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Lisa Liu
Thu 29 Oct 2009Link

Hello D-Word friends,

Have you ever make a film in China or India? Was it difficult getting permission to film in those countries? Can you please let me know how long did take you to get a permit. Thanks.


Doug Block
Thu 29 Oct 2009Link Tag

Lisa, D-Word member Tom Lennon works in China frequently – he won an Oscar for best documentary short two years ago (for The Blood of Yingzhou District). I'm sure he'd be fine about your contacting him: tl@thomaslennonfilms.com

And when you get the chance, feel free to register for full D-Word membership , which will give you access to all the discussion topics.

Edited Thu 29 Oct 2009 by Doug Block

Lisa Liu
Fri 30 Oct 2009Link

Hi Doug, Thank you so much for your help. I'll email Tom Lennon.


Stefan Immler
Sat 31 Oct 2009Link

Needed someone to design and setup a web site for my upcoming doc (domain and hosting already in place). Smallish budget, but if you can help, please drop me a line: giganova @ giganova.com

Thanks,
Stefan


Lisa Liu
Sat 31 Oct 2009Link
Stefan, I'm not a web designer, but I can give you some suggestions.
Edited Fri 25 Jun 2010 by John Burgan

Erica Ginsberg
Mon 2 Nov 2009Link

Docs In Progress' popular work-in-progress screening series returns to Washington DC this Friday, November 6. Please come join us and bring your critical thinking skills (and any friends who have them).

WHAT'S SCREENING?

Battle for the Big Easy by John Patrick King and Ed Stephenson
Five people from different parts of New Orleans strive to keep alive the city's distinctive Mardi Gras culture after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Are they saving a culture or is the culture saving them?

WHEN?
Friday, November 6, 2009
7:00-9:30 pm

WHERE?
George Washington University Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st Street, NW (21st and H Streets)
Auditorium B-07 (one floor down from street level)
Washington DC

Special thanks to the Documentary Center at the George Washington University for sponsoring this screening.

COST?
$5 suggested donation. Cash only at the door.

More info: http://www.docsinprogress.org


Nicole Opper
Thu 5 Nov 2009Link

Hi D-Word friends: I'm looking to rent out my edit suite which I won't be in need of for at least another six months. I'm also open to bartering for access to a good HD camera kit (ideally the Panasonic HVX200) since I'll be back in production mode soon. Thank you!

A list of the goods (all bought a year ago and in top condition):

POST EQUIPMENT
MacPro 8-core Two 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon/2GB/GeForce 8800
GT/320GB/16x Superdrive/Bluetooth
Dual Samsung 245T Syncmaster 24” LCD Monitors
Sony HVR-M15U 1080i HDV VTR (DV Deck)
Internal 1.5TB RAID media drive 6GB Mac Pro 800MHz RAM
Edirol MA-15DBLK Digital Monitors/Speakers
APC Back-UPS 1500VA LCD 120V
Canon Canoscan LIDE90USB Color Flatbed Scanner
Lightscribe DVD burner
Applecare for Mac Pro
Airport Wireless Card for Mac Pro
All necessary cables

Software includes:
Apple Final Cut Studio 2 / Final Cut 6.0.3
Cinema Tools
Soundtrack Pro
DVD Studio Pro, Toast, DiscLabel
Photoshop CS3, After Effects CS3, Illustrator CS3
Microsoft Office

I can also throw in a big sturdy desk and comfortable swivel chair! And I will deliver it to you myself. I also have a lot of production equipment I won't be needing for awhile too, including a DVX camera,
if anyone's interested.

Please email to negotiate rates!
nicoleopp@gmail.com
www.offandrunningthefilm.com


Felix Endara
Thu 5 Nov 2009Link

DocuClub in November!

Once again, we are thrilled to partner with Tribeca All Access for our November DocuClub. The screening will take place on Wednesday, November 18, 7 p.m., at the Tribeca Cinemas, located at 54 Varick Street (corner of Laight, on block below Canal). You can take the 1, A, C, E, trains to Canal Street.

We will screen a rough cut of BEIJING TAXI by Miao Wang. The feature-length documentary vividly portrays the ancient capital of China going through a profound transformational arch. Through a humanistic lens, the intimate lives of three taxi drivers thread through the morphing city of Beijing confronted with modern issues and changing values. Though each faced with their own struggles with modernity, the three characters radiate a warm sense of humanity. With stunning imagery of Beijing combined with a contemporary score rich in atmosphere, the audience experiences a visceral sense of the common citizens’ persistent attempts to grasp the elusive. Its society is living through enormous contradictions adjusting to a new capitalist system from a Communist-ruled and educated society. BEIJING TAXI uses the Olympic games as the backdrop for the film. The Olympics is the biggest metaphor and China’s coming-out party to mark this era of China in transition. Candid and perceptive in its filming approach and highly cinematic and moody in style, BEIJING TAXI takes us on a lyrical journey into fragments of a society riding the bumpy roads to modernization. Though the destination is unknown, they continue to forge ahead.

Born and raised in Beijing, Director Miao Wang immigrated to the United States in 1990. Her first documentary, YELLOW OX MOUNTAIN, has screened at over twenty festivals, received a Best Short Film Award and a broadcast on WNET Thirteen. Wang has worked as an assistant at Maysles Films, and has edited documentaries for PBS and programs for National Geographic. For BEIJING TAXI, Wang has received grants from the Sundance Documentary Fund, the Jerome Foundation, and the New York State Council for the Arts. She has participated in the IFP Filmmaker’s Lab, Tribeca All Access, and Independent Film Week and currently splits her time between New York and Beijing. BEIJING TAXI is her first feature-length documentary.

Producer Ivana Stolkiner was born in Argentina, and moved to New York in 1998. After graduating with honors from Hunter College’s film program in 2004, Stolkiner assisted the producers of Kartemquin Films in several award-winning documentaries--MAPPING STEM CELL RESEARCH: TERRA INCOGNITA, MILKING THE RHINO and IN THE FAMILY, among others. She has assisted Engel Entertainment in films for the Discovery Channel and National Geographic, and has also served as an associate producer at Pacific Street for the documentaries IN DEBT WE TRUST and BEYOND WISE GUYS.

Editor Sikay Tang received her film training with Spike Lee’s production of JUNGLE FEVER (1991) and MALCOM X (1992). A year later, during the making of her first video, Tang began her interest in film editing. Her editing credits include the documentaries CHISHOLM 72: UNBOUGHT AND UNBOSSED (2004) by Shola Lunch, and THE GOOD SOLDIER (2009) by Michael Uys and and Lexy Lovell. Tang works as a film and video editor and lives in New York City.

Our moderator will be Adella Ladjevardi, Grants Manager at Cinereach, a not-for-profit organization that facilitates the creation of films that “challenge, excite, innovate, offer new perspectives and inspire action.” Most recently, she was the Associate Producer for 2009’S MY NEIGHBOR, MY KILLER, a documentary feature by Emmy-award winner Anne Aghion. Ladjevardi was also Associate Producer for the four-hour cut of acclaimed filmmaker Jennifer Fox’s 2008 documentary mini-series FLYING: CONFESSIONS OF A FREE WOMAN, broadcast on the BBC and SBS; and served as the Distribution and Outreach Manager for the educational and non-theatrical markets for FLYING’s six-hour version. Prior to working with Fox, Adella worked for three years in marketing and publicity at documentary film distributor Icarus Films. She was also Associate Producer of Tanaz Eshaghian’s 2002 short doc I CALL MYSELF PERSIAN: IRANIANS IN AMERICA, broadcast on PBS and screened at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight. Ladjevardi received a BFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $6 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


Michael Fox
Mon 9 Nov 2009Link

Mendocino Film Festival's Call for Entries
Final Deadline Dec. 1, 2009
www.MendocinoFilmFestival.org

Set in the historic village of Mendocino on the spectacular Northern California coast, the Mendocino Film Festival (June 4-6, 2010) has been praised by attending filmmakers as “a filmmaker’s film festival,” an intimate gathering place for independent artists hailing from across the country and around the globe.

The Mendocino Film Festival offers attending filmmakers the warmest hospitality for three nights in the private homes, lodges, and inns of Mendocino and neighboring communities. With screenings and discussions by day, filmmakers and audience members gather in the evenings for informal celebrations and special events. Gatherings include an opening reception and a private filmmakers’ party at an historic Victorian home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The atmosphere is profoundly relaxed, intimate and festive.

"The Mendocino Film Festival is the near perfect film festival. It is about great films, talented filmmakers and wonderful film lovers, all set in a breathtakingly beautiful place," said filmmaker Adrian Belic.

The festival has been proud to host beloved documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, actor Carl Lumbly, actor and activist Danny Glover, Sydney Pollack, documentary theoretician Bill Nichols, Academy Award nominees Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, and many others.

The Mendocino Film Festival focuses on creative kinship and great films. Filmmakers come to Mendocino to turn off their cell phones, hike our beautiful coastline and share their work with passionate colleagues and attendees. Mendocino is known for its artistic and politically active population—our audiences are informed, engaged and supportive.

Located on the Northern California coast a scenic three-hour drive from San Francisco, Mendocino is a charming and historic village with everything in walking distance. The town’s unforgettable setting has served as the backdrop for over sixty films, including East of Eden, Same Time Next Year, Summer of ‘42, The Russians Are Coming, The Majestic, and Murder She Wrote.

The Mendocino Film Festival invites filmmakers to submit entries by Dec. 1, 2009, to one of these special categories:

• Films on the Arts – Films on the lives, work and creative process of artists in the visual, literary, applied and performing arts.
• Films for our Future – Environmental, social justice, and spiritually themed films that offer models, solutions, and inspiration for our future.
• Documentary Features – Strong, well-crafted stories that inform, infuriate, inspire and change how we see the world.

For full details and submissions, go to:
www.MendocinoFilmFestival.org


Matt Sharp
Tue 10 Nov 2009Link

BRIDGE INT'L SCREENPLAY COMPETITION – Call for Scripts 2009
Creating opportunities for writers on a global scale!

Accepting screenplays thru Nov 19, 2009.

Back by popular demand is the 2nd Annual Bridge International Screenplay Competition. We are currently accepting screenplays and teleplays from around the world. Don't miss this priceless opportunity to have your work in front of over 8,500 industry professionals. Submitting your script is fast and easy with our simple online entry form.

Thanks to the overwhelming response we received last season from writers world-wide, we're able to offer $10 entry fees this year! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Submit today!

$10 ENTRY FEES – Submit Your Script Now!

http://www.submitbridge.com/submit.php


Stefani Saintonge
Thu 12 Nov 2009Link

MFA Documentary Program at Hofstra University is hosting a screening of Made in L.A. tonight at 7pm. The film will be shown on the university campus in Breslin 211 following a guest speaker.

Information about the film:
Emmy award-winning feature documentary that follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer.
Guest Speaker: Nadia Marin, Attorney / Executive Director, the Workplace Project of Long Island.


Matt Peterson
Sat 14 Nov 2009Link

Ongoing series of non-fiction screenings in NYC: Red Channels (www.redchannels.org). Today we start a Jackie Raynal retrospective at UnionDocs in Brooklyn.


Tailinh Agoyo
Sun 15 Nov 2009Link

NEW DOCUMENTARY RESOURCE WEBSITE that offers weekly free teleseminars/webinars.

www.documentaryhowto.com

The DocuMentors website gives you a fun, supportive, money-saving way to stay ahead of the curve in the documentary industry. If you are new to the field, membership will save you years of time navigating the ins and outs of a very complex field. If you are a veteran, there’s plenty here for you too – the latest equipment info, funding updates, and filmmaker case studies. New features and content are being added weekly.

DOC TALKS
Enjoy privileged access to DOC TALK calls, our teleseminar series with documentary industry experts. You don’t want to miss this biweekly event, packed with the latest info on everything from raising documentary money to getting into the best film festivals and more. Plus, listen to the inspiring and encouraging real world stories of how award-winning filmmakers have made their films a reality. You’ll have access to the DOC TALK Archive and can listen to the recorded calls at your leisure.

DOCUMENTORS TOOL KIT
Get exclusive access to everything you need to make your documentary happen now. This rich, up-to-the-minute treasure trove of documentary resources includes:
Fundraising Materials that will guide you down the tricky path of fundraising
Sample Trailers that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from various foundations and funders
Funded Proposals that have been awarded monies from sources such as ITVS and the Sundance Institute
Actual Budgets—Real budgets from real films. A must-have for any beginning filmmaker. A good, realistic budget gives funders confidence in you, giving you a huge edge when seeking documentary money. You’ll also get blank budget templates. (coming soon)

Templates:
Release Forms
Budget Templates (coming soon)
Crew Agreements (coming soon)
Production Forms (coming soon)
Composer Agreements (coming soon)
Distribution Agreement Templates (coming soon)

And More!

www.documentaryhowto.com


Gregg Schwenk
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

In reply to Gregg Schwenk's post on Tue 20 Oct 2009 :

2010 NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL THANKSGIVING SPECIAL DEADLINE

Submit your film now and save!

The deadline is NOVEMBER 20-

Features $45

Shorts $40

Submit on the web with Withoutabox.com and receive a discount! You can find
the NBFF submissions link to withoutabox at
www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com<http://www.newportbeachfilmfest.com/>

For more updates and news on special events follow us on Twitter!
twitter.com/nbff

2010 Newport Beach Film Festival
April 22-29th, 2010

Amanda Salazar
Associate Director of Programming
Newport Beach Film Festival
4540 Campus Drive
Newport Beach, CA, 92660
(949) 253-2880 ex 226
amanda.salazar@newportbeachfilmfest.com
www.newportbeachfilmfest.com

The 11th annual Newport Beach Film Festival will run April 22nd – 29th, 2010


Rob Jackson
Tue 17 Nov 2009Link

Serac Adventure Film School has spots available for the 2010 Colorado Backcountry Adventure Film School this Jan. 25th – Feb. 2nd!

Travel deep into the Rocky Mountains for life-saving avalanche training, winter backcountry skills and weather forecasting, all while making your very own film. The trip includes high-elevation snow camping and 2 overnights in a rustic backcountry cabin, part of the 10th Mountain Division Hut circuit.

What will you film? Everything from in-depth character stories and stunning landscape sequences to breathtaking powder skiing shots—you decide!

Check out the website at:
http://www.adventurefilmschool.com/expeditions/colorado_backcountry_2010/expedition_summary.php

Or, check out Behind-the-Scenes footage from last year's backcountry film school at:
http://www.adventurefilmschool.com/expeditions/colorado_backcountry_2009/expedition_overview.php

Edited Tue 17 Nov 2009 by Rob Jackson

Melis Birder
Thu 19 Nov 2009Link

We're in the process to produce DVDs for an award winning documentary The Visitors.

The film is about the passengers of a charter bus that leaves New York City every weekend for various prisons located in upstate New York, most of them long hours away from the city.

The DVDs will be available for sale from our website that is currently being updated:

http://visitorsdocumentary.com/

We need a part-time/freelance outreach, marketing person to help us bring this film to as many people as possible.

Duties include:

- Take part in our online grassroots outreach campaign by identifying audience segments and how to effectively reach them.

- Enlist fans to spread the word.

- Generate sales through partnerships with other sites, organizations, and blogs.


- Develop and manage film’s Facebook page 


- Field film screening and distribution inquiries

- Email list creation and management.

Skills Required:

• Online marketing and outreach experience
• Familiarity with film business
• Bachelors degree; film or business degree preferred
• Interest in criminal justice issues

This is a non-paid but commission based job. And some of the profits will go help the families of the incarcerated.

Thanks
Melis


Felix Endara
Tue 24 Nov 2009Link

DocuClub in December!

Our December DocuClub screening will be on Wednesday, December 2, at 7 p.m., at Goldcrest Post (799 Washington Street, between Horatio and Gansevoort), in New York City’s West Village.

We will screen a rough cut of Jill Morley’s FIGHTING IT. While taking a personal journey into the boxing ring, FIGHTING IT explores the complexities of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, racism, and the importance of pursuing your dreams no matter what they are, what issues surround them, or gender you happen to be. It also emphasizes the value of being present and using the past to fuel your journey forward. FIGHTING IT views overcoming adversity, coping with trauma and healing from the past through the lens of boxing. The fact that such healing can take place in what many consider a violent sport is what makes these boxers’ journeys so unique and compelling.

Director Jill Morley’s STRIPPED ran on the Sundance Channel and won Best Documentary at the Women’s International Film Festival in Sydney. Her play, TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A GO-GO GIRL, was recently made into a Lifetime Movie of the Week and was published in Women Playwrights: The Best Plays of 1998. Heading the Paul Taylor Dance Company Video Archive project, Morley shot, edited, and directed the company’s repertoire for their video archive. She also worked with Michael Moore as a producer and correspondent for THE AWFUL TRUTH. In addition, Morley’s Shooting Ninjas Productions specializes in corporate videos, events and performances. Some clients include Gerber, Activision, TIME Magazine, and Kiehl’s.

Our moderator will be Danielle DiGiacomo, Community Manager at IFP, the nation's oldest and largest membership organization, and premiere advocate, for independent filmmakers. Previous to that, she was Head of Documentary Acquisitions for IndiePix Films, building up the documentary feature catalogue and spearheading the successful multi-platform releases of films such as Jeremiah Zagar's IN A DREAM, Kristi Jacobson's TOOTS, and Jason Hutt's ORTHODOX STANCE. She also developed and produced the first and second annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Film. DiGiacomo has programmed in conjunction with the Woodstock Film Festival, Brooklyn Independent Cinema Series, and Rooftop Films, and has presented on panels about film distribution and production at the Newport International Film Festival, Hunter College, Big Sky Documentary Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, and Krakow Film Festival, among others. In addition, she has taught "Contemporary Documentary" and "Documentary Distribution and Marketing" at New York University.

This is DocuClub’s last screening in 2009, so come out to support your filmmaker peers!

Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $6 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:

http://www.artsengine.net/store/items/docuclub_membership_individual_rate


Joe Moulins
Tue 24 Nov 2009Link

I'm in Edmonton for a screening of "A Tribe of His Own: The Journalism of P. Sainath", and to install Sainath's photo exhibit "Visible Work, Invisible Women" at the U of A extension campus gallery. The gallery is in the Bay building at Jasper Ave and 103rd St. The photos will be open to viewing by the public here until January 2010.

If you're interested in bringing "Visible Work, Invisible Women" to your community, please contact me at jmoulins@gmail.com.


Edwin Gailits
Tue 24 Nov 2009Link

I'm looking for a location sound recordist in the Ft Lauderdale, Florida area in the middle of December for 4 days.
The film I'm working on, and have been for the last several years, is a self-funded dance documentary, and I don't have the budget to pay top industry rates.

I'm paying but I'm looking for someone willing to work with me on the rate.
I'm also looking for someone familiar with documentary location sound recording.
I have all the audio gear, but I assume most sound people prefer to use their own.

Let me know if you want more details, or if you can pass on the name of any sound recordist, it would be much appreciated.

Thanks

Edwin

Toronto
gus.to@sympatico.ca


Tracie Holder
Tue 24 Nov 2009Link

From Festivals to Cinemas to Broadcast to Digital: Surveying Your Distribution Options

Next Wed. Dec. 2 | 6:30-8:30pm | WMM Office | $50/$40

Knowing your options for distribution and establishing a clear set of goals for your film—as early as the pre-production phase—are essential for your film’s success. This workshop presents how to explore the different markets (i.e. theatrical, educational, broadcast, home video, public screenings, digital/download) and determine the right fit.

Topics include: developing the public image of your film; navigating the film festival circuit; pitching to buyers; negotiating contracts; and making decisions in a digital age. An essential workshop for any filmmaker who wants their work to be seen! Presented by Women Make Movie's Executive Director, Debra Zimmerman.

Register today! Space is limited. The $40 discount rate is available to D-Word members.


Stefani Saintonge
Fri 27 Nov 2009Link

Anyone in the Long Island area? If so, and you would like to receive information about free, public documentary screenings and events e-mail MFADocprogram@hostra.edu.


Monica Rosales
Sat 28 Nov 2009Link

CALL FOR ENTRIES!! DOCUMENTARY FILMS! DocMiami May 28-30, 2010!

Submit Your Film Now!
http://docmiami.org/Festival.html

Feature Documentary
Feature Documentaries with a total running time from 61 – 180 minutes. (All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)

Documentary Short
Short Documentaries with a total running time between 4 and 30 minutes. (All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)

MiniMovies
Very short documentaries and fiction forms plus all experimental genres allowed with a total running time of under 4 minutes (this is up to 3 minutes and 59 seconds, not a second more!) – Go to the limit of documentary film making: free form – free content –(All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)

Documentary Medium-Length and Essay Forms
Medium length documentaries and documentarian film essays with a total running time between 31 and 60 minutes. (All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)


Miranda Yousef
Wed 2 Dec 2009Link

Hello fellow D-Worders,

FCP Editor available!

I just got back from a 2-month stint in New Orleans editing a fellow D-Worder's documentary, and really enjoyed that experience. I'm looking for my next gig, and wanted to introduce myself to those of you who are looking for an editor.

I am a Final Cut Pro editor with several years of experience, and a number of post-production feature documentary and television credits. Projects I have worked on include an Academy Award short-list nominee, and the winner of the 2008 IDA Audience Award.

I have supervised post-production for broadcast television as well as for theatrical film-outs, and am proficient in After Effects, Photoshop, and all aspects of Final Cut Studio.

I have an excellent grasp of story structure, a good eye for comedy as well as drama, and the ability to pull out the poignant moments that make audiences love (or hate!) the characters.

You can find my reel and resume online at my website; please contact me directly (see my member profile page) for URL and login info.

Thanks, and good luck with all your projects!
- Miranda


Tailinh Agoyo
Wed 2 Dec 2009Link

How to be more competitive when applying for funding from ITVS' OPEN CALL (deadline 1/15/10) – FREE TELESEMINAR Thursday, December 3rd.

Join DocuMentors for a free DOC TALKS teleseminar with Richard Saiz, Senior Programming Manager at ITVS (Independent Television Service), this Thursday, December 3rd, at 5:30pm PST for one hour. We'll talk to Richard about how to be more competitive when applying for funding from ITVS' major initiative OPEN CALL (deadline on January 15th, 2010). ITVS is a champion of independent filmmaking and a major source of programming for PBS, providing over $10 million in licensing fees to filmmakers each year through their many funding initiatives.

COST: Free
DATE: Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
TIME: 5:30pm PST (6:30 Mtn, 7:30 Central, 8:30pm EST) for one hour

To register, follow link below.

http://documentaryhowto.com/free-documentary-teleseminar-registration


Pablo Navarrete
Thu 3 Dec 2009Link

Hola D-Word Community,

Wanted to let you know about the following:

Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela (USA Screenings/December 2009)

http://www.alborada.net/insidetherevolution-usa-screenings-2009

More info on the film here:
http://www.alborada.net/alboradafilms

Best wishes,

Pablo


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