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Richard Burst-Lazarus
Mon 29 Aug 2011Link

Call for entries, Paley Center Pitch Workshop. Deadline Aug. 31

The Paley Center for Media in Manhattan is now accepting entries for its 12th annual documentary pitch workshop for emerging directors with work-in-progress films. The late entry deadline is Wednesday, August 31.

http://www.paleycenter.org/pitch2011

This is a competition for a $5,000 finishing grant for a relatively new documentary directors (two or less projects) with a project they've started but haven't finished. This year's sponsor is The Documentary Channel.

To apply, you'll need to submit ten minutes of selects from your project. PCM chooses five finals to pitch their projects in Manhattan in late October in front of an audience and a panel of judges, who choose the winner of the grant.


Andrea Swift
Tue 30 Aug 2011Link

Looking for documentary/reality TV series teachers for the Fall. You'd be teaching in The Documentary Program of The New York Film Academy, which is different from other college programs in a few crucial way. Most importantly, classes do not have to meet at the same times each week and rarely require an entire semester's commitment.

If you have relevant experience and are interested in teaching, please email me at: ASWIFT [at]NYFA [dot] edu

Thanks,
Andrea Swift
Chair, Documentary Department
New York Film Academy


Jane Sage
Thu 1 Sep 2011Link

Call for Entries:
The Ashland Independent Film Festival, www.ashlandfilm.org, is now accepting entries for our 2012 Festival.
Our audience (and programmers) love docs!
For more info http://bit.ly/nof4v and http://bit.ly/oX6FMA


Katina Dunn
Mon 5 Sep 2011Link

In reply to Michael Pardo's post on Fri 21 Aug 2009 :

Michael what is the wording you put on DVDs for screeners to press/ What is the FBI copyright wording you put on DVDs? Thanks – katindunn@gmail.com


jessica miller
Tue 6 Sep 2011Link

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Tue 6 Sep 2011Link

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John Burgan
Tue 6 Sep 2011Link

Please don't double post, Jessica – see my note in the other Topic.


Jeff Johnson
Tue 6 Sep 2011Link

Hello,

I am in Cairo for another two weeks shooting for my project "Egypt: Profiles of a Modern Revolution." It is only my second project as a documentary filmmaker. The project has been sponsored by a non-profit journalism org out of seattle called the Common Language Project. They have enabled supporters of the project to make a tax-deductible donation through their website. Please, if you have an interest in Cairo, Egypt, The Arab Spring, or the progress of the Arab world in general, please help out in any way you can, whether it be sharing our links with others, or by providing a donation. Also, you can follow the progress of the production at my blog. Good luck to all indy filmmakers out there and thanks for any support!

Project page link: http://clpmag.org/article.php?article=Support-Egypt-Revolution_00317
Blog link: http://dashwrite.wordpress.com/about/

Best,
Jeff


Felix Endara
Tue 6 Sep 2011Link

DocuClub in September!

Our July DocuClub will take place on Tuesday, September 20, 7 p.m., at DCTV, located at 87 Lafayette (at Walker).

This month, we will screen a rough cut of ZIPPER by Amy Nicholson. On a small rented lot in Coney Island, Eddie Miranda proudly operates a 38-year old contraption called the Zipper. When the property is sold, Eddie becomes the victim of a power struggle between an opportunistic developer and the City of New York over the future of the famous amusement park. A story about politics, greed, land use and public policy, ZIPPER chronicles a critical period in Coney Island’s history and examines the impact of economic development on an American icon.

Director/Producer Amy Nicholson's first non-fiction film, BEAUTY SCHOOL, a wry portrait of the New York School of dog grooming, premiered at Hot Docs in 2002 and aired on PBS and the Documentary Channel. Her following documentary, MUSKRAT LOVELY, premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival and went on to screen at Silverdocs, the Florida Film Festival, and Brooklyn International, among others. It was also broadcast nationally on the 2007 season of Independent Lens. She has also directed several commercial projects and consults as an advertising creative director. ZIPPER is her third film.

Co-Editor Jonah Moran has edited the award-wining Sundance Channel series ICONOCLASTS with director Joe Berlinger, and the ambitious Discovery Channel series SAN QUENTIN FILM SCHOOL, with Bruce Synofsky. Co-Editor John Young is commercial editor at Homestead Editorial. A graduate of Tisch School of the Arts, he has cut 30-second spots for major multinational advertising clients like MTV, ESPN, Chevrolet, L’Oreal, Reese’s and Verizon Wireless (“Can you hear me now?”). His most recent work includes campaigns for Dell, the NHL, Project (RED) and Nationwide Insurance. John’s feature film credits include the Parker Cross comedy Fortunes, and the documentary feature MUSKRAT LOVELY.

Assistant Producer Katy Jacobs graduated from New York University’s Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television in 2009. In addition to her duties with ZIPPER , she is an Associate Producer to Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Alice Elliott, director of TTHE COLLECTOR OF BEDFORD STREET. Jacobs has assisted with programming and operations for several film festivals including Brooklyn International, Rural Route Film Festival and DOC NYC. She also serves as the Director of Educational Distribution at VSM Productions and is a member of the New York Film & Video Council.

Our moderator will be Fernanda Rossi. Internationally-renowned speaker and story consultant Fernanda Rossi doctored over 300 films, including Academy Award nominees® THE GARDEN, by Scott Hamilton Kennedy, and RECYCLED LIFE by Leslie Iwerks. She has also consulted on hundreds of trailers, many of which received funding from ITVS, NYSCA and NFB. She is the author of "Trailer Mechanics: A Guide to Making your Documentary Fundraising Demo." For more info on Rossi, please go to: www.documentarydoctor.com.

If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP to docuclub(at)artsengine.net.

Admission at DCTV is free for current DocuClub members and $6 for non-members.
Tickets will be sold at the door, cash only.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No admittance after 7:15 p.m.

Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:

http://www.artsengine.net/store/items/docuclub_membership_individual_rate

Follow us on Twitter!
Stay abreast of DocuClub’s latest: twitter.com/docuclub.


John Henion
Mon 12 Sep 2011Link

Looking for an outgoing production assistant for a one day gig this thursday night in Houston. Please email me offline if interested: johnhenion44@gmail.com


Elizabeth Westrate
Tue 13 Sep 2011Link

Seeking a skilled Mongolian to English translator, preferably in New York City, to translated raw interview footage. Any leads appreciated: beth(at)fivespotfilms(dot)com. Thanks!


Erica Ginsberg
Tue 13 Sep 2011Link

Docs In Progress Screening This Wednesday Night, September 14 (DC area)

This work-in-progress screening provides an opportunity for local and visiting documentary filmmakers to screen their unfinished films to an audience and get valuable feedback. After screening each film, facilitators from Docs In Progress moderate a feedback session with the audience. This honest and constructive feedback is aimed at helping the filmmakers get to the next stage of completing and distributing the film.

WHAT’S SCREENING?

LIFE AS A COLLAGE (22 minute rough cut)
by Sitar Arts Center Students
Tim Gabel’s classes in Landscape Painting and Collage brought generations of families together through art at Washington DC’s Sitar Arts Center. As Gabel faces liver cancer, a group of students participating in a Meridian Hill Pictures video production class document the life and legacy of a beloved artist and teacher.

OUT FOR GOOD (19 minute rough cut)
by Nico Columbant
Eddie Ellis spent 15 years in prison, most of them in supermax. Now a “homecomer” returning to Washington DC, Ellis is trying to do the best he can to help himself, former prisoners and current prisoners, as well as society in general avoid the prison curse.

FEE?
Suggested Donation: $10. At the door. Cash only. No advance tickets or RSVP required.

This program is organized by Docs In Progress, a non-profit documentary film organization. Special thanks to the Writer's Center for sponsoring the venue for this program. This program is also made possible through support from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the Maryland Humanities Council, and the Maryland State Arts Council.

More info: http://docsinprogress.org/events/6/work-in-progress-screening-at-the-writers-center/


Roselly Torres
Tue 13 Sep 2011Link

Affordable, two-room office space in Midtown NYC, totaling 400 square feet with windows facing east. Sublet with separate entrance by nonprofit media arts organization, Great space for small production company or editing suite. 24/7 access on 8th avenue with security guard, located midway between Port Authority and Penn Station – 8th Ave and 38 st. Centrally located near film labs, theatre row, the fashion district and MTA stations for 1, 2, 3,7, N, R, Q, A, C, and E subways. $1800/month includes utilities. Lots of storage. Free Desk available. For info please contact jt@twn.org.


Koen Suidgeest
Wed 14 Sep 2011Link

Looking for a shooter to record a small concert on Sunday evening (9/18) in NYC. As a favor. I have been following the Spanish singer/songwriter Olga Rossano for several years now in how she develops her career, with an eye to turning it into a documentary one day. This concert in NYC is vital but unfortunately I won't be able to attend myself. By the way, no need for complicated sound set ups. The camera ideally should be any form of HD and if it could be 25fps, even better. I could return the favor if you ever need something shot in Madrid... Write to me directly at koen [at] elrayofilms [dot] com.


Fiona Otway
Wed 14 Sep 2011Link

One of my favorite youth media organizations (based in Seattle) is hiring a new Executive Director Do you know someone who might be the perfect match for this job?


Roselly Torres
Wed 14 Sep 2011Link

Enemy Alien Screening – September 20, 2011
http://tinyurl.com/3mulqw5


Koen Suidgeest
Wed 14 Sep 2011Link

Re: post above about shooter for a short concert in NYC, I now have some more details. It's in The Bitter End, in Greenwich Village at 10pm. The set is about 35 minutes, acoustic, two performers. Thanks!


marcia mansur
Wed 14 Sep 2011Link

UnionDocs Media & Administrative Intern

When: Late September through January
Commitment: 8-16 hours per week

UnionDocs seeks a screenings and administrative intern to aid in the daily operations of this exciting non-profit. The intern will be exposed to all levels of management and take an important role in the regular activities of this quickly growing organization. The ideal candidate will be an able problem-solver with excellent writing and organizational skills who is seeking a career in the arts administration. Knowledge of Google Docs, Wordpress, Flick, Photoshop and/or Final Cut Pro is a plus.

This opportunity will provide enormous exposure to the NYC documentary scene and connection to a talented community of artists. The internship will run from early October through January and requires an 8-16 hour commitment per week which will consist of one afternoon spent in the office and one Saturday or Sunday helping manage an evening film screening. There are no stipends available at this time, but college credit can be arranged.

UnionDocs (UnDo) is a Center for Documentary Art that generates and shares big ideas.
Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We bring together a diverse community of experimental media-makers, dedicated journalists, critical thinkers, and local partners on a search for urgent expressions of the human experience, practical perspectives on the world today, and compelling visions for the future.

UnionDocs Presents.
We find powerful, thought-provoking works of non-fiction (film, video, sound, photography, oral history, printed word, and performance) and present over one hundred public events each year, attracting people from across and beyond New York City. Whether celebrating the discipline and artistry or sharing counterpoint and honest critique, audiences at our intimate UnDo Center are encouraged to join in open discussions with the director, creator, or producer of the work, who is always in the room.

UnionDocs Produces.
In designing collaborative projects, we bring together 20th Century documentary practice and contemporary networked culture. What opportunities do new technologies offer non-fiction? When is mastering age-old techniques the best route? We experiment with these questions and share our learning through the UnDo Collaborative Studio, a one year fellowships program that seeks to bring together individual talents, voices, and stories and create multi-dimensional documentaries.

UnionDocs Publishes.
We believe in freely sharing ideas. For a growing international audience online, we publish critical writing, interviews, artist videos, documented panels, audience discussions, as well as the research from our collaborative productions. Through our website, we hope to share the ideas brewing at our space with the widest possible audience.

So, what is a big idea?
It is no mistake that our name abbreviates to UnDo Center. We promote marginalized stories, under-represented facts, and interdependent networks. UnionDocs believes that documentary art, when paired with thoughtful context and open debate, is an invaluable tool for understanding the complexities of contemporary life and creating a more compassionate, engaged, and integrated society.

Please send a resume and a letter of interest to lexi.henigman@uniondocs.org.


Michael Sheridan
Wed 14 Sep 2011Link

Community Supported Film presents 10 Afghan-made documentaries that provide an unseen view of the Afghan experience since 9/11 and the US-led invasion of Afghanistan. “The Fruit of Our Labor” full series will be available to be watched online from September 11th until October 7th. You can watch the films at www.csfilm.org/films.

The 10th anniversaries of 9-11 and the October 7th US-led invasion of Afghanistan are upon us. As Americans reflect on the impact of these events on our lives, Community Supported Film is providing an opportunity to also reflect on the situation from an Afghan perspective.

CSFilm is hoping to get these films seen as widely as possible, and is seeking collaborations with organizations, groups, government officials, schools, activists, organizers, and individuals to get these films put to use in discussions about Afghanistan. Please contact us with your ideas at info[at]csfilm.org.

These 10 films come from The Fruit of Our Labor – an intimate collection of stories about survival in war-ridden Afghanistan, made in a filmmaking training in Kabul last fall. Each documentary short offers a personal and first-hand point of view rarely seen or heard in the US, even after 10 years of intense media coverage. As a series, these films bring to life Afghans’ daily efforts to address their challenging social and economic conditions – providing an insider perspective behind and beyond the battlefront.

Seven of the 10 films focus on women and women's issues; four of which were filmed and produced by Afghan women. Their cameras eavesdrop on the saucy banter of women as they tend to everyday tasks such as baking bread and planting seedlings, and on their consoling but firm words as they counsel each other in the aftermath of traumatic war injuries. One video short documents a woman’s search for her lost husband – one of the nations’ 1 million addicted to heroine, while a pregnant woman navigates the options for healthcare and birth control – without a functioning maternity clinic nearby. The Fruit of Our Labor details Afghans’ inexorable struggle to survive: from the constant quest for water for themselves and for their fields, to the humble hawking of fruit from urban pushcarts.

As an organization that trains Afghan documentary filmmakers, Community Supported Film works for an Afghanistan that is not abandoned and left to survive another humanitarian crisis. CSFilm’s online airing of The Fruit of Our Labor between the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the 10/7 invasion of Afghanistan seeks to put Afghans into our daily considerations and invigorate conversations about the immediate and long-term future of Afghanistan.

Community Supported Film
CSFilm trains local women and men in documentary filmmaking with a focus on their community’s social and economic development issues. Their stories, rooted in realities often unrepresented in the media, are used to influence local and international perspectives on sustainable paths to a more peaceful and equitable world. In the interest of amplifying the voices and expertise of Afghans, Community Supported Film conducted an intensive 5-week training of 10 Afghans in documentary production in the fall of 2010. The resulting films are gathered in the collection, The Fruit of Our Labor, and can be seen at www.csfilm.org.


John Burgan
Wed 14 Sep 2011Link

Great that your model is centred on training Afghans to enable them to tell their own stories. Keep up the good work.

Edited Wed 14 Sep 2011 by John Burgan

Rob Rooy
Wed 14 Sep 2011Link

Michael, great to see you here, and I'm so glad to see that your labor of love has come to fruition!


Erica Ginsberg
Mon 19 Sep 2011Link

FOR MEMBERS IN THE WASHINGTON DC AREA...

Participatory video engages and empowers groups of people to work together to tell their own stories, experiences, and viewpoints through video. Facilitated by more experienced filmmakers, participatory video can help provide a voice for marginalized communities with potential for advocacy, therapeutic benefits, and community-building. The process of filmmaking is often as important as the resulting films.

Docs In Progress is excited to welcome local facilitating filmmakers and participants to talk about the process and impact of making a participatory video and share their resulting works. It is a way to find out more about this unique genre of documentary filmmaking both from a logistical perspective and to examine larger issues of the relationship between filmmakers, “subjects,” and audiences.The participants will include filmmakers Joy Haynes and Ellie Walton, accompanied by Maureen Jais-Mick, the Director of Community Outreach and Volunteer Services at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital; and filmmakers Brandon Kramer and Lance Kramer, accompanied by James Magruder, a Green Corps trainee.

WHEN?
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
6:30 pm Networking and Refreshments
7:00 – 8:30 pm Program and Q&A

WHERE?
Docs In Progress
8700 First Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Walking distance to the Silver Spring Metro and convenient to garage parking.

REGISTRATION FEE?
$10 if register and pay online no later than 5 pm on September 21.
($20 if paying at the door. Cash only)

REGISTRATION LINK

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Ellie Walton and Joy Haynes from Video Diary Productions, LLC have produced a range of radio and video documentaries, from an ex-guerrilla radio station in Guatemala to prisons in London, from Scotland to Washington, DC. Feature length documentaries include, Chocolate City, which explores the gentrification of Washington, DC, and Igual Que Tú, which takes you through a week in the life of an immigrant day laborer. Their most recent project, Voices From Within, is an intimate look into the lives of five residents of Saint Elizabeths psychiatric hospital, Washington DC’s public psychiatric hospital. Like many of their other works, Voices From Within represents a collaborative approach to filmmaking where the subject is not just examined, but is the examiner. By providing equipment, training, and support to communities who are often generalized and stereotyped, Video Diaries LLC offers an unexpected glimpse into the lives of immigrant day laborers, senior citizens, incarcerated teens, and long-term residents of mental hospitals, among others. The belief is that filmmaking as an interactive and transformational experience that reveals and inspires deeper understanding and dialogue around our common community. They will be joined by Maureen Jais-Mick, the Director of Community Outreach and Volunteer Services at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital who was instrumental in making the Voices From Within project possible. Jais-Mick was previously a volunteer with Lens & Pens, Brushes & Friends at Saint Elizabeth’s while working as director of Development and Community Outreach at Green Door, a program that supports adults with mental illness who live in the community. Before joining the staff of Green Door, she was director of Development at N Street Village, a community for homeless women and low-income families.

Brandon Kramer and Lance Kramer from Meridian Hill Pictures are award-winning filmmakers and educators dedicated to producing and sharing innovative documentaries from diverse community perspectives. Based in Washington DC, their focus is on crafting films that advance dialogue and impact broad audiences. They have worked with a diversity of local and national organizations and programs, including the Kennedy Center’s On Location program, Seeds of Peace, Human Rights Campaign, and the Center for Inspired Teaching. Their latest participatory video project is with Washington Parks & People’s DC Green Corps. Funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, Green Corps is an innovative green job training program empowering low-income Washington DC residents with the knowledge and tools to enhance community parks and other public spaces throughout the city. Through a collaborative media education project with Meridian Hill Pictures this past spring, 34 Green Corps trainees employed video storytelling to express in their own voice how urban forestry and greening are helping to meet critical needs in DC’s underserved communities. The Kramers will be joined by James Magruder, one of the Green Corps trainees and narrator of one of the Green Corps videos.

Edited Mon 19 Sep 2011 by Erica Ginsberg

Garret Savage
Tue 20 Sep 2011Link

KAREN SCHMEER FILM EDITING FELLOWSHIP

Only ten days until applications are due: Applications must be received by September 30, 2011.

http://www.karenschmeer.com/

The Fellowship is a year-long experience that encourages and champions the talent of an emerging editor. It creates opportunities to help cultivate an editor’s artistry and craft, and expand his or her professional and creative community. The Fellowship includes:

• Mentorship with an ACE editor, tailored to the fellow’s interests

• Full festival passes to ACE EditFest in New York and Los Angeles

• Class at the Manhattan Edit Workshop – an Apple, Adobe & Avid Authorized Training Center

• Film Badge with full film festival access to the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas

• Chrome Pass with full festival access to the Independent Film Festival Boston

• Travel expenses to two of the aforementioned festivals/classes (airfare, 3 nights of hotel, per diems)

• Summer Series Triple Membership for Rooftop Films, NYC, plus a $1000 equipment rental credit

• Season Pass to Stranger Than Fiction at the IFC Center in NYC

• Year-long Membership to DocuClub in NYC

• $1000 cash award

• $500 online gift certificate to Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon (Karen’s favorite)

We're on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/KarenSchmeerFEF

And Twitter:
@KarenSchmeerFEF

The Karen Schmeer FEF Committee:
Robin Hessman
Ann Kim
Ellie Lee
Garret Savage
Lewis Wheeler


Ruh iShamim
Tue 20 Sep 2011Link

I’d like to invite you to an event that will connect you with the latest trends, interests and trail-blazers in the field of documentary film. The Paley Center’s DocFest 2011 (October 20th-29th) will explore how documentaries are investigating media to develop connections between individuals and larger society as well as the past with the future.

This year’s theme, “Media is the Connection” will be explored through screenings, conversations the filmmakers and subjects of the presenting films, and lively Q&A discussions that are a hallmark of the Festival. Complimentary wine receptions will take place before each screening.

Be sure to check out two special PaleyDocFest events which have become mainstays of the Festival:
• DocuJam, October 20th at 5 pm: celebrates outstanding works produced by young documentary filmmakers nationwide, presented in collaboration with Downtown Community Television New York.
• The Art of the Documentary Pitch, October 29th at 2pm: a workshop/competition wich awards a $5,000 grant for toward the completion of a documentary film, sponsored by DocChannel.

For a list of other events in the PaleyDocFest lineup, check out http://www.paleycenter.org/paleydocfest2011. Ticket prices include admission to The Paley Center for Media, wine receptions, and attendance at the question and answer panel discussion related to the events. DocuJam is included with general admission to The Paley Center for Media.


Lahoe Ku
Wed 21 Sep 2011Link

Hello! Please come to this great event, presentation & party!
'The Unsung Heroes of Documentary'
Hosted by New York Film Academy & The Doc Tank
7PM, Sep 27 (Tue) at Screening Room of New York Film Academy
(100 E 17th ST NY10003)
The first guest is Rosemary Rotondi, archival footage researcher.
She found footage for many films including 'Inside Job'
For more information: http://www.thedoctank.com/unsung


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