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Tracie Holder

We hope you can join us for this upcoming Women Make Movies webinar!

Webinar: Navigating the Academy Awards: Understanding the Qualifying Process for Feature Documentaries with Tom Oyer

Thursday, April 14, from 11am -1pm, EST
Regular Rate: $25.00 | (discount rate) $15.00
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Winning the Oscar is the Holy Grail for most filmmakers yet understanding Oscar-qualifying process can be a mystifying and mysterious process. WMM is extremely fortunate to be joined by Tom Oyer, Awards Manager at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who will provide a detailed explanation of the qualifying requirements for Oscar consideration for the Documentary Feature and Short Subject categories. Tom is an expert on all aspects of the documentary and short film categories, including rules, submissions, voting and member engagement and outreach. Find out what you need to do for your film to qualify for Oscar consideration and how to best navigate the process. Join in the conversation and bring your questions.  For more information and to register, please visit:


Ric Shellhammer

A word to the wise about posting gear on Ebay.  The following is a description of my recent experience that was attached to my complaint sent to Santa Clara County District Attorney and the BBB.  Ebay has since responded with the same company line as customer service gave to me and consequently both cases have been closed with no resolution.  I have no intention of reimbursing Ebay for their decision nor ever using them again.


To begin, I've been an Ebay member since July 5, 2002 and, until this incident, had score of 100%.

The middle of November 2015 I listed a professional tripod that I've owned for years. Before listing I personally made sure all functions were working as described. Also, as I was to be out of the country, under "Return Policy Details" I clearly stated " No returns or exchanges, contact seller with questions."

The tripod sold on Nov.17, checked out by myself and shipped on Nov.19.  The buyer signed for on Nov. 23 and soon after the PayPal funds were released. A couple days shy of the 30 day max for returns, on Dec.20 I received a notice the buyer requested a return because "the tilt does not lock down" as described in the ad.  I immediately responded with a question why he didn't communicate with me in the previous month and followed up with instructions from the mfr. as to how to adjust the lock down.  As I didn't receive any response, on Dec. 27 I sent the buyer a message that because of his lack of communications since day one I would not allow the tripod to be returned.  Also, as I wanted this resolved quickly, I opened the Ebay Case.  

The following are my conclusions of Ebay business practices that I've learned the last couple months of this ordeal


* Don't bother with Return Policy Details when you sell, it's useless. From the mouths of "Customer Service": "Our sellers return policies are for buyers remorse returns and requests can be made but not mandated by, you, the seller to your buyer." Ok then, why even have the option? Or at least make if very clear the uselessness of the option.

* Don't bother to try to "work it out" with the buyer. Even though Ebay encourages it from the beginning, the buyer has no responsibility to communicate or "work it out” nor does Ebay take that into consideration when making their decisions. My buyer never responded to numerous good faith requests to communicate and provide proof of the problem.

Of course, it turns out, neither would Ebay ....

* Don't bother requesting documentation or proof of the complaint. Neither Ebay or the buyer are required to provided it. Again from the mouth of "Customer Service"; "We cannot provide information to you that was given to us by your buyer because this is considered private information." My question?  So what's a guy to do if neither the accuser or the judge are required to provide the defendant with evidence?

*Ebay has no interest in helping the seller. What Ebay was repeatedly demanding from the start and long before any final decision, was that I issue a return shipping, no questions asked. Bottom line; if I paid for the tripod return 1) I would be admitting there was an issue which there wasn’t, 2) it would have cost me shipping both ways, Ebay and PayPal fees, a little less that $200 and 3) I still would have to refund either the buyer or Ebay the cost of the tripod. All without proof of the defect and any accountability from either Ebay or the buyer. I didn't respond to the threat so Ebay reimbursed the buyer AND the buyer has no further responsibility to return the tripod. Win-win buyer, lose-lose for seller.

On Feb.19, 2016, the day I received an invoice for $910, I called Ebay customer service to file an appeal as it said on website I could do. The "customer service" guy was just as scripted and unhelpful to the point of being rude as the previous discussions and, regardless of what it says on the website, I could not file an appeal.

All detailed documents of the events and discussions that led to this post are available upon request.

Debra Schaffner

I'm looking for a Chinese (Mandarin) translator to work with me in Oakland, CA on a film for Chinese TV. Pro Translating experience is not required but must be extremely fluent and comfortable working with an editor (and hacking together the occasional frankenbite). I've been working with translated/transcribed interviews and need someone to go through my edit with me and make corrections. 

Paid gig of course... 1-2 days ASAP with potential for additional work.

Emma Jacobs


2016 Third Coast ShortDocs Challenge

A chance for filmmakers to try their hand at audio production... Create a short audio doc inspired by the conventions of cinema...

WHO: Based in Chicago, the Third Coast International Audio Festival curates, honors, and shares the best audio stories produced around the world, and encourages new work from veteran producers and audio enthusiasts alike.

WHAT: Each spring, Third Coast invites everyone to produce short audio stories that follow a specific set of rules for our 2016 ShortDocs Challenge: Radio Cinema. No prior audio-production experience is necessary! This year’s ShortDocs Challenge is all about film, and is created in partnership with Manual Cinema - a cinematic shadow puppet performance collective! This year's challenge is all about delighting the mind's eye. Manual Cinema will adapt one of the winning submissions into a live cinematic stage performance in Chicago this fall.

Remember! Your ShortDoc can be documentary, mockumentary, radio fiction, sound art, or anything in between... just as long as it follows the 3 ShortDocs rules.

WHEN: ShortDocs submissions will be accepted through May 17th, and can be easily submitted.

HOW: Learn all about the rules, guidelines, and inspiration right here.

Amanda Elder

Documentary Summer Camp for professionals in Oregon (1.5 hrs from Portland) Just a couple of spots left! 

Women In Film-Portland proudly announces Oregon Doc Camp an intimate retreat for experienced non-fiction filmmakers that will take place from May 12th-15th, 2016 at Silver Falls State Park in Sublimity, OR. Oregon Doc Camp offers a rare opportunity to meet in an informal setting, foster professional growth, and build community in our ever-changing industry. This year our keynote is Jennifer Grausman, director of the Oscar nominated film, Art and Craft.

Join us at Oregon Doc Camp for $350-$450 for the full weekend of programming and room and board!
Apply here,

For a full schedule of Oregon Doc Camp, please take a look here,


Rafael Shimunov

NYC Political Action Shoot. Tomorrow, Wednesday April 20th, 4-6PM DSLR video or other shoot for a small protest near Bryant Park. Ideally, the file is uploaded with basic editing into a 2 minute clip by 7PM-8PM. But if early next morning, that's OK. Pay is between $400 cash. Reach me at

Samantha Gordon


I have a carry-on of camera and sound batteries that I need to get back from my fixer in Paris to New York and will happily pay someone traveling from Paris out here to do so!

Here's what happened: When traveling home from a shoot last Friday, my crew and I were told at check-in that our carry-on battery case containing 17 batteries (combination of lithium ion camera batteries, sound batteries) wasn't allowed on the plane, even though we flew with them as carry-ons from New York to Paris. It turns out there was a miscommunication within Air France and we should have been allowed on that flight as our batteries are under 100 amp hours which is IATA approved as carry-ons (just not as cargo). 

Air France is being incredibly unhelpful, so if anyone is traveling from Paris to NYC anytime before May 1, please get in touch asap!

John Burgan

Jason - just click on Samantha's name / icon to get all her profile with all contact details

Liz Canner


Astrea Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to producing award-winning media projects on human rights issues, is seeking a talented editor to bring on board for its latest film, “Silent U.”, a documentary that chronicles student life issues on college campuses.  Our last documentary project was a New York Times "Critic’s Pick" and was broadcast on television in many countries and available on Netflix globally.

“Silent U.” , which is currently at the rough cut stage, was shot over a period of 4 years and follows a dynamic group of students, professors and administrators at an Ivy League university as they try to reveal and transform the hidden culture of rape, violence and misogyny that permeates their campus. The footage is mostly cinéma vérité with some experimental elements.  There’s a powerful storyline with charismatic, smart and witty characters. The documentary is for theatrical and television release.

The editing work would be full time and would start within the next month.  Editor should know Premiere.  Ideal candidate is responsible, creative, innovative, an excellent storyteller and has a good sense of humor. The position is paid and in New York City.  Editors with training in an editing program are preferred.  Links to past work, along with a resume and references, are required to apply for the position.  

Interested applicants should send a resume, links, and references to




Lucia Duncan

Looking for an editor in Boston for 3-5 days - most likely May 4-6 and one additional day the following week.  The video is about the Flint water crisis and for a union convention.  I'd prefer to work with someone editing on Premiere, but would consider another platform.  Folks interested should email me with resume and link/s to clips.

Lucia Duncan

Looking for a cinematographer in the vicinity of Flint, Michigan for a one day shoot early next week.  The video is about the Flint water crisis and for a union convention.  If interested, please email me a resume and link/s to clips.

Natalie Ruiz Tofano

Hi there,

I'm looking for someone to translate an interview and a short verite scene that is in Korean. This is a quick turnaround so needs to be someone who has done translations for film before (will need to include timecode). Would love any suggestions/connections!

Natalie Tofano

Jessica Lee

NYC documentary filmmakers! DCTV's Summer 2016 Workshop schedule is now live and open for registration!

Founded in 1972, DCTV is an established media arts resource for NYC’s independent filmmaking community, located in a gothic landmark firehouse in Chinatown/Tribeca. We offer affordable workshops taught by a vibrant network of passionate, informed industry professionals, providing a range of technical to insightful learning opportunities for anyone at any skill level. Accompanying our timeless year round offerings in production, post-production, producing, and design, this May through August we are excited to share a sandbox full of new media technologies for you to play with too, combining our “learn by doing” tradition with a willingness to try out tools and ideas we haven’t practiced with... yet!

We’re also seeking applications for this season’s Docu Work-In-Progress Lab with Lana Wilson. (Our Winter/Spring 2016 Lab was led by Iva Radivojevic; our Fall 2015 Lab was led by Kelly Anderson.)

See all of our Summer 2016 Workshops here:

360 Degrees of Sound • After Effects I • After Effects II • Audio Fundamentals • Audio Storytelling Avid • Build Your Website • Camera Fundamentals in English • Camera Fundamentals in Spanish • Camera Fundamentals in Mandarin • Camera Movement • DaVinci Resolve • Digital Cinematography • Docu Edit • Docu Intensive • Docu Work-In-Progress Lab • Drone Zone • Final Cut Pro • Green Screen • Guerilla Filmmaking • HTML/CSS • Interviewing Techniques • Layering Sound • Lens Selection • Lighting Fundamentals • Max for Video • Photoshop • Premiere in English • Premiere in Mandarin • Pro Tools • Production Week • Shoot Outdoors • Stop Motion Animation • Unity • Video DSLR

All workshops have limited enrollment and require pre-registration. Hope to see you there! 

Lucas Millard

Feature-length vérité documentary currently in post-production is in need of a seasoned and knowledgeable producer to join our team.  ‘Baato’ (working title) is set in Nepal along the route of a planned highway, and chronicles life in a roadless area that is soon to change forever.  Filming has been completed and the project is currently working towards a rough cut.  Initial production was funded through a grant.

Producer needed to usher the film towards successful completion and debut on the festival circuit.  Specific duties will include (but are not limited to):  helping team set and meet goals that keep the project on track; attracting interest in the project and building our audience; fostering partnerships and support; formulating a film festival and distribution strategy; and (most pre-eminently) assisting in the successful completion of a crowd-funding campaign.  A significant part of the producer’s role will be generating income for the project and the hired post-production crew.

Filmmakers are based in Beacon, NY.  Applicants from the Hudson Valley will be favorably considered, though we would be willing to work with the right person irrespective of location.  

We are looking for a strong, self-motivated and energetic individual who is passionate about non-traditional documentary storytelling.  Interest/experience in Nepal or the Himalaya is a plus, as is familiarity and experience with the international marketplace (outside the US).  Please send a cover letter and resume, as well as links to examples of your past work, to

Sarah Bellingham

Columbia Journalism School's Society of Professional Journalists is hosting a networking event tomorrow night for graduate students interested in collaborating on documentaries. Student filmmakers, editors, sound people, animators and composers are invited--as are those who might like to hire them!
For further details, please email me at sarah[dot]bellingham[at]columbia[dot]edu


Sarah Bellingham

Cailley Frank-Lehrer

Rooftop Films is looking for volunteers like you! We're celebrating our 20th summer of original programming and stunning outdoor venues. Rooftop volunteers have the exciting opportunity to see fantastic films and live music, learn about the inner workings of film festivals, and meet the Rooftop staff and the filmmakers!

If you are interested in volunteering with our film festival, fill out the online volunteer application form here:

To learn more about Rooftop Films and check out the lineup, visit

See you at the movies!

Greg Smith

I'm looking for long term rental space to rent for audio post production work in Manhattan or Brooklyn. I must be able to make some noise (not a lot) and I need around 200-300 sq/ft. Any suggestions would be helpful.



Liz Canner


Astrea Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to producing award-winning media projects on human rights issues, is seeking an after effects artist for its latest film, “Silent U.”, a documentary that chronicles student life issues on college campuses.  Our last documentary project was a New York Times "Critic’s Pick" and was broadcast on television in many countries and available on Netflix globally.

The after effects artist would be working on the graphics and the simple animation in the film.  We’re looking for someone with creativity, skill, and thorough knowledge of After Effects.  Candidates should be available to start within the next few weeks.  The position is paid and in New York City.   Links to past work, along with a resume and references, are required to apply.

Interested applicants should send a resume, links, and references to

Jill Morley

Looking for a shooter in PRINCETON, NJ June 25th for a Barmitzvah.  Can pay $800.  Ceremony and party are in separate places.

Toni Shapiro-Phim

I'm looking for archival footage for a documentary about renowned singers from Liberia. I'd be grateful for leads on possible sources of material related to music, dance and performers in 1980s Liberia, including anything about the National Cultural Troupe located in Kendeja. Please contact me at toni[at]

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