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!
Public Classifieds and Announcements
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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
I'm the one looking for an Amsterdam-based producer shooter. My email is on the website, but to contact me directly ... my email is firstname.lastname@example.org! So much for late night postings .... Thank you!
I am working with the New York Times 'Frugal Travel' writer Matt Gross on a series pitch called "Strangers in Strange Lands." Our goal is to put real travel on American TV – this won't be one of those glossy, polished shows that shies away from the insanity and difficulty of foreign travel. Rather, it'll embrace the challenges, and highlight one of the best things about going abroad: meeting kindred spirits who care about adventure and discovery.
Please check out our Kickstarter page, and if you can contribute even a little that would be fantastic! Feel free to pass along to anyone who is yearning to see a travel show that was made for travelers.
Thanks so much,
Tenth Annual Media That Matters Premiere, June 2, 7 p.m., New York City
Join us in NYC for the World Premiere of the tenth annual Media That Matters collection! For the last three years, the MTM premiere has sold out. You won't want to miss this very special 10th anniversary event! We have a special treat for MTM attendees this year--free ice cream cones for all, generously donated by the Raw IceCream Company!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
6:00 p.m.: Doors Open
Arrive early to take part in the impACT salon with some of our presenting partners for Take Action opportunities and a chance to meet the festival filmmakers.
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Screening of tenth annual Media That Matters collection
Be among the first to see the 12 new inspiring short films selected this year by our jury of eight incredible activists and media makers.
School of Visual Arts (SVA)
Visual Arts Theatre
333 West 23rd Street, at 8th Avenue
DocuClub has especially-tickets at $10 (plus processing fee). Please use code: MTMDC
Buy your tickets today before they sell out!: http://mediathatmatters.eventbrite.com
DocuClub in June!
Our June DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, June 9, 7 p.m., at DCTV, located at 87 Lafayette Street (at Walker; take N/R/Q/6 trains to Canal).
We will be showing a rough cut of "Building Bridges" by Anand Kamalakar. The documentary follows a group of students from a New York City public school who travel to India. They journey across three cities performing as a band, staying with families and encountering all that India has to offer, they come to realize and understand the true meaning of love, friendship, discomfort, humanity and respect. This documentary takes you on an up-close personal colorful journey, revealing the complex and controversial nature of globalization and what it means beyond consumerism.
Director Anand Kamalakar is a Brooklyn-based documentary film director/editor. His documentary "A Match Made in Calcutta" won the Best Film award at the Mumbai International Film Festival, in 2002. The film was broadcast across Europe and Canada. He edited the series American Roots Music for PBS, and edited and executive-produced the feature-length documentary "Heart of Stone," winner of an Audience Award for Best Documentary at Slamdance. Kamalakar has also edited numerous films for The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, New York Times Television, and the networks CBS, NBC and ABC. He was a creative consultant on the Academy Award-winning documentary "Born Into Brothels."
Director of Photography Sachidananda is a cameraman from Bangalore, India, whose primary work has been in the regional feature film industry. He has worked on a several feature films and television projects in the Kannada language.
Our moderator will be Jennifer Merin, who has written about film for 20 years. She currently covers documentary film for About.com, is the film critic for Women’s eNews, and edits Women On Film, the online journal of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, a nonprofit professional organization of which she is the President. Merin also reports on film and cultural matters for Westwood One Radio Network‘s morning drive news magazine, “America In the Morning,” and for Around The World Radio. She has been a regular reviewer and interviewer for New York Press, and has contributed to TheReeler.com. She has worked as newswriter/editor for ABC and CNN, and reporter for NBC. Her ongoing weekly column about culture and travel has resided at the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press, among others, and is currently distributed by ArcaMax Publishing. Merin served as a juror at the 2009 IDFA, and is a juror for the 2010 Golden Trailer Awards. She holds an M.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and has taught at the University of Wisconsin and University of Rhode Island, lectured worldwide for the U.S. State Department and conducted workshops in New York City correctional institutions.
Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $6 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.
Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:
I'm looking for a local HDV shooter (mini-DV tape) with equipment to cover an event in Milwaukee, WI at the Union Cinema on the University of WI-Milwaukee campus on Sunday, June 6 from 2:30pm-7pm.
BASIC LEGAL ISSUES FOR DOCUMENTARY WEBINAR
Tuesday, June 1 2010, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Eastern Standard Time (GMT- 5)
Unexpected legal issues can bring documentary production to a halt. The old adage, “The best defense is a good offense” rings true in filmmaking. This webinar with Entertainment and Media Attorney Laura Possessky will highlight the basic tools every producer needs to have in place to ward off legal woes. We will discuss when and how contracts, clearances and insurance may be used to effectively produce a documentary that is commercially viable and ready for distribution. The webinar will include a presentation and a 20 minute live phone Q&A.
This webinar is appropriate for anyone who is making their first independent documentary or for more experienced international filmmakers who want to understand basic legal issues for films 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.
More info and registration link at http://www.docsinprogress.org/index.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=68&jevtype=jevent&year=2010&month=06&day=01&Itemid=1
Registration open until 1 hour before webinar begins. This session will NOT be available on podcast so if it's of interest, try to catch the live webinar.
And if you're in the DC Metro area and prefer face-to-face workshops, Docs In Progress also has one coming up this Saturday:
AUDIO TECHNIQUES FOR DOCUMENTARY VIDEO
Getting good audio on location can make or break your documentary and save you countless hours of trying to “fix it in post.” This one day workshop from experienced sound recordist and instructor Michael Boyle will focus on production styles and audio requirements with an emphasis on small crew documentary shooting. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on activities, participants will gain knowledge of the operation and set-up of basic audio equipment. This workshop is recommended for producers, directors or anyone interested in upgrading your production sound knowledge. Prior audio experience is not required. More info and registration link at http://www.docsinprogress.org/index.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=66&jevtype=jevent&year=2010&month=06&day=05&Itemid=1
Looking for an experienced camera (Sony V1U) and sound person in Portland, Oregon for a shoot on/around Friday, June 18th. Email me ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking for a Co-Producer/Director, sound and HD shooters to cover the 1st Annual Disability Pride Parade in the City of San Jose, CA, on July 24th.
We are shooting a film about the 7th annual parade in Chicago and would like this second parade in the country covered for our production.
Please contact me at Laurieli@rcn.com
This is the link to the vimeo site showing our film on last years parade.
Please also contact:
Sarah Triano, director of the California parade,
Silicon Valley Independent Living Center
2202 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95131
Producer for Documentary Feature
I am a theatrically released, PBS distributed filmmaker seeking an experienced New York City based producer to help create and launch a highly topical documentary about darkness, redemption and wisdom. In addition to professional producer skills, the candidate must have a proven trackrecord of fund raising for films and garnering financial support from corporations, foundations and philanthropists.
This is between a 12 to 18 month long project. Now in development, so far approximately 30% of the film has been shot, a solid treatment with promotional pieces has been created and locations selected. This is an ideal time to bring your talents, drive and vision to a very important work. This project has NYFA as a fiscal sponsor and the producer salary is generously budgeted.
Please send resume, links to your work and a cover letter with an emphasis on your fund raising successes to email@example.com
Calling all documentary film lovers in the NYC area!!
I'd like to announce the Screening and World Premier of "THE MINUTEMEN" Movie at the Brooklyn International Film Festival. Next screening, this Thursday June 10th, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.
"The Minutemen" is a documentary about ten overly vigilant patriots who took it upon themselves to protect the Southern U.S. border from what they consider an "invasion" of Illegal Immigrants.
We follow these self-appointed watchdogs as they fight to regain their sovereignty as well as their own sanity in an isolated and dangerous landscape. Shot over the course of four years, the film examines the motivations of and relationships between these conflicted patriots.
With the new Arizona immigration law raising the public consciousness about border issues, "The Minutemen" Movie gives insight into the role citizen watchdogs play in influencing government policy.
10:00PM Thursday June 10th, 2010
285 Kent Ave. at S 2nd st
Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211
BROOKLYN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL & TICKETS:
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
Can anyone recommend a good color correctionist in LA? I'm the director of a feature-length doc and need someone who has own DaVinci or access to one – and can deal with a docmaker's budget. Thanks!
Office/Personal Assistant for Documentary Filmmaker in Mid-Town
Seeking highly organized self-starter and problem-solver part-time (2-3 days per week). Support filmmaker with clerical work including correspondence, accounts payable/receivable, filing and other administrative projects. Experience and interest in film production a must. Assist in pre-production and budgeting of documentary and feature narrative script in development. Proficiency in Mac computers required, Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Legal knowledge helpful but not necessary.
Good opportunity to learn in creative environment. Salary $15/hr. Please submit cover letter in body of email and resume as attachment to Lynn, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put your name in the subject line. Thanks.
Please check our website for further information: www.lemlepictures.com.
Intern Production Assistant for documentary filmmaker in Boston.
Seeking a highly motivated, organized individual to be Production Assistant and help on a documentary film in it's pre-production/production stages about the sex trade industry. knowledge about the subject matter and an activist is a plus but not a must. experience in logging and capturing/organizing clips, transcribing is a plus. Knowledge of Finalcut and Macs is a must.
Our office is located in the midst of a filmaking environment so this is a great opportunity to network and get into the heart of the industry.
Contact me at iLan@ilanazoulai.com, and please attach your resume in your first email.
Looking to rent a Sony V1U this Thursday – Saturday IN PORTLAND.
Please email me at email@example.com. Thanks!
The Sundance Documentary Fund will be the topic of the next DOC TALKS at DocuMentors. We'll be talking to Rahdi Taylor and Win-Sie Tow on Weds June 16th at 5pm Pacific. It's free, but you must register. Go to www.documentaryhowto.com and click on FREE TELESEMINAR on the homepage to get all the info. The call will be recorded if you can't make it at the call time.
In reply to Stephanie Caruso's post on Mon 17 May 2010 :
here's my updated reel, sorry for the annoying private video
UnionDocs Collaborative-Call For Entries
I’m writing to inform you of an opportunity for emerging documentary artists, called the UnionDocs Collaborative Program. The Brooklyn Rail recently pointed to the success of the first year of this program in an article titled, "UnionDocs Brings Autuers Together," http://www.brooklynrail.org/2010/04/local/uniondocs-brings-auteurs-together ,and we are are quite excited to be opening applications up for six new participants in 2010-2011.
The UnionDocs Collaborative is a one or two-year program; both a rigorous platform for exploring contemporary approaches to the documentary arts, and a process for developing an innovative group project. The program focuses on providing what we believe are the most effective educational resources for individuals at the beginning of their careers:
* Mentorship toward the production of an original work.
* Dynamic interaction among a network of talented peers.
* Direct contact and structured exchange with visiting artists.
* Exposure to a wide variety of practices and models.
* Regular group critique sessions.
* Exposure through a toured exhibition and/or publication of annual project.
The first iteration of this year’s UDC project, "Documenting Mythology,” premiered at Doc Fortnight 2010: The Museum of Modern Art's International Festival of Nonfiction Film, and will be presented in Boston next month by The Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University. A wider international distribution effort and tour is planned for the coming fall.
The UDC has been set up to be affordable and scheduled for individuals who work full-time or freelance. UnionDocs is able to offer an intensive learning experience at a price that one might expect to pay for just a single credit at a university. Some residency options are available for individuals considering moving to the NYC. The application deadline is August 1st, 2010 and further details are available online: http://www.uniondocs.org/uniondocs-collaborative/
Thanks for your consideration,
322 Union Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
This is a good site for free pictures:
DocuClub in July!
Our July DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, July 7, 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 show a rough cut of THE LULU SESSIONS by S. Casper Wong. Raised in a small farm in Vermont, Dr. Louise Nutter, or LuLu, entered college at 15-years old, and by 29, was a star scientist invited to set up the first national cancer research center in Taiwan. The chain-smoking, hard-living, beloved professor has just discovered a new anti-cancer drug when she finds out she is dying of breast cancer herself at 42. Shot during the last 1.5 years of LuLu’s life, the film is a raw, intimate, yet surprisingly humorous story about the filmmaker showing up for her best friend, and together, testing the limits of their bond while taking on life’s ultimate adventure: death.
Director S. Casper Wong is a New York-based writer, director and producer of narrative and documentary films. Her narrative feature screenplay, OO1, a suspense drama, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Screenplay at Urbanworld Film Festival and two Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Screenwriting Grants – at New York University and the Hamptons International Film Festival Screenwriter’s Lab. Her narrative short film, SHIRTS & SKINS, was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Taipei Film Festival, and was licensed to The Independent Film Channel for a three-year run. It is now part of the Tribeca Film Institute’s curated Reframe Collection. She is currently in production on a feature documentary about East-West integrative medicine and the global health crisis. Prior to receiving her M.F.A. from New York University’s Graduate Film Program, Wong was Senior Counsel for IBM’s Western Region, based in San Francisco, and holds a B.S. in Bio-medical Engineering from Columbia University. THE LULU SESSIONS is her feature documentary debut.
Our moderator will be Howard Weinberg, who helps other filmmakers improve their films as a script-doctor. An award-winning independent documentary filmmaker, he educates and mentors students at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. His PBS documentary credits include SPORTS FOR SALE, FIRST THINGS FIRST, ONE PLUS ONE, and NET.LEARNING. An innovative television journalist, he was a Founding Producer of THE MACNEIL/LEHRER REPORT; Executive Producer of LISTENING TO AMERICA WITH BILL MOYERS; and a producer-writer for SUNDAY MORNING and SIXTY MINUTES, both on the CBS network. He also has taught at New York University and Dartmouth, and created a documentary film series at Columbia. The Daily News called the subject of his film SID AT 90, the “undisputed star” of the 2003 New York Jewish Film Festival. He is president of The New York Film/ Video Council, a non-profit serving the independent media community. His current major documentary project is TV LAB: LICENSE TO CREATE, an educational feature about an innovative era of public television from 1972-1984.
Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $6 for non-members.
Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:
In reply to Felix Endara's post on Fri 18 Jun 2010 :
I've been working with Casper on The LuLu Sessions as a consultant. All I can say is LuLu is one of the greatest documentary subjects I've ever seen on film. And the film reminds me a lot of Silverlake Life. You don't want to miss this.
Voices from the Waters 2010
The 5th International Film Festival on Water
CALL FOR ENTRIES
Bangalore Film Society, Arghyam, Svaraj- Society for Voluntary Action Revitalization and Justice, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca College, USA (FLEFF), Mountainfilm in Telluride, Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, Charter of Human Responsibilities, Samvada, Karnataka Chalanachitra Akademi and Water Journeys- Campaign for Fundamental Right to Water are organizing the fifth edition of the largest international film festival on water- Voices from the Waters 2010.
2010 begins as a critical year not just for Voices from the Waters which completes five years of existence but for environmental consciousness on the whole, as the thoughts and concerns regarding the existence and well-being of our rivers and streams are now being voiced in the mainstream. Now more than ever, there is a call for awareness, dialogue and debate to inform the actions on which the survival of our lifeworlds depend. We are at an instant of much possibilities and hope. We are in search of the voices that will guide us to a critical departure from the current paradigms towards our vision of better futures.
Voices from the Waters 2010: The 5th International Film Festival on Water, the biggest, most dynamic and diverse platform of its kind invites you to be a part of the festival by contributing short, documentary, animation and feature films on water and related issues.
If you have a film in under any of the following categories:
The Dams and the Displaced,
Floods and Droughts,
Global Warming and Climate Change,
Impact of Deforestation on Water Bodies,
Water, Sanitation and Health,
The Holistic Revival of Water Bodies,
Water and Life.
You can consider sending it to us. Please note that the categories are loosely conceived and your film does not have to necessarily adhere to them while focusing on the larger theme of water.
Entries to the Film Festival must include:
1. DVD of the film (with English subtitles, if required)
2. A completed and signed copy of the entry form
3. Three high-resolution stills of the film (can be sent via email)
4. A high-resolution photograph of the director (can be sent via email)
Promotional materials are welcome
There is no entry fee.
All submitted films will be subject to a selection process by eminent members of the festival jury.
Applicant must pay for shipment of films to Voices from the Waters.
Submitted films will not be returned but will be part of Voices from the Waters library, one of the largest resources in the world for films on water.
Voices from the Waters is conceived as a travelling film festival. The selected films after being premiered in Bangalore at the main event will be taken across to educational institutions, non governmental organizations, small towns and villages across India.
Last date for submissions: July 10th 2010
Bangalore Film Society
No.33/1-9, Thygaraja Layout
M.S. Nagar P.O
Bangalore 560 033
Hello D-Worders! I want to introduce the D-Word community to an exciting participatory documentary event I am helping to produce. One Day On Earth is an online community of photographers, filmmakers, students, and inspired individuals all teaming up with the goal of creating a more accurate picture of life on this planet.
On October 10th, 2010 (10.10.10), thousands of people from every nation around the world will film their perspective and contribute their voice to the largest participatory media event in history; the event will result in a feature documentary and online video archive that will showcase the diversity, conflict, tragedy, and triumph that can occur in one day on earth.
We would love to include the talents and perspectives of the D-Word community in our world document. Learn more about One Day on Earth and sign up to participate at:http://www.onedayonearth.org.
Very ambitious plan, Gina. Asking 50,000 participants to film what inspires them most is going to generate enough footage to last an aeon! How do you intend to keep focus and create a thread to hold it all together?
Seeking a DP with a Canon 5D MII for a half-day shoot in Montreal this Friday, 6/23/10 and possibly one day next week (exact date TBD). Please send a brief bio and link to an online reel to producer Kelcey Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be filming in a comic book press for the documentary feature THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE AS TOLD BY WONDER WOMAN – http://www.vaquerafilms.com/wonderwoman
On Tuesday, there will be a historically important memorial service that I will be covering for a feature documentary.
I am looking for shooters who have EX-1/3s or similar cameras to shoot with me from about 8:30 AM until about 1 PM.
Volunteers are truly appreciated. I can offer up to $50 for each camera person as a gratuity. Plus credit as "additional camera" when the film is completed.
I can tell you more about the sad, and yet exciting business of this day, when you tell me about your availability.
FIXER needed for SOUTH AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY
The Guarani Project is looking for a fixer/translator!
We are looking for a fixer/translator to join our team for a 5-6 week shoot from late July to early September in South America.
Think you’re up for the job, or know someone who is?
You must be FLUENT in Spanish, Portuguese AND English, and be based in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay or Uruguay.
The job will be very hard work but amazing fun- think, travelling all night, one hour sleep and then interviewing the environment minister of Paraguay before heading off to interview displaced indigenous people and then spending the evening translating it all and discussing/planning the next day.
We are not so interested in finding the person with the most impressive CV but rather looking for someone who will fit the dynamic of the team- young, creative, intelligent and ambitious!
If you think you can do it, send an email to Annabel@theguaraniproject.com explaining you’d be good for the role.
We look forward to hearing from you!
The Guarani Team
The Documentary Organization of Canada's quarterly magazine Point of View is currently available in a free, trial digital edition. The latest Summer issue looks at Disaster Docs, Women in Docs, a look at some of the docs that screened at Hot Docs 2010 and much more! Check the issue out online at http://docorg.ca/en/point-view-magazine
Just a post to let you know about The NOMAD Project, an exhibition to premiere at the 2010 debut of Access & PARADOX, taking place the 21-24 of October 2010 in Paris, France.
The NOMAD Project will be an exhibition of short films directed and/or produced by independent filmmakers utilizing innovative and explorative ways of telling a story. The aim of the exhibition is to share with the contemporary art audience unique ways in which filmmakers are adapting to the stage of the global economy as well as shifts in technology. The films can be narrative, documentary or experimental, and should relate to PARADOX’s unofficial theme “Nostalgia for Nature”.
The call for projects opens today, July 1, 2010, and submissions will be accepted through August 31, 2010. For The NOMAD Project application and guidelines please visit www.nomadfilms.net, or contact Directors Ari Allansson (email@example.com) or Sarah Schutzki (firstname.lastname@example.org).
About NOMAD Films
NOMAD Films was created in an effort to expose innovative and experimental forms of filmmaking, taking into account the financial limitations within the independent industry as well as continuously evolving filmmaking technology. The goal of the exhibition(s) is to create additional distribution outlets within the arts. Distribution models for low-budget independent films are not always substantial; NOMAD Films brings to light a selection of the many projects that have had little exposure otherwise.
PARADOX is an International Contemporary Art Fair making its debut in October 2010 in Paris, France. Partnering with Access, Access & PARADOX will focus on the exhibition and promotion of new, emerging artists working in contemporary art. Although the fair will debut in 2010 in Paris, there are plans for future editions to take place throughout Europe and the Americas as well.
The NOMAD Project
Gorgeous safe, secure and air conditioned editing studio to share in Red Hook Brooklyn. We have a 3000 sq foot editing suite that we are interested in sharing with a filmmaker/editor. $500 – $1500 depending on size require. Give a call and we can discuss. 212-727-3798
Call for Entries – $5,000 Pitch Workshop
Earlybird deadline July 20!
The Paley Center for Media today announced a call for
entries for its celebrated Art of the Documentary Pitch Workshop at
PALEYDOCFEST2010, which offers a $5,000 grant for a documentary work-
in-progress and will be held at the Paley Center in New York on
Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 2pm.
In this workshop/competition-now in its seventh year-a panel of documentary
executives and producers discuss the process of developing a documentary and
will hear and evaluate pitches from five preselected up-and-coming filmmakers
who are hoping to sell either a documentary work-in-progress. The grant,
sponsored by SnagFilms, will be used towards the completion of the winner's
Confirmed panelists at the workshop include: Andrew Mer, VP Content
Partnerships, SnagFilms; Susan Werbe, Exeuctive Producer, HISTORY;
Lauren Lazin, Filmmaker and Executive Producer, MTV Networks; Diana
Holtzberg, Vice President – USA Operations Acquisitions, Project
Development, Sales, Films Transit International; Simon Kilmurry,
Executive Director, POV; and Molly Thompson, Programming Director, A&E IndieFilms.
This call for entries is to be selected as one of the five filmmakers
who will participate in the workshop in October.
Complete submission guidelines and entry forms can be found at
or filmmakers can submit electronically through Withoutabox,
a free online resource that helps filmmakers connect with film festivals, at
The deadline for entries:
Earlybird deadline: July 20, 2010 ($20 / $15 for Withoutabox members)
Regular deadline: Aug. 17, 2010 ($25 / $20 for Withoutabox members)
Late deadline: Sept. 7, 2010 ($30 / $25 for Withoutabox members)
Withoutabox extended deadline: Sept. 14, 2010 ($45 / $30 for Withoutabox
Video Intern (paid)
$15/hr, M-F, 3 months w/ possibility to extend
Etsy (www.etsy.com) is seeking a video intern! The video intern is responsible for assisting the video team in day-to-day operations, managing media, and archiving materials, as well as blog outreach for videos. This position is for someone with strong technical skills as well as video production and postproduction experience. 75% of this position involves backend support for Etsy's video content, 25% will be video production.
* Media manage backed up footage, update tape log
* Assist with off-site branding continuity
* Create wiki docs for video guides; style, subtitling, output configurations, etc.
* Shoot office one-off videos.
* Support the Etsy video producers on shoots as needed
* Social networking outreach for Etsy video content
Please apply here: http://hire.jobvite.com/j/?cj=oMaiVfwT&s=D-Word
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I am looking for an experienced UPM for a full length feature documentary that is about to go into production. Candidates must be very good at multi-tasking and have broad resources to get it done right for the right price.
Very important story with a great group of talented filmmakers.
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Hi everyone. Great to be here. I'm hoping I can get your support. My recent doc is called The Queen's Suite. I'm currently raising the finishing funds on Kickstarter.
One comment on the doc is, 'The vid on Kickstarter is the most inspiring thing I have seen in all my adult life."
I've organised lots of great gifts from acknowledgments, online downloads, DVDs, photos, lunch with the UK's leading doc exec producer, a recording session at Premises Studios, one to one sessions in doc filmmaking and camera plus more. Pledges start from $3 (£2).
It's taken 18 months to make and it was done so without funding. It now needs funds for the online, dub and release of archive.
We have until the end of August to raise the funds. Here is the link. If you like what you see please do pledge and share it with your friends. http://kck.st/cbGGo1
All About Jazz just published an article where you can find out more about how and why the doc was made. http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=60716
Thanks for reading, Corine
We're trying to add to our deferred-pay team for what we hope will be a fascinating and unusual music documentary on 80's band DEVO. Thanks for your interest!
EDITORS AND ASSISTANT EDITORS NEEDED – AVID – NYC (MANHATTAN)
UNTITLED DEVO PROJECT
START – IMMEDIATE THROUGH JANUARY
RESPOND TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please put "ASSISTANT EDITOR" in your subject line and include a resume.
This is the first feature documentary ever made about the seminal 80's
new wave band Devo. We are currently seeking a co-editor and two to
three assistants to join our post-production team.
Devo, broadly known for their hilarious inverted flower-pot hats and
hit song "Whip It", is also recognized by its fans and critics as a
darkly subversive group of conceptual artists. Their ideas and tight,
aggressive musicianship are completely original.
Devo's name comes from an elaborate theory concocted by members that
mankind is devolving. They use music, film, performance, costume, and
art to get their ideas across.
Its members grew up in the 60's -70's former rubber factory
towns of Akron, Ohio. They were art school kids, and formed the band
partially as a dadaist reaction to Vietnam and the shootings of
protesters at Kent State which involved their friends and acquaintances.
Discovered by Iggy Pop, they became hugely successful in the 80's,
declined, sold out, went into hiatus almost broke
up, and now have finally made a new album – the first in 20 years.
The band's leaders, Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale, have an odd
love/hate relationship that is a central story in the film. We have
open access to the band, and have interviews with them, Iggy Pop, Dave
Grohl and other rock notables, family members, and a crazy cast of
characters who surrounded them during their Ohio days. There is
amazing archival and present-day concert footage, verite footage, home
movies and present-day stuff shot by the cinematographers Lee Daniel
(SLACKER, FAST FOOD NATION, DAZED AND CONFUSED), and Shane Sigler
(CAPITALISM:A LOVE STORY).
The film's theme could be loosely described as "what happens to an
artist's intense creative and political convictions as they get
older". We seek to combine traditional documentary method with
offbeat editorial styles and structuring to produce something that
reflects the craziness of the subject. Think Errol Morris' FAST CHEAP
AND OUT OF CONTROL. Devo now has a new album on Warner Brothers and
are touring. This band is well-loved enough and the film interesting
enough that we hope to garner strong festival
attention and conceivably a small theatrical release.
We have a quirky, fun team we hope you can be a part of. The
filmmaker/editor is Tony Pemberton. His first narrative feature, BEYOND THE OCEAN, went to Sundance and multiple international festivals. In
addition to Devo, he has a new narrative feature in the works which is
set in Russia and will be an international coproduction. The producer,
Roberta Friedman got her start with George Lucas on Star Wars and
Empire Strikes Back. Co-editor Ann Husaini has edited two highly
original feature documentaries, ALMA and CARNIVAL
ROOTS, which were both selected for Whitney Biennials and had wide
festival exposure, as well as multiple television projects for MTV and
other cable channels.
This film is a probono project. Hours will be tracked for deferred
payment. It does have strong investor interest, so we hope we can eventually offer pay, but cannot guarantee anything. Editing on AVID.
There is approximately 80 hours of footage. We have transcripts,
and need logging/organizational assistance and some synching. For editors, we are currently creating topical segments that we'll use to structure the first rough cut.
We'd like to give assists junior editorial opportunity – pulling nuggets they think are great, assembling string outs, and taking a first stab at rough cuts when possible. Please be able to offer either two days a week or a chunk of time a month.
We are looking for a grant writer/fundraiser to help raise funds for our world artists documentary series. Compensation would be a percentage commission of financing raised
We have NFP fiscal sponsorship from Fractured Atlas and have a list of the 12 most likely sources of grant funding.
Below is the text from our recent fund raising entry on Kickstarter.
Kevin O'Hanlon is a gallery owner and filmmaker, originally from Dublin, now living in NYC. He's starting a nonprofit called FilmsOnArtists through which he will travel the globe to make documentaries about artists and the creative process.
The primary focus will be the artists' context as content, how they have been influenced by their environment, history and circumstances, and how they have uniquely channeled that experience in a positive and creative way. The films won't be about famous artists, but about spiritually and environmentally connected ones, ones who daily take random materials and refine them into artforms that educate and enlighten.
"Artists don't have a blueprint for what they do. No one has been where their mind is currently projecting. They look into a blank canvass and create a future that we will all ultimately inhabit. FilmsOnArtists will combine their experiences and report back from the creative front-lines to let us know what that future will look like."
O'Hanlon has made films of a dozen artists and art projects to date. Recent projects include a documentary of an orphanage in Cambodia, a woodcarver in the rainforest in Costa Rica, and two in Haiti. One of the Haiti films happened when Kevin went there to offer help following the earthquake and visited with orphans who had lost their home and school in the catastrophe. He joined forces with Life For The World and Haitian-American artist Richard Laurent and brought the kids 220 canvasses to paint. He filmed as these young artists created their very first paintings. From there, Kevin and Life For The World took that film and the art produced by the children and had an exhibition at his gallery in Chelsea. The money raised went to rebuild the demolished orphanage that is home to the young Haitian children. The Haitian childrens's project will continue to be supported by and reported on by FilmsOnArtists.
Says O'Hanlon: "This was one of those mutually abundant situations. We got to experience the mindset of these amazing children at a pivotal moment in their lives, while bringing so much joy to kids who had never held a paintbrush or seen a blank canvass before. The project empowered them, affirmed their artistic abilities and set them on a creative path to their own solution. They are Haiti's future, the generation who will rebuild."
An interactive website is being designed for FilmsOnArtists. The website will catalog the films and interconnect the lives of the artists that show up in FilmsOnArtists' documentaries with visitors of the site. Viewers will be able to engage more meaningfully in the project by perhaps choosing which geographic location thay are interested in or what type of art. A future feature of the site will allow the user to select a theme such as "hope", "curiosity" or "courage" and hear our global artists speak together on that theme.
We want www.FilmsOnArtists.com to be a place where people can gain inspiration from every corner of the globe and connect to a global creative energy.
Please contact Kevin: Info@FilmsOnArtists.com
You should clear the "Compensation would be a percentage commission of financing raised" with your fiscal sponsor. They might have a problem with that... although that is exactly what they do, of course.
I'm raising funds to finish my doc. Here's something about why and how I made it and what you will receive if you pledge the doc. I have until the end of August. Thanks for watching.
Hi all I realised I ought to have written a little bit more about the doc.
It's called The Queen's Suite
Tagline: A young jazz musician, Duke Ellington, the Queen of England, a 15 piece orchestra, a dream driven by passion and music that blows the dust of life.
I've been working on the doc for 19 months with no funding.
The vlog is about why I made the Queens's Suite and why it's on Kickstarter.
It's on so that the doc can be finished. I've organised some great gifts in exchange for a pledge.
Thanks for reading and watching Corine.
Hi there, working in two media campagins that involve famous artists, photographers, actors and filmmakers. We're developing this campaings for the next 3/5 years and include documentaries, live tv events, exhibitions, books and social media. We already have a executive producer, a very good PR company interested, filmmakers and the production team. I'm the producer in one of the campaigns that involves a very famous national geographic photographer and is about children in conflict zones. The second project is a media awareness social activist documentary about the Amazon. I'm the director of the documentary, and i'm working very closely with a very interesting film studio in the area as well with local indigenous communities and shamans. We have already some of the sponsorship covered. But we still have a lot in the table to work on, so we're looking for 2/3 people who can work in future premises, once we get the full sponsorship we can pay for the amount of work done.
Looking for an assistant producer, contacting organizations, production companies, setting up interviews, creating schedules, talk to the team and figure out places, processes, timeline and everything needed before the shooting. The second or third person will be to make research about current issues and people in the areas, write emails to potential faces of the documentary and contact people.
please contact me for further questions,
thanks a lot
With the gloom that has come with the closure of the UK Film Council, here's something to cheer everyone up. Just one of the exceptional musicians in my documentayry The Queen's Suite. Enjoy and please visit us at Kickstarter. http://kck.st/cbGGo1