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Erica Ginsberg

For DC-area folks...

Docs In Progress is excited to partner this year with the Our City Film Festival to present a special Work-In-Progress Screening as part of their fourth annual festival. It will take place this Sunday, February 13 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Goethe Institut in Chinatown.

We are especially excited because both of the films being featured are by filmmakers whose previous films were also shown at Docs In Progress so they know what to expect and are ready for your feedback on their rough cuts:

SHE'S A SENSEI (20 minute rough cut)
by Michael Blain
Carol Middleton is a seventh-degree taekwondo black belt and a pioneering female martial artist. This film chronicles Carol's journey from the midwest to Washington DC where she founded and directs the DC Self-Defense Karate Association, working with students of all backgrounds and ages.

LETTING IN THE JUNGLE (40 minute rough cut)
by Jesse Achtenberg
Follow young explorer James Graham of Anacostia as he uncovers the hidden lives of urban wildlife, and what their increasing presence in our backyards means for environmental education. As the challenges faced by eagles, osprey, deer, foxes and coyotes are revealed, James begins to uncover why conservation pioneers are increasingly looking at the concrete jungle to teach environmental values.

Sunday, February 13
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Goethe Institut-DC
812 Seventh Street, NW
Washington DC
Closest Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown

$10 each. Note this is an Our City Film Festival event and these are set ticket prices, NOT a suggested donation. We also highly recommend that you get tickets in advance at

More on the full festival program at

Ron McCullagh

New member.

We have a commissioned project to produce a number of films in Africa. To this end we are looking for experienced African investigative journalists with good stories to tell.
Insight News Television in London.

Sarie Horowitz


A Show for Valentine’s Day, A Collection Of Nine Love Inspired Shorts
Monday, February 14, 7:30pm
Anthology Film Archives

For the February installment of the Flaherty NYC monthly screening series, The Flaherty will present A Show for Valentine’s Day, A Collection Of Nine Love Inspired Shorts. There will be a post-screening discussion with various filmmakers, moderated by Flaherty NYC programmer Penny Lane, an independent filmmaker, video artist, educator and writer.

Romantic longings and romantic realities collide in this heartwarming and heartbreaking program of films and videos by Jodie Mack, Jacqueline Goss, Peggy Ahwesh, Bradley Eros, Matt McCormick, Ben Coonley, Alison Kobayashi and more. Who said experimental nonfiction was all brain and no heart? Several filmmakers in attendance!


HONEYMOON HOTEL (Tony Ganz and Rhody Streeter, 1971, 4 min)
This humorous short film features interviews with newlyweds staying in an outrageously furnished hotel in America's honeymoon resort capital, The Poconos.

SINCERELY, JOE P. BEAR (Matt McCormick, 1999, 4 min)
A love letter from a heartbroken polar bear.

FROM ALEX TO ALEX (Alison Kobayashi, 2006, 6 mins)
In the fall of 2003 I found a letter on the Winston Churchill Blvd QEW overpass. It was labeled, “From: Alex To: Alex.” This is a film based on the contents of that letter.

EROS C'EST LAMOUR (Bradley Eros and Tim Geraghty, 2008, 8 min)
Dorothy's l'amour fou evoked in evanescent fragments unexpectedly encountered. The missing link between Rose Hobart and Maria Montez via Rrose Selavy's bride stripped bare by the song of the sarong.

SYNCHRONIZED FOUNTAIN #2, DUBAI (Peggy Ahwesh, 2010, 3 min)
This is footage of the famous fountain at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai that I shot in April, 2010 when I was there for the art fair. The song is Amvaj (Waves) by Bijan Mortazavi. I made it as a wedding gift for Penny Lane and Brian Frye.

A romantic e-card from Otto, a feral cat seeking love from a stranger on the Internet. Otto edits himself into clips from the 1980’s sitcom Perfect Strangers and asks strangers on YouTube to return the favor.

TYING THE KNOT (Jacqueline Goss, 2010, 2 min)
More risqué than it seems at first, a short ode to marriage.

YARD WORK IS HARD WORK (Jodie Mack, 2008, 28 min)
An experimental animation and mini-musical that wants also to be a romantic comedy. Using various combinations of 2D cut-out and pixilation, the piece follows a pair of newlyweds as they learn the perils of homeownership and life in general.

PEOPLE IN ORDER OF #3: LOVE (Lenka Clayton and James Price, 2006, 3 min)
48 couples arranged by length of relationship. From a series of films about human lives shot while touring the UK in a camper van.

General admission tickets to the Flaherty NYC series at the Anthology Film Archives are $9, and $6 for Anthology members. Tickets can be purchased at the Anthology box office the day of the show.

Anthology Film Archives is located in the old Second Avenue Courthouse building in the East Village at 32 Second Ave. at the corner of 2nd Street. For subway take F, V to Second Ave., B, D, F, V to Broadway-Lafayette, 6 to Bleecker.

Suzanne Hillinger


Flicker Flacker Films, a Brooklyn-based documentary film company, seeks an intern enthusiastic about the research and development side of documentary filmmaking.
Candidates must be extremely organized and not only comfortable, but detective-like in online and phone-based research. They must have a passion for documentary filmmaking and storytelling. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to learn more about how to do research both developing and promoting documentaries. This person must have excellent research and writing skills and be comfortable making cold-calls.

This is a no-pay, part time internship that can be done in-office and/or remotely. Possible future hire for the right person.



Bryony Byrne

Call for Entries for the Aesthetica Short Film Competition!

We're really keen to see short documentaries entered into the competition and last year a documentary film was the winning entry.

The Aesthetica Short Film Competition is an international competition open to all filmmakers, regardless of experience. The winning filmmaker will receive:

- £500 (apx. $800)
- Screenings at a number of established UK film festivals
- Training with Raindance
- Membership to Shooting People
- DVD publication (distributed to Aesthetica's 60,000 readers)
- Editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine

The runner-up will also receive £250 (apx. $400) and a shortlist of finalists will be published on the DVD and receive screenings at the discretion of the film festivals involved.

Entry is £15 (apx. $24) per film.

Films should be not longer than 25 minutes long.

Deadline for entries is 31st April 2011

Please visit for more information.

Leslie Bornstein

I'm looking for a Portuguese-speaking editor, preferably New York based, to assist on a documentary about heavy metal musicians in Mozambique (between Tanzania and South Africa). The website is (though I haven't updated it since my first trip).

Leslie Bornstein

Joseph Valle

Nostalgia For the Light
Friday 3/18/11-Thursday 3/31/11
IFC Center

Master director Patricio Guzmán travels 10,000 feet above sea level to the driest desert on earth for this remarkable documentary. Here, the sky is so translucent that it allows astronomers to see the boundaries of our universe. Yet the Atacama Desert climate also keeps human remains intact: pre-Columbian mummies; explorers and miners; and the
remains of disappeared political prisoners. Women sift the desert soil for the bones of their loved ones, while archaeologists uncover traces of ancient civilizations and astronomers examine the most distant and oldest galaxies. Melding celestial and earthly quests, NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT is a gorgeous, moving, and deeply personal odyssey.

There will be a Q&A with director Patricio Guzman on 3/18/11.

Tickets: Adults $13, Children 12 and under $9, Seniors $9 Members $8
For information about specific screening time call (212) 924-7771 or visit
For more information about the film, please visit:

IFC Center
323 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10014-4403

Ria Murphy

Internship: Intern for Promises Films and work directly with Academy nominated, Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker.

Location: Berkeley, CA at the Zaentz Media Center
Duration: Through 2011
Salary: Unpaid. (our FCP system is available to this intern).
Hours: 10 hours week, as many hours as you wish, can be done from your home.
Application deadline: February 25th, 2011
How to apply: Send cover letter and resume to

Promises Films is an independent documentary production company located at the Saul Zaentz Media Center in Berkeley, CA. We are in the Outreach/Distribution/Publicity phase for our latest documentary film Our Summer in Tehran, which follows filmmaker (and former Globetrekker host) Justine Shapiro and her 6-year-old son to Tehran where they spend the summer with three very different Iranian families. The film will be broadcast on public television stations across the nation in April 2011. To learn more about the film and view clips, visit our website at

We are looking for a very organized individual who is has strong computer skills and is able to update our website using HTML and CSS. We want to find someone honest, who possesses common sense, integrity, and self-initiative. We yearn for that special person who is interested in being part of the final phase in making a film: distribution or who is fascinated by the themes this film explores: US-Iran relations, citizen diplomacy, interfaith relations, cross cultural communication, and alternative media. This is a wonderful job for a motivated college student or anyone interested in learning more about how an independent documentary film gets out into the world.

In this position, you will learn about how an independent documentary attracts publicity, outreach, domestic and international distribution and broadcast. You will be exposed to some fundraising and screening events. This internship offers you an opportunity to connect with other filmmakers at the Zaentz Media Center, build your resume, and learn the nuts and bolts of how to make an independent film. Past interns and employees have gone on to do their masters in journalism and filmmaking (USC and Stanford) and work at Pixar, Pilot Films and TV Production in London. This internship does not involve hands-on, field production.

Promises Films is a non-profit organization.

Required Skills
• Must have strong skills in editing HTML and CSS in order to make necessary updates to company websites
• Technical excellence with Apple computers, Microsoft Office, and Google docs
• A whiz with social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter
• Ability to communicate well over the telephone, email, and in person
• Well-organized with strong follow-through and attention to detail
• Ability to take direction and work independently, without the need for constant supervision
• Familiarity with Final Cut Pro a plus! (on-going editing for new web-clips)

Responsibilities will include
• Updating company websites and social media sites
• Mailing/shipping and tracking shipments of DVD screeners
• Outreach to the Iranian-American community, museums, libraries, schools, and universities to host screening events of Our Summer in Tehran
• Maintaining the office contact database on FileMaker pro.
• Coordinating receipts, invoices, and donations with our office bookkeeper
• Post content about Our Summer in Tehran on organizational websites, list-serves, and social networking sites
• Editing clips for the film’s website and YouTube (optional-depending on your interest and skill with editing)

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to

Gabrielle Weiss

Anyone filmed or done any work in Sudan, specifically Juba? I'm trying to budget for a fixer, driver and not too sure what the rate would be.
Also, any suggestions to Juba accomodations would be great!

John Burgan

A word of warning if you are thinking of submitting your film to, or attending the Swansea International Film Festival (via Shooting People)

Bill Jackson

Wow! I think I could hold a better film festival in my home theater. At least I like filmmakers...

Mike Paterson

In reply to John Burgan's post on Mon 14 Feb 2011 :

What a parasite! He also does other festivals via Amritsa (classy website). You're probably best off steering clear of these ones too:

Swansea Bay Film Festival
Heart of England International Film Festival
International Youth Film Festival
International Film Festival of Mind, Body, Spirit & Ecology
International Film Festival of South Africa
International Film Festival Ireland
International Gay Film Festival UK
International Film Festival of Australia – Barossa Valley
International Film Festival Thailand
International Film Festival of West Wales

Monica Rosales

CALL FOR ENTRIES! Documentary Films! 2011 DocMiami Film Festival

Submit Your Documentary Today!

Feature Documentary
Feature Documentaries with a total running time from 61 – 180 minutes. (All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)

Documentary Short
Short Documentaries with a total running time between 4 and 30 minutes. (All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)

Very short documentaries and fiction forms plus all experimental genres allowed with a total running time of under 4 minutes (this is up to 3 minutes and 59 seconds, not a second more!) – Go to the limit of documentary film making: free form – free content –(All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)

Documentary Medium-Length and Essay Forms
Medium length documentaries and documentarian film essays with a total running time between 31 and 60 minutes. (All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)


About Us

Our organization is dedicated to promoting the best that documentary film making has to offer worldwide. We seek to provide film makers a forum which promotes their unique contributions to the evolution of the cultural arts within South Florida and within the entertainment industry as a whole. In addition we:

- Provide a documentary film festival to promote the art form of up and coming documentary filmmakers at a local, national and international level.
- Host a film expo highlighting global film organizations and professionals.
- Provide educational outreach programs for young filmmakers grades 6-12.
- Host three benefit concerts to raise funds in order to build much needed schools in Tanzania!

Gabrielle Weiss

Thanks John Burgan for your help and advice! Much appreciated.Hopefully your friend has some good ideas...

Jeffrey Henigson

Can anyone recommend a good professional accountant in the New York City area with experience working with small film production companies? I'd be grateful for any referrals.

Caitlin Kelley

Call For Entries:

Africa Volunteer Corps is searching for short films to participate in our Visualize Change Film Forum, a the inaugural event of our annual fundraising series. AVC is an organization dedicated to harnessing the potential of Africans, strengthening grassroots social change in Africa, and putting the development process in the hands of locals. We ask for films that portray empowerment, positive images of Africa, or the importance of local initiatives to the development process. We seek especially to showcase African filmmakers, but we welcome filmmakers of all nationalities.

On March 3rd, 2011, the selected films will be shown in Chicago to an audience of 100+ philanthropists. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with AVC founder Caitlin Kelley. A biography of each filmmaker (as well as contact information) will be included in our event program. The selected films may also be included in a sister event to be held in New York City in April.

Films must be 10-60 minutes in length. DVDs can be sent to Africa Volunteer Corps c/o Caitlin Kelley, 963 Kent Ave, #3, Brooklyn, NY 11205. If available, digital files can be submitted via Dropbox to Films must be received by February 18th to be considered for inclusion in our 2011 forum. Those sent after this deadline will be kept for consideration in future events.

Jennifer Howd

In reply to Jeffrey Henigson's post on Wed 16 Feb 2011 :

I've been happy with Arnold Civins over at Citrin Cooperman & Co, LLP 212.697.1000 x313. They're not the cheapest firm, but they have solid experience in the industry and are very professional. If you meet with Arnie, tell him I sent you. He's a nice guy. Good luck! :)

Andy Schocken

Panasonic AF100 package available for rent in Brooklyn (with Panasonic Vario 14-140mm lens, 3 batteries, 64gb of media, and the Barry Green AF100 guidebook). $250/day, with multi-day discounts. Please contact me at aschocken at gmail.

Barbara Rick

FREE event this Wednesday night in NYC for those interested in memoir, black history, women's and civil rights. Out of The Blue Films, Inc. has been asked to help organize a book signing, reading, conversation with TV pioneer Belva Davis – the first black female TV reporter in the western U.S.

Ms. Davis will be in conversation with author/philanthropist Deborah Santana at The Strand Bookstore at Broadway & 12th Street this Wednesday, 2/23, at 7pm.

Invite attached:

Gina Abatemarco

For New York Folks:


PROJECT: The Kivalina Project: The Story of America's Climate Change Refugees

ABOUT: Set in the modern Arctic, "The Kivalina Project" tells the story of a slow and insidious disappearance of an entire American town and the sea wall that is meant to save it.

EDITOR POSITION: "The Kivalina Project" is looking to hire a passionate and eloquent storyteller. An editor with experience in verite or character driven narratives, along with a feature documentary credit is a plus, but not a requirement. This is a good project for those who are interested in climate change and exploring it beyond a traditional journalistic narrative.

Looking to hire an editor for 8 weeks to begin cutting the backbone of the feature in preparation for final shoots in summer and fall 2011. Salary is a flat rate/lowbudget. ("The Kivalina Project" has been supported by Tribeca All Access, IFP's Spotlight on Documentary, Vague/Columbus Film Award, Berlinale's Berlin Today Award, and IDFA.)

CONTACT: Director/Producer Gina Abatemarco

Erica Ginsberg

For DC-area filmmakers...

March 7: Panel on Self-Distribution Success for Documentaries

Are you thinking of self-distributing your documentary, but are worried your documentary may have too narrow an audience? Don't be. This Docs In Progress panel will focus on how to harness the power of the niche audience to get your film out there in the marketplace. It will focus on real-world strategies filmmakers without a traditional distributor can take in reaching a target audience who can help drive online interest, press coverage, and ultimately DVD sales. You'll learn from filmmakers who have used the power of social media, bloggers, Amazon reviews, and non-festival public screenings to build a following and a market for their films.

Monday, March 7, 2011
6:30 pm Networking
7:00-9:00 pm Panel Discussion and Q&A

Docs In Progress
8700 First Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910


Registration fee is $25 if registered and paid in advance. $30 at the door. Advance registration is highly recommend since seating is limited to 20.
More info and link to Registration here:

More on the speakers in the hidden section.


Simone Fary is the co-producer of American Feud, a documentary which traces the history of Liberalism and Conservatism in the United States. In addition to making educational documentaries and serving on the board of Docs In Progress, Fary specializes in Instructional Design and takes an avid interest in new media and changing paradigms of distribution, especially self-distribution. In addition to American Feud, she has also produced and directed Cheng Se Tseo in his Own Words which aired on two PBS affiliates and is currently in production on two new niche videos Geothermal 101 – what is it, and will it work for you? and Get Real Gardening: Kitchen Gardening 101 for Busy City Folk. A trailer of American Feud can be viewed here and the next public screening will be at the Takoma Park Municipal Center as part of the "We Are Takoma Series" on Thursday, March 10.

Adele Schmidt is the Co-Producer/Director of Romantic Warriors, a film about how a new generation of progressive music bands are trying to find their audience while crafting a personal sound as an alternative to mainstream music. It will start airing on public television nationwide in June through NETA. In the last 15 years, Schmidt has produced and edited five long-format documentaries which aired on PBS and have won numerous industry awards including the Telly, TIVA-DC Peer Award, the US International Film and Video Festival Award, and the Gabriel Award. She is the co-founder of Docs In Progress and co-owner of Zeitgeist Media, an independent production company. She also is an Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, teaching graduate film and video production courses at American University. The trailer for Romantic Warriors can be viewed here.

Heather Taylor is the Producer and Director of Breaking Through The Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby, a historical film about a group of women who led the way for women aviators in the 1920s. Heather has worked in the film and video industry nearly 15 years including 8 years with Discovery Communications and 2 years with ABC/Kane Productions. While at Discovery, she managed and received credits for such shows as The Croc Hunter, Monster Garage, Deadliest Catch, Eukanuba Tournament of Champions, American Chopper and many more. In addition, she worked on national commercials, industrial videos and completed a tenure with the Tennessee Film Commission. Heather also grew up in a family of pilots and spent countless hours at local airports. She first learned of the women's national air derby in 1997. After researching for nearly a decade, Taylor left her job at Discovery Communications and formed her own production company, Archetypal Images, LLC with Breaking Through the Clouds as her first independently-produced documentary. A trailer of the film can be seen here and the full film will be screening on Tuesday, March 8 (International Women's Day) at the Takoma Park Municipal Center as a free program jointly sponsored by Docs In Progress, Women in Film and Video-DC, and We are Takoma.

Felix Endara

DocuClub in March!

Our March DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, March 9, 7 p.m., at DCTV, located at 87 Lafayette (at Walker).

This month, we are thrilled to try something new, and will screen trailers for documentaries in the early stages of production. We are delighted to present the following projects and filmmakers:

1. Betting the Farm by Cecily Pingree:
The documentary follows three farm families as they launch a new milk company in a desperate attempt to save their farms. Will their gamble rescue them—and with them an entire way of life—or will it leave them worse off than when they started? For more info, go to:

Cecily Pingree is a filmmaker based in Maine. Betting The Farm is her debut documentary feature. Cecily formed a production company, Pull-Start Pictures, with Jason Mann in 2008. Cecily also teaches video workshops within the Maine public school system for The Telling Room.

2. Florence, Arizona by Andrea Scott:
The town of Florence, Arizona may have its roots in the 1880s, but at present, it is a place built firmly upon the foundation of prisons. In just 8.2 square miles, Florence houses 32,000 residents, three schools, and nine correctional facilities. In 2011, Florence will break ground on its 10th prison, while over on the other side of town, unsustainable desert development continues to thrive in the form of Anthem, a very different kind of gated, suburban community. As the debate over illegal immigration roars on in Arizona, and new allegations over private prison corporations’ involvement in the writing of Arizona’s sweeping immigration law come to the fore, Florence, Arizona will explore the consequences of a prison economy and venture to answer the question: What happens to a place and its people when the force that drives its economy, and by extension, much of life, is the incarceration of other individuals?

Andy Scott is a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker and writer. Her current work explores the vast world of Americana, from Jewish bikers to home movies to Mah Jongg. For three years, she worked as an associate producer and assistant editor for Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Cynthia Wade. Currently, she works as associate producer and assistant editor for the forthcoming feature-length documentary, Hungry In America, directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush. Scott is also currently at work on a project about the universality of the coffee shop throughout the world. Her recent forays into Super8 film and experimental sound work have been screened at New York’s premiere Super8 festival, FlickerNYC.

3. Kathleen and Eddie by Desireena Almoradie:
Feature-length documentary about three left-wing women activists from radically different ideologies, who are torn apart – and ultimately brought together – by a single act of terrorism.

Desireena Almoradie is a media activist whose works have been exhibited around the globe. She co-directed, produced, and edited the short narrative film Green Stalk, which screened at the British Film Institute among other venues. She produces for public television, and, in 2009, won a GLAAD Media Award for the story "Funding the Marriage War" that aired on the PBS show In the Life.

4. Battle for Jerusalem by Liz Nord:
Battle for Jerusalem follows five young, Jewish artists and activists living in Jerusalem who fight to keep their city vibrant, open and religiously tolerant in the face of a rapidly growing ultra-Orthodox community and its desire to control all aspects of life in the ancient holy city. To find out more about this project, go to:, twitter: @lizfilm.

Liz Nord is a documentary filmmaker who has produced and exhibited work in Europe, the Middle East and throughout North America. In 2006, Nord toured the world with another film made in Israel, her critically acclaimed documentary about rebellious young musicians, Jericho’s Echo: Punk Rock In The Holy Land. In 2008, she ran MTV’s Street Team ’08 – an Emmy Award-winning project wherein 51 state-based citizen journalists covered the 2008 presidential elections from a youth perspective, across all media platforms. In 2009, she shot a documentary on-location in Haiti for musician Wyclef Jean’s charitable organization. She is also a media educator, lecturer, and columnist.

5. TBD. We will pick one 5th trailer to workshop tonight! If you are a current DocuClub member (you must join by February 28, 2011, to qualify) and have a 3-8 minute trailer you wish to workshop with us tonight, please bring 2 DVDs. The lucky participant could be you!

Our moderator will be Fernanda Rossi. Internationally-renowned speaker and story consultant Fernanda Rossi doctored over 300 films, including Academy Award nominees® The Garden, by Scott Hamilton Kennedy, and Recycled Life by Leslie Iwerks. She has also consulted on hundreds of trailers, many of which received funding from ITVS, NYSCA and NFB. She is the author of Trailer Mechanics: A Guide to Making your Documentary Fundraising Demo. For more info on Rossi, please go to:

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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. Please note that in order to allocate adequate feedback for all projects, we will start promptly at 7 p.m. No admittance after 7:15 p.m.

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