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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: