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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 Allen
Pro

UnionDocs is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit documentary arts collaborative and presentation space. Currently, our primary program is The Documentary Bodega Series, featuring new and challenging documentary film and audio works every Sunday evening in our Brooklyn screening room. The series is produced by the Resident Curators of UDR, the UnionDocs Residency Program for Documentary & Media Studies. We also produce a podcast and blog, featuring short media pieces inspired by discussions at the Documentary Bodega and beyond.

UnionDocs is looking for a new resident starting in June. The UnionDocs Residency (UDR) combines an excellent and cooperative living situation with an opportunity for immersion in independent cultural production. Six carefully selected people live together in a historic building at a great location and collaborate to produce a festival-quality documentary series in the first floor screening room.

322 Union is a great place to live. It has a lot of shared resources and a lot of opportunity for fun while also having adequate privacy and a comfort (not always found in NYC communal living). There are three floors, a basement, a grassy backyard with a grill and deck, a big second story porch, and skyline views from the roof. The location is close to excellent transportation making most cool spots in Manhattan and Brooklyn within a short subway ride.

The first floor is a commercial space run by the program director. It includes the screening room, 2 studios for working media artists, the UnionDocs director’s office, and access to the basement which has been sound-proofed for music rehearsal and audio recording. Resources on the first floor are readily available to UD Residents outside of the schedule for the Documentary Bodega Series.

On the floors above, there are two nicely-sized three bedroom apartments with a living room, kitchen and bath. Both have wood floors, get lots of light, and were recently renovated. Bedrooms can be locked, but common spaces are shared by the six residents. One is better for cooking large meals and socializing and the other more appropriate for reading, working, and watching films. The common spaces are furnished, so residents need only bring the contents of their bedroom. The building has high-speed internet, a VOIP phone, and washer and dryer.

About $875/month plus deposit.

Please check out our website for more information about UnionDocs and UDR and fill out an application if you are interested:

http://www.uniondocs.org/udr/

Gina DellaPietro
Fan

Hello everyone, are there any filmmakers interested in learning about the distribution industry? My distribution company, Passion River, is hosting a workshop in NYC this Sat. May 17. Email me for more info and discount codes to save up to $200 (originally $350)

Thanks
Gina DellaPietro
www.marketmymovie.com

Mat Levy
Fan

ON SATURDAY, MAY 17th, we are holding a Film Distribution Workshop and Seminar to all NYC Indie Filmmakers spilling the secrets to secure a decent Distribution deal (and actually earn a great paycheck for your craft).

Information for the class is down below. For members of D-Word, I am offering a 50% discount.

ANY questions or help, PLEASE FEEL FREE to contact me at mat@passionriver.com



Class Title: Film Distribution Seminar & Workshop

Date/Time: May 17th, 2008, 9 AM – 5 PM

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), D- Building, Room D-207,
7th Avenue & 27th Street, New York, NY

General Fee: $350

D-Word Membership Fee: $175 (please e-mail me for coupon code)

STUDENT DISCOUNTS ALSO AVAILABLE

Register at: http://store.indiedocs.com/dclass.html

Class Description: Learn the trade secrets and nuts and bolts of film distribution in this unique seminar and workshop taught by distribution executives with combined marketing and title release experience from over 350 titles. Join President of Passion River Films Allen Chou and Expert Film Distribution Consultant Josh Levin as they discuss each step for getting a film to the right distributor and media outlet whether theatrical, TV, DVD, or Internet. Allen and Josh will also teach topics that include: "The top 10 mistakes to avoid when making a film distribution deal", "How to develop a profitable film distribution plan"; as well as "How to find your audience and make money with Self-distribution and Non-traditional distribution models". Join these experts as they share the secrets behind the real world of film distribution and marketing in this unique and valuable seminar. At the end of the lectures, they'll also workshop your titles. This is normally a 2-day workshop, but the lectures will be squeezed into a 1-day only event. Before you hire a producer's rep, or sign your first distribution deal, you must attend this class- or else you could lose thousands of dollars on a bad deal!
Some topics that will be covered in the class:

• 5 things you need to know BEFORE you shoot
• The secrets for a successful theatrical release
• What every producer needs to know in order to make a profit on their film
• How to find and make a deal with a distributor that actually pays
• Top 7 mistakes to avoid when making a film distribution deal
• How sexy distributors make you look good, but make you ZERO money
• Why the internet is the most important link in helping you make money
• 3 ways your audience will make you immediate money
• How Netflix changed everything with 7 million on-line subscribers
• The truth about retailers & why they can’t stock your movie title
• Walmart– Why big retailers can actually bankrupt you, instead of making you rich
• Why pay for a Producer’s Rep & Sales Agent– do it yourself
• How to get TV broadcast in the US and other countries
• Get your film to all the major Film Markets with or without a sales agent
• Why getting into Sundance Film Festival just doesn’t matter
• Get Film Festivals to pay YOU for screening your film
• Why traditional distribution models are dead and only work for about 2% of indie films
• Why non-traditional distribution models work and make you money
• Get real sales projections for your project
Info about the class once again is below.

Distribution Executive Bios:

Allen Chou is President of Sales and Acquisitions at Passion River Films, a NJ based company that distributes over 300 documentaries, arthouse films, and special interest titles for the US home video and international sales market since 1998. Many of his titles have landed retail shelf space in stores such as: Walmart, Barnes and Noble, Blockbuster Video, Hollywood Video, Movie Gallery, Best Buy, and many more… In 2005, Allen established a distribution partnership with Netflix, resulting in the release of over 180 titles on their site; as well as other retail outlets. Internationally, he has attended Film and TV markets such as the American Film Market in Santa Monica, CA and Cannes Film Market in Cannes, France, where he marketed and licensed films and documentaries worldwide to broadcasters and foreign home video distributors. Recently he started the College Speaker and Public Performance Program; as well as the New Digital Sales and Electronic Delivery division. Allen Chou received his BA in Film from the University Of Maryland, and also attended NYU.

Josh Levin is a film marketing and distribution executive who has brought more than 30 feature films to the US marketplace, including top award winners from Cannes, Sundance, Venice, Berlin, Toronto and Tribeca. As Chief Marketing Officer for Film Movement, Josh learned how to get hard-to-place films in front of the eyes of filmgoers across the country “by any means necessary,” from theatrical premieres in New York City to library screenings in Butte, Montana — while also learning how to get filmmakers paid for their art. Working with films with tiny or non-existent marketing budgets is Josh’s forte. Since starting Gallant Films in 2007, Josh has also begun working in production financing and consulting. Josh got his MBA from Columbia Business School, and his BA from the University of Michigan.


To register or learn more about this distribution seminar and workshop, you could also: www.marketmymovie, or call 732-321-0711 ext 135.

Thanks again and Carpe Diem for All Indie Producers and lovers!!!!!!!!!

Tony Comstock
Fan

Can you share some numbers with us for an above average, average, and below average film in your stable?

Felix Endara
Pro

New York: DocuClub on May 21, 7 p.m.

About DocuClub
DocuClub is Arts Engine’s monthly film screening series of works-in-progress documentaries.

Our May screening is scheduled for Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m., at the screening room of our partner Goldcrest Post (799 Washington Street, between Horatio and Gansevoort. For map with directions, go to www.goldcrestpost.com).

Join us as we watch Personality by Vinay Chowdry and Sarita Khurana. In the film, a Bollywood background dancer tries to make it in the film industry in India. The young man moves from his village in northern India to Mumbai to achieve his dreams of stardom, only to find out that although he is talented, he lacks what is known as "personality," a euphemism for being light-skinned and confident in a newly globalized India. The film is in Hindi, with subtitles. See a trailer for the film at: http://personalitythemovie.com/trailer.asp.

Our moderator will be Liz Ogilvie, Head of Programming for Docurama Films.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP at: docuclub@artsengine.net.

Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $5 for non-members. To join DocuClub, go to: www.artsengine.net/store/#tools_consul.

Thanks and I look forward to seeing you on May 21!

Warm regards,

Felix Endara
Coordinator, Filmmaker Services
Arts Engine
104 West 14th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10011
T. 646-230-6368, x221
F. 646-230-6388
docuclub@artsengine.net
www.mediarights.org/docuclub

Arts Engine, Inc. supports, produces and distributes independent media of consequence and promotes the use of independent media by advocates, educators and the general public.

Nicole Sawatzke
Fan

Looking for a PRODUCTION ASSISTANT for a Travel Channel shoot throughout Turkey.
Anticipate what the crew needs & act on it....willing to do whatever it takes including long hours & hauling gear...all with a positive attitude!
May 25th-June 3rd

Please contact nicole@tremendousinc.com with CV/resume and short paragraph of interest.

Jo-Anne Velin
Pro

nicole (depending on what you are paying he may do this himself but usually he's way too busy).. please contact a friend of mine – he's a professional cameraman and director but will know someone... Tolga at kutluaytolga@gmail.com – he's ace; I just copied him your note.

Leila McCullough
Fan

OPERATION FILMMAKER premiering at IFC Center in New York!

Starts June 4th and runs until June 17th.

In the wake of Operation Iraqi Freedom, American actor Liev Schreiber had an idealistic thought: rescue an Iraqi film student from the rubble of his country and bring him to Prague to work on his new film, Everything is Illuminated. What promises to be a heartwarming tale quickly becomes a mirror of the complex intercultural realities that have plagued the United States' war in Iraq. Director Nina Davenport sets out to document Schreiber's well-intentioned effort but soon finds herself embroiled in an escalating power struggle between herself as filmmaker and her young Iraqi subject.

Check http://www.ifccenter.com/film?filmid=60780 for more information or to buy tickets online.

Tony Comstock
Fan

Comstock Films seeks an editor's assistant/intern.

Technical Requirements: Basic working knowledge of FinalCutPro

Duties: Digitization of footage; synchronization of audio and video, basic logging and organization of footage.

Our approach to filmmaking is, both techincally and creatively, idiosyncratic, so adaptablity is as important as technical expertise and experience. A great opportunity to see a critically and financially successful independent production shop from the inside out; a great foot-in-the-door opportunity for a creative and energetic person.

Our films are sexual/erotic in nature. You will not be working with explicit footage, but must be comfortable with sexual themes.

Additionally, this job may not be a resume builder for all candidates. You will learn a lot and be treated well, but that may not immediately translate into future opportunities with other production companies. Please be ready to explain what you see yourself getting out of working with us.

This is not a paying position at this time.

Please contact peggy at comstockfilms dot com

Jason McGeown
Pro

NEW ONLINE DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL

joiningthedots.tv is a completely new documentary channel. It uses the power of broadband to bring the best documentaries on-demand, direct to your home. We specialise in intelligent, thought provoking films that challenge preconceptions and provide a more coherent picture of the way we live today.

Whatever you are interested in – politics, love, war, culture or religion – joiningthedots.tv brings together a unique collection of films to present a stimulating alternative to the formulaic programming of modern day broadcasters.

We are looking for quality documentaries for the site. We do not aggregate content for the sake of it and therefore we are very choosy about the films we acquire. We are a pay-per-view / subscription site and work with content holders on a revenue share basis.

We have launched with 60 fantastic titles and will be adding 5 – 10 per month.

We are partnered with The Independent newspaper in the UK, who will be running a version of jtd via their website. We will be marrying their editorial excellence with our filmic storytelling by embedding links and trailers in their editorials, which have similar subjects to the films.

All films are piracy protected and territories that may have already gone can be geo-filtered. For the strongest of films we acquire, we will offer the option of selling DVDs via the site. We also have a partnership with Picturehouse cinemas in the UK. They will screen one of our flagship films on a joiningthedots.tv / Independent branded night in a UK wide release every six weeks.

For more information contact:

Jason McGeown
Head of Acquisitions
joiningthedots.tv
6 Baseline Studios
Whitchurch Road
London W11 4AT
UK

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7221 7221 / +44 (0) 1225 426 856

Email: jason@mercurymedia.org

Websites: www.joiningthedots.tvwww.mercurymedia.org

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