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.
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)
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,
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
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 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.
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.
The Guarani Project
Producer, Director of Photography
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.
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.
(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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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: email@example.com
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
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.
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!
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.
We are looking for a local runner for a shoot in Greece from the 21st june 5th july.
We need someone who speaks greek, english and/or spanish, they should know the place and have a driving license.
Any tips would be of great help!
Thanks a lot.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Arts Engine, Leslie Wiener and ITVS International are pleased to announce the national premiere of "Teacher," on PBS World on Sunday May 9th! We are opening this season of Global Voices-check your local listings here:
This is the riveting story of Nguyen Van Hung, an AIDS awareness activist in Ho Chi Minh City, struggling to educate and provide for impoverished sufferers of the disease. Thay Hung shines as an example of grassroots change that can stem from just one dedicated person.
Show your support by becoming a fan of "Teacher" on Facebook and by following us on Twitter!
Hi there John, we'll be travelling around, a couple of days in Athens, six in Santorini and six in Mykonos. It's all about filming people on holiday!
The second annual TALKING PICTURES FESTIVAL will take place this week in Evanston (right next to Chicago): www.talkingpicturesfestival.org
We have a terrific line-up of 14 documentaries at the fest this year: from ECHOTONE, a brandnew doc about the Austin music scene to Steve James' NO CROSSOVER: THE TRIAL OF ALLEN IVERSON, Tom Shepard's WHIZ KIDS to Laura Israel's WINDFALL... lots of great films to see!
I'd love to invite D-Word folks in the Chicago area to attend, meet some of the visiting filmmakers and participate in the many post-screening discussions we've planned.
DocuClub in May!
Our May DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, May 19, 7 p.m., at 92YTribeca, located at 200 Hudson Street, at Canal. (Take 1, A/C/E to Canal Street).
We will be showing a rough cut of "DeAf Jam" by Judy Lieff. The documentary traces the journey of five deaf teens from New York City as they discover and explore American Sign Language (ASL) poetry with some of this nation’s most acclaimed ASL poets, and then bring their poetry to their hearing peers at youth poetry slams and other spoken word events. Performing in ASL, a dramatic visual language, the poets use rhythm, movement and body language to create a cinematic equivalent to oral poetry. The poets use sign language and poetry also to raise issues about disability and the future of ASL. Pitted against the journey of the poets and contributing to this bittersweet story, is a counter-narrative, which traces the increasing erosion of this indigenous art form in the face of technologies and the educational system “serving” to mainstream the Deaf into the hearing world. One of the highlights of the film is a collaboration between a deaf Israeli poet and a hearing Palestinian poet. Without “speaking” each other’s language, they manage to navigate through the collaborative process both with and without an interpreter. Eventually, they create a hearing/deaf duet that metaphorically relates to the world around them. Watch a trailer of the film here: http://www.deafjam.org/trailer.html.
Director/Producer Judy Lieff is a dancer, filmmaker, and teacher. She began her relationship with the Deaf community through the making of an award-winning experimental film, "Duties of my Heart." The film became a catalyst for four consecutive grants to teach video production workshops she designed for deaf teens in Los Angeles. In 2000, Lieff received a National Dance/Media fellowship from the Pew Charitable Trusts. In 2004 and 2007, she was awarded a New York State Council on the Arts independent film grant for production on "DeAf Jam." In 2009, the film was awarded finishing funds from the Independent Television Service Open Call competition.
Steve Zeitlin, Co-producer, served as co-producer of "From Mambo to Hip Hop," a documentary about the South Bronx funded by ITVS and broadcast on public television across the U.S. as part of the Voces series of Latino Public Broadcasting. He received his Ph.D. in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania, and is the director and co-founder of City Lore, an organization dedicated to the preservation of New York City’s—and America’s—living cultural heritage.
Editor Keiko Deguchi cut award-winning documentary films such as Jeremiah Zagar’s "In a Dream," Linda Hattendorf’s "The Cats of Mirikitani," and John Valadez and Cristina Ibarra’s "The Last Conquistador." Her most recent film, "To Catch a Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America," was shown at Sundance Film Festival 2010. She is the recipient of the James Lyons Editing Award at Woodstock Film Festival in 2008.
Our moderator will be Doug Block, a is a multiple award-winning, New York-based documentary director, cameraman and producer. His films "The Heck With Hollywood" and "Home Page" have been released theatrically in the U.S., won awards at leading international film festivals and have been broadcast around the world. "51 Birch Street" was named one of the 10 Best Films of 2006 by a number of leading critics, including The New York Times, and was selected as one of the outstanding documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review. His latest film, "The Kids Grow Up," is about his relationship with his daughter and only child, Lucy, shot over a period of 18 years and focusing on her last year at home before she left for college. The film is set for an early Fall theatrical release and a later broadcast on HBO. Block is also founder and co-host of The D-Word, an online community for documentary filmmakers, which now has over 4,000 members from 80 countries.
We’ll announce our rough cut soon. Stay tuned!
Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $8 for non-members.
For this screening, only DocuClub members need to RSVP at email@example.com. Our previous screenings have sold out and although admission for non-members is on a first-come, first-serve basis, it is highly recommended that you purchase your tickets in advance via 92YTribeca.
Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:
In reply to Andrea Ferrando's post on Mon 3 May 2010 :
I might have a couple of candidates for you – I'll email you directly
The POV Call for Submissions is open for business. Films will be considered for broadcast in 2011 and beyond. Arrival deadline is June 30th by 6pm.
Details here http://www.pbs.org/pov/filmmakers/submit-your-film.php Online submission form at http://cfe.pov.org
Email is the worst thing ever invented. Give me a ring if you have any questions 212-989-8121 x314.
In reply to John Burgan's post on Mon 3 May 2010 :
THanks a lot.
Journey from Zanskar
I haven't seen this doc yet, but I ran into Louise Brooks, the
Manager of Community Relations and Volunteer Programs at the Rubin Museum, and thought some folks might be interested. The Rubin is a nice museum, especially with free admission on Friday nights.
RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART presents
Journey from Zanskar
A Monk’s Vow to Children
From the co-creator of Hoop Dreams, Frederick Marx, comes a film about a daring attempt to save Tibetan Buddhism in the Himalayas.
Spurred by their promise to the Dalai Lama, they rescue seventeen children from a remote and ailing valley in Kashmir and together march in the direction of far off Dharamsala, on the other side of the ice-bound Himalayas. The oldest child was just twelve years old.
Narrated by Richard Gere, this inspiring film follows the audacious plan of two Tibetan monks to safeguard Tibetan Buddhist cultural heritage.
Screenings throughout the month of May:
• Wednesday, May 5 – 7PM, post-screening discussion with the director
• Saturday, May 8 – 2 & 4PM, post-screening discussion with the director
• Sunday, May 9 – 1PM, post-screening discussion with the director
• Friday. May 14 – 7PM
• Saturday, May 15 – 2 & 4PM
• Sunday, May 16 – 1PM
• Wednesday, May 19 – 7PM
• Wednesday, May 26 – 7PM
All screenings are $12 and can be purchased by phone, visiting the museum’s front desk or online.
To view the trailer, please visit http://www.journeyfromzanskar.com/trailer.asp
"Beautiful, powerful, and heart-warming" – Prof. Robert Thurman
For tickets and details visit: www.rmanyc.orc/zanskar
RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART
150 WEST 17TH STREET, NEW YORK CITY
www.rmanyc.org 212.620.5000 x344
Serac Adventure Film School will be leading once-in-a-lifetime courses in Bhutan and Kenya this summer. The school is led by three time National Emmy Award Winner, Michael Brown, who helps you make your own film from concept to big screen. The Kenya school is unique because you will also be contributing to an actual documentary production. Soon to be the Outside Adventure Film School, this is really the only film school of its kind!
Check it out – http://www.adventurefilmschool.com/
Doc Alliance Films Offers 3 Films by Iranian Filmmaker Sepideh Farsi
On May 10, Doc Alliance Films will add another film by award-winning director, Sepideh Farsi. Harat (2007), which won the Best documentary prize at Festival dei Popoli, follows mother and daughter Sepideh and Darya – a successful young filmmaker and her child who has clear ideas about how to make a film. With only two cameras in tow, they embark on a long journey to meet members of their vast family, from Paris to Tehran and beyond the Afghanistan border. The complex ramifications of a genealogical tree are gathered in this subtle family album.
Doc Alliance Films presents two additional films by Farsi, Homi D. Setha, Filmmaker (2000), winner of the FIPRESCI Prize and the Traces de Vie prize, and Men of Fire, which is an insight into today's Iran through the eyes of fierce firemen in Tehran.
Please visit www.docalliancefilms.com where all 3 films by Sepideh Farsi can be streamed or downloaded.
LOOKING TO RENT AN HD MINI-DV DECK IN NEW YORK ASAP
Hi D-worders, I just got back from a shoot and am looking to rent a deck to digitize roughly 40 hours of HD mini-dv tapes. Thinking I can finish it this week, if I can find on a deck by Monday (May 10th) or Tuesday...Just looking for a reasonable rental rate...feel free to call me at 917 648 3055 – Thanks! Dan
Institute of Documentary Film – Call for Articles
Two months into the adventure that is the www.DOKweb.net portal, the Institute of Documentary Film would like to announce a call for articles. We encourage documentary practitioners, industry insiders, students in a film or a film-related programme and other documentary professionals to send us submissions that deal with the theory or practice of documentary filmmaking in any part of the world.
Preference will be given to texts accessible to a broad audience. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, an account of your experience with international co-production, funds or broadcasters; documentary funding in Western Europe or North America; difficulties encountered in the development of your project; an outline of legal or other issues hampering the audiovisual industry in your country; advice and suggestions concerning various aspects of documentary filmmaking; views from the other side (overseas contributors, commissioning editors, funders). Film reviews are not part of the current call.
Submissions of 2 – 6 standard pages may be sent in English, Czech or Slovak. Texts selected by IDF's editorial staff will be posted in English and Czech on our portal, www.DOKweb.net, the largest online resource for East European documentary film. Following an agreement with the author, texts may be edited or trimmed. Authors of published submissions will receive CZK 250 per standard page.
There is no fixed deadline; submissions are considered on an ongoing basis. Please send your text in .doc format to firstname.lastname@example.org. The authors of accepted and rejected texts will be notified by email within two weeks.
We're looking forward to reading your views and insights!
For other inquiries, please drop us a line at email@example.com.
Calling all Filmmakers – Be Discovered in Hollywood!
Submit your film NOW! The 14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival is now open for submissions. Visit http://www.hollywoodfestival.com to submit your film. We are accepting the following categories: Features, Documentaries, Shorts.
The Deadline has been extended, so submit ASAP!!!
Hey LA Doc-fans,
I'm working on the community engagement campaign for Laura Poitras's documentary THE OATH and it will open in LA on May 21, 2010 at Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood. I've heard it's really hard for docs to find their audience in LA – prove those naysayers wrong! Here is info about the film:
Watch trailer: http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/theoath/
From the director of the Oscar-nominated My Country, My Country, The Oath is a spectacularly gripping documentary that unspools like a great political thriller. It’s the cross-cut tale of two men whose fateful meeting propelled them on divergent courses with Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo Bay Prison and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Abu Jandal is a taxi driver in Sana’a, Yemen; his brother-in-law Salim Hamdan is a Guantanamo prisoner and the first man to face the controversial military tribunals. Jandal and Hamdan’s intertwined personal trajectories—how they became bin Laden’s bodyguard and driver respectively—act as prisms that serve to explore and contextualize a world which has confounded Western media. As Hamdan’s trial progresses, his military lawyers challenge fundamental flaws in the court system. The charismatic Jandal dialogues with his young son, Muslim students and journalists, and chillingly unveils the complex evolution of his belief system post-9/11. Winner of Best Documentary Cinematography at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, The Oath offers a rare window into a hidden realm—and the international impact of the U.S. War on Terror.
Let your friends know that Eyes of the World Media Group is looking for interns for the Summer Training Program.
Here is some information about the program, but of course let me know if anyone is interested or has any questions!
TRAINING PROGRAM: Use media to make change!
Looking for a training program that gives you responsibilities, career coaching, opportunity to work directly with the organizations leaders, and make the world a better place?
Eyes of the World Media Group (www.eowmg.com) is a production company specializing in the creation of socially relevant media (video, web, design, and animation).
We make it a high priority to match you with projects that will help you gain experience and skills you will need to be successful in a variety of careers.
Some of the training opportunities we offer include:
* Graphic Design
* Web Development
* Video Production
* Business Development & Marketing
For more info visit: www.eowmg.com/training_program.html
We're looking for creative, smart, and organized individuals with a passion for socially conscious media.
The program length is 200 hours that can be completed over various periods to accommodate your scheduling needs. At minimum, you must be able to commit at least 13 hours a week.
Email resumes and cover letters to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate that you are applying for the Training Program in the subject line.
We hope to hear from you!
In reply to Innbo Shim's post on Wed 12 May 2010 :
LA folks, by all means come out and support The Oath (especially in its first weekend). I guarantee you'll be glad you saw it on a big screen.
I'm looking for a Producer who can help me fundraise on a documentary I am directing about strippers & working violations. This person must have experience with writing & successfully getting grants esp from documentary funders and other social-issue funders. Plus would be if they have experience with targeting individual donors, using social media, Kickstarter, & other avenues to get completion funds. Please send me a resume with URL links to projects that you have worked on.
Here's some info about the project:
LICENSE TO PIMP is a feature-length personal documentary about labor conditions for exotic dancers who must pay for the privilege to strip. The film follows a whistle-blower, a teenage club prostitute, a woman who strips outside the club circuit, & myself (the filmmaker and a former stripper). The film follows the choices we and other workers make as our workplaces engage in illegal & unsafe practices that violate our rights as workers.
I'm happy to tell U more about the project & share the work sample if you contact me.
seeking POST-PRODUCTION INTERNS for Documentary projects
We want smart, energetic individuals who can commit time to learn about all aspects of independent film production. Duties will range from the daily tasks of operating a production company to specific work on different documentary projects in various stages of production. Position will be supporting an independent filmmaker with day to day activities and projects. The themes of various documentaries include sex work, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, & gay/lesbian issues.
This is a great opportunity to learn about development, production, & post-production in a creative environment. You must have a sense of humor, positive attitude, & a desire to delve deeper into social issues that impact women/girls, queer people, & people of color.
A background in post-production editing is essential. The candidate should be eager to learn about documentary filmmaking and have a foundation in film/video production & post production. Candidate must have Final Cut Pro editing experience and your own Apple laptop computer with Final Cut Pro (version 6.06), MS Word,& Photoshop. U must be able to work independently, multi-task by managing multiple projects, & prioritize workload as needed. Please note, we cannot accept people who only have PC laptops as all work is streamlined to Apple computer & editing applications.
LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP: Begins immediately. 3 month commitment is asked.
• Transcribe documentary interviews
• Log & digitize documentary footage with Final Cut Pro
• Assist with research and licensing of archival photographs, music, and footage
• Production assistance
• Database entry and management
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
BONUS: Website development, knowledge of Illustrator, Flash, After Effects, outreach, and fundraising skills
TIME COMMITMENT: 2 to 3 days per week from 1pm to 7pm. Minimum 12-18 hours/wk (Mon. through Fri only).
LOCATION: Based in NYC
APPLY: send a resume and info about yourself
COMPENSATION: No pay. Credit for college is OK. You will also be credited on the films that you work on.
NEW DAY FILMS – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
New Day Films is currently accepting submissions from filmmakers with social issue documentary and fiction titles for non-theatrical distribution. Our upcoming submission deadline is May 31, 2010. We invite you to submit an application to join our vibrant and creative film collective.
WHO WE ARE...
New Day Films is a filmmaker-run distribution company providing award-winning films to educators since 1971. Democratically run by more than 100 filmmaker members, New Day delivers over 150 titles that illuminate, challenge and inspire. Collectively, New Day titles have won an Academy Award, 9 Academy Award nominations, 4 Emmys, and hundreds of awards at prestigious film festivals. Our films have been broadcast on PBS, HBO and other media outlets.
New Day brings together talented and accomplished filmmakers dedicated to both finding educational audiences for our films and earning revenue to support the independent filmmaking process. A vibrant, creative organization, New Day is a strong brand, which buyers have relied on for decades.
Distributing independent social issue films since 1971, New Day has developed a strong brand within the educational community, built a huge knowledge base on effective distribution and marketing, and grown revenues to over $1 million annually. When you join New Day you become part of a dynamic, democratically run collective of filmmakers.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR...
We actively seek a diversity of voices among our members as well as in our film collection. Short and long-format documentary, fiction and experimental works are welcome. Your film must address a social issue. Those applying should be comfortable joining a collective, where members market their own films, work as a team and volunteer for tasks. Please visit our website to learn more about joining New Day Films.
The upcoming submission deadline is RECEIPT by May 31, 2010.
Please contact us to request an application today.
Tickets are on sale for the NYC première of WAR DON DON at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival: http://www.filmlinc.com/wrt/onsale/hrw10/wardondon.html
We’ll have three screenings at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater:
Saturday, June 12 PREMIERE at 6:45pm with panel discussion and reception to follow
Sunday, June 13 at 2:00pm with Q&A to follow
Wednesday, June 16 at 4:00pm with Q&A to follow
We’ll sell out the weekend screenings pretty quickly, so I encourage you to buy your tickets soon! And check out our website for latest awards, reviews, and other upcoming screenings: http://wardondonfilm.com
Sign up for the newsletter (link below) to hear about the screenings, reactions from civil society organization, former combatants, and the Special Court. It’s an exciting time for the film – and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you in June.
Producer / Editor, WAR DON DON
I'm a grad student in New York working towards my MFA in Documentary Studies. I'm in the Boston area for the summer and looking to find work on any projects that might be going on. I've develop editing, producing, shooting, and writing skills in the program and I have a strong film background as well (I have my BA in Film Studies/Production). I'm a hard worker and willing to get my hands dirty. I've posted my reel and please email me at email@example.com for my resume. Thanks!
Online Documentary Music Seminar. Join DocuMentors for an amazing opportunity to learn all about composing music for documentary films. The Documentary Music Virtual Symposium will take place on Sunday, May 23rd from 3pm-6pm Mtn, and you can listen from anywhere! Top award-winning composers will be sharing their secrets of success in this comprehensive online seminar. Find out more and register at www.documentaryhowto.com/doc-music-symposium. Use code CL523 for a 15% discount. The seminar will be recorded if you can't listen in live. Join us on Sunday!
Next Monday night (May 24), Docs In Progress welcomes Jon Gann to our Evening with an Expert series to talk about Film Festival Strategies.
Jon will unlock the secrets of the film festival system and give tips on how to research potential film festivals, how to prepare for a festival, how to make an impression with programmers and audiences, what to expect from a festival, and how to promote your film as it travels the festival circuit.
Monday, May 24, 2010
6:30 pm Networking
7:00-8:30 pm Presentation and Q&A
Docs In Progress
8700 First Avenue (corner of First Avenue and Fenwick Lane)
Silver Spring, MD 20910
$35 ($5 discount for members of the Docs Insider program)
Because space is limited to 12 participants, advance registration is highly recommended. Visit our website at http://www.docsinprogress.org to register.
ABOUT THE EVENING WITH AN EXPERT SERIES
This Docs In Progress series brings specialists on different aspects of the documentary and broader film industry to the Docs In Progress Documentary House in downtown Silver Spring, MD to speak to a small audience of filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers. Because these programs are limited to 12 registered participants, it allows an intimate environment in which participants can both learn and interact with the specialist.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Jon Gann is the founder of the DC Film Alliance, a non-profit group supporting Washington, DC’s film and video community, and the creator of the DC Shorts Film Festival; now in its sixth year, the event attracts national and international filmmakers, and has become one of the country’s premier short film showcases. MovieMaker Magazine named DC Shorts as “one of 20 festivals worth an entry fee” — two years in a row — and “one of the leading film festivals” in the country. DC Shorts was also chosen by the readers of the Washington City Paper as the area’s best festival. As a filmmaker, Jon’s notable past projects include: Cyberslut, the first gay-themed short film to screen at over 50 festivals and broadcasts worldwide; Signs, a national 48 Hour Film Project award winner, and Offline, a modern dating parable. Jon’s new venture, Reel Plan, consults with filmmakers on the festival circuit. His “festival tips” blog is read by hundreds of filmmakers every week, and through his work, Jon has bridged the communication gap between competing film festivals, so all can share film information, sponsor strategies and filmmaker data.
My name is Jamila K. Gaskins. I need your help find two people for production this weekend for an Electronic Press Kit for my documentary, Project 1. It's unpaid, but I'm feeding people. Please send to people you know. It has my contact info in it.
WORK ALERT! MALIBU, CA – BOOM OPERATOR/FLEX FILL OPERATOR – Saturday, May 22nd – Seeking two production people to help with the shooting of an EPK (electronic press kit) for a very worthy cause. This Sat, Jamila K. Gaskins will be shooting the press kit to help raise awareness about Project 1, a documentary on the prevention of HIV for women in America. She'll need you from 8am til around 6; It's unpaid, but she will feed you really wel!! You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Project 1 go to https://projectonethemovie.com/Home_Page.php
I'm looking for an Amsterdam-based producer shooter to help us with a doc shoot one day in the area of June 1 – 3. Need someone who is strong on verite and speaks excellent English ... the only thing is that we're an indie doc so we are low on $$. If anyone can recommend someone, it would be great. Film is about ex-con turned spoken word artist Lemon Andersen. He is reuniting with his estranged brother in Amsterdam and we want to capture it on screen. Project really is great (ITVS Phase 3 finalist!!!!), and in Amsterdam, it will be a 1/2 of shooting (there might be about 2 hours on 2nd day). Thank you thank you! Info on the project at www.dandelion-films.com!
Hi. I have a couple hours of Haitian Creole I need translated for a short right away. I have a modest budget. Anyone interested or with any suggestions can contact me at email@example.com