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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

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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


Doug Block
Thu 22 Sep 2011Link

A great idea for a series, Lahoe, and no better honoree to kick it off than Rosemary. Hope folks will turn out in full force.


Catherine Stratton
Thu 22 Sep 2011Link

[Edited to switch the email addresses to (at) and (dot). Remember, this is a public topic, folks, and you don't want spam.]

I just posted this in the professional classifieds. Hope it's ok to double post here too.

This was passed on to me by a fellow alumni. Sounds exciting – if you don't mind moving to Haiti for a while. If interested, please contact Valerie (info below) and tell her that you found out about the position through me.

Thanks!!!
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Ciné Institute, Haiti's only professional film school, provides Haitian youth with university-level film education, technical training and media-related micro-enterprise opportunities. The Institute trains aspiring local filmmakers in all aspects of production and produces films of all kinds, in partnership with our students and graduates. Our objective is to provide Haiti's talented youth with the knowledge and tools necessary to build a local audiovisual industry.

We seek two full-time teachers to join our faculty:

POSITION ONE Production Teacher
Responsible for teaching all technical aspects of film production. This includes: photography, cinematography, sound, production and editing.

POSITION TWO Executive Producer
Responsible for building up Ciné Institute's income-generating employment division, Ciné Services. Candidate will be tasked with the role of procuring local and international clients, engaging Ciné Institute graduates to produce work for clients, and teaching our strongest producers how to establish a successful production company. Candidate must be a business entrepreneur, experienced producer and passionate teacher. Financial incentives built in to base compensation package.

To apply, please send CV and cover letter to info(at)cineinstitute(dot)com Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
ABOUT CINÉ INSTITUTE

http://www.cineinstitute.com/news/recovery-and-reportage

http://www.cineinstitute.com/about-us/team.php

Valerie Sutton
Director, Career Services Office
Harvard Graduate School of Education
13 Appian Way, 025 Longfellow Hall
Cambridge, MA 02169
617-496-1676
suttonva(at)gse(dot)harvard.edu

Edited Fri 23 Sep 2011 by Doug Block

Andrea Swift
Fri 23 Sep 2011Link

Tuesday, September 27 · 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Please join us to kick off a groundbreaking new evening series, UNSUNG HEROES OF DOCUMENTARY with a celebration of ROSEMARY ROTONDI, the shy master of archival research whose nearly silent talents have raised countless docs to new heights (including last year's Oscar-winner.)

(It's FREE and there'll be inexpensive wine with which to toast our inaugural hero, as many times as you want! :-)

We're inviting the entire NYC documentary community to join us at the New York Film Academy (NYFA) in its historic Tammany Hall Building at 100 East 17th Street, on the northeast corner of Union Square.

In case there are any among us who don't know, ROSEMARY ROTONDI is a world-class, beloved and much sought-after archival footage researcher, whose credits include: INSIDE JOB (2011 Academy Award-Winner), HBO’s WE STAND ALONE TOGETHER (Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, producers), REGRET TO INFORM and THE BRANDON TEENA STORY, and SO many others.

Director Crayton Robey and NYFA’s Academy Award-nominated prof, Immy Humes will join Rosemary to present and discuss her work, and to share a well-guarded secret, or two, of the trade. Then we’ll raise a glass in Rosemary’s honor. And then maybe a few more in the after-mingle.

Free for the NYC Doc community, NYFA Docsters, grads and faculty, and anyone who loves and appreciates the art of the doc.

The Unsung Heroes of Documentary series:
Let's get together to Recognize, Educate, Celebrate!
Directors of Photography, editors, sound recordists, mixers, graphic artists, designers, colorists, composers—these are the brilliant specialists who save the day countless times on countless documentary films, lending their skill and soul again and again to enable Directors and Producers to realize their dreams. But do they get credit and recognition? Love and understanding? Not enough! We thought it would be fun, fitting, and overdue, to bring the whole documentary community together to drag some of our shy artistic and technical masters into a little spotlight. We’ll explore their critical, quiet crafts and celebrate their enormous and under-celebrated contributions to the films of their far more famous directing/producing brethren.

The Honoree will present and discuss clips of his/her work, take questions, and be toasted en masse, followed by mingling with cheap drinks and refreshments. Director/Producers who have worked with the Honoree will be invited to testify to their powers. We hope to attract an intergenerational audience: film students who can learn about important professional film career paths, and Doc Makers who want to raise a glass in appreciation.

We're planning an experimental run for 3 Tuesdays this fall 2011 and if it catches on, we'll get to bring it back full force in the spring. HEROES TBA: 10/4 & 10/11

(Send us ideas, nominations, suggestions! Please help spread the word & let us hear from you at unsung@thedoctank.com. Brought to you by Andrea Swift, Chair of Documentary Department at NYFA, and The Doc Tank (a documentary center run by NYFA doc faculty member, filmmaker Immy Humes). contact: Immy Humes doctank@gmail.com or Andrea Swift aswift@nyfa.edu)

Edited Fri 23 Sep 2011 by Andrea Swift

Doug Block
Fri 23 Sep 2011Link

Congrats to Rosemary – I'll do my best to make this. Andrea, you wrote it begins at 6:30pm but the Doc Tank website says 7. Which is it?


Andrea Swift
Fri 23 Sep 2011Link

Hi Doug! The doors open at 6:30pm and we'll start the presentation at 7:00pm. It would be great to see you there. We're really hoping to get a good turnout for Rosemary and a strong enough showing that we can make the series ongoing. And I've been wanting to connect with you anyway.


Doug Block
Fri 23 Sep 2011Link

I'll do my best to make it, Andrea. Meanwhile, if you put your photo up here there's a far better chance I can find you at the event.


Anne Checler
Mon 26 Sep 2011Link

An actor friend of mine is coming from France to do a writing residency in NYC from October 15th to November 1st. She is looking for a sublet (studio, or room) in Manhattan or Brooklyn. If you have any leads, please e-mail me and I will forward the info to her. Contact: achecler (at) yahoo (dot) com.
Thanks!


Immy Humes
Tue 27 Sep 2011Link

Hey y'all! and to Doug especially, thanks for the encouragement re: our UNSUNG HEROES series.

Tonight we kick off with Rosemary Rotondi, 7PM at NYFA on 17th Street, just east of Union Square, in their very cool old building, the old Tammany Hall.

Next HERO is STEVE PEQUIGNOT of GLUE, post-production pro extraordinaire (Barbara Rick's words, thanks Barbara!) 10/4 at NYFA off union square 7PM (doors open at 6:30). low-key but fun events I hope, I've never done events before so nervous and would love community input.

A note to director/producers: please keep this series in mind if you have deep admiration for and gratitude to a specialist whom you've worked with. Maybe this is a place to honor them? Would be happy to hear from you. Thanks to all. (Love the D-Word!!!)

http://www.thedoctank.com/unsung


Doug Block
Wed 28 Sep 2011Link

Wow, Steve's a fantastic choice! He's done the post on my last two films and I don't know of a more knowledgeable guy who can communicate it all in plain English. You're two for two, Immy.

Sorry I couldn't make it tonight but I'll do everything I can to be there next week.


Immy Humes
Wed 28 Sep 2011Link

Oh Doug it would be great if you can make it next week.

We had a wonderful event tonight – it went really really well!

Rosemary was fantastic. I learned a lot. I had no idea how much straight out investigative reporting she does. quite amazing, under the guise of looking for visuals she's really sleuthing out PROOF on several productions (i don't want to spill all the beans, i think some of the current things she mentioned tonight may be news scoops actually)

Crayton Robey also spoke, about working with Rosemary on his film, and was inspirational about Rosemary and about the passion of filmmaking overall –
the students had many excellent questions, just kept going and going, i couldn't have been happier!

and Rosemary looked great in her NYFA hoodie (the big swag of the nite)


Elizabeth Westrate
Wed 28 Sep 2011Link

I'm still seeking a skilled Mongolian to English translator to create written English transcripts from apx. three hours of raw interviews which were conducted in Mongolian. We are in New York, however this work can be done remotely. Please email me beth(at)fivespotfilms(dot)com

Thanks!


Andrea Swift
Thu 29 Sep 2011Link

Here's to the first UNSUNG HERO OF DOCUMENTARY toasted in NYFA's new guest speaker series! We had a great time last night learning about the secret life of a world-class archival researcher. And we thoroughly enjoyed dragging, our shy but brilliant colleague into the spotlight for the first time so that the doc-makers whose films she has enhanced immeasurably – and the students who were thrilled to learn from her – could celebrate her special creative artistry.

In case you missed it, Here's to Rosemary Rotondi!!


Barbara Rick
Thu 29 Sep 2011Link

In reply to Immy Humes's post on Tue 27 Sep 2011 :

You're welcome, Immy! Fantastic-– :)


Nadia Awad
Thu 29 Sep 2011Link

Looking for a DP with experience shooting Canon 7D and comfort lighting on the fly and a SOUND MIXER for 2-day shoot this weekend in Brooklyn, NY.

Further info, please contact me at nawad8 (at) gmail.com.


Marj Safinia
Thu 29 Sep 2011Link

So the Arclight Cinema in Hollywood is launching a new documentary festival, with a multi media twist. Submissions are via uploading trailers online, which the general public votes on. The top 10 vote getters will be invited to submit full features, and will be juried by 4 judges including yours truly.

The 10 nominees will be screened at the Arclight Hollywood, and the winner will win a $10,000 cash prize.

If you're in the market for $10k, and you have a kick ass trailer for a completed feature, and you're not averse to crowdsourcing votes, then I'd say it's a great opportunity!

More information, including submission guidelines at http://www.alpromos.com/. And you can see some of us docupeeps sharing our wisdoms in a series of short clips at http://www.youtube.com/arclightcinema.


Andrea Swift
Fri 30 Sep 2011Link

We had such great time at the inaugural UNSUNG HEROES OF DOCUMENTARY event that THE NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY can hardly wait to announce our second honoree in this great new series.

Please join us Tuesday, October 4th · 7:00pm – 9:30pm (doors open at 6:30pm) at The New York Film Academy (NYFA) in its historic Tammany Hall Building at 100 East 17th Street, on the northeast of Union Square to celebrate:

STEVE PEQUIGNOT, post-production pro extraordinaire. Online editor, colorist, designer and co-owner of GLUE EDITING & DESIGN, Steve has won the love of tons of NYC documentary-makers, who rely on his unflappable attitude, personal generosity, supreme technical knowledge & unfailing creative artistry to get them over the finish line time after time. The many films he’s helped bring home include: Entre Nos, 51 Birch Street, and The Education of Shelby Knox.

Two of Steve’s devoted directors, D-Word's own beloved founder, Doug Block and NYFA's Academy Award-nominated Director/prof, Immy Humes will join Steve to present & discuss some of his remarkable work, including key sections of their own critically acclaimed documentaries. Then, rumor has it, Steve will let slide an insider tip or two before we all raise a glass in honor. (And perhaps a few more in the after-mingle.)

Free for the NYC Doc community, NYFA Docsters, grads and faculty, and anyone who loves and appreciates the art of the doc.

The Unsung Heroes of Documentary:
Please join us to Recognize, Educate, Celebrate!
Directors of Photography, editors, sound recordists, mixers, graphic artists, designers, colorists, composers—these are the brilliant specialists who save the day countless times on countless documentary films, lending their skill and soul again and again to enable Directors and Producers to realize their dreams. But do they get credit and recognition? Love and understanding? Not enough! We thought it would be fun, fitting, and overdue, to bring the whole documentary community together to drag some of our shy artistic and technical masters into a little spotlight. We’ll explore their critical, quiet crafts and celebrate their enormous and under-celebrated contributions to the films of their far more famous directing/producing brethren.

The Honoree will present and discuss clips of his/her work, take questions, and be toasted en masse, followed by mingling with cheap drinks and refreshments. Director/Producers who have worked with the Honoree will be invited to testify to their powers. We hope to attract an intergenerational audience: film students who can learn about important professional film career paths, and Doc Makers who want to raise a glass in appreciation.

We're floating an experimental run for 3 Tuesdays this fall 2011 and hope to bring it back full force in the spring. HERO TBA: 10/11


Andrea Swift
Fri 30 Sep 2011Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Fri 23 Sep 2011 19:35 UTC :

Thanks so much for joining us for the "singing" of Steve next Tuesday!! And yes, I'll def post a pic. Thanks for the reminder.


John Burgan
Sun 2 Oct 2011Link

Opportunity for budding film critics at Rotterdam Film Festival (originally posted by Jo-Anne Velin)

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Bill Kerrigan
Mon 3 Oct 2011Link

Can anyone recommend a dop with a Red and a grip familiar with rigging cars… in Las Vegas?

Thanks,
Bill
bill@kerrigan.ca


Niki Bhattacharya
Mon 3 Oct 2011Link

For anyone who has considered an MFA in Documentary Filmmaking we are hosting an Information Session on November 5th at 2pm in the MFA Social Documentary Filmmaking department at the School of Visual Arts in NYC (136 W 21st street, ground floor). This event will provide a clear sense of what the SocDoc program is all about and will feature faculty, staff, current student and alumni presentations followed by a Q&A session, department tour and a mixer hour.

More about the program: www.mfasocdoc.sva.edu

Please register online here: http://www.sva.edu/GradInfoSessions/


Elisabeth James
Tue 4 Oct 2011Link

I'm looking for an assistant for about 10 hours of work per week in my Durham, NC based office. It is a paid gig. Ideal candidate will have excellent research and computer skills (including really basic FCP familiarity), a can-do attitude, an outgoing personality and will believe that no job it too big or too small.....

The assistant will be working directly with me on my new hybrid documentary, Lucy: A Portrait. Tasks will be as varied as archival research, casting assistance, office organization and management, hands-on help during shoots, location/prop scouting and keeping me generally sane by helping with whatever comes up day to day.

I will consider working with graduate students or highly motivated undergrads. Must have car.

Position is for 3-6 months.

Please e-mail me your qualifications and/or resume. biz(at)thornapplefilms(dot)com

Thanks!


Chandler Griffin
Tue 4 Oct 2011Link

Two-Week Documentary Workshop – Mississippi Delta – February 2012
Dates: February 12th – 26th, 2012

This two-week HD workshop runs twice a year in the heart of the Mississippi Delta and is designed for those who want to learn documentary filmmaking top to bottom in an intensive setting.
Past participants have included new and established filmmakers, writers, journalists, artists, photographers, graphic designers, theater actors and directors, musicians, educators and non profit organizations. Previous experience with filmmaking is NOT required. Producers, cinematographers, editors and writers with narrative experience who are considering working in non-fiction filmmaking are also encouraged to enroll. Photojournalists and print journalists who are looking to make the move to video journalism should strongly consider this workshop.

Students learn all aspects of the process including the importance of the still image, HD cameras, archives, compact lighting methods, wireless mics, how to structure and weave the story and how to edit in the field with Final Cut Pro.

To view an extended version of the course description, visit our website at www.barefootworkshops.org.

This is one of many workshops that Barefoot is hosting in 2012. In addition to the Documentary Filmmaking in The Mississippi Delta, check out our website to learn more about our Photo and Editing workshops in the Mississippi Delta along with more documentary workshops in Marfa, Texas and Cape Town, South Africa.

You can view examples of work here:
http://www.barefootworkshops.org/alumni_gallery/alumni_gallery.html

Homepage: www.barefootworkshops.org
Contact: info(at)barefootworkshops.org
Tuition: $2,339.00 (includes tuition and meals. Housing not included)

Instructors: Chandler Griffin, Alison Fast & Edward Symes

Past Equipment Sponsors: Apple, Canon, Lowepro, GoPro, Tekserve, B&H, Bogen, Gitzo, Kata, Tiffen, Sennheiser, Glyph, G-Tech, Litepanels, Anton Bauer, Lowel, D&M Professional
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Other documentary workshops we offer:

January 8th – 28th, 2012
3-Week Documentary – Cape Town, South Africa
Instructor: Chandler Griffin, Alison Fast & Edward Symes
Tuition: $3,850.00 (housing not included)

March, 2012
2-Week Documentary In MARFA, TEXAS
Instructor: Chandler Griffin, Alison Fast
Tuition: $2,339.00 (housing not included)

Contact: info(at)barefootworkshops.org

Barefoot Workshops is a New York City-based not-for-profit 501(c)3, founded in 2004, that offers short, intensive workshops around the world in narrative and documentary filmmaking. We assist organizations and individuals to use media, music and the arts, to accelerate progress and program goals in areas such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, conflict resolution, resettlement, youth empowerment, civil rights, and democracy building. We have worked with partners as diverse as UNESCO, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, The U.S. State Department and The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), to pioneer new formats and “media templates” that reinforce citizen-led, community-owned solutions to these challenges.

The main goal of Barefoot Workshops is to equip students with the knowledge and confidence to use the latest and most sophisticated equipment while having a foundation that allows a person to create beautiful images and story, regardless of the tools. At Barefoot, growing and learning as a filmmaker means growing and learning as an individual.

Edited Tue 4 Oct 2011 by Chandler Griffin

Marj Safinia
Thu 6 Oct 2011Link

Los Angeles, October 15th. IDA is hosting an all-day Focus on Funding seminar with fantastic panelists including Morrie Warshawski, and folks from Tribeca, Sundance, CCH, Fledgling Fund and Catapult Film Fund. There will be opportunities to have small roundtable lunches with the different funders, and to learn from the master of fundraising, Morrie Warshawski himself. You can sign up for all or part of the day. More information at: http://doc-u-oct-15.eventbrite.com/


Todd Lillethun
Thu 6 Oct 2011Link

Swimming Safely in Treacherous Waters: Attorney Michael Donaldson Answers Your Pesky Legal Questions

Monday October 24, 7 – 9:30 pm
at Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark St.
Cost: $10 for IFP and Chicago Filmmakers members/ $12 for all others
IFP-Chicago, Kartemquin Films, The Kindling Group, and Chicago Filmmakers welcome entertainment attorney and author Michael Donaldson.

Copyright law can pose serious barriers and liabilities for any production. Learn how to navigate a swarm of legal issues without putting yourself or your film at risk! Michael Donaldson is an internationally recognized attorney and specialist on copyright law, and will be making a rare Chicago appearance to share practical advice for independent filmmakers. Topics include: fair use, hidden cameras, public domain, privacy, contracts, and a wide range of intellectual property issues. This workshop is highly recommended for both documentary and narrative filmmakers, and deeply relevant for remix work, reality TV, web series, interactive, experimental films, and a range of new media.

http://chicagofilmmakers.org/cf/content/swimming-safely-treacherous-waters-attorney-michael-donaldson-answers-your-pesky-legal-quest


John Burgan
Thu 6 Oct 2011Link

Note to "Chicago Filmmakers" – welcome to The D-Word, but as the registration FAQ clearly states, you can only join The D-Word as an individual, not as a couple, company or institution. Please login at the first opportunity and update your profile to prevent its deletion – thanks.


Brent E. Huffman
Fri 7 Oct 2011Link

I am looking for a Dari and Pashto translator in the Chicago area.

This is the project I am directing:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Buddhas-of-Aynak/134054606683556?created&sk=page_getting_started

Please contact me at:
brent(at)germancamera(dot)com


Thomas Lennon
Tue 11 Oct 2011Link

Do you know MANDARIN? I am looking for an assistant editor or junior editor who reads and understands Mandarin and is comfortable with Final Cut Pro. Paid assignment, full or part-time.

please write to TL@thomaslennonfilms.com

Thomas Lennon
Co-Founder
Chang Ai Media Project
www.campfilms.org


John Burgan
Tue 11 Oct 2011Link

Thomas – presume this is in NYC – as we mention above, always helps to spell out the location.


Jonathan Vogel
Wed 12 Oct 2011Link

2012 TALKING PICTURES FESTIVAL – CALL FOR ENTRIES

Now entering its fourth year, The 2012 Talking Pictures Festival invites independent filmmakers to submit their new films. The festival takes place in Spring 2012 in Evanston, IL and attracts filmgoers from the entire Chicago metro-area.

What we're looking for...
We seek films that are thought-provoking, intriguing, entertaining, vibrant, authentic, artful and informative. From dramatic films to hard-hitting documentaries, comedic shorts, animation or experimental films, we invite independent filmmakers to send us their work for consideration. All genres, styles, lengths and both film and video entries welcome! Cash awards for winning entries.

Connecting with the audience...
True to its name, screenings at The Talking Pictures Festival foster a lively dialogue between filmmakers and audience members and get the community involved. If you made a film with real impact, this is the place to show it.

"Early Bird" DEADLINE: October 31, 2011
Regular DEADLINE: November 23, 2011
Late DEADLINE: December 5, 2011

Entry form and more info at: www.talkingpicturesfestival.org

Submit your entry at:
www.withoutabox.com/login/8776

Questions? Please contact us at: 847.371.2804 or filmvideoforum@yahoo.com


Kathy Barbini
Wed 12 Oct 2011Link

Looking for an assistant proficient at doing the footwork to get our film and info on all online sites like Distrify, and general internet marketing.


Laura Perlman
Wed 12 Oct 2011Link

A belated thanks to all of you for your warm welcomes and thanks for the info about the Betty Carter doc.
If you are looking for a composer feel free to contact me.
website: lauraperlman.net
email: ljperl@earthlink.net
Best to all,
Laura


Anne Pollack
Fri 14 Oct 2011Link Tag

Greetings,

I am available for film-scoring...

www.AnnePollackProductions.com

And reachable at: music@AnnePollackProducitons.com

thanks,
Anne


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