Wanted: Documentary film editor so absurdly wealthy he or she doesn’t need a paycheck. Perhaps you have so much money you need multiple wallets. Or perhaps you’re building a career and want a great new building block for a resume. Or perhaps you’d just be willing to pitch in for a fortnight of serious unpaid work on a cool and equally serious documentary. Set at the edge of the Brooklyn waterfront, its panorama is parkland and politics, it pits developers, environmentalists and park enthusiasts against each other, and it provides a collection of compellingly current interviews against a tapestry of background history. I am fun to work with and may even buy you a slice of pizza now and then. It won’t take forever; but I promise you a good, compact, and meaningful passage in your career. Write to Karen. Thanks.
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NYSCA helper needed for The Marina Experiment, Part II & III
I am a first time filmmaker applying for a NYSCA grant. I have a budget, but need help breaking down specific expenses for the NYSCA application. Part I of my film is made from found footage, so I need someone who who can look at my budget and break out specific expenses for Parts II & III of the film, especially Part III, which will be all new footage. Since I have never shot a film, I do not know what this entails as far as specific costs.
I can pay a stipend now and offer deferred pay when the grant comes through. I am applying for many other grants as well, so hopefully I will get money from someone that will enable me to pay you.
The NYSCA deadline is April 1, but I would like to submit as soon as possible. I have completed all the "writing" part of their application, so just need help with the financials.
The video here is kind of a trailer for Part II. You can see Part I on my website http://themarinaexperiment.com
Looking for some shooters for upcoming events in LA and SF.
Richard Noble, an LGBT activist, is walking from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Statue of Liberty in support of full civil rights and the American Equality Bill.
There is a send-off tomorrow in West Hollywood:
March 7 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm
West Hollywood Park Auditorium
647 N. San Vicente Blvd
The walk begins March 12th in SF with a send-off beginning at 10 am at Crissy Fields.
Unfortunately, I cannot offer pay, but only camera credit. If anyone is interested in helping out, please contact me.
Don't miss New York Magazine's Critic's Pick, Russian Art Documentary, The Desert of Forbidden Art at Cinema Village March 11-18 in NY! The filmmakers will be there for a Q&A on the weekend of March 11-13.
Also playing at Laemmle Music Hall 3 in LA starting March 18-25. Filmmakers in person.
Nice to have you here on The D-Word, Tchavdar, and much congrats. In the future, though, posts like this belong in the Shameless Self-Promotion topic.
Sorry about that Doug. I am still learning my way around here but LOVE the web portal you have created. :)
In reply to Mike Paterson's post on Mon 14 Feb 2011 :
My 5 year old can make a better website!
Wanted to let people know about an interesting lecture series happening in Brooklyn:
What: The Holocaust in Film with A. O. Scott
When: Sundays March 20, 27, April 3, 10 @ 7 PM
Where: Park Slope Jewish Center, 1420 8th Avenue (@ 14th St) Brooklyn 11215 718-768-1453 /www.psjc.org / F to 7th Avenue or 15th St. / Prospect Park
Tickets: $20/session & $60/series (members: $15/session & $40/series). Contact the PSJC office to register: 718 768-1453 or email@example.com.
The Park Slope Jewish Center is proud to present The Holocaust in Film, a four-session lecture series taught by A. O. Scott, New York Times film critic, with illustrative clips.
More than a quarter-century after Claude Lanzmann's landmark documentary "Shoah" and nearly twenty years after Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List," the Holocaust remains a perennially popular subject in American and European cinema. This course will explore some of the ways that a uniquely horrific and painful historical experience has been commemorated, reconstructed and even turned into entertainment. We will survey the various genres of the Holocaust film--from documentaries and non-fiction-based dramas to fantasies and action-adventure stories--and address some of the ethical challenges they raise. Each of the four sessions will be organized around a particular theme, with clips from relevant films. These will include well-known recent Hollywood productions (like "Inglourious Basterds," "Defiance," and "The Reader") as well as European films ("Voyages," "Fateless," "A Secret") that may be less familiar to American audiences.
- March 20: Introduction and overview: History of the Holocaust on film.
- March 27: Reconstructing and remembering: Documentaries, eyewitness accounts and survivors' stories.
- April 3: Reckoning: Movies about the psychology of the perpetrators and the moral dilemmas of the victims.
- April 10: Revisionism, Resistance and Revenge: Movies as alternative history.
A rare opportunity to hear insights from one of the nation's leading film critics on this important topic.
Sundays at 7:00 p.m.
Cost is $15 a session for members or $40 for the whole series; $20/$60 for non-members.
Call the PSJC office to register: 718 768-1453.
For more information about the series, please contact Dale Rosenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org
Flames of the snow is film about the peoples armed struggle to overthrow the 250 year old monarchy in Nepal. this film gives an insight into the vigrous maoist struggle
Film "Flames of the Snow" is The first documentary in South east Asia to go for a Theatrical release in a country in 42 theatres.
Pls see the following links
The Writeup in Screen
New Delhi Film Society
Flames of the snow in Theatres (Images)
and see the theatrical trailer of Flames of the snow at
Congratulations, Ashish – hope this will be shown widely
The first URL again in shorter form: The Writeup in Screen
In reply to Ashish Srivastav's post on Sat 12 Mar 2011 :
What international documentary festivals will you be applying to with this film? In Europe?
Hi everyone. I have a question. In terms of copyright and legal issues, is it okay for me to publicly screen trailers of documentaries without asking for permission from the relevant persons?
In reply to Mildred Achoch's post on Sun 13 Mar 2011 :
Mildred, are you talking about permission from the relevant directors/producers, or is this a trailer of a film you are making and you're talking about the characters?
Trailers are confined to the same copyright rules as any other audiovisual work. This generally means that you require people's permission to reproduce their work (in case of the author) or voice and likeness (in case of characters in a film you're making). There are exceptions though, like when your film is about a public figure, say a politician.
If you're talking about other people's work: many times filmmakers will fully copyright their documentary but assign a Creative Commons license (creativecommons.org) to the trailer, so it can be freely shared without permission (although often not altered). So this would differ from trailer to trailer.
Hi Koen. Thank you for your detailed reply :-)
I would like to screen a collection of rock documentary trailers since getting permission and/or the money to pay the producers so that I can screen their full documentaries is rather hectic (I'm speaking from experience). I was thinking that screening the trailers would be a kind of shortcut in that I would showcase the various documentaries without the related expenses.
Thanks for the info about the Creative Commons license. I will explore this.
FLAHERTY NYC: "PSYCHOGEOGRAPHIES"
!! TONIGHT !!
Monday, March 14, 7:30pm, Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Ave, New York, NY | $9
For the March installment of the Flaherty NYC monthly screening series, The Flaherty will present PSYCHOGEOGRAPHIES: work by Kathryn Ramey, Jason Livingston, & Joel Schlemowitz, a program of four 16mm films about places that are both real and imagined. There will be a post-screening discussion with the filmmakers, moderated by Colin Beckett, Critical Writing Fellow at UnionDocs.
Yanqui WALKER and the OPTICAL REVOLUTION (Kathryn Ramey, 2009, 33min)
An experimental documentary about William Walker, an American expansionist and military dictator. Through military force and coercion, Walker became president of Nicaragua in 1856. The film blends found footage, documentary photography, ethnographic inquiry and personal travelogue with hand-processing, optical printing and hand conducted time-lapse to detour and derail the various approaches to history-making that have been applied to this story. Yanqui WALKER not only tells us something about history and how it connects to current political, social and economic situations, but also how art and poetry can be a means to subvert and transcend even the most oppressive of narratives. Winner, “Best Short Doc” at Athens International Film and Video festival; Jury selection (1st prize) at the Black Maria Film Festival.
"The stylized strategy of Kathryn Ramey captures the mythology of her allusive subject in this unusual work." –Black Maria Film + Video Festival
Weimar (Joel Schlemowitz, 1996, 8 mins)
This little film took root while reading Henri Murger's Bohemian Life and Alex De Jong's Weimar Chronicles, while feeling admiration for the quiet heroism of Rudy Burckhardt's movies, while the next NYFA rejection arrived, and while a little free film was slipped my way, befitting a project about the value of art in people's lives, and ironically commenting on such through the thrift of its production. No plot. No story. Just a series of suggestive tableaus. The bohemians are played by: Stephen Callahan, Marchette DuBois, Lee Ellickson, Genese, Gary Goldberg, Rebecca Hampden, Alice MacIntyre, Bridget Meeds, Wanda Phipps, Jennifer Todd Reeves, Madeline Schwartzman, MM Serra, and Stuart Sherman.
Tombeau for Arnold Eagle (Joel Schlemowitz, 1994, 4 mins)
A memorial film for my mentor, who was once Robert Flaherty’s cinematographer.
“Joel Schlemowitz is a wizard of cinema. Each [film] is a unique gem – quirky, provocative, playful, often handmade, and always daring – celebrating Joel's astonishing mastery of the tools of filmmaking, and his poetic grasp on the art of cinema.” –Alan Berliner
Under Foot & Overstory (Jason Livingston, 2005, 35 mins)
Local environmentalists, the Friends of Hickory Hill Park, work to protect nearly 200 acres of unique urban parkland in Iowa City, Iowa. The organization's mission statement must be produced. The inaugural Hickory Hill Park calendar must be completed. Nature images run parallel, collide or drift beside the demands of group writing, open space and the park's changing boundary. There will be a 6 minute intermission. Winner of a Jury Prize at the New York Underground Film Festival.
“The best piece on Program 6 [from Onion City] is another unusual documentary, Jason Livingston's Under Foot and Overstory; the sound track recording of a friends of the park committee trying to draft its mission statement combines with fragmented images to remind us that parks are works in progress." -–Fred Camper
how do I start this and grab attention but not sound bland?
well, I want to be a documentary filmmaker in real life after college, but the film program here at Binghamton isn't really giving me the experience I need. Is anyone looking for a volunteer/intern this summer? I don't need to be paid or get credit or anything, I just need to learn. I am a very friendly, level headed person with problem solving skills and the ability to think both logically and creatively.
I have a passport and think I would actually prefer traveling anywhere.
I am a fast learner with technical experience already.
Please contact me if you are a filmmaker and would like help this summer, or if you know anyone who fits that description.
Thanks for reading.
Have a Great Day
Would like to invite everyone to join NALIP NY's 1st event of the year:
SPOTLIGHT ON DOCUMENTARIES MIXER
This is the first of a series of bi-monthly events organized by NALIP-NY. Each event will feature a discussion with industry insiders, showcase New York-based filmmakers’ work and will of course provide an opportunity to connect with seasoned industry professionals.
WHEN: MARCH 22nd
• Greg Rhem, Documentary Acquisitions, Original Programming for HBO
• Francisco Bello & Tim Sternberg, Co-Directors of 'El Espíritu de la Salsa' and Academy Award nominees
• Nicolas Entel, Director of 'Sins of My Father' and NALIP 2010 Estela Award for Documentary Film
National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP): All are Welcome!
Steve James in conversation at IDA's Doc-U Series
Doc legend, Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Stevie, The New Americans) is coming to IDA's Doc U seminar series this Monday at the Cinefamily Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles.
You can see more and buy tickets here
I think it will be a fascinating night, complete with a mixer afterwards, and lots of great folks in attendance. I highly recommend you attend if you can.
Also, in May, IDA will be hosting none other than Doug Block himself, in conversation with yours truly. Stay tuned for info on that...
Looking for a sound recordist in Boston tomorrow evening. Half day, $400 with gear. Best to contact me directly at aschocken at gmail.
DocuClub in April!
Our April DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, April 6, 7 p.m., at DCTV, located at 87 Lafayette (at Walker).
This month, we will screen a rough cut of HOW TO LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY by Therese Shecter. Investigating father/daughter purity balls, million-dollar virginity auctions and the search for the mythic hymen, Shechter poses two compelling questions: Why does virginity still hold such importance in an otherwise hyper-sexualized American society? And does virginity actually exist, or is it just a social construct created to keep the girls in line? Shechter engages sex educators, porn producers, abstinence advocates, historians and teenagers, to dig beneath the no-win double-message of a culture that cynically encourages virginity but sells promiscuity. (Think tight t-shirts that say "Virginity is Hot," expressing the virgin/whore dichotomy in a cotton/ polyester blend.) Traveling through pop culture, religion and history, Shechter plays the audience’s navigator, deconstructing the elusive, mysterious and not-always-precious gift that is virginity.
Producer/Director Therese Shecter considers herself a full-fledged virginity geek now that she’s been a panelist at Harvard University’s Rethinking Virginity conference and presented Feels Like the First Time: A Virginity Primer for Nerd Nite at Galapagos Art Space in New York. She also writes about virginity, feminism and sexuality for her blog "The American Virgin." Her first feature documentary I Was a Teenage Feminist screened worldwide in festivals, universities and international women’s organizations. In 2009, Shechter was honored to personally screen the film at Serbia’s first-ever Women’s Film Festival. She is most proud, however, to have been called a “brazen advocate of slut culture” by a conservative blogger who shall remain nameless. You can read her intermittent tweets @trixiefilms.
Co-producer Lisa Esselstein Co-Producer) lives at the junction of independent film and television. An award-winning writer/producer and editor, she got her start at IFC Entertainment, producing behind-the-scenes documentaries for festival favorites like TRANSAMERICA and ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW. Currently, Lisa produces national promotional campaigns for Sundance Channel films and non-fiction series, including BRICK CITY, LOVE/LUST, and the critically acclaimed ICONOCLASTS.
Editor Dina Guttman has been a part of the documentary world since 1996, editing films shot all over the world. She edited several PBS films including INDEPENDENT SPIRITS (2001), National Geographic’s THE LAST ROYALS (2005), and A HEALING ART (2010); and many film festival successes such as COWGIRLS (2002 USA Film Festival finalist), and ILONA, UPSTAIRS (HBO Audience Award, 2005 Provincetown Film Festival). She and her producing partner, veteran editor Toby Shimin, run the production company Dovetail Films.
Our moderator will be Mitch Teplisky, a documentary producer and marketing/fundraising consultant. His film SOY ANDINA, about two New York dancers who journey to Peru to reconnect with roots, aired on Latino Public Broadcasting's Voces series in 2009-2010. It was crowd-funded by more than 150 donors and business sponsors. Before that, Teplitsky was the long-time marketing director at the Film Society of Lincoln Center – and a volunteer for Docuclub, back in the late 1990s. So moderating this event marks a return to his own Docuclub roots! He is currently producing a New Media project, "The New American Girls," about undocumented teens in America (fiscally sponsored by Docuclub's parent Arts Engine), and plotting new projects in Peru.
If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP to email@example.com.
Admission at DCTV is free for current DocuClub members and $6 for non-members.
Tickets will be sold at the door, cash only.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No admittance after 7:15 p.m.
Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:
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i-Docs in Bristol UK next Friday March 25th looks like it's going to be great – completely sold out, apparently. I'll be there for the whole event, including the social the evening before from 6pm onwards at the Watershed Cafe – any D-Worders should give me a shout (or buy me a drink!)
Hey all-Wanted to pass this along, i'm selling part of my gear. Figured i'd throw it up here if anyone is interested...here's the specs:
FOR SALE: Sony HVR-V1U HDV Camera w/ accessories. Just three years old, this camera is in very good condition. Used primarily on interview shoots and documentary style shoots, it’s been well taken care of. Comes with a number of accessories as well, all purchased the same time as the camera from B&H Photo. (See below) Will also be including Sony 62mm UV Filter for the lens.
Petrol PCCB-1-N Camcorder Bag
Elipz 10K 7 Hour Battery & Charger
Sony HVR V1U HDV Camera
Includes: Remote control, composite video cable, component video cable, HDMI cable, shotgun microphone, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Zoom Lens, 20x, MemoryStick Duo Media slot, dual XLR channels, HDV1080/60i, 1080/24p recording modes, 1/4" 3CMOS ClearVid Sensor.
Asking $2800 OBO.
email me if interested: firstname.lastname@example.org
You could win $14,000 for making a 60-second commercial in Harbor Freight Tools' commercial pitch competition. They're looking for ideas to drive traffic to their stores and website. 10 pitches will win $500. Harbor Freight's goal is to produce up to three of the 10 pitches into commercial spots and air them on cable, network TV and online – a potential audience of millions. Those three winning pitches will each receive a $12,000 production budget, plus a $1,500 bonus for the writer-director. Including the $500 semi-finalist prize, that's a total of $14,000. Pitches are due Monday, April 4, 2011. Go to Filmaka.com/harborfreight to learn more
Selling our trusty Canon XHA1 HDV Camcorder with lots of accessories. The camera is 4 years old, but the tape heads were replaced new in 2008. The camera is in excellent condition. Looking to sell the whole package for $1800 but will take $1500 if you only want the camera.
XH-A1 camera with all original cables/chargers/manual, B+W protective filter on the lens
3 batteries – large capacity BP-970g, BP-950g, and an Impact equivalent of the BP-950g
Petrol camera bag
Azden SGM-1x shotgun microphone with mic muff
Varizoom S-2010 on-camera LED light with Canon battery plate
Hoodman LCD hood
25 Panasonic DVM63AMQ MiniDV tapes
3 Panasonic DVM63PQ MiniDV tapes
email email@example.com if interested.