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Erica Ginsberg
Mon 4 Apr 2005Link
One comment, Mary. You might want to consider changing the title of
the film. There was a fairly well-known 1980s pro-life film by that
title which was very controversial because it showed an aborted fetus
and was aimed at being shown in American schools. You run the risk
of having the two films confused. Not that controversy can't be good
for publicity, but not for funding. Good luck!

Marj Safinia
Thu 7 Apr 2005Link
SEEDS: Philadelphia International Film Festival Documentary Competition

Saturday April 16th, 5pm, Black Box at The Prince Sunday April 17th, 2.30pm, International House

For tickets and more information, go to http://www.phillyfests.com/pff/templates/film_details.cfm?id=4007

The filmmaker, Marjan Safinia will be in attendance.

Runner up, Audience Award - Palm Springs International Film Festival
Runner up, Audience Award - Cleveland International Film Festival
Opening Night Film - SilverDocs AFI/Discovery Documentary Festival
Official Selection of over 25 top US Film Festivals

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"..a spectacular film...truly impressive" Judy Woodruff, CNN

"SEEDS beautifully captures the difficult and inspiring journey of teenagers toward dialog and understanding with their traditional enemies. Adults can only aspire to such bravery." Michelle Pearl, Vice President, The Daniel Pearl Foundation

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SEEDS, an exceptional documentary, introduces us to ten courageous teenagers trying to accomplish what most adults can never bring themselves to do: sit down in peace to face their enemy. Every summer, kids from war-torn countries gather together for three life-changing weeks at the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Maine. Back home, it*s impossible to believe that a Palestinian can share a bunk, let alone a laugh or a hug, with an Israeli; unimaginable for an Indian to speak freely with a Pakistani; inconceivable for an American to gain insight into an Afghan. But in the woods of Maine, they share their dreams and fears and try to see beyond the prejudices that divide them.

Like a grown-up, harder-edged heir to the Academy Award nominated documentary Promises, SEEDS shows that coexistence, even temporary, is tough work, and often elusive. SEEDS intimately documents this difficult journey, where there are no superficial resolutions. At times, the teenagers seem more enlightened than their leaders, but after a year back at home*where the word peace has very little meaning*can they hold onto what they have learned? SEEDS sends a strong message of hope in a media landscape that is bursting with images of violence and intolerance.

In the words of one of the kids, "in order to make peace with your enemy, you have to go to war with yourself."

An excellent film to see with kids, and for families to see together. Uplifting, poignant and inspiring, this film is the perfect antidote to all the madness in our world.

Find out more about the film at www.seedsthemovie.com


Gwendolyn Dixon
Mon 18 Apr 2005Link
Hello,
I am a freelance Associate Producer/Researcher in NYC - with other
solid production skills as well, and have been working in the
documentary film industry for more than nine years. I hoped someone
in the D-community could offer me some advice about getting the word
out about me and my varied experience in the industry. I have worked
on a number of historical and current news documentary projects -
many that have gone on to win Peabody, Emmy, du-Pont Columbia and
Sundance awards. I am having a hard time currently locating work,
and know it's out there..just need to get some good advice about how
to best go about learning of opportunities and passing my resume
along.

Hope this was the correct place to post this. I need some career
advice!
Thanks very much! Immensely appreciated!

Doug Block
Tue 19 Apr 2005Link
welcome, gwendolyn. i'm about to register your application to the
community (this is the public forum). the "classifieds" topic in
there is the better place to post this, so do it again once you sign
in there. (don't forget to say hi in the "introduce yourself" topic,
too).

Gwendolyn Dixon
Tue 19 Apr 2005Link
thanks, doug. i really appreciate the quick response. i hope you'll
have a nice week.

Sarah Brownrigg
Wed 20 Apr 2005Link
ayudante de dirección/production assistant needed - basque country, europe

Long shot coming up: anyone know of a production assistant / whizz-kid intern living in or around Gernika or Bilbao? (that's in the Basque Country...) We had one lined up but the arrangement has fallen through. Anyone! I'll take your abuela if she lives in Gernika and has a spare hour or two.

In the event of you actually knowing of someone please email me at: hola@uyarrafilms.co.uk and I shall try not to faint with pleasure


Hulda Gudnadottir
Thu 21 Apr 2005Link
Screening at Galapagos Art Space, Williamsburg, NY city.

A screening of the Icelandic feature length documentary
film The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie will be held
at Galapagos Art Space on Saturday the 23rd of April
at 7 PM. You are more than welcome to come.
The entrance is free.

The discreet charm is a documentary about shopping,
drinking and loving. The basic elements of
Reykjavik middle class life.
Production>Spiderspoon
Director>Hulda Ros Gudnadottir
Cinematography>Michal Polacek
Music>Funerals, Thorhallur Skulason, Unnur Andrea etc.

The screening is a collaboration of Galapagos Art Space and
Gallery Boreas, Williamsburg. Address> 70 N 6 street btw wythe
and kent. Subway> Bedford Avenue (L train).
www.galapagosartspace.com

Rhonda Moskowitz
Mon 9 May 2005Link
For Boston Filmmakers:

Administrative/Publicity Assistant for Small Educational Video
Distributor specializing in healthcare, mental health, and disability
issues. This full-time, long-term position offers a unique chance to
be involved in the business side of the documentary and educational
film world, in a collaborative, casual, yet professional office
environment. Candidate will need excellent communication and follow
up skills. Knowledge of MS Office software. Duties will include
customer service, research, database management, office and inventory
management. Previous administrative experience preferred; background
or interest in educational media,marketing, healthcare or related
issues a strong plus. 25K plus benefits including health and paid
vacations. No calls please. Mail, fax, or e-mail cover letter,
resume, and references to Fanlight Productions, ATTN: Human
Resources, 4196 Washington Street, Suite 2, Boston, MA 02131, Fax
(617) 469-3379, jobs@fanlight.com

Allison Berg
Mon 30 May 2005Link
*WITCHES IN EXILE premieres in New York City*
Saturday, June 4th at 5pm
Pioneer Theater - 155 East 3rd Street between Avenue A and B
Tel. 212-591-0434

Advance tickets for Saturday, June 4 at 5pm can be purchased at:
http://pioneertheater.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=29660

PLEASE buy tickets well in advance -- seating is extremely limited!


In person:
Allison Berg - Director/Producer
Frank Keraudren - Co-Producer/Editor
Andy Markham - Music

Kindly forward to your friends in the NYC area - thank you!


***

WITCHES IN EXILE


*Winner of the Special Jury Award at the 2004 SXSW Film Festival*

In Ghana, women accused of witchcraft are torn from their families and
banished to isolated "witch villages." This film follows accused
witches through their daily struggle to survive in the Kukuo Witches
Camp in Northern Ghana. As government agencies attempt to abolish
this age-old tradition, these women find themselves caught between
their society's deeply rooted beliefs and its drive toward
modernization. WITCHES IN EXILE captures a country at a dramatic and
emotional crossroads.

"stunning" - Chicago Reader

"A brilliant documentary... winner of SXSW's Special Jury Award for a
Documentary Feature, the film and its award are a testament to Berg's
skill as a filmmaker..."
- Laura Nathan, The Independent

"eye-opening" - Wendy Mitchell, Indiewire

"shocking and tragic... Witches in Exile is a remarkable example of
what can
happen when ignorance, poverty and superstition are allowed to fester"
- Merle Bertrand, Film Threat

"lucid and fascinating...Berg packs her vivid and compelling film with
solid detail"
- Robert Keser, Bright Lights Film Journal

Shazad Chaudhary
Tue 14 Jun 2005Link
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Erica Ginsberg
Tue 5 Jul 2005Link
For folks in Washington DC and vicinity:

The next Docs in Progress will take place one week from tonight on
Tuesday, July 12. Fellow filmmakers and the general public are
invited to join in the discussion about three short documentaries and
help the filmmakers take their films to the next stage of editing.
Be a part of this interactive session which has become a mainstay of
the DC film community.

We will be showcasing:

14TH AND U: THE SOUL OF A NEIGHBORHOOD by Silvina Fernandez-Duque
A look at how the U Street corridor has developed and changed in the
past century: from the Black Broadway to a riot zone to a
multicultural community facing gentrification.

GIVE 'EM BELLE! by Jon Jensen and Genevieve Croteau
A 20-something politician takes on the political establishment by
running for the city commission in Gainesville, Florida.

THE BAYOU by Bill Scanlan and Dave Lilling
Follow the rise and fall of the famed Georgetown music club which was
a must-stop for on-their-way-up stars of Dixieland and rock music.

WHEN?
Tuesday, July 12 from 7:00-10:00 pm

WHERE?
The George Washington University's Jack Morton Auditorium 805 21st
Street (at H Street), NW Washington DC. Closest Metro is Foggy
Bottom. Parking garages nearby and some free street parking
available after 6:30 pm.

HOW MUCH?
$5 suggested donation

These programs are sponsored by The Documentary Center at the George
Washington University and coordinated by the Docs in Progress
Organization. More information at http://www.docsinprogress.org

We are also now accepting submissions for our September and November
workshops. More information can be found on our website at
http://www.docsinprogress.org/submission.htm

Emily Meyers
Tue 9 Aug 2005Link
WANTED
Recommendations on strong production companies or post houses in Los
Angeles to do editing and DVD authoring on a promotional video for
the United Nations.

It is our intention that this project will be the beginning of an
ongoing relationship with another organization that complements our
skill-set and shares our values.

Who We Are
A full-service production company making television shows, films,
and promotional & educational videos that are entertaining and
enlightening. Find-out more at www.eyesoftheworldproductions.com.

Details on Project
We are producing a promotional DVD for the United Nations, Institute
for Drug Abuse, and UCLA based on an international conference
sponsored by The Institute of Peace held in Istanbul in early
September.

We will be taking about 15-20 hours of footage and editing it down
to two pieces:
-*30-45 min DVD showing summary of presentations, interviews
with experts in attendance, conference highlights, and the city of
Istanbul.
-*5-10 min promo video for UN (World Health Organization),
NIDA, and UCLA

Timeline
Tapes delivered: September 15
Rough cuts for Director to review: October 15
Finalized Master: November 15

Budget
$5000 Max: The budget is modest but we intend to deliver a superior
product.

Recommendations
Email vede@eyesoftheworldproductions.com

If you want to recommend yourself… Terrific. Please supply
Information on your experience with similar projects, references,
and demos of your work. If demos can’t be viewed on the web, please
send them to

Emily Meyers
Eyes of the World
2931 Third St Suite C
Santa Monica CA 90405

Thanks!

Marco Raaphorst
Wed 31 Aug 2005Link
My name is Marco Raaphorst. I work as a composer and sound desginer.
Located in The Hague, The Netherlands. Check out my music at
http://melodiefabriek.nl/music/

I do many international projects. Distances are most of the time not
an issue.

Let's draw some blurry lines between images and music ...

Frederick Marx
Thu 8 Sep 2005Link
Crew wanted: Colorado Springs area. (folks from Denver could work)
7-10 shoot days, starting ~ Sept. 26 through (roughly) Dec. 15.
Need: cameraperson, ideally with own mini-DV camera package.
Also: sound recordist, also with package.
Maybe: PA, especially if has car and knows area well.

Shoot days will be roughly 50% interviews, 50% verite.

project is www.fmarxfilm.com/newAmericanHeroes

please direct inquiries to fdm@fmarxfilm.com

Gracias!

Erica Ginsberg
Thu 22 Sep 2005Link
For those in the Washington DC area...

Tonight's the night (Thursday, September 22) for Docs in Progress.
Celebrate the official beginning of fall with a unique opportunity to
give feedback to documentary filmmakers on their works in progress.
Tonight's featured films are:

THE BEST PART OF EVERYTHING by Jes Therkelsen
A family faces their hopes, dreams, ambitions, and regrets as the
parents prepare for retirement and an empty nest while their 20-
something children get ready for the real world. This personal film
explores the difficulties associated with adapting to the changing
roles and responsibilities of a typical American family.

CAUGHT IN THE NET by the Institute for Documentary Filmmaking
A decade after “dotcom fever” took over Wall Street, we revisit three
Internet entrepreneurs who became unexpected players in big business
in the 1990s How did these kid millionaires deal with their success
and the subsequent burst of the Net Economy bubble?

This event is open to the public and no reservations are required. A
suggested donation of $5 can be paid in cash at the door. Program
starts at 7:00 and lasts until approximately 9:30 pm. Location is
the Jack Morton Auditorium on the campus of the George Washington
University (805 21st Street at H Street, NW Washington DC). The
Foggy Bottom Metro and several parking garages are convenient to the
venue and street parking is sometimes available after 6:30 pm. Note
that street closures related to this weekend's IMF/World Bank
meetings are not scheduled to take effect until Friday.

Docs in Progress workshops are organized by the Docs in Progress
organization and sponsored by The Documentary Center at the George
Washington University.

If you are interested in submitting a documentary work in progress
for our November workshop, go to our website
(http://www.docsinprogress.org) and click on "Submit Your Film"

Michael Lieberman
Fri 30 Sep 2005Link
New user/poster here.

I am currently working on a documentary about an Iraq war
veteran, who shot his own video footage in Iraq, and has since
been speaking out against the war, including in the local
Binghamton, NY area, Crawford, TX for Camp Casey, etc.

Are there any grants or film financers interested in the current
political climate? I've been contacting everyone I know in the
"industry" and few people know of what I should do. This is my
first feature and it's (as of now) been financed by myself, which
is a fun feat making well under a living wage, let me tell you!

But I have a good fifty hours shot so far and am finally
confident in what I have thusfar. If anyone's interested in
hearing more at all, let me know.

Steve Holmes
Sat 1 Oct 2005Link
Meet me at the Mentoring Room, Michael. I'll be the one hiding
behind the plant in the corner.

Johnny Symons
Sat 22 Oct 2005Link
Seattle cameraperson wanted for a shoot October 28-30. MiniDV/DVCAM.
We'll be shooting verite and some interviews. Subject matter requires
calm, professional demeanor and comfort with LGBT issues.

If you can help, or know someone who can, please respond to
johnny@johnnysymons.com

Thanks.

Mary Robertson
Tue 8 Nov 2005Link
Hi all,

I've created a video blog and am sending out the call for submissions.

Little While is a repository for short, non-fiction moments. Examples
of what we're looking for include (but are not limited to):clips of:
awkward dancing, smoke rising from the ground, objects inflating,
motivational speakers, public displays of affection, and short order
cooks.

This is also an opportunity to share clips from works-in-progress or
unfinished works. More information on submissions is available on the
site.

- Mary

www.littlewhile.com

Wilson Santos
Fri 11 Nov 2005Link
hello

anyone out there with an HD camera willing to get involved with
the production of a doc. i'm in NYC and am working on the
preproduction stage. i'm looking for someone willing to work with
no budget. someone who is looking for more experience or wants to
build their portfolio.

the first stage would be to shoot enough footage to put together a
trailer. that would require about 3-4 days of interviews. the rest
of the footage will come from archived news footage. so the work
is not that intense at the moment. all under controlled
environments. mostly just some interviews.

if interested send me an email and i can tell you about the
subject. osb.records@verizon.net

the subject is social and deals with child welfare. can get
political.

thanks

Erica Ginsberg
Mon 14 Nov 2005Link
WASHINGTON DC: DOCS IN PROGRESS THIS WEDNESDAY

Docs in Progress returns this Wednesday, November 16 at 7:00 pm to
give Washingtonians an opportunity to preview new documentaries and
offer the filmmakers feedback on their works in progress. This month
we feature Catherine Mattingly's YALE RUSSIAN CHORUS about the famed
choral group and Hugh Drescher's WE CAME TO REMEMBER about a reunion
of one company of World War II veterans.

The program will take place at the Jack Morton Auditorium in the
Media and Public Affairs Building of George Washington University
(805 21st Street at H Street, NW Washington DC). Closest Metro:
Foggy Bottom. GW parking garages on H and I Streets. Suggested
donation at the door: $5. Cash only.

Docs in Progress workshops are organized by the Docs in Progress
organization and sponsored by The Documentary Center at the George
Washington University. More information about the films and
submitting for future workshops at http://www.docsinprogress.org

Erica Ginsberg
Mon 21 Nov 2005Link
Docs in Progress is currently soliciting short (30 minutes or less)
documentary works in progress for our next workshop in Washington DC
in January. These can be documentaries intended to be shorts or
segments of a longer documentary which give a good indication of
where the filmmaker is going with the longer piece. Please no
trailers. (We will also be looking for longer works for our spring
workshops, so if you have one, let us know.)

At Docs in Progress workshops, documentary filmmakers screen their
works in progress to a general audience and get feedback through a
moderated critique session. As those who have participated can
attest, these workshops are one of the best ways to get free feedback
and move forward with a project, especially when you may feel stuck
or simply want a reality check on your work before submitting it to
festivals or pitching it for television.

The submission deadline for January is December 1. The first step is
to submit a brief description of the film online at
<http://www.docsinprogress.org/submission.htm> and we will follow up
with information on how to submit a tape or DVD.

Docs in Progress workshops are coordinated by Docs in Progress and
sponsored by The Documentary Center at the George Washington
University. The workshops are held six times a year
(January/March/May/July/September/November) at the Jack Morton
Auditorium on the campus of the George Washington University.

While we give special attention to filmmakers based in the Washington
DC region, we accept submissions from everywhere as long as
filmmakers are willing to cover their own expenses to Washington to
attend the workshop.

If you have additional questions, contact us at
contact@docsinprogress.org

Agnes Varnum
Thu 22 Dec 2005Link
2nd Annual Making Your Documentary Matter Producers Workshop
1/30/06 from 9 AM - 6 PM
@ American University, Washington DC

This is an annual workshop for documentary filmmakers on how to make
outreach and audience engagement part of the production planning of
your documentary. The theme this year is "Public Engagement Strategies
That Work!" with keynote address by Cynthia Lopez of P.O.V. See the
CSM site (link below) for full schedule.

Engagement strategies not only make powerful tools to extend the reach
and effectiveness of your documentary, they can also be part of your
fundraising plan!

Registration required: $50 which includes lunch and networking reception!

More info at http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org

Agnes Varnum
Thu 22 Dec 2005Link
Public Media Roundtable with David Liroff, WGBH
1/13/06
12-2:00 PM at Nations Building, Conference Room 333, 444 North Capitol
Street NW, Washington DC

The Center for Social Media is launching a new speaker series that
explores public media in the US - present as well as new
frontiers. Join David Liroff, VP & Chief Technology Officer at WGBH
for this new rountable discussion series.

RSVP by Jan. 9 to socialmedia@american.edu or by calling 202-885-3107
so you will get a boxed lunch!

More info at http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org

Lynnette Gryseels
Fri 6 Jan 2006Link
Enroll in Film Arts Spring Classes

Film Arts offers classes that focus on the many aspects and genres
of media making and provide ongoing training for filmmakers at all
levels of experience. The following is a list of classes that are
open for enrollment. Call (415) 552-8760 x312 to sign up for
registration.

DOCUMENTARY TRACK

Documentary Tune-Up: Examining Ideas and Proposals
Co-presented with International Documentary Association (IDA)
Friday, Jan. 20, 10 am-5 pm
Can't find funding? No one wants to invest? Get a doc proposal
tune-up. This workshop can help you decide whether that dream doc
is worth pursuing. Pitches or projects at any stage of development
are welcome; submit proposal for review upon registration.
Mitchell Block has handled the distribution and marketing of
hundreds of films, which have won 23 Oscars and received 52
Academy Award nominations. Since 1998, he has consulted on
documentary projects for HBO/Cinemax, and he executive-produced
HBOs 2001 Oscar-winning film Big Mama.
Limited to 20. $95/Filmmaker-level members and IDA members;
$145/others.

Financing and Producing Documentary Films and Videos
Co-presented with International Documentary Association (IDA)
Sat. & Sun., Jan. 21 & 22, 10 am-5 pm
Learn to design a successful documentary by exploring the ins
and outs of fundraising, distribution, and marketing
opportunities, packaging your work to attract support, selecting
festivals, and more. Share your clips and written material and
have them evaluated as part of the class.
See Documentary Tune-Up for Mitchell Block's bio.
Limited to 20. $225/Filmmaker-level members and IDA members; $250/
others.

History of Documentary
Tuesdays, Jan. 24-Mar. 21, 7-10 pm (no class 02/21)
Explore the history of documentary filmmaking. Examine its
origins, forms, goals, and contemporary styles. Issues covered
include: documentary voices and styles, history and memory, the
filmmaker's relationship to subject and viewer, and the impact of
technology on documentary techniques. Directors
discussed include Leni Reifenstahl, Marcel Ophuls, Peter Davis,
Barbara Kopple, Michael Moore, and Ken Burns.
David L. Brown is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, who
has produced, written, and directed more than seventy productions
and nine broadcast documentaries. His recent works include: The
Bridge So Far: A Suspense Story, Seniors for Peace, Surfing for
Life, Bound by the Wind, and Digital Divide.
Limited to 20. $240/Filmmaker-level members and IDA members;
$265/others.



Michele Turnure-Salleo
Director of Education
Film Arts Foundation
145 Ninth Street, #101
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 552-8760 x312
michele@filmarts.org
http://www.filmarts.org/

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