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Reva Goldberg
Tue 30 Jun 2009Link

Film Fellowship Opportunity, Cinereach's Reach Film Fellowship

Deadline July 15th
www.thereachfilmfellowship.com

The Reach Film Fellowship is a granting program supporting filmmakers who have recently completed a film studies program (or who have an equally rigorous, self-taught background) and are producing socially relevant short films.

Four fellows are selected per year to receive a $5,000 grant, production support from sponsors, mentorship, workshops, career coaching and industry exposure.

Every year, one fellow is awarded an additional achievement award of $5,000 for his/her next film, or for the distribution and exhibition of his or her Reach film.

In 2009, we will consider applications from filmmakers who have (or will have) graduated from film school in 2008 or 2009, and who will live or stay in the New York Tri-State Area during the course of the Fellowship cycle. Self-taught filmmakers, please email us to discuss your eligibility.


Irene Herrera
Sun 12 Jul 2009Link

Global Lives South-Central Asia shoot: Seeking collaborators

The Global Lives Project is planning a shoot in South-Central Asia for August/September 2009. We will be recording the life story and 24 hours in the life of an as-yet-to-be-selected person from one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan. The subject will be age 10 or younger and will come from a religious community outside of the world’s major religions. See the subject selection page on the Global Lives website for more details on the proposed subject profile.

We are a nonprofit educational arts organization with more than 250 collaborators in 8 countries and we are looking for volunteers in South-Central Asia to participate in the project. While participation will not be remunerated, the project offers broad, worldwide exposure for collaborators’ work and the opportunity to be a part of a growing and dynamic collective of creative and socially-minded filmmakers. While our current priority is to find a Producer, we need all of the following types of people and organizations:

Partner institutions – We are looking to partner with a university’s communications department, a museum, a video production studio, or any other cultural institution interested in being involved in the shoot from start to finish, and also with organizing an exhibition in the future.
Co-director/producer – Involved in subject selection process from the beginning, making preparations for shoot on the ground. Approximately 6-8 days total of time commitment including preparations and shoot. Also involved in post-production.

Camera operator – Commitment for the day of the shoot only + transportation time. Works usually in 2-person teams for 8-hour shifts.

Photographer – Day of shoot only + transport, 8 or 12-hour shifts.
Production assistant (good position for a film student) – Providing support throughout selection process to the director/producers with preparations for shoot. Commitment to assist with post-production also helpful.

Interpreter/translator – Needed for the day of the shoot as well as for pre- and post-production.

Crew Members
We already have three experienced Global Lives Project volunteers ready to join with local collaborators to produce the shoot:

Nobuhiro Awata
Nobuhiro Awata is an experienced video producer and director, photographer and audio technician. Born and raised in Japan, Nobuhiro lived in New York City for five years and now is living in Taipei where he is studying for a degree in Computer Science. Nobuhiro was a co-Producer of the Global Lives Japan shoot in 2007 and a camera operator and still photographer for the Global Lives China shoot in 2008.

Chieko Kato
Chieko Kato is from a small, traditional city called Takayama in the mountains of Japan. From a young age Chieko was eager to see the world, and made it her mission to travel at every chance she gets. In between extended bouts of travel, she studied commercial photography and worked for 5 years in New York as a freelance photographer, photographer’s assistant, and photo retoucher. In 2007, she returned to Japan and has been working as a freelance photographer, producer and interpreter for small video shoots, and as a studio assistant. She participated in the Global Lives Japan shoot in 2007, as a still photographer and production assistant and again as a still photographer on the Global Lives China shoot in 2008.

Hes Mundt
Hes has been a freelance cameraman for 19 years, working for Dutch National TV and public stations like the VPRO, NPS. He has shot a number of documentaries on political subjects and music. Hes was a cameraman on the Global Lives Serbia shoot in 2009.
http://www.hesmundt.nl
http://current.com/items/88845093/idp_camp_in_naivasha_kenya.htm

Local team members will also be asked to provide camera and sound equipment.
To find out more, check out our website at http://globallives.org and send an email to production [at] globallives [dot] org. Emails will be understood easily if sent in English, Russian, Spanish or French. If you can translate this email to any other language, please do and send it along freely!


Felix Endara
Thu 16 Jul 2009Link

DocuClub CALL-FOR-ENTRIES: September 2009

DocuClub is seeking submissions for 2009.

Every month at DocuClub a filmmaker presents a rough cut of her film to DocuClub members and the public. A facilitated discussion follows each screening. Past films that have been shown at DocuClub include "Born Into Brothels" (Academy Award for Best Documentary, 2004), "Prodigal Sons" (Telluride Film Festival 2008), and "Disturbing the Universe: Radical Lawyer William Kunstler" (Sundance Film Festival 2009).

DocuClub is accepting entries that fit the following criteria:

  • They are in the rough-cut stage and thus ready to be screened.
  • They are no longer than 95 minutes and no less than 45 minutes.
  • They have specific challenges that you wish to workshop.

We're specifically looking for a rough cut to show at our September screening on Wednesday, September 30. Please note that the screening will take place in New York.

If you would like to be considered, please mail a clearly labeled DVD screener to the address below. (Please note that your screener will not be returned unless you provide a SASE.)

Felix Endara
Filmmaker Services Coordinator
Arts Engine, Inc.
104 West 14th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10011


Christopher Allen
Thu 16 Jul 2009Link

The UnionDocs Collaborative:
A new program for non-fiction media research and group production.
www.uniondocs.org

Overview

The UnionDocs Collaborative (UDC) is a one to two-year program for twelve emerging media producers, theorists, and curators. It is both a rigorous platform for exploring contemporary approaches to the documentary arts and a process for developing an innovative group project. The program focuses on providing what we believe are the most effective educational resources for individuals at the beginning of their careers:

* direct contact and structured exchange with visiting artists.
* exposure to a wide variety of practices and models.
* dynamic interaction among a network of talented peers.
* regular group critique sessions.
* mentorship toward the production of an original work.
* exposure through a toured exhibition and/or publication.

The UDC has been set up to be affordable and scheduled for individuals who may need to work full-time or freelance while being involved in the program. It offers an intensive learning experience at a price that one might expect to pay for just a single credit at a university. While the UDC may have many parallels to parts of a masters program, it is designed to be an alternative-approach that focuses on inspiration from working artists and self-organization within a group, rather than a teacher-led environment. The UDC does not grant degrees or certificates; instead, the completion of an excellent collaborative project is the goal.

For some, participation in the program may lead to further study. For others, it may lead to independent projects or the beginnings of careers within the industry. For all, it is an unparalleled immersion in the expansive field of non-fiction media and art.

Masterclasses and Events

The twelve carefully-selected participants in the UDC have open access to all UnionDocs public screenings, lectures, exhibitions, workshops, and resources. Over the course of the year beginning in September, participants also attend private masterclasses with over thirty visiting artists. These artists represent a broad range of work in non-fiction film, radio, photography and interactive documentary. In these private meetings, the visiting artist shares the detailed history of a particular project from both a practical and a theoretical perspective and then enters into an extended discussion with the group. When appropriate, visiting artists may also offer critiques of works-in-progress by participants of the UDC. Based on individual initiative and with support from the Program Director and the UnionDocs staff, participants may curate public events, bringing the artists of their choice for masterclasses and presentations. Check back soon for a growing list of confirmed masterclasses and screenings for Fall 2009.

Production

The program also facilitates the production of an annual project, a unique collaborative documentary work, offering a way for the group to author individual pieces within the context of a larger framework. The annual project approaches a singular subject from multiple perspectives, following multiple stories, and containing work in multiple media, which may included critical writing or curatorial work. The structure is left open to reflect the interests and talents of the individual participants. The process for developing this work is led by a Mentor with expertise in both non-fiction media and collaborative structures. The final manifestation of the whole project will vary from year to year as a suitable constellation of formats are chosen by the Mentor and Executive Director; one year's project might be a DVD and book, another might end up as an installation and a website. All projects will be shown first at UnionDocs and then designed to be reproducible and seek broader channels of distribution.

View Program Details and Online application.
Deadline for resident applications Aug. 31st.
www.uniondocs.org

Edited Thu 16 Jul 2009 by Christopher Allen

Michele Meek
Fri 17 Jul 2009Link

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina is looking for someone to donate their time to film a child's wish. Email me at michele@independent-magazine.org for info...


Marj Safinia
Fri 17 Jul 2009Link

IDA is doing an upcoming Doc-U session on getting the best score for your film on Thursday 23rd July at the Kodak Screening Room in Hollywood. Miriam Cutler will be talking about the process from the perspective of the composer, the filmmaker and the editor. Promises to be very educational. Tickets sell early and space is very limited, so if you're in the market to learn more about composing and music for docs, I encourage you to attend.


Sara Jane Keskula
Tue 21 Jul 2009Link

The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture is excited to announce this year's conference program has been posted at: http://namac.org/conference-schedule. We hope all of you Documentary professionals will join us in Boston.

Some not to be missed highlights include:

  • Opening reception at the MIT Museum's Connections exhibit that explores the social potential of new communication technologies.
  • Thomas Allen Harris' Digital Diaspora Family Reunion taps into a vast network of black photographic archives across the nation to bring a fresh look at African-American history and community.
  • Hands-on workshops offer skills in fundraising, leadership, advocacy, audience-building, and social media.
  • A Media and Arts Town Hall Meeting convenes us to clarify our priorities for policy advocacy.
  • Open Space sessions offer opportunities for you to convene discussions on the hot topics you are eager to discuss with your peers

Join a dynamic and diverse group of veteran and emerging leaders, practitioners, and thinkers in the media and visual arts for an event chock full of big ideas, exciting connections, and opportunities for collaboration.

Register before Early Bird deadline July 22 and save: http://namac.org/conference-register.


Shelley Chance
Wed 22 Jul 2009Link

Hi folks – My name is Shelley Chance (Pro Docs); I'm an independent contractor providing affordable, high-quality transcription services on a full-time basis. Clients past and present include: independent producers, radio talk shows, oral historians, veterans projects, oral history firms, authors, numerous universities/colleges throughout the US, PhD candidates, research firms, and more. I invite you to visit my website at www.prodocservices.com and my Linked In account at http://www.linkedin.com/in/shelleychance. Please feel free to contact me at prodocs@goeaston.net if I can assist you with your future transcription needs.


Amy Korngiebel
Mon 27 Jul 2009Link

IDA DocuWeeks call for volunteers!

The International Documentary Association is seeking energetic and motivated individuals to volunteer at the 13th Annual DocuWeeks Theatrical Documentary Showcase in Los Angeles from July 30th – August 20th at the ArcLight Hollywood.

If you’re interested in joining our team, and are available anytime between July 30th – August 20th, click the link for more info: http://bit.ly/xvZQt


Gregory Rossi
Tue 28 Jul 2009Link

I'm working with Academy Award nominee Mark Mori on a documentary about Bettie Page and we're looking for interns for the fall. Here's the copy:

Academy Award nominated filmmaker seeks interns to work on post-production and online marketing of the authorized Bettie Page documentary, Bettie Page Reveals All.

Post production interns will work on a variety of logging, transcribing, and editing tasks that support the completion of the film.

Online Marketing interns will help modify, manage and support the online content for a multi-pronged online marketing approach using the latest in web 2.0 technologies.

Please respond with a cover letter that includes the type of internship you are interested and any relevant experience. Additionally attach a current resume with your contact information.

please respond to mark.mori@bettiepagemovie.com
http://www.bettiepagemovie.com


Paula Vaccaro
Thu 30 Jul 2009Link

Ok here we go with some long shots. Producer on low budget meetings here is...

- Looking for a flat/room to rent in Berlin on August 16th and eventually 17th.
- Looking for a room/flat in NYC to rent-exchange (LOndon flat exchange that is) from August 20th until Sept 12-19th aprox (all dates of the NYC needs are flexible)

And last, but not at all least, I need to know if any kind soul in NYC can allow me to watch 120 hours of rushes on avid format (I will watch any time of the day and accommodate as needed. Likely to watch bet 5 to 6 hours a day max). So, for free or very little money, I need to check these rushes on an AVID. I can operate the playback, etc myself and leave my ID etc etc. The project is a long running documentary about Budd Schulberg (in case any Budd's fans feel like helping with a big thanks in the credits).

The viewing facility can also be in Brooklyn and I can do anytime (including overnight). This is between August 20th and September 12th-19th.

thanks!


Karen Everett
Tue 4 Aug 2009Link

Hi Everyone,

Newsweek has declared the recession over, but for us documentary filmmakers who are relying on grants and corporate sponsors, it may take a awhile for the good news to trickle down. Here’s tip #6 (one my favorites) for hiring an editor in today’s economy. Click here to read all 7 tips: http://newdocediting.com/hiring-an-editor/

Tip #6 Sync Your Collaboration Styles.

Have you ever sat with an editor in your office, asked them to suggest a line of narration and then been met with a blank look? Before jumping to the conclusion that your editor is inept, consider that she might be a brilliant introvert.

How do you like to work with editors? Do you want to be in the edit room (on your premises) and sit with your editor several hours a day? Or do you prefer to hand off the digital files and leave your editor to work in their own space for a few days at a time? Knowing your collaboration style and hiring someone who synchronizes with it will save you the nightmare of having an unhappy editor resign mid-project.

Deborah Hoffmann, an Academy-nominated editor and director who now works exclusively as a story consultant, preferred to hole up with the footage for a spell without the director breathing down her back. She compares working successfully with a director to making a marriage work. “Some people read self-help books and others stumble along on their own,” says the modest Hoffmann. “I’m more of a stumbler. But bottom line is it’s all about communication, in both cases.”

To delve a bit deeper into the psychology of communication and work habits…

Read more at: http://newdocediting.com/hiring-an-editor/tip-6-sync-your-collaboration-styles/

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Featured E-courses in Documentary Post-production training

1. Editing the Character-Driven Documentary, a 6-part e-course

http://newdocediting.com/products/

2. Directing Personal Documentaries

http://newdocediting.com/products/

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Coming Up!

Structuring the Character Driven Documentary

Join me Oct. 11 and 12 for this popular 2-day seminar sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society.

Register here:
http://www.sffs.org/classes-and-workshops.aspx


Henry Warnakulasuriya
Wed 5 Aug 2009Link

Being a documentary film director I made a short film "Endless Journey" in 2008. It had been selected to feature in more than 10 International Film festivals so far.
Now it is in the the Culture Unplugged on-line film festival
Out of 600 odd films it is fluctuating within first 28 films in the first page of th website.
Link is http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/1639/Endless-Journey

I invite you to spare few minutes for log-in and vote.
I highly appreciate to read your comment on my film.
Please send this link to your colleagues also.

Edited Wed 5 Aug 2009 by Henry Warnakulasuriya

Emily Meyers
Thu 13 Aug 2009Link

WANT TO USE MEDIA TO MAKE CHANGE? HERE’S YOUR OPPORTUNITY.
ASSISTANT

This is a good opportunity for someone passionate about socially conscious media who wants to learn about business and media. Our new assistant will be primarily focused on marketing, sales, and business development.

You will be providing support for two organizations:

Eyes of the World Media Group (www.eowmg.com): Company specializing in socially conscious media projects (ex. video, interactive, animation, and print).

Meaningful Media (www.meaningfulmedia.org): A non-profit network committed to changing our world through media.

Responsibilities Include
30% Marketing, Sales, and Business Development
30% Administration
20% Media Creation (ex. Content Development, Layouts, and Web Updates)
20% Supervision of the Intern Training Program

Good attitude, sharp mind, and warm heart required. Must be tech-savvy, good with people, and hard working.

Capability with Macs and the following software required: Photoshop, Illustrator, MS Office.

Details
Reports to: Emily Meyers (President)

Pay: $13/hr
Type: 20-30 hrs/week
Locations: Our office is located near Sony Studios in Culver City, CA.
To Apply: Email resume to connect@eowmg.com
We hope to hear from you!


Richard Burst-Lazarus
Fri 14 Aug 2009Link Tag

Call for entries! PaleyDocFest09 Pitch Workshop in New York. Deadline: September 25, 2009

How do you sell a documentary? In this workshop/competition, five preselected emerging nonfiction filmmakers will pitch their ideas to a panel of distinguished documentary producers. The producers will give them feedback on their concept as well as their presentation skills—great lessons for all aspiring filmmakers. The winner will receive a $5,000 grant, sponsored by SnagFilms, to be used toward the completion of the pitched film.

Deadline: September 25, 2009
Submit now! http://www.paleycenter.org/paleydocfest09-pitch-workshop


Christopher Wong
Fri 14 Aug 2009Link

enter this event, people! do it, do it... the last two winners of the PaleyDocFest Pitch Workshop have been D-Worders. do not let this streak be broken ;)


Gregory Crofton
Thu 20 Aug 2009Link

Everyone checkout the DOCStore for documentaries on DVD from around the world. We've got 355 titles for sale and counting at http://www.documentarychannel.com/store. The DOCStore is part of The Documentary Channel which has been broadcast on DISH Network 197 since January 2006. Our programs are also online at sling.com and DocChannel YouTube. Thanks.


Michael Pardo
Fri 21 Aug 2009Link Tag

I own a firm called The DubHouse that is a resource for independent filmmakers. We can author your finalized film to DVD, replicate your discs and print any custom packaging needed. (plants in NY, L.A., FL, IN & NC). We give favorable rates to independents. We also are starting a Media on Demand service where your customers can download your movie and pay on-line (like itunes). Let me know if I can be of assistance.

Michael Pardo
The DubHouse
877-900-DUBS
mike@thedubhouse.net


Sarah Schutzki
Thu 27 Aug 2009Link

Hi all! I am a previously-New-York-based filmmaker who just moved to Paris, France. I am currently working on my first feature doc, as well as running a program for a film festival based here in Paris – and I'm really interested in meeting fellow filmmakers here and learning a bit about the French/European industry.

Please reach out to me via D-Word, or directly at sschutzki@gmail.com, if you know of anyone I might like to meet, have any ideas or suggestions for me or are interested in meeting with me yourself! Thanks in advance, looking forward to hearing from you.


Amy Duzinski Janes
Thu 27 Aug 2009Link

Hi Filmmakers,

Hope all is well!

A group of local filmmakers have started a coop (if you will) of gear and we are working together to be able to rent out equipment for great prices.

I personally have a EX3 available that I would love to share when we are not using it. We rent it out for $750 a week or $250 a day – comes with memory. It is a pretty sweet deal and a great camera!

Drop me a line and let me know if we can help you get your film done...

Cheers!


Jonathan Bland
Fri 28 Aug 2009Link

Hi All,

I'm wondering if anyone out there might be interested in coming out to South India to help me with a doc that I'm developing/ shooting on the international eco/ spiritual community of Auroville. I'll be here for the next 1-2 years and would be interested in working closely with someone who is good with ideas and people. I can't really offer much in the way of payment..... I'll rent the house and keep it running. I'll be in Montreal for late November in the event that anyone is interested in meeting up to discuss and explore options.

Looking forward......


Joy Tuttle
Mon 31 Aug 2009Link

Contact: Joy Tuttle
Phone: (310-229-5365
Email: info@thewinawards.com

  • * * * FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE * * * * WIN Combines Its Two Annual Events: The WIN Awards & The WIN Film Festival
    WIN Now Accepting Film Entries

August 24, 2009 (Los Angeles) Women's Image Network announces The WIN Film Festival (formerly WINFemme) 2009 Entry Call seeking independent narrative and documentary features as well as short film entries. The Early Entry Deadline is August 31st while the Final Entry Deadline is September 15, 2000.

While The WIN Film Festival supports (male and female) independent filmmakers who create dimensional female media images, The WIN Awards pay tribute to competing studio films and network television that either feature a female protagonist or are created by a woman.

Now in its sixth year, The WIN Film Festival 2009 will be held November 1st to 3rd in Los Angeles and will book end The WIN Awards, its annual high-profile event which will be held on Monday, November 2nd.

The WIN Awards 2009: Honors competing broadcast network television shows and released studio films. To be held on Monday, November 2, 2009.

The WIN Awards Woman of The Year 2009 Honoree
TBD

WIN Mission
Since 1993, Women's Image Network, (WIN), a 501c3, non-profit charity has produced The WIN Awards to thank film and television producers, directors, actors and executives, who create dimensional female media images and thereby promote economic and social parity.

WIN History
A few former WIN Award honorees and recipients include: Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Cloris Leachman, Helen Mirren, Lauren Bacall, Drew Barrymore, Jodie Foster, Jane Campion, Lynn Redgrave, Laura Ziskin, Lauren Shuler Donner, Tichi Wilkerson, Ralph Fiennes, Pierce Brosnan, Diane Ladd, Catherine Hardwicke and Gurinder Chadha. Previous Event Chairs are Martha Luttrell, Susan Sarandon and Jane Fonda while on behalf of Robert Redford, Mary McDonnell presented our 2007 Woman of The Year tribute to Barbara Boxer.

The WIN Award present awards in seven competive categories. Former hosts, presenters and participants are: Rachel Weisz, Katie Holmes, Seth Rogen, Jon Peters, Angelina Jolie, Frances Fisher, Harry Shearer, Sam Neill, Lili Fini Zanuck, Kathy Griffin, David Brown and David O. Russell.

In addition to producing The WIN Awards show WIN also created the ABC Primetime Special 50 YEARS OF FUNNY FEMALES. Find additional information at http://www.thewinawards.com.

For the complete history of WIN see www.thewinawards.com.
For more information contact Joy Tuttle at info@thewinawards.com or 310-229-5365.
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Jesse Epstein
Mon 31 Aug 2009Link

Just became a member of D-word and this is my first post!

I distribute a series of doc. shorts with New Day Films. The next application deadline is coming up on Sept. 5th and wanted to let people know. For info visit:
http://www.newday.com/benefits.html

--Jesse


Doug Block
Mon 31 Aug 2009Link

Hopefully the first of many, Jesse. Thanks for the info.


Lisa Gossels
Tue 1 Sep 2009Link

Jesse,

I just saw your short doc, "24x25x36," about mannequins/
the beauty industry on POV--and would love to see the
other films in your series. Bravo to you! And, great
post-interview.


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