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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)

Doug Block
Host

Shri, we focus on documentaries here, but the upcoming festivals that come to mind are Toronto, Sundance and Berlin. The advice we usually give is to go after the biggest and best first, especially for your world premiere. Lots of luck.

R.L. Wise
Pro

I have a slightly used (one project) Underwater housing for a BVW Betacam SP camera that is surplus to requirements. Could be adapted to Panasonic HD or other camera.

Housing has Anvil shipping case and is located in St Martin.

Valerie Landes
Pro

PUBLIC TELEVISION SERIES SEEKS YOUR ENVIRO-FILM!

"Natural Heroes" is the Emmy award-winning Public Television series featuring independently produced films and videos with a common theme: real people making a difference for our environment and enhancing the world around us.

We're seeking compelling stories that feature people challenging current environmental standards and conditions. Programs that encourage thoughtful questions and realistic answers, that broaden our understanding of our place in the world.

"Natural Heroes" is now in its fourth season, and is currently being seen by PBS viewers on over 70 affiliates across the United States.

Accepted works will be packaged for broadcast and distributed to Public Television stations. If you feel your film is a good fit, download the submission form, read the call for entries, and send us your film!
NO entry fees. Info at: www.naturalheroes.org
Questions? Email naturalheroes{at}krcb.org

~Valerie Landes
Series Producer
"Natural Heroes"
KRCB-TV
5850 Labath Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
USA
1-800-287-2722 x2024
www.naturalheroes.org

Azad Jafarian
Fan

Hello Everyone,

I am a programmer for the 2nd Annual Cinema Verite – Iran International Documentary Film Festival – which takes place in Tehran October 15th-19th, 2008. We're still looking for films to feature in the following categories (see hidden section). Let me know if you or someone you know has a film that fits into any of these categories. We will fly out a number of the filmmakers to Tehran with four nights stay (and we'll take care of visas for you as well). Looking forward to hearing from you.

Azad

azad at cimafilms dot com.

America, Post America

America is no longer the strongest, the best, biggest and most powerful country in the world. The American Dream is fading away as the American way of life is slowly forgotten. What will become yesteryear's utopia in the post-American era?

Our Era

Our era is a strange era. Our era, is the era of science, end of darkness and the reigning of machines. Our era, is one of fragmented identities, lost pasts and virtual imagery. But our era, is still an era of fanaticism and oppression, blind politics, dictatorships, injustice and hunger. The documentary film is committed to reflecting our times, our era.

Our Universe

Once upon a time, the nature served as a source of inspiration for artists, philosophers and poets alike. Today, nature is witnessing its own destruction in the hands of an ignorant self-serving mankind with suppressed anger. Are we going to return to nature? Or are we going to destroy it oblivious to our own demise?

Doxperiment

Somewhere between dreams and reality, storytelling, direct observation and experimentation, the documentary film greets experimental cinema with open arms. New experiences are born from this union.

Special Screenings

Watching the documentaries in this section is an experience beyond a personal journey of exploration. These screenings take us to the far corners of the world through the eyes of some of the world's most adventurous and worldly documentary filmmakers.

Rahdi Taylor
Pro

New funding for documentaries about Social Entrepreneurship

Online discussion about the funding initiative, co-hosted by Cara Mertes, Director of Sundance Documentary Film Program, happening July 15-30 on www.social edge.org.

The Sundance Documentary Film Program, in partnership with the Skoll Foundation, will provide $1.2 million in film project grants to new feature-length independent documentary films about social entrepreneurship (including the work of specific social entrepreneurs).

Films at any stage of development, production or post-production may apply. Completed films will not be considered. The initiative anticipates funding up to 8 films in the range of $30,000-$150,000 per project. Editorial control must be retained by the filmmaker(s).

Request for Proposals OPEN NOW
Deadline for Submissions: August 15, 2008
Awards announced: December, 2008
www.sundance.org/DocSource
www.sundance.org/skoll

Heather Olson
Fan

Hi, my name is Heather, and I am in need of some help/advice. I recently graduated from NYU, and was filming my documentary thesis on BASE jumpers (people who jump off of "B"uildings, "A"nntenae, "S"pans, and "E"arth objects such as cliffs and caves using a parachute). It's mostly illegal and very dangerous but I've been able to shoot some really great stuff. You can view bits on my youtube site (http://www.youtube.com/tribepictures).

Anyway, to cut to the chase, one of the guys that I've followed around for a year, affectionately nicknamed Maggot, was just in a motorcycle accident this past saturday that has left him paralyzed from the chest down!! That is, unless he can get funding to go to China where they will treat him with their knowledge of stem cell research ...

Doctors have given a deadline of one month before he is deemed permanently paralyzed, and the race to help fund his operation(s) and transportation is underway.

Maggot was the first BASE jumper I had the privilege to meet, and he was with me on my first skydive! Aside from documenting him, he has become a true friend and someone that I see everyone fall in love with. I would absolutely love to follow his journey through this, and I feel like this is really the story I should be following instead of just BASE jumping ... but I've run out of money! Does anyone know of any immediate doc grants or wealthy patrons of documentaries?! I would love any help! I know this is more like a pitch but I'm so frazzled right now by recent events that I just need second opinions. Thanks!!!

Heather

Carlos Gomez
Pro

Heather, if I knew of any I'd send them your way... But what an intense and crazy story. I want to know what happens! Definitely KEEP THE CAMERA ROLLING. Stem cell research might be an unexpected subject for you to dive into, but given you have a totally engaging and spectacular subject that could be something of a dead end dramatically (BASE jumping), going into Maggot's accident and WHY STEM CELL RESEARCH IN THE US IS IMPORTANT, or more precisely why he has to go all the way to China (if stem cell research is indeed the issue) and wether he makes it or not, might catapult your project to another level.

This may be hard to come to terms with, but helping him get to China shouldn't be your main or only focus. You are a filmmaker, so FILM WHATEVER HAPPENS. Either way you have an extremely powerful flesh and blood example of the real implications of bigotry and narrow minded science policy. Listen, I could go on with this for hours but you shouldn't be reading this. You should be filming Maggot and his doctors and everyone who cares about him and is trying to get him to China.

I don't know, maybe you don't want to just ditch your BASE subject. I'm sure there's a lot more to it than Maggot. But I know that if you manage to combine the two, or rather to start with one story that suddenly, brutally turns into another, it will not only be a faithful record of your experience as a filmmaker, but it will also be a much more powerful film. One that more people will care about and one you'll get more funding for, short or long term. Try stem-cell advocacy groups, they might have ideas.

A quick search brought these up:
http://www.sabrinacohenfoundation.org
http://www.christopherreeve.org
http://www.travisroyfoundation.org

And there's a handful of docs on the subject that could probably point you in the right direction.

Maybe if you can convince one of these groups of how powerful an advocacy tool your film would be if you could show how stem cell research did indeed save this person from paralysis, and that he had to go all the way to China to get it, they might help you find the money for the trip.

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