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Neil Benezra
Thu 12 Jun 2008Link

Hello D-Word People!

My name is Neil Benezra and I am a Sound Designer/Mixer/Editor with many award winning films under my belt. I hope my work might be of interest to some of you in your current or future endeavors. I have a small audio post studio in downtown Brooklyn, with a Foley/VO/ADR booth as well as an FTP for long distance projects. Please feel free to call me no matter how big or small your project is.

Neil Benezra
www.BrooklynSoundSociety.com
Neil@BrooklynSoundSociety.com
NeilBenezra@yahoo.com
917-586-5518


John Burgan
Thu 12 Jun 2008Link

Welcome aboard, Neil (no need to double post at the D-Word)


Christopher Wong
Thu 12 Jun 2008Link

hey neil,
i'm looking to record some VO of one of my main characters – it would probably take about 1-2 hours. what is your standard (documentary) charge for such work? what kind of equipment do you use in the VO booth?

you can reply to me off-list if you like: cccwong AT gmail DOT com


Davin Hutchins
Thu 12 Jun 2008Link

CALLING INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS AND VIDEO JOURNALISTS

The American News Project (http://newsproject.org) is dedicated to defending and promoting the public interest through high-quality, investigative video journalism. Our staff includes video professionals who have worked at CNN, National Geographic, PBS Frontline, Bill Moyers Journal and other respectable media outlets. Our reports (some call them mini-documentaries) regularly end up on prominent media outlets like the Huffington Post.

We are building out our network of freelance filmmakers and video journalists. ANP is run very much like a traditional magazine. Video reports are produced staff reporters and qualified freelancers. Our stories are distributed to hundreds of blogs and major media sites.
We are assembling a community of video journalists and documentary filmmakers who believe in quality, accuracy and in the transformative potential of good multimedia storytelling. Some of the most incisive reporting is produced by those who know the personalities and communities directly affected by issues and events.

If you are a documentary filmmaker or professional video journalist who would like to work with us on stories please click on the link below and fill out your info.

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5226/t/2141/signUp.jsp?key=82

We believe that these are seminal times, both in the evolution of media and the project of America. By grinding away at pernicious problems; by holding the powerful accountable; by seeking out universal stories of struggle and transcendence; by highlighting voices overlooked by mainstream outlets; by making a commitment to quality; by partnering with our peers in the independent press; and by assembling an online community of media junkies who hunger to participate, we hope to help pioneer a form of online public-interest broadcasting that is both entertaining and transformative.

So, welcome. We hope you enjoy, and we hope you participate.


Jo-Anne Velin
Fri 13 Jun 2008Link

below, sound recordest needed in Germany. I noticed it in Craig's Berlin list this morning and by chance the person posting is someone I just worked with. Nice guy.

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Ben Kempas
Fri 13 Jun 2008Link

I don't think we have German sound recordists on The D-Word, so that's a bit pointless. But www.crew-united.com lists 259 of them. If your colleagues find someone locally, they could save the money for airfare and accommodation and instead actually pay the guy... However, for that, they would need to get the location right. "Neuhosen" doesn't exist in Germany.

Edited Fri 13 Jun 2008 by Ben Kempas

G. Daniel Velazquez
Fri 13 Jun 2008Link

In reply to Suzy Spivey's post on Wed 28 May 2008 :

Hi Suzy!

I just sent you an email regarding your upcoming documentary about the "Authentic Voice" workshop.

Thought I'd write here as well in case you check this first!

Cheers,
Daniel V.


Ben Kempas
Fri 13 Jun 2008Link

Can we please ban posts saying "I sent you an email" for good?


Jo-Anne Velin
Sat 14 Jun 2008Link

Thanks for the link, Ben. And people know people – and some independents can also do good sound recording in that context. The airfare is Euro-local, not from NAmerica, of course. And I didn't write it, so if Neuhosen is a phonetic spelling for wherever he (a French mother-tongue cameraman) is – someplace near the south at amusic fest....

Why are you picking on posts I make, Ben? I think more laterally than some people, and try not to be frivolous, but we have been around the block on this. If you think I am not contributing here, then cool, I leave.

And by the way, it's a paid gig, not posh but paid nonetheless. On top of meals, accomodation and transport.


John Burgan
Sat 14 Jun 2008Link

According to the original post the gig does clearly seem to be "expenses only", so Ben's point is reasonable. Maybe you should forward his suggestion?


Mikal Jakubal
Sun 15 Jun 2008Link

Earth Films is looking for an experienced feature-length doc editor for our film on the Earth Liberation Front. This is a very exciting project about a timely, important topic that touches on key issues facing the U.S. and the world at large: ecological destruction, social change, terrorism and civil liberties. It is a character-driven story with a solid, well-defined narrative structure supported by extensive, intimate and exclusive (or near-exclusive) access to several of the main people in the story.

Principal photography on the project is complete and all tapes (approx. 40 hours) have been digitized in FCP. Transcription is nearly done and we have a music producer/composer in place. Shooting was done on a PD 170 in DVCam with a small light kit for indoor scenes. Sound was recorded on Sennheiser wired and wireless lav mics with occasional use of a Sennheiser shotgun mic.

Shooting style is a mixture of sit-down interview and interactive-cinema-verite, where the filmmakers' influence is clearly present in the story development and in the relationships with the characters. There is also a significant amount of archival footage to work with. We're very much aligned with the Documentary New Wave camp, being open to whatever storytelling methods best suit the material.

Ideally, whoever comes on board will have edited at least one feature-length doc and have name recognition and experience that will help us to sell the show and find funding for her/his salary. If you don't have that and you think you'd be a good fit for the project, please get in touch anyway! While our budget is minimal so far, we’re now actively starting fundraising. We are not asking anyone to work of a deferred basis (though we wouldn’t turn down the offer).

We’re putting a WIP together now for the Sundance Doc Fund submission deadline in early July. The right person could start immediately by helping finish that. This would be a good way to assess “fit” for the larger project. We have sufficient budget for this phase.

We're located in Northern California, but can travel. We also have easy access to the S.F. Bay Area. If an editor is mobile, we have a nice studio space with a digital projector and PA system and basic accommodations in Garberville, California. We also have the same in Southern Arizona for winter-time work.

Contact me at mjakubal@asis.com
Any references or suggestions appreciated!


Mikal Jakubal
Sun 15 Jun 2008Link

Hey Hosts, I know, I know, double-posting and all...but this has been modified from the original version in Members Classifieds. If ya gotta delete one, X that old one, okay?


Jo-Anne Velin
Mon 16 Jun 2008Link

In reply to John Burgan's post on Sat 14 Jun 2008 :
I had spoken to the fellow coincidentally on another matter, the same day, after sharing the post. They were offering up to 100 euros a day for 5 days. Not exactly union rates but it's a music fest doc, not SOP...


Stephen H. Frye M.D.
Mon 16 Jun 2008Link

Award-Wining Documentary Maker Wanted Alive and Motivated.
I want to make a major feature length "Inconvenient Truth" style documentary of my new book/lecture "We Really Lost This War!" subtitle, "Twenty-five Reasons to Legalize Drugs."
Please contact me only if you have won a major award. Thanks much! Steve Frye, M.D.


Christopher Allen
Wed 18 Jun 2008Link Tag

Brooklyn Documentary Arts Collective Seeks New Resident!

UnionDocs is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit documentary arts collaborative and presentation space. Currently, our primary program is The Documentary Bodega Series, featuring new and challenging documentary film and audio works every Sunday evening in our Brooklyn screening room. The series is produced by the Resident Curators of UDR, the UnionDocs Residency Program for Documentary & Media Studies. We also produce a podcast and blog, featuring short media pieces inspired by discussions at the Documentary Bodega and beyond.

UnionDocs is looking for a new resident starting this summer. The UnionDocs Residency (UDR) combines an excellent and cooperative living situation with an opportunity for immersion in independent cultural production. Six carefully selected people live together in a historic building at a great location and collaborate to produce a festival-quality documentary series in the first floor screening room.

322 Union is a great place to live. It has a lot of shared resources and a lot of opportunity for fun while also having adequate privacy and a comfort (not always found in NYC communal living). There are three floors, a basement, a grassy backyard with a grill and deck, a big second story porch, and skyline views from the roof. The location is close to excellent transportation making most cool spots in Manhattan and Brooklyn within a short subway ride.

The first floor is a commercial space run by the program director. It includes the screening room, 2 studios for working media artists, the UnionDocs director’s office, and access to the basement which has been sound-proofed for music rehearsal and audio recording. Resources on the first floor are readily available to UD Residents outside of the schedule for the Documentary Bodega Series.

On the floors above, there are two nicely-sized three bedroom apartments with a living room, kitchen and bath. Both have wood floors, get lots of light, and were recently renovated. Bedrooms can be locked, but common spaces are shared by the six residents. One is better for cooking large meals and socializing and the other more appropriate for reading, working, and watching films. The common spaces are furnished, so residents need only bring the contents of their bedroom. The building has high-speed internet, a VOIP phone, and washer and dryer.

About $975/month plus deposit. Anticipated grants will help subsidize this.

Please check out our website for more information about UnionDocs and UDR and fill out an application if you are interested:

http://www.uniondocs.org/udr/


Bryce S
Thu 19 Jun 2008Link

In reply to Stephen H. Frye M.D.'s post on Mon 16 Jun 2008 :

I am not an award winning film-maker but a documentary film-maker who would be interested in reading this book/lecture. It sounds very interesting. How can I get a copy.


John Burgan
Thu 19 Jun 2008Link

Bryce – you might contact Stephen directly as he may not be logging in here on a regular basis. His contact details & website are on his profile (click on his name above his post)


Bryce S
Thu 19 Jun 2008Link

Thanks I'm doing it now.


Joel Callaway
Tue 24 Jun 2008Link

Hello,

I'm getting the word out that Albertus Magnus College is hosting a film series
in the fall. The theme is "WE THE PEOPLE." There is an open call for
submissions. It could be anything that has a tie to the Bill of Rights or US
Constitution. I'm not talking about super-obvious apple pie and fireworks
either. The entries can be balanced or biased. Documentary or satirical… They
can be provocative or healing... they just need to offer some perspective on
the aforementioned American ideals as they pertain or contrast to present
American life. As examples, films can engage topics such as: freedom of speech
freedom of religion separation of church and state the right to bear arms…

There’s more information online along with a downloadable application.

We The People Film Contest
http://www.albertus.edu/wethepeople.html

Best regards

Joel


Bonnie Friel
Thu 26 Jun 2008Link

CALL FOR ENTRIES: First Person Impressions Competition

First Person Arts announces its NATIONAL COMPETITION FOR MEMOIR AND DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS

Each day countless stories unfold. Take a real life experience of your own and tell it in a way that only you can through the art of filmmaking. Make the ordinary magical, or the exotic familiar. Shock us, amaze us or make us pause to reflect. The only rule is that it’s real.

PRIZES: The top three winning entries in each category will be presented at the First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia, PA, November 12-16, 2008.

$500 – 1st place category winners
$100 – 2nd place category winners
$50 – 3rd place category winners

JUDGES:
Steven Rea, Film Critic, Philadelphia Inquirer
Samuel Adams, Contributing Editor, Philadelphia City Paper
Ron Kanter, Emmy Award-winning director of New Cops, Acting Out, Life and Death – Dawson, Georgia

GUIDELINES:
The film can be up to 5 minutes.

Entries must be new works that have never been shown publicly in the US.

DEADLINE: August 15th, 2008

Go to impressions.firstpersonarts.org for information on how to enter.


Andrew David Watson
Thu 26 Jun 2008Link

everyone over at First Person Arts is great!! All of you d-worders should check this out!


Felix Endara
Fri 27 Jun 2008Link

DocuClub in July: Wednesday, July 9, 2008, 7 p.m.

About DocuClub
DocuClub is Arts Engine’s monthly film screening series of works-in-progress documentaries.

Our next DocuClub screening will take place on Wednesday, July 9, at 7 p.m., at Goldcrest Post (799 Washington Street, between Horatio and Gansevoort), in New York City’s West Village. Our moderator will be Milton Tabbot, Senior Director of Programming at IFP.

Join us as we watch Danae Elon’s "Partly Private." The film is an intensely personal and witty look at the ritual of male circumcision. Using first-person narration, Elon documents her own pregnancy and the unexpected dilemmas she encounters with her partner and father of her unborn child. What should they do to their newborn’s penis? Determined and obsessed, Elon sets out on a worldly quest to find out all she can about what “other people do.” The exploration exposes in an amusing way the flaws of being human. The film will be shown on Arte France, TV Ontario, TV2 Denmark, and Israel’s Channel 8.

Danae Elon is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, producer and cinematographer. Her last film, "Another Road Home," was a nuanced look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Theatrically released in 2005, it showed in over twenty US cities, and broadcast on the Sundance channel, BBC, Al Jazeera and Israeli television.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to: docuclub@artsengine.net.

Admission is free to current DocuClub members and $5 for non-members.

Membership is an annual $40, which includes free admission to all DocuClub events. To join or renew, please go to:

www.artsengine.net/store/#tools_consul

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Felix Endara
Coordinator, Filmmaker Services
Arts Engine
104 West 14th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10011
T. 646-230-6368, x221
F. 646-230-6388
felix@artsengine.net
www.artsengine.net


Robert Richter
Sun 29 Jun 2008Link

Looking for two part time or one full time reliable intern
for our mid-town Manhattan production/editing
activities. Interesting current and new projects underway.
Check out our website at www.RichterVideos.com to
learn what we've done and do. If interested and
available soon then email us at rrprod@aol.com


Julia Welbourne
Mon 30 Jun 2008Link

Looking for shooters with access to a Sony PMW EX1 for immediate paid work on a Doc about the American Naturalization Process.

Please contact Meg@flickerflacker.com

Thanks!!


Beth Levison
Wed 2 Jul 2008Link

INTERN NEEDED IMMEDIATELY!

Hi everyone,

I have yet to update my profile here on D-Word ... but I'm Beth Levison, an independent in NYC ....

We are producing an independent documentary film about an ex-con turned spoken word artist who is writing, developing, and rehearsing his one-man show for the New York stage. We're looking for a smart, ready-to-roll-up-his/her-sleeves, and hard working intern who can provide both production and post-production support during the early stages of our process (we're producing our fundraising reel) and starting immediately.

We're a small team (2 of us), so it's definitely a terrific experience for someone wanting to dive right in. Ideally, this person could devote him/herself to the project for the next two weeks and then possibly work part time from there. We need basic organizational support and help with production coordination (person may come on location), archival research, and post prep.

Candidates should send their resumes/letters of interest to bethlevison@yahoo.com.

Thank you!


Rose Vincelli
Wed 2 Jul 2008Link

Spotlight on Docs Meetings Coordinator needed!

Spotlight on Docs: Meetings Coordinator
August 4 – September 26, 2008

IFP’s Independent Film Week ‘Spotlight on Documentaries’ program is in search of Industry Meetings Coordinator to create and manage documentary industry pitch meetings. This is a great opportunity to learn a lot about the documentary industry, build professional relationships, and to be a part of IFP, America’s oldest and largest filmmaker’s organization. Our office is relaxed and has been the starting point for many top industry professionals. Primary responsibilities include: collect & organize meeting request forms, schedule meetings in Access database, liaise with participating industry about their meetings schedule, and assist with management of the meetings space, volunteers and participating industry during Independent Film Week.
You must be a self-starter, efficient, very detail oriented and flexible, with a professional demeanor and experience or serious interest in documentary. We’re looking for someone to start early August through Sept 26, and work 20-40 hours a week; full time Sept 1-19. This is a volunteer position. College/volunteer credit can be negotiated, and other benefits are available.
For more information on Independent Film Week, visit www.independentfilmweek.com. Please send resume and cover letter to rvincelli@ifp.org. No phone calls, please.

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Edwin Gailits
Thu 3 Jul 2008Link

Looking for a shooter in the NY City area with experience using the Sony EX1. I'm developing a doc on dance and I plan to be in NYC for 3 days of shooting July 17-20, mostly late nights. I have a some $$ but not pockets full. I hope to bring an EX1 with me but if you had your own that would be great.

Let me know if interested and I'll fill you in on the details.

Edwin

Toronto
gus.to@sympatico.ca


Jason Rosette
Sun 6 Jul 2008Link

CAMBOFEST: Film and Video festival of Cambodia offers written notes from viewing staff on all submissions!

Now in our second year, CamboFest 2008 takes place in Siem Reap, Cambodia (Angkor Wat City)


((Arkun Ch'ran))


Jason Rosette
Sun 6 Jul 2008Link

CAMERADO (Cambodia ~ http://www.camerado.com) has partnered with LOCATION THAILAND (Thailand ~ http://www.locationthailand.com) to offer unprecedented coverage of SE Asia for all production needs.

=> Now improved handling of heavy production services (studio level grip & electric) for Cambodia, including cross border transfers of gear.

=> Greater range of HD, 35, Super 16 and pro sound...moving beyond local-only availability.

=> Tried and true servicing for shoots at Angkor complex

=> New, great deals with high end post and telecine providers in Bangkok

=> Khmer speaking Barang principal J Rosette (Camerado) continuously based in Cambodia since 2005

Contact CAMERADO at camerado @ camerado.com for more details or input your production inquiry here: http://www.camerado.com/contact/contact_form/contact_form.php


Film Karavan
Tue 8 Jul 2008Link

KathaKaravan – Call for Entries

KathaKaravan is accepting submissions from filmmakers with projects from or about South Asia that are seeking representation to financiers, producers, distributors, agents and film festival programmers. Entries may be in screenplay, work-in-progress or finished film form. Narratives and documentaries from writers, directors and producers at any career level will be considered.

Submissions accepted year-round. Quarterly deadlines for 2008-2009 are:
August 25, 2008
December 8, 2008
April 13, 2009
August 10, 2009

APPLY NOW at www.filmkaravan.com

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KathaKaravan is an initiative of FilmKaravan. FilmKaravan discovers, develops and disseminates high-quality South Asian independent films for a global audience through its multi-platform alliances.


shri prakash
Wed 9 Jul 2008Link

hi
i have just completed a fiction on tribal music and and local industry in the age of this global economy and technology.
BAHA- language – Nagpuri with english subtitle. length – aprx. 2 hours
i would like to send it to appropriate film festival and market. will any one help me in this regard.
please find a news paper cutting on the film
thnaks
shriprakash
jharkhand
india


Doug Block
Wed 9 Jul 2008Link

Shri, we focus on documentaries here, but the upcoming festivals that come to mind are Toronto, Sundance and Berlin. The advice we usually give is to go after the biggest and best first, especially for your world premiere. Lots of luck.


R.L. Wise
Mon 14 Jul 2008Link

I have a slightly used (one project) Underwater housing for a BVW Betacam SP camera that is surplus to requirements. Could be adapted to Panasonic HD or other camera.

Housing has Anvil shipping case and is located in St Martin.


Valerie Landes
Tue 15 Jul 2008Link Tag

PUBLIC TELEVISION SERIES SEEKS YOUR ENVIRO-FILM!

"Natural Heroes" is the Emmy award-winning Public Television series featuring independently produced films and videos with a common theme: real people making a difference for our environment and enhancing the world around us.

We're seeking compelling stories that feature people challenging current environmental standards and conditions. Programs that encourage thoughtful questions and realistic answers, that broaden our understanding of our place in the world.

"Natural Heroes" is now in its fourth season, and is currently being seen by PBS viewers on over 70 affiliates across the United States.

Accepted works will be packaged for broadcast and distributed to Public Television stations. If you feel your film is a good fit, download the submission form, read the call for entries, and send us your film!
NO entry fees. Info at: www.naturalheroes.org
Questions? Email naturalheroes{at}krcb.org

~Valerie Landes
Series Producer
"Natural Heroes"
KRCB-TV
5850 Labath Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
USA
1-800-287-2722 x2024
www.naturalheroes.org

Edited Sat 23 Aug 2008 by Valerie Landes

Azad Jafarian
Wed 16 Jul 2008Link Tag

Hello Everyone,

I am a programmer for the 2nd Annual Cinema Verite – Iran International Documentary Film Festival – which takes place in Tehran October 15th-19th, 2008. We're still looking for films to feature in the following categories (see hidden section). Let me know if you or someone you know has a film that fits into any of these categories. We will fly out a number of the filmmakers to Tehran with four nights stay (and we'll take care of visas for you as well). Looking forward to hearing from you.

Azad

azad at cimafilms dot com.

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Carlos Gomez
Wed 16 Jul 2008Link

Great. Thanks for posting Azad.


Azad Jafarian
Wed 16 Jul 2008Link

Thank YOU for the opportunity to spread the word!


Rahdi Taylor
Thu 17 Jul 2008Link

New funding for documentaries about Social Entrepreneurship

Online discussion about the funding initiative, co-hosted by Cara Mertes, Director of Sundance Documentary Film Program, happening July 15-30 on www.social edge.org.

The Sundance Documentary Film Program, in partnership with the Skoll Foundation, will provide $1.2 million in film project grants to new feature-length independent documentary films about social entrepreneurship (including the work of specific social entrepreneurs).

Films at any stage of development, production or post-production may apply. Completed films will not be considered. The initiative anticipates funding up to 8 films in the range of $30,000-$150,000 per project. Editorial control must be retained by the filmmaker(s).

Request for Proposals OPEN NOW
Deadline for Submissions: August 15, 2008
Awards announced: December, 2008
www.sundance.org/DocSource
www.sundance.org/skoll

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Heather Olson
Fri 18 Jul 2008Link

Hi, my name is Heather, and I am in need of some help/advice. I recently graduated from NYU, and was filming my documentary thesis on BASE jumpers (people who jump off of "B"uildings, "A"nntenae, "S"pans, and "E"arth objects such as cliffs and caves using a parachute). It's mostly illegal and very dangerous but I've been able to shoot some really great stuff. You can view bits on my youtube site (http://www.youtube.com/tribepictures).

Anyway, to cut to the chase, one of the guys that I've followed around for a year, affectionately nicknamed Maggot, was just in a motorcycle accident this past saturday that has left him paralyzed from the chest down!! That is, unless he can get funding to go to China where they will treat him with their knowledge of stem cell research ...

Doctors have given a deadline of one month before he is deemed permanently paralyzed, and the race to help fund his operation(s) and transportation is underway.

Maggot was the first BASE jumper I had the privilege to meet, and he was with me on my first skydive! Aside from documenting him, he has become a true friend and someone that I see everyone fall in love with. I would absolutely love to follow his journey through this, and I feel like this is really the story I should be following instead of just BASE jumping ... but I've run out of money! Does anyone know of any immediate doc grants or wealthy patrons of documentaries?! I would love any help! I know this is more like a pitch but I'm so frazzled right now by recent events that I just need second opinions. Thanks!!!

Heather


Heather Olson
Fri 18 Jul 2008Link

ps – my email is heatho56@yahoo.com ...thanks again!


Carlos Gomez
Fri 18 Jul 2008Link

Heather, if I knew of any I'd send them your way... But what an intense and crazy story. I want to know what happens! Definitely KEEP THE CAMERA ROLLING. Stem cell research might be an unexpected subject for you to dive into, but given you have a totally engaging and spectacular subject that could be something of a dead end dramatically (BASE jumping), going into Maggot's accident and WHY STEM CELL RESEARCH IN THE US IS IMPORTANT, or more precisely why he has to go all the way to China (if stem cell research is indeed the issue) and wether he makes it or not, might catapult your project to another level.

This may be hard to come to terms with, but helping him get to China shouldn't be your main or only focus. You are a filmmaker, so FILM WHATEVER HAPPENS. Either way you have an extremely powerful flesh and blood example of the real implications of bigotry and narrow minded science policy. Listen, I could go on with this for hours but you shouldn't be reading this. You should be filming Maggot and his doctors and everyone who cares about him and is trying to get him to China.

I don't know, maybe you don't want to just ditch your BASE subject. I'm sure there's a lot more to it than Maggot. But I know that if you manage to combine the two, or rather to start with one story that suddenly, brutally turns into another, it will not only be a faithful record of your experience as a filmmaker, but it will also be a much more powerful film. One that more people will care about and one you'll get more funding for, short or long term. Try stem-cell advocacy groups, they might have ideas.

A quick search brought these up:
http://www.sabrinacohenfoundation.org
http://www.christopherreeve.org
http://www.travisroyfoundation.org

And there's a handful of docs on the subject that could probably point you in the right direction.

Maybe if you can convince one of these groups of how powerful an advocacy tool your film would be if you could show how stem cell research did indeed save this person from paralysis, and that he had to go all the way to China to get it, they might help you find the money for the trip.


Christopher Wong
Fri 18 Jul 2008Link

heather,
i don't normally advocate people to take out loans on their credit cards, but if that's what you need to do in order to fly to China and accompany your subject, then that's what you need to do. if your gut is telling you that this is one of the key parts to your story, you can't miss it.

it's nice to approach foundations and organizations, but there's absolutely NO way that they are going to give you the money you need that quickly – especially not to a recent film-school grad who doesn't have any prominent broadcast credits. so don't waste your time with foundations at this crucial juncture.

the only other option is some wealthy individuals who are either part of the BASE jumping community, or connected to the stem cell advocacy cause. and then there's always your family and relatives... ;)


Carlos Gomez
Fri 18 Jul 2008Link

Listen to Chris, he knows what he's talking about.

And re-reading your post I realize you didn't need my silly pep-talk. You had already figured all that out. Good luck!


Robert Goodman
Fri 18 Jul 2008Link

The request is to fund this person's treatment not figure out how to pay for an $800 ticket to china.

As much as you care about this person, the "China" solution is a scam.
If there were a way to regenerate spinal cord breaks using stem cells, Teddy Pendergass, the late Christopher Reeve, and many other high profile people who have these injuries would be lining up and it would be major news in the medical journals. That is not true.

A decade ago people in my local film community received a similar request for an A.C. who had lost his sight in an explosion to go to Switzerland for an experimental surgery to replace his eyeballs with cameras wired into his brain.

There are unscrupulous doctors around the globe who will do anything to experiment on your body. I understand because I've been there and considered some wild things – thankfully I wasn't facing life as a quadriplegic.


Nicholas Bruckman
Fri 18 Jul 2008Link

Robert: Sadly, I think that your right, though that could make the story even more interesting.

I would say Heather that a twist like this is the kind of thing that could make a doc leap out from the competition. Consider the excellent "Favela Rising", which went to every festival in the world, HBO, academy shortlist, etc....if that hadn't ended with the main character having a spinal cord injury (which, like your case, had nothing to do with the plot of the film) and valiantly overcoming it, it simply would not have been Favela Rising.

No two cases are the same though...


Christopher Wong
Sat 19 Jul 2008Link

robert, if you read her post, you'll see that it's slightly ambiguous as to what heather is asking money for. but certainly, one of the things she needs is production money. of course, you are correct about the scam nature of all the alternative healthcare remedies in China (and elsewhere).

i agree with nicholas that FAVELA RISING was definitely aided by the lead character's paralysis (and resultant recovery). that, however, is unlikely to be an option in this case. still, documenting this struggle to get one's physical abilities back is going to be compelling on many levels.


Heather Olson
Sat 19 Jul 2008Link

thank you guys for commenting ... it's definitely brought me back down to reality and everything that you've said has made me think more about what i need to do!!


Charlie Phillips
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

Sheffield Doc/Fest's MeetMarket is now open for Project Submissions!

Doc /Fest presents the UK's biggest international documentary marketplace and its unique pitching initiative: MeetMarket where, in pre-scheduled match-made one-on-one meetings, documentary makers pitch their newest and most unique projects to dozens of UK and international buyers, Executive Producers, commissioning editors and distributors. MeetMarket provides high quality, original ideas with the possibility to be fast-tracked from development to production, in a supportive and dynamic setting. The projected worth of sales in negotiation sparked at MeetMarket 2007 adds up to £4,321,980, and rising. MeetMarket is a unique and exciting way to pitch and discuss the projects you're most passionate about with the documentary decision-makers who matter

Online project submissions are now open. Projects can be any stage of development and applicants can be from any geographic location and background. Interactive and cross-platform projects are also very welcome. To see the full list of confirmed buyers, see http://www.sheffdocfest.com/view/buyerslist <http://www.sheffdocfest.com/view/buyerslist> . For more information on applying, email charlie@sidf.co.uk or visit http://www.sheffdocfest.com/view/meetmarket <http://www.sheffdocfest.com/view/meetmarket>

"MeetMarket surprised me: I had an extraordinarily creative response to my film from 23 intelligent men and women who care passionately about documentaries. They reflected my story back to me and I came out richer – not just financially, although I have already been offered money to complete my film, but in terms of valuing my project." – MeetMarket participant 2007


Robert Goodman
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

that's 6 times you've posted this?


Sean Flynn
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

It's the British Invasion!


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