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Josh Dinner
Mon 1 Jun 2009Link

T H E // P E R S O N A L // H I S T O R Y // P R O J E C T//

The Personal History Project TM
is a service that provides people with an affordable and convenient opportunity to capture their life’s story on video and preserved on a DVD that will last forever. Each Personal Documentary is a high quality video production that integrates photographs, home movies, and an in-depth interview shot in the comfort of your own home!

We are currently in production in California. If you or your family would like more information, please visit and click on “The Personal History Project" or e-mail Josh at

Robert Goodman
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

forever is a long time for a DVD.

Riley Morton
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

yeah, don't they degrade and become unplayable in a decade or two?

Robert Goodman
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

actually computer burned DVDs have a shelf life of 3-5 years.

Marj Safinia
Wed 3 Jun 2009Link

Wanted to let all D-Worders know about this month's IDA Doc U event, an Evening with Ross Kauffman, director of the Academy Award winning documentary Born Into Brothels

I'll be moderating a conversation with Ross in a small, intimate setting with lots of opportunities to ask questions and mingle. Ross will be talking about the journey of "Born into Brothels" from concept to screen to Oscar and discussing challenges, tips, and advice for shooting in foreign countries, co-directing, the value of mentors, making the move from documentary into narrative and the evolution of a career that starts with an Oscar for your first film.

Space is very limited so I suggest buying tickets early. The event takes place on Thursday June 11th at the Kodak Screening Room in Hollywood at 7pm. You can read more and book your tix here

Felix Endara
Mon 8 Jun 2009Link

DocuClub in June: Tuesday, June 23, 7 p.m.

Our next DocuClub screening will take place on Tuesday, June 23, 7 p.m., at The Tank, located at 354 West 45th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues, near Times Square).

Our moderator will be Irene Villaseñor. She is an independent media professional and non-profit consultant. She got her start in media as a youth producer at Educational Video Center where she produced her first documentary, Out Youth In Schools, which was broadcast locally on PBS. From 2000 to 2008, she served as the Youth Views Director at P.O.V., the longest running nonfiction film series on television. At P.O.V., Villaseñor trained youth across the country in how to use independently produced media to promote dialogue and action in their communities and contributed to building national outreach campaigns for P.O.V. broadcasts. She has served as an advisor for the Ford Foundation, Kentucky Foundation for Women, Tribeca Film Institute and the Women, Action and the Media Conference at MIT.

We will screen "Ultimate Christian Wrestling" by Jae-Ho Chang and Tara Autovino. The documentary follows disenchanted former pro-wrestlers Billy Jack (“God’s Property”), Rob Adonis (“The Modern Day Warrior”), and Justin Dirt (“The Custodial Crippler”) as they try to find a new way to combine their passion with ministry. "Ultimate Christian Wrestling" was awarded Honorable Mention at the Tribeca All-Access Creative Promise Awards in 2007.

Jae-Ho Chang attended the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied Film, Video and Animation. He is now completing his final year of studies in the graduate film program at New York University. In 2005, he was nominated for the IDA/David L. Wolper Student Documentary Achievement Award for his documentary "Love to Hate, Hate to Love." Two years later, his film "The Last Vacation" was awarded the Craft Award for Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Acting, and was selected as a Wasserman Finalist at New York University’s First Run Film Festival. Chang is also a recipient of the Martin Scorsese Young Filmmakers Scholarship and the Ang Lee Scholarship Award.

Co-director Tara Autovino received her B.A. in philosophy from Hunter College. She is a recipient of the Dean’s Fellowship at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she is completing her final year in the graduate film program. Her short, "For a Swim with the Fish," premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

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

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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.

Sara Jane Keskula
Mon 8 Jun 2009Link

Dear Colleagues:

The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture invites you to join us in Boston from August 26 – 29 for Commonwealth, NAMAC’s biennial convening for media and visual arts leaders, practitioners, researchers, technologists, advocates, scholars, students, funders, and policymakers.

Come to share your experiences and pool your knowledge as we convene across networks within the arts, media and culture fields, to cross-pollinate ideas and chart an innovative path forward.

Register Now:

Join us for 3 incredible days of:

  • Big Idea Discussions about policy developments in arts and media; arts as economic development; new and emerging media technologies; arts and social change…

  • Best Practice Presentations highlighting creative uses of technology, funding strategies, resource sharing among organizations…

  • Skill Building Workshops in social media and Web 2.0+, organizational leadership, policy advocacy, and monetizing media and arts in the digital age…

  • “Open Space” discussions, both structured and unstructured, on the hot-topics that YOU are eager to discuss with your peers…

  • A Media Arts Town Hall Meeting, where we gather for a dialogue to clarify our community’s priorities for policy and advocacy…

  • Meet & greets with Funders, where you can converse directly with grant makers…

  • Tours of Boston’s most exciting media and arts organizations and landmarks by bus, foot, bike, and even boat …

  • Fun parties, including a reception at the Massachusetts State House and a closing party at the new Institute for Contemporary Art building, designed by award-winning architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

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We look forward to welcoming you to Boston!

P.S. Have Questions? Comments? Concerns? Check out our web site or contact

Marj Safinia
Wed 10 Jun 2009Link

Reminder for LA D-Folk – An Evening with Ross Kauffman moderated by yours truly (I've always wanted to play James Lipton) tomorrow night in Hollywood. Buy tix in advance to save on the price. Brought to you by the IDA

alir aza
Wed 10 Jun 2009Link

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James Longley
Thu 11 Jun 2009Link

I suppose this would be the same person who posted the following on TripAdvisor:

"i am ali i need a female friend in russia bishkek moscow please send me email."

Those interested in donating aid to the refugees in Pakistan through the UNHCR might look here:

Edited Thu 11 Jun 2009 by James Longley

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