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!