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.
Public Classifieds and Announcements
Here's your chance to reach a broad public interested in documentaries. Get the (D-)Word out!
Please include a LOCATION. Spam will be deleted.
As this is a PUBLIC forum, it is also a good idea to write email addresses longhand (person[AT]d-word[dot]com)
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.
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.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
DVX 100a in very good condition for sale. 142 hours of operation. Asking $1200. contact email@example.com
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.
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!
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:
You can contact me using the form on the website, or email me directly at:
Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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 email@example.com 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
Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation
Friday, February 19th, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Directed by Jo Menell
Berga: Soldiers of Another War
Friday, February 26th, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Directed by Charles Guggenheim
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.
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
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
"Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom." – Benjamin Nathan Cardozo
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
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!
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.
In reply to Tailinh Agoyo's post on Thu 11 Feb 2010 :
How do I get on the call?
I imagine you'd click on the link in Tailinh's post to find out, Donald.
Tribeca Cinemas Presents: Doc Series 2010
From the team behind the Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas Presents: Doc Series is an exciting new series of interesting, innovative and thought-provoking documentary films. Join us every other Monday night at Tribeca Cinemas for another must-see film.
This bi-weekly series represents a powerful and varied mix of overlooked gems, out-of-print and cult classics, niche audience favorites, and seminal works that have helped to shape the non-fiction film landscape.
While dealing with a wide variety of subjects, each film has both connected with its core audience and resonated with a broader audience that isn’t always associated with traditional documentary film. In short, Tribeca Cinemas Presents: Doc Series is here to bring you the must-sees of documentary cinema.
2.22.10: Dark Days
3.8.10: Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison
3.22.10: Nerdcore Rising
Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and students with a valid ID and can be purchased online.
All TC Doc Series screenings start at 7:30 pm at Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street (at Laight, one block south of Canal).
Share a cocktail with your fellow doc lovers before or after each screening in the Tribeca Cinemas bar!
We look forward to seeing you at the movies.