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Michael Kantor

Looking to rent an AVID system (version 5.0 or later preferred) for use in my NYC office. We will provide the hard drive storage for the media, but the editing system needs to be complete with three monitors (including a so-called "client monitor), speakers, keyboard, mouse, all necessary cabling as well as a mixing board. Mac CPU preferred if possible. Rental is for 19 week term, to be adjusted as necessary, preferably to start on March 15th, 2011. Equal opportunity vendor – email at

christopher koo

I'm no director or film writer, well...not professionally anyway, I'm just a fan of cinema.
Anyway, I came on to to ask other enthusiast and professionals 3 questions.
But before that let me explain myself.

As I said, I am but a lonely observer, a fan, an audience member and I humbly come before you all to ask your opinion about 3 things.

1st – What to you makes a documentary (Independent or big budget) good?
For me, its whether or not the documentary can catch my eye, draw in my attention and teach me something about a culture, person, ideal, cause, etc all while being entertained.

2nd – I came across a trailer for an up and coming documentary called "Dumbstruck." For those of you who havent heard anything about the film, it was filmed during 2007 at a convention called "Vent Haven." This convention is for ventriloquist and those who are interested in ventriloquism. The movie follows several "Vents" and appears to tell their individual tales of how they became practitioners of the art of ventriloquism. My question is, obviously with a topic like ventriloquism the movie is geared toward a specific audience. But how does the director or production company for that matter successfully go about plugging the movie to audiences that 1) know nothing about ventriloquism and more importantly 2)hop over the hurdle that is the "Creepiness" of dummies and ventriloquism?

MY 3rd and final question would be simply be...based on the trailer...would you watch this film? And if not...what would you change to target ALL audiences and not just practicing "vents"

Check out the trailer and see information on the select cities that will be showing the film on the movies facebook page.

Michael Kantor

WANTED: An experienced editor with AVID editing system to create a one hour historical documentary intended for national broadcast on public television. Editor must have at least seven years of experience editing historical documentaries for national broadcast, and experience coordinating work with graphics companies, stock music houses, and music composers as well as supervising all aspects of post-production including online, color correction, and audio mix. AVID system requirements include the AVID supported most current CPU (Processor: Two 2.66GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon (12 cores); Memory: 6GB); Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB Hard Drive – 1TB; 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s; One 18x SuperDrive) with software (version 5.0 or later), three monitors (two computer monitors minimum 19” and a so-called NTSC "client monitor), speakers, keyboard, mouse, all necessary cabling as well as a mixing board (at least 8 channels). Ghost Light Films will provide storage media. Total term is expected to be 19 weeks, to be adjusted as necessary, preferably to start on March 15th, 2011. All compensation will be dispensed as weekly payroll.

Ghost Light Films is an equal opportunity employer, who gives preference, to the extent practical and economically feasible, for products and services that conserve natural resources, protect the environment, and are energy efficient.


Jason Boyce

Calling all screenwriters, it's time to climb out from your den! The 2011 Community of Writers at Squaw Valley is now accepting applications for our summer 2011 Screenwriting Program!

The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Screenwriting Program focuses on individual attention and works-in-progress, mentored by award-winning writers and writer-directors. Crystallize the story you want to tell, and excise extraneous elements. Designed for both screenwriters and filmmakers, this unique program invites both narrative features and character-driven documentaries that are currently in development. Our goal is to assist writers who want to improve their craft and move them closer to production.

Deadline for application is May 10th. Check our website for further details:

Ethan Isenberg

Looking for someone to shoot a post-screening discussion in Manhattan on Sunday, March 13, in the late afternoon – early evening.

You'll need to set up before 3 PM, when the screening begins. The actual discussion should start at around 4:45 and is slated to run until 6, but could go over.

Equipment needed:
SD Prosumer Mini-DV camera (such as the DVX-100) w/ tripod
wireless cardoid with stand (can be rented)
mounted shotgun mic (can be rented)

Please contact Ethan Isenberg if interested, at

Erica Ginsberg


Docs In Progress returns to the George Washington University on Friday, March 4 with new documentary rough cuts ready for your honest and constructive feedback. This program is organized by Docs In Progress and is sponsored by The Documentary Center at the George Washington University. It is open to the public.


It's Only (a) Natural (rough cut of a documentary short)
by Richard Lewis and Yoland Lee
Actress Yolanda Lee has decided to cut her trademark curly natural. What starts out as a hairstyle choice sparks a heated conversation about race, relationships and charging dogs.

The Legend of Cool "Disco" Dan (rough cut of a documentary feature)
by Joseph Pattisall and Roger Gastman
Amidst the backdrop of Washington DC's former claim to fame as the murder capital of the United States and its unique urban culture centered around Go Go music, Cool "Disco" Dan emerged as an underground celebrity in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He graffitied his moniker all over the city until it seemed as though no wall, rooftop, street sign, or Metro bus had been forgotten. Somehow he managed to survive while legions of his peers were killed, incarcerated, or became utterly adrift. This film looks back at Washington DC's own folk hero and what has become of him today.

Friday, March 4 from 7:00-10:00 pm.

George Washington University's Media and Public Affairs Building
Lower Level Auditorium (B-07)
805 21st Street, NW (corner of 21st and H Streets)
Washington DC 20052

Closest Metro: Foggy Bottom. Limited street parking free after 6:30 pm. Garage parking nearby on H and I Streets.

$10 suggested donation ($5 suggested for Docs Insiders). Cash only. At the door (No advance tickets or RSVP required). Seating on a first come, first served basis.

More info:

Jon Dieringer


Monday, March 14, 7:30pm, Anthology Film Archives

For the March installment of the Flaherty NYC monthly screening series, The Flaherty will present PSYCHOGEOGRAPHIES: work by Kathryn Ramey, Jason Livingston, & Joel Schlemowitz, a program of four 16mm films about places that are both real and imagined. There will be a post-screening discussion with the filmmakers, moderated by Colin Beckett, Critical Writing Fellow at UnionDocs.

Program Description

Yanqui WALKER and the OPTICAL REVOLUTION (Kathryn Ramey, 2009, 33min)
An experimental documentary about William Walker, an American expansionist and military dictator. Through military force and coercion, Walker became president of Nicaragua in 1856. The film blends found footage, documentary photography, ethnographic inquiry and personal travelogue with hand-processing, optical printing and hand conducted time-lapse to detour and derail the various approaches to history-making that have been applied to this story. Yanqui WALKER not only tells us something about history and how it connects to current political, social and economic situations, but also how art and poetry can be a means to subvert and transcend even the most oppressive of narratives. Winner, “Best Short Doc” at Athens International Film and Video festival; Jury selection (1st prize) at the Black Maria Film Festival.

"The stylized strategy of Kathryn Ramey captures the mythology of her allusive subject in this unusual work." –Black Maria Film + Video Festival

Weimar (Joel Schlemowitz, 1996, 8 mins)
This little film took root while reading Henri Murger's Bohemian Life and Alex De Jong's Weimar Chronicles, while feeling admiration for the quiet heroism of Rudy Burckhardt's movies, while the next NYFA rejection arrived, and while a little free film was slipped my way, befitting a project about the value of art in people's lives, and ironically commenting on such through the thrift of its production. No plot. No story. Just a series of suggestive tableaus. The bohemians are played by: Stephen Callahan, Marchette DuBois, Lee Ellickson, Genese, Gary Goldberg, Rebecca Hampden, Alice MacIntyre, Bridget Meeds, Wanda Phipps, Jennifer Todd Reeves, Madeline Schwartzman, MM Serra, and Stuart Sherman.

Tombeau for Arnold Eagle (Joel Schlemowitz, 1994, 4 mins)
A memorial film for my mentor, who was once Robert Flaherty’s cinematographer.

“Joel Schlemowitz is a wizard of cinema. Each [film] is a unique gem – quirky, provocative, playful, often handmade, and always daring – celebrating Joel's astonishing mastery of the tools of filmmaking, and his poetic grasp on the art of cinema.” –Alan Berliner

Under Foot & Overstory (Jason Livingston, 2005, 35 mins)
Local environmentalists, the Friends of Hickory Hill Park, work to protect nearly 200 acres of unique urban parkland in Iowa City, Iowa. The organization's mission statement must be produced. The inaugural Hickory Hill Park calendar must be completed. Nature images run parallel, collide or drift beside the demands of group writing, open space and the park's changing boundary. There will be a 6 minute intermission. Winner of a Jury Prize at the New York Underground Film Festival.

“The best piece on Program 6 [from Onion City] is another unusual documentary, Jason Livingston's Under Foot and Overstory; the sound track recording of a friends of the park committee trying to draft its mission statement combines with fragmented images to remind us that parks are works in progress." -–Fred Camper

Karen Torres

Wanted: Documentary film editor so absurdly wealthy he or she doesn’t need a paycheck. Perhaps you have so much money you need multiple wallets. Or perhaps you’re building a career and want a great new building block for a resume. Or perhaps you’d just be willing to pitch in for a fortnight of serious unpaid work on a cool and equally serious documentary. Set at the edge of the Brooklyn waterfront, its panorama is parkland and politics, it pits developers, environmentalists and park enthusiasts against each other, and it provides a collection of compellingly current interviews against a tapestry of background history. I am fun to work with and may even buy you a slice of pizza now and then. It won’t take forever; but I promise you a good, compact, and meaningful passage in your career. Write to Karen. Thanks.

Marina Lutz

NYSCA helper needed for The Marina Experiment, Part II & III

I am a first time filmmaker applying for a NYSCA grant. I have a budget, but need help breaking down specific expenses for the NYSCA application. Part I of my film is made from found footage, so I need someone who who can look at my budget and break out specific expenses for Parts II & III of the film, especially Part III, which will be all new footage. Since I have never shot a film, I do not know what this entails as far as specific costs.

I can pay a stipend now and offer deferred pay when the grant comes through. I am applying for many other grants as well, so hopefully I will get money from someone that will enable me to pay you.

The NYSCA deadline is April 1, but I would like to submit as soon as possible. I have completed all the "writing" part of their application, so just need help with the financials.

The video here is kind of a trailer for Part II. You can see Part I on my website


Christa Majoras

Looking for some shooters for upcoming events in LA and SF.

Richard Noble, an LGBT activist, is walking from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Statue of Liberty in support of full civil rights and the American Equality Bill.

There is a send-off tomorrow in West Hollywood:

March 7 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm
West Hollywood Park Auditorium
647 N. San Vicente Blvd
West Hollywood

The walk begins March 12th in SF with a send-off beginning at 10 am at Crissy Fields.

Unfortunately, I cannot offer pay, but only camera credit. If anyone is interested in helping out, please contact me.