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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
Mon 6 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!


Felix Endara
Mon 6 Feb 2012Link

DocuClub in February!

Our next DocuClub screening will take place on Thursday, February 23, at 7p.m., at DCTV, located at 87 Lafayette (at Walker).

This month, we will screen a rough cut of "Miracle on 42nd Street" by Alice Elliot. The film documents the unique apartment complex called Manhattan Plaza located in Manhattan’s historic theatre district, a neighborhood also known as Hell’s Kitchen. Located on the block between 42nd and 43rd Streets, it is often called the “Miracle on 42nd Street” due to the near-miraculous effect the complex has had on the once-blighted neighborhood and on the lives of its residents. Seventy percent of the occupants work in the performing arts and thirty percent are Hell’s Kitchen residents who are elderly, disabled or have been relocated from substandard housing. The film tells the story of how this innovative affordable housing experiment came to be, the artists it has nurtured, the close community its residents and management have created and the positive impact it has had on the economy of Manhattan’s West Side. By making this film, the filmmakers want to tell the story of the pioneering people, community leaders, government and business people who joined together to resurrect a blighted neighborhood. To watch a trailer of the film, please go to: http://miracleon42ndstreet.org/home.

Director Alice Elliott is an Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker whose films are dedicated to celebrating the role of community activism in elevating the quality of people’s lives.

Producer Mary Jo Slater was an original tenant of Manhattan Plaza. As a working single mother, she was able to launch a successful career as an award-winning casting director while also supporting the career of her son, actor Christian Slater.

Producer Nancy Perkins lived in Manhattan Plaza in the 1980s along with her actor husband, Ron Perkins, where she began a successful career in casting, rising to become head of casting at Universal Television Studios for fourteen years.

Editor/Producer Lisa Shreve has lived in Manhattan Plaza since the building opened and resides there today, working as an editor of award-winning documentary and narrative films.

Producer Erika Lockridge of Bahr Productions has joined on as a producer because of her belief in the Manhattan Plaza concept of affordable housing.

Producer Cindy Cowan is currently producing the feature "Red Lights" (starring Robert DeNiro).

Our moderator will be Caitlin Boyle. A leading champion of grassroots and community distribution for independent films, Boyle is the architect of national screening and audience outreach initiatives for dozens of feature documentaries, including "King Corn," "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," "The End of the Line," "A Small Act" and "Bag It." Previously on staff at NPR affiliates WFIU and WFUV and PBS affiliate Thirteen/WNET, she is a graduate of Columbia University and the Indiana University Graduate School of Journalism. Her workshops and presentations have rallied filmmakers at SXSW, Hot Docs, Independent Film Week, Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Los Angeles Film Festival, and The New York Foundation for the Arts. She serves on the board of Brooklyn documentary arts center UnionDocs, and on the advisory board of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Research Institute for the Advancement of Cinema Arts and Commerce. To learn more about her film services, visit: www.filmsprout.org.

If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP to docuclub@artsengine.net.

Admission at DCTV is free for current DocuClub members and $6 for non-members.
Tickets will be sold at the door, cash only.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No admittance after 7:15 p.m.

Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:

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

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Cary McQueen Morrow
Tue 7 Feb 2012Link

Hello filmmakers! My nonprofit is launching a new short (very short... 5 min. and less) film competition on the topic of mental health. The winning film will be used in our education, advocacy and field-building work on college campuses and nonprofits around the U.S., plus win $1,000 award for future work.

I hope some of you will consider putting something together for this. The quality of the work will really determine the caliber of nonprofit partners we can attract, and I know we've got some heavyweights on this list! We already have some pretty major players (national NGOs) interested in using the films in their work – assuming it's well done. In many ways this is about using your film to create positive change through dialogue.

If you have comments, or questions, please get in touch: cary [at] artwithimpact.org and more info is on our website: artwithimpact.org


Erica Ginsberg
Tue 7 Feb 2012Link

Washington DC-area folks, Docs In Progress has two programs this week:

Thursday, February 9 from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the Takoma Park Community Center (7500 Maple Avenue in Takoma Park, MD)
We'll be screening a documentary by one of our alums, Lillie Paquette. WE ARE EGYPT looks at the story behind the story of 2011's Arab Spring. The 85-minute film showcases Egypt’s passionate democracy activists who toiled for years before seeing success from their sacrifice. It is an account of their struggle against extraordinary odds to remove an uncompromising authoritarian regime determined to stay in power. Following the screening, filmmaker Lillie Paquette will answer questions about the film. This is a free community screening and no tickets are required. More info at http://docsinprogress.org/events/38/free-alumni-screening-of-we-are-egypt/

Sunday, February 12 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Goethe Institut (812 Seventh Street, NW Washington DC)
We'll be offering a special Docs In Progress work-in-progress screening at the Our City Film Festival. This is an opportunity to provide feedback on story and character development to a documentary filmmaker presenting a not-quite-finished version of a film while you also support the festival’s sponsor Yachad, a nonprofit dedicated to affordable housing and community development in Washington DC. The rough cut being screened is Ellie Walton's FLY BY LIGHT which follows a group of DC high school students as they go through a transformational journey in the mountains of West Virginia. Tickets are $10 and can be ordered through Our City Film Festival's website

We'll also be at the Center for Social Media's Media That Matters Conference on Friday and Saturday and hope to see many of you there.

Edited Tue 7 Feb 2012 by Erica Ginsberg

Mikal Jakubal
Wed 8 Feb 2012Link

For sale:

Two 60GB Panasonic P2 Stores $225 each. (No power cords.)

Two Porta Brace carrying cases $30 each. Each case holds two P2 Stores.

mjakubal at gmail dot com.


Kevin Hallagan
Wed 8 Feb 2012Link

Hey Everybody! My name is Kevin Hallagan. I am a cinema student but my goal is to become a documentary filmmaker. Do you know of any Independent documentary filmmakers who are looking for an assistant this summer or wouldn't mind having a shadow? I have earned a lot academically and I am a videographer for my university, but I am looking for some in-field experience this summer because I know I haven't learned a lot of things I'll need to know if I'm going to dive into filmmaking right out of college.

so... is anyone looking for some helping hands?

Thanks everybody!
Good luck on your endeavors
– Kevin Hallagan
K.R.Hallagan@gmail.com


Laura Heckman
Fri 10 Feb 2012Link

Call for Entries!

A&E and the New York TV Fest seeking treatments for original unscripted TV shows;
 Five finalist projects will receive development funding from the network with one winner earning $10,000 and the opportunity to participate in pilot production. FREE to enter. More info below and at http://www.nytvf.com/2012_ae_pipeline.html
 
The A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline 
A&E Network and the New York Television Festival are back with the second installment of an innovative program seeking original unscripted television treatments from independent producers and doc production companies. 
 
To submit:
The A&E network is seeking submissions that focus on big characters in exciting and fresh worlds that are highly entertaining and of the moment. Producers must include:
* A short treatment (1-2 pages) describing their original unscripted format
* A brief video (2-4 minutes) introducing the subject(s).
 
Awards:

  • 25 semi-finalists will be presented to A&E development executives. All semi-finalists are invited to participate in the 2012 New York Television Festival, Oct 22-27, as Official Artists (details below).
  • Five finalists, selected by A&E, will receive notes on their projects and $2,500 to shoot additional tape.
  • One winner, selected by A&E, will be awarded $10,000 and the opportunity to participate in pilot production.  
    Deadline: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 (noon)
    Free to enter.
    Visit: http://www.nytvf.com/2012_ae_pipeline.html
     
    Additional opportunities for Semi-Finalists:
    Official Semi-Finalists will be invited to participate as Official Artists at the 2012 New York Television Festival in NYC in October, with exclusive access to:
    *Participate in NYTVF Pitch, offering guaranteed development deals from:
 Bio Channel, Hasbro Studios, Logo, SevenOne International, Sundance Channel, Channel 4


    *Network, meet and collaborate with over forty U.S.-based television networks, studios, agencies, fellow TV creators and MORE.

Full details about the NYTVF Artist Experience here: http://www.nytvf.com/artists.html



Want to participate in these exclusive Artist-Only programs? Only NYTVF Official Artists are invited to take part, so submit to one of NYTVF's current initiatives now!
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NYTVF is also accepting entries to:
The 2012 Independent Pilot Competition


Greg Vander Veer
Fri 10 Feb 2012Link

Regarding the ad above, I"m curios as to what other people think about this. Although it does seem like an interesting contest, from what I can tell after reading their rules/regulations, it appears that basically by entering the contest you are forfeiting any right to your concept and material and that A&E can basically take whatever they want and don't owe you anything for it. So by doing this contest, they potentially get the rights to thousands of concepts and only have to pay $10,000 to a winner who will be able to "participate" in the production of a pilot but also, from what I can tell, will actually not have any right to their concept.


Niam Itani
Fri 10 Feb 2012Link

There are many "contests" like this, Greg. Many people still submit.


Jason Osder
Fri 10 Feb 2012Link

Also, when one submits cold to Discovery, for instance, you basically have to sign something similar before anyone will look at your stuff. From their point of view, they get thousands of submissions, many for ideas that look pretty similar to each other, and would rather be protected from what they see as reasonable-looking, but actually not, stolen ideas. Particularly if the submitted does not have an industry track record.


Marj Safinia
Sat 11 Feb 2012Link

IDA's DocuDay is almost here. An all-day orgy of documentary deliciousness featuring back to back screenings of all the nominated shorts and features. Happening in LA and NY. LA screenings feature the filmmakers and subjects in attendance. You can buy a single tickets or an all-day pass. It's a heap of fun.

2/25 in Los Angeles
2/25--2/26 in New York


David Lasdon
Mon 13 Feb 2012Link

Story Consultant needed – After working on my political documentary for 4 years, I realize that I need someone experienced with fresh eyes who help shape what I've put together into an exciting must watch documentary. Since this is a political documentary, the subject matter won't be for everyone, as I'm telling a story, not pushing an agenda.

Pay would be in some combination of salary and equity. This is an independent film, however, so keep that in mind. DBLasdon AT ca.rr dot com


Marj Safinia
Wed 15 Feb 2012Link

On Monday night in LA, I'll be moderating a special International Documentary Association Doc U dedicated to the pursuit of the little golden man, and how the Academy's new Oscar rules might change that lovequest in the coming year. Join me and Steve Pond (The Wrap), Dana Harris (IndieWire), James Moll (AMPAS) and Dusty Smith (Roadside Attractions) at Cinefamily @ The Silent Movie Theatre on Monday at 7:30pm. I plan to ask a lot of questions :)


Jill Morley
Wed 15 Feb 2012Link

Sounds good. Is there a D-Word promotional code? IF not, no probs!


Marj Safinia
Wed 15 Feb 2012Link

Nope. But $15 if you're an IDA member. You ARE an IDA member, right Jill? Not that I'll fight with you over it, but ya know...


Laura Heckman
Thu 16 Feb 2012Link

In reply to Laura Heckman's post on Fri 9 Dec 2011 :

Don't Miss Out! Deadlines are fast approaching for both initiatives! Submit Now!

Call for Entries! The New York Television Festival is seeking original, independently produced TV pilots for the UK Section of their Independent Pilot Competition. Warner Bros. International Television Production and Fox Television Studios, in conjunction with Apostle, are each offering development opportunities exclusively to UK producers through the competition! Submissions should be 4-22 minutes in length – more info here: http://www.nytvf.com/2012_ipc_london.htm


Rachael Morrison
Fri 17 Feb 2012Link

DP and Sound Needed in Minneapolis, MN in July, 2012

I will be shooting a series of interviews in Minneapolis for a week in July. Not sure of the specific dates quite yet. The film is about a blind telephone hacker, who spent the last part of his life (he passed away in 2007) living in Minneapolis.

Please send me an email if you are interested with links to work, previous experience, whether you own equipment and if so what.

Feel free to post elsewhere.

rachael[dot]morrison[at]gmail[dot]com


Douglas Blush
Sat 18 Feb 2012Link

Award winning editor/writer/producer/director Doug Blush (that's me!) is offering up documentary project consultations on Kickstarter to support our latest film, OF TWO MINDS. Two different levels of consultation, that also come with lots of other goodies, in the rewards section of our campaign page here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/of2minds/of-two-minds

Five time Sundance filmmaker, multiple Tribecas and SXSWs, PBS, HBO, and network films, nine theatrical releases...I can help your film too! Please pass this on to friends' projects also...join us and help out our new film, premiering soon!

Best,
Doug Blush


Darren Coyle
Mon 20 Feb 2012Link

I am a tv producer working in unscripted tv in DC. I have been making a podcast about the creators of unscripted film and tv called "The Real Stuff". It's direct, one-on-one interviews. You can listen for free on my site www.darrencoyle.com or you can subscribe on iTunes for free. Please give it a try, and if you like it tell a friend. It relies on word of mouth. I think most people who go to this site will want to check it out!!


Marj Safinia
Mon 20 Feb 2012Link

Last minute tickets are still available for tonight's IDA/DOC U event in Los Angeles. We'll be discussing the Academy Award for Documentary, and the new rule changes. How will they affect the environment for doc makers? What were the problems they were trying to solve, and do the new rules actually address them, or make them worse.

Join me and Steve Pond (The Wrap), Dana Harris (IndieWire), James Moll (AMPAS) and Dusty Smith (Roadside Attractions) at Cinefamily @ The Silent Movie Theatre on Monday at 7:30pm.

I've also now secured a D-Word discount for the event. You can buy tickets at http://doc-u-feb-20.eventbrite.com/?discount=DWORDDOCU and enter the discount code DWORDDOCU.


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Tue 21 Feb 2012Link

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Nina Gilden Seavey
Tue 21 Feb 2012Link

The Documentary Center at George Washington University is currently recruiting for the position of Executive Associate to the Director.

The role of the Executive Associate at The Documentary Center is an exceptionally important one. This position acts as the right hand, and frequently on behalf of, the Center Director. We are a small office but have a very large mandate, which is to teach documentary production, to host screening exhibitions, and to produce award-winning films for international audiences.

Ranked as one of the top ten documentary programs in the nation, it is the responsibility of the Executive Associate to maintain the standards and presence of The Documentary Center to many and varied communities. The person in the position has daily responsibilities for the administrative and fiduciary organization of the Center, responds to inquiries from potential students and manages our admissions process for The Institute for Documentary Filmmaking, oversees our digital production and post-production technologies as our students move through the Institute process, plans and executes all screening and special events that frequently include partnerships with embassies, film festivals and other academic institutions, conducts all of our social media, marketing, advertising, and promotional campaigns, manages our web presence, and provides general assistance in the support of Documentary Center films and distribution.

The ideal candidate is someone who has superior writing and organizational skills, with a strong foundation in social media, website, digital media and post-production technologies and applications, can manage many kinds of projects at the same time and who can work well independently.

The position is full-time, compensation is between $40,000-$45,000 with full health, dental, and tuition benefits.

In order to apply go to: https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/7392

The position is listed as an Executive Support Assistant III in the Center for History in the Media (now known as The Documentary Center)

No phone calls, please


Will Kreth
Tue 21 Feb 2012Link

Hi D-Word Community-

First met Doug Block in Thom Power's Documentary Producing class at NYU last year and I'm glad to be here.

Anyway, we all know the power of a really great doc trailer as a calling-card to open doors and build production teams – so we're looking for a editor / "trailer doctor" in NYC to re-cut our 10min trailer down to less than 3 min (see link to YT). The doc is called "Get It All Out" – and it's a story about the power of a long-lost music songbook to survive decades in the hearts and minds of those who first heard it and made it. It's cross-platform project that includes a feature, an album, an eBook and a 10 piece orchestra (down from 13 last year, due to market conditions).

Give it a look and let us know what you think by sending along an email to info(at)mediagroove(dot)com with your CV/resume, experience and links to your previous editing work.

Thanks!

Will

www.getitalloutmovie.com

Edited Wed 22 Feb 2012 by Doug Block

Doug Block
Wed 22 Feb 2012Link

Hey, Will, glad to see you made it here. I edited your post only to change your email address (spelling out the "at" and "dot"). Since this is a public topic, you'd be subjected to spammers, otherwise.


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