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Christopher Allen
Fri 17 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 Fri 17 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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Join me Oct. 11 and 12 for this popular 2-day seminar sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society.

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Henry Warnakulasuriya
Thu 6 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 Thu 6 Aug 2009 by Henry Warnakulasuriya

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