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Erica Ginsberg
Fri 6 Jan 2012Link

Hey DC folks, is one of your new year's resolutions to finally check out a Docs In Progress screening?

Join us next Thursday, January 12 at 7 pm with a work-in-progress screening in Washington DC. This program is organized by Docs In Progress and sponsored by The Documentary Center at the George Washington University. After each film screens, we'll be moderating a workshop-style audience critique session. This honest but constructive feedback is aimed at helping the filmmakers get to the next stage of completing and distributing their films. This screening is open to the general public.

WHAT'S SCREENING?

The Rosenwald Schools (22 minute sequences) by Aviva Kempner
Between 1915-1932, businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald joined with Booker T. Washington to create challenge grants that built schools for poor, rural African-American children at a time when few received any public education in the segregated South.

A Sister's Call (78 minute rough cut) by Kyle Tekiela
Call Richmond disappeared in 1977 and remained missing for 20 years. After Call's sister Rebecca found him homeless and suffering from severe paranoid schizophrenia, she dedicated her life to putting her brother back together. We journey with Call and his family on a roller coaster ride to recovery.

WHEN?
Thursday, January 12, 2012
7:00-10:00 pm

WHERE?
George Washington University Media & Public Affairs Building
805 21st Street, NW
Auditorium B-07
Washington DC 20037

The building is located at the corner of 21st and H Streets in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. The auditorium is one floor down from street level. Closest Metro: Foggy Bottom. Convenient garage parking.

FEE?
$10 suggested donation. At the door. No advance tickets or RSVP. We now accept both cash and credit cards.

More info at http://www.docsinprogress.org


Roselly Torres
Fri 6 Jan 2012Link

2012 TWN Video Production Workshop – Applications now available

Low cost hands-on training program emphasizing the training and support of people of color and members of marginalized communities. Aimed at working people, the 4 month workshop meets evenings and films during weekends. Limited to 9 participants, students focus on the pre-production, production and post-production skills necessary to take a short project from conception to completion, with training in scriptwriting, research, lighting, camera, sound and editing. Led by film professionals, this 34 year program will begin in early April. The workshop is time intensive and participants must be able to attend regular class meetings as well as meet the out-of-class demands of pre- production, production, and post-production. Prior film, video or related experience is recommended but not required; creativity, self-initiative, time and a collaborative spirit are. The cost of the 2012 workshop will be $600.

The 2012 Application is available NOW –
Application deadline: March 5th, 2012.
The Production Workshop will start April 4th, 2012.
Download the application form at
http://www.twn.org/twnpages/edtraining/workhome.aspx

Third World Newsreel
545 Eighth Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, New York 10018
Phone: 212-947-9277 x 15
email: workshop@twn.org


Roselly Torres
Fri 6 Jan 2012Link

2 Room office/edit room sublet

Affordable, two-room office space, totaling 625 rentable square feet with windows facing east. Sublet with separate entrance by nonprofit 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. $1600/month includes utilities. Lots of storage. Free Desk available.
contact: jt[at]twn.org


Mattie Akers
Fri 6 Jan 2012Link

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for an Italian-English translator for a small job – about 10 minutes of video. NY-based translator preferred. Please email me for more details: mattieakers@gmail.com. Thanks!


Claire Ratinon
Mon 9 Jan 2012Link

Hi NY filmmakers!

Old School Films is looking for volunteer documentary filmmakers to mentor a team of three young students (ages 12-17) in an afterschool filmmaking program.

Each student will make one short film about an elderly person from their community. Students will learn everything from camera operation to interviewing skills, lighting, sound, producing and editing.

Classes meet from 4:30-6:30PM one day a week (either Monday or Wednesday) for 10 consecutive weeks starting in February.

If you're interested in finding out more about the program and how you can be a part of it, please email claire@oldschoolfilms.org

Thanks!

www.oldschoolfilms.org


Steve Deline
Wed 11 Jan 2012Link

Hey D-Word Community -

Seeking an enthusiastic FCP editor to take on at least one episode of a limited series doc project intended for public television. If you or someone you know might be a good fit, I'd love to get in touch or hear any and all recommendations!

The Film: "The Times of John McDonogh" (working title) tells the story of the startling bequest to education that a single eccentric millionaire made upon his death in 1850, how that bequest led, by 2006, to the creation of both some of the most blighted public schools and one of the most privileged private schools in the US and how, in the current tumultuous moment in education, each of these disparate schools is now fighting to either re-make itself or protect the things that made it strong in the first place.

Creatively, the aim is to interweave two distinct narrative approaches. First are the stories, told via verite footage, of specific teachers and students at five of the schools that still bear this founder's name and legacy today (two traditional public schools in New Orleans, two more newly-chartered public schools in New Orleans, and one private school in Baltimore) as they live and teach over the course of one pivotal school year. The second is the historical narrative of how these five schools evolved from one man's very specific, utopian vision to such contrasting places along our contemporary spectrum of education. With these two stories intertwined, the twists, turns, and questions raised along the way lead straight through many of the turning points of segregation, political gamesmanship, neglect, and socio-economic inequality that have shaped US schools from the beginning.

Project Status: The wealth of material involved is both blessing and curse. We shot, over the course of the school year we spent in the schools, 300 (!) hours of verite footage of (and interviews with) a select group of teachers, students, and administrators. What's more, there's a rich and surprising array of archival material about the history of the schools to pull from, much of it already gathered together by the production. But there is also a very clear plan. Every inch of the footage is meticulously logged, all of the interviews are thoroughly sub-clipped and labelled, and a paper script outline is in place for the series from start to finish, scene by scene, both for the compelling contemporary characters and the historical narratives, and the ways they might well intermix. We have a work-in-progress-trailer (I can send it to you upon request) and there's a rough assembly of most of the first episode.

What We're Looking For: Over the next five months, our goal is to edit as many episodes of the series as we can manage (at minimum three, with the other three to follow thereafter). Though we could work with someone who could only foreseeably tackle one. To date, all of the editing work has been done by me, the beleaguered, lone gunman producer/director, and while my enthusiasm for the material runneth over, I am neither a very good, nor particularly fast, editor, nor do I have the distance from the material that would probably help the process most at this point. So we're seeking a sharp editor who'd be excited about helping shape this kaleidoscope of specific stories into something awesome. While I'm working on a first-time indie doc-maker's meager budget, I'm not expecting someone to work for free either, so we could talk more about what might make sense for a rate in the short term. Grant writing will soon be in progress. I'm in Los Angeles, and would prefer to work with someone local, though I wouldn't rule out other arrangements. The editor would need their own FC7 system. My hunch is this would not be the right undertaking for a first-time feature doc editor, considering the expansive and interlocking nature of the raw material (not to mention my own green-ness). But someone with a practiced hand and eye would, I suspect, find the way well-paved for a really rewarding collaboration, no ego involved. More than anything, I hope to find someone (this is starting to sound like a dreamy-eyed singles ad) who is passionate about social documentary storytelling, curious about looking at the same subject from different angles, and excited about young people, teachers, and the inner lives of schools.

If you'd like to find out more, or recommend someone, I'd love to hear from you. I'm at stephen.deline(at)gmail(dot)com or 410-960-2098. Thanks!

Edited Wed 11 Jan 2012 by Steve Deline

Marcia Jarmel
Fri 13 Jan 2012Link

PatchWorks Films is seeking a Distribution and Admin Support Intern!

PatchWorks Films (www.patchworksfilms.net) is a San Francisco-based production and distribution company making documentaries that explore contemporary social issues via intimate character stories, while forming innovative partnerships with key stakeholders. Our award-winning documentaries have been broadcast worldwide and have screened at theaters, film festivals, schools, universities, museums, libraries and community events. Our last film “Speaking In Tongues” (www.speakingintonguesfilm.info) broadcast on PBS stations across the country last fall, and we are deep into our next film “Got Balz?” (www.gotbalzfilm.info) about a boy’s struggle to donate baseball equipment to kids in Cuba despite the U.S. embargo.

We are seeking an unpaid intern to work in our office (Richmond district, San Francisco) 5-10 hours per week for approx. 6 months, helping us finish our new film and distribute “Speaking In Tongues” and our other titles. There may be some assistant editing work but the majority of the work is assistant producing. This is a great opportunity to learn about the real work life of an independent filmmaker (10% production, 90% producing), while contributing to films that have impact and exposure.

Duties and responsibilities:
• Database management & data entry (knowledge of Filemaker a plus!)
• Internet and sales research
• Social media and website management
• Generic admin and office duties such as mailing, shipping, filing, and record-keeping
• Errands and other miscellaneous tasks that come up in the course of things.

Required skills and abilities:
• Mac fluency and working knowledge of MS Office programs
• Strong communication and writing skills
• Accurate and swift data entry
• Ability to work well with PatchWorks’ diverse staff and independent contractors
• Web savvy
• Working knowledge and/or interest of and in social media
• Detail and deadline oriented
• Great organizational skills
• Focused problem-solving (macro and micro attention)
• Super-reliable, committed, and trustworthy with confidential information.

Extra-desirable qualities:
• Can bring your own Mac laptop (some work may be done from home as well)
• Have a valid CA driver’s license (having your own car is a plus but not necessary)
• Have a desire to do what it takes to get great documentaries made and seen

Please send a LETTER OF INTEREST in addition to your RESUME to pwfilmssfo[at]gmail[dot]com with all requests directed to Rebecca Chan.

Explain what you are looking for in an internship and why you think you are a good match for PatchWorks.

College credit is available; ask your school.
No phone calls, please.


Daniel Gilbert
Mon 16 Jan 2012Link

Hello! I'm currently working on a fantastic project for PBS – part of which was shot in Cambodia – and I need a few qualified Khmer translators to help us out in the edit room. Ideally, we need someone based in NY, but we can also send out footage if need be. Fully paid @ a very competitive rate.

If you know anyone, please write me back at dan[at]showofforce[dot]com

Thank you!


Kate Juanengo
Thu 19 Jan 2012Link

We're Hosting 3 Film Distribution Panels 1/24 in Park City!

If you're at Sundance, stop by for any or all of our 3 exciting panels at the Silver King Hotel in Park City.

Panel 1: Documentary Distribution:
What Are the Best Opportunities Available for Your Film?
10:00am – 11:30am

Film distribution strategies have changed dramatically in today's fast paced market. Join a panel of industry experts and learn about the best options available for marketing and distributing your film. Panelist include: Peter Broderick, Christina Rogers, Mat Levy, Andrew Mer, Sarafina DiFelice, & Anna Darrah. Read bios below. Topics include:

How can niche films find profitable audiences?
The pros & cons of new digital outlets.
Why are DVD sales still the largest source of revenue for most films?
How do I find an educational distributor that's right for my film?
How to set up a paid speaking tour.
How & where can I set up community screenings or "theatrical events"?

Panel 2: Using Social Media to Supercharge Your Film's Distribution Plan!
1:00pm – 2:30pm

It's no surprise that many distributors and filmmakers depend on social media channels to promote their film. But is anyone listening? Are clicks resulting in sales? If you're new to social media marketing or looking for new ideas to improve your existing campaigns, come attend this savvy interactive social media marketing workshop and learn the following from industry experts Allen Chou and Diana Iles Parker:

Revenue opportunities for your film.
Building audiences & buzz!
Developing your NEW influential & authoritative status.
How to develop endless content ideas for your Twitter and Facebook campaigns.
Finding your target audience.
How to use lesser-known but still effective platforms to broaden the reach of your social media strategies.

Panel 3: Didn't Get Into Sundance? No Worries.
Learn How to Go Beyond Big Name Festivals to Secure Distribution
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Every year, thousands of films are not accepted into Sundance, yet many still become BIG hits. Learn from industry experts on how the former "Plan B" of distribution could surprise you as being your NEW "Plan A"! Panelist include: Brian Newman, Mat Levy, Josh Levin, Mike Grice, & Michael Tuckman.

Why films can still be highly successful without any major festival exposure.
What other factors do distributors consider beyond being an "official selection".
Securing theatrical distribution – Is it worth the expense?
How can a publicist or social meida campaign help?
Building a fan base with every festival appearance.
The pro's & con's of DIY self-distribution. Decision time?

For more details and to order your tickets in advance, visit: http://filmdistributionpanel.eventbrite.com/

*Enter promo code "DWORD" and receive a discount at check out!

Edited Thu 19 Jan 2012 by Kate Juanengo

goro toshima
Fri 20 Jan 2012Link

hi all,

does anybody know where/from whom i can rent an EX-3 in chicago?

i'd prefer to rent from d-worder if possible.

thanks for any/all suggestions.

goro

Edited Fri 20 Jan 2012 by goro toshima

Richard Lipman
Sat 21 Jan 2012Link

Seeking an Assistant Director (£360 per week) and Sound person (£330 per week) for a small crew indie crime thriller feature film in London


Steve Holmgren
Mon 23 Jan 2012Link

Everything You Want To Know About Transmedia Storytelling But Are Afraid To Ask!

Transmedia Workshop at UNIONDOCS.

Sunday, January 29th at 4:00pm, $20 suggested donation.
322 Union Ave, Brooklyn NY

Join Designer Takaaki Okada (ConditionONE), game designer Nick Fortugno (Diner Dash), new media strategist Brian Newman (sub-genre), filmmakers Amam Ali and Bassam Tariq (30 Mosques), in conversation with producer and strategist John Bruce (Forward Mapworks).

UnionDocs is a non-profit center for documentary arts based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY.

For more details and to purchase tickets, check out the event post here:

http://www.uniondocs.org/january-29-2012-transmedia-storytelling/


J. Clay Tweel
Mon 23 Jan 2012Link

Hey D-Word people,
I'm looking for a camera person in Omaha, NE. Anyone got a contact there that I could reach out to?
I prefer if they have their own equipment and it would be super if it were panasonic, but not essential.

Contact me at claytweel.alt@gmail.com

Thanks!


Matt Marxteyn
Wed 25 Jan 2012Link

The Red Rock Film Festival still has plenty of room in the Documentary Featurette and Documentary Short-Short categories as well as the Young Filmmaker Documentary, Documentary Feature and Documentary Short standards. But, of course, it's not until November. https://www.withoutabox.com/login/4410


Edna Alburquerque
Wed 25 Jan 2012Link

Hi –

We're a small documentary film company with 3-5 people is looking to sublet some furnished space in Brooklyn or Manhattan – possibly long term.

Ideally, we'd like one room with a door we can use as an edit suite (we have our own system) and 2-3 desks either in an adjacent office or open space.

We're losing our current space on Feb 1, so we'd like to move as soon as possible.

Please contact Edna at 212.367.8475 x 111 or ealburquerque[at]panglossfilms[dot]com


Steve Holmgren
Wed 25 Jan 2012Link

The Guga Hunters of Ness with Mike Day

Saturday, February 4th at 7:30pm, $9 suggested donation.

Join director Mike Day and writer Jennifer Merin (About.com) for a screening of his documentary "The Guga Hunters of Ness" at UnionDocs.

“A gorgeously shot documentary feature that takes viewers into the heart of this ancient tradition, celebrating its longevity and lamenting its decline without once being patronizing, overly worthy or dull. The Guga Hunters Of Ness is poetic, haunting, its beautiful imagery making it hard to look away.” – EYE FOR FILM

UnionDocs is a non-profit center for documentary arts based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY.

For more details and to purchase tickets, check out the event post here:

http://www.uniondocs.org/february-4-2012-the-guga-hunters-of-ness-with-mike-day/

Edited Wed 25 Jan 2012 by Steve Holmgren

Oren Jacoby
Thu 26 Jan 2012Link

PRODUCTION OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE TO RENT NEAR TIMES SQUARE, NYC

  • MONTH-TO-MONTH LEASE ONLY **

CONTACT FILMS[at]STORYVILLE.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION

Package 1: Office + Optional Desks: $1500/month each
– two approx 115 square feet offices available (see attached pdf for details)
– each office comes with optional access to a discount on desks in the main room for $325/month each

Package 2: Desks Only: $1500/month for 4 desks
– must rent in groups of four
– each workstation comes with bookshelf, filing cabinet, drawer, chair

ALL PRICES INCLUDE:
- unlimited printing in black & white, color printing within reason
- unlimited phone (local + domestic long distance) and internet
- utilities
- cleaning service
- shared kitchen
- 24/7 access

  • Storyville also has full FCPro and AVID Media Composer workstations and camera equipment available for rent. Please ask for more details **


Nick Verbitsky
Thu 26 Jan 2012Link

In reply to Daniel Gilbert's post on Mon 16 Jan 2012 :

Dan, I'd recommend InterNation very highly.....Eric Derkatsch is the guy there.....Internation.com


Stephen Grynberg
Fri 27 Jan 2012Link

Im a Documentary Filmaker (www.alifeascending.com) four weeks from launching the film on DVD and itunes and I just lost the person managing the website, ecommerce, and digital marketing. Looking to hire someone or more than one person immedietely to help with some
website changes (wordpress) to connect and test the shopping cart (1shopping cart) and someone to keep the social media and online marketing campaign on track to launch date and past.

Please post or send an email to me at sgryny@yahoo.com.

Thanks for your help

stephen


gabriella kessler
Mon 30 Jan 2012Link

Hi everyone,

I'm currently in Houston shooting some material for a documentary I'm making about the radio program, the Prison Show.

I'm looking for a PA for a few hours this week to help with some tracking shots. Depending on the weather (rain is predicted), either Thursday, Friday or Saturday. There is pay.

If anyone has any recommendations I'd be most appreciative.
You can email me at gabriella.kessler@gmail.com

Many thanks,
Gabriella


Steve Holmgren
Mon 30 Jan 2012Link

UNIONDOCS WORKSHOP: Can Documentaries Change the World? Assessing, Funding, and Harnessing the Social Impact of Nonfiction Film

Sunday, February 12th at 4:00pm, $15

Filmmaker and activist Judith Helfand (Everything's Cool), philanthropist and filmmaker Abigail Disney (Pray the Devil Back to Hell), and Debika Shome (The Harmony Institute), in conversation with distributor Caitlin Boyle (Film Sprout), as they explore the promise and potential of documentary to effect social change.

UnionDocs is a non-profit center for documentary arts based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY.

For more details and to purchase tickets, check out the event post here:

http://www.uniondocs.org/february-12-2012-can-documentaries-change-the-world/


Margaret Longley
Mon 30 Jan 2012Link

Looking to rent an HDV deck or camera (in Seattle) 1/31/12 or 2/1/12 to capture a couple tapes. margaretlongley[at]gmail[dot]com

Thanks,
Margaret


goro toshima
Thu 2 Feb 2012Link

HPX 170 for sale.

one owner, 755 hours, excellent condition.

comes w:
-64/32/16 GB P2 cards
-hard petrol bag
-clear and polarizing filter
-4 batteries
-manual/barry green manual
-all accessories
-original box, if wanted

$3000

prefer LA buyer...if any questions, please email at:
goroto22(at)hotmail(dot)com.

thanks.
goro


Andrew Zinnes
Fri 3 Feb 2012Link

The Documentary Summit Washington D.C. MARCH 10th and 11th, 2012

London's successful Documentary Summit is coming to Washington DC on March 10th and 11th, 2012. This intensive 2 day event is hosted by the authors of The Documentary Film Makers Handbook in association with The Documentary Center at The George Washington University.

The 2 days are filled with panels that will take you through EVERY step of the process including storytelling, fundraising, cutting edge filmmaking techniques, distribution, and social media strategies. Our visiting documentary experts include successful & critically acclaimed filmmakers and producers, commissioning editors, foundation directors, social media gurus, DSLR and HD experts, as well as distributors and online platform Dynamo Player's founder, Rob Millis.

For more information and to book tickets, go to www.documentarysummit.com and click Washington DC. Early bird price for the 2 day event is only $99 (normally $149) until February 10th. Seating is limited so book now!

www.documentarysummit.com/washington-d-c/


Gillian Klempner Willman
Sun 5 Feb 2012Link

Looking to rent a DVC Pro deck to digitize some tapes shot on DVC-Pro 50. Does anyone know of any affordable rentals in the DC/MD/VA area? Or of places that would give an indie filmmaker a deal on digitizing 7-8 tapes to a drive? Thanks!


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