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Kevin Hallagan

Hey Everybody! My name is Kevin Hallagan. I am a cinema student but my goal is to become a documentary filmmaker. Do you know of any Independent documentary filmmakers who are looking for an assistant this summer or wouldn't mind having a shadow? I have earned a lot academically and I am a videographer for my university, but I am looking for some in-field experience this summer because I know I haven't learned a lot of things I'll need to know if I'm going to dive into filmmaking right out of college.

so... is anyone looking for some helping hands?

Thanks everybody!
Good luck on your endeavors
– Kevin Hallagan

Laura Heckman

Call for Entries!

A&E and the New York TV Fest seeking treatments for original unscripted TV shows;
 Five finalist projects will receive development funding from the network with one winner earning $10,000 and the opportunity to participate in pilot production. FREE to enter. More info below and at
The A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline 
A&E Network and the New York Television Festival are back with the second installment of an innovative program seeking original unscripted television treatments from independent producers and doc production companies. 
To submit:
The A&E network is seeking submissions that focus on big characters in exciting and fresh worlds that are highly entertaining and of the moment. Producers must include:
* A short treatment (1-2 pages) describing their original unscripted format
* A brief video (2-4 minutes) introducing the subject(s).

  • 25 semi-finalists will be presented to A&E development executives. All semi-finalists are invited to participate in the 2012 New York Television Festival, Oct 22-27, as Official Artists (details below).
  • Five finalists, selected by A&E, will receive notes on their projects and $2,500 to shoot additional tape.
  • One winner, selected by A&E, will be awarded $10,000 and the opportunity to participate in pilot production.  
    Deadline: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 (noon)
    Free to enter.
    Additional opportunities for Semi-Finalists:
    Official Semi-Finalists will be invited to participate as Official Artists at the 2012 New York Television Festival in NYC in October, with exclusive access to:
    *Participate in NYTVF Pitch, offering guaranteed development deals from:
 Bio Channel, Hasbro Studios, Logo, SevenOne International, Sundance Channel, Channel 4

    *Network, meet and collaborate with over forty U.S.-based television networks, studios, agencies, fellow TV creators and MORE.

Full details about the NYTVF Artist Experience here:

Want to participate in these exclusive Artist-Only programs? Only NYTVF Official Artists are invited to take part, so submit to one of NYTVF's current initiatives now!
NYTVF is also accepting entries to:
The 2012 Independent Pilot Competition

Greg Vander Veer

Regarding the ad above, I"m curios as to what other people think about this. Although it does seem like an interesting contest, from what I can tell after reading their rules/regulations, it appears that basically by entering the contest you are forfeiting any right to your concept and material and that A&E can basically take whatever they want and don't owe you anything for it. So by doing this contest, they potentially get the rights to thousands of concepts and only have to pay $10,000 to a winner who will be able to "participate" in the production of a pilot but also, from what I can tell, will actually not have any right to their concept.

Niam Itani

There are many "contests" like this, Greg. Many people still submit.

Jason Osder

Also, when one submits cold to Discovery, for instance, you basically have to sign something similar before anyone will look at your stuff. From their point of view, they get thousands of submissions, many for ideas that look pretty similar to each other, and would rather be protected from what they see as reasonable-looking, but actually not, stolen ideas. Particularly if the submitted does not have an industry track record.

Marj Safinia

IDA's DocuDay is almost here. An all-day orgy of documentary deliciousness featuring back to back screenings of all the nominated shorts and features. Happening in LA and NY. LA screenings feature the filmmakers and subjects in attendance. You can buy a single tickets or an all-day pass. It's a heap of fun.

2/25 in Los Angeles
2/25--2/26 in New York

David Lasdon

Story Consultant needed – After working on my political documentary for 4 years, I realize that I need someone experienced with fresh eyes who help shape what I've put together into an exciting must watch documentary. Since this is a political documentary, the subject matter won't be for everyone, as I'm telling a story, not pushing an agenda.

Pay would be in some combination of salary and equity. This is an independent film, however, so keep that in mind. DBLasdon AT ca.rr dot com

Marj Safinia

On Monday night in LA, I'll be moderating a special International Documentary Association Doc U dedicated to the pursuit of the little golden man, and how the Academy's new Oscar rules might change that lovequest in the coming year. Join me and Steve Pond (The Wrap), Dana Harris (IndieWire), James Moll (AMPAS) and Dusty Smith (Roadside Attractions) at Cinefamily @ The Silent Movie Theatre on Monday at 7:30pm. I plan to ask a lot of questions :)

Jill Morley

Sounds good. Is there a D-Word promotional code? IF not, no probs!

Marj Safinia

Nope. But $15 if you're an IDA member. You ARE an IDA member, right Jill? Not that I'll fight with you over it, but ya know...

Laura Heckman

In reply to Laura Heckman's post on Fri 9 Dec 2011 :

Don't Miss Out! Deadlines are fast approaching for both initiatives! Submit Now!

Call for Entries! The New York Television Festival is seeking original, independently produced TV pilots for the UK Section of their Independent Pilot Competition. Warner Bros. International Television Production and Fox Television Studios, in conjunction with Apostle, are each offering development opportunities exclusively to UK producers through the competition! Submissions should be 4-22 minutes in length – more info here:

Rachael Morrison

DP and Sound Needed in Minneapolis, MN in July, 2012

I will be shooting a series of interviews in Minneapolis for a week in July. Not sure of the specific dates quite yet. The film is about a blind telephone hacker, who spent the last part of his life (he passed away in 2007) living in Minneapolis.

Please send me an email if you are interested with links to work, previous experience, whether you own equipment and if so what.

Feel free to post elsewhere.


Douglas Blush

Award winning editor/writer/producer/director Doug Blush (that's me!) is offering up documentary project consultations on Kickstarter to support our latest film, OF TWO MINDS. Two different levels of consultation, that also come with lots of other goodies, in the rewards section of our campaign page here:

Five time Sundance filmmaker, multiple Tribecas and SXSWs, PBS, HBO, and network films, nine theatrical releases...I can help your film too! Please pass this on to friends' projects also...join us and help out our new film, premiering soon!

Doug Blush

Darren Coyle

I am a tv producer working in unscripted tv in DC. I have been making a podcast about the creators of unscripted film and tv called "The Real Stuff". It's direct, one-on-one interviews. You can listen for free on my site or you can subscribe on iTunes for free. Please give it a try, and if you like it tell a friend. It relies on word of mouth. I think most people who go to this site will want to check it out!!

Marj Safinia

Last minute tickets are still available for tonight's IDA/DOC U event in Los Angeles. We'll be discussing the Academy Award for Documentary, and the new rule changes. How will they affect the environment for doc makers? What were the problems they were trying to solve, and do the new rules actually address them, or make them worse.

Join me and Steve Pond (The Wrap), Dana Harris (IndieWire), James Moll (AMPAS) and Dusty Smith (Roadside Attractions) at Cinefamily @ The Silent Movie Theatre on Monday at 7:30pm.

I've also now secured a D-Word discount for the event. You can buy tickets at and enter the discount code DWORDDOCU.

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Nina Gilden Seavey

The Documentary Center at George Washington University is currently recruiting for the position of Executive Associate to the Director.

The role of the Executive Associate at The Documentary Center is an exceptionally important one. This position acts as the right hand, and frequently on behalf of, the Center Director. We are a small office but have a very large mandate, which is to teach documentary production, to host screening exhibitions, and to produce award-winning films for international audiences.

Ranked as one of the top ten documentary programs in the nation, it is the responsibility of the Executive Associate to maintain the standards and presence of The Documentary Center to many and varied communities. The person in the position has daily responsibilities for the administrative and fiduciary organization of the Center, responds to inquiries from potential students and manages our admissions process for The Institute for Documentary Filmmaking, oversees our digital production and post-production technologies as our students move through the Institute process, plans and executes all screening and special events that frequently include partnerships with embassies, film festivals and other academic institutions, conducts all of our social media, marketing, advertising, and promotional campaigns, manages our web presence, and provides general assistance in the support of Documentary Center films and distribution.

The ideal candidate is someone who has superior writing and organizational skills, with a strong foundation in social media, website, digital media and post-production technologies and applications, can manage many kinds of projects at the same time and who can work well independently.

The position is full-time, compensation is between $40,000-$45,000 with full health, dental, and tuition benefits.

In order to apply go to:

The position is listed as an Executive Support Assistant III in the Center for History in the Media (now known as The Documentary Center)

No phone calls, please

Will Kreth

Hi D-Word Community-

First met Doug Block in Thom Power's Documentary Producing class at NYU last year and I'm glad to be here.

Anyway, we all know the power of a really great doc trailer as a calling-card to open doors and build production teams – so we're looking for a editor / "trailer doctor" in NYC to re-cut our 10min trailer down to less than 3 min (see link to YT). The doc is called "Get It All Out" – and it's a story about the power of a long-lost music songbook to survive decades in the hearts and minds of those who first heard it and made it. It's cross-platform project that includes a feature, an album, an eBook and a 10 piece orchestra (down from 13 last year, due to market conditions).

Give it a look and let us know what you think by sending along an email to info(at)mediagroove(dot)com with your CV/resume, experience and links to your previous editing work.



Doug Block

Hey, Will, glad to see you made it here. I edited your post only to change your email address (spelling out the "at" and "dot"). Since this is a public topic, you'd be subjected to spammers, otherwise.

Will Kreth

Thanks, Doug – forgot about that! I hope to see you at DIY Days this year.

Doug Block

Love DIY Days, so hope to go again this year. Have they announced when it is?

Angela Alston

I Made a Film, Now What?
Mar. 22, 6-10 pm, New York City

This is a hands-on workshop for independent filmmakers. We'll provide you with the tools for creating a working outreach plan. You'll leave with the draft of your outreach outline, the basic building block for your film's campaign. Come prepared to engage!

Subjects covered

core audience
creative outreach strategies
social media--platforms & tools & strategy
collaborative workspaces
case histories

Limit: 12 participants.

Requirements: laptop equipped for wifi; a film you're working on (at any stage)

Note: If space is still available, registration at the door will be $100 for members of partner organizations/students/seniors and $125 for the general public.

NYC Partner Organizations: I Can Still Do That Foundation, Shooting People NY, D-Word.

"I really truly couldn’t have done this without you."--Director Ben Kalina, Shored Up, writing about his successful Kickstarter campaign

MocaMedia specializes in creating and implementing community engagement campaigns for independendent filmmakers. Films we've represented include A Sea Change, Mothers of Bedford, Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Story, Women in the Dirt, and Mission of Mermaids.


Bill Kerrigan

I'm selling a MTF Services Ltd, Nikon G to Sony E Mount Adapter and MTF M43/E mount support, because I've switched from Nikon lenses to Zeiss.

The lens support has never been used and the adapter has been used twice.

The adapter allows you to attach any Nikon-mounted lens to the Sony NEX-3/5/7, NEX-VG10/20 and the Sony NEX FS-100 cameras. It is compatible with DX and 35mm format lenses and also supports lenses with or without aperture rings.

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Will Kreth

Doug – Sorry for missing your reply – DIY Days is THIS SATURDAY, March 3rd. Same location as last year – New School.

Doug Block

Urgh, wish I knew sooner. Just committed to something else on Saturday.

Laura Moire Paglin

Selling my Zacuto Z finder. Bought it new for $400. If interested, make me an offer.

Jonathan Crosby

Hello all. I am looking for an archival research/copyright clearance person. Must have experience doing research and copyright work for documentary film/publishing. This may be a full-time job for the month of March. San Francisco Bay Area a plus, but not required. Contact yyohan 'at'

Jason Hutt

Wonderful office is available for share. The office is clean and large with wood floors, high ceilings, great natural light and central air conditioning/heat. The building is safe and quiet with lots of friendly, creative neighbors on the floor: doc filmmakers, photographers, etc. Great location, a few blocks from either the 7th Avenue or 15th Street/Prospect Park F stops and lots of great bodegas, cafes, Prospect Park, Celebrate Brooklyn, etc.

Space is available April 1 for short or long term rental. The ideal candidate is someone who works independently or creatively and is not on the phone all day. You'd get a large work space that includes wireless internet, refrigerator and espresso/coffee machine. There is currently an oversized desk, chair and shelves for your use or you can bring your own.

Rent is negotiable, between $275-300, depending on your work schedule (nights, weekends, days, etc) so please let me know what kind of work you do and your typical work week--if you have one.

Photos can be seen here:

Andrea Swift

Looking for a Native American Documentary-maker

Hi all,

A NYFA thesis student from Bulgaria will soon begin shooting a doc about an Omaha Sioux family who are trying to maintain and nourish their traditional ways against rather daunting societal, economic, and now medical odds. She and I would both like to get her connected to a Native American documentarian for mentoring as she goes. It could be as significant or minimal as anyone is willing to do. She has great craft mentors through the school. And she will have the guidance and advice of several Omaha people. Still, while some of her faculty have made docs with and about Native Americans, none of the Omaha advisers knows anything about filmmaking and none of us has the prospective that an actual Native American might lend her. She'd love to find someone Omaha but will thrilled with anyone who could combine some knowledge of film making with a Native American personal perspective.


Please email me at if you, or someone you know, might be willing to help.


Jill Woodward

Looking for shooter in Cincinnati for Thursday March 28 and Friday March 29, with gear, for medical related interviews & b-roll. The person will also being doing sound and need to have appropriate lav mic for interview. Possibly lighting also. I will be there as producer and camera assistant. Will need to capture or transfer files on location before I return to NYC. $600/day. jill at jillwoodward dot com

Elizabeth Westrate

Christina King might have ideas for you, Andrea. She is currently Director of Production at Arts Angine in NYC, and she is Native American (Navajo, I think?) She is on Facebook, or feel free to email me for her contact info.

Margaret  Longley

Looking for a handheld rig suitable for the Sony F3 for Tues. March 13th--in Seattle. Please email me: margaretlongley(at)gmail(dot)com Thanks!

Tracy Droz Tragos

I am looking for a field sound recordist in Missouri. We'd especially like it if you had your own package. Please email me: tracy(at)dinkypictures(dot)com

Bert Shapiro

Anthology Archives NYC

"Speaking for Myself" Directed by Bert Shapiro, screens tonight 6pm.

Just joined D-Word so would be happy to meet other members who can attend.

Mary Iannone

from Arts Engine, Inc.:

Our next DocuClub will take place on Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m. at DCTV, located at 87 Lafayette (at Walker). This month, we will screen a rough cut of Changing Face of Harlem by award-winning filmmaker Shawn Batey. March's DocuClub will be moderated by Marilyn Ness, Arts Engine's Director of Production.

Changing Face of Harlem is a one-hour documentary that examines the revitalization of Harlem told through the deeply personal stories of its residents, small business owners, politicians, developers and clergy. The film takes a critical look at Harlem’s history, early development, and present transformation. Twenty years ago, according to the press, Harlem was a crime-ridden ghetto full of hoodlums and drugs. Though recognized internationally as “The Black Mecca,” the historic neighborhood was overlooked for decades. Longtime residents weathered the storm despite the lack of city services and building landlord abandonment. Bank practices of redlining in the 1980’s prevented many residents from purchasing turn of the century brownstones within their own blocks. Recently, however Harlem has matured into a prosperous locale for commercial and corporate interests. As New York City exhausts its scarce amount of centrally located prime real estate, it has marketed Harlem as an ideal investment. With this influx of new investment has come a younger, more professional, and affluent class of residents. The film offers fresh perspectives from community members on the pressing issues of class, cultural preservation and sustainability.

If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP to 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.

No admittance after 7:15 p.m. Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:

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Brian St. Denis

Point of View Magazine's Marc Glassman had a chance to talk to Wim Wenders about his successful documentary "Pina." To accompany the most recent issue's cover piece, we have uploaded the interview for you to enjoy on YouTube. Check it out!

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Jannatul Shumi

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Holden Kepecs

Hello! I am looking for a grant writer to help with my film – Star in the RIng – it tells the story of when Jews DOMINATED the sport of boxing. It is a part of Jewish history / American history and sport history, that is all but forgotten.

I am honored to say that I received a grant from The Righteous Persons Foundation.

The ideal grant writer could start with helping me write a two page letter of inquiry that can be tailored to the foundations I have narrowed down. I am part of NYFA – which makes this project have a 501 – c – 3 status. I am hoping the good people here – who have done this adventure, may have some recommendations they had good experience and are willing to share. I have been in touch with Joanna Rabiger – she sounds wonderful from people on here... but she is not available till the summer.

Thanks so much for any help!
Here is a link to my website:
and my email is:
pugilistpictures (at gmail dot com)

Thanks again!

Tanner Wolfe

Hello. I'm shooting a feature in Eastern Washington state some time this summer. I'm curious if anyone can point me towards the best grip and electric rental house in Seattle. If there is even more than one. I'm looking for a good deal on a 5 ton package and a 500 amp genny. I'm also looking for local talent in the grip and electric departments. I know this isn't strictly along documentary lines, but I thought I'd give this forum a try, as I'm striking out in other places.

Elizabeth Westrate

Hi Holden, I recommend Anne Seidlitz, I have worked with her several times on similar projects. I have forwarded your listing to her. Good luck!

Brendan Hogan

Is anyone in need of audio post production services for their documentaries? I work independently as well as with a world class post production studio called Clatter&Din studios. I was recently lead sound designer for the feature films "Safety Not Guaranteed" and "Eden" which did extremely well at Sundance and SXSW respectively. I have also worked on a number of documentary projects including a 50 minute doc called "Uncertain Ice" which you can find a clip from on my website.
I hope to hear from some of you soon.

Robert Levi

Award-winning director is seeking an editor for a major high-def PBS documentary with an airdate. Post production to begin shortly.

Willing to consider editors with all levels of experience, but you must be able to work in a team environment, on our site, and you must be fast on FCP 7.0.3

Please respond with current bio or CV to (rfilmprod [at] gmail [dot] com


Darren Coyle

My podcast "The Real Stuff" is a series of one-on-one interviews with the makers of unscripted tv & film.
There is a new one posting today and it was a lovely conversation, I hope you will find it interesting too!
Please check it out on my website:


My guest this episode is Ray Foley.

Ray is a documentary director and producer working in New York.

Holden Kepecs

In reply to Elizabeth Westrate's post on Wed 28 Mar 2012 :

Thank you so much Elizabeth. I started to work with Joanna Rabiger and will let the group know how it goes. So far she has been more then quick with her communication and full of wonderful ideas! Thanks for the recommendation of Anne.

Rachel Raney

Seeking fiscal sponsorship for a documentary film made in or about the
American South? Look no further... The Southern Documentary Fund is
accepting proposals for new projects thru April 15th:

(If you miss our April 15th deadline, don't worry. We review proposals
quarterly – Jan 15, April 15, July 15, Oct 15.)

About SDF:
The Southern Documentary Fund is based in Durham, North Carolina, and
serves independent media makers from around the Southeast and beyond.
We connect documentary artists with resources and audiences through:
networking events, screenings, seminars, project consults, and fiscal
sponsorship. Follow us and our great sponsored projects via our
website, Facebook and Twitter (links below).

Join our community of Southern docmakers!

Rachel Raney
Executive Director, SDF
10 years of nurturing Southern storytelling!
on Facebook –
on Twitter – @SouthernDocFund


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Aaron Soffin

For those of you who teach college/film school students, I'm looking for a summer intern to help us out this coming summer. I'm working with a graduate school that relies heavily on doc-style video in its curriculum. I've attached the job description. Feel free to share with your students or distribute to your campus film department list.


Mai Iskander

I am currently seeking a MARKETING/OUTREACH INTERN to assist with outreach for our documentary film, WORDS OF WITNESS.

WORDS OF WITNESS follows a young female journalist navigating historical times in Egypt. It premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2012. We are currently gearing up for our US premiere.

A minimum commitment of 3 months is required for all internships 10 hours a week. Candidate should have his/her own laptop. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to After 3 month internship is completed, this position has the potential to lead to a long term paying job.


Depending on your interest, responsibilities may include:
+ Work directly with the Director and the Distribution and Outreach Coordinator
+Assist with administrative tasks around screenings
+ Extensive knowledge of Twitter, Facebook, and other Social Media
+ Coordinate events and screenings
+ Research and contact educators, community organizations, social justice institutions, activists, and filmmakers on outreach, content, networking, and various opportunities

+ Candidate should have good oral and written communication skills
+ Comfortable working on Mac environments and with applications like Word, Excel, internet, Mail, etc.
+ Ability to think outside of the box and multi task while paying close attention to detail
+ The ideal candidates will be highly motivated self-starters, able to work independently and collaboratively
+ Knowledge of Arabic is a plus though not a requirement

Mary Iannone

DocuClub Screenings: Next DocuClub Wednesday April 18th at DCTV!

This month, we will screen a rough cut of MEXICAN DREAM. Our moderator will be Vanessa Erazo of New York International Latino Film Festival.

MEXICAN DREAM is about one group of indigenous migrants who change a pastoral but poverty-stricken life in Mexico for a new home in a small meatpacking town in Minnesota. It introduces several families from an impoverished agrarian community in the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico. It also presents a Midwestern meatpacking town that was at the center of a crushing national defeat of the meatpacker’s union during the Reagan administration, where the Mexican migrants have formed their own community that exists uncomfortably alongside the mostly white population.

A mix of observational documentary and montage with reportage via interviews and several inter-titles shows how the strong sense of community amongst these immigrants perseveres in the U.S. while the anxieties of working class life set in. The social effects on the families of migrants back home are profound. MEXICAN DREAM brings these pressing issues to light and humanizes the denigrated, undocumented “illegals.” It also discusses how these same anxieties haunt the long time white community. Shot on both sides of the border, it shows the contradictions in many Americans’ ideas about immigration
and how Mexican society has accepted it as a convenient outlet for decades.

About the filmmaker:

Jon Wetterau (Videography/Co-Producer) has worked on documentary productions in various roles in India, Central America and Cameroon. He initiated and photographed ONE COUNTRY, CAMEROON; TWO QUARTIERS. He has directed two other projects in his native Queens, New York City and has a work-in-progress about Americans gentrifying San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

About the moderator:

After having spent several years working for various film festivals—such as the International Latino Film Festival – San Francisco Bay Area, the International Contemporary Film Festival of Mexico City(FICCO) and the Havana Film Festival New York—in a variety of roles, Vanessa Erazo now acts as the Documentary Programmer at the New York International Latino Film Festival. She has curated films on a wide range of topics such as human rights, autism, sports, adoption and homelessness. Until recently, she served as the Programming Co-chair for the New York chapter of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. She is also a regular film contributor for Remezcla—an online Latino culture guide. Vanessa holds a Master’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University, and a B.A. in Political Science from San Francisco State University.

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. No admittance after 7:15 p.m.

Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:

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Stay abreast of DocuClub’s latest:

Margaret  Longley

Looking for a shooter in NASHVILLE April 20th. Interview and b-roll, prefer Canon 5D, 7D, or T2i. Drop me a line if you are interested or have a recommendation. margaretlongley(at)gmail(dot)com

Marj Safinia

Los Angeles D-Worders:

Two great Doc U event coming up next week. I've managed to arrange D-Word discounts for both:


Your trailer should be the ultimate pitch, the one thing that sells potential funders on the potential of your project. A fundraising trailer can make or break your film. We want you to stop guessing what works and what doesn't.

IDA has asked internationally renowned author, speaker and story consultant Fernanda Rossi to host a full-day workshop for producers, directors, writers and editors to help make your trailer all that it can be. In this workshop, held on the 3rd floor of The Annex in Santa Monica, you will learn the foundational story structures for fundraising trailers, and hear some of the most common mistakes filmmakers make when crafting their proposals, budgets, and trailers. This workshop will also give you a chance to see Fernanda's work applied to actual trailers, with before and after examples and a few of the successful fundraising trailers.

IDA is offering a limited number of discounted tickets to D-Worders using code "DWORDTRAILER". Buy tickets here

Seriously people, if you're working on fundraising trailers, you need to take Fernanda's class


With the growing popularity of documentary film, many have admirably seized on the power of non-fiction storytelling to affect change around social and political issues. But in all the discussion about content and impact, have we forgotten to explore documentary as cinema, as art? In a lively conversation about how they mobilize aesthetic choices to generate meaning, filmmakers discuss stylistic strategies, creative inspirations, story structure, and the tension between form and content.

On Wednesday, April 18 join Caroline Libresco, Senior Programmer at the Sundance Film Festival, as she moderates a discussion with filmmakers whose documentary work not only delivers a powerful message, but also storytelling impact through visual imagery.

IDA is offering D-Worders the IDA Member discount rate, which you can get by using code "DWORDDOCU" when buying tickets here

Charles Farrell

I'm holding a big open house equipment sale Saturday April 21 in Manhattan (w 38th st.)

I'm helping a domestic violence nonprofit (Makers of Memories) unload a bunch of film equipment that they bought but do not want or need. There is a long list so I have attached a PDF of the items.

Some of these items are currently being used and are marked as not for sale but if you're interested in anything in particular let me know and I can see if we can part with them. Otherwise they should become available within a month.

We are looking for about 75% of the purchase price for these items but are open to negotiation.

Tell your friends!

Lise Zumwalt

Looking for NYC indie producers who would like to gather regularly to screen, share resources, and support each other. Please contact me if you;re interested and if you're already meeting, can I join?

Anna Rodgers

We have $5000 credit with Panavision for sale for less than its value. Open to offers. Contact me directly if you're interested. Thanks!

Charles Farrell

In reply to Rachael Morrison's post on Mon 16 Apr 2012 :

Hey everyone, we are going to have to reschedule the big equipment sale to Saturday the 28th. I hope this doesn't inconvenience anyone too much. Same items are avaliable, come check them out.
More details (exact address, start time) to follow.

See you on the 28th!

Jennifer Campbell

Greetings doc-makers!

My name is Jenny, I'm a second year doc MFA student at Hofstra with a BFA in film from UCF. I looking for an internship this summer. I'm not above slavery, but as a poor, starving graduate student paid is preferred. I've interned with Supermarche (Catfish, Paranormal Activity 3) and have done (and am doing) several independent projects.

I speek geek, comfortable and confident editing, shooting, researching or writing... I can get a mean cup of coffee. I've had festival experience, marketing, social media, etc. Basically, I want to be around other artists, learn what I can, meet who I can and eventually become one of you.

Here's a documentary I did finding my biological mother , and here's a spec trailer of my current film about the death of my father. Willing and excited to learn anything. Those are both reflexive, but I've done and will do other types.

Please let me know if you're looking for someone, or if you know of someone needed extra help.

Jennifer Campbell
TV_Talk06 at mac dot com

Aaron Soffin

Any recommendations for a post house that will capture about 100 HDV tapes at a reasonable rate?

Charles Farrell

I hate to do this but we are postponing the equipment sale this Saturday again. More details to come

David Sampliner

Hi D-worders,

A friend needs a DP willing to work a short time for nominal pay to contribute to a really great cause. Read below:

Writopia Lab, a non-profit that offers creative writing workshops for kids ages 8 to 18, is producing 85 plays in a two-week Off-Broadway run, May 8th to 20th. We are looking for someone to shoot all 12 performances. Each night consists of six to eight 10-minute plays. Actors will not be mic'ed, so we'll have to hang some mics or run some digital recorders to get sound.

We can pay you a stipend for this work. You will be contributing to a life-changing experience for these kids. For more information about the project, please see

Jeremy Wallace-Segall

Kevin Hallagan

Hey there, everybody! I am a third-year cinema student and am looking for a summer job/internship. Really, I am looking for an experience that will help me move further down the path to becoming a documentary filmmaker. I have no money, so I can't buy gear and make my own stuff yet, but I have a lot of experience with professional, prosumer, and consumer HD cameras as well as Super 8mm and 16mm. I am proficient at FCP 7 and have experience in Premier Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, and FCP X (though I hate FCP X) and am learning Avid. I have an experimental background but am in a very mainstream commercial position at my university right now, so I have experience on both sides of the spectrum. I work very well with others but also by my self. Does anyone need an extra hand or brain this summer? even if you're traveling and need someone to take care/keep track of your equipment I would be down for that (I just need the experience of being involved with a professional production so I feel more sure of the whole process when I start my own next year)

Anyway, I hope everybody is having a great day. If any of you are interested, contact me at K[dot]R[dot]Hallagan [at]Gmail[dot]com

John Burgan

[Kevin, as this is one of our few public forums, I've removed your full email address to keep it away from spambots]

Vanessa Juarez

Hi all,
I am renting a SONY HDR-FX7 HDV camera I use to shoot small projects. This is no Canon C300 but if you're on a budget, it'll get the job done. Great for students or indie/doc projects with a lo/no budget. For a $100 rental fee per day, you'll get the following package listed below. All rentals are subject to a rental agreement and/or deposit. If you are interested in renting individual items, I have an a la carte price list as well. Feel free to email or text me: vjuare[at]yahoo[dotcom] or 718.909.2227

Sony HDR-FX7 (incl original battery pack)
Rode NTG-2 shotgun mic w/ Shock Mount
Sony UWP-V1 Wireless Lavalier Microphone Package (incl XLR)
3-Pin XLR-M to Angled 2-Pin XLR-F Cable
Sony NP-F970 Battery Pack (12-hour life)
Shoulder Mount
Camera Hardcase

Charles Farrell

Hi Again,
The Big Equipment Sale is finally happening, this Saturday May 5 at 263 West 38th Street in New York.
We'll be running from 11am to 3pm. Here is a list of the equipment we're selling with the original purchase price. We're looking for about 75% of the original price but are open to negotiating. Come by Saturday to check it out. We'll be taking cash or Paypal, no checks or credit cards.

This gear was purchased for Makers of Memories, a domestic violence awareness organization who got very little use out of it. They no longer need it so you can help yourself with a good deal and help out a good cause at the same time.

Please email me with any questions or just to let me know you're interested in coming.

Thanks all

Laura Heckman

Call for Entries! Lifetime Network Seeking Docu-series TV Treatments, Teasers

NYTVF – Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline

Lifetime Networks, home of cable’s number one competition series, "Project Runway," and TV hits "Designing Spaces,” and "Dance Moms", has teamed up with the NYTVF for an innovative initiative seeking concepts for original unscripted television programming from independent artists and production companies.

Twenty-five semi-finalists will be considered by Lifetime with five finalists each receiving $2,500 to shoot additional tape. One winner will receive $10,000 and the opportunity to participate in pilot production with the network.

Free to submit.

Unscripted formats of all genres are welcome, with particular interest in docu-series, social experiment, close-ended competition, and game show formats.
TV show concepts and characters should revolve around big, unique personalities and worlds that bring a fresh perspective to the television landscape.

Submissions must include:

  • A short treatment (1-2 pages) describing your original unscripted format
  • A brief video (2-4 minutes) introducing the subject(s).

Deadline: July 18, 2012.

Details here:

Additional opportunities for Semi-Finalists:
All 25 Official Semi-Finalists will be invited to participate as Official Artists at the 2012 New York Television Festival in NYC in October, with exclusive access to:

  • Participate in NYTVF Pitch, offering guaranteed development deals from:  Bio Channel, Hasbro Studios, Logo, SevenOne International, Sundance Channel, Channel 4
  • Network, meet and collaborate with over forty U.S.-based television networks, studios, agencies, fellow TV creators and MORE.

NYTVF is also accepting entries to:
The 2012 Independent Pilot Competition
  • Accepting independent TV pilots and web series 4-22 min in all genres.
  • Win guaranteed deals from US network partners IFC, MTV, SyFy and VH1.
  • Early Deadline May 11; Final Deadline June 15; Late Deadline June 29 More info here:

Jaron Gilinsky

Hey Everyone,
I'd love to invite you all to apply to join Storyhunter. We connect video journalists, doc filmmakers, and multimedia storytellers to the world's top digital publishers. Our mission is to help tell the world's most important, untold stories. Please check out for more information.

Julie Haire

Hi there, I know of a position for a top-notch story and people researcher to work on a social anthropology documentary series that appears on a major cable network. Perfect for people who love to unearth hard-to-find stories and don't mind rejection and dead ends. Position is full time but short term and located in Los Angeles. Please email me privately with a few lines about your background and I can give you the information on where to submit a resume.

juliehaire AT yahoo DOT com

Charles Farrell

I'm very ashamed to do this again. We will sadly not be having a sale this Saturday after all. It has been an issue getting access to the office where the gear is being held and I feel as jerked around as many of you probably do.
Very sorry all

Erica Ginsberg

DC folks:

Docs In Progress is back at the George Washington University next Thursday, May 17 for a documentary rough cut screening of FATE OF A SALESMAN by D-Worders Ben Crosbie and Tessa Moran. This program is sponsored by The Documentary Center at the George Washington University.

We'd love to see you there. More on the film, location, and tickets at