It may be the night of the first Presidential Debate, but Docs In Progress will be sponsoring its own version of the democratic process on Friday, September 26. So, if you're in the DC area, program your DVRs and head to the Jack Morton Auditorium for our first-ever Trailer Night. More info in the hidden section below.
Public Classifieds and Announcements
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)
A CHANCE AT SLAMDANCE, ‘09
Launches: September 8th
Ends: November 10th, 11:30PM (PST)
Current TV understands how important it is for filmmakers to be showcased in the best festivals. So, for the second year in a row we've teamed up with Slamdance Film Festival to give you a chance to have your short documentary shown at the premiere North American indie film showcase!
Slamdance Film Festival and Current are presenting a call for short documentary films, providing filmmakers the opportunity to participate in the Park City experience. Five selected filmmakers will shine on the big screen in January 2009 as part of a Current and Slamdance curated shorts program, as well as get a chance to have their uploaded documentary considered for acquisition for Current TV.
So shred the festival rejection letters and upload that short documentary that you KNOW the world has got to see to current.com/slamdance
IN MORE DETAIL:
To kick off Slamdance 2009, we want you to submit a short (3-10 minute) documentary film. Make something fresh, new, authentic and exciting about a topic that is relevant to you and your community as well as related to current events or new trends. Upload it to www.current.com/slamdance before November 10th at 11:30PM.
The Slamdance programming committee in conjunction with Current TV creative executives will select five of the uploaded films for inclusion in a curated shorts program, screening in regular rotation at Slamdance 2009. A representative from each film will receive a festival filmmaker pass, a chance to have their uploaded film considered for acquisition by Current TV, and a chance to pitch new short documentary ideas to Current TV creative execs.
• 5 curated films will show @ Slamdance 2009 in two theatrical screenings.
• 5 curated films will also screen in rotation at Slamdance Happy Hours.
• 1 representative from each film will receive a filmmaker pass for Slamdance ‘09
• 1 representative from each film will be provided opportunity for sit-down lunch and/or conference call with Current TV creative exec
• Each film – with credits – will be listed in the Slamdance film catalogue
We're looking for a composer and a motion graphics designer (motionographer?) for Who Killed Chea Vichea?, a doc about an assassination in Cambodia (ITVS funding approved!).
We're hoping to find people kind of quickly. Job descriptions are posted at the links in the hidden section.
Feel free to pass the links along to anyone you feel might be suitable. Thanks!
Media Empowerment & The Developing World
Presented by Barefoot Workshops in the B&H Seminar Space.
Barefoot Workshops is a New York City and Los Angeles based not-for-profit, founded by Chandler Griffin in 2004, that offers short, intensive workshops around the world in narrative and documentary filmmaking.
In this two-hour session, Chandler Griffin will provide an overview of Barefoot’s role in using media in the developing world to help Civil Society Organizations, Non-Governmental & Governmental Organizations, and individuals make change where it is needed the most. Chandler will discuss the media tools and formats used on the ground, how to conceptualize a workshop and ways to get involved. The goal of this session is to demystify the “how can I do this?” and give individuals a chance to learn how Barefoot Workshops does it, ask all the questions and get involved. You will learn that through Barefoot’s international workshops, they offer field placements for international students to assist organizations on the ground with media projects that help them to address challenges in their communities. These “hybrid” workshops result in dynamic learning environments, and open the way for international students to gain valuable field experience, and to learn about issues firsthand. If you are interested in discovering how you can change the world through the power of digital media, come find out how Barefoot can train anyone from vastly different backgrounds and skill levels, how to blend the technical and artistic aspects of storytelling, beginning with the basics of image-making all the way through to post-production to create a “symphony” of images and sound. Barefoot Workshops hopes that by sharing “how they do it”, they will mobilize individuals to get involved and help make a difference with media.
I recommend registering if you want to attend. It's a small space and B&H sent it out to about 30,000 people. I know that 75 people have already registered.
We require you to register under your real name. We can't accept registrations by companies or organisations, only by individuals.
Please join us for upcoming screenings of our documentary, Airplay: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio.
Our Film Festival Screenings:
Coney Island Film Festival
Sunday, September 28, 2008 – 12:30pm
Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Ave. 2nd floor
Dixie Film Festival (Athens, GA)
Friday, October 3, 2008 – 1:40pm
FLIFF – Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
Tuesday, October 21, 2008 – 6:00 PM
“Airplay: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio,” a new documentary by filmmakers Carolyn Travis and Chris Fox Gilson of Travisty Productions, takes viewers on a high energy journey through rock radio’s impact on American society--from spreading black music to white America in the 1950s to fanning the flames of ‘60s rebellion to the uncensored personalities and playlists of satellite radio today. Packed with insider stories from iconic deejays of the past fifty years, “Airplay” persuasively links the pioneers of music radio to the seismic cultural shifts of integration, the struggle to end the Vietnam War, and the corporatizing of America.
“Airplay” chronicles the innocent years of AM radio personalities like Cousin Brucie, Murray the K, Dan Ingram, Jerry Blavat, Casey Kasem, Dick Biondi, Rick Shaw and Wolfman Jack, the payola scandal, Top 40, the rise of progressive FM deejays like San Francisco’s Tom Donahue, the takeover of radio music by corporate giants and the new voice of rock radio through satellite. Rockin’ with fabulous radio songs by the Kinks, Donna Summer and LL Cool J, and spiced with famous music personalities including Fabian, Lesley Gore, Pat Boone, Grace Slick, David Crosby, Bob Weir from the Grateful Dead, and Ray Manzarek of the Doors, the film takes viewers deep inside the rock radio phenomenon.
Travisty Productions makes documentaries that dig below the surface of pop culture including “Rock Radio Revolution,” “Rock Jocks: the FM Revolution,” and “Wildwood Days.” Their films, which have appeared on PBS Public Television stations nationwide, have garnered numerous awards and were screened by the Museums of Radio and Television in New York and Los Angeles. Travis is a former news producer, Capitol Hill reporter and was an on-air radio personality herself, for 96X-FM in Miami. Gilson, a former Madison Avenue creative director and global-production executive, also authored best-sellers sold to Disney and New Line studios.
so here's the million dollar question, Chris... how the heck did you manage to clear all the rock songs that I assume pop up all through the documentary? this seems to present a very solid case of utilizing Fair Use, but i just want to know if you did that, and then how you dealt with (or plan to deal with) any future claims by record companies...
IDA Executive Director
The International Documentary Association – IDA – is seeking a dynamic, outgoing executive with experience in the television/film industry, familiarity with the documentary world, willing to travel, extensive managerial & leadership skills, fund raising and budget management experience, and web communication skills. This is a full-time position, hired by and directly accountable to IDA’s Board of Directors. Competitive salary.
What is IDA?
Founded in 1982 as a nonprofit membership organization, IDA is dedicated to supporting the efforts of nonfiction film and video makers throughout the United States and the world. IDA is committed to increasing public awareness, appreciation and appetite for the documentary across ethnic, political and creative boundaries by expanding opportunities for production, distribution, and exhibition of documentary films.
For more information, and to apply:
IDA is also my fiscal sponsor, so here's hoping they find someone great!
I need a producing company that this interesting in investment and co-producing one documentaries trilogic named "Three Histories, A Single Pain". over the phenomenon of the paramilitary and guerrilla violence in some Colombian regions. .
The documentary is for realizing in Colombia, with natives communities in danger due to the armed conflict: the indigenous groups of the Colombian Guajira, Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta and the Nukak Makuk, of the forests of the Guaviare.
The doc investigation is ready and I based in this investigation, made the treatment. In this moment we needed one co-productor for realising the grabations and the post-production. Our interest is that many people in the word know the situation of the Colombian native people and his situation in the armed conflict. We the Colombian producers take charge of carrying out the total plan of shooting and post-production and the foreign co-producer, the money for that process and we the colombian producer, have loaned to foreign coproducer, the total right of the sale of the documentary in this Word área and one percentage ( 60 %) in others countries. This is our proposal.
This is the Managing Producer with American News Project in Washington D.C. (http://www.americannewsproject.com). ANP is planning to fly me to St. Louis on Thursday to cover the Vice Presidential Debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin.
Instead of covering the debate venue itself, we are planning to cover the VP watching party at this following venue.
St. Louis University
1 South Compton Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63103
We are looking for a stringer to work Thursday with us. We need the stringer to do two things:
1.) Pick up two tickets to the event ASAP at one of six locations. The producer should get one ticket in their name and one in the name of Dave Hutchins.
The pickup locations are here:
2.) Meet with me on Thursday midday to use small HD cams to capture the event and co-produce the piece. We can offer a typical day-rate stringer fee and co-producer credit for the piece on our site. We will supply all equipment.
Interested parties should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. I will provide details.
Filmmaker Anne Aghion (Emmy-award winner best known for her films 'In Rwanda we say...the family that does not speak dies' and 'Gacaca') is screening her latest film, 'Ice People' for Independents Night at the Walter Reade Theater (165 W. 65th) in NYC on Thursday, October 16th at 6:30 pm. Check out the brief synopsis below or click to go to the Film Society site and to buy tickets.
Aghion spent four months 'on the ice' with modern-day polar explorers, to find out what drives dedicated researchers to leave the world behind in pursuit of science, and to capture the true experience of living and working in this extreme environment.
"...An intriguing slice-of-life that observes the area's staggeringly beautiful and imposing landscapes and the unique challenges experienced by those who work there."
—Variety, May 12, 2008
I'm looking to hire an experienced editor to help with a number of upcoming documentary and commercial projects, including:
Our immediate need is for someone to cut one and three minute trailers for each character in the film as well as one master trailer. Experience with trailer editing would be helpful.
Please email me: email@example.com and include links to editor reels. (This is paid)
Frontline Final Cut Studio Masterclass
The new three-day Frontline Final Cut Studio Masterclass teaches you the advanced techniques of Apple's Final Cut Studio 2, which will equip you with the skills and knowledge to produce high quality video to broadcast standard. The course is designed to train participants on many of the advanced functions of Final Cut Pro and to provide a practical introduction to Motion, DVD Studio Pro and Compressor.
Time: 9.30am-6.00pm, Monday-Wednesday
Venue: Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London
Cost: UKP 675 including VAT
FREE post-course e-mail support from our trainer
Course size is limited to 8 participants and subject to availability. For more info or to book your place on the course visit the site http://www.frontlineclub.com/club_training.php?id=698
DocuClub in October: Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 7 p.m.
Our next DocuClub screening will take place on Wednesday, October 15, 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 Dr. Seth Clark Silberman, a New York-based independent scholar who writes on race, gender, and sexuality in popular culture. He has taught film studies at Yale University, and is currently working on a novel that considers how films both mediate and facilitate the ways in which we connect with one another.
Please join us as we screen DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE: RADICAL LAWYER WILLIAM KUNSTLER by Sarah and Emily Kunstler. William Kunstler was one of the most famous lawyers of the twentieth century. When he spoke about his past, he was like a hero from legend. He fought for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr., and represented activists protesting the Vietnam War. When the inmates took over Attica prison, or Native Americans stood up to the federal government at Wounded Knee, they asked Kunstler to be their lawyer. It seemed to his daughters that he was at the center of everything important that had ever happened. But Emily and Sarah weren’t around for their father’s glory days. The sisters were born in the late 1970s when Kunstler was almost sixty-years-old. When they were growing up, he represented some of the most unpopular members of society: people accused of rape, terrorism, organized crime and cop killing. Was Kunstler’s later work consistent with the moral code he claimed to live by? In DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE, the filmmakers explore their father’s life, from middle-class family man, to movement lawyer, to “the most hated lawyer in America." You can view a short trailer at www.disturbingtheuniverse.com.
Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler (producers/directors) manage Off Center Media (www.off-center.com), a production company that produces documentaries exposing injustices in the criminal justice system.
Emily Kunstler graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Film and Video in 2000. She worked as a video producer for Democracy Now!, an independent national television and radio news program that broadcasts on the Pacifica Radio Network and on public access and satellite television. With Off Center Media, Emily has produced, directed and edited a number of short documentaries, including TULIA, TEXAS: SCENES FROM THE DRUG WAR (2003), which won Best Documentary Short at the Woodstock Film Festival, and was instrumental in winning exoneration for thirty-five wrongfully-convicted people.
Sarah Kunstler graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Photography in 1998 and from Columbia Law School with a J.D. in 2004. She is currently a criminal defense attorney practicing in the Southern District of New York. Along with Emily, she has produced and directed a number of short documentaries, including GETTING THROUGH TO THE PRESIDENT (2004), which has aired on the Sundance Channel, Current TV, and Channel Thirteen/WNET. DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE is the sisters’ first documentary feature.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
DocuClub is Arts Engine’s monthly film screening series of works-in-progress documentaries. For more info, please go to: www.docuclub.org.
WANT TO USE MEDIA TO MAKE CHANGE?
MEET OTHERS WHO SHARE YOUR PASSION?
Meaningful Media is looking for interns!
Meaningful Media is a network of people committed to using media to create positive change. Meaningful Media is committed to changing the world through media by:
- CREATING a vibrant network of advocates, creators, distributors, and viewers of meaningful media
- INSPIRING action and social change through media.
- EMPOWERING members with tools and resources to succeed.-
- RESHAPING the media landscape through research, education and dialogue.
Find out more at www.meaningfulmedia.org
We are looking for interns to help plan events, do research, and provide administrative support. It's a high priority for us to assign you projects that match your interests, and reward your hard work with our Meaningful Media Intern Incentive Program. So here's your opportunity to get some valuable experience, secure a good recommendation AND make the world a better place!
We're looking for creative, smart, and organized interns with a passion for meaningful media. You must commit at LEAST 16 hours/week for a minimum of 12 weeks. We are flexible about scheduling and working from home. Also, we always invite our interns to our creative meetings and to accompany us to film events around town.
Location: Our office is located near Sony Studios in Culver City, CA.
Please email resumes and cover letters to: email@example.com
Please specify that you are applying for the Meaningful Media Internship.
Hope to hear from you!
Mediafreaks is an animation production company that focuses on working closely with producers, distributors, broadcasters and partners worldwide to produce original television content and high-end animation for broadcast and marketing purposes.
Established in 2003, Mediafreaks has since produced hundreds of projects spanning from animated cartoon series to television commercials to CGI for documentaries to medical and architectural visualization work.
Our documentary credits include the Man Made Marvels series, Mega Structure series, the award winning Super Cell, Secrets of the Battleship Yamato and many more.
Please check our documentary showreel at http://www.media-freaks.com/documentary-animation/documentary-animation-showreel and drop us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for your CG and animation needs.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
My name is Cara Kay and I am currently working with a development team for a brand new television network that will launch in April of 2009. Right now, my assignment is to review short form content and submit what I find to our team, who will then decide which content to pass on to our acquisitions director. Our team is scouring the internet in search of ready-made user-submitted content, but we are also being encouraged to look for artists who might like to use our platform as a fresh opportunity to launch their own creativity by customizing content specific to our brand.
Here's what we're looking for:
The duration of each short form submission needs to be between 3-10 minutes long and deal with themes of purpose and identity, social justice and environmentalism, community and relationships, a quest for spirituality, or arts and culture. We are not boxing anybody into a specific production quality standard. We rate the quality of a short according the impact of its message and the creativity in which it is communicated.
Here are examples of some short form styles that represent what our network would be interested in:
Mankind is No Island: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrDxe9gK8Gk&feature=PlayList&p=7A4F257C8DB1F308&index=2
Bright Orange: http://www.good.is/?p=11868
SPIRITUAL / INSPIRATIONAL:
Nick Vujicic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxcrYVq1Dcc
Nooma Today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32EZrJBmAqU&feature=related
ART & CULTURE:
Harmonica Beatbox: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHUuqsSCn5g
1 Week of Art Works: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1455262/1week_of_art_works/
Please realize that a submission does not guarantee that the project will be picked up by our network. It will be reviewed by our development team first and then, if the team agrees to pursue acquisition of the content, the producer will be contacted. What I can guarantee is this: all fresh content that is made specific to the themes listed above and that has not been viewed through any other media outlet will DEFINITELY make it to the top of our selection list as we want to find new content-creators for our network in order to mark it as a broadcasting entity that's fresh and innovative rather than just another media outlet regurgitating what has already been done.
You can submit your short form(s) via FTP or better yet, email me a link for online viewing. If either option does not work for you, then email me and I will give you an address so you can send me a DVD. When emailing me, use the following Subject Header: Cara Kay Short Form Response.
2009 Newport Beach Film Festival Call for Submissions
The Newport Beach Film Festival will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with an action-packed line up of independent and studio films from around the globe. From premieres of contemporary cinema, to live fashion shows, and tastes of Newport Beach’s finest culinary creations, we offer filmmakers the ultimate Festival experience.
The Festival will feature nightly special events including: red carpet galas, filmmaker receptions, compelling filmmaker Q & A sessions, international spotlights, industry seminars and retrospectives. In addition, the Festival hosts numerous opportunities to connect with enthusiastic new audiences, fellow filmmakers, film industry professionals and the media in a beautiful seaside location in Orange County, California (only 55 miles south of Hollywood).
Scheduled to take place from April 23-30, 2009, the Festival will screen over 350 films, including feature-length narrative, documentary, short, animated and student films. Films will screen at the historic Regency Lido Theater, the Big Newport and Edwards Island Cinemas in Fashion Island.
The Newport Beach Film Festival is currently accepting film submissions in all genres and categories from professional and student filmmakers from around the world. Please submit your film, through the following link www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com.
I am a composer who has scored several feature films, TV adverts, documentaries and other visual media projects. I write music in a range of styles from atmospheric ambient soundscapes to contemporary orchestral and electronica.
I've just added the first in a series of music album downloads specifically composed for film and documentary makers to my website. It's a royalty-free collection meaning that buying the collection grants the user a license to use the music with no further worries about license fees or further payments.
The music is a collection of dark piano and atmospheric background beds that would work well in serious documentaries, horror, drama, thrillers etc. The collection of 15 tracks is 45 minutes long and is available for a limited time for just £24.95 (approx. 43$ USD) which is the only amount you need to pay in order to use this music in any of your productions, whether for commercial, non-commercial, broadcast, non-broadcast, festivals etc.
You can find out more or hear short clips here:
The majority of the rest of my music is also available to license for your film depending on the usage. See rates here:
If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.
simon @ thebluemask.com
Dear "Newport California",
We've sent you an email regarding our requirement to register with a real name. Please edit your profile accordingly.
Were working on a feature length documentary with an award winning team about a teenage artistic prodigy who created a secret society and underground magazine during WWII Prague.
We are in need of an assistant editor to start immediately – must have experience on the Avid Media Composer. Position is paid.
We are also looking for a post production intern – must have good writing, research and communication skills. Position is unpaid and intern will receive film credit and school credit if applicable.
Both positions are in Silver Lake. Thank you.