In reply to Tailinh Agoyo's post on Thu 11 Feb 2010 :
How do I get on the call?
Here's your chance to reach a broad public interested in documentaries. Get the (D-)Word out!
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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.
LEGAL ISSUES FOR DOCUMENTARY
WHEN? Saturday, March 13 from 9:00 am – 12 noon
WHERE? Docs In Progress Documentary House 8700 First Avenue in downtown Silver Spring, MD (outside of Washington DC)
WHAT? 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.
FEE? $150 ($125 for Docs In Progress Docs Insiders).
HOW TO REGISTER? Space limited to 12 participants so advance registration is recommended. For more information and to register, visit this link: