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Mildred Achoch
Sun 13 Mar 2011Link

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.


Jon Dieringer
Mon 14 Mar 2011Link

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.

Program Description

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


Kevin Hallagan
Wed 16 Mar 2011Link

Dear Everybody,
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
-Kevin Hallagan


Pamela Aguilar
Wed 16 Mar 2011Link

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
TIME: 7:30PM
WHERE: CultureFixNYC
PRICE: $5

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

• 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!


Marj Safinia
Wed 16 Mar 2011Link

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...


Jill Morley
Thu 17 Mar 2011Link

Marj, may I ask if there is a D-Word discount code? :-)


Andy Schocken
Thu 17 Mar 2011Link

Looking for a sound recordist in Boston tomorrow evening. Half day, $400 with gear. Best to contact me directly at aschocken at gmail.


Felix Endara
Fri 18 Mar 2011Link

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 docuclub@artsengine.net.

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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John Burgan
Sat 19 Mar 2011Link

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!)

Edited Sat 19 Mar 2011 by John Burgan

Andrew Iden
Sun 20 Mar 2011Link

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: andrew.iden@gmail.com


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