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Gregory Rossi
Thu 7 May 2009Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Thu 30 Apr 2009 :

I definitely think doc filmmaking is migrating, slowly, in that direction. BURMA VJ (look forward to the May 20 screening) is a step in that direction.

Look forward to seeing how Jeremy's piece works out.


Jo-Anne Velin
Thu 7 May 2009Link

Have you seen the Remix Manifesto produced by the NFB? Google the title, it should give you a good view of the process they are using to create it.



Gregory Rossi
Thu 7 May 2009Link

Thanks for the link. I've seen the first couple chapters before. And my enthusiasm nor the idea isn't anything new, I just keep praising this concept because I'm guessing someone is going to blow up with one of these ideas. Then you know they'll be the original innovator despite all the work that was done before it, but the genre will also become a little more dynamic.


Rida Solano
Fri 8 May 2009Link

Hi John I passed on the message :) thanks for applying!


Tristan Dyer
Fri 8 May 2009Link

http://www.newenglandfilm.com/festival
____________________________________________________
Call for Films: The Online New England Film Festival
Screen Online for 45 days * Audience & Jury Awards * Winners Screen at
Coolidge Corner in Boston * Prizes & more...

The 1st Annual Online New England Film Festival, presented by NewEnglandFilm.com, will launch as an online showcase of selected films from September 1, 2009 through October 15, 2009. The Online New England Film Festival will showcase films under 30 minutes in the following categories: animation, children/family, comedy, documentary,and drama. The films will be selected by NewEnglandFilm.com staff and the festival's esteemed jury. In addition, the festival has partnered with Women in Film Video New England (WIFVNE) who will jury the special category New England Women Above the Line for films under 30
minute produced, directed, or written by a woman or women based in New England.

$25 Regular Deadline: May 15, 2009
$30 Late Deadline: June 1, 2009
$50 Extended (Withoutabox only): June 15, 2009
Note: $5 discount for students with a photocopy of a valid ID and
Withoutabox member plans.


Shelly Helgeson
Mon 11 May 2009Link

Calling all College Students or Recent Grads!

Zohe Film Productions an independent documentary film company, owned by acclaimed filmmaker Jennifer Fox, is seeking post- production interns on their latest feature length documentary, “Learning to Swim.” The film documents a Buddhist Master and his son as they travel the world in hopes of saving their Tibetan culture. Consequently, the footage contains several languages including Tibetan, Italian and English. We greatly need interns who speak Italian and/or possess knowledge in website development, as we are in the beginning stages of creating an online presence for the film.

Some of the many responsibilities include transcribing, subtitling, translating (if applicable) and doing light editing on Avid Xpress Pro as well as some general office duties. Ideal candidates should possess an enthusiasm for nonfiction films and have an interest in post-production. However, previous knowledge of Avid is not necessary.

This is an unpaid internship but those completing a three-month, 20 hour/week commitment will receive a credit in the film as well as a professional recommendation from Ms. Fox.

Interested applicants should email a resume and concise cover letter to shelly@zohefilms.com. Please include POST PRODUCTION INTERN “YOUR NAME” in the subject line.


Erica Ginsberg
Mon 11 May 2009Link

For Washington DC/Baltimore-area filmmakers...

Seminar on Legal Issues for Filmmakers
Saturday, June 6 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
at the Docs In Progress Documentary House in Silver Spring, MD

Knowing a few legal basics can make the difference between watching your work on the big screen or seeing your big dreams go up in smoke. Legal issues arise in every aspect of film production. This workshop, led by media and entertainment lawyer Laura Possessky, is designed to teach film professionals about key legal issues and concepts to navigate common legal problems and to determine when legal counsel may become necessary. Core concepts of copyright, contracts and business law will be covered. This is an interactive program with class exercises and discussions. Participants are encouraged to submit requests for discussion topics in advance and to come to the workshop with questions – lots of them!

Space is limited to 12 participants so register early. Cost: $150 includes light refreshments. Docs In Progress is located in downtown Silver Spring, walking distance from the Silver Spring Metro and with convenient free parking on Saturdays.

Visit our website for more details and to register: http://www.docsinprogress.org


Jennifer Yoo
Tue 12 May 2009Link

TRICKLE UP
Freelance Video Producer/Editor
India Short Documentary (Bengali/English subtitles)

About Trickle Up:
Founded in 1979, Trickle Up empowers people living on less than $1 a day to take the first steps out of poverty, providing them with resources to build microenterprises for a better quality of life. In partnership with local agencies, we offer very poor people business training and seed capital to launch or expand a microenterprise, and savings support to build assets. Trickle Up works with partner agencies in 8 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. In 2009, we will help start or expand nearly 11,000 businesses, improving the lives of 60,000 people around the world. Trickle Up’s annual budget is approximately $5 million, and we have headquarters in New York City and field offices in India, Mali, Uganda and Guatemala.

The Opportunity:
Trickle Up seeks a freelance video producer/editor for a short documentary project featuring our CGAP project in India. The producer will report to the Communications Officer in and work in collaboration with our Asia program team headquartered in New York.

This project will be the second in a series of three short films documenting several participants and their families over the course of a three-year project in West Bengal, India that helps people living in extreme poverty start sustainable livelihoods. Filming has already been completed; this project will require editing the captured footage to produce part two of the series. The final video should be about 10 minutes in length and consistent in style with the first video in the series. Click here to view the first video (“Trickle Up India: A Family Portrait”).

The Person:
• Candidates MUST be fluent in both Bengali and English, as the footage is filmed in Bengali and will require translation into English
• Ideal candidates will demonstrate strong work experience in production, timeliness and attention to detail
• A demonstrated interest in international development is preferred.
• Time in the office is possible, but not required beyond project check-ins
• Bachelor’s degree required; graduate-level degree or current enrollment in graduate program preferred

Salary and benefits:
This is a paid, short-term freelance position from May-July 2009. Benefits are not included in the compensation for this position. To Apply This position is currently vacant. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until May 31st. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to freelanceproducer@trickleup.org with your name in the subject line. If samples of your video work are available online, please send a link as well. We will only contact those individuals we are interested in interviewing. Please, no phone calls.

Trickle Up is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and extend equal opportunity to all applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status or disability. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Edited Tue 12 May 2009 by Jennifer Yoo

Andrea Feder
Tue 12 May 2009Link

For Montreal Area Filmmakers:

Registration open for the 7th edition of the 2880 Film Blitz! Go to 2880.ca today to register.

Montreal’s premier 48-hour filmmaking contest, the 2880 Film Blitz, is back for its 7th annual showcase of our city’s biggest and brightest cinematic wild childs! From May 29 to 31, 12 teams will take part in a feverish race against the clock to write, shoot and edit a 5-minute short film in under 2880 minutes. The event caps off with a gala screening on Sunday, May 31st at Club Soda (1225 Saint-Laurent), where jury and audience prizes will be awarded to the finest films. The 2009 jury is comprised of Brett Gaylor (Director, RIP: Remix Manifesto), Dany Lennon (Programmer, Prends Ça Court!), Marie-Anne Raulet (Executive Director, RIDM) and Natalia Wysocka (Film Editor, ICI / Famous Québec).

2880 Film Blitz’s Producers have chosen documentary and its offbeat cousin the mockumentary as the genres of choice for this special Doc or Mock? edition of the contest, as all shorts produced must fit into one of the aforementioned genres. The Blitz is always made all the more nerve-racking for contestants thanks to a secret theme and object that they must incorporate into their films…and which are only revealed once the countdown begins at 7 p.m. on May 29!

2880 Film Blitz
Doc or Mock? Edition

Sunday, May 31 – 7:00 PM
Club Soda (1225 Saint-Laurent)

The 2880 Film Blitz is the flagship fundraising event for the Quebec branch of DOC (Documentary Organization of Canada) – the non-profit professional and advocacy organization that supports independent documentary filmmakers of all stripes through lobbying, workshop and visibility initiatives. (http://www.docquebec.ca) The Doc or Mock? edition makes all the more sense given that DOC Québec is the organization responsible for selecting the short list of contenders for the Jutra Awards’ annual Best Documentary Prize.
The Blitz’s official rules and registration forms, complete list of prizes and sponsors, as well as the winning films from previous editions, are available at www.2880.ca


Ben Kempas
Tue 12 May 2009Link

Do we have any D-Worders in New Zealand?

http://www.humanrightsfilmfest.net.nz/features/upstream-battle/

Wellington Saturday 9 May, 3.30pm Sunday 10 May, 1.00pm
Auckland Saturday 16 May, 3.30pm Sunday 17 May, 1.00pm
Christchurch Saturday 23 May, 3.30pm Sunday 24 May, 1.00pm
Dunedin Saturday 30 May, 3.30pm Sunday 31 May, 1.00pm


Felix Endara
Wed 13 May 2009Link

DocuClub in May: Wednesday, May 27, 7 p.m.

DocuClub is holding its May screening on Wednesday, May 27, at the beautiful new theater facilities of the 92YTribeca, located at 200 Hudson Street (at Canal). You can take the E, 1, or 6 trains to Canal.

Our moderator will be Yance Ford. Ford is Series Producer of P.O.V. and has been instrumental in curating the acclaimed documentary film series on PBS for seven years. Ford works closely with P.O.V.’s executive director to evaluate films submitted to P.O.V., oversees P.O.V.’s annual call for entries, and coordinates P.O.V.’s annual programming advisory board. Privately, Ford is a Programming Associate, Documentary Features for the Sundance Film Festival and serves on the IFW Advisory Committee. She is also a consultant and pre screener for Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, True/False, and Newport International Film Festival among others. She has served on juries at Full Frame, Silverdocs, and ITVS, appeared on panels at True/False, Sunny Side of the Doc and mentored emerging filmmakers at the NALIP Producer’s Academy. A graduate of Hamilton College and the production workshop at Third World Newsreel, Ford is currently in development on her first film, a documentary film about race and murder in the suburbs of New York City.

We are excited to be screening PARTING THE WATERS Co-directed and co-produced by Josh Waletzky and longtime DocuClub member Jenny Levison. Despite the fact that swimming pools have been racially integrated for over fifty years, two thirds of black and Latino children still can’t swim. PARTING THE WATERS follows African-American Olympic swimmers Maritza Correia and Cullen Jones, and three talented young black and Latino swimmers coming up behind them, in a fish-out-of water story that takes place in the water. You can see a trailer of the film at: dotellproductions.com/site/partingthewaters.

Josh Waletzky, Director, Editor and Co-Producer, is a highly acclaimed documentary filmmaker who has made dozens of films that probe deep into the lives of people caught in social and cultural crossroads. His extensive body of documentary work includes Academy Award-nominated Music For The Movies: Bernard Herrmann, Image Before My Eyes, Partisans Of Vilna, Sacred Stage: The Marinsky Theater, and Shaker Heights: Struggle For Integration.

Producer, Co-Director and Writer Jenny Levison is a screenwriter, playwright, and filmmaker who specializes in the use of arts media in social justice organizing. Her writing and production credits include the CD of Mexican and Mexican American labor music, Nuestras Voces Se Levantan Para la Justicia; the musical theater work Shtil, Mayn Corazon- A Yiddish Tango Cabaret; the documentary films Niel and Phil and Live Free or Dye; and the satiric media campaign Billionaires for Bush (or Gore).

Please note special admission details: Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $8 for non-members.

We expect a full house, so it is strongly advised that non-members purchase advance tickets here:

www.92y.org/shop/event_detail.asp?productid=T-MM5FM22

If you are a DocuClub member and plan to attend, please RSVP to: docuclub@artsengine.net.

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

www.artsengine.net/store/#tools_consul

About DocuClub
DocuClub is Arts Engine’s monthly film screening series of works-in-progress documentaries.


Carey Davidson
Thu 14 May 2009Link

Job title: Documentary Filmmaker
Organization name: Imagine Project, Inc. http://imagineproject.org
Location of job: New York City
Last date of receiving volunteer applications: Open
Contact details for receiving applications: cdavidson@imagineproject.org

About Imagine Project
THE IMAGINE PROJECT Inc., is a not for profit 501(c) 3 corporation founded in 1992, dedicated to nurturing a child’s creativity through the arts. Through the design and delivery of creative and performing arts programs to inner city children in homeless shelters, community centers and NYC public schools, we create and facilitate a safe environment for children to explore and engage their creative energy.

The Opportunity
This past winter, the Imagine Project submitted a children’s musical to the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America, and last week, we were notified that our submission won one of three spots in the FringeJR program. The show will be cast with at least 50% homeless shelter kids. This as an outstanding opportunity for a talented filmmaker to capture a unique, exciting narrative chronicling the experience of talented children living under daunting circumstances as they endeavor to pull off a professional musical at the New York International Fringe Festival.

This is an unpaid opportunity, as the Imagine Project is a low budget organization with the bulk of our funding going toward our youth programs. However, we would be willing to discuss covering some small portion of the costs. The filmmaker should be available to start as soon as possible and will work approximately 3-4 hours per week through the week of 8/14/09.

Requirements
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in documentary filmmaking, preferably with directly related subject matter. Timeliness and attention to detail required. Access to up to date equipment and financiers is preferable.

Apply
Qualified applicants send a cover letter and resume to cdavidson@imagineproject.org with links to samples of your work available online.


Annie Berman
Fri 15 May 2009Link

In reply to Jeremy Weinstein's post on Thu 30 Apr 2009 :

Jeremy, If you haven't already, you may be interested in talking to Brett Galylor at Open Source Cinema. He's working toward a similar goal and recently released the documentary "Rip! A Remix Culture" www.opensourcecinema.org


Jason Rosette
Sat 16 May 2009Link

>> Submissions for CAMBOFEST: Film, Video, and Animation Festival of Cambodia now tax-deductible [for US filmmakers at least] <<

*Submit via hardcopy entry form on our submissions page at:
http://www.cambofest.com/submit/submit.html

*Remit your entry fee through Media Alliance, our fiscal sponsor (per instructions on submission page @ http://media-alliance.stores.yahoo.net/restoolandte.html)

*Send your DVD screeners and printout from the Media Alliance online portal to us in Cambodia:

CAMBOFEST
Attn: Jason Rosette & Phun Sokunthearith
PO Box 707
12000 Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA

ALSO: We're still in urgent need of virtual volunteers, advisors, and financial & in-kind support. We've been able to make up the difference in the past through external revenue and teaching gigs, but the global meltdown has hit us hard, and there are far fewer support gigs out here than there are in the developed world.

Please see our support page at:

http://cameradosocialissue.blogspot.com/

...for more details, and to find out how you can help!

Ar'kun Ch'ran, D-Word

JR, Mr. Tol, and the CamboFest Team


Mitchell Block
Mon 18 May 2009Link

I'm doing two workshops for the International Documentary Association on funding May 30 and 31.

Financing and Producing Documentaries in on May 30. This class provides a solid overview of funding for docs.

http://docworkshop0530.eventbrite.com/

Documentary Tune Up, Looks at Projects and addresses how to make them "sell." This workshop features Eva Orner who produced the TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE and GONZO: THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. HUNTER S. THOMPSON.

The focus will be on one-offs and features.

http://docworkshop0531.eventbrite.com/

D-Word Members may take the classes at the IDA member fee.


Yixi Villar
Wed 20 May 2009Link

Hi.. how are you? I am looking for a paid position in production or post production on a documentary film project. I have a BA in Television Production and have experience in Television and Film. If your interested i will send you my resume and a bio.
Thank you for your time.

All the best,
Yixi


Jonathan Bland
Mon 25 May 2009Link

Hi Folks,
Any doc other filmmakers out there living and working in Mumbai....? India?


John Burgan
Mon 25 May 2009Link

Jonathan, the best thing to do is to do a search of D-Word members by country – to get there just click on the "People" link at the top left of this page and then select "Advanced Search"

You'll see that we have quite a few members in Mumbai, although not many regulars.

Edited Mon 25 May 2009 by John Burgan

Doug Block
Mon 25 May 2009Link

And no need to double post, Jonathan. People will find your post in the appropriate topic, to be sure.


Dharma Apparasu
Tue 26 May 2009Link

HI Jonathan,

I have a brother who lives in Mumbai/Hydrebad Who is doc filmmaker director this e-mail is upender.apparasu@gmail.com hope this might be helpful.

Dharma


Rochelle Rose
Wed 27 May 2009Link

I am a student who wishes to view the film, Learning to Swallow by Danielle Beverly.
Does anyone know how to get a copy or if Danielle Beverly sees this post reply and give me some ideas!?
My teacher was thoroughly impressed with this film and will give me extra credit if I can even find it!
Thanks!


Jonathan Bland
Thu 28 May 2009Link

Thanks John/ Dharma...... :)


Danielle Beverly
Thu 28 May 2009Link

Rochelle, please email me off list and I'd be pleased to help! dannabev at yahoo dot com


Ben Bach
Thu 28 May 2009Link

Anyone need a hand during production any time in the next month and a half? Camera, sound, lighting, I can do it all, and I have a PD-170 package if you need a 2nd camera (or first!). I am completely open, schedule wise, and would love to pick some gigs up! Just finished a nonfiction piece for Huggies as assistant story editor: www.pull-upspottyproject.com and here's a link to my camera work: www.kenfrenchmedia.com.

I appreciate the consideration!

-Ben


Evan Schlossberg
Thu 28 May 2009Link

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Miranda Yousef
Fri 29 May 2009Link

In reply to Evan Schlossberg's post on Thu 28 May 2009 :

Hi Evan,

I think you know my sister, Diana? Small world. If I hear of any NY-based folks who need transcription, I'll let you know....

Best,
- Miranda


Dan Gasiewski
Fri 29 May 2009Link

A national competition seeking the best videos, photographs, and stories describing how individuals, families and communities are managing during these hard times.

One of the unexpected outcomes of the Great Depression was a decade of creative outpouring that covered the U.S. map. Under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), thousands of artists fanned across the country documenting the experiences of everyday Americans as they worked to maintain their families, their communities, and their way of life in the face of a national economic crisis.

Now, as Americans are again experiencing financial hardship and uncertainty, First Person Arts invites artists to document how this generation of Americans is coping.

Inspired by the artists of the WPA, who documented the experiences of Americans in every part of the country, First Person Arts is asking artists to help craft the first draft of the history of our era by capturing, in photographs, on video, or in writing, the stories of America and its people during these difficult times.

Our goal is to gather stories from all 50 states.

Artists:
We are looking for short memoirs and essays, documentary films, and photographs that depict Americans from all walks of life. We are especially interested in stories that are unique to your family, your community, your town, your region – that capture the idiosyncratic things that are happening where you live – the slices of life that, taken together, will give us a First Person picture of America in 2009 – the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful.

Guidelines:
Writing submissions – up to 2,500 words.
Film and video submissions – up to five minutes, excluding credits.
Photography submissions – may include up to five photographs, with or without accompanying text of up to 100 words per image.

Submission deadline: June 30, 2009

Finalists in each category (writing, film, and photography) will be featured on the First Person Arts website (www.firstpersonarts.org) and at the First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art, November 4-8, 2009. First place winners in each genre will be invited to Philadelphia to participate in the festival. A cash prize will be awarded to the best story overall.

Competition website: www.hardtimes.firstpersonarts.org


Evan Schlossberg
Fri 29 May 2009Link

Miranda,

I do know your sister! In fact I went to prom with her all those years ago and just last year she helped me and our friends win the Coney Island Sand Sculpture contest. How funny! Definitely email me. I was actually going to email you after I found out you worked on IOUSA because I've been working as an associate producer and assisstant editor for a company doing a doc on the financial crisis.

Great to see you here!


Miranda Yousef
Fri 29 May 2009Link

Sounds good--definitely e-mail me.

To everyone else-especially in LA-do you know of anyone seeking a feature editor? I've got a couple of things that have been up in the air for a while, and need to nail something down.

Thanks,
- Miranda

Edited Fri 29 May 2009 by Miranda Yousef

Ben Kempas
Fri 29 May 2009Link

Our documentary UPSTREAM BATTLE is playing at DOXA in Vancouver B.C. this Saturday at 12:30pm.

A coalition of Native Americans battle to force the removal of dams owned by billionaire Warren Buffett that have devastated the salmon population on California's Klamath River. The hydro-power dams contributed to one of the worst fish die-offs in U.S. history and continue to turn the water into a toxic soup. 'If the fish are sick, we're sick,' says Merv George of the Hoopa Tribe. To rescue their river and save their culture, Merv and his combatants first travel to Scotland, then to the richest man in the United States. The dam owners praise hydro power as a low-cost, climate-friendly source of energy, a valuable resource they say they couldn't afford to lose. Yet, the tribes may soon trigger the largest dam removal project in history.

The film has been shown at more than 25 festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival. It won a Human Rights Award, Best Environmental Film, and most recently, the EarthVision Grand Jury Prize in Santa Cruz.

More about the film:
http://www.upstreambattle.com

Become a fan of the film on Facebook to get news about the dam removal campaign and to be notified when and where you can see the film:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Upstream-Battle/8732137676

Event information for the DOXA screening:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=76905593004

DOXA website for info and tickets:
http://www.doxafestival.ca/festival/films/upstream_battle.html


Andrew David Watson
Mon 1 Jun 2009Link

Just wanted to say how awesome everyone is at First Person Arts. There contest and events are always a blast!


Dan Gasiewski
Mon 1 Jun 2009Link

Thanks Andrew, I enjoy all the events and contests as well!!!!


Josh Dinner
Mon 1 Jun 2009Link

T H E // P E R S O N A L // H I S T O R Y // P R O J E C T//

The Personal History Project TM
is a service that provides people with an affordable and convenient opportunity to capture their life’s story on video and preserved on a DVD that will last forever. Each Personal Documentary is a high quality video production that integrates photographs, home movies, and an in-depth interview shot in the comfort of your own home!

We are currently in production in California. If you or your family would like more information, please visit www.EarthrisePictures.com and click on “The Personal History Project" or e-mail Josh at josh@earthrisepictures.com.


Robert Goodman
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

forever is a long time for a DVD.


Riley Morton
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

yeah, don't they degrade and become unplayable in a decade or two?


Robert Goodman
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

actually computer burned DVDs have a shelf life of 3-5 years.


Marj Safinia
Wed 3 Jun 2009Link

Wanted to let all D-Worders know about this month's IDA Doc U event, an Evening with Ross Kauffman, director of the Academy Award winning documentary Born Into Brothels

I'll be moderating a conversation with Ross in a small, intimate setting with lots of opportunities to ask questions and mingle. Ross will be talking about the journey of "Born into Brothels" from concept to screen to Oscar and discussing challenges, tips, and advice for shooting in foreign countries, co-directing, the value of mentors, making the move from documentary into narrative and the evolution of a career that starts with an Oscar for your first film.

Space is very limited so I suggest buying tickets early. The event takes place on Thursday June 11th at the Kodak Screening Room in Hollywood at 7pm. You can read more and book your tix here


Felix Endara
Mon 8 Jun 2009Link

DocuClub in June: Tuesday, June 23, 7 p.m.

Our next DocuClub screening will take place on Tuesday, June 23, 7 p.m., at The Tank, located at 354 West 45th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues, near Times Square).

Our moderator will be Irene Villaseñor. She is an independent media professional and non-profit consultant. She got her start in media as a youth producer at Educational Video Center where she produced her first documentary, Out Youth In Schools, which was broadcast locally on PBS. From 2000 to 2008, she served as the Youth Views Director at P.O.V., the longest running nonfiction film series on television. At P.O.V., Villaseñor trained youth across the country in how to use independently produced media to promote dialogue and action in their communities and contributed to building national outreach campaigns for P.O.V. broadcasts. She has served as an advisor for the Ford Foundation, Kentucky Foundation for Women, Tribeca Film Institute and the Women, Action and the Media Conference at MIT.

We will screen "Ultimate Christian Wrestling" by Jae-Ho Chang and Tara Autovino. The documentary follows disenchanted former pro-wrestlers Billy Jack (“God’s Property”), Rob Adonis (“The Modern Day Warrior”), and Justin Dirt (“The Custodial Crippler”) as they try to find a new way to combine their passion with ministry. "Ultimate Christian Wrestling" was awarded Honorable Mention at the Tribeca All-Access Creative Promise Awards in 2007.

Jae-Ho Chang attended the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied Film, Video and Animation. He is now completing his final year of studies in the graduate film program at New York University. In 2005, he was nominated for the IDA/David L. Wolper Student Documentary Achievement Award for his documentary "Love to Hate, Hate to Love." Two years later, his film "The Last Vacation" was awarded the Craft Award for Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Acting, and was selected as a Wasserman Finalist at New York University’s First Run Film Festival. Chang is also a recipient of the Martin Scorsese Young Filmmakers Scholarship and the Ang Lee Scholarship Award.

Co-director Tara Autovino received her B.A. in philosophy from Hunter College. She is a recipient of the Dean’s Fellowship at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she is completing her final year in the graduate film program. Her short, "For a Swim with the Fish," premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $5 for non-members.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to: docuclub@artsengine.net.

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

www.artsengine.net/store/#tools_consul

About DocuClub
DocuClub is Arts Engine’s monthly film screening series of works-in-progress documentaries. For more info, please go to: www.docuclub.org.

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About The Tank
The Tank is a non-profit arts presenter whose mission is to provide a welcoming, creative, collaborative, and affordable environment for artists and activists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas. Through a wide range of low-cost, high-concept arts and public affairs programming, The Tank seeks to cultivate a new generation of audience for live performance, civic discourse, and the work of emerging artists.


Sara Jane Keskula
Mon 8 Jun 2009Link

Dear Colleagues:

The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture invites you to join us in Boston from August 26 – 29 for Commonwealth, NAMAC’s biennial convening for media and visual arts leaders, practitioners, researchers, technologists, advocates, scholars, students, funders, and policymakers.

Come to share your experiences and pool your knowledge as we convene across networks within the arts, media and culture fields, to cross-pollinate ideas and chart an innovative path forward.

Register Now: www.namac.org/conference

Join us for 3 incredible days of:

  • Big Idea Discussions about policy developments in arts and media; arts as economic development; new and emerging media technologies; arts and social change…

  • Best Practice Presentations highlighting creative uses of technology, funding strategies, resource sharing among organizations…

  • Skill Building Workshops in social media and Web 2.0+, organizational leadership, policy advocacy, and monetizing media and arts in the digital age…

  • “Open Space” discussions, both structured and unstructured, on the hot-topics that YOU are eager to discuss with your peers…

  • A Media Arts Town Hall Meeting, where we gather for a dialogue to clarify our community’s priorities for policy and advocacy…

  • Meet & greets with Funders, where you can converse directly with grant makers…

  • Tours of Boston’s most exciting media and arts organizations and landmarks by bus, foot, bike, and even boat …

  • Fun parties, including a reception at the Massachusetts State House and a closing party at the new Institute for Contemporary Art building, designed by award-winning architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Register Now! (http://www.namac.org/conference)

We look forward to welcoming you to Boston!

P.S. Have Questions? Comments? Concerns? Check out our web site www.namac.org/conference or contact conference@namac.org


Marj Safinia
Wed 10 Jun 2009Link

Reminder for LA D-Folk – An Evening with Ross Kauffman moderated by yours truly (I've always wanted to play James Lipton) tomorrow night in Hollywood. Buy tix in advance to save on the price. Brought to you by the IDA


alir aza
Wed 10 Jun 2009Link

hello every one
i am ali from pakistan swat in my city attack taliban our home finsh our all villeges all transfer to other city we have no food no home no water we need your help please help our people only one day salery donate in this online account please send us we are all swat people praying you, your help

paypal account--– julia_nayab@yahoo.com
money booker-----------durrani_512@yahoo.com
alert pay----– durrani_512@yahoo.com


James Longley
Thu 11 Jun 2009Link

I suppose this would be the same person who posted the following on TripAdvisor:

"i am ali i need a female friend in russia bishkek moscow please send me email. durrani_512@yahoo.com"

Those interested in donating aid to the refugees in Pakistan through the UNHCR might look here:

http://tinyurl.com/mn9e9l

Edited Thu 11 Jun 2009 by James Longley

James Longley
Thu 11 Jun 2009Link

And also – here is a direct link to the main donation page of the UNHCR


Niam Itani
Thu 11 Jun 2009Link

Maybe he needed a female friend and then things happened in Swat 8-)


Ernesto Ardito
Mon 15 Jun 2009Link

Hi, we are Virna and Ernesto from Argentina. We are pleased to inform you that the DVD of our new documentary Heart of the Factory, is now available. The acquisition can be made through the PayPal system, from all over the world. The film is about the workers of Zanon Ceramic in Argentina. They take the factory in their own hands when the owner closes it. They start to produce ceramics again, but without bosses. We were living and filming inside the factory for 2 years. You can find all the information at: www.cdfdoc.com.ar

HEART OF THE FACTORY
a film by Virna Molina and Ernesto Ardito

SYNOPSIS:

In Argentina, the workers of Zanon Ceramic take the factory in their own hands when the owner closes it. They start to produce ceramics again, but without bosses.
Now, they feel free. They’ve found in their work a way to grow humanly. But at the same time, they have to assume a series of responsibilities and challenges. Usually, this provokes serious arguments among them or with themselves. During that process, the workers had to study and to overcome themselves in order to solve all the problems linked to the areas of production. Through the democratic assembly, they found a way to support their organisation and learn how to take their own decisions in the management. In a country devastated by an economic debacle, they created two hundred new jobs. Now they are 470 people working in the factory. Together with 5,000 Neuquen’s inhabitants who support them, workers have resisted four attempts of evictions. They do not consider themselves as the new owners of the ceramic factory: on the contrary, they consider the Neuquén community as the only owner. And they give back in donations to the most needed sectors the surplus that the factory produces. This is a permanent challenge where every day they have to fight against a political and economic system that tries to boycott them. Their biggest obstacle though does not come from the outside. It is about their own fears inculcated by this society. Although many of them do not know it, if they win the battle in their consciences they will open the door to build a completely different world.

AWARDS:

First Kodak Award to Best Latin American Project
Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival (FICCO-Cinemex).
Best Documentary Film
Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO).
Special Jury Prize
Catalunya Latinamerican Film Festival (Spain).

The film was selected in the official section of the following film festivals:

International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA- The Netherlands), La Habana International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema (Cuba), Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival (México), Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival (Greece), San Diego Latino Film Festival (USA), BAFICI – Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (Argentina), Reykjavik Shorts&Docs Film Festival (Iceland), 1001 International Documentary Film Festival (Turkey), Valdivia International Film Festival (Chile), Festival de Biarritz (France), Trieste Latinamerican Film Festival (Italy), Latin American Film Festival of Catalunia (Spain), African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival of Milan (Italy).

The film was possible with the financial support of:

Jan Vrijman Fund – IDFA – International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (Holland).
Heart of the Factory was awarded with the Grant for Production an Postproduction.

Alter-cine Fondation (Canada).
Heart of the Factory was awarded with the annual grant of the fund

La Base, Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein, ...and with the solidarity of many people and organizations from all over the world that helped us to finish the film through the pre buy of the DVD during the filming.

More information and trailer at:
WWW.CDFDOC.COM.AR
Official Website

From this page you can also buy our other film Raymundo, about the argentine filmmaker,
Raymundo Gleyzer, kidnnaped and murdered by military dictatorship in 1976. The website is www.filmraymundo.com.ar
This documentary won 16 international awards.


Chandler Griffin
Mon 22 Jun 2009Link

2 Week Documentary Workshop – Mississippi Delta
Start Date:  September 20th, 2009

This 2-week HDV workshop is designed for photojournalists who are looking to make the move to videojournalism and the web, new documentary filmmakers who want to launch their careers in web and television documentaries and for those with experience in some aspects of filmmaking that are looking to expand their skill, understanding and mastery of the whole process.  Producers, cinematographers, editors and writers with narrative experience who are considering working in non-fiction filmmaking are also encouraged to enroll.

Students will learn all aspects of the process including the importance of the still image, HDV camera, compact lighting methods, field sound, field editing and how to weave the story.  To view an extended version of the course description, visit our website at www.barefootworkshops.org.  

This is one of many workshops that Barefoot will be running in 2009.  In addition to the Mississippi Delta, check out our website to learn more about our workshops in Africa and how you can participate.

Homepage: www.barefootworkshops.org
Contact: chandler@barefootworkshops.org
Tuition: $2,250.00 (includes tuition, housing and food)

Past Equipment Sponsors:  Apple, Canon, Tekserve, Bogen, Gitzo, Kata, Tiffen, Sennheiser, Anton Bauer, Lowel, D&M Professional

Barefoot Workshops is a New York City-based not-for-profit 501(c)3, founded by Chandler Griffin 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 sophisticated equipment while having a foundation that allows a person to create beautiful images regardless of the tools. At Barefoot, growing and learning as a filmmaker means growing and learning as an individual.
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4 Week Documentary Workshop – Cape Town, South Africa
Start Date: November 15th, 2009

Take a workshop with Barefoot and make a difference in the world by using your knowledge together with HDV technology. Create skills that will allow you to continue making positive change anywhere and everywhere.

This class is structured for individuals who are interested in mixing travel, social activism, and HDV documentary filmmaking into one amazing month in Cape Town, South Africa. The workshop is set up for the adventurers who feel the pull to use their skills to contribute to a grassroots non-profit organization (NGO) in sub-Saharan Africa. Subject matter is not limited to NGO stories. Cape Town is rich with stories that have not been told.

Possible topics: Environment, cuisine, HIV/AIDS, music, agriculture, orphans, building sustainable communities and civil rights.

Students should have some experience with video and editing. If you are interested in the workshop and have never worked with video, please just write and let us know.

This 4-week workshop is designed for new documentary filmmakers who want to launch their careers in film and television documentaries or for those with experience in some aspects of filmmaking that are looking to expand their skill, understanding and mastery of the whole process. Producers, cinematographers, editors and writers with narrative experience who are considering working in non-fiction filmmaking are also encouraged to enroll. This workshop is ideal for working professionals who want to develop important skills, which will allow them to work with other filmmakers.

Students will learn all aspects of the process including the importance of the still image, HDV camera, compact lighting methods, field sound, field editing and how to weave the story.  To view an extended version of the course description, visit our website at www.barefootworkshops.org.  

This is one of many workshops that Barefoot will be running in 2009.  In addition to the Cape Town, South Africa, check out our website to learn more about our other workshops and how you can participate.

Homepage: www.barefootworkshops.org
Contact: chandler@barefootworkshops.org
Tuition: $3,850.00 (includes tuition, housing and food)

Past Equipment Sponsors:  Apple, Canon, Tekserve, Bogen, Gitzo, Kata, Tiffen, Sennheiser, Anton Bauer, Lowel, D&M Professional

Barefoot Workshops is a New York City-based not-for-profit 501(c)3, founded by Chandler Griffin 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 sophisticated equipment while having a foundation that allows a person to create beautiful images regardless of the tools. At Barefoot, growing and learning as a filmmaker means growing and learning as an individual.


Dan Gasiewski
Thu 25 Jun 2009Link

A national competition seeking the best videos, photographs, and stories describing how individuals, families and communities are managing during these hard times.

One of the unexpected outcomes of the Great Depression was a decade of creative outpouring that covered the U.S. map. Under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), thousands of artists fanned across the country documenting the experiences of everyday Americans as they worked to maintain their families, their communities, and their way of life in the face of a national economic crisis.

Now, as Americans are again experiencing financial hardship and uncertainty, First Person Arts invites artists to document how this generation of Americans is coping.

Inspired by the artists of the WPA, who documented the experiences of Americans in every part of the country, First Person Arts is asking artists to help craft the first draft of the history of our era by capturing, in photographs, on video, or in writing, the stories of America and its people during these difficult times.

Our goal is to gather stories from all 50 states.

Artists:
We are looking for short memoirs and essays, documentary films, and photographs that depict Americans from all walks of life. We are especially interested in stories that are unique to your family, your community, your town, your region – that capture the idiosyncratic things that are happening where you live – the slices of life that, taken together, will give us a First Person picture of America in 2009 – the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful.

Guidelines:
Writing submissions – up to 2,500 words.
Film and video submissions – up to five minutes, excluding credits.
Photography submissions – may include up to five photographs, with or without accompanying text of up to 100 words per image.

Submission deadline: Was: June 30, 2009 Now extended: July 15,2009

Finalists in each category (writing, film, and photography) will be featured on the First Person Arts website (www.firstpersonarts.org) and at the First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art, November 4-8, 2009. First place winners in each genre will be invited to Philadelphia to participate in the festival. A cash prize will be awarded to the best story overall.

Competition website: www.hardtimes.firstpersonarts.org


Linelle Schultz
Fri 26 Jun 2009Link

Be Discovered in HOLLYWOOD! Great Networking Opportunity!
http://www.hollywoodfestival.com

The 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival is now open for submissions in the following genres: Features (drama & comedy), Docs, Shorts, and Music Videos!

Visit Hollywood FILM Festival, Hollywood COMEDY Film Festival, Hollywood HORROR Film Festival and Hollywood MUSIC VIDEO Awards to submit.
http://www.hollywoodfestival.com

P.S. Hustle and Flow’s Craig Brewer was discovered at the HFF!

Also, follow the Hollywood Film Festival on Facebook to get the latest updates on all our events coming up this summer:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beverly-Hills-CA/Hollywood-Film-Festival/44778704966?ref=share


Erica Ginsberg
Mon 29 Jun 2009Link

Docs In Progress Rough Cut Screening in Washington DC Friday, July 10
Join us for a screening and feedback session for the following films:

BACK UP! concrete diaries (15 minute excerpt)
by Monique Hazeur and Nijla Mumin
Sidewalks, street crossings, corridors, and hallways are hostile territory where women and girls experience verbal assault from men on a daily basis. How are women fighting back and defining their own personal and public spaces?

KEEPING THE KIBBUTZ (60 minute rough cut)
by Ben Crosbie and Tessa Moran
An examination of the challenges of a community in transition from the perspective of members of an Israeli kibbutz who are facing the inevitable end of their communal living experience.

WHEN?
Friday, July 10, 2009
7:00-10:00 pm

WHERE?
George Washington University Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st Street, NW (corner of 21st and H Streets)
Auditorium B-07 (one floor down from street level)
Washington DC 20052

COST?
$5 suggested donation. Cash only at the door or order tickets online in advance. Visit our website at http://www.docsinprogress.org to order tickets in advance.

Special thanks to The Documentary Center at George Washington University for sponsoring our Washington DC screenings.


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