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Michael Rossato-Bennett
Tue 6 Jan 2015Link

INTERNS / PRE-PRODUCTION PARTNERS NEEDED 

The team that won the 2014 Sundance Audience Award for Documentary is looking for interns to work on two new films. We are looking for self starters who could move to paid positions. Our last intern we took to Sundance and is now working in a paid position.

We are looking for people who want to change themselves, change the world and make movies.

Our Studio is in the East Villiage NYC but lots of what we need to do right now can be done remotly. To be blunt- we are looking for people with talent that want an opportunity to prove themselves.  Everyone we have ever worked with is now working at a level higher then they imagined when they started working with us.

Make movies- change the world- Projector Media

Resumes or notes to: info (at) aliveinside (dot) us


Kelsey Killeen
Tue 6 Jan 2015Link

In reply to Michael Rossato-Bennett's post on Tue 6 Jan 2015:

Michael, I just sent you an email. Sounds like a great opportunity!


Aimee Lyde
Wed 7 Jan 2015Link

LOOKING FOR AN EDIT SPACE

Hi all!

I'm looking for edit space for 2 months - most likely starting February 1, possibly the 15th.

We have our own Avid. Just need a quiet room with a desk and internet. Preferably in DUMBO or downtown Brooklyn, or downtown Manhattan.

Please contact me if you know any production offices that have some extra space to rent!

Thanks

aimee [at] aimeelyde.com


Jason Jakaitis
Fri 9 Jan 2015Link

Hello!

My name is Jason Jakaitis - I am the Director of Independent Media at the Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco. I'd like to share information about BAVC's annual MediaMaker Fellowships, a yearlong incubator for social issue filmmakers that includes free travel to national festivals and industry events, a series of three-day convenings with filmmakers, programmers and funders at BAVC's facility, and culminates in a high-profile project presentation at Dolby's screening theater.

We accept projects at any stage of completion and work with filmmakers of all levels of experience. It is also a national program - we fly in artists from all around the country for the SF-based convenings. Everything - travel, lodging, festival passes, food - is paid for, and the Fellows receive a $1,000 stipend upon completing the program. I think it's a great opportunity for artists who are looking for a supportive community and want to get a broader/deeper sense of the multimedia/funding/distribution landscape for social issue projects.

Last year's cohort has enjoyed considerable success - Cassandra Herrman's project Framed was recently featured a NYT OpDoc (http://nyti.ms/1FcEnnb). You can learn more about past Fellows' projects here: http://bavc.org/node/747996

The link to the program is http://bavc.org/mediamaker. The early deadline is January 16; the late deadline is January 23. I hope you will consider applying and will share with peers you think might be interested.

Thank you!

Jason


Elisa Da Prato
Sat 10 Jan 2015Link

Very pleased to share with you our newly opened cinema rentals company 16 by 40! Available cameras include: Canon C300 PL, Ikonoskop A Cam Dii, Aaton Xtr Prod, Blackmagic Pocket, and Red Epic will be up and available by the top of next week. Also available various lenses, monitors, tripods, external recorders, sound equipment. Coming soon 16mm editing station Steenbeck + optical printer.   

We aim to making renting less of a hassle, offering:

+NYC Local PICK UP & DELIVERY DROP OFF! 

+ equipment tutorials

+ preconfigured packages

+ work flow and data consultation

 

Please do visit us at 16by40.com, or give us a shout at 1-844-SHOOT-16  or help@16by40.com! 

Edited Sat 10 Jan 2015 by Elisa Da Prato

Navaya James Ndaskoi
Mon 12 Jan 2015Link

Hello Everyone:

We are making a documentary film about the Maasai, Wildlife and Celebrities like Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Bernhard Grzimek, Jane Goodall, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew, Wangari Maathai, Corinne Hofmann author of "White Maasai", Barack Obama and many others. It is a first ever cinematic journey by the Maasai. Research is almost completed. We hava an editor with more 50+ TV films to his credit. We also have Julian Wiggins who composed for the famous Mr.Bones on board.

We would love to team up with anybody interested to help us find funding. If you have any practicle ideas please write us at: navaya[at]rumbleinparadise.net

Edited Mon 12 Jan 2015 by Navaya James Ndaskoi

Doug Block
Mon 12 Jan 2015Link

Sounds great, Navaya and best of luck with it.  Do you have a website for the film with more info about it?


Navaya James Ndaskoi
Mon 12 Jan 2015Link

Thank you Doug. We had a webiste and recently pulled it down for re-construction. We have a rough less than 3-minutes trailer which I tried to embed in vain. If you like to see let me know I can email.


Roselly Torres
Mon 12 Jan 2015Link

Third World Newsreel Announces Their 2015 Production Workshop!

Applications are now available for the 2015 TWN Production Workshop!  

The acclaimed Third World Newsreel production training program is now accepting applications for 2015. Dedicated to the memory of our beloved long time director, Herman Lew, the 2015 program will be led by a team of film professionals and workshop alums.

The TWN Production Workshop provides 4 months of intensive "hands-on" media production training, and prioritizes students from communities with historically limited access to mainstream educational institutions and the industry.  Its focus is the development of pre-production, production and post-production skills necessary to take a short HD video project from conception to completion.

The 2015 Production Workshop will meet every Thursday at 6:30 pm in the offices of Third World Newsreel and requires a high level of time commitment to meet the out-of-class demands of pre-production, production, and post-production. Prior film, video or related experience is helpful but not required; self-initiative, time and a progressive and collaborative spirit are.

The 2015 Production Workshop will be limited to 9 participants. An initial written application is required and a second round of applicants will be selected for interviews. The cost of the workshop is $650.    


Application Deadline: Friday, January 30th, 2015
Workshop Begins: Thursday, March 5th, 2015 

Download the attached application!


Doug Block
Mon 12 Jan 2015Link

In reply to Navaya James Ndaskoi's post on Mon 12 Jan 2015:

Navaya, it has to be hosted on Vimeo, YouTube or Distrify in order to embed it here.  Also, if it begins with https, you'll need to get rid of the s.


Desireena Almoradie
Tue 13 Jan 2015Link

In search of a DP to do a documentary shoot in Savannah, GA, Jan 24 and 25. Must be familiar with Panasonic AF-100. Does anyone have any recommendations? This is for a work-in-progress film: http://togermanywithlove.com. Thank you!


Sara Nodjoumi
Wed 14 Jan 2015Link

My neighbor is organizing an event with silent films and a DJ in late MArch -- they are looking for a 16mm projector and a projectionist. Any ideas on where to go for this?


Navaya James Ndaskoi
Thu 15 Jan 2015Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Mon 12 Jan 2015:

Thank you Doug for your support. It is successfully embeded.

 


Erica Ginsberg
Thu 15 Jan 2015Link

Washington DC/Baltimore-area filmmakers: Friday is the deadline to apply for the Docs In Progress Fellowship Program.

The Docs In Progress Fellowship Program is a selective program for up to 10 emerging DC/MD/VA documentary filmmakers with works-in-progress. Over the course of the Fellowship (between March and October), Docs In Progress provides this cohort of filmmakers a monthly facilitated meeting where they will come together to share and hold each other accountable for progress on their projects, and have a facilitated discussion with each other and with special guest speakers about issues related to the documentary landscape, work/life balance, and the creative process.

The deadline to apply is tomorrow (Friday, January 16). You can find out more, including listening to a recording of an info session with more on the program and perspectives from past Fellows at http://docsinprogress.org/services/fellowship/

Edited Thu 15 Jan 2015 by Erica Ginsberg

Tessa Moran
Thu 15 Jan 2015Link

I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a wordpress programmer who can help us customize some  small aspects of our website. We've recently redesigned ourselves using themeforest, but need someone who can make tweaks to the layout of the blog, etc. Let me know if anyone has recommendations.


Andrew Berends
Thu 15 Jan 2015Link

Hi Tessa,
I designed my most recent website on squaredesk. But it's a learning curve, so I went on www.odesk.com and found a freelancer in India to do tweaks and anything else I couldn't figure out how to do myself. Find your own, or use the woman I worked with Rachana Sharma. Here's her profile: https://www.odesk.com/users/~~46ccc834472e3f01 She only charges $11.11 per hour. I was happy with her work.


Rebecca Israel
Sun 18 Jan 2015Link

Hello everyone, does anyone have any recommendations for fixers, translators, and/or producers in Ethiopia, preferably in or near Addis Ababa?  My e-mail is rebecca(at)landbridgefilms(dot)com

Thanks!


Andrew Berends
Sun 18 Jan 2015Link

Rebecca, if you don't find a recommendation here, you might try joing the Vulture Club group on Facebook, and post your question there...


Koen Suidgeest
Mon 19 Jan 2015Link

Rebecca, there is a company in Nairobi called Africa Interactive who do service and production jobs all over the African continent. I just worked with them, they are ace! check them out here: africa-interactive.com. Hope things work out!


Margaret Metzger
Mon 19 Jan 2015Link

SMALL DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION COMPANY SEEKING INTERN

Josh Aronson Films, whose credits include the Oscar-nominated Sound and Fury, is looking for an intern to begin immediately and continue with us through early March, with the possibility to stay on longer.  We are currently in production and soon to begin post-production on a film about one of the world's most pre-eminent cello instructors which tracks the budding careers of three of his students.  We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic young documentarian who can commit to come to our location near Union Square at least 2 days per week.  If that sounds like you, message me at margaret (dot) a (dot) metzger (at) gmail (dot) com.  


Jamie Rogers
6 days agoLink

LOOKING TO CONNECT WITH DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS IN LOS ANGELES

Hello D-Word! My name is Jamie Rogers, and I am a documentary filmmaker just finishing up a four month job in Cochabamba, Bolivia, working on two documentary features with United Notions Film: COCAINE PRISON (MacArthur Foundation, Sundance Documentary Fund, Cannes' Fonds Sud Cinema) and THE BOLIVIAN CASE (Puma Britdoc, NRK, Senal Colombia). 

I'm moving back to Los Angeles in two weeks, and I am looking to connect with documentary filmmakers in the LA area. Being in Bolivia has made me realize 100% that documentaries are what I'm passionate about, and I'd love to start developing more of my own projects, as well as collaborate with others. I would love to talk with anyone about how they made documentary their career, as well as about any potential collaborative or job opportunities. Any and all advice is appreciated!

Feel free to reply to this post or email me if you'd be interested in connecting:

jamierogers1192 [at] gmail [dot] com

Thank you!

Jamie Rogers

llamafilms.com


pete sevrin
5 days agoLink

 

::: HELP AND BE PART OF A NECESSARY HUMANITARIAN FILM "STATE OF EXCEPTION"::::::

** BASED ON THE ONGOING FORCED EVICTIONS IN RIO FOR BOTH THE WORLD CUP AND

THE UPCOMING 2016 OLYMPICS, DOC FILM MAKER JASON O'HARA IS CURRENTLY

RUNNING A CROWD FUNDING CAMPAIGN FOR POST-PRODUCTION THAT ENDS

TOMORROW;  JANUARY 23RD AT MIDNINGHT.  THIS GUY IS THE REAL DEAL. SELF TAUGHT

FILM MAKER AND RECENT MASTERS GRAD AT RYERSON UNIVERSITY IN TORONTO,

O'HARA HAS BEEN FILMING THIS ONGOING ONSLAUGHT IN THE FAVELAS FOR MANY

YEARS NOW AND HAS DEVELOPPED PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH THESE PEOPLE AND

HAS EVEN RALLIED AMONGST THEM WHILE THE STATE FORCEFULLY EVICTED THEM FROM

THERE HOMES TO BUILD STADIUMS AND PARKING LOTS FOR THESE MONTH LONG

SPECTACLES.  I KNOW THE GUY  PERSONALLY AND CAN VOUCH THAT THE MONEY

GENERATED FOR THE POST-PRODUCTION OF THIS FILM WILL BE USED TO CREATE

A THOUGHT PROVOKING ACCOUNT OF THIS STORY AND FORCE PEOPLE TO THINK

CRITICALLY ABOUT THE LENGHTS SOME ARE WILLING TO GO TO PUT ON THESE

WORLDWIDE SPECTACLES AND HOW WRONG AND INHUMANE THERE METHODS ARE. 

 

FOLLOW THIS LINK AND CHECK OUT THE PROMO VIDEO AND DONATE EVEN THE

SMALLEST BIT IF THIS ISSUE HITS HOME WITH YOU. CURRENTLY AT ABOUT 70%...THEY

ARE NOT FAR OFF WHAT THEY NEED TO PRODUCE THIS EVER SO NECESSSARY FILM.

ANY DONATION HELPS!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/state-of-exception


John Burgan
4 days agoLink

Pete - welcome to The D-Word.

This sounds like a worthwhile project, but posting in all caps sounds like you are shouting.

Edited 4 days ago by John Burgan

Doug Block
4 days agoLink

And in bold, as well... Yikes, my ears!!!


Egons Upitis
4 days agoLink

EMERGING DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION COMPANY LOOKING FOR FILMMAKERS [PARTNERS NOT EMPLOYEES!]

 
If you are:

→ Eager to carve your way into the industry with your own films on your own terms

→ Up to building a film production company and a brand from scratch

→ Looking for a team who would get behind your project, and in turn supporting the projects of others

 

We are in the early stages of founding a production company which will provide us with the framework, as well as the raw manpower and pooled resources necessary, to realise our own film projects. Our aim is to establish a brand and a collective proud to identify with it, capable of securing reasonable budgets for our ventures, and containing a variety of talents, interests and approaches.


We will initially be focusing on documentaries with a view of also crossing into fiction once it becomes viable. For now, the priority is to expand our portfolio with films we want to make that require minimal funding, as well as building relationships with funders, commissioners, distributors, and, last but not least, audiences themselves. We have just secured all of the funding to complete our second and third documentary shorts. Besides our company's projects, we also help each other stay afloat by sharing information on freelance gigs and job opportunities.


Currently there are three of us with various experience in different fields, but generally jack-of-all-trades filmmakers orientated towards documentary. There's no limit to the form though as we are equally interested in an experimental and artistic approach, just as we are in Current Affairs style investigations or innovative and meaningful Reality TV. Our aim is to explore, illuminate and reflect on the corners of society and the human condition, through developing narratives that retain the immediacy of current events, and as seen through the personal, intimate lens and experience of the unique characters involved.


We are London based but much of our interest lies beyond the UK. Apart from the UK, we have already been shooting in Ukraine and the Netherlands, and our next shoot is planned in Morocco.


The people we are after should be serious, enthusiastic, ambitious, and willing to work hard towards a common goal. Geographical location is not important for the right person.


We are especially looking for (but not limited to) these three profiles, or some combination of these skills:

→ Finance person, preferably economics/business student or graduate, good with fiscal discipline and assessing sources of finance – while, of course, still interested in film or a filmmaker themselves

→ A Producer type, extroverted, outgoing, "wired into social fabric", as well as having good administrative and management skills

→ Post-production guru: creatively technical, interested in cutting-edge technologies, quick editor, maybe 3D or VFX artist, or good with colour science / grading etc

 

Your position in the company will be a full partner once we incorporate. You'll find your place within the team according to your skills and interests, but expect to be doing a little bit of everything - roles can be rotated depending on the project and individual inclinations. If the idea and our ethos resonate with you then please get in touch: conf-disf@ritmika.info
 

Here's our first documentary: The Forbidden Medicine

Film currently in post production: http://youtu.be/IAJByLwIZGk

Edited 4 days ago by Egons Upitis

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