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Christopher Wong
Fri 14 Aug 2009Link

enter this event, people! do it, do it... the last two winners of the PaleyDocFest Pitch Workshop have been D-Worders. do not let this streak be broken ;)


Gregory Crofton
Thu 20 Aug 2009Link

Everyone checkout the DOCStore for documentaries on DVD from around the world. We've got 355 titles for sale and counting at http://www.documentarychannel.com/store. The DOCStore is part of The Documentary Channel which has been broadcast on DISH Network 197 since January 2006. Our programs are also online at sling.com and DocChannel YouTube. Thanks.


Michael Pardo
Fri 21 Aug 2009Link Tag

I own a firm called The DubHouse that is a resource for independent filmmakers. We can author your finalized film to DVD, replicate your discs and print any custom packaging needed. (plants in NY, L.A., FL, IN & NC). We give favorable rates to independents. We also are starting a Media on Demand service where your customers can download your movie and pay on-line (like itunes). Let me know if I can be of assistance.

Michael Pardo
The DubHouse
877-900-DUBS
mike@thedubhouse.net


Sarah Schutzki
Thu 27 Aug 2009Link

Hi all! I am a previously-New-York-based filmmaker who just moved to Paris, France. I am currently working on my first feature doc, as well as running a program for a film festival based here in Paris – and I'm really interested in meeting fellow filmmakers here and learning a bit about the French/European industry.

Please reach out to me via D-Word, or directly at sschutzki@gmail.com, if you know of anyone I might like to meet, have any ideas or suggestions for me or are interested in meeting with me yourself! Thanks in advance, looking forward to hearing from you.


Amy Duzinski Janes
Thu 27 Aug 2009Link

Hi Filmmakers,

Hope all is well!

A group of local filmmakers have started a coop (if you will) of gear and we are working together to be able to rent out equipment for great prices.

I personally have a EX3 available that I would love to share when we are not using it. We rent it out for $750 a week or $250 a day – comes with memory. It is a pretty sweet deal and a great camera!

Drop me a line and let me know if we can help you get your film done...

Cheers!


Jonathan Bland
Fri 28 Aug 2009Link

Hi All,

I'm wondering if anyone out there might be interested in coming out to South India to help me with a doc that I'm developing/ shooting on the international eco/ spiritual community of Auroville. I'll be here for the next 1-2 years and would be interested in working closely with someone who is good with ideas and people. I can't really offer much in the way of payment..... I'll rent the house and keep it running. I'll be in Montreal for late November in the event that anyone is interested in meeting up to discuss and explore options.

Looking forward......


Joy Tuttle
Mon 31 Aug 2009Link

Contact: Joy Tuttle
Phone: (310-229-5365
Email: info@thewinawards.com

  • * * * FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE * * * * WIN Combines Its Two Annual Events: The WIN Awards & The WIN Film Festival
    WIN Now Accepting Film Entries

August 24, 2009 (Los Angeles) Women's Image Network announces The WIN Film Festival (formerly WINFemme) 2009 Entry Call seeking independent narrative and documentary features as well as short film entries. The Early Entry Deadline is August 31st while the Final Entry Deadline is September 15, 2000.

While The WIN Film Festival supports (male and female) independent filmmakers who create dimensional female media images, The WIN Awards pay tribute to competing studio films and network television that either feature a female protagonist or are created by a woman.

Now in its sixth year, The WIN Film Festival 2009 will be held November 1st to 3rd in Los Angeles and will book end The WIN Awards, its annual high-profile event which will be held on Monday, November 2nd.

The WIN Awards 2009: Honors competing broadcast network television shows and released studio films. To be held on Monday, November 2, 2009.

The WIN Awards Woman of The Year 2009 Honoree
TBD

WIN Mission
Since 1993, Women's Image Network, (WIN), a 501c3, non-profit charity has produced The WIN Awards to thank film and television producers, directors, actors and executives, who create dimensional female media images and thereby promote economic and social parity.

WIN History
A few former WIN Award honorees and recipients include: Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Cloris Leachman, Helen Mirren, Lauren Bacall, Drew Barrymore, Jodie Foster, Jane Campion, Lynn Redgrave, Laura Ziskin, Lauren Shuler Donner, Tichi Wilkerson, Ralph Fiennes, Pierce Brosnan, Diane Ladd, Catherine Hardwicke and Gurinder Chadha. Previous Event Chairs are Martha Luttrell, Susan Sarandon and Jane Fonda while on behalf of Robert Redford, Mary McDonnell presented our 2007 Woman of The Year tribute to Barbara Boxer.

The WIN Award present awards in seven competive categories. Former hosts, presenters and participants are: Rachel Weisz, Katie Holmes, Seth Rogen, Jon Peters, Angelina Jolie, Frances Fisher, Harry Shearer, Sam Neill, Lili Fini Zanuck, Kathy Griffin, David Brown and David O. Russell.

In addition to producing The WIN Awards show WIN also created the ABC Primetime Special 50 YEARS OF FUNNY FEMALES. Find additional information at http://www.thewinawards.com.

For the complete history of WIN see www.thewinawards.com.
For more information contact Joy Tuttle at info@thewinawards.com or 310-229-5365.
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Jesse Epstein
Mon 31 Aug 2009Link

Just became a member of D-word and this is my first post!

I distribute a series of doc. shorts with New Day Films. The next application deadline is coming up on Sept. 5th and wanted to let people know. For info visit:
http://www.newday.com/benefits.html

--Jesse


Doug Block
Mon 31 Aug 2009Link

Hopefully the first of many, Jesse. Thanks for the info.


Lisa Gossels
Tue 1 Sep 2009Link

Jesse,

I just saw your short doc, "24x25x36," about mannequins/
the beauty industry on POV--and would love to see the
other films in your series. Bravo to you! And, great
post-interview.


Cynthia Close
Thu 3 Sep 2009Link

Documentary Educational Resources, a well established (41 years in the business) documentary distributor, seeks a full time IT person with excellent DVD authoring skills. We are looking to hire ASAP.

To check details of the requirements for the position and how to apply, go here: http://der.org/community/?p=703

Phone calls are also OK: 1-617-926-0491

Ask for Cynthia Close, Executive Director


Le Sheng Liu
Thu 3 Sep 2009Link

I was wondering if anyone had recommendations for event planners in the LA area. A colleague of mine is shopping around for a company to help him get a party off the ground for his doc TV series premiere. Thanks!


Marilyn Perez
Tue 8 Sep 2009Link

Hi everyone. I am now just posting this, please tell me what you think.

I'd like to introduce you to the film "Smokescreen – Conjuring the Spirit of Cuba," which NEEDS WORK. This personal narrative and lyrical film is part of a larger project which, calls forth our common humanity and together uplifts us by the evocative and creative spirit we celebrate of Cuba, in particular as invoked by the tradition of the Cuban Cigar.

Nearly 15 years ago, I began this road movie in the style of "the journey is the destination." Now you're invited to help (without or with pay) to roll this project into the center.

If you would like to collaborate in one or more of the following creative ways please read ON...
---locate more funding;
---to shoot more;
---to rewrite stuff
---and then as well to explore the edit.

MEANWHILE the FINANCING comes in, these positions are "mostly" unpaid. I feel the more creative we were to be with the money, the more there would be money! Your percentage of the financing is as high as you care to make it. I feel there are already several very good potential "supporters in training" who'd get the spirit in a reasonable amount of time, if not now.

The mission of "Smokescreen – Conjuring the Spirit of Cuba" project is about nurturing a feeling of closeness through the insight the people in Cuba offer us. If you are passionate about what you do and are interested in Cuba, please consider this an edifying and fruitful adventure to embark upon. One which goes towards deepening our peace and friendship. May the heavens agree that we be in touch.

Please send me anything you want that communicates your ability to transcend mortal limitations to caridadcopper@gmail.com. Thanks for your Thunder.

Marilyn Perez-Uncal
Director
Hand Made By Cuban Films
---locate more funding;
---to shoot more;
---to rewrite stuff
---and then as well to explore the edit.

MEANWHILE the FINANCING comes in, these positions are "mostly" unpaid. I feel the more creative we were to be with the money, the more there would be money! Your percentage of the financing is as high as you care to make it. I feel there are already several very good potential "supporters in training" who'd get the spirit in a reasonable amount of time, if not now.

The mission of "Smokescreen – Conjuring the Spirit of Cuba" project is about nurturing a feeling of closeness through the insight the people in Cuba offer us. If you are passionate about what you do and are interested in Cuba, please consider this an edifying and fruitful adventure to embark upon. One which goes towards deepening our peace and friendship. May the heavens agree that we be in touch.

Please send me anything you want that communicates your ability to transcend mortal limitations.
Marilyn Perez-Uncal
Director
Hand Made By Cuban Films
EMAIL: caridadcopper@gmail.com.


Please don't forget to stay in touch at: caridadcopper@gmail.com

Thanks for your Thunder!


Marilyn Perez
Tue 8 Sep 2009Link

OPPPS, S O R R Y
for the duplicate!!!!!!!!


Danielle Beverly
Wed 9 Sep 2009Link

WASHINGTON D.C – PRODUCTION ASSISTANT NEEDED October 3-7

LA and Chicago-based team making a documentary about prison reform seeks a Production Assistant in Washington DC for the period of October 3-7. We are looking for someone to assist with the gear and help us get around (please know D.C well, including the Georgetown University area).

Please be mature, mellow, flexible, and eager to learn! No pay but meals provided.

Email: dannabev@yahoo.com


Felix Endara
Wed 9 Sep 2009Link

DocuClub partners with UnionDocs to bring you "Sita Sings the Blues"!

DocuClub is partnering with Brooklyn’s UnionDocs to co-present a special screening of Nina Paley’s "Sita Sings the Blues" on Saturday, September 12, at 7 p.m.

UnionDocs
322 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 395-7902

"Sita Sings the Blues" is a musical, animated personal interpretation of the Indian epic the Ramayana, focusing on the relationship between the gods Sita and Rama, juxtaposed with the filmmaker’s story of the dissolution of her marriage.

Because some of the songs featured in "Sita Sings the Blues" have not been secured due to copyright issues, the film uses a Creative Commons license for its distribution.

Learn more about the film here: www.sitasingstheblues.com.

On-site dispensing dessert will be Sweet Tooth of the Tiger, a d.i.y. food and participatory art project that takes the form of a bake sale that utilizes the public sphere as a place for eating, feeding, and talking with your mouth full. Details here: www.sweettoothofthetiger.com.

A post-screening discussion on "Sita Sings the Blues"’ funding and distribution strategy will be held by Karl Fogel of QuestionCopyright.org.

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

If you are a current DocuClub member who plans to attend, please RSVP to: docuclub@artsengine.net. Non-members need not RSVP.

Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online at www.artsengine.net/store/#tools_consul.


Natalia Almada
Thu 10 Sep 2009Link

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE NEW YORK PREMIERE OF EL GENERAL

WINNER OF THE DOCUMENTARY DIRECTOR AWARD AT THE 2009 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

“a tour de force of cinematic imagination bristling with beauty, contradiction, and the epic scope of Mexico’s last 100 years of history.”
Cara Mertes, Sundance Documentary Institute

Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 6:30pm ***followed by a reception
Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 4:00pm
http://www.filmlinc.com/wrt/onsale/latinbeat09/thegeneral.html

PANEL DISCUSSION – LATIN-O-AMERICAN
Thursday, September 10 at 7pm
http://www.filmlinc.com/wrt/onsale/latinbeat09/panel1.html


Felix Endara
Mon 14 Sep 2009Link

DocuClub in September!

Our September DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, September 30, 7 p.m., at DCTV [www.dctvny.org], located at 87 Lafayette Street (at Walker; take N/R/Q/6 trains to Canal).

Our moderator will be Merrill Sterritt, Production Assistance Program Coordinator at Women Make Movies, the leading distributor of films directed by and about women. WMM’s Production Assistance Program works with emerging and established independent filmmakers to produce and complete their films through its workshop series, resources and newsletters, and fiscal sponsorship of projects directed by women. Sterritt is in charge of the operations of the P.A. Program, managing the workshop series, and working with 200+ fiscally sponsored filmmakers on all aspects of their projects. She also works as an editor, with films that have premiered at Sundance and the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

We will screen "Caris’ Peace" co-directed by Gaylen Ross and Rebecca Nelson and produced by Steve Skrovan. The documentary profiles theatre and film actress and Yale graduate Caris Corfman, whose life and career were altered with the removal of a brain tumor that left her without short-term memory Corfman was once an actress whose talent presumed a lifetime career, whether starring opposite Ian Holm in the dramatic film "Dreamland" or in the original Broadway cast of "Amadeus" with Ian McKellen and Tim Curry. Now she can’t remember a line of dialogue, a stage direction, or an entrance or exit cue – the very foundation of her profession. The simplest dance step or lyric of a song eludes her, though she trained in dance and music since childhood. The documentary depicts Corfman’s resolute effort to reclaim her life in theater and return to the world that she loved. It is a personal, real life story crafted as a unique hybrid of verite, interview, and performance, and includes Corfman’s
friends and colleagues, such as actors Lewis Black, Kate Burton, Tony Shaloub, and playwright and producer Eric Overmyer.

Gaylen Ross has directed and written award-winning documentary films that have received national and international broadcast and exhibition. Her documentary film "Dealers Among Dealers" debuted on P.O.V. and she also wrote and produced the Emmy award winning "Blood Money: Switzerland's Nazi Gold." Her new documentary, "Killing Kasztner," which premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, will have its New York opening in October.

Rebecca Nelson is an actress, director and teacher. As an actress, her work spans three decades in theatre, television and film. Notable are her roles in films, including Hal Hartley’s "Trust," "Surviving Desire," and "Henry Fool." She is a friend and colleague of Caris Corfman, having met as students at the Yale School of Drama.

Steve Skrovan’s first documentary feature, "An Unreasonable Man" was a profile of Ralph Nader. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Skrovan has worked as a stand-up comedian and television comedy writer, most notably, for "Seinfeld" and "Everybody Loves Raymond," where he was also an executive producer. He is now a consulting producer on Kelsey Grammer’s new television comedy, "Hank," and just completed directing his first narrative feature film, "Fred and Vinny."

Andrew Ford is a film editor and producer specializing in multi-award winning long form documentaries and narrative features. Recent credits include "The Last Kiddie Ride" (James Gandolfini and Famke Janssen, to be released 2010), "A Walk to Beautiful" (Emmy nomination 2009 and released theatrically 2008 and broadcast on Nova) and with Gaylen Ross, "Killing Kasztner." Ford edited "Until the Light Takes Us," on black metal music in Norway, which will be opening in New York this Fall.
Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $5 for non-members.

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

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

www.artsengine.net/store/#tools_consul


Donald Goldmacher
Mon 14 Sep 2009Link

If you are based in NYC and can do an HD interview with a community organizer as she is out in the field, please let me know. We would like to do this in the next 3-4 weeks.

www.Heist-themovie.com

Edited Mon 14 Sep 2009 by Donald Goldmacher

Tim Horsburgh
Tue 15 Sep 2009Link

Live Q&A with producers and directors of The New Americans on 09/16/09

To mark the finale of the Chicago PBS re-broadcast of The New Americans, Kartemquin will be hosting a live chat with Series Producer Gita Saedi Kiely, and many more of the producers and directors who worked on the epic 7-part series on immigration to the United States.

Join in with the chat at 1pm CST on 09/16/09 by visiting www.kartemquin.com/chat.

Can't make the live chat? Submit questions to the filmmakers in advance via tim@kartemquin.com

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Hope some of you can join in with this – the level of debate on here is first class.


Marj Safinia
Wed 16 Sep 2009Link

Hey LA People,

IDA is hosting "An Evening with Ondi Timoner", multiple-award-winning director of the fantastic films DIG! and We Live in Public. Thursday September 24th in Hollywood. We Live in Public opens that weekend. This should be a "don't miss" event. Follow the link to buy tix.

Edited Wed 16 Sep 2009 by Marj Safinia

Angela Alston
Wed 23 Sep 2009Link

Host a House Party for the TV premiere of A SEA CHANGE

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 26, 8 pm EST
WHERE: Your house & Planet Green Network
SIGN- UP: On our Brave New Theaters page: http://aseachange.bravenewtheaters.com/

“This film is both a love letter to the planet and an urgent plea to its citizens.”—San Francisco Chronicle

A SEA CHANGE premiers on Sept. 26 on Planet Green, 8 pm EST. It’s the first film about the evil twin of climate change, ocean acidification.

Will you help make a HUGE SPLASH and let everyone in the US know about the threat excess carbon dioxide poses to ocean life?

If you have cable or satellite TV, please INVITE FRIENDS or FAMILY over to watch with you, discuss, and take action.

"Just go to A SEA CHANGE on Brave New Theaters to host your own party": http://aseachange.bravenewtheaters.com/ . Your party can be public or private, just as you choose.

*BONUS* If you’re hosting a house party on Sept. 26 to watch A Sea Change on Planet Green , we’ll send you a FREE DVD to say THANKS for helping get out the word out about climate change and the ocean!

Let’s get ocean lovers and climate change activists working together for a FAIR, AMBITIOUS and BINDING (FAB) climate treaty in December! And finish off Climate Week NYC with a TSUNAMI of action!

“A Sea Change could not be more timely. I believe acidification of our oceans is actually a greater threat to our survival than is temperature or sea level rise, the conventional “global warming” threats. Acidification is confusing and difficult to even imagine for most people—we need your film.”
—Rob Moir, Ph.D., OceanRiver Institute


Amanda Woods
Fri 25 Sep 2009Link Tag

Hello to all. Simon Kilmurry, the executive producer of P.O.V. (Point of View) saw something I posted on one of their blogs about documentary websites and suggested I come to this site to post something.

I'm just getting started in web design and have done only author websites. However, I'm a huge documentary enthusiast and it only occured to me after seeing P.O.V.'s blog that there is a way that I could help support the making of documentaries.

If anyone is in need of a website for their documentary, please feel free to contact me. I'm willing to do it at very little cost simply because I love documentaries so much and want to help.

My designs are very clean, simple, well-organized, yet stylish. I don't do anything too fancy like flash and the like, but if anyone is in need of a simple straight-forward website, I can help with that. I don't have anything to link to right now because I'm in the midst of redesigning a couple of websites I've done, but I can always email screenshots of those if you're interested.

I'm in school full-time right now and have a couple of websites on my plate currently, but I could be available in December to take on another project.

Here is my email address if you'd like to contact me: plainbellysneetch@gmail.com.

~ Amanda


Doug Block
Sun 27 Sep 2009Link

Very kind of you to offer, Amanda. Hopefully, some of us will take you up on it.


Karen Everett
Mon 28 Sep 2009Link

Hey everyone! Screenwriters are free to dream up plot twists for a three-act story, but we documentary filmmakers must design scenes based on what was actually filmed in real life. These two constraints–“what was filmed” and “real life”--present special challenges. Whether a documentary editor is using a three-act storyboard or some other narrative design, how does she stay true to actual happenings when she must persuade and contort them into climaxes and plot turns?

I’m teaching my popular weekend seminar, “Structuring the Character-Driven Documentary,” on October 10 and 11 at the San Francisco Film Society. This class will outline the principles of classic three-act narrative structure as taught by professional screenwriters, and we’ll learn how documentary filmmakers can adapt these structural demands to the randomness of real life. For more information, click http://www.sffs.org/classes-and-workshops/schedule.aspx


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