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Erica Ginsberg
Wed 3 Dec 2003Link
Please contact them directly and do not call...Good luck!

Optomen Productions seeks an associate producer for a reality series
pilot to broadcast on a major US cable network. Associate Producer
will work with executive producer, researching and supporting all
production needs, including expert and subject casting, scheduling
and conducting interviews and shoots; locating and acquiring footage;
securing all consent and release forms and clearances for footage;
arranging transcription, developing storyline, making transcript
selects and providing support during post production.

Associate Producer will be responsible for all paperwork required,
including music cue sheets, style sheets, etc., and will occasionally
write and edit elements of the show. AP must demonstrate good
interviewing skills, field production skills and fiscal
responsibility and must be willing to perform any additional tasks
required by the executive producer. This is a 17 week commitment to
begin immediately with potential to continue if the series is picked
up.

This is a full time 17 week commitment with travel and weekend
flexibility. Candidates should possess excellent research and writing
skills, demonstrate creativity, responsibility and organizational
abilities and must exhibit diplomacy and cooperation in all aspects
of production. Candidates must also be organized, responsible and
accurate and be able to work under pressure and without constant
supervision.Prior reality/ factual series experience preferred.

Subject to negotiation/ commensurate with past experience and
qualifications

Fax Cover Letter & Resume to Colin Steele, (no phone calls please!)
or email as attachments and in body text of email to:
colin.steele@optomenusa.com

or fax to: 212-431-4641

Ben Kempas
Sat 6 Dec 2003Link
Found this in my inbox...

Australian Int. Documentary Conference 2004

Take the Journey to the Australian International Documentary
Conference 2004

Journey to where the sand and sea meet for one of the largest
recurrent screen industry conferences in Australia - the 2004
Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC).

The 9th AIDC - hosted by ScreenWest - will run for three
inspirational and stimulating days from 26-28 February 2004 at The
Esplanade Hotel in the picturesque port city of Fremantle.

AIDC is expected to attract more than 600 national and international
delegates who will traverse a very practical program covering topics
such as film content, craft, contemporary theory, technology,
marketplace demands and future directions in documentary production.
Program highlights include:

· Refugees in the World The numbers grow each year, governments make
it harder for the refugee, and film makers to keep telling stories of
the individual who is the person behind the name - refugee. Do their
films make any difference?

· Documentaries - What's New? Are audiences really watching the same
TV show for 20 years? Has anything really changed in the TV guide
between 1984 and 2004? Is Steve Irwin a recycled Harry Butler?

· Different Ways of Measuring A single documentary can alter a
person's life forever. How do you measure that? A look at the impact
of some documentary programs on people's lives.

Rachael Cochrane Mills Wilson ------------------- Telephone:+61 8
9228 1999 Facsimile: +61 8 9228 1970 Mobile: 0411 771 004 Suite 2/ 642
Newcastle Street Leederville WA 6007

Dallas Brennan
Sat 6 Dec 2003Link
I am looking to hire an excellent, fast, totally competent person
(based in NYC ideally) to do archival clearance work (and some
archival research) starting ASAP and finishing in mid-January for
a Sundance bound feature documentary film. It involves
negotiating a good licensing rate, getting the masters and then
starting the process for clearance for misc. footage from the 60's
through last winter and newspaper clippings. It would be great if
this person had some connections at CBS/BBC, CNN, Chicago
Tribune, and ABC as well. Please email me ASAP your resume,
availability, references and day/week rate:
dallas@bigmouthproductions.com

Paul Devlin
Sat 6 Dec 2003Link


"Gripping!  A real- life thriller!"
           ;  -- David Chute, LA Weekly
 
Power Trip has been nominated for an
New York City at Film Forum, Dec 10-23,
while spectacular news comes out of
Tbilisi, Georgia!
 
Fraudulent elections led to weeks of demonstrations
in the streets of Tbilisi. Protestors eventually stormed
Parliament, forcing a hasty retreat by President
Eduard Shevardnadze and his eventual resignation .
 
Paul Devlin's award-winning film, Power Trip 
provides important context and unique insight
into today's headlines, with a graphic,
on-the-ground depiction of a society crippled by
corruption and the challenges facing globalization
of multinational companies in emerging markets.
 
Check out these stories in Filmmaker and indieWIR E
and look for upcoming stories about Power Trip in
Newsweek, The New York Times, and
Time Out New York.  
 
In addition to the Independent Spirit Award
nomination, Power Trip has also added two
new festival awards, the "Golden Lynx" -
First Prize for Best Journalistic Achievement,
Freiburg, Germany and The Grand Prix,
Ecomove Film Festival, Berlin, Germany.
 
Please spread the word about Film Forum and
other upcoming screenings below.  More info at
 
  
Berlin Film Festival
Florida Film Festival
Hot Docs, Canadian Int'l Documentary Film Festival
Transparency International Film Festival
Port Townsend, WA Film Festival
Red Bank, NJ Film Festival
Freiburg Okomedia Environmental Film Festival, Germany
Ecomove Film Festival, Berlin, Germany

 
December

Webster University Film Series, St. Louis, Missouri
Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival
2 Dec, 7PM

Global 03, Berlin
4-10 Dec

Film Forum, New York City
10-23 Dec

Tursak, Istanbul
12-19 Dec

(2004 dates still to come...)
 
 
Thanks for all your support.


Ben Kempas
Mon 8 Dec 2003Link
Pitching Forum - 3-7 March 2004 in Thessaloniki, Greece

"Docs in Thessaloniki" gives the independent producer a unique chance
of presenting a project internationally, to meet colleagues and create
alliances for future cooperation in Europe. Pitch your project to a
wide range of com. editors from different European TV-stations.

Organized by EDN, European Documentary Network in collaboration with
the "Thessaloniki Documentary Festival-Images of the 21st Century"(1-7
March), which includes a national & international program as well as a
doc market and parallel events. The participants of the Pitching Forum
will also have access to the festival.

European producers are invited to apply for participation in the
documentary pitching forum that consists of 5 days intensive training
and information:

Day 1: A general overview of the market situation for documentaries
in Western Europe.

Day 2 & 3: Group work, where the producers meet with international
experts and colleagues, who help them improve and target their
projects to the international market. Pitching training.

Day 4 & 5: Pitching to a panel of European commissioning editors from
different European countries. During the two mornings the projects are
pitched in public to the panelists with individual meetings in the
afternoons.

To apply the producers must send in - in English - a two page
description of their documentary project containing the following
elements:

- title, length, format, overall budget, financing plan of the
project

- name of producer and director etc., CV, filmography

- synopsis, visual treatment, director's idea

- remember address, phone, fax and e-mail of your company

Deadline: Friday 23 January 2004.

The selection will be done by EDN.

Participation for producers with project: 250 EUROs including 4
lunches and festival pass.

Participation for observers without project : 150 EUROs including 4
lunches and festival pass.

Projects should be sent to EDN by email.

More information: Anita Reher, EDN (anita@edn.dk). Telephone: +45 33
13 11 22, fax: +45 33 13 11 44.

Melissa Hacker
Mon 12 Jan 2004Link
MY KNEES WERE JUMPING; REMEMBERING THE
KINDERTRANSPORTS has just been released on dvd by IFC
and copies can be bought through Amazon.com

Melissa Hacker's documentary, My Knees Were Jumping:
Remembering the Kindertransports, is about the Jewish
children who were saved by emigrating to Britain (from Germany,
Austria, Poland and Czechoslovakia) 60 years ago. Since Ms.
Hacker is the daughter of one such emigre -- the costume
designer Ruth Morley, an Academy Award nominee for "The
Miracle Worker" -- she approaches her poignant subject matter
in a particularly earnest, intimate way. In this gentle
documentary, Ms. Hacker's mother and others who shared the
young refugees' experience speak at length about its impact...
-- Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Surviving participants vividly recall the excitement and the
downside of this "adventure".....These stories are
heart-rending....Editing weaves together talking-head interviews,
newsreel footage, old photos and other material to sketch
far-reaching psychological and historical reverberations. Tech
package is crisp and pro....
-- Dennis Harvey, Weekly Variety

Melissa Hacker's My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the
Kindertransports narrates the trauma of history as a tragedy of
generational loss....Narration by Joanne Woodward is intercut
with Hacker's own personal reflections on the impact of the
Kindertransports on her mother and family....the film is not just
about her specific story; it is also about family and the legacy of
experience in the broadest sense.
-- Yosha Goldstein, Filmmaker Magazine feature
(Special Sundance issue)

MY KNEES WERE JUMPING was screened at the Sundance
Film Festival and many international film festivals, on PBS, on
Channel 4 in Britain, and named an "Outstanding Documentary"
by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Ben Kempas
Mon 12 Jan 2004Link
Congratulations, Melissa! I'll buy your DVD as soon as I buy a DVD
player (which I need to do anyway, being a proud owner of the Stone
Reader Limited Edition and Keith Richards & X-pensive Winos DVDs). :-)

Ben Kempas
Mon 12 Jan 2004Link
PS. Melissa, don't forget to join The D-Word Community
<www.d-word.com/community>

right here: <www.d-word.com/join>

Melissa Hacker
Tue 13 Jan 2004Link
Thanks.I am a member, I just read and didn't want my first
posting to be self promotion. But I'll go now & post this over
there.

Erica Ginsberg
Mon 19 Jan 2004Link
A&E is looking for New York-based International Masters Post-
Production Coordinator.

PRIMARY DUTIES

o Monitor edit sessions and format producers, and backup format
producer functions as needed to ensure that project assignment and
execution is followed according to schedule/specifications.
o Acquire missing materials needed in the mastering process by
working with the domestic Library Services department. Determine the
technical specifications required for edit (such as textless
backgrounds and audio tracks).
o Schedule and track all International masters and submasters through
a timely revision process. Analyze all rejected masters, make
recommendations for alternative solutions. Screen all rejections and
source materials, acquire alternate material from supplier and
implement new edit process.
o Provide support, as needed to the Managing Producer -
International, in all post production activities, including screening
final masters following the edit process and prioritizing the edit
schedule, recommending and making revisions according to the needs of
the department.
o Monitor the program packaging elements to insure timely repackaging
of all materials as new elements are introduced. Disseminate new
materials to ventures, manage the revision process of out-dated
masters and maintain control of our assets. Review catalog for given
series and make sure all versions are most up-to-date.

REQUIREMENTS

BA/BS and 3+ years post-production experience. Strong Word and Excel
skills. Effective communication and organizational skills. Flexible
to changing priorities and ability to multi-task.

Contact: Tom Tooker

Email: tom.tooker@aetn.com
URL: http://www.aetn.com

Jo-Anne Velin
Wed 28 Jan 2004Link
RIde available: Driving from Brussels to Berlin for the Berlinale,
via Antwerp ring / Duisburg bridge / Hannover autobahn. Departure
04.02 late afternoon - 15.02 pre-dawn departure), space for others;
some baggage room. Contribution to gas appreciated. No in-car smokers
please; velinontheroad@hotmail.com

Linda Morgenstern
Sat 31 Jan 2004Link
Job Listing: Documentary film with national theatrical release seeks
Assistant to Outreach Director.

Skills required: Excellent internet research skills, telephone and
written communication including email and business letters. Must be
organized, reliable and self directed. Position requires excel
spreadsheet fluency. Interest and knowledge of rafting, outdoor
sports and environmental issues helpful, but not necessary.
Experience in outreach, grassroots organization and film
distribution, a plus.

Time Commitment: 20 hours a week, minimum 3 month commitment. Flexible
schedule, work from home.

Pay scale: $650.00 per month.

Please send cover letter and resume to tsrt@lmorgenstern.com
Website: www.samerivertwice.com

Stefan Forbes
Mon 2 Feb 2004Link
InterPositive Media, LLC is looking for experienced doc editors who know
Final Cut Pro. We produce socially conscious video on all scales, from PSA's
shot on 35mm to a series of 4 videos, shot on MiniDV, that we're doing about
Intimate Partner Violence for the CDC. We have drives and software, but you
must have your own Mac to work on, experience in the genre, and love for the
work. Please don't call but do send a reel and resumé to: InterPositive Media,
LLC, 96 Avenue C, 3rd floor, 10009. Thanks!

Ben Kempas
Tue 3 Feb 2004Link
Why is it that only New Yorkers don't see the need to mention where
they're based ... ? :-)

Erica Ginsberg
Tue 3 Feb 2004Link
New York-based crew sought for Washington-based production company.
Experience with Beta SP, Digi-Beta, and DV and shooting long format
docs for networks.

Contact is Milena Schwager
Silver Arrow Productions
(301) 537-0697
schwager1@sprintmail.com

Melody Gilbert
Thu 5 Feb 2004Link
In case some of you are interested, here are some festivals
where my documentary *Whole* will be screening in the next
month or so. I will be at most of the screenings for Q and A.

SAN FRANCISCO INDIE FEST (www.sfindie.com)
Sat, Feb. 8 (I*ll be there for this one only) and Sunday, Feb. 14th.

DIRECTOR*S VIEW FILM FESTIVAL (Stamford, CT)
(www.dvff.org) Saturday, Feb. 15th

DC INDIE FEST (www.dciff.org)
Saturday, March 6

FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL (Orlando, FL)
(www.floridafilmfestival.com)
March 7 and March 10

For more information about "Whole," check out my website at
www.whole-documentary.com. ~Melody

Ben Kempas
Thu 5 Feb 2004Link
Congratulations, Melody! :-)

Angela Alston
Fri 13 Feb 2004Link
AIVF Seeks Exec. Director

The Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers
(AIVF) is a 30-year-old national trade association based in New York City,
providing support to individual media artists and producers.
As the primary spokesperson for the organization, the Executive Director
must have a keen understanding of and a
passion for the media arts and be able to act as a leading advocate
for the role of independent media in the 21st Century.

Responsibilities include: fund development, staff and
operations management, community relations, programming,
marketing and strategic planning. The Executive Director also
serves as publisher of The Independent Film & Video Monthly.

Download full job description and application details:

http://www.aivf.org/about/jobs.html

Anne Labro
Thu 19 Feb 2004Link
COLLATERAL DAMAGES
A FILM BY ETIENNE SAURET

Shot over the course of a year, the film presents an intimate portrait
of New York firemen experiencing the emotional fallout of September
11th

WINNER SPECIAL JURY AWARD
SILVERDOCS - AFI/DISCOVERY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

Opens, New York City, Wednesday, March 3rd, 2003

FILM FORUM TWO WEEKS ONLY !
Theater Information
Film Forum
209 W. Houston Street
New York, NY 10014
Box office: 212-727-8110
www.filmforum.com
Showtimes: 1:00, 2:45, 4:30, 6:15, 8:00, 10:00

For more information, please visit our website:
www.collateraldamages.com

Complementing this film is

THE FIRST 24 HOURS, by the same filmmaker.
The film takes a haunting tour of the WTC following the attacks. Lower
Manhattan, the world’s dominant financial center is transformed in an
eerie ghost town.
Official Selection : Sundance / Double Take / Manchester
&
IMAGINE, a cine-poem, made in 1986, by Academy Award-winning director
Zbigniew Rybczynski, set to John Lennon’s eponymous musical sco

Paul Zoglin
Fri 5 Mar 2004Link
Seeking Mentors:

The Digital Clubhouse Network in New York City runs a program in
which a small group of teenagers (aged 12-17) create a 3-5 minute
video about an important event that happened either to them or
someone they're close to.

We are seeking volunteer Mentors to work with students on their
projects. Over a 12 week period mentors help the students as they
write a story, construct a storyboard and then edit narration and
imagery to produce the final piece. The students work on Macintosh
iMac computers using Microsoft Word for scripting and storyboarding,
Adobe Photoshop for image scanning and manipulation, and Adobe
Premiere for video editing.

Mentors work one-on-one and in small groups with the students on
Saturdays and/or a weekday afternoon. Ideally we'd like people
available for the entire 12 week cycle. However, if you can only come
in a few times we can still use your help.

The next cycle will begin March 20th and another on April 17th. I'm
responsible for recruiting mentors so if you're interested please
email me at pzoglin@bmcc.cuny.edu. You can find out more about the
Digital Clubhouse Network on their website at www.digiclubnyc.org

Greet Pauwels
Sun 7 Mar 2004Link
I, Greet Pauwels, am a communications science student at the
University of Brussels. For my dissertation I am conducting a study
concerning the E.U.’s MEDIA Plus program and in particular the
financial support it provides for the development phase in the
production of documentaries.

For this I am looking for people who work in the field of documentary
to fill in a questionnaire concerning both the financing of
documentaries in general as well as the financial development support
provided by MEDIA Plus. But you don't necessarily need any experience
with this program to fill in the questionnaire. Even if you or your
company do not meet up to the conditions laid down by the E.U. as so
that you cannot apply for the program, your input would still be very
welcome. The only requirement for taking part in this study is that
you have to work in the field of documentary.

You can find the questionnaire at
http://www.stevechaloner.com/jsp/greet/survey

It is made up out of three parts but it should only take up a small
amount of your time to fill this in and your effort would be more
than appreciated.

Important note: All of the questions, unless when specified
otherwise, only concern documentary projects and the work you do in
the documentary field. Please take this into account when answering
the questions.

The final results of my research will be put to the disposition of
the European Documentary Network so my work will also serve a
practical goal. My father, Paul Pauwels from Periscope Productions
and former president of EDN, started a survey last year concerning
the same subject and my research is actually meant to be a more
complete version of it.

There have been some compatibility problems with some people who use
Macs but for them there is now a text version available which you can
dowload to your computer and then email to me. You can find this text
version at the same adres as the on-line questionaire.

In case of any further problems with the questionnaire, please
contact me immediately.


I thank you in advance for your co-operation.

Kind regards,
Greet Pauwels
greet.pauwels@vub.ac.be

Ben Kempas
Mon 8 Mar 2004Link
It's great you're doing this survey, Greet. Send our warmest regards
to your Dad - in other words: greet Pauwels, Greet Pauwels!

Can I ask all European D-Worders to help with this EDN-supported
poll?

Greet Pauwels
Mon 8 Mar 2004Link
I will do so. :)
It took a few minuts for the name - joke to sink in :p

Non-European D-workers are also welcome to fill in the questionnaire.
Even though they'll obviously have little to say about MEDIA Plus,
there are still two other parts in the questionnaire (general
information and financing) which apply to everyone.

Paul Devlin
Fri 12 Mar 2004Link
"A riveting documentary...
Intelligent, revealing and
sometimes hilarious."
        --  Christian Science Monitor
 
 
Power Trip continues its US theatrical
run in March with openings in Houston,
San Antonio, Sacramento, San Diego
 
The premiere of Power Trip in Tbilisi,
Georgia (where it was shot) was a great
success, generating huge buzz with print
and TV coverage. The sold-out screening
in Tbilisi's largest theater was attended by
many of the city's luminaries, including
Georgia's new First Lady.
 
Power Trip had a special screening
this month for the World Bank's annual
Energy Conference in Washington DC,
where the movie had significant impact 
and sparked thoughtful debate about how
development lending policies might be
improved.
 
There have been other opportunities for special
screenings and we are seeking more. 
Please let us know if you have suggestions.
 
And please spread the word about the upcoming 
March screenings below. More info at
 
  
March

BROADCAST: SVT, Sweden
4 March, 10PM

Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds, England
Sheffield International Documentary Festival on Tour
6 March

MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling, Scotland
Sheffield International Documentary Festival on Tour
8 March

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
Sheffield International Documentary Festival on Tour
12-14 March

Angelika Film Center, Houston, TX
12-18 March

Bijou at Crossroads, San Antonio, TX
12-18 March

Yer ba Buena Arts Center, San Francisco, CA
Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival
12 March, 7:30PM

Inter national House, Philadelphia, PA
Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival
14 March, 7PM

The Olympion Cinema Complex, Greece
Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
15-21 March

Tower Cinema, Sacramento, CA
19-25 March

Woodrow Wilson International Center, Washington, DC
Enviromental Film Festival
23 March, 3:00PM

Madstone Hazard Center Cinema, San Diego, CA
26 March - 1 April

Madstone Briarwood, Ann Arbor, MI
26 March - 1 April

(April dates still to come...)
 
 
Best Documentary
 
Berlin Film Festival
Florida Film Festival
Hot Docs, Canadian Int'l Documentary Film Festival
Transparency International Film Festival
Port Townsend, WA Film Festival
Red Bank, NJ Film Festival
Freiburg Okomedia Environmental Film Festival, Germany
Ecomove Film Festival, Berlin, Germany 
 
 
Thanks for all your support.
 


Jonathan Robinson
Sat 13 Mar 2004Link
EVERY CHILD IS BORN A POET: THE LIFE & WORK OF PIRI THOMAS

a film by Jonathan Robinson

2 upcoming New York screenings:

Tuesday, March 16th THE NEW YORK DOCUMENTARY CENTER*S "DOCSHOP" THE PIONEER THEATER 155 E 3rd Street (at Avenue A) New York City 212.254.3300 www.docfest.org/docshop.html PIZZA & BEER Reception at 7:00 PM Screening and Discussion with the Filmmaker at 8:00pm To reserve tickets, please call 212.668.1575. Reservations must be made by 5:00 PM on Monday, March 15th. Reserved tickets must be claimed by 7:30 PM on the night of the screening.

Sunday, March 21, 1:00 pm HARLEM FILM FESTIVAL presents: CREATIVELY SPEAKING 2004 Aaron Davis Hall City College of New York between West 133rd and 135th Streets on Convent Avenue To reserve tickets, please call 212-650-7100 For more information, www.aarondavishall.org/ecards/04ff/ecard2.htm

EVERY CHILD IS BORN A POET: THE LIFE & WORK OF PIRI THOMAS

synopsis

An incendiary mix of documentary, poetry, and storytelling, Every Child is Born a Poet explores the life and work of Piri Thomas, the Afro-Cuban-Puerto Rican author of the classic autobiographical novel Down These Mean Streets (1967). The film traces Thomas* path from childhood to manhood in New York City*s Spanish Harlem, El Barrio, from the 1930's through the 1960*s - his parents* immigrant experience, home life during the Great Depression, membership in barrio youth gangs, his struggle to come to terms with his mixed-racial identity, travels as a teen-age merchant marine, his heroin addiction, his notorious armed robbery of a Greenwich Village nightclub, his six years spent in prison, and his emergence as a writer. Thomas* coming-of-age story is counter-pointed with dramatizations, spoken word poetry performance sequences, and verité scenes of his on-going work of forty-five years as an educator and activist empowering marginalized and incarcerated youths. A stylized, genre-spanning production, Every Child is Born a Poet includes a spellbinding collage of rare archival film footage, still photographs and provocative mixed-media artwork, as it examines Thomas* use of creative expression as a means of confronting poverty, racism, violence and isolation. Pulsating with an original Latin Jazz score, Every Child is Born a Poet is a riveting portrait of a life lived through struggle, self-discovery, and transformation.

* Winner of the OPERA PRIMA AWARD at the LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2003

* Awarded HONORABLE MENTION in the DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION at the URBANWORLD FILM FESTIVAL 2003

* Nominee for DISTINGUISHED DOCUMENTARY FEATURE AWARD 2003 by the INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION (IDA)

* Finalist for the SILVER WOLF AWARD at the INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILMFESTIVAL AMSTERDAM (IDFA) 2003

* Official U.S. Selection for INPUT 2004, Barcelona, Spain

www.everychildisbornapoet.com


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