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Felix Endara
Tue 24 Nov 2009Link

DocuClub in December!

Our December DocuClub screening will be on Wednesday, December 2, at 7 p.m., at Goldcrest Post (799 Washington Street, between Horatio and Gansevoort), in New York City’s West Village.

We will screen a rough cut of Jill Morley’s FIGHTING IT. While taking a personal journey into the boxing ring, FIGHTING IT explores the complexities of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, racism, and the importance of pursuing your dreams no matter what they are, what issues surround them, or gender you happen to be. It also emphasizes the value of being present and using the past to fuel your journey forward. FIGHTING IT views overcoming adversity, coping with trauma and healing from the past through the lens of boxing. The fact that such healing can take place in what many consider a violent sport is what makes these boxers’ journeys so unique and compelling.

Director Jill Morley’s STRIPPED ran on the Sundance Channel and won Best Documentary at the Women’s International Film Festival in Sydney. Her play, TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A GO-GO GIRL, was recently made into a Lifetime Movie of the Week and was published in Women Playwrights: The Best Plays of 1998. Heading the Paul Taylor Dance Company Video Archive project, Morley shot, edited, and directed the company’s repertoire for their video archive. She also worked with Michael Moore as a producer and correspondent for THE AWFUL TRUTH. In addition, Morley’s Shooting Ninjas Productions specializes in corporate videos, events and performances. Some clients include Gerber, Activision, TIME Magazine, and Kiehl’s.

Our moderator will be Danielle DiGiacomo, Community Manager at IFP, the nation's oldest and largest membership organization, and premiere advocate, for independent filmmakers. Previous to that, she was Head of Documentary Acquisitions for IndiePix Films, building up the documentary feature catalogue and spearheading the successful multi-platform releases of films such as Jeremiah Zagar's IN A DREAM, Kristi Jacobson's TOOTS, and Jason Hutt's ORTHODOX STANCE. She also developed and produced the first and second annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Film. DiGiacomo has programmed in conjunction with the Woodstock Film Festival, Brooklyn Independent Cinema Series, and Rooftop Films, and has presented on panels about film distribution and production at the Newport International Film Festival, Hunter College, Big Sky Documentary Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, and Krakow Film Festival, among others. In addition, she has taught "Contemporary Documentary" and "Documentary Distribution and Marketing" at New York University.

This is DocuClub’s last screening in 2009, so come out to support your filmmaker peers!

Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $6 for non-members.

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

Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:

http://www.artsengine.net/store/items/docuclub_membership_individual_rate


Joe Moulins
Tue 24 Nov 2009Link

I'm in Edmonton for a screening of "A Tribe of His Own: The Journalism of P. Sainath", and to install Sainath's photo exhibit "Visible Work, Invisible Women" at the U of A extension campus gallery. The gallery is in the Bay building at Jasper Ave and 103rd St. The photos will be open to viewing by the public here until January 2010.

If you're interested in bringing "Visible Work, Invisible Women" to your community, please contact me at jmoulins@gmail.com.


Edwin Gailits
Tue 24 Nov 2009Link

I'm looking for a location sound recordist in the Ft Lauderdale, Florida area in the middle of December for 4 days.
The film I'm working on, and have been for the last several years, is a self-funded dance documentary, and I don't have the budget to pay top industry rates.

I'm paying but I'm looking for someone willing to work with me on the rate.
I'm also looking for someone familiar with documentary location sound recording.
I have all the audio gear, but I assume most sound people prefer to use their own.

Let me know if you want more details, or if you can pass on the name of any sound recordist, it would be much appreciated.

Thanks

Edwin

Toronto
gus.to@sympatico.ca


Tracie Holder
Wed 25 Nov 2009Link

From Festivals to Cinemas to Broadcast to Digital: Surveying Your Distribution Options

Next Wed. Dec. 2 | 6:30-8:30pm | WMM Office | $50/$40

Knowing your options for distribution and establishing a clear set of goals for your film—as early as the pre-production phase—are essential for your film’s success. This workshop presents how to explore the different markets (i.e. theatrical, educational, broadcast, home video, public screenings, digital/download) and determine the right fit.

Topics include: developing the public image of your film; navigating the film festival circuit; pitching to buyers; negotiating contracts; and making decisions in a digital age. An essential workshop for any filmmaker who wants their work to be seen! Presented by Women Make Movie's Executive Director, Debra Zimmerman.

Register today! Space is limited. The $40 discount rate is available to D-Word members.


Stefani Saintonge
Fri 27 Nov 2009Link

Anyone in the Long Island area? If so, and you would like to receive information about free, public documentary screenings and events e-mail MFADocprogram@hostra.edu.


Monica Rosales
Sat 28 Nov 2009Link

CALL FOR ENTRIES!! DOCUMENTARY FILMS! DocMiami May 28-30, 2010!

Submit Your Film Now!
http://docmiami.org/Festival.html

Feature Documentary
Feature Documentaries with a total running time from 61 – 180 minutes. (All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)

Documentary Short
Short Documentaries with a total running time between 4 and 30 minutes. (All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)

MiniMovies
Very short documentaries and fiction forms plus all experimental genres allowed with a total running time of under 4 minutes (this is up to 3 minutes and 59 seconds, not a second more!) – Go to the limit of documentary film making: free form – free content –(All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)

Documentary Medium-Length and Essay Forms
Medium length documentaries and documentarian film essays with a total running time between 31 and 60 minutes. (All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)


Miranda Yousef
Wed 2 Dec 2009Link

Hello fellow D-Worders,

FCP Editor available!

I just got back from a 2-month stint in New Orleans editing a fellow D-Worder's documentary, and really enjoyed that experience. I'm looking for my next gig, and wanted to introduce myself to those of you who are looking for an editor.

I am a Final Cut Pro editor with several years of experience, and a number of post-production feature documentary and television credits. Projects I have worked on include an Academy Award short-list nominee, and the winner of the 2008 IDA Audience Award.

I have supervised post-production for broadcast television as well as for theatrical film-outs, and am proficient in After Effects, Photoshop, and all aspects of Final Cut Studio.

I have an excellent grasp of story structure, a good eye for comedy as well as drama, and the ability to pull out the poignant moments that make audiences love (or hate!) the characters.

You can find my reel and resume online at my website; please contact me directly (see my member profile page) for URL and login info.

Thanks, and good luck with all your projects!
- Miranda


Tailinh Agoyo
Thu 3 Dec 2009Link

How to be more competitive when applying for funding from ITVS' OPEN CALL (deadline 1/15/10) – FREE TELESEMINAR Thursday, December 3rd.

Join DocuMentors for a free DOC TALKS teleseminar with Richard Saiz, Senior Programming Manager at ITVS (Independent Television Service), this Thursday, December 3rd, at 5:30pm PST for one hour. We'll talk to Richard about how to be more competitive when applying for funding from ITVS' major initiative OPEN CALL (deadline on January 15th, 2010). ITVS is a champion of independent filmmaking and a major source of programming for PBS, providing over $10 million in licensing fees to filmmakers each year through their many funding initiatives.

COST: Free
DATE: Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
TIME: 5:30pm PST (6:30 Mtn, 7:30 Central, 8:30pm EST) for one hour

To register, follow link below.

http://documentaryhowto.com/free-documentary-teleseminar-registration


Pablo Navarrete
Thu 3 Dec 2009Link

Hola D-Word Community,

Wanted to let you know about the following:

Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela (USA Screenings/December 2009)

http://www.alborada.net/insidetherevolution-usa-screenings-2009

More info on the film here:
http://www.alborada.net/alboradafilms

Best wishes,

Pablo


J Damon Chang
Sat 5 Dec 2009Link

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Looking for a Mandarin Speaking Editor

We have three documentary films in post-production. All were shot and based in Taiwan and have bi-cultural storylines.

Currently, I'm looking to hire an EDITOR or ASSISTANT EDITOR for each film.

A. The editor can be located in Los Angeles or San Francisco.

B. The assistant editor needs to be bi-lingual (Mandarin / USA), and have experience editing documentaries.

C. The feature editor needs to have FEATURE documentaries in their portfolio/resumes.

This is a PAID position.

Here's a quick synopsis on the three projects:

1. Asian American actress with US TV credits goes back to Taiwan to confront the father who left her and her mom when she was two. Father married 5 wives in the span of 25 years, and is still running.

http://www.subtitledfilms.com/

  • Then click on the 1st post under "Press Release"...(It's a China Post article)

2. A documentary on the shifting landscape of dating in Taiwan. How has the economic explosion of Taiwan in the last 40 years affected the current generation's views on dating and marriage.

3. A personal documentary for the new Taiwanese singer 袁詠琳
(Cindy) the new singer from Jay Chou's record company JVR.

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If interested, email: producer@subtitledfilms.com

Edited Sat 5 Dec 2009 by J Damon Chang

Amelia Hanibelsz
Tue 8 Dec 2009Link

Hi Everyone – I am looking to sublet my fabulous SOHO studio apartment while I am away.

Just steps away from the C&E train on Spring Street and very close to many other subway lines.

Walking distance to East Village, Little Italy , Chinatown and Tribeca.

Would love to sublet to a fellow D-Word -er :-)

Dates : 18th of December – 9th of January

Price $120 a day with a refundable $500 dollar deposit.

Let me know if you are interested – amelialiveart@yahoo.com.sg

Many thanks – Amelia


Tailinh Agoyo
Wed 9 Dec 2009Link

This Thursday, December 10th, DocuMentors will be hosting a DOCUMENTARY BUDGETING webinar. This live, interactive tutorial will cover Accurate Documentary Budgeting and the newly created DocuMentors Budget Templates in detail. Members will receive access to the tutorial, the templates, and Going Rates Table – everything you need to create excellent budgets! If you are a member, you will be sent registration information for the template tutorial webinar. If you are not a member yet, but would like to sign up, go to www.documentaryhowto.com
DATE: Thursday, December 10th, 2009
TIME: 5:30pm Pacific (6:30pm Mtn, 7:30pm Central, 8:30pm Eastern) for 90 minutes
FOR MEMBERS ONLY. BECOME A MEMBER TODAY! MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP RATES WILL BE GOING UP IN THE NEW YEAR!


Tailinh Agoyo
Wed 9 Dec 2009Link

MENTORING CONSULTATION: Become a member of DocuMentors by December 20th, and you will receive a complimentary 30 minute private consultation with either Hank Rogerson or Jilann Spitzmiller about any aspect of documentary filmmaking with which you need help.
Visit www.documentaryhowto.com to JOIN and get your complimentary 30 minute consultation! Jump start your project!!


Tailinh Agoyo
Wed 9 Dec 2009Link

DON'T MISS THESE UPCOMING DEADLINES (and see over 100 more extensive listings in our Funder Database in our Members Area – www.documentaryhowto.com )

ALL ROADS SEED GRANT PROGRAM AND FILM PROJECT – National Geographic's All Roads Seed Grant Program funds film projects by and about indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture filmmakers from all reaches of the globe, with an emphasis on first-person storytelling.
Deadline: December 15, 2009

ITVS U.S. OPEN CALL – ITVS funds, distributes and promotes new programs primarily for public television. We work with independent producers to create and present programs not usually seen on public or commercial television. Open Call provides finishing funds for single non-fiction or Animation public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video.
Deadline: January 15, 2010


Tailinh Agoyo
Wed 9 Dec 2009Link

Now up in the Members Area (www.documentaryhowto.com) in the DOC TALKS archive – our conversation with Richard Saiz, Senior Programming Manager at ITVS. ITVS' next OPEN CALL deadline is January 15th. Listen to this incredibly informative DOC TALKS to find out how to make your application much more competitive. Richard gave us a behind-the-scenes look at how ITVS decides on which projects to fund, and how much money ITVS will give to any one film – you'll be surprised and inspired!


Doug Block
Wed 9 Dec 2009Link

Tailinh, whatever those folks are paying you it's not enough.


Leila McCullough
Fri 11 Dec 2009Link

IN SEARCH OF MEMORY at IFC CENTER
Friday January 8, 2010 - Thursday January 14, 2010
from 8:00pm11:00pm
IFC Center
323 Sixth Avenue
New York City, New York 10014

"Memory is everything. Without it we are nothing," says neuroscientist Eric Kandel, winner of the Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking research on the physiology of the brain's storage of memories. As he explains, memory is the glue that binds our mental life together and provides a sense of continuity in our lives.

IN SEARCH OF MEMORY is a compelling blend of autobiography and history that recounts the life of one of the most important neuroscientists of the 20th century and illuminates scientific developments in our understanding of the brain's role in recording and preserving memory. In addition to archival footage and dramatic re-creations of Kandel's childhood experiences in Nazi-occupied Vienna and his formative years as an emigrant in New York, the film features discussions with Kandel, friends and family, as well as his public lectures in Vienna and New York, which explore both his professional and personal life, especially his emotional ties to Judaism.

Both through its personal journey into the memory of this amazingly spry and witty 79-year old, especially his traumatic experiences during the Holocaust, and a visit to his Columbia University laboratory, where Kandel and his colleagues demonstrate their experimental research, IN SEARCH OF MEMORY examines how the brain stores memories, the difference between short-term and long-term memory, Alzheimer's and age-related memory loss, and structural modifications to the brain that enhance memory.

In revisiting the people, places and objects of Kandel's lifetime experiences, IN SEARCH OF MEMORY reveals how everything we undergo changes the brain, even our genetic make-up, and can determine the focus of a life's work.

http://icarusfilms.com/new2009/mem.html
http://www.ifccenter.com/about/


Gregg Schwenk
Sun 13 Dec 2009Link

2010 NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE APPROACHING!

Friendly reminder that the regular deadline to submit your film to the Newport Beach Film festival is DECEMBER 18, 2009.

Check out our festival on YouTube at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2iPH8M3Zuw

Submit directly at Withoutabox:
http://www.withoutabox.com/login/1249

Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 22-April 29, 2010
www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com

Follow us on Twitter:
www.twitter.com/NBFF


Tailinh Agoyo
Mon 21 Dec 2009Link

Hi Doug.
In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 9 Dec 2009 :


Tailinh Agoyo
Mon 21 Dec 2009Link

It's today! December 21, 2009 from 12-4pm. DocuMentors is having their 50% off sale. This includes How To's, DVD's, and Mentoring Services (they will consult with you on any stage of your project or process). Coupon code: YA1221

Also, be advised that Membership rates will be going up in the New Year, so if you join now, you can start benefitting from things like DOC TALKS with ITVS, Sundance Film Fest and more, and the new Budgeting Templates and Tutorial in the Members Area. Many of the upcoming DOC TALKS and tutorials will be for Members Only in the New Year.


Doug Block
Tue 22 Dec 2009Link

In reply to Tailinh Agoyo's post on Mon 21 Dec 2009 :

Still not enough, Tailinh. You need to have a talk with those Mentors, especially now that their rates are going up ;-)

Edited Tue 22 Dec 2009 by Doug Block

Erica Ginsberg
Tue 22 Dec 2009Link

Any folks in the DC area who are still looking for a special gift for themselves or a loved one...Docs In Progress starts up with a new round of classes and workshops in January. Here's what's coming up:

Saturday, January 23: Documentary Fundraising 101 (an all day workshop)

Tuesday, January 26 – Tuesday, March 2: Intro to Final Cut (a six week
evening class limited to 6 participants)

Wednesday, January 27 – Wednesday, March 3: Documentary Filmmaking
from A to Z (a six week evening class aimed at new filmmakers or
filmmakers transitioning into independent documentary filmmaking)

Thursday, January 28 – Thursday, February 11: The Art of Writing
Documentary Treatments (back by popular demand in a longer workshop
format)

Saturday, January 30 – Saturday, March 6: Documentary Production (a
six week Saturday morning class aimed at first-time filmmakers)

More information on these programs plus screenings, salons, guest experts, and more on the Docs In Progress website at http://www.docsinprogress.org.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Director of
Programs and Services Adele Schmidt at adeleATdocsinprogressDOTorg


Rachael Rakes
Fri 25 Dec 2009Link

Hello, I'm writing to let you all know that the call for entries for this year's Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant is online. More info below:

http://www.fullframefest.org/garrett2010.php
Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant

What: This grant funds first time documentary makers for travel and accommodations at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, April 8-11, 2010. For four days, grant recipients will be given access to films, participate in master classes and be mentored by experienced filmmakers. TWO filmmakers will be chosen for the grant in its third year.

Deadline: Applications must be RECEIVED BY Friday, February 5, 2010. Applicants will be notified by email in early March.

About the Grant: Garrett Scott made a distinctive mark in documentary during his short career. Without any formal training in film, he directed Cul De Sac: A Suburban War Story, examining the case of a methamphetamine addict who stole a tank from an armory and went on a rampage through the San Diego suburbs. The film prompted Filmmaker Magazine to cite Scott as one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film. He went on to make Occupation: Dreamland, co-directed with Ian Olds, about U.S. soldiers in Falluja, Iraq. It won prizes at Full Frame and the Independent Spirit Awards. Both films were broadcast by the Sundance Channel. In 2006, Scott died of a heart attack at age 37.

Scott's work examined how the forces of state power and economics impact individuals. Stylistically, his films broke convention, giving audiences new perspectives on familiar milieus like suburbia or war torn Iraq. He was a beloved member of film communities in San Francisco and New York City and several points in between.

His friends, family and colleagues established this development grant to help other emerging filmmakers reach their potential. The grants selection committee looks especially for filmmakers who somehow fulfill Scott's example, by bringing a unique vision to the content and style of contemporary documentary making.

Previous grant recipients include Elinyisia Mosha and Cameron Yates in 2009, Rebecca Richman Cohen, Nathan Fisher and Mai Iskander in 2008 and Robin Hessman and Lee Lynch in 2007.

Criteria: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or green card holder and live in the continental United States; any age 18 or older. By "first time filmmaker," we mean someone who is in the early stage of their documentary career and has not yet received significant recognition (such as major festival play or broadcast). All applicants should anticipate finishing their first project by March 2011. You still qualify as a "first time filmmaker" if you've made shorts or student projects, worked professionally as a crew member on other people's films, or if you've recently completed a documentary that hasn't been released yet. The grant is open to students and non-students alike.

How: Applicants should send a 2 page letter addressing these areas:

1) Project summary: Describe the documentary you're working on. It doesn't matter whether the film is a short or a feature, though the judging tends to favor more ambitious projects. Describe the characters, structure, visual approach and what stage you're at.

2) Director's statement: Describe how you came to filmmaking and how you've trained as a filmmaker. It doesn't matter whether you went to film school or are self-taught. Describe what you want audiences to take from your film.

Work sample: Applicants must send a 5-10 minute DVD sample of a work-in-progress or a past work. You may send a longer work sample, but judges may only review the opening minutes.

Submit TWO COPIES of both the letter and DVD along with your...

Name:
Address:
Phone:
E-mail:

Send to:
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
ATTN: Garrett Scott Documentary Grant
324 Blackwell Street. Suite 500
Washington Building, Bay 5
Durham, NC 27701

Question or comment? e-mail us submissions@fullframefest.org
Thanks, RR


Mercy Murugi
Mon 28 Dec 2009Link

A friend is looking for a local fixer in Guatemala City and also in Honduras for shoots in January 2010.

Email him – paulk@storytellersinternational.com


Tailinh Agoyo
Tue 29 Dec 2009Link

an awesome new blog post from Jilann just went up on DocuMentors. it's an interesting and super informative take on documentary budgeting. here's an excerpt:

How the heck are you supposed to know what your film is going to cost before you even begin shooting it? I am working on a budget right now for the film that we wa...nt to shoot this summer, STILL DREAMING, and it’s a bit like dreaming up your treatment when you don’t know how your film is going to play out. It’s a series of creative and educated guesses that can dramatically impact your film. The way I start the budgeting process is...

READ MORE at http://documentaryhowto.com/documentary-blog


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