Looking for a Paris based French and English speaking PA to work on a UNESCO shoot 3 through 5 February at a rate of 150 euros per day. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. Thanks.
Public Classifieds and Announcements - Get The (D-)Word Out!
Here's your chance to reach a broad public interested in documentaries.
Please include a LOCATION. Spam will be deleted.
As this is a PUBLIC forum, it is also a good idea to write email addresses longhand (person[AT]d-word[dot]com)
DVX100a for sale. Very few hours. Great shape. All original accessories plus a uv filter, polarizing filter and a padded shoulder bag.
Make an offer. They sell for about 1000 US on ebay.
email me directly at monkeybz (at) telus dot net
What's it like to be in the middle of the Sundance buzz? Stressful? Thrilling? Fun? Expensive? Find out on Monday, as Hank talks live from the Sundance Film Festival with filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern. Their film, JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, is premiering that very night in the Documentary Competition. REGISTER now to hear the latest fest news and how Ricki and Annie are faring under the pressure and excitement of Sundance. Find out the back story on how they made this eye-opening portrait of one of America's most interesting icons.
DATE: Monday, January 25th, 2010
TIME: 10am PST (11am Mtn, Noon Central, 1pm EST) for one hour
REGISTER NOW! You can listen in via your computer or phone, and can email questions in to the filmmakers.
go to www.documentaryhowto.com and click on free teleseminar
Check it out Hank's Sundance Blog – Entry #2 -Sundance Scene and Overherd
...People come to the fest to walk main street and troll for celebs. I heard Ben Affleck was creating quite a crowd, and I passed Michael Chiklis today. The sidewalks are continuously blocked by flocks around someone 'famous'. I am so outa da loop that I am not recognizing many faces in these spontaneous crowds. I passed by one gaggle yesterday, and did not recognize the guy who was signing autographs. Then a young lady said she wanted to tell him how much she loved him on General Hospital. Main Street is always good for a chuckle.
At a panel yesterday on Media Marketing, a panelist referred to 'District 9' as an “independent film,” because it had a budget of $30 million. The crowd groaned. More proof that the 'indy film' label has become as ubiquitous as 'fat free'...
READ THE REST OF HANK'S BLOG AT http://www.documentaryhowto.com/documentary-blog/114-hanks-sundance-blog-entry-2
Don't take this hard, Tailinh, but passing Michael Chiklis on the street doesn't exactly make me wanna go run to read Hank's blog. On the other hand, hearing Ben Affleck was creating quite a crowd is pretty damn exciting, gotta give you that.
Independent Documentary Filmmaker Seeks Outreach and Marketing Intern
I am an award winning documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York who is just finishing a new experimental short documentary about remembering called FORGET ME NOTS.
I am seeking an intern who can help me research the markets I have targeted for the distribution of this film and to help me focus my audience outreach strategy. This person must be able to employ critical thinking skills, work independently and be familiar with Mac computers. Knowledge of Excel and/or FileMaker are a plus.
This is an opportunity to get hands on experience for a very small company (rather than answering phones at a big firm) and would be ideal for someone studying marketing/outreach and/or a documentary film student who wants to learn what grass roots distribution is all about.
To learn more about the film and my work please visit www.dempseyrice.com
To ask questions or to apply for the position please email a resume and cover letter stating your experience (as a student or professional), why you are interested in working for a small production company and what you bring to the table.
In reply to Doug Block's post on Mon 25 Jan 2010 :
ok. slow down Brooklyn. i moved out of there years ago. I can't keep up with the snarky banter. have a nice day!
Rebel against the entrenched establishment. Reject authority, fight the power. Re-new your right for freedom and individuality. Docs can help us do that....right? Redford has said many times that docs are our last bastion of reliable truth since the traditional media... “has gone the way of the dodo.” And the docs this year at Sundance cover everything from Iraq to a female comedian's struggle to keep going despite the impenetrable boy's club. But do these films do anything to actually change the way Coke, Chevron and Citibank run the world?.... READ THE REST OF HANK'S BLOG
Just a little snark, Tailinh, and it's good for body and soul. Actually, Brooklyn's getting more and more like Santa Fe every day.
The 2010 TALKING PICTURES FESTIVAL is happy to announce that The ONION: America's Finest News Source and AV Club Chicago have joined us as co-presenters of several of our upcoming festival programs!
Be part of the fun and don't miss the LATE postmark DEADLINE for this very doc-friendly festival: February 1
We seek films that are thought-provoking, intriguing, entertaining, vibrant, authentic, artful and informative. From dramatic films to hard-hitting documentaries, comedic shorts, experimental films, or music videos, we invite independent filmmakers to send us their work for consideration. All genres, styles and lengths welcome. Cash awards for winning film entries.
Now in its second year, the 2010 Talking Pictures Festival will take place on May 7 – 9, 2010. The festival will once again draw audience members from across the northern Chicago metro-area to this annual celebration of independent films from around the world. The inaugural 2009 Talking Pictures Festival received much press coverage and attracted 1,100 filmgoers over the course of a long weekend. True to its name, screenings at The Talking Pictures Festival are often accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, guest speakers or community groups.
Late postmark DEADLINE: February 1
Withoutabox submissions only: February 8
Entry form and more info at:
Submit your entry at: http://www.withoutabox.com/login/8776
The Talking Pictures Festival is produced by Percolator Films (www.percolatorfilms.org), a non-profit film organization that also organizes the popular ten-year-old Reeltime film and discussion series.
Be Discovered in HOLLYWOOD! Great Networking Opportunity! Http://www.hollywoodfestival.com
The 14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival is now open for submissions in the follow genres: Features (drama & comedy), Docs, and Shorts.
Visit the Hollywood FILM Festival, Hollywood Comedy Film Festival, and Hollywood HORROR Film Festival to submit. Http://www.hollywoodfestival.com
P.S Hustle and Flow’s Craig Brewer was discovered at the HFF and last year’s winner for Best Documentary, “Garbage Dreams” was nominated for an Oscar.
Beautiful Brooklyn Sublet. March 15-May 1, possibly longer. Spacious 1-br apartment in a doorman building in Prospect Heights. $1950/month. Steps from the park, transportation (2/3 and Q trains). It's on the top (6th) floor with views of Manhattan and the Empire State Building. There is a beautiful shared roofdeck. The apartment is clean, comfortably furnished with cable and internet. Laundry in the basement. Near great restaurants, cafes, etc. Pics available upon request.
email me at email@example.com
DOC ALLIANCE FILMS
The New Deal for Feature Documentaries
Doc Alliance Films – www.docalliancefilms.com – the new online documentary portal for Video on Demand. Doc Alliance is a partnership between five key European documentary film festivals: CPH:DOX Copenhagen, DOK Leipzig, IDFF Jihlava, Planete Doc Review Warsaw and VISIONS DU REEL Nyon.
www.docalliancefilms.com offers permanent access to over 250 outstanding documentaries selected by the five partner festivals. New films are added monthly and each one can be acquired through streaming or download.
The aim of the Doc Alliance initiative is to support the diversity of feature documentaries and to convince audiences of the fascinating, moving and instructive aspects of the cinéma du reel where reality surpasses fiction and becomes spectacular.
Doc Alliance was born with the awareness that new initiatives are needed to promote remarkable films to a general market that is less permeable to their circulation and commercialisation and to approach various audiences in every conceivable manner, ranging from cinema, television, DVD to VOD, and other networks.
Its objective is to create an inventive and dynamic distribution platform for filmmakers and producers by offering attractive alternatives, debates, choices and perspectives.
Doc Alliance Films is proud to announce that it can now be found on YouTube and other social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Please keep checking the www.docalliancefilms.com for promotions and opportunities for viewers and filmmakers, as well as updates on new directions and initiatives of Doc Alliance, website upgrades and where you can find us next, from online publications to blogs and social networks.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
DVX 100a in very good condition for sale. 142 hours of operation. Asking $1200. contact email@example.com
TODAY! Join Jilann for a special Q&A call about a new Coaching Circle that she is forming to HELP YOU RAISE MONEY FOR YOUR FILM. This DocuMentors Coaching Circle will be designed to give you concrete tools to raise money effectively, as well as support in a small group environment so you're not going it alone. Join for a special 30 minute call to let you know what you can get out of the Coaching Circle and how it will be run. If you haven't yet registered, and you are interested, please REGISTER NOW for the Q&A call (no obligations to join the group ) and send her your questions thru the event web page that you receive when you register. DATE: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010TIME: 5pm PST (6pm Mtn, 7pm Central, 8pm EST) for 30 minutes. To register click on the link below and go to free teleseminar.
NYC (Brooklyn) – I am in need of an assistant editor or a newbie editor who is looking for some experience but won't cost me much at all. I need to edit some materials for the DVD extras on a couple of projects (it's mostly cutting down interviews and similar stuff). Do any of you know anyone that is just starting out who might be interested? This is going to be in my home, so it's gotta be someone sane!
Affordable Web Design for Documentary Filmmakers
My name is Amanda Woods... I've posted here once before but it was many months ago and I'm sure my post is buried now, so I'm posting again.
I'm a beginning web design with a passion for documentaries. If you're in need of a website for yourself as a documentary filmmaker, or for a film, I'd love to work on it for you. I strive to keep my prices affordable and am willing to work within your budget. I'm also happy to work out payment plans if you're tight on cash.
My designs are clean and simple, nothing too fancy... not yet, anyway (I'm getting there). I would love the opportunity to work on more film sites, particularly ones in which a filmmaker can provide me with large still images from the film so that I can get a bit more creative/sophisticated with the design. Of course, I'll also work with your input.
You can learn more about my services and take a look at my samples on my website. Thus far, I've done mostly writer sites, so I'm not sure how well those will give you an idea of what I can do with a film site. But if you're interested in a website and if you're able to send me large images and a little bit of copy, I can play with those and give you some examples of what a site for you may look like before you commit to hiring me.
Here is my url:
You can contact me using the form on the website, or email me directly at:
Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!
Live Streaming Event tonight with ITVS!
The Independent Television Service is streaming a special live filmmaker event online, tonight at 7:30pm from San Francisco!
In conjunction with the SF Film Society and New Doc Editing, ITVS will be discussing innovative structural approaches to documentary filmmaking.
What: Thinking Outside the Doc Box
When: Monday Feb 8, 2010 @ 7:30pm PST
More info and Watch Online: http://bit.ly/docbox
If you're in SF, there still may be tickets available from SFFS.org. It's going to be held at Mezzanine in downtown SF.
Hope you can join us!
– Jonathan Archer (ITVS)
I'm on the hunt for an assistant/intern to work for D-Word founder, omnipresent host, and all-around galactic overlord Doug Block ("51 Birch Street") in the distribution and outreach phase of his new film, "The Kids Grow Up", as well as some work on several other feature docs. Our ideal candidate has a clear interest and ambition to work in documentary production, is a fast learner and fearless starter, and does not shy away from hard work. Internship would begin ASAP. Social media skills a plus.
Our office is located in Dumbo, Brooklyn. This is an unpaid internship, but a small travel- and meals stipend will be given – not to mention priceless knowledge and contacts. Also, we're small enough that a prospective candidate would find her- or himself in the middle of the hurricane, so to speak, but we're also big enough to work with some of the top broadcasters in the world.
If you know someone fitting, or want to apply yourself, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org telling me a bit about who you are, what you hope to learn from interning with us and working for Doug, and what you hope to achieve in the future. Thanks – we're looking forward to hearing from you!
On Friday nights in January, February and March, UnionDocs will screen six excellent films, all of which have been named named Pare Lorentz Award Winners by the International Documentary Association.
We are very fortunate to also have the opportunity to conclude the festival by showing four important works by this pioneer, Pare Lorentz. All of these are documentaries that inspire the best in all of us – films that address issues of social justice, political strife, and survival in a world with declining natural resources. Each screening will be followed by a discussion, with filmmakers and special guests in attendance.
UnionDocs is giving away 5 tickets per show (good for you and a guest) to the first 5 people who reach out to me. E-mail me at email@example.com and let me know you are interested in attending.
Sugihara: The Conspiracy of Kindness
Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Directed by Rob Kirk
Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation
Friday, February 19th, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Directed by Jo Menell
Berga: Soldiers of Another War
Friday, February 26th, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Directed by Charles Guggenheim
The Plow That Broke The Plains (1936) & Nuremberg (1948)
Friday, March 5th, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Directed by Pare Lorentz
The River (1938) & The Fight For Life (1941 )
Friday, March 12th, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Directed by Pare Lorentz
For more program info, please visit www.uniondocs.org.
UnionDocs is located at 322 Union Avenue, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Dhondup Wangchen is a Tibetan filmmaker recently sentenced to 6 years for subversion in China. Amnesty International fears that he is being tortured.
Wangchen’s 25-minute documentary, Leaving Fear Behind (www.leavingfearbehind.com), shows Tibetans in the Amdo region expressing their views on the Dalai Lama, the Beijing Olympics and Chinese legislation.
Please help spread the word and please sign the petition at:
Reporters without Borders
School of Theatre, Television, and Film
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182-7601
Ph 619 594-5497
Fax 619 594-1391
"Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom." – Benjamin Nathan Cardozo
DocuClub in February!
Our February DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, February 24, 7 p.m., at DCTV, located at 87 Lafayette Street (at Walker; take N/R/Q/6 trains to Canal).
We will screen a rough cut of PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE by Jonathan Lee. The first documentary about Paul Goodman, the late social critic, poet, philosopher of education, or, as he called himself, "man of letters in the old-fashioned sense," it follows a biographical through-line and is structured around interviews with family, friends, peers, and activists from the peace, educational reform, and gay movements who today are found in Maine, Minnesota, Massachusetts, California, West Virginia, New York City, Vermont, Paris, and Catalonia, Spain. The interviews are interwoven with archival footage of Goodman and major events in which he was involved and photos made available by his widow Sally. Some interviewees include Noam Chomsky, Judith Malina, and Grace Paley. See a trailer here: http://www.paulgoodmanfilm.com/trailer.shtml.
Director/Producer Jonathan Lee served as producer of the FEAR OF DISCLOSURE PROJECT, a series of videos that explore the act of revealing that one is HIV+ or has AIDS, which began with a video by the late Phil Zwickler and David Wojnarowicz. Under Lee's direction, the project produced and distributed (IN)VISIBLE WOMEN, Ellen Spiro and Marina Alvarez, NON, JE NE REGRETTE RIEN (NO REGRET), Marlon T. Riggs, and OUT IN SILENCE & NOT A SIMPLE STORY, Christine Choy. From 1995-2003, Lee was the founder/director of the Maine Speakout Project, a statewide organization that trained and deployed volunteer speakers to share their personal experiences as sexual minority Mainers with mainstream groups throughout the state. In 2003, Lee returned to New York City to begin working on PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE.
Associate Producer Robert Hawk has been a longtime advisor to filmmakers and film festivals, has had his own business, ICI (Independent Consultation for Independents) for over 13 years, and been a part of the independent film scene for 23 years. Producer credits include Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine's acclaimed documentary, BALLETS RUSSES. Starting with his involvement in documentary as a researcher on Rob Epstein's Oscar-winning THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK, he has been credited with discovering and/or nurturing the talents of such filmmakers as Epstein, Nathaniel Kahn (MY ARCHITECT), Kevin Smith (beginning with CLERKS), Ed Burns (BROTHERS McMULLEN), David Siegel and Scott McGehee (DEEP END; BEE SEASON), and Geller & Goldfine. He has also consulted on hundreds of documentaries, including Oscar winners/nominees such as COMMON THREADS: TALES FROM THE QUILT, COMPLAINTS OF A DUTIFUL DAUGHTER, and REGRET TO INFORM.
Editor Kimberly Reed is a filmmaker living in New York City. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” and has been awarded a Yaddo Artists’ Community Fellowship, a Squaw Valley Community of Writers Workshop Fellowship, and a spot in Al Gore’s Current TV Symposium on the Future of Non-Fiction Film. Her work has been featured four consecutive years at IFP’s Independent Film Week. Her film PRODIGAL SONS — a co-production with BBC Storyville, Sundance Channel, and CBC/Canada — has been shown around the world in festivals and on television. It was also screened in rough cut at DocuClub in April 2008.
Our moderator will be Basil Tsiokos, who has been a Programming Associate (Documentary Features) for the Sundance Film Festival since 2005. He also serves as a consultant for filmmakers and festivals, offering project feedback and advice on festival and promotional strategy. He was the Executive and Artistic Director of NewFest: The New York LGBT Film Festival between 1996 and 2008. Tsiokos has also served as a Coordinator of the IFP’s No Borders Co-Production Market and has guest curated at the Jacob Burns Film Center and for the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and Germany’s touring Verzaubert Film Festival. Basil has served on festival juries and panels for the Atlantic Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Full Frame, IFP, LaCinemaFe, Outfest, SXSW, and the AIVF. His writing occasionally appears in indieWIRE, and he can be found on Twitter as @1basil1.
Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $6 for non-members.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our previous screenings have sold out and although admission for non-members is on a first-come, first-serve basis, it is highly recommended if you let us know that you’ll be attending.
Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:
TONIGHT!!!!! How do you find the most amazing images for your film amongst the billions of frames out there in the Archival world? And how can you get the most affordable ones, at that? We're talking to Rosemary Rotondi, foremost Archival Film Researcher with credits such as BAND OF BROTHERS this Thursday, February 11th on DOC TALKS. We're going to get the low-down on saving tons of money and time and getting the very best footage and stills for your film.
DATE: Thursday, February 11th, 2010
TIME: 5pm PST (6pm Mtn, 7pm Central, 8pm EST) for 30 minutes
This call is for Members Only. Join us!
Rosemary Rotondi is also a full member of The D-Word – we already value her as a generous and knowledgeable expert in this complex field.
In reply to Tailinh Agoyo's post on Thu 11 Feb 2010 :
How do I get on the call?
I imagine you'd click on the link in Tailinh's post to find out, Donald.
Tribeca Cinemas Presents: Doc Series 2010
From the team behind the Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas Presents: Doc Series is an exciting new series of interesting, innovative and thought-provoking documentary films. Join us every other Monday night at Tribeca Cinemas for another must-see film.
This bi-weekly series represents a powerful and varied mix of overlooked gems, out-of-print and cult classics, niche audience favorites, and seminal works that have helped to shape the non-fiction film landscape.
While dealing with a wide variety of subjects, each film has both connected with its core audience and resonated with a broader audience that isn’t always associated with traditional documentary film. In short, Tribeca Cinemas Presents: Doc Series is here to bring you the must-sees of documentary cinema.
2.22.10: Dark Days
3.8.10: Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison
3.22.10: Nerdcore Rising
Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and students with a valid ID and can be purchased online.
All TC Doc Series screenings start at 7:30 pm at Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street (at Laight, one block south of Canal).
Share a cocktail with your fellow doc lovers before or after each screening in the Tribeca Cinemas bar!
We look forward to seeing you at the movies.
You only need to post in one Topic (this one is fine). Use Introduce Yourself to tell us who you are and what brought you here.
Documentary Tip – LIGHTS, CAMERA, INSURANCE: HOW MUCH INSURANCE DO I NEED? By Winnie Wong http://ning.it/95MjAZ
In reply to Donald Goldmacher's post on Fri 12 Feb 2010 17:54 UTC :
Hi Donald, Sorry I missed your post. If you would like to join the next teleseminar on documentary insurance on Feb 25, go to www.documentaryhowto.com and click on free teleseminar.
WOMEN MAKE MOVIES – JOB POSTING –
PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Dear WMM Friend,
We are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for our Production Assistance Program Coordinator position. Please feel free to pass along the information below to any interested parties. Your help is greatly appreciated!
PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Founded in 1972, Women Make Movies (WMM) is a non-profit feminist, media arts organization dedicated to the distribution and exhibition of films by and about women. Women Make Movies’ Production Assistance (PA) Program provides assistance to emerging and experienced women directors in the production of new documentaries, fiction and experimental films.
WMM is seeking a Production Assistance Program Coordinator who will report directly to the Executive Director and work with our Program Consultant. The PA Program assists women filmmakers to independently produce films by providing fiscal sponsorship, workshops, seminars, and various online resources. The Coordinator will manage the fiscal sponsorship program, including review of applications, administering contributions and disbursements, preparing government funding reports, and handling production assistance inquiries. Additional responsibilities include organizing and scheduling workshops and seminars, updating information resources and the PA section of our website, and promoting the program and its activities.
Skills, Qualifications and Other Requirements:
At least two years experience working in a non-profit arts organization
Must have some familiarity with foundation/government fundraising
A basic knowledge of film production and/or financing.
This position requires someone to be extremely detailed, computer savvy, and who can successfully juggle multiple tasks in a productive and positive manner.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to meet deadlines.
Flexibility, professionalism, a positive attitude, and a sense of humor, of course, are mandatory!
HOW TO APPLY: Please email resume with and letter noting relevant experience and salary requirements to email@example.com. Please indicate Production Assistance Program Coordinator in the subject line and tell us where you saw the posting. Women Make Movies offers a competitive salary based upon experience, as well as an excellent benefits package including employer-paid medical and dental insurance, long term disability, retirement plan, vacation, and paid holidays. Women Make Movies is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women of color, lesbians, and older women to apply.
Women Make Movies is the world's leading distributor of independent films by and about women. For three years in a row, films from WMM have taken home top prizes at Sundance. In 2009, ROUGH AUNTIES by acclaimed filmmaker Kim Longinotto won the World Cinema Documentary Jury Prize; and in 2008 THE GREATEST SILENCE: RAPE IN THE CONGO received the Special Jury Prize in Documentary. Additionally, WMM's well-established Production Assistance (PA) Program helps American women directors get their stories to the screen. Recent films of note from the Production Assistance Program include Oscar-nominated NERAKHOON (THE BETRAYAL) by Ellen Kuras and EL GENERAL, by Natalia Almada, winner of the Sundance Directing Award in U.S. Documentary. For more, visit our website at www.wmm.com.
Women Make Movies • 462 Broadway #500 • New York • NY • 10013
As part of the Documentary Organization of Canada's ReBoot project lab running from February 16 to 19, www.docspace.ca has launched a new ReBoot page featuring video presentations created by leaders in cross-platform media including Blog Cinematech's Scott Kirsner, the National Film Board's Kat Cizek, cross-media expert Lance Wieler and Upian.com's Alexandre Brachet. You can also post questions and comments for the ReBoot presenters. New presentations uploaded daily. Find out more about ReBoot and how to register for the wrap-up event on February 19 in Toronto at www.docorg.ca.
Documentary Director Looking for Cameraperson in Nairobi.
A friend asked for help in finding a cameraperson to hire based in Nairobi. Shooting in HD for one week beginning 2.31.10. Filming at a school outside of Nairobi. Interview set up and additional filming in the regional area. If anyone has suggestions, please let me know or contact:
Adam Del Deo
Perhaps Christopher means Sunday, February 28th? Or Monday, March 1st? Or perhaps the numbers have been switched around such that the actual date is Sunday, March 21st – or 03.21.10? Only one way to find out, I guess.
In reply to Christopher Quinn's post on Fri 19 Feb 2010 :
Hey Koen and James, Good catch. I hotfooted the details to post. The producer and director are traveling now but I am certain she intended to mean Sunday, 2.28.10.
Someone in the member classifieds has already connected them with a potential cameraperson in Nairobi but let me know if you have other recommendations.
James, thanks for the tip on d-word, it has already brought grist to the mill.
Great to see you here, Christopher – looking forward to seeing you in person next time we're in the same town.
It'll put meat on your bones, too, Christopher. Just give it time.
DocuMentors DOC TIP #7: Writing a Strong Treatment
Treatments are an invaluable tool at any step of the way in the filmmaking process. They are a succinct and descriptive way to get across the elements of your film to others. They are usually 1-2 pages and contain only the essential information about your project. (Sometimes a treatment can go up to 4 pages, and then would include a longer narrative story summary, and more character information). The writing should be well-organized, grammatically correct and exciting and tantalizing to read. You want to hook your reader and get them interested in your project so that they want to know more and so that they become a supporter of the project.
It’s essentially a marketing tool that is helpful in fundraising, distribution, and many other steps of the filmmaking process. Writing a treatment can also really help you sharpen your own ideas and concept of your film.
Your treatment should contain the following elements:
...for the rest of this doc tip, go to www.documentaryhowto.com and click on DOCUMENTARY TIPS.
CALL FOR ENTRIES
Held beneath the red rocks of Zion National Park, the international 4th Annual Red Rock Film Festival comes back in November of 2010 with more excellent programming that will both challenge and educate the mind. The Xtreme sports docs and off-the-charts dramatic features are just the accessories to the festival’s staple of political documentaries and foreign film.
The festival boasts a strict "no back-door" fairness policy directing all competition entrants, including friends and "high-profile" films to submit online where every film entered goes through "the red mill" previewing and selection process. Early entrants are treated to feedback upon request so they can resubmit new versions of their film, and we offer extremely low entry fees ;)
ENTRY FEES & DEADLINES
Triple Chance Deadline**: March 31, 2010, $13
Double Chance Deadline*: April 30, 2010, $14
Regular Deadline: May 30, 2010, $15
Late Deadline: June 30 2010, $20
**Enter 3 versions of the same film
*Enter 2 versions of the film
You may enter on withoutabox or at http://www.redrockfilmfestival.com/RedPages/entries.html
DocuClub Co-Hosts screening of PRODIGAL SONS on March 4, 7:20 p.m., New York City.
After a successful festival run full of accolades, Kimberly Reed’s autobiographical tour-de-force [www.prodigalsonsfilm.com] premieres in New York City at the Cinema Village on February 26, and then makes its way through San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, among other cities.
DocuClub is proud to co-present New York’s screening at Cinema Village (22 East 12th Street, between Fifth Avenue and University Place), on Thursday, MARCH 4TH, at 7:20 p.m. Director Reed will be available for a Q&A post-screening moderated by DocuClub’s Felix Endara.
Advance tickets are available for PRODIGAL SONS at Cinema Village can be purchased here:
Returning home to a small town in Montana for her high school reunion, filmmaker Kimberly Reed hopes for reconciliation with her long-estranged adopted brother, Marc. But along the way she uncovers stunning revelations, including his blood relationship with Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth, intense sibling rivalries and unforeseeable twists of plot and gender that forces them to face challenges no one could imagine.
Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Best Documentary Jury Prize at NewFest, and Special Jury Prizes for Fearless Filmmaking at the Florida Film Festival and Bravery in Storytelling at the Nashville Film Festival, PRODIGAL SONS is a raw and provocative examination of one family’s struggle to come to terms with its past and present.
PRODIGAL SONS is opening throughout the U.S. in March. For specific dates and locations, check:
Seeking Manhattan Apt. Rental for March 24 – April 4 (11 days)
I am posting this for a friend:
Rental needed in Manhattan, for the visiting family of documentary film student :
2 parents, (architect/administrator) and 2 siblings (ages 15 and 28).
They are visiting from Madrid, Spain to see their daughter, Caye, who is studying film in NYC at Hunter.
They speak English, are quiet, and are non-smokers, and courteous housekeepers.
Because they will have to do a hotel reservation very soon if they don't find a rental, kindly reply ASAP.
LOCATION: if near East 23rd Street or Union Square is a plus, but not required. Convenient Williamsburg might work also.
Hi. I'm selling my nearly new Panasonic DVX 100B. The camera is in great shape and comes with a camera bag, charger, and three batteries.
All included for $1800 or best offer.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
DOCUMENTARY TIP #7: Distribution Strategies for a Changing World
The current state of Independent Film Distribution is complex and ever-shifting. Below is a run-down of a recent talk given at IDFA by indie film distribution guru and strategist Peter Broderick, as reported by our staff member, Carol Ann Short.
Seize the Future: The Cutting Edge of Distribution
There are currently unprecedented opportunities and challenges in what Peter Broderick calls the “New World of Distribution.” As traditional distribution has continued to decline, a growing number of filmmakers are using state-of-the-art models to maximize both audience and revenues. Peter consults with filmmakers and media companies to develop strategies to maximize distribution, audiences, and revenues.
First of all, Peter believes that the cornerstone of every distribution plan must include a Web site and a meaningful Distribution List. Many strategy steps will stem from these two items.
Here are some things to think about when crafting the distribution and marketing plan for your film.
I've worked with Peter for almost 6 years. He's a pathfinder in the world of documentary distribution and a fabulous person. If you're interested in distribution, he's the man to work for.
Join us at the cutting edge of distribution. I'm Peter Broderick, an independent film consultant and distribution strategist. I'm looking for a resourceful, friendly, and committed teammate. You will manage scheduling, billing, and database of contacts; handle filmmaker relations; and research new distribution models. This is a great opportunity to provide support for exceptional films and pioneering filmmakers.
You must have an engaging personality, be diligent, and extremely well-organized. A passion for independent film is important, and a knowledge of documentaries a plus. Must be a self-starter with solid writing, typing, research, and Mac computer skills (owning a Mac laptop is essential). Flexible schedule--25-30 hours/week split between work at home and Westside Los Angeles office. Must be reachable outside scheduled hours for urgent questions. Minimum commitment of one year.
To learn more about Paradigm Consulting, visit www.peterbroderick.com.
To apply, send a resume and cover letter to associate at peterbroderick dot com with the exact subject line "Associate Application." The cover letter should state: why you want this job; your qualifications and relevant experience; and your long-term goals. Please write your letter with care since it will give me a sense of who you are, what's important to you, and how well you express yourself.
Please do not call.
DocHouse & The Grierson Trust present: a day of award-winning documentaries
Spend the day at The Riverside Studios where you can watch the best docs of the year on the big screen, meet the directors and other filmmakers and have lunch or coffee with friends in the sun along the river
Saturday, 20 March 2010, Time: 12:30 – 23:00
Location: Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, W6 9RL, London, UK – www.riversidestudios.co.uk – www.dochouse.org – Box Office: 020 8237 1111 – Tickets: £5 per film or £18 for a day pass
AT 12:30 pm – BURMA VJ – Best Cinema Documentary
Anders Østergaard, Norway/Sweden/Denmark, 2009, 84 mins
Winner of over 40 International Awards and Academy Award® Nominee
Acclaimed filmmaker, Anders Østergaard follows Burma’s video journalists, who risk torture and life in jail by keeping the flow of news coming out of their closed country. Armed with small handycams, they smuggle out undercover reports, broadcast them back into Burma via satellite and offer them as free usage for international media.
AT 2:15 pm – THRILLER IN MANILA – Best Historical Documentary
Plus Q&A with Director John Dower
John Dower, UK, 2008, 91 mins
Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize World Cinema Documentary Nominee
Joe Frazier, now 63, takes us on an emotional journey back to 1975 and the most hyped boxing match in history. Frazier has never forgiven Ali for his racial taunting calling Frazier 'Gorilla' and 'Uncle Tom’. Although Ali beat Frazier in Manila in 1975 in their third and final fight, Frazier says, 'I clearly won the fight. The proof is in the pudding. I'm walkin', I'm talkin', I'm still havin' fun at 63’.
AT 4:30 pm – THE MONA LISA CURSE – Best Arts Documentary
Plus Q&A with Director Mandy Chang
Mandy Chang, UK, 2009, 75 mins
The Mona Lisa Curse is a timely polemic by internationally renowned art critic Robert Hughes which examines how the world's most famous painting came to influence the art world. With his trademark style, Hughes explores how museums,the production of art and the way we experience it, have radically changed in the last 50 years.
AT 7 pm – AFGHAN STAR – Best Documentary on a Contemporary Issue
Plus Q&A with Director Havana Marking
Havana Marking, UK/Afghanistan, 2009, 87 mins
Sundance Film Festival Audience and Directing World Cinema Documentary Award Winner
Afghan Star was watched by a third of the population of Afghanistan. Over 11 million people, in voting for their favourites, experienced a taste of democracy. Afghan Star is a small but significant unifying force for the country's diverse ethnic groups; a celebration of hope in the midst of adversity, 'the aim is to take the people’s hand from weapons to music'.
AT 9pm – THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD – Most Entertaining Documentary
Andy Bichlbaum/Mike Bonanno, France/USA/UK, 2009, 87 mins
Berlin International Film Festival Panorama Audience Award and IDFA DOC U! Award Winner
Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are two guys who just can’t take “no” for an answer. They have an unusual hobby, posing as top executives of Corporations they hate. Armed with nothing but thrift-store suits, they lie their way into business conferences and parody their corporate nemeses in ever more extreme ways – basically doing everything they can to wake up their audiences to the danger of letting greed run our world.
Come join us in downtown Bethesda, MD Tuesday night for a Docs In Progress work-in-progress screening.
The Docs In Progress work-in-progress screenings provide an opportunity for Washington DC-area and visiting documentary filmmakers to screen their unfinished films to an audience and get valuable feedback. After screening each film, facilitators from Docs In Progress moderate a feedback session with the audience. This honest and constructive feedback is aimed at helping the filmmakers get to the next stage of completing and distributing the film. These programs are open to all.
Sex, Lies and Asperger (13 minute rough cut)
by Richard Concepcion
Is there a connection between the high functioning autism known as Asperger's Syndrome and predilection for sexual crimes? This short documentary looks at the case of an Asperger's patient, Jacob Heinz, who was jailed in 2006 in a sting operation for having sexual conversations online with an underage girl.
Chiben Without Notes (40 minute rough cut)
by Yan Chun Su
Chiben is an emblematic musical instrument for the Lisu people in China, just south of Tibet. By following the daily life of a master Chiben maker and musician Ah-Cheng, this film explores the complexities facing an instrument which is losing audience and practicioners and by extension, the traditional life of an ethnic minority in modern day China.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815
In downtown Bethesda, a 10 minute walk from the Bethesda Metro.
This screening is free. However, donations are always welcome to support this and other Docs In Progress programs. No advance tickets or reservations are required.
ABOUT DOCS IN PROGRESS AND THE DOCS IN PROGRESS SCREENING SERIES
Docs In Progress is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Silver Spring, MD. Our mission is to give individuals the tools to tell stories through documentary film to educate, inspire, and transform the way people view their world. We do this through an array of programs including work-in-progress screenings, classes, workshops, one-on-one consultations, and documentary discussion groups.
The Work-in-Progress Screening Series is the flagship program of Docs In Progress and takes place in Washington DC and Bethesda, MD. It would not be possible without the support of our sponsors, The Documentary Center at the George Washington University and The Writer's Center. The Bethesda screenings are also supported in part through grants from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Maryland State Arts Council.
I apologize for the double post in advance...I put it in the wrong spot to begin with...
MUSIC COMPOSER AVAILABLE FOR WORK--
ZACK MARTIN, the fantastic composer for THE WAY WE GET BY is available for work on documentary projects. THE WAY WE GET BY was his first feature score, but he has since completed another and also composed music for a few shorts. He is located in Brooklyn, NY and very easy to work and collaborate with.
I really can't say enough about his talents, and I will be working with him on all future projects in some way or another. If anyone is interested in hearing samples of his music or contacting him, I am including his MySpace music page and his email below.