cool thing is that, after the interview with the filmmaker, it
includes info on the budget and how much remains to be raised, so it
is a strong hint for viewers who have been dazzled by the preview to
contribute to help make the finished product happen.
competition is exclusively for North American filmmakers.
U.S. Theatrical Premiere of
NOTES ON MARIE MENKEN
A film by Martina Kudláček (director of "In the Mirror of Maya
Screening Schedule and Special Events:
February 9 - February 18 at 7:00 & 9:00 nightly.
Additional screenings on Saturday and Sunday, February 10 & 11 at 5:00.
Reception will be held with opening night 7pm screening. Filmmaker
WILL BE PRESENT AT THE FOLLOWING SCREENINGS for Q&A: February 9, 7 & 9
PM and February 10, 7 PM
More on the film:
NOTES ON MARIE MENKEN tells the story of this legendary artist
(19091970), a Lithuanian immigrant who became one of New York's
outstanding underground experimental filmmakers of the 1940's through
the 1960's, inspiring artists such as Stan Brakhage, Andy Warhol,
Jonas Mekas, Kenneth Anger and Gerard Malanga. The large (a hefty 6'
2"), loud and tempestuous Menkenreportedly the inspiration for the
character of "Martha" in Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid of Virginia
Woolfalso became a Warhol Superstar, making memorable appearances in
The Life of Juanita Castro and The Chelsea Girls.
Originally an abstract painter and collage artist, Menken produced
nearly two dozen experimental shorts, using a hand-held Bolex to
create rhythmic patterns of light, color, form and texture, visual
poems that extracted beauty from the world around her. NOTES ON MARIE
MENKEN features lengthy excerpts from many of her films as well as
never-before-seen footage by the filmmaker salvaged from basements and
storage vaults, including a camera "duel" for Bolexes on a Brooklyn
rooftop between Menken and Andy Warhol.
Complemented by a jazzy score by New York composer John Zorn, NOTES ON
MARIE MENKEN features interviews with the filmmaker's friends,
relatives and colleagues, including Alfred Leslie, Kenneth Anger,
Gerard Malanga, Peter Kubelka, Mary Woronov and Jonas Mekas. They
discuss Menken's distinctive film technique, her artistic struggle and
personal lifeincluding a night-shift job at Time magazine and her
marriage to filmmaker Willard Maasand provide colorful reminiscences
of both Menken and the New York art scene of the era.
The ACE grant is open to filmmakers around the world.
Let me know if you have any other questions!
"The perfect place to start your career as a producer
of documentaries." Norm H
The authors of The Documentary Film Makers Handbook and the best
selling Guerilla Film Makers Handbook are offering their seminar this
March. Learn how to get your documentary MADE, how to avoid the
pitfalls of the industry and how to save time money and gray hairs
with this intensive two day course.
Topics include: refining your concept, finding financing, legal
issues, production and post, film festivals survival, standard and
alternative distribution and sales and voluntary workshoping your
idea to help pinpoint specific issues and answers.
Genevieve Jolliffe and Andrew Zinnes are working filmmakers who have
worked in both the narrative and documentary world for nearly two
decades! Their docs have been seen on the MTV, PBS, BBC, ITV and
When: March 10 & 11th, 10AM-6PM
Where: The Heart Touch Project, 3400 Airport Avenue, Suite #42, Santa
Monica, CA 90405.
Go to www.script-tonic.com or call 310-941-2168 for more information
and to sign up!
"Andrew and Genevieve shared their passion and
knowledge and inspired me to pursue my film." Chris
for a smart, self-motivated, and well-organized person to help manage
Paradigm Consulting. Must have excellent people skills and a passion
for independent film. Duties include correspondence, scheduling,
travel arrangements, research, organizing, and client relations.
Proficiency on Mac; solid writing and typing skills essential. Prior
filmmaking or web experience a plus; attitude an insurmountable minus.
Opportunity to build valuable contacts, contribute to innovative
projects, learn the independent film business, and experience the
cutting edge of distribution. Part-time, 3 days a week, approximately
20 hours. To learn more about Paradigm Consulting, visit
www.peterbroderick.com. To apply, please send a cover letter and
resume (in the body of the email not as an attachment) to
email@example.com. Please do not call. We will not be able to
respond to all applicants and plan to fill the position by mid-March.
Beginning February 22 at 7:30 PM at the AERO THEATER
Nikolaus Geyrhalter's amazing documentary shows the places where food is produced: surreal landscapes plasticized and optimized for tractors and agricultural machinery, clean rooms in cool industrial buildings designed to ensure logistic efficiency, machines that require uniform materials for smooth processing. What might look like something from the world of science fiction is reality. Our food is produced in spectacular spaces which are seldom seen. Theres little space for humans here.
OUR DAILY BREAD shows the industrial production of food as a reflection of our societys values: plenty of everything, made quickly and simply by a specialized few. Dispensing with commentary and explanatory interviews, the film unfolds on the screen like a disturbing dream: a detailed feast of images, an insistent gaze, accompanied by whirring, clattering, booming, slurping, the machines hydraulic breathingonly the screeching of chickens is louder.
"Superb! The films formal elegance, moral underpinning and
intellectually stimulating point of view also make it essential. Takes
us inside worlds of wonder and of terror."
Manohla Dargis, New York Times
The first vidster video festival will take place in Hawaii on Labor
Vidster This is based on the pixelvision video festival that takes
place every NOVEMBER in Venice CA and tours to Santa Monica, San
Francisco and Echo Park every year.
In keeping with the spirit of PXL THIS,
there are no entry fees for submission although donations are
Vidster is a camcorder sold by Mattel designed for children. In the
years since the introduction of the pixelvision 2000 camera, the
camera has become a highly sought after camera by filmmakers who have
its technological shortcomings, low resolution black and white video
image that doesnt even fill the screen and whose audio track has the
sound resembling a vacuum cleaner. Most pixelvision cameras are sold
websites like eBay. The cameras sell anywhere from 75 dollars to 600
they are no longer being manufactured.
The Vidster camera has the same limitations of low-resolution imaging
time the picture is in color and the sound quality is much improved.
also has a rudimentary zoom feature. The vidster requires only four
batteries to power up compared to the six needed for a pixelvision
the spirit of the pixelvision camera, the Vidster camera has a
difficult to use
battery compartment. You need a Philips screwdriver to remove the
Vidster camera through seemingly in short supply as seen through the
eBay is very much available in stores like Toys R Us and Circuit City.
price has been raised 20 dollars from 59 dollars to 79 dollars but
is much more affordable than the Pixelvision camera is now. Buy two
to use and another as a spare.
The vidster camera has been designed to be very friendly for computer
The video or still pictures are recorded to SD memory cards. You can
video storage capacity of the card by switching to a higher memory
The camera comes with a 32 mb card, enough for six minutes of video.
Although the camera only comes with video editing software for Windows
Mac users do not need to worry. All a Mac user needs to do is to
camera via the USB port; Power on, switch to playback and the camera
a drive called No name. Open the drive and drag the contents of the
100Media to a folder in your computer. You can easily import these AVI
Final Cut Pro or iMovie.
The AVI QuickTime video files are 320 by 240, the perfect size for the
The submission requirements:
Videos should be doubled in size to 640 by 480 pixels.
Video should be outputted in the Quicktime DV codec and burned as a
either a CD or DVD ROM.
Please keep your videos under twenty minutes. The festival reserves
the right to
request an edit to a shorter length or to show an excerpt at the
Please do not send your only copy or Master tape.
All genres are open to Vidster video submissions: Documentary,
personal, rants raves.
I also need help in spreading this call for entries far and wide so
please forward to all media makers.
Mail DVDs or CDs by August 1, 2007 to
1522 Alewa Drive
Honolulu HI 96817
Please use your real name when posting here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
www.NomadsLand.com a new Internet platform for social issue
filmmakers launches its Alpha site, prepares for growth
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Feb. 17, 2007 - NomadsLand.com an internet video
platform for social issue filmmakers has launched its Alpha website
in its mission to offer alternative distribution for cinema with a
Like YouTube and Google Video, anyone from professional filmmakers
to video enthusiasts can upload their films to www.NomadsLand.com.
The company will host feature films, documentaries, music videos and
satire for free as long as the film seeks to make a social
commentary, stimulate political conversation or encourage some social
NomadsLand is many things to many people, says founder and CEO Davin
Hutchins. Its an entertaining information site, an informative
entertainment site, a window to the world, but above all, a forum for
social ideas and ultimately a grass-roots campaign for change.
Although much of the video can be viewed for free, www.NomadsLand.com
will offer secure downloads and rentals on premium films featured on
the site, sharing 50 percent of its revenues with each director.
Among the initial films being distributed on www.NomadsLand.com are
Dhruv Dhawans From Dust and Davin Hutchins The Art of Flight. From
Dust, a touching documentary which examines the socio-political
aftermath of the Asian tsunami, premiered at the Tribeca Film
Festival, HotDocs, OneWorld Human Rights Film Festival, Dubai
International Film Festival and the Kara Film Festival.
The Art of Flight is a guerrilla documentary tracing the trail of
Sudanese refugees from Darfur to Egypt and their tales of survival.
The film premiered at AFI Fest Hollywood, International Documentary
Festival Amsterdam and the Bangkok International Film Festival. Other
films explore topics such as homelessness in San Francisco, belly
dancing in Egypt and the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Human
Most independent films are grossly under-distributed, says Hutchins.
One of the main goals of NomadsLand is to assist filmmakers who were
short changed after their festival run. Through viral e-mail, search
engines and RSS, they can reach a vastly larger audience. Likewise,
film aficionados can see quality films theyd never see otherwise
without sifting through a cloud of amateur video. We think films can
make a lasting impact of they permanently premiere for people who
care deeply about these issues.
Not everyone is a born storyteller. But everyone has a story. We want
to provide the resources and royalties to develop an ever-growing army
of raconteurs which can help return mass media back to the masses, he
# # #
MEDIA CONTACT:*NomadsLand Press Relations, press [at] nomadsland.com,
sees everything here.
Hi D-Worders! I'd like to welcome you to the theatrical premiere of BLOCKADE and AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER at Film Forum in NYC from March 14 - 27.
BLOCKADE (2005, 52
min.) by Sergei Loznitsa
During the siege of Leningrad, hundreds of thousands died in one of the longest battles of World War II. This compilation film uses newly discovered silent footage and a meticulously reconstructed soundtrack to place us in the middle of the streets as the citizens attempt normal life while starvation and cold descend upon them.
PHOTOGRAPHER (2004, 26 min.) by Irina Gedrovich
Gerhard M. was an amateur photographer sent to the Eastern Front as a German soldier. He took along a camera to record his combat experiences as he and his unit marched into the Soviet Union. Based on his wartime diary and photo album, Gerhard M. was later tried and executed for war crimes by the Soviet Union.
Tickets for the program go on sale online on March 7. For showtimes, directions and to purchase tickets, visit the Film Forum website.
The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering 12 lecturing, research or
combined lecturing/research awards in film studies during the 2008-
2009 academic year. U.S. Fulbright Scholars in 150 countries and all
regions of the world enjoy an experience of a lifetime, one that
provides a broad cultural perspective on their academic disciplines
and connects them with colleagues at institutions around the globe.
Awards range from two months to an academic year. Faculty and
professionals in film studies may apply not only for awards
specifically in their field, but also for one of the many All
Discipline awards open to any field. Grants are awarded to faculty
of all academic ranks, including adjunct and emeritus. In most
countries lecturing is in English, though awards in Latin America,
Francophone Africa, and the Middle East may require proficiency in
The application deadline for Fulbright traditional lecturing and
research grants worldwide is August 1, 2007. U.S. citizenship is
required. For other eligibility requirements, detailed award
descriptions, and an application, visit <http://www.cies.org>, or
send a request for materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
REAL TO REEL DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES @ CINEMA ARTS CENTRE OUR DAILY BREAD
Members $9 Public $12 (w/reception & book signing) Advance reservations recommended
Guest Speaker: Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, NYU. Author of What to Eat and Food Politics
Superb! Part of the films brilliance is how it lays out the images and their wells of meaning with such cool deliberation. Manohla Dargis, NY Times
A mesmerizing and illuminating look at our brave new world of technological food production, Our Daily Bread screens at Real to Reel: Cinema Arts Centres ongoing documentary film series on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30pm. Discussion, book signing and wine and cheese reception follows the film with Marion Nestle, the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at NYU & Author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health ,who will sign this & her latest book, What to Eat . Members $9 Public $12 Advance reservations recommended: 631-423-7611 or CAC box office 423 Park Ave, Huntington
Germany, 2005, 92 min., color Director/writer/cinematographer: Nikolaus Geyrhalter Co writer: Wolfgang Widerhofer
New York Film Festival Grand Prize: Paris Festival of Films on the Environment Best Film: ECOCINEMA
My doc, "Home" will screen on
SATURDAY, MARCH 24 2007 11:30 am
The Irish Film Institute
6 Eustace Street
This is a distributor screening for Irish and UK distribs. All U.S.
distribs have passed and I am assuming all the rest will too....
This is our final effort to find a distributor. I am now focusing on
self-distributing the dvd. We are in need of funding for it. "Home"
was completely self financed and I'm unable to continue financing
it. So if anyone is interested in seeing the film, or has any ideas
on who in Ireland we can approach for funding or invite to this
screening, please let us know. I don't have the funds to make it to
the screening, so I won't be there, but you can reserve a seat with
the co-producer, writer and narrator of "Home", Alan Cooke
call 086 179 1410 or email email@example.com
For more info about the film check out
Many Thanks to all.
Docs in Progress is a bimonthly film series in Washington DC where
documentary filmmakers screen their works in progress for the public.
Screenings are followed up by a feedback session with the audience.
Tuesday night's screening will feature two films:
HIP HOP IS ALIVE by Michael Chu (10 minutes)
Hip Hop is more than just music for Dres tha Beatnik, an independent
Hip Hop artist and beatbox champion from Atlanta.
CONGO: HOPE ON THE BALLOT by George Lerner (57 minutes)
Elections finally come to the Democratic Republic of Congo, a nation
which lost an estimated four million people to a civil war largely
ignored by the world. But what does democracy mean to a society
still working to maintain a fragile peace?
WHEN? Tuesday, March 27, 2007, from 7:00-10:00 pm
WHERE? Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University (805 21st
Street, NW Washington DC)
COST? $5 suggested donation (at the door)
MORE INFORMATION? See our website at http://www.docsinprogress.org or
contact us at (240) 505-8696 or firstname.lastname@example.org
These workshops are organized by Docs in Progress and sponsored by
The Documentary Center at the George Washington University. The
general public is welcome to attend.
More information at http://www.docsinprogress.org
might be interesting to you all, since we have a new competition in
MUSIXINE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FILM CONTEST IN FINLAND SEP 5-9, 2007
Oulu Music Video Festival introduces MusiXine International Music Film
Contest into its film programme, making MusiXine the burning point of
the upcoming festival. MusiXine adds a new dimension to the OMVF scene
that already includes music videos, special screenings and air guitar
battling. The contest will be arranged during the 14th edition of the
festival on 5-9 September, 2007.
MusiXine is a contest for films on music, music making and related
phenomena, and the MusiXine Main Award for the best film in tune
As an annual part of the Oulu Music Video Festival from now on,
MusiXine will showcase the latest trends in music film. The contest
will aim to encourage new film artists, their work and ideas, bring
out the music film as an art form and serve as a forum for screening
films on various music phenomena. In MusiXine, films will be evaluated
for their cinematic merit in the context of music film, and the most
important evaluation criteria for a successful work are the film's
insightful treatment of its topic and its artistic achievements.
More information on how to submit your film at www.musixine.com. Pump
up the beat and participate! You have time 'til 8 June, 2007.
For more information, contact
Festival Producer Hanna Jakku
Tel. +358 8 5700 500
This looks like an amazing opportunity!
NPR.org is looking for a creative video producer and filmmaker with
passion and skills for working in multiple media to join the talented
team that is turning NPR.org into one of the premier news, music and
information sites on the Web. Help develop the stories and strategy that
translate NPRs signature style of in-depth storytelling and journalism
to a new medium. This is a full-time union position in Washington, DC.
I wanted to let everyone know about our NYC Filmmaker Workshops (now
through the end of May). We actually have a great one on digital
downloads and internet outreach coming up next week. Details below.
D-Word members can register at the discounted rate.
Web 2.0: Downloads and Digital Distribution
When: Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 9:00 p.m.
Where: WMMs office: 462 Broadway (between Broome and Grand in SoHo)
Web and online outreach experts Rick Bolton (filmfresh.com), Vanessa
Arteaga (jaman.com), and DEADLINE producer Katy Chevigny (Arts
Engine) will discuss new ways to utilize the internet to share your
film and reach a global online community. Moderated by WMM's Debra
For complete details and registration:
Hope to see you!
LOOKING FOR AN ICON Opens at Film Forum, May 9!
Tickets are available now for the upcoming limited engagement of
LOOKING FOR AN ICON screening with THE DAY YOU'LL LOVE ME (El Dia Que
Me Quieras). Both films examine the significance, from historical to
emotional, behind iconic photographs of the last century. CBC News
said of ICON, "Much more than the story of four photographs... It is
also an exploration of the meaning and importance of photojournalism
itself." The two-week run begins on May 9 at New York City's Film Forum.
Times, tickets and directions plus more on the films: