00 p.m.: Doors Open
Arrive early to take part in the impACT salon with some of our presenting partners for Take Action opportunities and a chance to meet the festival filmmakers.
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Screening of tenth annual Media That Matters collection
Be among the first to see the 12 new inspiring short films selected this year by our jury of eight incredible activists and media makers.
School of Visual Arts (SVA)
Visual Arts Theatre
333 West 23rd Street, at 8th Avenue
DocuClub has especially-tickets at $10 (plus processing fee). Please use code: MTMDC
Buy your tickets today before they sell out!: http://mediathatmatters.eventbrite.com
DocuClub in June!
Our June DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, June 9, 7 p.m., at DCTV, located at 87 Lafayette Street (at Walker; take N/R/Q/6 trains to Canal).
We will be showing a rough cut of "Building Bridges" by Anand Kamalakar. The documentary follows a group of students from a New York City public school who travel to India. They journey across three cities performing as a band, staying with families and encountering all that India has to offer, they come to realize and understand the true meaning of love, friendship, discomfort, humanity and respect. This documentary takes you on an up-close personal colorful journey, revealing the complex and controversial nature of globalization and what it means beyond consumerism.
Director Anand Kamalakar is a Brooklyn-based documentary film director/editor. His documentary "A Match Made in Calcutta" won the Best Film award at the Mumbai International Film Festival, in 2002. The film was broadcast across Europe and Canada. He edited the series American Roots Music for PBS, and edited and executive-produced the feature-length documentary "Heart of Stone," winner of an Audience Award for Best Documentary at Slamdance. Kamalakar has also edited numerous films for The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, New York Times Television, and the networks CBS, NBC and ABC. He was a creative consultant on the Academy Award-winning documentary "Born Into Brothels."
Director of Photography Sachidananda is a cameraman from Bangalore, India, whose primary work has been in the regional feature film industry. He has worked on a several feature films and television projects in the Kannada language.
Our moderator will be Jennifer Merin, who has written about film for 20 years. She currently covers documentary film for About.com, is the film critic for Women’s eNews, and edits Women On Film, the online journal of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, a nonprofit professional organization of which she is the President. Merin also reports on film and cultural matters for Westwood One Radio Network‘s morning drive news magazine, “America In the Morning,” and for Around The World Radio. She has been a regular reviewer and interviewer for New York Press, and has contributed to TheReeler.com. She has worked as newswriter/editor for ABC and CNN, and reporter for NBC. Her ongoing weekly column about culture and travel has resided at the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press, among others, and is currently distributed by ArcaMax Publishing. Merin served as a juror at the 2009 IDFA, and is a juror for the 2010 Golden Trailer Awards. She holds an M.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and has taught at the University of Wisconsin and University of Rhode Island, lectured worldwide for the U.S. State Department and conducted workshops in New York City correctional institutions.
Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $6 for non-members.
For this screening, only DocuClub members need to RSVP at email@example.com. Our previous screenings have sold out and although admission for non-members is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:
I'm looking for a local HDV shooter (mini-DV tape) with equipment to cover an event in Milwaukee, WI at the Union Cinema on the University of WI-Milwaukee campus on Sunday, June 6 from 2:30pm-7pm.
BASIC LEGAL ISSUES FOR DOCUMENTARY WEBINAR
Tuesday, June 1 2010, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Eastern Standard Time (GMT- 5)
Unexpected legal issues can bring documentary production to a halt. The old adage, “The best defense is a good offense” rings true in filmmaking. This webinar with Entertainment and Media Attorney Laura Possessky will highlight the basic tools every producer needs to have in place to ward off legal woes. We will discuss when and how contracts, clearances and insurance may be used to effectively produce a documentary that is commercially viable and ready for distribution. The webinar will include a presentation and a 20 minute live phone Q&A.
This webinar is appropriate for anyone who is making their first independent documentary or for more experienced international filmmakers who want to understand basic legal issues for films 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.
More info and registration link at http://www.docsinprogress.org/index.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=68&jevtype=jevent&year=2010&month=06&day=01&Itemid=1
Registration open until 1 hour before webinar begins. This session will NOT be available on podcast so if it's of interest, try to catch the live webinar.