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Neil Kopp
Mon 19 Jan 2009Link

Looking for a shooter in Washington DC, for a 1 or 2 day event on January 28th and or 30th. One subject, reflecting on the state of America and seen around a few key DC landmarks. Shooter needs to be able to shoot as well as drive the narrative, maybe asking the questions too, which would be provided by us.

May need a sound person too, but this can be discussed later.

Tech Specs:
We've been shooting with the HVX200, DVCProHD 720P 23.98. I'm in cinema settings, but very light as I'll be going through color correction. Hand-held and tripod depending on the situation, but more hand held.

This would be a paid gig – low budget but reasonable.

Please contact me at ndkopp@mac.com

Thanks!

Edited Mon 19 Jan 2009 by Neil Kopp

Neil Kopp
Tue 20 Jan 2009Link

Does anybody have any suggestions for a good and inexpensive company to do transcriptions w/ TC? All of our stuff is on drives currently, so we could ship anywhere.

Thank you!

Please reply directly to ndkopp@mac.com


Christopher Wong
Tue 20 Jan 2009Link

neil,
i've been using a really accurate, very fast, and surprisingly affordable transcriptionist located in San Francisco. we worked completely off of hard drives, using QT's ability to read native timecode. here's his contact info & rates:

Jaime Omar Yassin
510.290-9997
732 Central Ave., #11
Alameda, Ca
94501

1-2 Subject Interview
$65/footage hourw/out timecode
$72/footage hour w/timecode

Multi-Subject or Verite
$70/footage hour w/out timecode
$77 /footage hour w/timecode


Gregg Schwenk
Tue 20 Jan 2009Link

FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR NBFF- JAN 30

The final submission deadline for the tenth annual Newport Beach Film Festival is January 30, 2009.

Be part of an amazing line-up of films – Don’t miss the opportunity to meet other filmmakers, industry professionals and distributors.

Entry Fees are:
Feature length: $75
Short: $60
Youth: $25

Festival dates are April 23-30, 2009

Check out some of the highlights from previous years at the Festival:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2iPH8M3Zuw

For more information and to submit to the Festival visit our website at: www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com

Thank you for your consideration of the Newport Beach Film Festival


Alexandra Lescaze
Wed 21 Jan 2009Link

Dear D-word members,

If you have a social issue doc that was broadcast in 2008, please submit to the prestigious Hillman Journalism Awards annual contest.

Postmark deadline is January 31, 2009

Please see our website: www.hillmanfoundation.org for more information, and to see judges and past winners


Erica Ginsberg
Fri 23 Jan 2009Link

Docs In Progress (TM) Tonight in Washington DC

Docs In Progress (TM) screenings feature works in progress by local and
visiting documentary filmmakers, with an audience feedback session
after each screening. Tonight we are screening:

My Mother's Journey by Sam Hampton (60 minutes)
In the midst of the civil rights struggle, Elizabeth Hampton moves from Birmingham, Alabama to Rochester, New York only to experience a different kind of racism, turbulent riots, and her own awakening as a civic leader and community organizer.

preceded by:

TRAILER: Indian Hill by Thomas Kaufman and William Klein
Arts education is spotlighted through a look back at Indian Hill, a school for the arts, founded in the Berkshires in the 1950s as a place where students and teachers lived and worked together, even as the school's founders came under suspicion during the McCarthy Era.

WHEN?
Friday, January 23 at 7:00 pm

WHERE?
Auditorium B-07, Media and Public Affairs Building*
on the campus of George Washington University
805 21st Street, NW (21st and H Streets)
Washington DC
Closest Metro: Foggy Bottom. Street and garage parking.
*Take the stairs down to the lower level to find the auditorium.

HOW MUCH?
Suggested donation:$5 at the door (cash only day of)

These bi-monthly public workshops are organized by Docs In Progress (TM)
with special thanks to our location sponsor, The Documentary Center at
the George Washington University.

More information at http://www.docsinprogress.org


Felix Endara
Mon 26 Jan 2009Link

DocuClub in January: Wednesday, January 28, 7 p.m.

Our DocuClub for January screening will take place on Wednesday, January 28, 7 p.m., at The Tank, located at 354 West 45th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues, near Times Square).

Our moderator will be independent producer, writer, and non-fiction filmmaker Pamela Cohn. She is currently researching and writing a book on international female non-fiction filmmakers, and covers nonfiction film festivals and blogs on non-fiction filmmaking at Still in Motion and other arts, media and film sites.

We will screen "The Hand of Fatima" by Augusta Palmer. A family road trip through rock history to the square root of the blues, this poetic documentary follows filmmaker and new mother Palmer from Mississippi to Morocco on a search for her rock critic father's ideal mystical family, the Master Musicians of Jajouka. Animated sequences based on the late Robert Palmer's writing for Rolling Stone lead his estranged daughter to the people William Burroughs called "the world's only 4000 year-old rock band." Encounters with Yoko Ono, Donovan, Anthony DeCurtis, and the elder Palmer's four wives pepper a journey that ends with The Master Musicians' indelible performances in their own village. These performances enable the filmmaker to read the truth between the lines of her father's mystical journey and to make peace with his all-consuming need for musical transcendence.

Augusta Palmer (Director, Writer) holds a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from N.Y.U. She is the co-director of "If You Succeed" (2007), a verité documentary about a young entrepreneurial couple's struggle to create a business and save their failing marriage. The film screened at the Little Rock Film Festival and San Francisco DocFest in 2007. Palmer has written about film for indieWIRE and Filmmaker and has taught film studies at N.Y.U., Brooklyn College, and Sarah Lawrence College. The Hand of Fatima is her first feature as a solo director.

Chris Arnold (Producer, Editor) worked for 8 years at New York City's Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) as an editor, producer, filmmaking instructor and program director. While at DCTV, he created and led ConnecTV, the first 3-year intensive television production and training program for people with disabilities in the U.S. In 2003, he co-founded Cultural Animal, LLC, an independent media production company, whose projects include the award winning verite documentary "If You Succeed," which Chris edited, co-directed, and co-produced.

"The Hand of Fatima" has received support from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Swing Space program. It was also featured at the 2008 IFP Documentary Rough Cut Lab.

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

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

Membership is an annual $40 (until January 31; $50 thereafter), which includes free admission to all DocuClub events. To join or renew, please go to:

www.artsengine.net/store/#tools_consul

About DocuClub
DocuClub is Arts Engine’s monthly film screening series of works-in-progress documentaries. For more info, please go to: www.docuclub.org.

About The Tank
The Tank is a non-profit arts presenter whose mission is to provide a welcoming, creative, collaborative, and affordable environment for artists and activists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas. Through a wide range of low-cost, high-concept arts and public affairs programming, The Tank seeks to cultivate a new generation of audience for live performance, civic discourse, and the work of emerging artists.


George Scheer
Wed 28 Jan 2009Link

ELSEWHERE ARTIST COLLABORATIVE
2009 residencies for artists, filmmakers, writers, curators and cultural producers

Elsewhere, an arts production site and experimental museum in downtown Greensboro, NC, is seeking artists, curators, writers, musicians, and cultural producers for residencies during the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2009 seasons. Set within a former thrift store housing a 58-year collection of American surplus, thrift, and antiques, Elsewhere invites experimental creators to utilize the immense collection of objects to pursue site-specific material, conceptual, and/or technologically-based projects. Elsewhere’s building—two storefronts on the ground floor, a 14-room boarding house on the second, and warehouse on the third—provides dynamic architectures for the creation and installation of works. Artists live and work within transforming installations; these interactive environments become platforms for re-conceptualizing the theory and practice of art-making as an ongoing process of exchange in community. Within a store where nothing is for sale, Elsewhere offers an unparalleled framework for creative practices, processes and productions outside the traditional gallery, museum, and residency systems. The complete call for artists and application deadlines are available at http://www.elsewhereelsewhere.org/residencies.html. Creators of all kinds and collaborative groups should email residencies@elsewhereelsewhere.org for an application and brochure. We review applications at the end of each month.


Emily Meyers
Fri 30 Jan 2009Link

WANTED: NEW MEDIA MANAGER FOR HIGH-PROFILE SOCIALLY-CONSCIOUS VIDEOS AND WEB PROJECT.

COMPANY DESCRIPTION

Eyes of the World Media Group specializes in socially conscious media. Our work reflects the belief that media can raise awareness to create positive change. Find out more at www.eyesoftheworldmediagroup.com.

We are currently working on an innovative, high-profile video and web project on meth prevention targeted to young adults. The New Media Manager will be involved in the development of websites, DVD interfaces, motion design and video production.

Responsibilities:

• assist producers and director in all research, development, and production-related activities

• manage and coordinate with clients, subcontractors (creative and technical), in-house team and crew

• provide integration of digital media assets, including audio/video, photos, and user-generated content

• manage the content and functionality of the website and other interfaces, including evaluating site architecture and navigation, art and design, programming and content.

• manage the web posting and updating process.

• prepare, coordinate and post online graphic and textual materials.

• provide advice and counsel on best practices on web marketing and new media, including e-mail campaigns, online newsletters, search engine optimization (SEO), podcasts, and RSS feeds.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

We're looking for a creative, smart, and organized person with a demonstrated passion for socially conscious media. Someone with experienced working with large-scale organizational clients and managing a team on a tight schedule within budget.

Experience Requirements:

· Production experience

· Substantial experience with web development and graphic design

· Strong Mac computer skills

· Excellent writing and communication skills

· Proficiency in software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and Final Cut Pro

Able hands, artful eye, and warm heart required.

PRACTICAL INFO

Full Time

Start date: ASAP

End date: Beginning of July

Pay: Competitive

To Apply: Email resume, short cover letter and links to work samples to connect@eowmg.com

No phone calls please.

Location: Our office is located near Sony Studios in Culver City, CA.


Doug Whyte
Fri 30 Jan 2009Link

For the third straight year, The International Documentary Challenge returns to the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto. This year's challenge takes place March 5-9, 2009 with the Hot Docs premiere of the Finalists in early May.

The Doc Challenge is a fun and innovative competition that will push your documentary skills to the limit. If you're new to the idea, it's very simple: Filmmakers from around the world are given a genre (Character Study, Music, 1st Person, etc.) and a theme (such as "Change".) Participants then have 5 days to develop, produce and edit a 4 to 7 minute non-fiction film. The result is an exhilarating five days for the filmmakers, and, as the films reveal, a joy for the audiences at Hot Docs and beyond.

Registration is now open. Complete details and entry forms can be found at www.docchallenge.org

The 2009 Presenting Partners include Hot Docs, American Documentary/P.O.V., Documentary Educational Resources and Typecast Releasing. Supporting partners include the International Documentary Association, the Documentary Organization of Canada, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Dokufest, Film Action Oregon and the 48 Hour Film Project.

The International Documentary Challenge.
Real Life. Filmed Real Fast.


Ben Kempas
Sun 1 Feb 2009Link

If any of you happen to know any Germans (or Swiss or Austrians) in Los Angeles, please contact me...


John Burgan
Sun 1 Feb 2009Link

That's a pretty wide category, Ben. Can you be more specific?


Ben Kempas
Sun 1 Feb 2009Link

Yes, Sir. They need to be able to eat a lot of pizza in front of a TV camera. And talk about it. Ideal for starving artists, really. That's all.

Edited Sun 1 Feb 2009 by Ben Kempas

Marj Safinia
Sun 1 Feb 2009Link

Ben, I'm making some enquiries. Will let you know if I come up with any hungry Germans.


Jo-Anne Velin
Mon 2 Feb 2009Link

Craigslist it, Ben. And if there is money involved, send a fax (yes, better than email because who reads all the emails?) to the consulate. Below is a list of other places to list this: http://www.germany.info/Vertretung/usa/en/03__Consulates/Los__Angeles/05/__Area.html


Marj Safinia
Tue 3 Feb 2009Link

Los Angeles D-Folks,

The IDA is hosting it's annual ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEES RECEPTION on February 18th at the Academy. This year's event is being hosted by Lily Tomlin, and it's an opportunity to meet and mingle with all the nominees, as well as the LA doc scene people. Ticket prices have been reduced for this year's event, in an effort to make it affordable for more people, so I encourage you to come and join us there. There is free food and wine, at the reception before, and an opportunity to see clips and hear from all the nominees.


Robert Eagle
Tue 3 Feb 2009Link

WANTED: filmmakers + photographers in Serbia!

Want to be part of a worldwide film and photography project that aims to share the diversity of humanity? Want to show the rest of the world what life is like in rural Serbia?

The Global Lives Project aims to record 24 hours in the lives of ten people that roughly represent the diversity of our planet’s population. These ten lives will come together in an innovative video installation and form the basis of a collaborative online video encyclopaedia of human life experiences. Shoots have already taken place in Japan, Brazil, the US, China, Malawi and Indonesia.

Now Global Lives is turning their attention to Serbia. We need a handful of filmmakers, producers, still photographers, translators/transcribers and others willing to donate their time and resources. The shoot will take place over ONE DAY in early spring (most likely in March), so there’s not too much a time commitment, but it will be a great experience! But we will also need your help with finding the right person to film, living in a rural area around Serbia. Do you have any contacts to anyone like this?

If you can shoot on HD, take still photos, produce or even speak Serbian, we’d love to hear from you! We’d also like a partnership with any kind of Balkan institution (e.g. university, production company or museum), so feel free to send this to anyone you know in one of those.

Please go to:
http://globallives.org/community/easterneurope

Click on the link that says:
“Click here to complete a volunteer form >>”
and fill out the short form to tell us what kind of skills or resources you might have.

While participation is non-paid, the project offers broad, worldwide exposure for collaborators' work and the opportunity to be a part of a growing and dynamic collective of creative and socially-minded filmmakers!

If you have any questions, please contact Vera Devera (Project Coordinator) at europe(at)globallives.org

Also on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=44271823198


Andrew Zinnes
Wed 4 Feb 2009Link

The Documentary Filmmakers Course in Berkeley, CA – March 7-8th, 2009 – 25% off

Location: The East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

Learn how to get your idea onto the screen via practical advice, tips and instruction from producer and author of The Documentary Filmmakers Handbook, Andrew Zinnes. Topics include: story, research, legal aspects, finance, production, post and sales & distribution.

Anyone signing up on or before February 15th, 2009 will receive a 25% discount on all services with coupon code Early 2009. Go to www.script-tonic.com or call 310-941-2168 for more information or to register for the seminar.


Melanie La Rosa
Thu 5 Feb 2009Link

Not really sure where to put this, but thought it might be of interest:

Center for Social Media at AU has a new report on reducing your carbon footprint as a filmmaker

Sustainable Filmmaking Best Practices
http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org/resources/publications/greenfilm/

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Sarie Horowitz
Thu 5 Feb 2009Link

Looking for Production Office Space in Manhattan

Small Documentary Production Company looking for office space below 30th street and on the west side of Manhattan. We need a space large enough for 3 people with a separate edit room for our Final Cut System and editor. We would need high speed internet and access to a kitchen. We are open to sharing space with another production company or artist as long as we have a private edit room.

Please email: katherine@becausefoundation.org
NO PHONE CALLS


Christopher Allen
Thu 5 Feb 2009Link

Hi Everyone:

I am subletting my office at UnionDocs for the next six months. Please read the description below and contact our Operations Manager, Amber Cortes, amber@uniondocs.org to check out the space.

Available immediately: studios/offices at a great storefront location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

This private work-only space is ideal for an independent professional or digital artist, filmmaker, editor or small production company looking to have a productive environment connected to a good community. The room gets natural light is approx. 125 sq ft and furnished with shelving, closet, futon and desks, which can be removed or rearranged as you like.

Access to 500 sq ft beautiful common space

- can be scheduled for photo shoots, meetings, small events.

- projector, sound system and seating for screenings

- gallery lighting

- see photos here: http://www.uniondocs.org/studio/

Others in the building are in mid-to-late 20s and work in photography, music, video, public radio and new media. A non-profit documentary collaborative called UnionDocs runs the space. <www.uniondocs.org>

- ground floor glass-block storefront
- easy access to L/G/JMZ
- Share small kitchen and bathroom with 2 offices on floor
- large green backyard with picnic table
- high speed wireless network included
- laser printer and skype phone included
- individual motion sensor security system for extra monthly fee
- best coffee shop in NYC around the corner

Rent is $500. One month’s rent as deposit is required. Six-month lease starting March 1.

Contact amber@uniondocs.org for more details and to see the space.

Thanks all!


Robert Richter
Thu 5 Feb 2009Link

Available March 1: a 15 x 15 office in our suite of indie filmmakers. Great 24th floor views, the room is individually locked, has high ceilings, three tall windows facing south and west, carpeting and comes furnished or not. Three people easily fit into this office.
Available April 1: a room right next to the one noted above, same size, windows, etc. Rent is $1,800 for each room.
Others in the suite are Skylight Pictures, the Gardner Group, Richter Productions and a community group affiliated with the NYC Bd of Ed.
We share a meeting area and fridge, and there is a copier, fax and hot/cold water dispenser. We're in the Art Deco Towers on West 42nd Street in Manhattan. Email RRProd@aol.com if you're interested and want to check out this terrific space.


Felix Endara
Fri 6 Feb 2009Link Tag

DocuClub is seeking submissions for 2009.

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

Every month at DocuClub a filmmaker presents a rough cut of her film to DocuClub members and the public. A facilitated discussion follows each screening. Past films that have been shown at DocuClub include Born Into Brothels (Academy Award for Best Documentary, 2004), Prodigal Sons (Telluride Film Festival 2008), and Disturbing the Universe: Radical Lawyer William Kunstler (Sundance Film Festival 2009).

DocuClub is accepting entries that fit the following criteria:

  • They are in the rough-cut stage and thus ready to be screened.
  • They are no longer than 95 minutes and no less than 45 minutes.
  • They have specific challenges that you wish to workshop.

If you would like to be considered, please mail a clearly labeled DVD screener to the address below. (Please note that your screener will not be returned unless you provide a SASE.)

Felix Endara
Filmmaker Services Coordinator
Arts Engine, Inc.
104 West 14th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10011

To find out more about DocuClub, please visit: www.docuclub.org.


Michael Barnitt
Sat 7 Feb 2009Link

I was pleased to find a site like this; hopefully, ideas flow easily. Glad to participate and answer sound questions.


Nilankur Das
Mon 9 Feb 2009Link

To you, is it a bliss to meditatively write and move spirit/consciousness of the audience? Do you love to focus on subjects such as films/media, consciousness, culture/society, identity? Do you write in the style where profundity meets simplicity of expression?

Our wish is to adopt a voice that is: Mature, Noble, Pragmatic, Frank, Fearless, Fresh; truth-seeking, expansive & inclusive, sharp- focused, thoughtful & sensitive – holding compassionate viewpoint of humanity and disparate cultures. We are launching an online venue with weekly blog catering to our primary audience – film-makers, film-lovers, conscious creatives/citizens. This venue is to be launched in February/March 2009.

Through this effort, we are not just building a platform/structure that simply publishes content, but one that raises consciousness of film-makers and unites people through their spirit. We are looking for writers who wish to blog and engage with global audience in a dialogue through this online platform. These opportunities are for freelance contributions which can commence now. Compensation is based on experties/experience and efforts required.

If you have experience as film/media critic, social scientist, cultural anthropologist, or editorial journalist, we wish to know you.

To learn about us, please visit www.cultureunplugged.com
Please email us your profile/interest/samples at : nilankur@cultureunplugged.com

In respect of time, we will contact you if we find your profile/expectation a fit. We thank you for your attention.


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