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!
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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.
The Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 22-April 29, 2010!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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: email@example.com.
Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Cool Audio Producer job in NYC just posted by The National Black Programming Consortium:
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.
Saturday, January 23, 2010 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Docs In Progress Documentary House, 8700 First Avenue Silver Spring, MD (walking distance to free parking and the Silver Spring Metro)
$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.
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Post by Arts Engine NY.
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: email@example.com
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.
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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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. Thanks.
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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
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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
Withoutabox submissions only: February 8
Entry form and more info at:
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.