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Christopher Allen
Wed 18 Jun 2008Link Tag

Brooklyn Documentary Arts Collective Seeks New Resident!

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 this summer. 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 $975/month plus deposit. Anticipated grants will help subsidize this.

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/


Bryce S
Wed 18 Jun 2008Link

In reply to Stephen H. Frye M.D.'s post on Mon 16 Jun 2008 :

I am not an award winning film-maker but a documentary film-maker who would be interested in reading this book/lecture. It sounds very interesting. How can I get a copy.


John Burgan
Wed 18 Jun 2008Link

Bryce – you might contact Stephen directly as he may not be logging in here on a regular basis. His contact details & website are on his profile (click on his name above his post)


Bryce S
Thu 19 Jun 2008Link

Thanks I'm doing it now.


Joel Callaway
Tue 24 Jun 2008Link

Hello,

I'm getting the word out that Albertus Magnus College is hosting a film series
in the fall. The theme is "WE THE PEOPLE." There is an open call for
submissions. It could be anything that has a tie to the Bill of Rights or US
Constitution. I'm not talking about super-obvious apple pie and fireworks
either. The entries can be balanced or biased. Documentary or satirical… They
can be provocative or healing... they just need to offer some perspective on
the aforementioned American ideals as they pertain or contrast to present
American life. As examples, films can engage topics such as: freedom of speech
freedom of religion separation of church and state the right to bear arms…

There’s more information online along with a downloadable application.

We The People Film Contest
http://www.albertus.edu/wethepeople.html

Best regards

Joel


Bonnie Friel
Thu 26 Jun 2008Link

CALL FOR ENTRIES: First Person Impressions Competition

First Person Arts announces its NATIONAL COMPETITION FOR MEMOIR AND DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS

Each day countless stories unfold. Take a real life experience of your own and tell it in a way that only you can through the art of filmmaking. Make the ordinary magical, or the exotic familiar. Shock us, amaze us or make us pause to reflect. The only rule is that it’s real.

PRIZES: The top three winning entries in each category will be presented at the First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia, PA, November 12-16, 2008.

$500 – 1st place category winners
$100 – 2nd place category winners
$50 – 3rd place category winners

JUDGES:
Steven Rea, Film Critic, Philadelphia Inquirer
Samuel Adams, Contributing Editor, Philadelphia City Paper
Ron Kanter, Emmy Award-winning director of New Cops, Acting Out, Life and Death – Dawson, Georgia

GUIDELINES:
The film can be up to 5 minutes.

Entries must be new works that have never been shown publicly in the US.

DEADLINE: August 15th, 2008

Go to impressions.firstpersonarts.org for information on how to enter.


Andrew David Watson
Thu 26 Jun 2008Link

everyone over at First Person Arts is great!! All of you d-worders should check this out!


Felix Endara
Fri 27 Jun 2008Link

DocuClub in July: Wednesday, July 9, 2008, 7 p.m.

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

Our next DocuClub screening will take place on Wednesday, July 9, at 7 p.m., at Goldcrest Post (799 Washington Street, between Horatio and Gansevoort), in New York City’s West Village. Our moderator will be Milton Tabbot, Senior Director of Programming at IFP.

Join us as we watch Danae Elon’s "Partly Private." The film is an intensely personal and witty look at the ritual of male circumcision. Using first-person narration, Elon documents her own pregnancy and the unexpected dilemmas she encounters with her partner and father of her unborn child. What should they do to their newborn’s penis? Determined and obsessed, Elon sets out on a worldly quest to find out all she can about what “other people do.” The exploration exposes in an amusing way the flaws of being human. The film will be shown on Arte France, TV Ontario, TV2 Denmark, and Israel’s Channel 8.

Danae Elon is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, producer and cinematographer. Her last film, "Another Road Home," was a nuanced look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Theatrically released in 2005, it showed in over twenty US cities, and broadcast on the Sundance channel, BBC, Al Jazeera and Israeli television.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to: docuclub@artsengine.net.

Admission is free to current DocuClub members and $5 for non-members.

Membership is an annual $40, which includes free admission to all DocuClub events. To join or renew, please go to:

www.artsengine.net/store/#tools_consul

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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
felix@artsengine.net
www.artsengine.net


Robert Richter
Sun 29 Jun 2008Link

Looking for two part time or one full time reliable intern
for our mid-town Manhattan production/editing
activities. Interesting current and new projects underway.
Check out our website at www.RichterVideos.com to
learn what we've done and do. If interested and
available soon then email us at rrprod@aol.com


Julia Welbourne
Mon 30 Jun 2008Link

Looking for shooters with access to a Sony PMW EX1 for immediate paid work on a Doc about the American Naturalization Process.

Please contact Meg@flickerflacker.com

Thanks!!


Beth Levison
Tue 1 Jul 2008Link

INTERN NEEDED IMMEDIATELY!

Hi everyone,

I have yet to update my profile here on D-Word ... but I'm Beth Levison, an independent in NYC ....

We are producing an independent documentary film about an ex-con turned spoken word artist who is writing, developing, and rehearsing his one-man show for the New York stage. We're looking for a smart, ready-to-roll-up-his/her-sleeves, and hard working intern who can provide both production and post-production support during the early stages of our process (we're producing our fundraising reel) and starting immediately.

We're a small team (2 of us), so it's definitely a terrific experience for someone wanting to dive right in. Ideally, this person could devote him/herself to the project for the next two weeks and then possibly work part time from there. We need basic organizational support and help with production coordination (person may come on location), archival research, and post prep.

Candidates should send their resumes/letters of interest to bethlevison@yahoo.com.

Thank you!


Rose Vincelli
Wed 2 Jul 2008Link

Spotlight on Docs Meetings Coordinator needed!

Spotlight on Docs: Meetings Coordinator
August 4 – September 26, 2008

IFP’s Independent Film Week ‘Spotlight on Documentaries’ program is in search of Industry Meetings Coordinator to create and manage documentary industry pitch meetings. This is a great opportunity to learn a lot about the documentary industry, build professional relationships, and to be a part of IFP, America’s oldest and largest filmmaker’s organization. Our office is relaxed and has been the starting point for many top industry professionals. Primary responsibilities include: collect & organize meeting request forms, schedule meetings in Access database, liaise with participating industry about their meetings schedule, and assist with management of the meetings space, volunteers and participating industry during Independent Film Week.
You must be a self-starter, efficient, very detail oriented and flexible, with a professional demeanor and experience or serious interest in documentary. We’re looking for someone to start early August through Sept 26, and work 20-40 hours a week; full time Sept 1-19. This is a volunteer position. College/volunteer credit can be negotiated, and other benefits are available.
For more information on Independent Film Week, visit www.independentfilmweek.com. Please send resume and cover letter to rvincelli@ifp.org. No phone calls, please.

Edited Wed 2 Jul 2008 by Rose Vincelli

Edwin Gailits
Wed 2 Jul 2008Link

Looking for a shooter in the NY City area with experience using the Sony EX1. I'm developing a doc on dance and I plan to be in NYC for 3 days of shooting July 17-20, mostly late nights. I have a some $$ but not pockets full. I hope to bring an EX1 with me but if you had your own that would be great.

Let me know if interested and I'll fill you in on the details.

Edwin

Toronto
gus.to@sympatico.ca


Jason Rosette
Sun 6 Jul 2008Link

CAMBOFEST: Film and Video festival of Cambodia offers written notes from viewing staff on all submissions!

Now in our second year, CamboFest 2008 takes place in Siem Reap, Cambodia (Angkor Wat City)


((Arkun Ch'ran))


Jason Rosette
Sun 6 Jul 2008Link

CAMERADO (Cambodia ~ http://www.camerado.com) has partnered with LOCATION THAILAND (Thailand ~ http://www.locationthailand.com) to offer unprecedented coverage of SE Asia for all production needs.

=> Now improved handling of heavy production services (studio level grip & electric) for Cambodia, including cross border transfers of gear.

=> Greater range of HD, 35, Super 16 and pro sound...moving beyond local-only availability.

=> Tried and true servicing for shoots at Angkor complex

=> New, great deals with high end post and telecine providers in Bangkok

=> Khmer speaking Barang principal J Rosette (Camerado) continuously based in Cambodia since 2005

Contact CAMERADO at camerado @ camerado.com for more details or input your production inquiry here: http://www.camerado.com/contact/contact_form/contact_form.php


Film Karavan
Tue 8 Jul 2008Link

KathaKaravan – Call for Entries

KathaKaravan is accepting submissions from filmmakers with projects from or about South Asia that are seeking representation to financiers, producers, distributors, agents and film festival programmers. Entries may be in screenplay, work-in-progress or finished film form. Narratives and documentaries from writers, directors and producers at any career level will be considered.

Submissions accepted year-round. Quarterly deadlines for 2008-2009 are:
August 25, 2008
December 8, 2008
April 13, 2009
August 10, 2009

APPLY NOW at www.filmkaravan.com

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KathaKaravan is an initiative of FilmKaravan. FilmKaravan discovers, develops and disseminates high-quality South Asian independent films for a global audience through its multi-platform alliances.


shri prakash
Tue 8 Jul 2008Link

hi
i have just completed a fiction on tribal music and and local industry in the age of this global economy and technology.
BAHA- language – Nagpuri with english subtitle. length – aprx. 2 hours
i would like to send it to appropriate film festival and market. will any one help me in this regard.
please find a news paper cutting on the film
thnaks
shriprakash
jharkhand
india


Doug Block
Wed 9 Jul 2008Link

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
Mon 14 Jul 2008Link

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
Tue 15 Jul 2008Link Tag

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

Edited Sat 23 Aug 2008 by Valerie Landes

Azad Jafarian
Wed 16 Jul 2008Link Tag

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.

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Carlos Gomez
Wed 16 Jul 2008Link

Great. Thanks for posting Azad.


Azad Jafarian
Wed 16 Jul 2008Link

Thank YOU for the opportunity to spread the word!


Rahdi Taylor
Thu 17 Jul 2008Link

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

Edited Thu 17 Jul 2008 by Rahdi Taylor

Heather Olson
Thu 17 Jul 2008Link

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


Heather Olson
Thu 17 Jul 2008Link

ps – my email is heatho56@yahoo.com ...thanks again!


Carlos Gomez
Fri 18 Jul 2008Link

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.


Christopher Wong
Fri 18 Jul 2008Link

heather,
i don't normally advocate people to take out loans on their credit cards, but if that's what you need to do in order to fly to China and accompany your subject, then that's what you need to do. if your gut is telling you that this is one of the key parts to your story, you can't miss it.

it's nice to approach foundations and organizations, but there's absolutely NO way that they are going to give you the money you need that quickly – especially not to a recent film-school grad who doesn't have any prominent broadcast credits. so don't waste your time with foundations at this crucial juncture.

the only other option is some wealthy individuals who are either part of the BASE jumping community, or connected to the stem cell advocacy cause. and then there's always your family and relatives... ;)


Carlos Gomez
Fri 18 Jul 2008Link

Listen to Chris, he knows what he's talking about.

And re-reading your post I realize you didn't need my silly pep-talk. You had already figured all that out. Good luck!


Robert Goodman
Fri 18 Jul 2008Link

The request is to fund this person's treatment not figure out how to pay for an $800 ticket to china.

As much as you care about this person, the "China" solution is a scam.
If there were a way to regenerate spinal cord breaks using stem cells, Teddy Pendergass, the late Christopher Reeve, and many other high profile people who have these injuries would be lining up and it would be major news in the medical journals. That is not true.

A decade ago people in my local film community received a similar request for an A.C. who had lost his sight in an explosion to go to Switzerland for an experimental surgery to replace his eyeballs with cameras wired into his brain.

There are unscrupulous doctors around the globe who will do anything to experiment on your body. I understand because I've been there and considered some wild things – thankfully I wasn't facing life as a quadriplegic.


Nicholas Bruckman
Fri 18 Jul 2008Link

Robert: Sadly, I think that your right, though that could make the story even more interesting.

I would say Heather that a twist like this is the kind of thing that could make a doc leap out from the competition. Consider the excellent "Favela Rising", which went to every festival in the world, HBO, academy shortlist, etc....if that hadn't ended with the main character having a spinal cord injury (which, like your case, had nothing to do with the plot of the film) and valiantly overcoming it, it simply would not have been Favela Rising.

No two cases are the same though...


Christopher Wong
Sat 19 Jul 2008Link

robert, if you read her post, you'll see that it's slightly ambiguous as to what heather is asking money for. but certainly, one of the things she needs is production money. of course, you are correct about the scam nature of all the alternative healthcare remedies in China (and elsewhere).

i agree with nicholas that FAVELA RISING was definitely aided by the lead character's paralysis (and resultant recovery). that, however, is unlikely to be an option in this case. still, documenting this struggle to get one's physical abilities back is going to be compelling on many levels.


Heather Olson
Sat 19 Jul 2008Link

thank you guys for commenting ... it's definitely brought me back down to reality and everything that you've said has made me think more about what i need to do!!


Charlie Phillips
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

Sheffield Doc/Fest's MeetMarket is now open for Project Submissions!

Doc /Fest presents the UK's biggest international documentary marketplace and its unique pitching initiative: MeetMarket where, in pre-scheduled match-made one-on-one meetings, documentary makers pitch their newest and most unique projects to dozens of UK and international buyers, Executive Producers, commissioning editors and distributors. MeetMarket provides high quality, original ideas with the possibility to be fast-tracked from development to production, in a supportive and dynamic setting. The projected worth of sales in negotiation sparked at MeetMarket 2007 adds up to £4,321,980, and rising. MeetMarket is a unique and exciting way to pitch and discuss the projects you're most passionate about with the documentary decision-makers who matter

Online project submissions are now open. Projects can be any stage of development and applicants can be from any geographic location and background. Interactive and cross-platform projects are also very welcome. To see the full list of confirmed buyers, see http://www.sheffdocfest.com/view/buyerslist <http://www.sheffdocfest.com/view/buyerslist> . For more information on applying, email charlie@sidf.co.uk or visit http://www.sheffdocfest.com/view/meetmarket <http://www.sheffdocfest.com/view/meetmarket>

"MeetMarket surprised me: I had an extraordinarily creative response to my film from 23 intelligent men and women who care passionately about documentaries. They reflected my story back to me and I came out richer – not just financially, although I have already been offered money to complete my film, but in terms of valuing my project." – MeetMarket participant 2007


Robert Goodman
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

that's 6 times you've posted this?


Sean Flynn
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

It's the British Invasion!


Doug Block
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

One posting is enough, Charlie. We love Sheffield so we'll keep them all up, but next time any multiple postings from you will be deleted.


Emily Meyers
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

Eyes of the World Media Group is hiring an Associate Producer/Assistant Editor ASAP. Culver City, Los angeles

Eyes of the World Media Group specializes in socially conscious media. Our work reflects the belief that the power of media can raise awareness to create positive change. Currently we are working on METH INSIDE OUT, an innovative educational DVD series on methamphetamine addiction and recovery produced in partnership with UCLA.

Find out more at www.eyesoftheworldmediagroup.com and www.methinsideout.com

Qualifications:

Candidate must have significant production and assistant editing experience (in Final Cut Pro, After Effects a plus), strong handle on technology, excellent communication skills, and capability to handle demanding workload.

Pay: Compensation range is $700-800/wk depending on experience. To apply, send resume and cover letter to assistant@eowmg.com.
Location: Our office is located near Sony Studios in Culver City, CA.

Dates: Start immediately, through the end of December.

Please email resumes and cover letters to: assistant@eowmg.com. Please specify in the subject line that you are applying for the Eyes of the World Media Group Assistant Job.

We hope to hear from you!


Charlie Phillips
Tue 22 Jul 2008Link

sorry, 'technical' error...it's good stuff though...charlie


Jonathan Skurnik
Tue 22 Jul 2008Link

Hi Everyone,

I've been on D-Word for a while but this is my first post. I'm teaching two classes in LA this summer and would appreciate it if you would spread the word to your LA friends.

LA-Based award winning documentary filmmaker Jonathan Skurnik is teaching two classes this summer, one on Documentary Fundraising and the other on the Craft of the Documentary. Both classes begin on Saturday, August 2nd. There's a 10% discount for all D-Word members.

To learn more about the classes or sign up, please email jonathan@jskurnik.com or go to: www.jskurnik.com

Documentary Proposal Writing and Fundraising: This class is designed to help you create an effective proposal package that will enable you to raise money for your documentary. The class will take you step by step through the proposal process, beginning with clearly defining your story, writing a treatment, creating a budget, designing an innovative distribution strategy and developing your ability to pitch your film with confidence. The class will be limited to six students so each participant will have ample time to workshop their materials in the context of a nurturing and supportive community of their peers. The class meets for three hours on a weekend day for five consecutive weeks. Cost of the class: $395

The Craft of the Documentary Film: Each week we will learn about and discuss a key element of the filmmaking craft—such as conducting interviews, developing characters, and documentary cinematography—and look at clips from classic and recent documentaries to illustrate the brilliant ways that other filmmakers have accomplished their goals. Each class will culminate with an assignment to make a short video utilizing the tools we have discussed. We will then spend the first hour of the following class sharing and discussing our assignment videos. You will finish the course with a body of work, a new–found confidence and pride in your filmmaking skills, and a group of peers upon whom you can rely to help you make your next film. The class meets for three hours on a weekend day for six consecutive weeks. Access to your own video camera required. Cost of the class: $495

What students are saying about the Proposal & Fundraising Class:
"Story, story, story! Jonathan helps you pinpoint your story because without a story you don't have a film. His proposal writing and fundraising class is one of the best I've ever taken." –Joyce G.

“This intimate, hands-on and nurturing class gave me the needed push to tackle the daunting task of funding documentary films. Thanks, J!” –Sheila H.

“Jonathan helped pull me out of the morass of details to get me focused on what to say and how to say it. A safe place to exchange and improve ideas.” –Daniel K.

“For a first time filmmaker, Jonathan’s class is an invaluable way to jump start inspiration and bring much-needed focus to the process.” –Dennis L.

What students are saying about the Craft of the Documentary Class:
“Thank you for opening my creative world beyond my expectations. Your class challenged me and helped make my vision even stronger. Thank you for believing in me and guiding me through this process. You have made a great and positive difference to my life.” –Alissa H.

“I so admire your extensive knowledge of filmmaking and the sensitivity and understanding you afforded to each person who attended your class. Everyone came away from your workshop with fresh ideas for staying focused and organized during the production process, as well as a renewed belief in themselves as documentary producers.” –Melissa C.

“It gave me a sense of security that I could do a more complicated documentary and that I wouldn’t get lost in the process.” –Leah S.

“You did an excellent job introducing the nuances and complexities of storytelling and explained the concepts in a fun and friendly manner.” –Thomas B.

“The class exceeded my expectations because it was intense, it had abundant information, and the class dynamic was wonderful.” –Nora L.


Guy Mossman
Thu 24 Jul 2008Link

this is my second posting on D-word. my first was accidentally made to the industry topic page.

If you know of anyone looking for production space in NY, please let me know. A friend has an amazing space in Tribeca and it's uniquely inexpensive for Manhattan yet vaulted and spacious. Excellent pressed tin ceilings. oh my. a documentarian's paradise.


Aaron Soffin
Fri 25 Jul 2008Link

Love your picture Guy :)


Adam Hyman
Mon 28 Jul 2008Link

Hi,

I'm trying to contact Sabine Krayenbuhl, editor of Mad Hot Ballroom & My Architect, to see whether she might be available for a job. If anyone has contact info for her, please email me at ahyman@jtnproductions.com.
Thanks.
Adam


Jason Perdue
Tue 29 Jul 2008Link

The Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival is now accepting entries for the 2009 festival. More than a few D-word members have sent their films for consideration in our great festival. Sebastopol is a small town one hour north of San Francisco in Sonoma County. It's a small town that loves documentaries as evidenced by the selling out of three screens over four days last year.

Our Early Deadline is closing soon, July 31, so don't delay. You can submit through Without a Box or through our website www.sebastopolfilmfestival.org

There are later submission dates if you can't make it by that date.

Email me, Jason Perdue, Programming Director, at sebdocfest@gmail.com with any questions.


Bonnie Friel
Wed 30 Jul 2008Link

Call for Short Doc Entries- August 15th

Hi everyone, just a reminder that the deadline for the First Person Impressions Competition is approaching. We're seeking short films (under 5 minutes) that tell true stories of any kind. Details are at http://impressions.firstpersonarts.org

Thanks!


Dempsey Rice
Thu 31 Jul 2008Link

I am looking for someone to record some audio for me in Fort Collins, CO. I hope this will happen next week – it would mean meeting up with an author and recording her reading a few lines from her upcoming book. This can be a sound person, producer/filmmaker or a camera person with access to audio equpment. Can be recorded to mini-disk or to DV CAM (or mini DV) tape. Please no recording to DAT as I do not have a DAT machine.... Bad News: there isn't a very big budget for this job. Good news: this should take about an hour of your time. You might not make your day rate, but if you've got time available it's a bit of money for a small amount of work!

If you know someone in the Fort Collins/Denver area please have them email me or please email me directly if you are in that area and intersted: 24fps@earthlink.net

Thanks, Dempsey


Joan Sekler
Sun 3 Aug 2008Link

I am a documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles and I am organizing a collective of documentary filmmakers, videographers and FCP editors to come to Denver from August 24-28 and to St. Paul from Sept. 1-4 and produce cinema verite documentaries of all the protests, actions, person-in-the-street interviews taking place during the Democratic National Convention in Denver and the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. This is an opportunity for Americans across the country to see that: THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE".
Please contact me asap if you are interested.
Joan Sekler sekler@earthlink.net cell: 310 968-6566


Brian Samuels
Tue 5 Aug 2008Link

The Midnight Hour- A New Documentary Web Series

Midnight Hour is a foray into a world that comes to life when the rest of us are asleep. Fast paced, young, light-hearted and fun, each episode will be dedicated to a different city, take us into someone else's nighttime world and let us experience the midnight hour for ourselves.

Watch four short segments here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/NLProd


Sean Flynn
Tue 5 Aug 2008Link

I'll check it out, Brian. Nice to see another Bostonian on here.


Emily Meyers
Wed 6 Aug 2008Link

WANT TO USE MEDIA TO MAKE CHANGE?

MEET OTHERS WHO SHARE YOUR PASSION?

Meaningful Media and Eyes of the World Media Group are accepting interns!

Company Information:

Meaningful Media is a nonprofit network providing resources to inspire and empower those committed to changing our world through media. Find out more at www.meaningfulmedia.org.

Eyes of the World Media Group specializes in socially conscious media. Our work reflects the belief that media can raise awareness to create positive change. We are currently working on METH INSIDE OUT, an innovative educational video series on methamphetamine addiction and recovery (produced in partnership with UCLA). Find out more at www.eyesoftheworldmediagroup.com.

Internship Description:

Interns will have the opportunity to work with both Meaningful Media and Eyes of the World. We have a small team and interns get to work hands-on with the company leadership and get involved in substantive projects. We are looking for interns to assist with research, production, event planning, and administrative support. It's a high priority for us to assign you projects that match your interests, and reward your hard work through our Intern Incentive Program. So here's your opportunity to get some valuable experience, secure a good recommendation AND make the world a better place!

Internship Requirements:

We're looking for creative, smart, and organized interns with a passion for socially conscious media. You must commit at LEAST 16 hours/week for a minimum of 12 weeks. We are flexible about scheduling and working from home. Also, we always invite our interns to our creative meetings and to accompany us to film events around town.

Location: Our office is located near Sony Studios in Culver City, CA.


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