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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
Sun 27 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
Mon 28 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


Tailinh Agoyo
Mon 28 Dec 2009Link

lol Doug.
Happy holidays. :)
In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 22 Dec 2009 :


Dean Hamer
Sun 3 Jan 2010Link

GRAPHICS DESIGNER needed for the Out in the Silence film and community engagement campaign. We need to create a "look" for posters, marketing items, the discussion guide, toolkit, etc. Prefer DC based but not essential. The project is supported by the Sundance Institute and the David Haas fund and focuses on human rights in rural America.

Please email DeanHamer@aol.com with your resume or links to samples.


Dean Hamer
Sun 3 Jan 2010Link

Seeking a PUBLICIST or COMMUNICATIONS EXPERT to help with message development and media relations for the Out in the Silence film and community engagement campaign. Experience with social issue films and/or LGBT rights preferred. The project is supported by the Sundance Institute, David Haas fund, Active Voice, and multiple outreach partners.

Please email Deanhamer@aol.com with resume.


Jill Morley
Sun 3 Jan 2010Link

Looking for a DP in Toronto and one in London to do a 5 minute interview / spot. Please have a simple light kit for one person. Fine to use DVX100A. Can pay $350. It's actually for a corporate client's website, but I figure I'd hook a brother or sister up here!


Tailinh Agoyo
Sun 3 Jan 2010Link

Free teleseminar with Food, Inc. producer, Elise Pearlstein. Thursday, January 7. It's free and open to everyone. Register at www.documentaryhowto.com.

We'll discuss how Elise and director Robert Kenner navigated the very treacherous waters of the Industrial Food complex and came outwith an incredibly engaging, as well as eye-opening film.

We'll talk with Elise about working with Participant Media and Magnolia Pictures, two of the foremost companies in the documentary industry today.

Visit www.documentaryhowto.com to register for the teleseminar.


Danielle Beverly
Wed 6 Jan 2010Link

I will be speaking at Notre Dame on February 5th. It's free, so please come join if you happen to be in IN. I look forward to meeting you!

http://performingarts.nd.edu/index.php?page=detail&event=1196


Doug Block
Wed 6 Jan 2010Link

I'm traumatized I won't get to hear you speak, Danielle. Have fun.


Danielle Beverly
Wed 6 Jan 2010Link

The Amtrak goes directly from Penn Station to South Bend. Only takes 17 hours. See you there!


Doug Block
Wed 6 Jan 2010Link

Tempting...


Gregg Schwenk
Wed 6 Jan 2010Link

Final Call For Entries – 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival

The 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival will screen over 350 feature length and
short films. The 2010 NBFF will also host red carpet Opening and Closing
Night Gala Celebrations, International Spotlight events, an Action Sports
Film Series, an Environmental Film Series, a Family Film Series, a
Collegiate Showcase, a Youth Film Showcase and a free Seminar Series. Come
be a part of the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival.

The FINAL deadline for film submissions to the 11th Annual Newport Beach
Film Festival is JANUARY 25, 2010.

Submit your film at
*www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com<http://www.newportbeachfilmfest.com/>
*

The Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 22-April 29, 2010!!


Rose Vincelli
Thu 7 Jan 2010Link

D-Worders-
I'm looking for first-time documentary directors in post-production to participate in IFP's Documentary Lab – a free week long workshop to help you strategize the finishing and most professional release of your film. The illustrious Doug Block is a mentor for this program, among many other top producers and directors. Apply yourself or spread the word to anyone you think might be interested. Email me at rvincelli@ifp.org if you have any questions or if you want to discuss your project- more details are below.

IFP'S 2010 INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER LABS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
Documentary Lab – April 12–16, 2010; Application deadline FEBRUARY 12
Narrative Lab – June 7–11, 2010; Application deadline MARCH 26

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Felix Endara
Wed 13 Jan 2010Link

DocuClub in January!

Our January DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, January 27, 7 p.m., at the 92YTribeca, located at 200 Hudson Street (at Canal). You can take the E, 1, or 6 trains to Canal.

We will screen a rough cut of UP HEARTBREAK HILL by Erica Scharf. The documentary chronicles the lives of Thomas, Tamara and Gabby – three Native American teenagers in Navajo, New Mexico –as they navigate their senior year at a reservation high school. As graduation nears, they must decide whether to stay in their community– a place inextricably woven into the fiber of their being – or leave in pursuit of opportunities elsewhere. Largely isolated from mainstream America, they hesitate to separate from their families and traditions, rooted to home in equal parts by love, obligation and fear. Tribal elders urge members of the younger generation to leave, acquire an education or learn a trade, and return home with the skills to help their people. But, with an unemployment rate near 58% and a per capita income under $4,600, Navajo has few prospects. Thomas, Tamara and Gabby each bear amazing strength and promise, but all are products of their environment, and it is the same community that has set before them so many challenges that now asks them to become the leaders that will reshape the Navajo Nation. Their battles to shape their identities as both Native American and modern American lie at the heart of the film.

Director Erica Scharf has spent much of her career in documentary film and television. Most recently, she worked as an editor on Investigation Discovery’s documentary television series, THE SHIFT. She has shot, produced and edited numerous episodes of THE FIRST 48 (A&E). She directed and edited MARNEE: A GARAGE SALE RETROSPECTIVE, which was the First Place Winner at Movie Making Madness 2005, and edited CIY (Best Short Film, 2007 Aspen Shortsfest). Other credits include SWAT (A&E), MIAMI INK (TLC), and LAST SEEN ALIVE (Discovery). In 2005, Scharf was the Assistant Editor on GOD GREW TIRED OF US (Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, 2006 Sundance Film Festival). Scharf is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has a B.F.A. in Film and Television.

Producer Christina D. King’s body of work spans news, documentary, and film. After producing broadcast news in her home state of Oklahoma, King went on to associate produce the documentaries ELECTION DAY (PBS), BAD BLOOD, and human rights projects for the ACLU. Recently, she line-produced WE SHALL REMAIN: TECUMSEH’s VISION directed by Chris Eyre and Ric Burns. King also field produced for Michael Moore’s recent documentary, CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY. A Native American of Creek/Seminole/Sac & Fox descent, King has a B.A. in Film Studies and Mass Communication from the University of Tulsa.

Executive Producer Chris Eyre’s film EDGE OF AMERICA received a 2005 Peabody Award and he was recognized with a Directors Guild Award. His first feature film, SMOKE SIGNALS, won the Audience Award and Eyre received the Filmmaker’s Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. His other credits include A THIEF OF TIME and SKINWALKERS for PBS’s MYSTERY! In 1995, Eyre received a Rockefeller Foundation Intercultural Film Fellowship. A Cheyenne/Arapaho Native American, he earned his M.F.A. in Film and Television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Editor Cindy Lee has worked extensively in documentary and narrative film, television, and commercials. Her feature editing credits include NO END IN SIGHT (Academy Award nominee 2008, New York Film Critics Circle 2007 Best Documentary, Sundance Special Jury Prize 2006), HOTEL GRAMERCY PARK (Special Jury Mention, Tribeca Film Festival 2008) and MANHATTAN, KANSAS (SXSW Film Festival 2006). She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.A. from Lund University in Sweden.

Editor Isaac Wayton honed his editorial skills while cutting short form documentary films, as well as various television and web projects. His documentary short, CHILDREN IN THE FIELDS (2004), has been used by multiple foundations to raise awareness about the lax child labor laws among migrant workers in the United States. He has collaborated with music artists Keith Urban and Sir Paul McCartney to create unique featurettes for the artists’ websites. His television credits include MYSTERY DIAGNOSES (Discovery Health), THE DETONATORS (Discovery), and IT TAKES A THIEF (Discovery). Wayton received his B.F.A. in Film and Video from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Our moderator will be filmmaker Almudena Carracedo. Born in Madrid, Carracedo is the Emmy-award winning Director and Producer of the documentary MADE IN L.A. Funded by ITVS, POV and the Sundance Documentary Fund, the film has received critical acclaim and international awards, including an Emmy Award, a Henry Hampton Award and a Special Mention of the Jury at the Valladolid International Film Festival. Her previous documentary on Tijuana as a border town, WELCOME, A DOCU-JOURNEY OF IMPRESSIONS, received the Sterling Award for Best Short Documentary at SILVERDOCS and screened in numerous national and international festivals. Carracedo is the 2008 recipient of NALIP's (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) ESTELA Award, and has served as a jury in several film festivals, including the SILVERDOCS, Valladolid International Film Festival and Santiago's International Documentary Festival in Chile (FIDOCS).

Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $8 for non-members.

Only DocuClub members who plan to attend need to RSVP at: 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


Vicki Vasilopoulos
Wed 13 Jan 2010Link

I'm looking for recently completed feature docs for Cinewomen On Screen, a series I help to program for NYWIFT (New York Women in Film and Television). We screen at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan and we have a slot open for our March program. Please contact me ASAP at vickiv34@comcast.net. We will also consider short docs for future programs. Check out the lineup for our January 27th event: http://nywift.org/article.aspx?id=2107


Danielle Beverly
Thu 14 Jan 2010Link

Cool Audio Producer job in NYC just posted by The National Black Programming Consortium:

http://www.blackpublicmedia.org/BLACKstream/?p=550


Erica Ginsberg
Sat 16 Jan 2010Link

ATTN: DC-area documentary filmmakers

Docs In Progress is holding an all-day workshop next Saturday, January 23 in Silver Spring which is focused on fundraising for documentaries. This workshop is appropriate for documentary filmmakers of all experience levels – whether you have never raised funds for an independent documentary or have been frustrated by your efforts to do so.

The focus will be on providing participants with concepts and tools that can help you learn how to develop a fundraising plan, track the fundraising effort, research potential donors, conduct a fundraising drive, and solicit grants from corporations and foundations. There will be plenty of handouts of samples. The workshop is being led by Sam Hampton, an experienced fundraiser. Dr. Hampton, in addition to being the Director of Planning and Special Projects for Docs In Progress and a documentary filmmaker himself, is also the Founding Partner of Hampton Consulting, LLC which works with nonprofit, philanthropic, corporate, and public sector clients on building their strategic plans and increasing their chances of fundraising success – elements which apply just as easily to documentary filmmaking.

WHEN?
Saturday, January 23, 2010 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

WHERE?
Docs In Progress Documentary House, 8700 First Avenue Silver Spring, MD (walking distance to free parking and the Silver Spring Metro)

FEE?
$250 (or $225 if you join Docs In Progress' new Docs Insider Program which gets discounts to many programs)

Since space is limited, advance registration is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Please visit our website for more details or contact Adele Schmidt, Director of Programs and Services, at adeleATdocsinprogressDOTorg or (301) 789-2797.


Juan Manuel Leguizamon
Sun 17 Jan 2010Link

"Haitian film students are on the ground shooting and uploading footage from devastated Jacmel. Volunteer editors are needed in NEW YORK to edit earthquake footage. Please contact Alana at 212 334 6260 if you can help and please repost and pass on to all NYC film professionals."

Post by Arts Engine NY.


Ines Sommer
Sun 17 Jan 2010Link

2010 TALKING PICTURES FESTIVAL (www.talkingpicturesfestival.org) – January 22 deadline coming up!

This very doc-friendly festival invites independent filmmakers to submit their films to its annual festival competition in Evanston, Illinois (next to Chicago). Run by filmmakers, the Talking Pictures Festival seeks films that are thought-provoking, intriguing, entertaining, vibrant, authentic, artful and informative.

Festival takes place in May 2010 and attracts filmgoers from the entire northern Chicago metro-area. Low entry fees. Free for international entries. Cash awards for winning entries.

Last year's fest lineup included well-known docs alongside lesser known, international and regionally produced films. Doc award-winner was "Body & Soul: Kathy & Diana" by Alice Elliott.

Regular postmark DEADLINE: January 22, 2010
Late postmark DEADLINE: February 1, 2010

Entry form and more info at: www.talkingpicturesfestival.org

Submit your entry at: www.withoutabox.com/login/8776

Questions? Contact: filmvideoforum@yahoo.com


Erica Ginsberg
Mon 18 Jan 2010Link

ATTN: DC area documentarians...

Docs In Progress is excited to welcome two guest experts to our workshop offerings at the Documentary House in downtown Silver Spring, MD:

Jay Schlossberg from Media Central will be speaking next Monday about working internationally with a focus on how to navigate carnets, insurance, finding a local crew and fixer, and budgeting for things you may never have had to consider when filming in the U.S.
WHEN? Monday, January 25 (6:30 Networking/7:00-8:30 pm Presentation and Q&A)
FEE? $35 ($30 for Docs In Progress DocsInsiders). Because of limited space for only 15 participants, advance registration is highly recommended.
MORE INFO? http://www.docsinprogress.org/index.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=41&jevtype=jevent&year=2010&month=01&day=25&Itemid=1


Christine Intagliata's presentation on Writing Documentary Treatments was so popular last Fall that we've brought her back to lead a three-night workshop on the same subject. She'll focus on how to take the film in your head and translate your ideas into words to help with fundraising or working with a specific client. Participants will receive samples of successful treatments and, because this is a longer session, will get to develop their own treatments during the course.
WHEN? January 28 – February 11 (three consecutive Thursday nights from 7:00 – 9:00 pm)
FEE? $250 ($225 for Docs In Progress DocsInsiders). Because of limited space for only 10 participants, advance registration is highly recommended.
MORE INFO? http://www.docsinprogress.org/index.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=39&jevtype=jevent&year=2010&month=01&day=28&Itemid=1

For more information on these and other Docs In Progress programs and how to become a DocsInsider, visit our website at http://www.docsinprogress.org or contact Adele Schmidt, Director of Programs and Services, at adeleATdocsinprogressDOTorg or (301) 789-2797.


Pablo Alvarez
Wed 20 Jan 2010Link

Warning: Double-post ahead.

I'm looking for a room in Vancouver for Feb and March. If someone in Vancouver has and apartment or spare room, or knows of someone who might have one please let me know!

Thanks!


Joanna Rabiger
Fri 22 Jan 2010Link

Looking for a Paris based French and English speaking PA to work on a UNESCO shoot 3 through 5 February at a rate of 150 euros per day. Email me at jorabiger@fastmail.fm if interested. Thanks.


Christopher Pavsek
Sat 23 Jan 2010Link

DVX100a for sale. Very few hours. Great shape. All original accessories plus a uv filter, polarizing filter and a padded shoulder bag.

Make an offer. They sell for about 1000 US on ebay.

email me directly at monkeybz (at) telus dot net


Tailinh Agoyo
Sun 24 Jan 2010Link

What's it like to be in the middle of the Sundance buzz? Stressful? Thrilling? Fun? Expensive? Find out on Monday, as Hank talks live from the Sundance Film Festival with filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern. Their film, JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, is premiering that very night in the Documentary Competition. REGISTER now to hear the latest fest news and how Ricki and Annie are faring under the pressure and excitement of Sundance. Find out the back story on how they made this eye-opening portrait of one of America's most interesting icons.

DATE: Monday, January 25th, 2010

TIME: 10am PST (11am Mtn, Noon Central, 1pm EST) for one hour

REGISTER NOW! You can listen in via your computer or phone, and can email questions in to the filmmakers.

go to www.documentaryhowto.com and click on free teleseminar


Tailinh Agoyo
Mon 25 Jan 2010Link

Check it out Hank's Sundance Blog – Entry #2 -Sundance Scene and Overherd

...People come to the fest to walk main street and troll for celebs. I heard Ben Affleck was creating quite a crowd, and I passed Michael Chiklis today. The sidewalks are continuously blocked by flocks around someone 'famous'. I am so outa da loop that I am not recognizing many faces in these spontaneous crowds. I passed by one gaggle yesterday, and did not recognize the guy who was signing autographs. Then a young lady said she wanted to tell him how much she loved him on General Hospital. Main Street is always good for a chuckle.

At a panel yesterday on Media Marketing, a panelist referred to 'District 9' as an “independent film,” because it had a budget of $30 million. The crowd groaned. More proof that the 'indy film' label has become as ubiquitous as 'fat free'...

READ THE REST OF HANK'S BLOG AT http://www.documentaryhowto.com/documentary-blog/114-hanks-sundance-blog-entry-2


Doug Block
Mon 25 Jan 2010Link

Don't take this hard, Tailinh, but passing Michael Chiklis on the street doesn't exactly make me wanna go run to read Hank's blog. On the other hand, hearing Ben Affleck was creating quite a crowd is pretty damn exciting, gotta give you that.


Dempsey Rice
Wed 27 Jan 2010Link

Independent Documentary Filmmaker Seeks Outreach and Marketing Intern

I am an award winning documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York who is just finishing a new experimental short documentary about remembering called FORGET ME NOTS.
I am seeking an intern who can help me research the markets I have targeted for the distribution of this film and to help me focus my audience outreach strategy. This person must be able to employ critical thinking skills, work independently and be familiar with Mac computers. Knowledge of Excel and/or FileMaker are a plus.
This is an opportunity to get hands on experience for a very small company (rather than answering phones at a big firm) and would be ideal for someone studying marketing/outreach and/or a documentary film student who wants to learn what grass roots distribution is all about.
To learn more about the film and my work please visit www.dempseyrice.com
To ask questions or to apply for the position please email a resume and cover letter stating your experience (as a student or professional), why you are interested in working for a small production company and what you bring to the table.
dempsey@dempseyrice.com

Thank you!


Tailinh Agoyo
Thu 28 Jan 2010Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Mon 25 Jan 2010 :

ok. slow down Brooklyn. i moved out of there years ago. I can't keep up with the snarky banter. have a nice day!


Tailinh Agoyo
Thu 28 Jan 2010Link

REBEL DOCS
Rebel against the entrenched establishment. Reject authority, fight the power. Re-new your right for freedom and individuality. Docs can help us do that....right? Redford has said many times that docs are our last bastion of reliable truth since the traditional media... “has gone the way of the dodo.” And the docs this year at Sundance cover everything from Iraq to a female comedian's struggle to keep going despite the impenetrable boy's club. But do these films do anything to actually change the way Coke, Chevron and Citibank run the world?.... READ THE REST OF HANK'S BLOG
http://www.documentaryhowto.com/documentary-blog/116-hanks-sundance-blog-entry-4


Doug Block
Thu 28 Jan 2010Link

Just a little snark, Tailinh, and it's good for body and soul. Actually, Brooklyn's getting more and more like Santa Fe every day.



Ines Sommer
Thu 28 Jan 2010Link

The 2010 TALKING PICTURES FESTIVAL is happy to announce that The ONION: America's Finest News Source and AV Club Chicago have joined us as co-presenters of several of our upcoming festival programs!

Be part of the fun and don't miss the LATE postmark DEADLINE for this very doc-friendly festival: February 1

We seek films that are thought-provoking, intriguing, entertaining, vibrant, authentic, artful and informative. From dramatic films to hard-hitting documentaries, comedic shorts, experimental films, or music videos, we invite independent filmmakers to send us their work for consideration. All genres, styles and lengths welcome. Cash awards for winning film entries.

Now in its second year, the 2010 Talking Pictures Festival will take place on May 7 – 9, 2010. The festival will once again draw audience members from across the northern Chicago metro-area to this annual celebration of independent films from around the world. The inaugural 2009 Talking Pictures Festival received much press coverage and attracted 1,100 filmgoers over the course of a long weekend. True to its name, screenings at The Talking Pictures Festival are often accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, guest speakers or community groups.

Late postmark DEADLINE: February 1

Extended DEADLINE
Withoutabox submissions only: February 8

Entry form and more info at:
http://www.talkingpicturesfestival.org

Submit your entry at: http://www.withoutabox.com/login/8776

The Talking Pictures Festival is produced by Percolator Films (www.percolatorfilms.org), a non-profit film organization that also organizes the popular ten-year-old Reeltime film and discussion series.


Linelle Schultz
Mon 1 Feb 2010Link

Be Discovered in HOLLYWOOD! Great Networking Opportunity! Http://www.hollywoodfestival.com

The 14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival is now open for submissions in the follow genres: Features (drama & comedy), Docs, and Shorts.

Visit the Hollywood FILM Festival, Hollywood Comedy Film Festival, and Hollywood HORROR Film Festival to submit. Http://www.hollywoodfestival.com

P.S Hustle and Flow’s Craig Brewer was discovered at the HFF and last year’s winner for Best Documentary, “Garbage Dreams” was nominated for an Oscar.

Keep up to date with the latest news at http://www.hollywoodnews.com/ . Also follow us on twitter: http://twitter.com/hollywoodscoop and facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hollywoodfilmfest


Sari Gilman
Tue 2 Feb 2010Link

Beautiful Brooklyn Sublet. March 15-May 1, possibly longer. Spacious 1-br apartment in a doorman building in Prospect Heights. $1950/month. Steps from the park, transportation (2/3 and Q trains). It's on the top (6th) floor with views of Manhattan and the Empire State Building. There is a beautiful shared roofdeck. The apartment is clean, comfortably furnished with cable and internet. Laundry in the basement. Near great restaurants, cafes, etc. Pics available upon request.

email me at sarigilman@yahoo.com


Nina Numankadić
Tue 2 Feb 2010Link

DOC ALLIANCE FILMS
The New Deal for Feature Documentaries

Doc Alliance Films – www.docalliancefilms.com – the new online documentary portal for Video on Demand. Doc Alliance is a partnership between five key European documentary film festivals: CPH:DOX Copenhagen, DOK Leipzig, IDFF Jihlava, Planete Doc Review Warsaw and VISIONS DU REEL Nyon.

www.docalliancefilms.com offers permanent access to over 250 outstanding documentaries selected by the five partner festivals. New films are added monthly and each one can be acquired through streaming or download.

The aim of the Doc Alliance initiative is to support the diversity of feature documentaries and to convince audiences of the fascinating, moving and instructive aspects of the cinéma du reel where reality surpasses fiction and becomes spectacular.

Doc Alliance was born with the awareness that new initiatives are needed to promote remarkable films to a general market that is less permeable to their circulation and commercialisation and to approach various audiences in every conceivable manner, ranging from cinema, television, DVD to VOD, and other networks.

Its objective is to create an inventive and dynamic distribution platform for filmmakers and producers by offering attractive alternatives, debates, choices and perspectives.

Doc Alliance Films is proud to announce that it can now be found on YouTube and other social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Please keep checking the www.docalliancefilms.com for promotions and opportunities for viewers and filmmakers, as well as updates on new directions and initiatives of Doc Alliance, website upgrades and where you can find us next, from online publications to blogs and social networks.

For more information please contact pr@docalliancefilms.com

Edited Tue 2 Feb 2010 by Nina Numankadić

Nicole Cattell
Tue 2 Feb 2010Link

DVX 100a in very good condition for sale. 142 hours of operation. Asking $1200. contact nicolecattell@gmail.com


Tailinh Agoyo
Tue 2 Feb 2010Link

TODAY! Join Jilann for a special Q&A call about a new Coaching Circle that she is forming to HELP YOU RAISE MONEY FOR YOUR FILM. This DocuMentors Coaching Circle will be designed to give you concrete tools to raise money effectively, as well as support in a small group environment so you're not going it alone. Join for a special 30 minute call to let you know what you can get out of the Coaching Circle and how it will be run. If you haven't yet registered, and you are interested, please REGISTER NOW for the Q&A call (no obligations to join the group ) and send her your questions thru the event web page that you receive when you register. DATE: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010TIME: 5pm PST (6pm Mtn, 7pm Central, 8pm EST) for 30 minutes. To register click on the link below and go to free teleseminar.
www.documentaryhowto.com


Dempsey Rice
Thu 4 Feb 2010Link

NYC (Brooklyn) – I am in need of an assistant editor or a newbie editor who is looking for some experience but won't cost me much at all. I need to edit some materials for the DVD extras on a couple of projects (it's mostly cutting down interviews and similar stuff). Do any of you know anyone that is just starting out who might be interested? This is going to be in my home, so it's gotta be someone sane!

dempsey@dempseyrice.com


Amanda Woods
Thu 4 Feb 2010Link

Affordable Web Design for Documentary Filmmakers

My name is Amanda Woods... I've posted here once before but it was many months ago and I'm sure my post is buried now, so I'm posting again.

I'm a beginning web design with a passion for documentaries. If you're in need of a website for yourself as a documentary filmmaker, or for a film, I'd love to work on it for you. I strive to keep my prices affordable and am willing to work within your budget. I'm also happy to work out payment plans if you're tight on cash.

My designs are clean and simple, nothing too fancy... not yet, anyway (I'm getting there). I would love the opportunity to work on more film sites, particularly ones in which a filmmaker can provide me with large still images from the film so that I can get a bit more creative/sophisticated with the design. Of course, I'll also work with your input.

You can learn more about my services and take a look at my samples on my website. Thus far, I've done mostly writer sites, so I'm not sure how well those will give you an idea of what I can do with a film site. But if you're interested in a website and if you're able to send me large images and a little bit of copy, I can play with those and give you some examples of what a site for you may look like before you commit to hiring me.

Here is my url:

http://www.plainbellysneetch.com

You can contact me using the form on the website, or email me directly at:

plainbellysneetch@gmail.com

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!

Amanda


Jonathan Archer
Mon 8 Feb 2010Link

Live Streaming Event tonight with ITVS!

The Independent Television Service is streaming a special live filmmaker event online, tonight at 7:30pm from San Francisco!

In conjunction with the SF Film Society and New Doc Editing, ITVS will be discussing innovative structural approaches to documentary filmmaking.

What: Thinking Outside the Doc Box
When: Monday Feb 8, 2010 @ 7:30pm PST
More info and Watch Online: http://bit.ly/docbox

If you're in SF, there still may be tickets available from SFFS.org. It's going to be held at Mezzanine in downtown SF.

Hope you can join us!

– Jonathan Archer (ITVS)


Gabriel Sedgwick
Mon 8 Feb 2010Link

I'm on the hunt for an assistant/intern to work for D-Word founder, omnipresent host, and all-around galactic overlord Doug Block ("51 Birch Street") in the distribution and outreach phase of his new film, "The Kids Grow Up", as well as some work on several other feature docs. Our ideal candidate has a clear interest and ambition to work in documentary production, is a fast learner and fearless starter, and does not shy away from hard work. Internship would begin ASAP. Social media skills a plus.

Our office is located in Dumbo, Brooklyn. This is an unpaid internship, but a small travel- and meals stipend will be given – not to mention priceless knowledge and contacts. Also, we're small enough that a prospective candidate would find her- or himself in the middle of the hurricane, so to speak, but we're also big enough to work with some of the top broadcasters in the world.

If you know someone fitting, or want to apply yourself, please send an email to gabriel@hardworkingmovies.com telling me a bit about who you are, what you hope to learn from interning with us and working for Doug, and what you hope to achieve in the future. Thanks – we're looking forward to hearing from you!


Steve Holmgren
Mon 8 Feb 2010Link

On Friday nights in January, February and March, UnionDocs will screen six excellent films, all of which have been named named Pare Lorentz Award Winners by the International Documentary Association.

We are very fortunate to also have the opportunity to conclude the festival by showing four important works by this pioneer, Pare Lorentz. All of these are documentaries that inspire the best in all of us – films that address issues of social justice, political strife, and survival in a world with declining natural resources. Each screening will be followed by a discussion, with filmmakers and special guests in attendance.

UnionDocs is giving away 5 tickets per show (good for you and a guest) to the first 5 people who reach out to me. E-mail me at steve.holmgren@uniondocs.org and let me know you are interested in attending.

Sugihara: The Conspiracy of Kindness
Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Directed by Rob Kirk
103 Minutes

Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation
Friday, February 19th, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Directed by Jo Menell
118 Minutes

Berga: Soldiers of Another War
Friday, February 26th, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Directed by Charles Guggenheim
85 Minutes

The Plow That Broke The Plains (1936) & Nuremberg (1948)
Friday, March 5th, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Directed by Pare Lorentz

The River (1938) & The Fight For Life (1941 )
Friday, March 12th, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Directed by Pare Lorentz

For more program info, please visit www.uniondocs.org.
UnionDocs is located at 322 Union Avenue, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Edited Mon 8 Feb 2010 by Steve Holmgren

Mark Freeman
Tue 9 Feb 2010Link

Dhondup Wangchen is a Tibetan filmmaker recently sentenced to 6 years for subversion in China. Amnesty International fears that he is being tortured.

Wangchen’s 25-minute documentary, Leaving Fear Behind (www.leavingfearbehind.com), shows Tibetans in the Amdo region expressing their views on the Dalai Lama, the Beijing Olympics and Chinese legislation.

Please help spread the word and please sign the petition at:

Reporters without Borders
http://www.rsf.org/en-petition33442-Dhondup_Wangchen.html

More Information:
http://www.amnestyusa.org/actioncenter/actions/uaa18909.pdf

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/31/world/asia/31tibet.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Dhondup%20Wangchen&st=cse

thank you,

Mark

Mark Freeman
Professor
School of Theatre, Television, and Film
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182-7601
Ph 619 594-5497
Fax 619 594-1391
http://www.markfreemanfilms.org

"Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom." – Benjamin Nathan Cardozo


John Burgan
Tue 9 Feb 2010Link

Good call, Mike. Thanks for posting.


Felix Endara
Wed 10 Feb 2010Link

DocuClub in February!

Our February DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, February 24, 7 p.m., at DCTV, located at 87 Lafayette Street (at Walker; take N/R/Q/6 trains to Canal).

We will screen a rough cut of PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE by Jonathan Lee. The first documentary about Paul Goodman, the late social critic, poet, philosopher of education, or, as he called himself, "man of letters in the old-fashioned sense," it follows a biographical through-line and is structured around interviews with family, friends, peers, and activists from the peace, educational reform, and gay movements who today are found in Maine, Minnesota, Massachusetts, California, West Virginia, New York City, Vermont, Paris, and Catalonia, Spain. The interviews are interwoven with archival footage of Goodman and major events in which he was involved and photos made available by his widow Sally. Some interviewees include Noam Chomsky, Judith Malina, and Grace Paley. See a trailer here: http://www.paulgoodmanfilm.com/trailer.shtml.

Director/Producer Jonathan Lee served as producer of the FEAR OF DISCLOSURE PROJECT, a series of videos that explore the act of revealing that one is HIV+ or has AIDS, which began with a video by the late Phil Zwickler and David Wojnarowicz. Under Lee's direction, the project produced and distributed (IN)VISIBLE WOMEN, Ellen Spiro and Marina Alvarez, NON, JE NE REGRETTE RIEN (NO REGRET), Marlon T. Riggs, and OUT IN SILENCE & NOT A SIMPLE STORY, Christine Choy. From 1995-2003, Lee was the founder/director of the Maine Speakout Project, a statewide organization that trained and deployed volunteer speakers to share their personal experiences as sexual minority Mainers with mainstream groups throughout the state. In 2003, Lee returned to New York City to begin working on PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE.

Associate Producer Robert Hawk has been a longtime advisor to filmmakers and film festivals, has had his own business, ICI (Independent Consultation for Independents) for over 13 years, and been a part of the independent film scene for 23 years. Producer credits include Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine's acclaimed documentary, BALLETS RUSSES. Starting with his involvement in documentary as a researcher on Rob Epstein's Oscar-winning THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK, he has been credited with discovering and/or nurturing the talents of such filmmakers as Epstein, Nathaniel Kahn (MY ARCHITECT), Kevin Smith (beginning with CLERKS), Ed Burns (BROTHERS McMULLEN), David Siegel and Scott McGehee (DEEP END; BEE SEASON), and Geller & Goldfine. He has also consulted on hundreds of documentaries, including Oscar winners/nominees such as COMMON THREADS: TALES FROM THE QUILT, COMPLAINTS OF A DUTIFUL DAUGHTER, and REGRET TO INFORM.

Editor Kimberly Reed is a filmmaker living in New York City. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” and has been awarded a Yaddo Artists’ Community Fellowship, a Squaw Valley Community of Writers Workshop Fellowship, and a spot in Al Gore’s Current TV Symposium on the Future of Non-Fiction Film. Her work has been featured four consecutive years at IFP’s Independent Film Week. Her film PRODIGAL SONS — a co-production with BBC Storyville, Sundance Channel, and CBC/Canada — has been shown around the world in festivals and on television. It was also screened in rough cut at DocuClub in April 2008.

Our moderator will be Basil Tsiokos, who has been a Programming Associate (Documentary Features) for the Sundance Film Festival since 2005. He also serves as a consultant for filmmakers and festivals, offering project feedback and advice on festival and promotional strategy. He was the Executive and Artistic Director of NewFest: The New York LGBT Film Festival between 1996 and 2008. Tsiokos has also served as a Coordinator of the IFP’s No Borders Co-Production Market and has guest curated at the Jacob Burns Film Center and for the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and Germany’s touring Verzaubert Film Festival. Basil has served on festival juries and panels for the Atlantic Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Full Frame, IFP, LaCinemaFe, Outfest, SXSW, and the AIVF. His writing occasionally appears in indieWIRE, and he can be found on Twitter as @1basil1.

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

If you plan to attend, please RSVP at docuclub@artsengine.net. Our previous screenings have sold out and although admission for non-members is on a first-come, first-serve basis, it is highly recommended if you let us know that you’ll be attending.

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


Tailinh Agoyo
Thu 11 Feb 2010Link

TONIGHT!!!!! How do you find the most amazing images for your film amongst the billions of frames out there in the Archival world? And how can you get the most affordable ones, at that? We're talking to Rosemary Rotondi, foremost Archival Film Researcher with credits such as BAND OF BROTHERS this Thursday, February 11th on DOC TALKS. We're going to get the low-down on saving tons of money and time and getting the very best footage and stills for your film.
DATE: Thursday, February 11th, 2010
TIME: 5pm PST (6pm Mtn, 7pm Central, 8pm EST) for 30 minutes
This call is for Members Only. Join us!
www.documentaryhowto.com


John Burgan
Thu 11 Feb 2010Link

Rosemary Rotondi is also a full member of The D-Word – we already value her as a generous and knowledgeable expert in this complex field.


Donald Goldmacher
Fri 12 Feb 2010Link

In reply to Tailinh Agoyo's post on Thu 11 Feb 2010 :

How do I get on the call?


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