Seeking a skilled Mongolian to English translator, preferably in New York City, to translated raw interview footage. Any leads appreciated: beth(at)fivespotfilms(dot)com. Thanks!
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Docs In Progress Screening This Wednesday Night, September 14 (DC area)
This work-in-progress screening provides an opportunity for local and visiting documentary filmmakers to screen their unfinished films to an audience and get valuable feedback. After screening each film, facilitators from Docs In Progress moderate a feedback session with the audience. This honest and constructive feedback is aimed at helping the filmmakers get to the next stage of completing and distributing the film.
LIFE AS A COLLAGE (22 minute rough cut)
by Sitar Arts Center Students
Tim Gabel’s classes in Landscape Painting and Collage brought generations of families together through art at Washington DC’s Sitar Arts Center. As Gabel faces liver cancer, a group of students participating in a Meridian Hill Pictures video production class document the life and legacy of a beloved artist and teacher.
OUT FOR GOOD (19 minute rough cut)
by Nico Columbant
Eddie Ellis spent 15 years in prison, most of them in supermax. Now a “homecomer” returning to Washington DC, Ellis is trying to do the best he can to help himself, former prisoners and current prisoners, as well as society in general avoid the prison curse.
Suggested Donation: $10. At the door. Cash only. No advance tickets or RSVP required.
This program is organized by Docs In Progress, a non-profit documentary film organization. Special thanks to the Writer's Center for sponsoring the venue for this program. This program is also made possible through support from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the Maryland Humanities Council, and the Maryland State Arts Council.
Affordable, two-room office space in Midtown NYC, totaling 400 square feet with windows facing east. Sublet with separate entrance by nonprofit media arts organization, Great space for small production company or editing suite. 24/7 access on 8th avenue with security guard, located midway between Port Authority and Penn Station – 8th Ave and 38 st. Centrally located near film labs, theatre row, the fashion district and MTA stations for 1, 2, 3,7, N, R, Q, A, C, and E subways. $1800/month includes utilities. Lots of storage. Free Desk available. For info please contact email@example.com.
Looking for a shooter to record a small concert on Sunday evening (9/18) in NYC. As a favor. I have been following the Spanish singer/songwriter Olga Rossano for several years now in how she develops her career, with an eye to turning it into a documentary one day. This concert in NYC is vital but unfortunately I won't be able to attend myself. By the way, no need for complicated sound set ups. The camera ideally should be any form of HD and if it could be 25fps, even better. I could return the favor if you ever need something shot in Madrid... Write to me directly at koen [at] elrayofilms [dot] com.
One of my favorite youth media organizations (based in Seattle) is hiring a new Executive Director Do you know someone who might be the perfect match for this job?
Enemy Alien Screening – September 20, 2011
Re: post above about shooter for a short concert in NYC, I now have some more details. It's in The Bitter End, in Greenwich Village at 10pm. The set is about 35 minutes, acoustic, two performers. Thanks!
UnionDocs Media & Administrative Intern
When: Late September through January
Commitment: 8-16 hours per week
UnionDocs seeks a screenings and administrative intern to aid in the daily operations of this exciting non-profit. The intern will be exposed to all levels of management and take an important role in the regular activities of this quickly growing organization. The ideal candidate will be an able problem-solver with excellent writing and organizational skills who is seeking a career in the arts administration. Knowledge of Google Docs, Wordpress, Flick, Photoshop and/or Final Cut Pro is a plus.
This opportunity will provide enormous exposure to the NYC documentary scene and connection to a talented community of artists. The internship will run from early October through January and requires an 8-16 hour commitment per week which will consist of one afternoon spent in the office and one Saturday or Sunday helping manage an evening film screening. There are no stipends available at this time, but college credit can be arranged.
UnionDocs (UnDo) is a Center for Documentary Art that generates and shares big ideas.
Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We bring together a diverse community of experimental media-makers, dedicated journalists, critical thinkers, and local partners on a search for urgent expressions of the human experience, practical perspectives on the world today, and compelling visions for the future.
We find powerful, thought-provoking works of non-fiction (film, video, sound, photography, oral history, printed word, and performance) and present over one hundred public events each year, attracting people from across and beyond New York City. Whether celebrating the discipline and artistry or sharing counterpoint and honest critique, audiences at our intimate UnDo Center are encouraged to join in open discussions with the director, creator, or producer of the work, who is always in the room.
In designing collaborative projects, we bring together 20th Century documentary practice and contemporary networked culture. What opportunities do new technologies offer non-fiction? When is mastering age-old techniques the best route? We experiment with these questions and share our learning through the UnDo Collaborative Studio, a one year fellowships program that seeks to bring together individual talents, voices, and stories and create multi-dimensional documentaries.
We believe in freely sharing ideas. For a growing international audience online, we publish critical writing, interviews, artist videos, documented panels, audience discussions, as well as the research from our collaborative productions. Through our website, we hope to share the ideas brewing at our space with the widest possible audience.
So, what is a big idea?
It is no mistake that our name abbreviates to UnDo Center. We promote marginalized stories, under-represented facts, and interdependent networks. UnionDocs believes that documentary art, when paired with thoughtful context and open debate, is an invaluable tool for understanding the complexities of contemporary life and creating a more compassionate, engaged, and integrated society.
Please send a resume and a letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Supported Film presents 10 Afghan-made documentaries that provide an unseen view of the Afghan experience since 9/11 and the US-led invasion of Afghanistan. “The Fruit of Our Labor” full series will be available to be watched online from September 11th until October 7th. You can watch the films at www.csfilm.org/films.
The 10th anniversaries of 9-11 and the October 7th US-led invasion of Afghanistan are upon us. As Americans reflect on the impact of these events on our lives, Community Supported Film is providing an opportunity to also reflect on the situation from an Afghan perspective.
CSFilm is hoping to get these films seen as widely as possible, and is seeking collaborations with organizations, groups, government officials, schools, activists, organizers, and individuals to get these films put to use in discussions about Afghanistan. Please contact us with your ideas at info[at]csfilm.org.
These 10 films come from The Fruit of Our Labor – an intimate collection of stories about survival in war-ridden Afghanistan, made in a filmmaking training in Kabul last fall. Each documentary short offers a personal and first-hand point of view rarely seen or heard in the US, even after 10 years of intense media coverage. As a series, these films bring to life Afghans’ daily efforts to address their challenging social and economic conditions – providing an insider perspective behind and beyond the battlefront.
Seven of the 10 films focus on women and women's issues; four of which were filmed and produced by Afghan women. Their cameras eavesdrop on the saucy banter of women as they tend to everyday tasks such as baking bread and planting seedlings, and on their consoling but firm words as they counsel each other in the aftermath of traumatic war injuries. One video short documents a woman’s search for her lost husband – one of the nations’ 1 million addicted to heroine, while a pregnant woman navigates the options for healthcare and birth control – without a functioning maternity clinic nearby. The Fruit of Our Labor details Afghans’ inexorable struggle to survive: from the constant quest for water for themselves and for their fields, to the humble hawking of fruit from urban pushcarts.
As an organization that trains Afghan documentary filmmakers, Community Supported Film works for an Afghanistan that is not abandoned and left to survive another humanitarian crisis. CSFilm’s online airing of The Fruit of Our Labor between the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the 10/7 invasion of Afghanistan seeks to put Afghans into our daily considerations and invigorate conversations about the immediate and long-term future of Afghanistan.
Community Supported Film
CSFilm trains local women and men in documentary filmmaking with a focus on their community’s social and economic development issues. Their stories, rooted in realities often unrepresented in the media, are used to influence local and international perspectives on sustainable paths to a more peaceful and equitable world. In the interest of amplifying the voices and expertise of Afghans, Community Supported Film conducted an intensive 5-week training of 10 Afghans in documentary production in the fall of 2010. The resulting films are gathered in the collection, The Fruit of Our Labor, and can be seen at www.csfilm.org.
Great that your model is centred on training Afghans to enable them to tell their own stories. Keep up the good work.
Michael, great to see you here, and I'm so glad to see that your labor of love has come to fruition!
FOR MEMBERS IN THE WASHINGTON DC AREA...
Participatory video engages and empowers groups of people to work together to tell their own stories, experiences, and viewpoints through video. Facilitated by more experienced filmmakers, participatory video can help provide a voice for marginalized communities with potential for advocacy, therapeutic benefits, and community-building. The process of filmmaking is often as important as the resulting films.
Docs In Progress is excited to welcome local facilitating filmmakers and participants to talk about the process and impact of making a participatory video and share their resulting works. It is a way to find out more about this unique genre of documentary filmmaking both from a logistical perspective and to examine larger issues of the relationship between filmmakers, “subjects,” and audiences.The participants will include filmmakers Joy Haynes and Ellie Walton, accompanied by Maureen Jais-Mick, the Director of Community Outreach and Volunteer Services at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital; and filmmakers Brandon Kramer and Lance Kramer, accompanied by James Magruder, a Green Corps trainee.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
6:30 pm Networking and Refreshments
7:00 – 8:30 pm Program and Q&A
Docs In Progress
8700 First Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Walking distance to the Silver Spring Metro and convenient to garage parking.
$10 if register and pay online no later than 5 pm on September 21.
($20 if paying at the door. Cash only)
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Ellie Walton and Joy Haynes from Video Diary Productions, LLC have produced a range of radio and video documentaries, from an ex-guerrilla radio station in Guatemala to prisons in London, from Scotland to Washington, DC. Feature length documentaries include, Chocolate City, which explores the gentrification of Washington, DC, and Igual Que Tú, which takes you through a week in the life of an immigrant day laborer. Their most recent project, Voices From Within, is an intimate look into the lives of five residents of Saint Elizabeths psychiatric hospital, Washington DC’s public psychiatric hospital. Like many of their other works, Voices From Within represents a collaborative approach to filmmaking where the subject is not just examined, but is the examiner. By providing equipment, training, and support to communities who are often generalized and stereotyped, Video Diaries LLC offers an unexpected glimpse into the lives of immigrant day laborers, senior citizens, incarcerated teens, and long-term residents of mental hospitals, among others. The belief is that filmmaking as an interactive and transformational experience that reveals and inspires deeper understanding and dialogue around our common community. They will be joined by Maureen Jais-Mick, the Director of Community Outreach and Volunteer Services at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital who was instrumental in making the Voices From Within project possible. Jais-Mick was previously a volunteer with Lens & Pens, Brushes & Friends at Saint Elizabeth’s while working as director of Development and Community Outreach at Green Door, a program that supports adults with mental illness who live in the community. Before joining the staff of Green Door, she was director of Development at N Street Village, a community for homeless women and low-income families.
Brandon Kramer and Lance Kramer from Meridian Hill Pictures are award-winning filmmakers and educators dedicated to producing and sharing innovative documentaries from diverse community perspectives. Based in Washington DC, their focus is on crafting films that advance dialogue and impact broad audiences. They have worked with a diversity of local and national organizations and programs, including the Kennedy Center’s On Location program, Seeds of Peace, Human Rights Campaign, and the Center for Inspired Teaching. Their latest participatory video project is with Washington Parks & People’s DC Green Corps. Funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, Green Corps is an innovative green job training program empowering low-income Washington DC residents with the knowledge and tools to enhance community parks and other public spaces throughout the city. Through a collaborative media education project with Meridian Hill Pictures this past spring, 34 Green Corps trainees employed video storytelling to express in their own voice how urban forestry and greening are helping to meet critical needs in DC’s underserved communities. The Kramers will be joined by James Magruder, one of the Green Corps trainees and narrator of one of the Green Corps videos.
KAREN SCHMEER FILM EDITING FELLOWSHIP
Only ten days until applications are due: Applications must be received by September 30, 2011.
The Fellowship is a year-long experience that encourages and champions the talent of an emerging editor. It creates opportunities to help cultivate an editor’s artistry and craft, and expand his or her professional and creative community. The Fellowship includes:
• Mentorship with an ACE editor, tailored to the fellow’s interests
• Full festival passes to ACE EditFest in New York and Los Angeles
• Class at the Manhattan Edit Workshop – an Apple, Adobe & Avid Authorized Training Center
• Film Badge with full film festival access to the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas
• Chrome Pass with full festival access to the Independent Film Festival Boston
• Travel expenses to two of the aforementioned festivals/classes (airfare, 3 nights of hotel, per diems)
• Summer Series Triple Membership for Rooftop Films, NYC, plus a $1000 equipment rental credit
• Season Pass to Stranger Than Fiction at the IFC Center in NYC
• Year-long Membership to DocuClub in NYC
• $1000 cash award
• $500 online gift certificate to Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon (Karen’s favorite)
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I’d like to invite you to an event that will connect you with the latest trends, interests and trail-blazers in the field of documentary film. The Paley Center’s DocFest 2011 (October 20th-29th) will explore how documentaries are investigating media to develop connections between individuals and larger society as well as the past with the future.
This year’s theme, “Media is the Connection” will be explored through screenings, conversations the filmmakers and subjects of the presenting films, and lively Q&A discussions that are a hallmark of the Festival. Complimentary wine receptions will take place before each screening.
Be sure to check out two special PaleyDocFest events which have become mainstays of the Festival:
• DocuJam, October 20th at 5 pm: celebrates outstanding works produced by young documentary filmmakers nationwide, presented in collaboration with Downtown Community Television New York.
• The Art of the Documentary Pitch, October 29th at 2pm: a workshop/competition wich awards a $5,000 grant for toward the completion of a documentary film, sponsored by DocChannel.
For a list of other events in the PaleyDocFest lineup, check out http://www.paleycenter.org/paleydocfest2011. Ticket prices include admission to The Paley Center for Media, wine receptions, and attendance at the question and answer panel discussion related to the events. DocuJam is included with general admission to The Paley Center for Media.
Hello! Please come to this great event, presentation & party!
'The Unsung Heroes of Documentary'
Hosted by New York Film Academy & The Doc Tank
7PM, Sep 27 (Tue) at Screening Room of New York Film Academy
(100 E 17th ST NY10003)
The first guest is Rosemary Rotondi, archival footage researcher.
She found footage for many films including 'Inside Job'
For more information: http://www.thedoctank.com/unsung
A great idea for a series, Lahoe, and no better honoree to kick it off than Rosemary. Hope folks will turn out in full force.
[Edited to switch the email addresses to (at) and (dot). Remember, this is a public topic, folks, and you don't want spam.]
I just posted this in the professional classifieds. Hope it's ok to double post here too.
This was passed on to me by a fellow alumni. Sounds exciting – if you don't mind moving to Haiti for a while. If interested, please contact Valerie (info below) and tell her that you found out about the position through me.
Ciné Institute, Haiti's only professional film school, provides Haitian youth with university-level film education, technical training and media-related micro-enterprise opportunities. The Institute trains aspiring local filmmakers in all aspects of production and produces films of all kinds, in partnership with our students and graduates. Our objective is to provide Haiti's talented youth with the knowledge and tools necessary to build a local audiovisual industry.
We seek two full-time teachers to join our faculty:
POSITION ONE Production Teacher
Responsible for teaching all technical aspects of film production. This includes: photography, cinematography, sound, production and editing.
POSITION TWO Executive Producer
Responsible for building up Ciné Institute's income-generating employment division, Ciné Services. Candidate will be tasked with the role of procuring local and international clients, engaging Ciné Institute graduates to produce work for clients, and teaching our strongest producers how to establish a successful production company. Candidate must be a business entrepreneur, experienced producer and passionate teacher. Financial incentives built in to base compensation package.
To apply, please send CV and cover letter to info(at)cineinstitute(dot)com Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
ABOUT CINÉ INSTITUTE
Director, Career Services Office
Harvard Graduate School of Education
13 Appian Way, 025 Longfellow Hall
Cambridge, MA 02169
Tuesday, September 27 · 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Please join us to kick off a groundbreaking new evening series, UNSUNG HEROES OF DOCUMENTARY with a celebration of ROSEMARY ROTONDI, the shy master of archival research whose nearly silent talents have raised countless docs to new heights (including last year's Oscar-winner.)
(It's FREE and there'll be inexpensive wine with which to toast our inaugural hero, as many times as you want! :-)
We're inviting the entire NYC documentary community to join us at the New York Film Academy (NYFA) in its historic Tammany Hall Building at 100 East 17th Street, on the northeast corner of Union Square.
In case there are any among us who don't know, ROSEMARY ROTONDI is a world-class, beloved and much sought-after archival footage researcher, whose credits include: INSIDE JOB (2011 Academy Award-Winner), HBO’s WE STAND ALONE TOGETHER (Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, producers), REGRET TO INFORM and THE BRANDON TEENA STORY, and SO many others.
Director Crayton Robey and NYFA’s Academy Award-nominated prof, Immy Humes will join Rosemary to present and discuss her work, and to share a well-guarded secret, or two, of the trade. Then we’ll raise a glass in Rosemary’s honor. And then maybe a few more in the after-mingle.
Free for the NYC Doc community, NYFA Docsters, grads and faculty, and anyone who loves and appreciates the art of the doc.
The Unsung Heroes of Documentary series:
Let's get together to Recognize, Educate, Celebrate!
Directors of Photography, editors, sound recordists, mixers, graphic artists, designers, colorists, composers—these are the brilliant specialists who save the day countless times on countless documentary films, lending their skill and soul again and again to enable Directors and Producers to realize their dreams. But do they get credit and recognition? Love and understanding? Not enough! We thought it would be fun, fitting, and overdue, to bring the whole documentary community together to drag some of our shy artistic and technical masters into a little spotlight. We’ll explore their critical, quiet crafts and celebrate their enormous and under-celebrated contributions to the films of their far more famous directing/producing brethren.
The Honoree will present and discuss clips of his/her work, take questions, and be toasted en masse, followed by mingling with cheap drinks and refreshments. Director/Producers who have worked with the Honoree will be invited to testify to their powers. We hope to attract an intergenerational audience: film students who can learn about important professional film career paths, and Doc Makers who want to raise a glass in appreciation.
We're planning an experimental run for 3 Tuesdays this fall 2011 and if it catches on, we'll get to bring it back full force in the spring. HEROES TBA: 10/4 & 10/11
(Send us ideas, nominations, suggestions! Please help spread the word & let us hear from you at email@example.com. Brought to you by Andrea Swift, Chair of Documentary Department at NYFA, and The Doc Tank (a documentary center run by NYFA doc faculty member, filmmaker Immy Humes). contact: Immy Humes firstname.lastname@example.org or Andrea Swift email@example.com)
Congrats to Rosemary – I'll do my best to make this. Andrea, you wrote it begins at 6:30pm but the Doc Tank website says 7. Which is it?
Hi Doug! The doors open at 6:30pm and we'll start the presentation at 7:00pm. It would be great to see you there. We're really hoping to get a good turnout for Rosemary and a strong enough showing that we can make the series ongoing. And I've been wanting to connect with you anyway.
I'll do my best to make it, Andrea. Meanwhile, if you put your photo up here there's a far better chance I can find you at the event.
An actor friend of mine is coming from France to do a writing residency in NYC from October 15th to November 1st. She is looking for a sublet (studio, or room) in Manhattan or Brooklyn. If you have any leads, please e-mail me and I will forward the info to her. Contact: achecler (at) yahoo (dot) com.
Hey y'all! and to Doug especially, thanks for the encouragement re: our UNSUNG HEROES series.
Tonight we kick off with Rosemary Rotondi, 7PM at NYFA on 17th Street, just east of Union Square, in their very cool old building, the old Tammany Hall.
Next HERO is STEVE PEQUIGNOT of GLUE, post-production pro extraordinaire (Barbara Rick's words, thanks Barbara!) 10/4 at NYFA off union square 7PM (doors open at 6:30). low-key but fun events I hope, I've never done events before so nervous and would love community input.
A note to director/producers: please keep this series in mind if you have deep admiration for and gratitude to a specialist whom you've worked with. Maybe this is a place to honor them? Would be happy to hear from you. Thanks to all. (Love the D-Word!!!)
Wow, Steve's a fantastic choice! He's done the post on my last two films and I don't know of a more knowledgeable guy who can communicate it all in plain English. You're two for two, Immy.
Sorry I couldn't make it tonight but I'll do everything I can to be there next week.
Oh Doug it would be great if you can make it next week.
We had a wonderful event tonight – it went really really well!
Rosemary was fantastic. I learned a lot. I had no idea how much straight out investigative reporting she does. quite amazing, under the guise of looking for visuals she's really sleuthing out PROOF on several productions (i don't want to spill all the beans, i think some of the current things she mentioned tonight may be news scoops actually)
Crayton Robey also spoke, about working with Rosemary on his film, and was inspirational about Rosemary and about the passion of filmmaking overall –
the students had many excellent questions, just kept going and going, i couldn't have been happier!
and Rosemary looked great in her NYFA hoodie (the big swag of the nite)