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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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Edited Sun 2 Oct 2011 by John Burgan

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


Nick Ravich
Fri 14 Oct 2011Link

Hello-
Looking for professional audio (for video production) workshop/classes in the New York area. Ideal would be something slanted towards documentary field recording, esp for HDSLR workflow, for someone with basic audio operating experience. So not for a total novice, but someone who learned on the job and so doesn't have a very good handle on the fundamental whats/whys/hows.
I know about DCTV in Chinatown. Any other suggestions would be great.
Thanks, Nick.


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