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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


Andrea Ferrando
Fri 30 Apr 2010Link

Hello everybody.
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 aferrando@mediapro.es
Andrea Ferrando


John Burgan
Fri 30 Apr 2010Link

Where in Greece, Andrea? There are lots of islands!


Fouzia Najar
Fri 30 Apr 2010Link

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:
http://www.pbs.org/itvs/globalvoices/guide.html

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!

http://tinyurl.com/yacsy5u
http://twitter.com/teacherthefilm
http://www.artsengine.net/


Andrea Ferrando
Mon 3 May 2010Link

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!


Ines Sommer
Mon 3 May 2010Link

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.


Felix Endara
Mon 3 May 2010Link

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 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 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:

http://www.artsengine.net/store/items/docuclub_membership_individual_rate


John Burgan
Mon 3 May 2010Link

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


Yance Ford
Mon 3 May 2010Link

Hey D-Worders,
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.
Thanks,
Yance


Doug Block
Mon 3 May 2010Link

Yance is the best thing ever invented. And POV comes close.


Andrea Ferrando
Tue 4 May 2010Link

In reply to John Burgan's post on Mon 3 May 2010 :

Excellent John!
THanks a lot.


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