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Ryan Ferguson
Wed 17 Mar 2010Link

Hey anyone... especially those in the midwest... especially those in the Chicago vicinity. You are cordially invited to a giant dance party. Details in the below flier:


Tailinh Agoyo
Wed 17 Mar 2010Link

Here's a guest blog from our DOC TALKS expert interview for March 18th, Karen Everett of NewDocEditing.com.

Advice to Filmmakers: Reverse Engineer Your Psychobabble. I had the pleasure of having a former psychotherapist in my recent weekend seminar, "Structuring the Character Driven Documentary". When we began our story focusing exercises, he was picked to be the guinea pig. One of the documentary story exercises involves filling out three simple sentences, which provide the skeletal backbone for acts one, two and three.For example, the first sentence reads....

TO READ MORE: http://www.documentaryhowto.com/documentary-blog/139-guest-blog-by-karen-everett


Paul Devlin
Thu 18 Mar 2010Link

Greetings,

I urge all artists using the CreateSpace fulfillment service to protest their new policy of withholding all purchaser information. Put all of your CreateSpace titles ON HOLD, followed by quitting the company if the policy is not reversed. Immediately seek alternative fulfillment services such as Filmbaby, CDbaby, CCNOW, Kunaki, IODA, Neoflix, and others.

CreateSpace used to be an excellent fulfillment service that does on-demand, one-off duplication of DVDs, CDs, and books, so that artists do not need to maintain inventory of the products they are selling. I have been using and actively advocating this fulfillment service since 2003 (when the name was Customflix). More about me and my films at: http://www.blastthemovie.com/about.html#bio

However, the company was acquired by Amazon a few years ago. Earlier this year, without notice, CreateSpace instituted a new policy that withholds all purchaser information from artists selling on their site. Their position is that people who purchase our products are THEIR customers rather than OUR customers (despite the fact that they do not actively promote OUR products). All purchaser information is withheld because of “privacy issues,” even though we may have direct personal relationships with our customers. This represents a profound misunderstanding of the customer relationship.

The new policy prevents artists from building their business around customer relationships and from building community around their titles. It is in direct conflict with the promise of the Internet that our community has been promoting the past few years: bypassing gatekeepers in order to engage directly core audiences, allowing artists to build sustainable businesses around their work. Our economic sustainability as independent artists will be severely threatened if CreateSpace’s new policy becomes a trend in the industry.

In response, I urge you not only to join me in boycotting CreateSpace’s service, but to participate in an aggressive, online, social networking campaign to inform colleagues of this new policy, and to encourage CreateSpace to reverse it.

Please respond by posting on relevant forums, blogs, facebook, twitter etc. Make suggestions on where colleagues can post. If you are a CreateSpace customer, make your voice heard on their “Community” forum, and by directly contacting:

Melissa Creeger
Member Support Team Lead
mcreeger@createspace.com
(843) 760-8079

If we succeed, it will be a newsworthy story of our community flexing our social networking muscle. If CreateSpace does not reverse its policy, at least we will have informed our community about the drawbacks of using this service.

Thanks and Good Luck!

Paul Devlin
Director, BLAST!, Power Trip, SlamNation
www.devlinpix.com


Konrad Aderer
Fri 19 Mar 2010Link

Melissa & Paul,
Thanks for posting this. There's a lot of aspects to distributing on Amazon through CreateSpace that are ridiculous, like not being able to choose a trailer or even link your DVD listing to your VOD listing.

Do any of the other on-demand services provide a listing through Amazon?


Leonard Lopez
Sat 20 Mar 2010Link

Hi all,

Any new documentaries in the pipe line needing our services?

Sorry Doug for spelling your name wrog.
Regards.
Lenny.


Bill Kerrigan
Sat 20 Mar 2010Link

I need a soundperson, camera assistant, EX3 camera, sound & lighting equipment, for a shoot in New York on April 6th.
Please email kerrigan@mac.com and I'll pass the info on to the producer.

Bill Kerrigan
http://www.kerrigan.ca


Felix Endara
Mon 22 Mar 2010Link

DocuClub in March!

Our March DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, March 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 THE LEARNING by Ramona Diaz. American public schools systems today are struggling to meet the federal No Child Left Behind Act’s (NCLB) requirement of highly qualified teachers in every classroom. Nowhere is the teacher shortage more pronounced than in mathematics and the sciences. Consequently, a significant number of urban school districts across the country have begun hiring foreign teachers, with the Philippines – because of its surplus of education majors, American-based education system, and English-speaking population – emerging as a recruitment hub.

The film follows four Filipino teachers as they take their place on the frontline of the No Child Left Behind Act, chronicling the sacrifices they make as they try to maintain a long-distance relationship with their children and families, and begin a new one with the mostly African-American students whose schooling is now entrusted to them. While the story of women who care for other women’s children is timeless and universal, the experience of the Filipino teachers is an especially contemporary example of the economic exodus of women from poor countries. But as they take on a function of daily American life, they also step into a position of subtle power. For each generation of teachers, regardless of where they come from, influences the education, values, and economic prospects of a new generation of Americans.

THE LEARNING is funded by ITVS, the Center for Asian American Media, and the Sundance Documentary Fund.

Producer/Director Ramona Diaz is a Filipino-American filmmaker whose credits include IMELDA (Sundance, IDFA, LAFF, True/False, IDA Award) a full-length documentary about the former First Lady of the Philippines. The documentary was released theatrically in the United States and the Philippines, screened in over fifty film festivals around the world, and was broadcast on Independent Lens in May 2005. Diaz also directed and produced SPIRITS RISING (Student Academy Award, Ida Lupino DGA Award, IDA Certificate of Merit), a film about women’s role in the 1986 People Power revolution in the Philippines. She is currently in post-production on DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY, a feature length documentary film about the iconic 80’s band, Journey, and their new lead singer, Arnel Pineda, whom they discovered through YouTube.

Editor Leah Marino has completed numerous documentary features that have aired nationally. Most recently, she did work on PORTRAIT OF WALLY about a painting seized from the Museum of Modern Art in NYC because of a Holocaust dispute. She completed THE CREEK RUNS RED, about an environmental super-fund site in Oklahoma, which aired on Independent Lens. Marino also edited Diaz’s IMELDA, which won numerous awards including one at Sundance and at the IDA.

Cinematographer Gretchen Hildebran filmed THE LEARNING and contributed to Joan Braderman’s THE HERETICS. She is also producing and shooting THE BRONX IS HERE TO STAY, which examines the fires that destroyed much of New York in the 1970s. Her documentaries include the internationally screened CARVE (2003) and WORTH SAVING (2004), which was presented in HBO’s Frame by Frame documentary showcase and received Best of the Fest at the 2006 International Conference for Reducing Harm.

Cinematographer Gabriel Goodenough began his career as a camera assistant on narrative feature film and television projects such as A BEAUTIFUL MIND, THE SOPRANOS, THE WEST WING, OZ and HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREETS, and advanced to the position of camera operator on the HBO series UNSCRIPTED. He has served as the Director of Photographer or Camera Operator on a variety of projects for outlets including The Learning Channel, Discovery Television and PBS.

Our moderator will be Betty Yu, a longtime community-based media maker, educator and organizer who is currently the Director of Community Outreach and Media at Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), Manhattan's Community Access TV organization in New York City. At MNN, she provides media making tools and resources to community based organizations through video production training and a Community Media Grants program. RESILIENCE, Yu’s film chronicling her garment worker mother's fight against sweatshops, was shown at the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival. In 2007, she was selected for the National Rockwood Fellowship in Media, Communications and Information Policy. In addition, she has served on the boards of Working Films, a social documentary film organization and the North Star Fund, a progressive foundation that supports grassroots social justice organizing work. This year, Yu joined the Board of the New York Film and Video Council, a 60 year-old organization serving the independent film and video community.

Also present will be Sweet Tooth of the Tiger, which is part d.i.y. food service project and part participatory art project that uses sugar as a medium and explores eating as social practice. Taking the form of a bake sale table, STOT makes an effort to help artists raise money for creative projects by presenting delicious and creative baked goods for a suggested donation. By exchanging cash for sweets, we can establish new and real ways of challenging traditional arts funding models. More info: www.sweettoothofthetiger.com.

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


Nina Numankadić
Mon 22 Mar 2010Link

The Doc Alliance Selection 2010 was announced during the VISION DU REEL Nyon press conference in Switzerland last week. The Doc Alliance Selection is an annual series of FIVE innovative documentaries selected by each of the Doc Alliance partner festivals, CPH:DOX Copenhagen, DOK Leipzig, IDFF Jihlava, Planete Doc Review Warsaw and VISION DU REEL Nyon. All FIVE docs will tour each festival throughout the year and contend for the Doc Alliance Award, which will be granted by an international jury during IDFF Jihlava 2010. Doc Alliance created Doc Alliance Films, a selective platform for online distribution of documentary and experimental films. It offers permanent access to outstanding documentaries, through stream or download, selected by the Doc Alliance partners, promising the esteemed trademark of film festival programming.

Visit http://docalliancefilms.com

Into Eternity by Michael Madsen (Denmark, Finland 2009, 75 min)
Selected by CPH: DOX Copenhagen

The Arrivals by Claudine Bories and Patrice Chagnard (France 2009, 111 min)
Selected by DOK Leipzig

Metrobranding by Ana Vlad and Adrian Voicu (Romania 2010, 92 min)
Selected by IDFF Jihlava

Steam of Life by Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen (Finland, Sweden 2010, 84 min)
Selected by Planete Doc Review Warsaw

Aisheen (Still Alive in Gaza) by Nicolas Wadimoff (Switzerland, France 2009, 86 min)
Selected by VISIONS DU REEL Nyon


Nina Numankadić
Mon 22 Mar 2010Link

DOC ALLIANCE FILMS offers FREE STREAMING

EVENT OF THE WEEK: A selection from THE RESTORED FILMS BY JAN SPATA is available for FREE at http://docalliancefilms.com

From Monday, March 22 to Sunday, April 11, Doc Alliance Films offers a FREE worldwide STREAM of three selected films by the master of Czech documentary filmmaking, Jan Spata. THE RESTORED FILMS project was awarded by the Czech Film and Television Academy. Each of the films will be available for one week.


Kathleen Maguire
Mon 22 Mar 2010Link

The Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival's early submission deadline is fast approaching!!

The American Museum of Natural History’s Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival is the longest-running showcase for international documentaries in the United States. The Mead Fest considers documentary films and videos (including shorts, experimental films, essay films, animation, and new media) only. Productions must have been completed within the last three years.

There are two ways of submitting your work to the Festival:

1. Mail us your film along with an entry form. All forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the web site at: http://www.amnh.org/programs/mead/submit/

2. Submit your film through Without A Box at: http://www.withoutabox.com/login/1236

Entry Deadlines:
• Early Deadline: March 31, 2010
• Final Deadline: May 3, 2010

For more information on submission requirements and other details, please check out the guidelines and Mead FAQs on our website www.amnh.org/mead.

Please pass this on to your colleagues, friends, neighbors, students, and resident filmmakers.


Sarah Sim
Mon 22 Mar 2010Link

Hey all -

I stumbled upon the "One Chicago, One Nation" film contest recently and it looks like a really cool social action through film project.

A number of nonprofits joined together to ask filmmakers to submit short videos about inter-faith and multicultural communities working together to break down stereotypes and promote greater understanding among diverse groups.

They're giving away $50k in prizes, with $20,000 for the grand prize.

However, I wish I found this earlier. Apparently the contest ends at the end of April :(

More info here: http://www.linktv.org/onechicago/


Donald Goldmacher
Tue 23 Mar 2010Link

I need a soundperson, camera person with HD camera, sound & lighting equipment, for a shoot in Detroit on April 23rd.
Please email me at donald.goldmacher@gmail.com. The shoot will be some interviews combined with audience shots of a rank and file labor conference in Dearborn, MI.
www.Heist-themovie.com


Kristin Alexander
Tue 23 Mar 2010Link

In reply to Leonard Lopez's post on Sat 20 Mar 2010 :

Leonard I received the email and phone call, stating you got my information from D-word.. I am not interested. Thank you.


Lynn Cassaniti
Tue 23 Mar 2010Link

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Moviescope (missing power cord)

Hand Rewinds (2)
Split Reels (2)
Spring Clamps (C-Clamps)
Take-up Reels (3)

Trim Bin
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Contact: Lynn Cassaniti
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917-847-8491
(location: lower Manhattan)


Ben Kempas
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

In reply to Kristin Alexander's post on Wed 24 Mar 2010 :

Kristin, the hosts deleted his account after receiving a number of complaints about unsolicited emails in which he referred to The D-Word.

As he just had an Enthusiast account, he was only able to see your website on your profile, not your email address or phone number. (However, these are listed on your website.)

Edited Wed 24 Mar 2010 by Ben Kempas

Ryan Bruce Levey
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link Tag

VAGRANT FILMS RELEASING AND PUBLICITY AVAILABLE FOR YOUR HOT DOCS PUBLICITY AND MARKETING NEEDS

“Vagrant worked our film at Sundance with energy and enthusiasm”
Laura Paglin- Director, No Umbrella: Election Day in the City (Sundance’06)

“I worked closely with Ryan Bruce Levey during a promotional tour of the film "Lymelife" in Toronto. I found him to be truly invested and savvy with regard to his responsibilities and relationships with journalists and general media. I would also have to add that he was extremely considerate and a heck of a lot of fun to be with.”
Jill Hennessy- Actress, Law and Order, Crossing Jordan, Lymelife

As Hot Docs approaches, it is time start thinking about options for publicity and marketing. With the costs of a publicist increasingly a headache, Vagrant Films Releasing and Publicity is proud to offer an affordable and reliable option, with deep industry ties, and a reputation for handling some of the hottest indies, sizzling docs and iconic acting legends.
We pride ourselves on creating a fun experience for all of our clients, while generating press with media outlets from around the world.
Vagrant can provide competitive rates and assist you in addition with marketing and outreach ideas.
Please feel free to contact us for a consultation.
About us
Launched in September 2000 at the Toronto International Film Festival, Vagrant Films Releasing and Publicity has gone from a Canadian theatrical distribution entity, to a multi pronged film services company handling everything from international sales, distribution for hire, service output for major studios/sales agents and film/talent publicity.

Our publicity department has worked on such festival favourites like PRESUMED GUILTY, HOUSE OF SAND, THE ENGLISH SURGEON, THE WAY WE GET BY, UPSTREAM BATTLE, LYMELIFE, NO UMBRELLA (SUNDANCE 06) and with actors like Oscar winner Tatum O’Neal, Academy award nominated actress Fernanda Montenegro, 2 time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton, Emmy winner Jon Cryer, acclaimed TV icon Jill Hennessy, and the legendary Tura Satana, star of FASTER PUSSYCAT, KILL KILL.

Titles currently handled for World sales include IF I KNEW WHAT YOU SAID (TIFF 09) , Australian thriller CACTUS (Starring and executive produced by Bryan Brown), Dragons and Tigers award nominated THE “THANK YOU” GIRLS.
Our Canadian theatrical division has released such acclaimed films as MARGARET CHO: I’M THE ONE THAT I WANT, OUTSOURCED, SORDID LIVES (For Here Films/Regent Releasing) THE GRAND (For Anchor Bay Canada), 70’s Psychedelic tribute VIVA, SXSW audience award winner DIRTY COUNTRY, Paul Cox’s NIJINSKY, Hot Docs jury award winner THE ENGLISH SURGEON, the Martin Scorsese produced LYMELIFE and Aviva Kempner’s YOO HOO, MRS. GOLDBERG.
Vagrant Films Releasing and Publicity attends festivals and markets like Sundance, Berlin, Rotterdam, Pusan, Tribeca, Toronto, Fantasia, Montreal World Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Cleveland, Hot Docs and many, many others.
Ryan Bruce Levey
Vagrant Films Releasing and Publicity
318 Rhodes Avenue
Toronto, ON M4L 3A3
Main- 647-929-7304
E- v_f_c_rb@yahoo.ca


Jon Fordham
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link Tag

I am an online editor/colorist in New York and have had the pleasure of working on many documentaries from the D Word community. Here in the second decade of the millennium the post world has changed. While it is more complicated than ever to finish a film, especially in HD, budgets have all come down. Well, so have prices in post facilities. You might be surprised at the budgets we can work with. I'd be happy to offer D Word members a break. I'd love to help and at the same time shamelessly go on making a living color correcting good documentaries.


Ben Kempas
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

Ryan, I just upgraded you to Member status so you can say hello in our dedicated Hot Docs 2010 topic. I'm sure there'll be people with "sizzling docs" who may need a good publicist.


Doug Block
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

Ryan helped out with 51 BIRCH STREET at the Toronto Film Festival in 2005. "Energy and enthusiasm" doesn't begin to describe him.


Ben Kempas
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

I can second that from TIFF 2008. :-)


Randy M. Salo
Thu 25 Mar 2010Link

Hey fellow D-worders, i'm a film composer as well as a doc filmmaker and wanted to share my work with you in case you need any music for your films. I'm in the NYC area but easily work remotely in the internet age. Thanks and Best of luck to all your projects! If interested you can reach me at [perpetualprogression(at)hotmail.com] or (917)349-0565

www.myspace.com/randymsalomusic

you can check out my current doc in progress here at CID:

http://documentaries.org/cid-films/faces-in-the-rocks/


Jon Foy
Thu 25 Mar 2010Link

Hey Randy, the preview looks pretty awesome. I'm in a similar boat, doing a doc and doing scoring (with a bit of metal influence too). The music fills in the tone nicely. It tells me you are bringing us closer to his ideas, at least in spirit. Not in an absurd way, but a respectful way. That really came through for me. I like weird subjects like this too. Cheers.


Laura Moire Paglin
Thu 25 Mar 2010Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 24 Mar 2010 :

Yes I know Doug. Well if you can supply better adjectives, I'll have Ryan change the quote!


Tailinh Agoyo
Thu 25 Mar 2010Link

5pm PST TONIGHT teleseminar about DocuMentors newly released budgeting system. To see a sample of the system or sign up for the call, click on this link:
http://documentaryhowto.com/free-documentary-teleseminar-registration


Randy M. Salo
Thu 25 Mar 2010Link

Hey thanks Jon! I'm glad it came off to you in this way. Its very encouraging. You have a site up for any of your work? you can email me at perpetualprogression@hotmail.com so we keep the chatter down on the board. thanks again!


Felix Endara
Fri 26 Mar 2010Link

DocuClub CALL-FOR-ENTRIES

DocuClub is seeking submissions for 2010. Currently, our April 21 and May 19 slots are open.

Every month at DocuClub a filmmaker presents a rough cut of her film to DocuClub members and the public. A facilitated discussion follows each screening. Past films that have been shown at DocuClub include BORN INTO BROTHELS (Academy Award for Best Documentary, 2004), PRODIGAL SONS (Telluride Film Festival 2008), and DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE: RADICAL LAWYER WILLIAM KUNSTLER (Sundance Film Festival 2009). For more details, go to: www.docuclub.org.

DocuClub is accepting entries that fit the following criteria:

  • They are in the rough-cut stage and thus ready to be screened.
  • They are no longer than 100 minutes and no less than 45 minutes.
  • They have specific challenges that you wish to workshop.

If you would like to be considered, please mail a clearly labeled DVD screener to the address below. (Please note that your screener will not be returned unless you provide a SASE.)

Felix Endara
Filmmaker Services Manager
Arts Engine, Inc.
104 West 14th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10011
docuclub@artsengine.net


Nina Numankadić
Mon 29 Mar 2010Link

DOC ALLIANCE FILMS: FREE STREAMING OF FILMS BY KHAVN DE LA CRUZ

Doc Alliance Films presents a series of 5 FILMS by Khavn De La Cruz, the outspoken, experimental Filipino filmmaker with a desire to explore and cross boundaries. Khavn De La Cruz has made 23 features and more than 70 short films, most of which have received prizes and screened at international film festivals.

Visit www.docalliancefilms.com to watch!

SQUATTERPUNK (79 min), available now
In the midst of the squalor they were born in, the impoverished Filipinos of Squatterpunk still find a will to live above the preconceived notions of suffering that accompany their state of life.

BAHAG KINGS (74 min), available now
A group of tribal leaders from the jungle search the city like a hard rock band. Or is it a rock group looking for the jungle? The filmmaker was arrested for the film, together with his half naked kings. Funny, unpolished, musical and (hence) also a little bit political.

RUGBY BOYS (7 min), online NOW FOR FREE!
The winning film at the Oberhausen short film festival, Rugby Boyz presents a disturbing and compressed portrait of life in a poor neighbourhood in a Philippine town, where among the shacks the only source of entertainment for children is karaoke, rugby, and sniffing paint thinner. A cruel irony on the hope these children bring.

CAN AND SLIPPER (2 min), for FREE STREAMING staring April 1
A boy from the slums plays football. His soccer ball is an empty can of Coke and his soccer shoes are a pair of flip-flops. A shocking message about the real world awaits you at the end.

OUR DAILY BREAD (3 min), for FREE STREAMING staring April 1
A short documentary on how one family lives out each day to earn their daily bread. How one man's trash is literally transformed into this family's treasure.

http://docalliancefilms.com


Paul Fitzgerald
Tue 30 Mar 2010Link

Hi, I'm looking to rent a camera and sound package, 4/5 – 5/5, from here in NYC. EX1 or comp HD camera preferred. For a month shoot down in Virginia. I'm an experienced narrative filmmaker embarking on my first doc. Please be in touch at paul@pulledpictures.com

Thanks much!


Riley Morton
Tue 30 Mar 2010Link

when renting for that long, i'd imagine it'd be cheaper to buy.


Jehan Harney
Thu 1 Apr 2010Link

Looking for an experienced game designer and a web developer soon to join my film team at BAVC's Producers Institute in San Francisco. Ticket, food, and accommodation are covered for 10 days starting May 28, 2010. This is an opportunity to be part of a project with potential for a long-term job. JehanHarney@aol.com


Florencia Davidzon
Fri 2 Apr 2010Link

Does someone goes to HOTDOCS this year? We are 2 filmmakers going from LA.
It will be nice to meet with hotdocs members or fans!
let me know if you are interested or if you already are hosting an event.
thanks

Florencia


Felix Endara
Fri 2 Apr 2010Link

DocuClub CALL-FOR-ENTRIES

DocuClub is seeking a rough cut of a short doc (10-20 minutes) for Wednesday, April 21, 2010.

Every month at DocuClub a filmmaker presents a rough cut of her film to DocuClub members and the public. A facilitated discussion follows each screening. Past films that have been shown at DocuClub include BORN INTO BROTHELS (Academy Award for Best Documentary, 2004), PRODIGAL SONS (Telluride Film Festival 2008), and DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE: RADICAL LAWYER WILLIAM KUNSTLER (Sundance Film Festival 2009). For more details, go to: www.docuclub.org.

Our April DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, April 21, 7 p.m., at DCTV, located at 87 Lafayette Street (at Walker; take N/R/Q/6 trains to Canal). Our moderator will be Iris Morales, a life-long activist, educator, media producer and writer. She is the producer, writer and co-director of !PALANTE, SIEMPRE PALANTE! THE YOUNG LORDS, an award-winning documentary that chronicles Puerto Rican activism in the United States in the Sixties.

If you would like to be considered, please mail a clearly labeled DVD screener to the address below. (Please note that your screener will not be returned unless you provide a SASE.)

Felix Endara
Filmmaker Services Manager
Arts Engine, Inc.
104 West 14th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10011
docuclub@artsengine.net


Doug Block
Fri 2 Apr 2010Link

In reply to Florencia Davidzon's post on Fri 2 Apr 2010 :

Quite a few are going, Florencia, including me (I'll be screening my film THE KIDS GROW UP). Can you tell us more about yourself in the Introduce Yourself topic?


Ryan Ferguson
Fri 2 Apr 2010Link

one last reminder – folks near Chicago. big-ass party tomorrow for a documentary film. will be totally amazing with dancing and good beer and good coffee and so much more. BE THERE!

facebook event listing with flier and all the info


Ryan Bruce Levey
Sat 3 Apr 2010Link

Can't wait to see KIDS at Hot Docs, Doug!! Hopefully I'll be there working on something, nothing yet so far. But, I should still be around.


Gary Beeber
Sat 3 Apr 2010Link

NEW YORK CITY PREMIERE of my new film
"DIRTY MARTINI AND THE NEW BURLESQUE":
Sunday, June 13th, 8:00 pm

With LIVE Burlesque performances by Dirty Martini and other performers included in the film
Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement
212.598.0400 | 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) New York, NY 10002


Stefani L. Weiss
Tue 6 Apr 2010Link

Hi,
I'll be in Boston April 14-20 shooting for my doc WinCatherine and am looking to rent a few P2 cards from someone. (The DP I hired only has (2)16GB cards and I know we'll need more than that.) I'm looking to rent (2)32GB cards or similar. Please email me at stefani@sparklinblueproductions.com if you can help or know anyone who can. Thanks!

PS. I'll be coming from Philly so renting from there is an option too. Rule was way too expensive in Boston.


Felix Endara
Wed 7 Apr 2010Link

Our April DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, April 21, 7 p.m., at DCTV [http://www.dctvny.org/], located at 87 Lafayette Street (at Walker; take N/R/Q/6 trains to Canal).

We will be showing a rough cut of short documentary BISMILLAH by Jolene Pinder and Sarah Zaman. The film follows the beginnings of one Muslim woman’s groundbreaking struggle against America’s political structure. BISMILLAH tells the story of Farheen Hakeem, a feisty 31-year-old Muslim Girl Scout troop leader who puts herself under public scrutiny by taking part in the consummate patriotic act: running for office. The daughter of Indian immigrants, Farheen is the first Muslim woman to run for office in Minnesota. Putting Midwestern niceties aside, she is neither apologetic for her religious beliefs nor silent about the biases she sees in her community. She lives the phrase emblazoned on her favorite t-shirt: “This is what a radical Muslim feminist looks like.”

BISMILLAH was a finalist for the International Documentary Association's David Wolper Award, won first place in the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' College Television Awards (Student Emmys) and was the recipient of a CINE Golden Eagle Award.

Co-director Sarah Zaman was born and brought up in Pakistan, and came to the U.S. in the fall of 2002 to pursue an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies at Eastern Illinois University. While earning her B.A. in Mass Communications, she worked as a news producer, reporter, cameraperson, writer and assignment editor for three years at WEIU-TV (the PBS affiliate) in Charleston, Illinois. Sarah graduated from the University of Florida's Documentary Institute in 2007. Currently, she works as an anchor and producer for Voice of America's Urdu TV show in Washington, DC.

Co-director Jolene Pinder is currently the Festival and Outreach Director at Arts Engine. Prior to this work with AE's Media That Matters Film Festival [wwwmediathatmatteresfest.org], she was an Associate Producer at Big Mouth Films (the production arm of Arts Engine) [http://www.artsengine.net/bigmouthfilms]. She is currently a co-producer on the Arts Engine work-in-progress Asexuality: The Making of a Movement [http://www.artsengine.net/asexuality]. In her role in the production department, she was Associate Producer for Outreach and Distribution on Arts Engine's latest releases, Arctic Son [http://www.artsengine.net/arctic_son] and Election Day. Recently, she screened the short film Little Fountains (co-directed with Josh Solondz) at MoMA as part of her work with the UnionDocs Collaborative. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida's Documentary Institute.

Our moderator will be Iris Morales, a life-long activist, educator, media producer and writer. She is the producer, writer and co-director of !PALANTE, SIEMPRE PALANTE! THE YOUNG LORDS, an award-winning documentary that chronicles Puerto Rican activism in the United States in the Sixties. Broadcast on P.O.V in 1996, it continues to be widely screened at film festivals, colleges, high schools, and community venues across the country. Morales has also produced several short films and web-based projects, and has published articles about Puerto Rican migration, immigration and detention, gender equality and other social justice issues. Recently, she produced and launched US-PuertoRicans.org, a web-based multi-media project that integrates commentary, news, video, photographs, maps, and history dedicated to the Puerto Rican Diaspora. She is also an attorney and currently serves on advisory boards of the Caribbean Cultural Center and Teatro Vida, has previously served on the boards of Women Make Movies, the Association of Hispanic Arts, and Black and Hispanic Images (BHI) and on artists panels at the National Endowment for the Arts [www.arts.gov], P.O.V. Television Series [www.pbs.org/pov], Urbanworld Film Festival [www.uwff.com], Media That Matters Film Festival [http://www.mediathatmattersfest.org/], New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Independent Television Service (ITVS), among others.

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

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


Kaitlin Keleher
Thu 8 Apr 2010Link

In reply to Marisa Murgatroyd's post on Mon 8 Mar 2010 :

Hi Marisa,

I came across Peter's job posting on the International Documentary Association's job board the other day. I sent in my application materials yesterday, but I noticed that the posting is almost a month old. Do you happen to know if the position has already been filled? It looks like a tremendous opportunity!

Thank you,

Kaitlin


Christopher Wong
Thu 8 Apr 2010Link

don't know if the position has already been filled, but they are well on their way to deciding... they got more than 600 applications! (and i was already rejected...)


Koen Suidgeest
Thu 8 Apr 2010Link

In reply to Felix Endara's post on Wed 7 Apr 2010 :

My only question is: why is this incredibly interesting story "only" a short? How short is short?


Kaitlin Keleher
Thu 8 Apr 2010Link

Well if you were rejected, Christopher, then I have absolutely zero chance :( Thanks for letting me know! I'll just have to keep on the lookout for other great opportunities.


Christopher Wong
Thu 8 Apr 2010Link

i wouldn't say that, kaitlin. people who have met me often tell me how much smarter i seem in my picture... and those are my good friends!

but it just seems like this job was "perfect" for so many of us in the filmmaking world – on the cutting edge of distribution, being able to work from home, and having a relatively stable income. oh well... back to making films and eating ramen noodles.


Peter Brauer
Thu 8 Apr 2010Link

lol Chris. Having never met you, and only seen your picture. I always thought you were a brainiac. Thanks for the warning about the let down.


Soudabeh Moradian
Thu 8 Apr 2010Link

In reply to Christopher Wong's post on Thu 8 Apr 2010 :
Hey Christopher!
could you let me know about the job?! I want to try my chance!


Elizabeth Gadwa
Thu 8 Apr 2010Link Tag

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Mariah Wilson
Thu 8 Apr 2010Link

Hello everyone!

I will be going out of town from April 24 – May 9, and am looking to sublet my studio, located in central Brooklyn Heights. It's spacious (600 sq ft), with a gorgeous view of the East River, Bridges, and entire skyline from its balcony. It is located in a doorman building with a great courtyard, near many subway lines (2/3, A/C, R, F, 4,5,6) and near the Brooklyn Promenade, too. 700$ includes internet, cable, electricity, AC, the works.

I priced the rent a little lower because of the following – I have two cats that I need to be looked after. So... if you're looking at this posting, you should probably be okay with the felines :) They're a great pair, no health probs or anything like that. Fun and cute!

Email me at mariahewilson@gmail.com if interested! Feel free to pass on to anyone you know.


Nina Numankadić
Mon 12 Apr 2010Link

Free Streaming of DOC ALLIANCE SELECTION 2009, APRIL 21 – 25

To celebrate the upcoming 16th edition of Visions du Reel NYON (April 15 – 21), DocAllianceFilms.com will offer free streaming of the FIVE documentaries from the Doc Alliance Selection 2009, from April 21 to 25.

Visit www.docalliancefilms.com

Maggie in Wonderland by Ester Martin Bergsmark, Beatrice "Maggie" Andersson und Mark Hammarberg
(Sweden, Finland 2008, 72 min)
Maggie, a young woman from Kenya, films her world in the Swedish city of Malmö. A creative portrayal of the meaning of social isolation.
WINNER OF THE DOC ALLIANCE SELECTION 2009

Auto*Mat by Martin Mareček (Czech Republic 2009, 90 min)
Martin Marecek invents a militant, jubilatory action to combat the automatisms generated by Prague’s automobile culture.

Big John by Håvard Bustnes (Norway 2008, 86 min)
The rise and fall of a young boxer coached by his father ‘Big John’ – who was also his trainer, impresario and agent.

Hotel Sahara by Bettina Haasen (Germany 2008, 85 min)
Nouhadibou in Mauritania: a melting pot of dreams, hopes and the terminus of countless young African emigrants who end up here.

Survival Song by Yu Guangyi (China 2008, 94 min)
A family of Chinese peasants is condemned to poverty and broken apart in the name of modernity. A deeply moving and sublime social tale.


Erica Ginsberg
Mon 12 Apr 2010Link

DC-area folks, it's high time for another Docs In Progress Work in Progress screening, don't you think? Join us this Friday night.

Docs In Progress is back with a triple feature of works-in-progress in Washington DC. The program is sponsored by The Documentary Center at The George Washington University.

Following a screening of each film, the audience will be invited to participate in a feedback session with the filmmakers to help them get to the next stage of completing their films.

WHAT'S SCREENING?

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF ARTOMATIC (3 minute trailer)
by Jay Krasnow
Artomatic began with 350 visual artists a decade ago and has grown into a Washington institution which attracts more than 1,000 artists, musicians, comedians, poets, and filmmakers and is a model for grassroots arts festivals.

LIFE ON DEATH BEACH (7 minute segment)
by Jeff Arak
A coastal town in Oaxaca is a microcosm of struggles for recognition within Mexican society, as told from a group of volunteer lifeguards or the patients and therapists at a center working to rehabilitate people with disabilities.

FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS (80 minute rough cut)
by Donald Plata
Considered one of the most elite groups of the U.S. army during the Second World War, the Phillipine Scouts were credited with one of the greatest success stories for the Allies in the Pacific – keeping Japan from invading Australia. Although they fought America's first major ground battle of the war, their story remains largely unknown.

EVENT INFO

Friday, April 16, 2010
7:00-10:00 pm

at The George Washington University
Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st Street, NW (corner of 21st and H Streets)
Auditorium B-07 (one floor down from street level)
Washington DC 20052
Convenient to garage parking and the Foggy Bottom Metro.

Suggested Donation: $10 (cash only at the door)


Marj Safinia
Mon 12 Apr 2010Link

This Saturday, April 17th, in Los Angeles. Full day workshop with Morrie Warshawski fundraising guru. Workshop entitled: Shaking the Money Tree: The Art of Getting Grants and Donations for your Film/Video Project.

http://doc-u-shaking-the-money-tree.eventbrite.com/

I haven't taken a Morrie workshop before, but I know others here have and speak highly about the experience. Sign up now if you're interested, space is limited. Pricing is $85 for IDA members and $110 for non-members. Taking place at The Standard, Downtown.


Doug Block
Mon 12 Apr 2010Link

As I said elsewhere, Morrie is the very best at what he does. He simply knows his stuff, and there's a lot to know. It's really worth going.


Melissa Powell
Tue 13 Apr 2010Link Tag

We're looking for an inexpensive (re: really CHEAP) video screening room in NYC – any ideas out there? Say around 70 seats, project HDCAM or Digibeta, an early evening in May, during the week? We've looked at DCTV, 92ndSty Tribeca, Bowery Poets . . . thanks!


Peter Brauer
Wed 14 Apr 2010Link

You might try http://www.thetanknyc.org/ We screened Second Skin there for 4 days. They split the door with us, and it was a totally decent space with nice staff. However, it is not a true movie screening room, more like a black box theater that has a projector. Sadly they have no HDCAM or Digibeta for sure.


amy berg
Fri 16 Apr 2010Link

Hi there...working on a new documentary and looking for an LA based pa on a part time basis for running errands and also looking for interns for research.
email zkshepherd@gmail.com
thanks!


Erica Ginsberg
Sat 17 Apr 2010Link

Docs In Progress Webinar: Budgeting for Documentaries
Wednesday, April 21 2010
7:00pm – 8:00pm eastern standard time
(19:00-20:00 GMT-5)

Having a comprehensive budget for your documentary film is essential not only as a part of funding proposals, but as a means to keeping control over the production process from beginning to end. The budget is as much a story of the film as the trailer or treatment. This one-hour webinar from Docs In Progress co-founder Adele Schmidt will focus on why you need a budget, how you structure a budget, what elements should be included in a budget, and how a budget evolves over the course of making the documentary. Webinar participants will also receive a sample budget which can be used as a template for your own projects.

This webinar is appropriate for anyone who is making their first independent documentary or for more experienced international filmmakers who want to understand common budgeting formats for raising funds in the United States. Since the webinar is conducted entirely online, all you need is Internet access at a computer with speakers or headphones at the time of the webinar and the ability to call in to a U.S. phone number via landline, cell phone, or Skype. There is no software to download.

WHEN?
Wednesday, April 21 from 7:00-8:00 pm eastern standard time (5 hours behind GMT)

WHERE?
Wherever you are. The beauty of webinars is you can be based anywhere as long as you have access to a computer with Internet access and sound through speakers or headphones and the ability to telephone in to a U.S. phone number.

FEE?
Regular Fee – $35 USD
Payment can be made on the Docs In Progress website via credit card or PayPal. Fee does not include any long distance or other fees you may incur calling into the U.S. phone number.

To register, click here. Once registered, you should expect an e-mail on the date of the webinar with further instructions on how to call and connect in for the webinar.


Tailinh Agoyo
Sun 18 Apr 2010Link

This week! FREE Webinar. Increase your documentary's presence on the internet – Webinar on Website Search Engine Optimization. April 22nd at 5pm PST. Space is limited – register now – go to www.documentaryhowto.com and click on free teleseminar.


Dempsey Rice
Mon 19 Apr 2010Link

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. In addition, I am in the process of crowd funding the 10th Anniversary DVD of my documentary film DAUGHTER OF SUICIDE and I am working on two new projects – one is a web-based extension of DoS and FMN, the other is a documentary about Oliver Sacks.

I am seeking an intern who can help me with several aspects of my work:

• Reach out to blogs and organizations that write about surviving suicide and ask them if I can write a guest post or if they are willing to feature me in some way. The goal is to promote the Kickstarter campaign that is currently running to fund the DoS DVD.

• Help me to create to brainstorm, research and create the Grassroots Distribution Tour of DoS and FMN. This includes creating a workshop/theme/packaging that can we used to promote the tour and at screening sites as well as contacting potential participants in the tour.

• Help to create the web based extension that will be the foundation of the Tour and outreach efforts.

• Help to build and maintain my social media profile.

I'm sure there is more... but that's a big start! I'd like an intern who can employ critical and creative thinking skills, work independently in my home office (or at their home some of the time if that seems to work for both of us), is familiar with Mac computers, is child friendly and trustworthy! (I have two young children who are around and about which can make my schedule chopped up and hectic. I'd like an intern who likes kids because they are around sometimes and an intern who can deal with the fact that my attention can be distracted by the kids sometimes.)

This is an opportunity to help put together a grassroots tour and distribution campaign from the ground up!

To learn more about my work please visit www.dempseyrice.com

If you have any questions please do email me. If you are interested in the position please send a resume and cover letter telling me a little bit about your experience and what you bring to the table.

All the best,

Dempsey Rice

dempsey@dempseyrice.com


Shahira Motani
Tue 20 Apr 2010Link

Film Distribution & Movie Marketing Seminar with Expert Panel Discussion – NYC – 4/29

Learn about film distribution & movie marketing strategies for your film in this unique seminar with NEW information lead by film distribution executive Allen Chou. After the presentation, there's a BONUS panel discussion with industry experts ready to answer your questions. Join us as we discuss current strategies on topics such as:

- How to find the best distributors for your film
- What film & TV markets you should attend immediately
- How to find & select a “legitimate” producer’s rep or sales agent
- How to use film festivals as a launch pad for releasing your film
- How to properly use Twitter, FaceBook, & YouTube for film promotion
- How to use Social Media Marketing to engage with your audience & build a fan base
- How can you give away your film for FREE & still make money?
- The value of your film in foreign markets. Will it sell?
- Crowd sourcing & fund raising for your film
- The Pro's & Con's of DIY distribution
- Digital delivery with Netflix, Itunes, Hulu, & VOD
- Why everything we know about distribution has changed

For more information about the seminar/panelists & to register for the event, visit http://marketmymovie.eventbrite.com


Kiira Benzing
Tue 20 Apr 2010Link

JOB POSTING- DP

I’m producing a film about a medical maverick who sees the world as made up of waves. The application of his wave theory has enhanced professional athletic performance and has resulted in the most successful Cold Fusion experiments in the world. Furthermore, many people feel he is helping heal their diseases, from Parkinson’s to Cancer.

We’re looking for an experienced DP who is innovative, patient, and collaborative.
There will be a fair amount of travel between May and November of 2010 ranging from New York to London. Interviews are being held from April 21st to April 27th.

Please contact: wavemakerfilm@gmail.com if interested.


Shahira Motani
Tue 20 Apr 2010Link

In reply to Shahira Motani's post on Tue 20 Apr 2010 :

All D-word members can use discount code "DW429" to receive $5 off registration for the seminar!

We hope to see you there!


Vasilios Sfinarolakis
Tue 20 Apr 2010Link

Vasilios here with a humble yet urgent request from The Guarani Project Documentary:

Hey D-word Community,

My name is Vasilios Sfinarolakis, Producer and Director of Photography for the Guarani Project Documentary

I want to take 5 minutes of your time to ask you for your help. If there is any one community of people that can help us here at the Guarani project, it's the D-worders.

The Project:
Recently, I, along with my partner Annabel Symington have been in the throws of raising money to produce and shoot a documentary concerning water in Latin America. Over the last two months we've been trying to raise a target of $14,500 so we can make an initial 2 month research trip into the region. We are close to our goal via Kickstarter but there is still a good amount of funds to be raised.

If we don't hit that $14,500 target within 4 Days, we don't get a dime of the over $9,000 already pledged.

The support and positive feedback that I've had from people regarding this Project has been overwhelming. What's been harder is getting people to translate their enthusiasm into a pledge.

In the last 56 days of fundraising so much has happened that further strengthens the reach and potential of this documentary, from being featured in various Online and Print Media, having the CEO of the Brazil Foundation personally contact us, to having the very respected hydrologist at Oregon State University, Dr. Michael Campana join the team as our water advisor.

The fact of the matter is water use has grown at twice the rate of the world’s population for the last century, and we’ve reached peak water, the point at which the renewable supply is forever outstripped by unquenchable demand. Compounding this problem, the hydrologic cycle is growing less predictable as climate change alters established temperature patterns around the globe. As countries look to alternatives sources of water to alleviate shortages the world’s largest body fresh water, The Guarani Aquifer, is going to be high on the list.

And yet, despite it all, we are still coming up short in funding, and the clock is ticking. In 4 days, we need over $4000. And we know we can do it.

But not without help.

So I humbly ask of you, if you find the project a worthwhile one, that you Forward our Message to your friends, family, and colleagues, and equally important, Donate whatever amount you feel comfortable donating.

Again, here is our website, which I hope you have time to look over: The Guarani Project

And you can pledge via our Kickstarter page here: http://kck.st/c36RKN

I very much appreciate your efforts, and I thank you in advance for your help and contribution to the Guarani Project Documentary.

Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or ideas at Vasilios [at] theguaraniproject.com; I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Vasilios Sfinarolakis,
The Guarani Project
Producer, Director of Photography


Marj Safinia
Tue 20 Apr 2010Link

Following on the heels of a packed and very successful IDA Doc-U all day workshop with Morrie Warshawski last weekend, I'm pleased to announce our next all day event will be TRAILER MECHANICS: MAKING A FUNDRAISING DEMO THAT ACTUALLY GETS FUNDING with D-Word's own talented Fernanda Rossi. Saturday May 15th in Hollywood.

More details here: http://doc-u-fernanda-rossi.eventbrite.com/

Until April 25th, priority tickets are being sold to IDA members only. General public tickets will be available from 26th.

It's rare that the gifted Ms. Rossi finds herself on the West Coast, so this is a not-to-miss workshop if you're planning to use a trailer for fundraising anytime soon. Space is super limited, so don't delay.


Paul Peterson
Wed 21 Apr 2010Link

Looking for a filmmaker interested in 1920's American bank robbers.

I am a writer who has done extensive research on Herman K. Lamm, often called "the father of modern bank robbery" and "the man who taught Dillinger." Very little was known about Lamm. No biographies. No movies. This would be the first. I have written a screenplay about Lamm, but would prefer to work with a documentary filmmaker. History is my first love.

A few of the dynamics of the Herman Lamm story.
He was an expatriated Prussian officer who came to America just before World War One.
Lamm came into contact and was likely influenced by Wobblies.
He worked on a prison road camp in Utah on the old Outlaw Trail and came into contact with former members of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch, which is the source of legends about Lamm being involved with Cassidy.
He is considered one of the most prolific bank robbers of the 1920's and the "Lamm Method" was copied by many other robbers.
His final robbery and chase by a posse in 1930 is one of the most exciting bank robbery stories in American history.

If anyone is interested in his story, please let me know. It is an important part of American history and is yet to be documented.


Christopher Wong
Thu 22 Apr 2010Link

(posted also in Cameras section)

anyone in here have a wide-angle lens they could lend me that would fit on a DVX-100a? i need one this coming weekend for a non-profit dance performance. i can pick it up anywhere in L.A.

since i'm being paid "squadoosh" (that's the technical term) on this project, i can't really pay anything in cold hard cash, but i can definitely owe you one in the favor department... thanks!!!


Abby Peck
Thu 22 Apr 2010Link

Meet the Broadcaster: Tabitha Jackson, Channel 4 (UK)
April 27 | 6:30-8:30pm | WMM Office | $25/$20

Register at http://bit.ly/9Yg7Pt

Women Make Movies (www.wmm.com) is thrilled to offer filmmakers a unique opportunity to meet Tabitha Jackson, Commissioning Editor of More4 – Channel 4's high-end digital channel. Tabitha oversees the flagship international documentaries strand, True Stories, and is responsible for pre-sales, co-productions and acquisitions.

True Stories looks for high quality international feature-length documentaries that have a strong directorial voice, are character-driven, and reveal compelling truths about the contemporary world. For those not familiar with Channel 4, it is one of Britain’s most cutting edge, controversial and creative broadcasters. Channel 4 places a premium on innovation and experimentation in the form and content of its programming.

Don’t miss this rare chance to learn about this leading international broadcaster, what they are interested in, how much money is available and how to get your documentary seen in the U.K. Come with questions.

Register today at http://bit.ly/9Yg7Pt! Cost is $20 if you are a member of one of WMM’s partner organizations.


Jason Boyce
Sun 25 Apr 2010Link

I work as Surround Staff for a summer Writer's Retreat called "Squaw Valley Community of Writers." I'm in the screenwriting program, although there's also a novel program. For the last 5 years I've been with them, spending a week in Lake Tahoe working on a script exclusively with other screenwriters.

You work with a mentor, who reads through your script in advance and then, each afternoon, has a small group of students that they meet with in groups and one-on-one. They know your script in advance so you get a lot of direct attention on your specific story, which was a huge help for me early on.

I do surround staff, which is basically like setting up the DVD projector and the like. I attended on a scholarship my first year and have been going back since just to help however I can. Hashing out problems in my screenplay with a seasoned professional was great for understanding screenwriting as a whole, and spending a week lodging in this mountainous resort was inspirational for the new ideas I'm always looking for.

Here's the official copy:
The Squaw Valley Screenwriting Program focuses on individual attention and work-in-progress, mentored by award-winning writers and writer-directors. Crystallize the story you want to tell, and excise extraneous elements. Designed for both screenwriters and filmmakers, this unique program invites both narrative features and character-driven documentaries that are currently in development. Our goal is to assist writers to improve their craft and thus move them closer to production.

Deadline for application is May 1, notification by June 10. Check our web site for further details: www.squawvalleywriters.org/swriter_ws.htm

So I can answer any questions, but if you're interested in taking a week to really work on your idea, this is a great way to do it.

EDIT: Just in case there's any issue, I'm not involved with any of the acceptance process or sales or anything like that, I just handle some staff stuff during that week and post around about it.


Doug Block
Sun 25 Apr 2010Link

Greetings, Jason. This is a website for documentary filmmakers but I'm sure some of us still harbor delusions of fiction film grandeur. Squaw Valley sounds like a great program, so thanks for posting.


Andrea Feder
Mon 26 Apr 2010Link

I did this for two years and had a really good time. Basically they let you attend this crazy, fun and amazing music camp for free and make some sort of movie under the mentorship of the great Garry Beitel. You also help out by filming their incredible concerts. I heard they are still waiting for people to apply. This is in the Laurentians in Quebec, but there is a bus ride included from Montreal.

For more info you can go to www.klezkanada.org (where you can see the short Klez Kebec that I made as well) or contact me.

David Stein Memorial Filmmaking Scholarships

David Stein was a talented young filmmaker who passed away suddenly in 2004 at age 34. David produced a wide variety of works in his prolific career including documentary features, music videos, short art films, and a variety of corporate and commercial work. His films screened at a number of international film festivals, as well as on Bravo!, History Television, Vision TV, and Star TV among others. David was well-known in the Jewish film and music community and with his ever-present camera in tow was a ubiquitous presence at many Yiddish culture events, including two stints at KlezKanada in 1998-99. In addition to his artistry as a filmmaker, David was known for his vibrant spirit, larger-than-life personality, and unforgettable smile. The David Stein Film Scholarship is an opportunity for emerging filmmakers to explore KlezKanada creatively through the camera’s eye. Under the supervision of veteran documentary filmmaker and teacher Garry Beitel, participants will hone their documentary skills through workshops and filmmaking projects – using performances and interactions with the leading lights of the Yiddish culture scene and the 450+ KlezKanada enthusiasts as their subjects.


Nina Numankadić
Mon 26 Apr 2010Link

We Want Roses Too Now Available at www.DocAllianceFilms.com

Doc Alliance Films recently acquired the stunning visual masterpiece We Want Roses Too (Italy, Switzerland, 2007, 85 min) by acclaimed Italian director Alina Marazzi. The film is an exuberant testament to the resolve of women of the 1960s and 1970s sexual revolution and feminist movement in Italy. Marazzi takes viewers on a gorgeous storytelling journey through archival footage, advertisements, and colorful images juxtaposed with the true-life struggles and first-hand accounts provided by the diaries of three women.

We Want Roses Too can be streamed or downloaded at www.docalliancefilms.com

Please be aware that there is a territory restriction on this film. We Want Roses Too is NOT available in: Switzerland, Italy, Rep. San Marino, Vatican, Capodistria, Monaco, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia, Greece, Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia, Turkey, Russia, and Poland.

www.docalliancefilms.com


Florencia Davidzon
Tue 27 Apr 2010Link

I am going to take Fernanda Rossi workshop in San Diego, does somebody will attend? I am looking for a place to stay May 8 in San Diego, some idea?
Thanks,
Florencia Davidzon


Anthony Giacchino
Wed 28 Apr 2010Link

Looking for a good sound person in Baton Rouge, Louisiana the week of May 10th and in Salt Lake City, Utah the week of May 24th. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Please email me at: giacchino@gmail.com

Thanks,
Anthony


Nina Numankadić
Thu 29 Apr 2010Link

Jan Sikl’s Private Century Offered on www.DocAllianceFilms

Starting May 1, Doc Alliance Films will present Private Century, an 8-part series from one of the Czech Republic’s prominent documentary filmmakers, JAN SIKL. The political and social upheavals of twentieth-century Czechoslovakia—war and occupation, the twin specters of Nazism and Communism, the Velvet Revolution—have never been more intimately rendered than in Private Century. Composed entirely of family home movies, still photographs, letters, and diaries dating from the 1920s to the 1960s, the series explores how sweeping historical events transform the private lives of ordinary people, and how small domestic pleasures can crystallize into profound and enduring memories.

On May 1 & 2, you can stream two films from Private Century, Statuary of Granddad Vinda and King of Velichovky, FOR FREE!

Please visit www.docalliancefilms.com

www.docalliancefilms.com


Felix Endara
Thu 29 Apr 2010Link

In reply to Koen Suidgeest's post on Thu 8 Apr 2010 :

That's a good question, Koen, and I think it's best posed to the filmmakers themselves. In BISMILLAH'S case, it is Jolene Pinder and Sarah Zaman. Sometimes, it's strategic as a short film is a way get interest in/funds for a longer version of the film. For example, Jennifer Redfearn's short THE NEXT WAVE, which was shown at Media That Matters in 2009, was later expanded to SUN COME UP, which recently premiered at Full Frame. But it's also a question that perhaps many others in this forum can answer.


Scott Andrews
Thu 29 Apr 2010Link

I wanted to let the D-word members know about our new online ongoing documentary film festival at www.docspopuli.com. Conceived and curated by accomplished documentary filmmakers, Docs Populi groups accepted films into thematic collections which include both familiar and less well known works of all eras and lengths. Filmmakers submit their work for consideration and pay an entry fee as in most other film festivals. Unlike many other film festivals, Docs Populi responds to every entry with written comments, and if accepted, the film and the filmmaker are given a unique page within Docs Populi whose sole purpose is to preview and promote the film and the filmmaker, and to sell DVDs of the work to the internet public. Films that do not fit easily into one of the thematic collections, may be submitted to the "One of a Kind Docs" collection. Filmmakers with a work-in-progress can submit to "Films Looking for Funding" as a way to find finishing funds from interested individuals and film funding foundations recruited to the site by our staff. Docs Populi also provides a consultation service, whereby interested filmmakers can submit a rough cut of a film to a specific curator for feedback. Please check us out and let us know what you think!


Alison McNeil
Fri 30 Apr 2010Link

Hello D-Word Members,
My name is Alie McNeil and I am a documentary film student at Stephens College, a small women's college in Columbia, Missouri and one of the only women's colleges with a film production program. I am looking for an internship in the field of documentary filmmaking for the summer of 2010. I am experienced with Final Cut Pro as well as Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, and several Adobe programs. I am hardworking, extremely organized and very reliable. If anyone needs an unpaid intern for the summer please contact me!
My resume and samples of my work can be found on my website at www.alisonmcneil.com.
Thank you,
Alie McNeil
(573) 808-2153
alison.mcneil@sc.stephens.edu


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