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John Burgan
Mon 5 Feb 2007Link
Amy - it's not clear from the guidelines if the ACE/SILVERDOCS
competition is exclusively for North American filmmakers.

Agnes Varnum
Mon 5 Feb 2007Link
Thought this might be interesting for this group -

U.S. Theatrical Premiere of
NOTES ON MARIE MENKEN
A film by Martina Kudláček (director of "In the Mirror of Maya
Deren")

Screening Schedule and Special Events:
February 9 - February 18 at 7:00 & 9:00 nightly.
Additional screenings on Saturday and Sunday, February 10 & 11 at 5:00.

Reception will be held with opening night 7pm screening. Filmmaker
WILL BE PRESENT AT THE FOLLOWING SCREENINGS for Q&A: February 9, 7 & 9
PM and February 10, 7 PM

Tickets: http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/tickets/

More on the film:

NOTES ON MARIE MENKEN tells the story of this legendary artist
(1909—1970), a Lithuanian immigrant who became one of New York's
outstanding underground experimental filmmakers of the 1940's through
the 1960's, inspiring artists such as Stan Brakhage, Andy Warhol,
Jonas Mekas, Kenneth Anger and Gerard Malanga. The large (a hefty 6'
2"), loud and tempestuous Menken—reportedly the inspiration for the
character of "Martha" in Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid of Virginia
Woolf—also became a Warhol Superstar, making memorable appearances in
The Life of Juanita Castro and The Chelsea Girls.

Originally an abstract painter and collage artist, Menken produced
nearly two dozen experimental shorts, using a hand-held Bolex to
create rhythmic patterns of light, color, form and texture, visual
poems that extracted beauty from the world around her. NOTES ON MARIE
MENKEN features lengthy excerpts from many of her films as well as
never-before-seen footage by the filmmaker salvaged from basements and
storage vaults, including a camera "duel" for Bolexes on a Brooklyn
rooftop between Menken and Andy Warhol.

Complemented by a jazzy score by New York composer John Zorn, NOTES ON
MARIE MENKEN features interviews with the filmmaker's friends,
relatives and colleagues, including Alfred Leslie, Kenneth Anger,
Gerard Malanga, Peter Kubelka, Mary Woronov and Jonas Mekas. They
discuss Menken's distinctive film technique, her artistic struggle and
personal life—including a night-shift job at Time magazine and her
marriage to filmmaker Willard Maas—and provide colorful reminiscences
of both Menken and the New York art scene of the era.

Amy King
Wed 7 Feb 2007Link
John,
The ACE grant is open to filmmakers around the world.
Let me know if you have any other questions!

Andrew Zinnes
Thu 8 Feb 2007Link
The Documentary Film Makers Course

"The perfect place to start your career as a producer
of documentaries." Norm H

The authors of The Documentary Film Makers Handbook and the best
selling Guerilla Film Makers Handbook are offering their seminar this
March. Learn how to get your documentary MADE, how to avoid the
pitfalls of the industry and how to save time money and gray hairs
with this intensive two day course.

Topics include: refining your concept, finding financing, legal
issues, production and post, film festivals survival, standard and
alternative distribution and sales and voluntary workshoping your
idea to help pinpoint specific issues and answers.

Genevieve Jolliffe and Andrew Zinnes are working filmmakers who have
worked in both the narrative and documentary world for nearly two
decades! Their docs have been seen on the MTV, PBS, BBC, ITV and
Channel 4.

When: March 10 & 11th, 10AM-6PM
Where: The Heart Touch Project, 3400 Airport Avenue, Suite #42, Santa
Monica, CA 90405.

Go to www.script-tonic.com or call 310-941-2168 for more information
and to sign up!

"Andrew and Genevieve shared their passion and
knowledge and inspired me to pursue my film." Chris
Tarango
Edited Fri 6 Jun 2008 by John Burgan

Peter Broderick
Thu 15 Feb 2007Link
Peter Broderick, independent film consultant and producer, is looking
for a smart, self-motivated, and well-organized person to help manage
Paradigm Consulting. Must have excellent people skills and a passion
for independent film. Duties include correspondence, scheduling,
travel arrangements, research, organizing, and client relations.
Proficiency on Mac; solid writing and typing skills essential. Prior
filmmaking or web experience a plus; attitude an insurmountable minus.
Opportunity to build valuable contacts, contribute to innovative
projects, learn the independent film business, and experience the
cutting edge of distribution. Part-time, 3 days a week, approximately
20 hours. To learn more about Paradigm Consulting, visit
www.peterbroderick.com. To apply, please send a cover letter and
resume (in the body of the email not as an attachment) to
nikki@peterbroderick.com. Please do not call. We will not be able to
respond to all applicants and plan to fill the position by mid-March.

Agnes Varnum
Thu 15 Feb 2007Link
Los Angeles Theatrical Opening of OUR DAILY BREAD!
Beginning February 22 at 7:30 PM at the AERO THEATER

Nikolaus Geyrhalter's amazing documentary shows the places where food is produced: surreal landscapes plasticized and optimized for tractors and agricultural machinery, clean rooms in cool industrial buildings designed to ensure logistic efficiency, machines that require uniform materials for smooth processing. What might look like something from the world of science fiction is reality. Our food is produced in spectacular spaces which are seldom seen. There’s little space for humans here.

OUR DAILY BREAD shows the industrial production of food as a reflection of our society’s values: plenty of everything, made quickly and simply by a specialized few. Dispensing with commentary and explanatory interviews, the film unfolds on the screen like a disturbing dream: a detailed feast of images, an insistent gaze, accompanied by whirring, clattering, booming, slurping, the machines’ hydraulic breathing—only the screeching of chickens is louder.

"Superb! The film’s formal elegance, moral underpinning and intellectually stimulating point of view also make it essential. Takes us inside worlds of wonder and of terror."
– Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Get times, tickets and directions at the AERO website.



Lowell Ing
Sun 18 Feb 2007Link
VIDSTER THIS ONE

The first vidster video festival will take place in Hawaii on Labor
Day weekend
2007.
Vidster This is based on the pixelvision video festival that takes
place every NOVEMBER in Venice CA and tours to Santa Monica, San
Francisco and Echo Park every year.
In keeping with the spirit of PXL THIS,
www.indiespace.com/pxlthis
there are no entry fees for submission although donations are
appreciated.
Vidster is a camcorder sold by Mattel designed for children. In the
seventeen
years since the introduction of the pixelvision 2000 camera, the
pixelvision
camera has become a highly sought after camera by filmmakers who have
embraced
its technological shortcomings, low resolution black and white video
with an
image that doesn’t even fill the screen and whose audio track has the
background
sound resembling a vacuum cleaner. Most pixelvision cameras are sold
via auction
websites like eBay. The cameras sell anywhere from 75 dollars to 600
dollars and
they are no longer being manufactured.
The Vidster camera has the same limitations of low-resolution imaging
but this
time the picture is in color and the sound quality is much improved.
The camera
also has a rudimentary zoom feature. The vidster requires only four
AA
batteries to power up compared to the six needed for a pixelvision
camera. In
the spirit of the pixelvision camera, the Vidster camera has a
difficult to use
battery compartment. You need a Philips screwdriver to remove the
battery cover.
Vidster camera through seemingly in short supply as seen through the
bidding on
eBay is very much available in stores like Toys R Us and Circuit City.
The list
price has been raised 20 dollars from 59 dollars to 79 dollars but
this camera
is much more affordable than the Pixelvision camera is now. Buy two
cameras, one
to use and another as a spare.

The vidster camera has been designed to be very friendly for computer
editing
systems.
The video or still pictures are recorded to SD memory cards. You can
expand the
video storage capacity of the card by switching to a higher memory
sized card.
The camera comes with a 32 mb card, enough for six minutes of video.
Although the camera only comes with video editing software for Windows
Computers,
Mac users do not need to worry. All a Mac user needs to do is to
attach the
camera via the USB port; Power on, switch to playback and the camera
appears as
a drive called “No name”. Open the drive and drag the contents of the
folder
100Media to a folder in your computer. You can easily import these AVI
clips to
Final Cut Pro or iMovie.
The AVI QuickTime video files are 320 by 240, the perfect size for the
iPod or
UTube.

The submission requirements:

Videos should be doubled in size to 640 by 480 pixels.
Video should be outputted in the Quicktime DV codec and burned as a
file onto
either a CD or DVD ROM.
Please keep your videos under twenty minutes. The festival reserves
the right to
request an edit to a shorter length or to show an excerpt at the
festival.
Please do not send your only copy or Master tape.

All genres are open to Vidster video submissions: Documentary,
narrative,
personal, rants raves.
I also need help in spreading this call for entries far and wide so
please forward to all media makers.

Mail DVD’s or CD’s by August 1, 2007 to

Doug Ing
1522 Alewa Drive
Honolulu HI 96817

Contact Douging@aol.com

Cyber Breed
Thu 1 Mar 2007Link
{erased by cyberbreed Thu, 01 Mar 2007 22:51:11 GMT}

Ben Kempas
Thu 1 Mar 2007Link
Huh? I don't get it.

Please use your real name when posting here.

Davin Hutchins
Thu 1 Mar 2007Link
*Release Source: NomadsLand LLC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

www.NomadsLand.com – a new Internet platform for social issue
filmmakers – launches its Alpha site, prepares for growth

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Feb. 17, 2007 - NomadsLand.com – an internet video
platform for social issue filmmakers – has launched its Alpha website
in its mission to offer alternative distribution for cinema with a
social message.
Like YouTube and Google Video, anyone – from professional filmmakers
to video enthusiasts – can upload their films to www.NomadsLand.com.
The company will host feature films, documentaries, music videos and
satire for free – as long as the film seeks to make a social
commentary, stimulate political conversation or encourage some social
action.
“NomadsLand is many things to many people,” says founder and CEO Davin
Hutchins. “Its an entertaining information site, an informative
entertainment site, a window to the world, but above all, a forum for
social ideas and ultimately a grass-roots campaign for change.”
Although much of the video can be viewed for free, www.NomadsLand.com
will offer secure downloads and rentals on premium films featured on
the site, sharing 50 percent of its revenues with each director.
Among the initial films being distributed on www.NomadsLand.com are
Dhruv Dhawan’s From Dust and Davin Hutchins’ The Art of Flight. From
Dust, a touching documentary which examines the socio-political
aftermath of the Asian tsunami, premiered at the Tribeca Film
Festival, HotDocs, OneWorld Human Rights Film Festival, Dubai
International Film Festival and the Kara Film Festival.
The Art of Flight is a guerrilla documentary tracing the trail of
Sudanese refugees from Darfur to Egypt and their tales of survival.
The film premiered at AFI Fest Hollywood, International Documentary
Festival Amsterdam and the Bangkok International Film Festival. Other
films explore topics such as homelessness in San Francisco, belly
dancing in Egypt and the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Human
Rights.
“Most independent films are grossly under-distributed,” says Hutchins.
“One of the main goals of NomadsLand is to assist filmmakers who were
short changed after their festival run. Through viral e-mail, search
engines and RSS, they can reach a vastly larger audience. Likewise,
film aficionados can see quality films they’d never see otherwise
without sifting through a cloud of amateur video. We think films can
make a lasting impact of they ‘permanently premiere’ for people who
care deeply about these issues.”
“Not everyone is a born storyteller. But everyone has a story. We want
to provide the resources and royalties to develop an ever-growing army
of raconteurs which can help return mass media back to the masses,” he
says.

# # #
MEDIA CONTACT:*NomadsLand Press Relations, press [at] nomadsland.com,
(202) 470-0875.

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