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Here's your chance to reach a broad public interested in documentaries. Get the (D-)Word out!

Please include a LOCATION. Spam will be deleted.

As this is a PUBLIC forum, it is also a good idea to write email addresses longhand (person[AT]d-word[dot]com)

Christopher Wong
Pro

how many hours does your dsr-11 have? and are you the first owner?

Jesse Zook Mann
Pro

im the first owner. prob a bazillion hrs but it works great. i can check when i get home sunday.

Lucia Small
Pro

Hello doc community. I am new to D-word. This is my first posting.

Seeking an intern (20 hours/week) to help with distribution of my new film THE AXE IN THE ATTIC. Right person with enough experience, minimal pay. Dreaming for someone who wants to develop into a Producer to help with future projects.

AXE premiered at the New York Film Festival and is featured as the opening night screening for Boston's Human Rights Watch Film Festival at the MFA, January 16.

I recently relocated from Boston (hi Boston) to New York (hi NY). Temporary home office in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Please send resume to: lucia@smallangstfilms.com
Web Sites: http://www.theaxeintheattic.com
and http://www.myfatherthegenius.com

Thank you all, and thank Doug Block for your support!

Erica Ginsberg
Host

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY WORK-IN-PROGRESS COMPETITION

Docs in Progress is partnering with NomadsLand to curate a special virtual work-in-progress competition for short and feature documentaries from around the world which are seeking to gain valuable feedback at the rough cut stage of the editing process. Please see Hidden Section below for more details.

ABOUT THIS INITIATIVE

Since Docs in Progress first began screening documentary works in progress in 2004, we have become the place for documentary filmmakers from Washington DC and surrounding U.S. states to gain valuable feedback on their works in progress.

We often get queries from filmmakers from other parts of the country or the world about whether something similar exists in their cities. The reality is that there are only a handful of places where film organizations provide a space for filmmakers to get feedback at a critical point in their editing process. While the Internet has opened up a virtual space for such feedback, it is often difficult to find a way to target your audience to people who can provide truly constructive feedback.

We thought about a way to meld the two – to provide a means for filmmakers based anywhere to get feedback on their documentary rough cuts from a targeted audience which is educated, socially aware, and already conversant with the language of critique. Just the kind of audiences who typically come to our Docs in Progress workshops in Washington.

After talking with Davin Hutchins, the founder of NomadsLand, a new and growing Internet distribution hub for social media, we decided to collaborate on this virtual workshop.

We welcome submissions from filmmakers based anywhere.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Between now and January 4, 2008, filmmakers can upload a 10-minute segment of their documentary rough cut to NomadsLand.com. After meeting the minimum criteria, the segment will be available for public viewing. The general public can view each unfinished film, rate it, and write comments and constructive criticism.

From this group, ten films will be selected as Finalists and spotlighted on a special player on NomadsLand.com between January 7-February 1.

One short documentary work-in-progress (under 15 minutes) and one feature documentary work-in-progress (16-90 minutes) will be selected to screen in their entirety at a special Docs in Progress public workshop session to take place at Busboys and Poets in Washington DC on Sunday, February 10 with the filmmaker participating via Skype.

WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR CONSIDERATION?

  • We accept submissions of both Documentary Shorts (under 15 minutes) and Documentary Features (16-90 minutes).

  • Films must be at the rough cut stage. No trailers or completed works. Please note that only up to 10 minutes of a film can be uploaded to the website for competition consideration.

  • Although we define "documentary" rather broadly and may screen documentaries with dramatized, experimental, political, or advocacy elements, we do not screen pure fiction films, mockumentaries, music videos, industrials, or works that are purely promotional in nature. We reserve the right to deactivate any film. Any offensive or purely pornographic material uploaded to the site will be deleted.

  • Films in languages other than English must either be subtitled or dubbed in English.

  • Filmmakers must be willing to allow up to 10 minutes of your film to be screened online for the general public to view. This initiative is clearly marked as a "work in progress" program if there are any concerns about it taking you out of consideration for other forms of exhibition or distribution.

  • This is not exclusive. Filmmakers are also welcome to have the same content hosted on other sites.

  • If selected as a winner, the filmmaker must be available to participate in a live feedback session with an audience in Washington DC on Sunday, February 10, 2008 between 19:00-22:30 (7:00-10:30 pm) U.S. Eastern Standard Time. We do not have funds to pay for filmmaker travel, but can patch filmmakers in via Skype (either Skype-to-Skype , Skype-to-Phone or Skype Webcam).

More information at Docs in Progress or NomadsLand

Questions? E-mail us at contact <at> docsinprogress.org

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Lucia. I'm not clear, are you thanking me for my support or imploring everyone else to thank me for their support? (Though people can certainly feel free to thank me for no reason whatsoever.)

Anyway, good to have you posting here at last. Now get your butt over to the Introduce Yourself topic and tell us all about yourself.

Heather Denehy
Fan

Eyes of the World Media Group is hiring a Production Assistant. Candidate must have production experience and solid computer skills in addition to excellent communication and problem solving abilities. Assistant Editor experience or knowledge of Final Cut is preferred. Eyes of the World specializes in producing socially conscious film and media. More info on the company and our current production at www.eyesoftheworldmediagroup.com. Offices near Sony Studios in Culver city. $ 12 per hour. To apply, send resume to assistant@eowmg.com.

Angela Tucker
Pro

Hey everyone-

This is my first posting. I can not believe it took me so long to join! I work at Big Mouth Films, the production arm of Arts Engine, Inc. (Check us out at www.artsengine.net.) We are hiring. Here are the stats:

Coordinator, Docuclub and Fiscal Sponsorship Programs
This full-time position is an excellent opportunity to join a team of experienced film and web professionals and help Arts Engine, Inc. better serve the independent film community. Candidate should be a resourceful self-starter and able to take initiative in a fast-paced media arts organization. They must be able to work calmly in a demanding, and visible position. The ideal candidate will be able to anticipate needs and keep staff informed of problems or issues affecting specific projects and the organization as a whole.

Responsible for the day-to-day execution and success of all events and communication related to launching Docuclub at Arts Engine. Also responsible for tasks associated with serving as liaison to filmmakers with respect to Arts Engine’s Fiscal Sponsorship Program.

Coordinator will work closely with other staff in the Production Department as well as with the Director of Operations to ensure consistent and timely coordination of all Docuclub activities and filmmaker relations.

Tasks include:
• Oversee all aspects of membership relations for Docuclub.
• Coordinate all Docuclub events, including In-The-Works screenings.
• Generate ideas for marketing and promoting Docuclub and Arts Engine’s Fiscal Sponsorship Program.
• Serve as liaison to all fiscal sponsorees.
• Coordinate production information sessions.
• Work with Docuclub partners to develop program.
• Coordinate other necessary services for filmmakers affiliated with Arts Engine’s programs.

QUALIFICATIONS
• Bachelor’s Degree
• Experience coordinating events
• Familiarity with the field of independent documentary film.
• Must work well with a team
• Superior communication skills
• Detail-oriented, with excellent organizational and planning skills
• Proficient with Mac computers, Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.

Email applications to hr@artsengine.net. Please no phone calls or faxes.

Doug Block
Host

Angela, would be great if you could do a more in-depth intro to the glory of you at the Introduce Yourself topic.

Elizabeth Westrate
Pro

Angela is a fine producer and great pal, just in case anyone was wondering. Big Mouth/Arts Engine is a fantastic organization. Glad to see you here, Angela!

And thanks, Doug, Just... in general.

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