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Jeffrey Wengrofsky

In Vino Veritas: Secrets of the Intoxicated Life -- Open Call for Submissions

Drugs have been used to access the spiritual dimensions of existence in many cultures since the dawn of civilization.  Artists have likewise sought to escape the confines of the rational mind through the use of substances that expand the senses, alter perception, and suspend the repression of the conscious mind. And others, eager to subvert the conventions of prevailing cultures, have hoped to achieve liberation and even enlightenment by modifying how they think.  In Vino Veritas: Secrets of the Intoxicated Life will explore the heights and depths of consciousness to reveal truths inaccessible to the sober.

In Vino Veritas: Secrets of the Intoxicated Life is seeking submissions of short films (five to ten minutes in duration) about how getting wasted can elevate the spirit, enhance our creativity, make us wiser, deliver us onto freedom or otherwise improve the human condition.  All formats - documentary, experimental, animation, and narrative film – will definitely be considered.  

About the Secrets series:   Believing that cinema allows us to see what they eye cannot, the Secrets series aims at divulging mysteries.  This will be the third installment of the Secrets series. The first, Secrets of the Deep: Dreams on Film, premiered at Not-a-Luncheonette (Brooklyn) in June 2014, with five participating directors: Alice Cohen, Bradley Eros, Leslie Hodgkins, Joel Schlemowitz, and Jeffrey Wengrofsky.  The second, Secrets of the Insect World, premiered at the Gene Frankel Theatre (24 Bond Street, Manhattan) with eight directors: MV Carbon, Bradley Eros, Jeff Frumess, Art Jones, Irene Moon, Lary Seven, Jeffrey Wengrofsky, and Mike Wilson.

Curator: Jeffrey Wengrofsky

Submit your on-line Vimeo link to this address:


DEADLINE for submissions: September 30, 2015

Screening will be in New York City in 2015. 

Ben Crosbie

Looking for great sound people and makeup/hair people in the Minneapolis area. Needed for a two day shoot Sept. 23 & 24. Send your recommendations to please!

Valli Bindana

Hi, my feature length documentary film, half way through production, needs a producer to raise further funds and see it through distribution. 

Surya Ganga is a panoptic film about the social and environmental impact of big energy projects (hydro, coal, nuke, solar/wind) in India. We are looking for finance from the renewable energy sector/ environmental/ climate change organizations, solar champions, grants. Please get in touch for more details! For more info and a quickly made trailer - 

Lizzy McGlynn

Seeking a College Park, MD/DC based PA to head into NARA to copy over drives packed with WWI material.  The task is simple and requires only human supervision.  A perfect candidate would be a student who could study while the transferring happens?  Can occur over the course of a couple of mornings, as I've heard the servers over there slow down dramatically in the afternoon.  

Know anyone?  Or Know a good way to find someone?  Let me know!  Thanks D-worders!

Elizabeth Westrate

...speaking of DC, I'm seeking advice about affordable (but still grown-up) accommodations in Washington DC for some traveling crew members in September/October. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Erica Ginsberg

What do you consider affordable? And where in DC will they be working? I've actually had good luck with Air BnB here (a lot of folks buy second apartments just for that market)

Lizzy, email me your query, pay rate, and timeline, and I would be happy to post on several of the DC filmmaker listservs.

Elizabeth Westrate

In reply to Erica Ginsberg's post on Sat 5 Sep 2015:

 Thanks, Erica. Yes, I do plan to check out Airbnb (in fact, that's Plan A). The studio is near Union Station, and the director does wish for his accommodations to be pretty centrally located. Not sure yet about budget -- just looking for savings wherever we can find them. 

Sara Nodjoumi

Hi folks!

We're looking for professional sound person in the following cities for the following dates:

Toronto - 9/18
New York - 9/19
San Francisco - 9/25
Los Angeles - 9/26

This is a small crew, low-budget, Sundance-supported documentary about a musician. He will be on tour but we'd like to hire local sound people for each of the concerts. So shoot will include verite footage pre-concert with protagonist and band, and then the concert itself -- good sound at the concert is very important. We are shooting on C300.

Ideal candidate has their own equipment and maybe a car as well?

If you're interested, please email me your rate and equipment list.

Thank you,

Sara Nodjoumi (snodjoumi12(at)gmail(dot)com)

Tom Dziedzic

In reply to Elizabeth Westrate's post on Tue 8 Sep 2015:

 Beth, you might try the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University.  Very close to Union Station, good rates.  They come up on Expedia and the number I have is 1-800-238-0767. Never stayed there myself however. 

Michael Kuehnert

HI Everyone,

I'm the Director of Acquisitions and Sales for a boutique doc distributor.  Since I'm constantly in the distribution conversation, I thought I would offer my services to the group as a distribution consultant.  Please email me for more info:

Sara Nodjoumi

Hi folks!

We're looking for professional sound person on Toronto this friday  9/18:

This is a small crew, low-budget, Sundance-supported documentary about a musician. Shoot will include verite footage pre-concert with protagonist and band, and then the concert itself -- good sound at the concert is very important. We are shooting on C300.

Ideal candidate has their own equipment and maybe a car as well?

If you're interested, please email me your rate and equipment list.

Thank you,

Sara Nodjoumi (snodjoumi12(at)gmail(dot)com)

Erica Ginsberg

If you are in the Washington DC Metro area or want a great excuse to come down, Docs In Progress will be bringing director Marshall Curry and editor Matthew Hamachek to Washington DC for a special not-to-be-missed evening on Tuesday, September 29 which combines:

MASTER CLASS: In an intimate conversation, explore the process and relationship between director and editor from filmmakers whose work together and separately spans some of the most critically-acclaimed documentaries of the past decade (Street Fight, Point and Shoot, Racing Dreams, Cartel Land, Meet the Patels, and Gideon's Army just to name a few).

SCREENING: Whether watching it for the first time or revisiting it in the context of the discussion which precedes it, see If a Tree Falls: a Story of the Earth Liberation Front which won Best Documentary Editing at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award. Through the lens of a coming-of-age tale, this film asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way we define terrorism.

PHILANTHROPY: All proceeds from this special benefit event will be put towards Docs In Progress programs and services aimed at supporting free expression and professional development by emerging documentary filmmakers of all ages and backgrounds.

Even if you can't attend that night, you can support the values of Docs In Progress by donating a ticket for someone else who might not be able to afford to go otherwise.

Regular tickets are normally $75 per person, but D-Worders can get them for only $50 if you buy them by midnight this Tuesday (September 15) by using Promo Code DWORDDIA.

Get tickets at


Cheree Dillon

Hi all, looking for an assistant editor to start next week (yikes) to get our feature doc for ready for online/CC. Just sent off our Sundance submission and need to get cracking with the prep stuff! Our previous booking with assistant fell through and we need someone ASAP.

Project cut in Avid, 72min, office in SoHo. More details available upon request.

Any and all good recs GREATLY appreciated! me here or by email

Ellen Brodsky

Need to record an actor in Paris reading narration. Does anyone know a recording studio in Paris that has ISDN so the actor can record live from there and we can direct and record the session here in Boston?

Ellen Golden

Hello! I am a composer living in Los Angeles who wants to score music for film. I'm just starting and I need a reel. (I have been composing for a long time however.) I would like to hear from filmmakers interested in collaborating. I use an industry standard music software program called Logic Pro X. My website is  and my email address is ellengoldenmusic(at)gmail(dot)com   I hope to hear from you!  Thanks. 

Jason Hutt

Office Share available for short or long term, full time or weekends.

The office is clean and large with wood floors, high ceilings, great natural light and central air conditioning/heat. The building is safe and quiet with friendly creative neighbors on the floor, including many documentary filmmakers. Great location, a few blocks from either the 7th Avenue or 15th Street/Prospect Park F stops and lots of great bodegas, cafes, Prospect Park, Celebrate Brooklyn, etc.

The space is available immediately for short or long term share, and weekends only is an option. You'd get a large work space that includes desk, wireless internet, refrigerator and coffee machine. There is currently a desk, chair, drawers and shelves for your use or you can bring some of your own.

Here's the Craig's List posting:

If interested, please let me know what kind of work you do and your typical work schedule.

Rent is $300 for full time.  Otherwise negotiable.

Natalie Forde


The 2016 Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA), a global documentary competition and traveling series for films that inspire social change, is accepting entries for its 4th annual awards.

Each year, SIMA champions the best films and videos from over 140 countries around the world providing awards and juried cash prizes between $500-$1000 per category. SIMA is looking for films that raise important questions about the state of our contemporary world, that stand out in their creativity, integrity and educational merit, that provide deeper insight into the realities of global development and the human condition, and inspire audiences to reflect on the efforts, the meaning, and potential of global activism and social transformation. 



EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: September 29, 2015

REGULAR DEADLINE: October 13, 2015

FINAL DEADLINE: October 27, 2015

MORE ABOUT SIMA (Social Impact Media Awards): SIMA is a non-profit arts organization celebrating social documentary storytelling of excellence and connecting international audiences and organizations with the best global impact cinema. Through the annual SIMA Awards and year-round Film Programs, SIMA provides a catalyst for these important works and serves as a film reserve for screening partners worldwide.

SIMA 2016 is sponsored by DEEDA Productions, The Angel Station, G-Technology, VENA CAVA and the Creative Visions Foundation, with additional support from Media Partners: WITNESS, DAWNS Digest, Global Oneness Project, Global Voices, The European Documentary Network, The Create Daily, Transformational Media, Peace Boat US and Everyday Ambassador. 

To see last year's winning films, please visit:

Watch SIMA On Demand:

For more information:

Media Contact: Natalie Forde, Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA),


Sarah Lerner

Branded Documentaries
An intensive 3-day seminar on creative content
Oct 29 - Nov 1
Deadline: October 13


Looking to develop your practice in the emerging field of creative content? UnionDocs has you covered with Branded Documentaries, an intensive 3-day seminar this fall. Participants will explore to a broad range of creative approaches to branded documentary, including audience engagement, online and cultural marketing, branded and creative content, fundraising strategy, digital innovation and film production/distribution. Lead by Brian Newman of Sub-Genre. Learn more and register at:

Egons Upitis

Hi guys,

I am looking to hook up with fellow filmmakers in Hong Kong as well as for interesting issues/characters/communities/locations/happenings that could make for an exciting story. I will be there for the whole of November, and having all the equipment with me, would be nice to shoot a short no-budget doc.

I'll also visit Tokyo for a few days, possibly longer if there's a piece to shoot.

egons at rixc dot lv

Cynthia Wade

Seeking NY based composer for funded feature length documentary (film is shot on prime lenses in an urban environment).  The editor really wants composer to be in NY/NYC.  Please email dthompson (AT) cynthiawade (DOT) com - Thanks.

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