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Penelope Andrews
Fri 22 Apr 2011Link

Just in case anyone is looking for a nice 3 bed house in Seattle I have a friend who is renting her place out...in june she said its in a good area and cute its getting fixed up a little right now. She super cool and has moved to my area but wants to rent her house as she is here full time, I think its in $1600-1800 range and she says its a pretty classy place. Seems like a lot but I have no clue of the market in Seattle...if you want to know more I will put you in touch with her.


Erica Ginsberg
Mon 25 Apr 2011Link

THE FOLLOWING EVENT IS TAKING PLACE IN SILVER SPRING, MD -
JUST OUTSIDE OF WASHINGTON DC:

The Docs In Progress Evening with an Expert series returns on Monday May 2. This program will focus on how brings filmmakers and other industry professionals to be engaged in an active distribution campaign for a social issue documentary, using the Emmy Award-winning Out in the Silence as a case study.

Filmmakers Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer will return to Docs In Progress during a brief break from their outreach tour to discuss how they built a grassroots campaign around the film to help raise visibility and use the film as a tool for mobilizing action. Among the topics to be covered:

* Measuring tangible impacts through documentary screenings and discussions
* Building relationships with community partners
* Balancing "old-school" grassroots outreach such as radio interviews, local newspaper articles, fliers, and posters with "new school" methods such as social media, e-mail marketing, website and blog coverage, and online screenings.
* Strategies for fundraising, friendraising, and film sales for social issue films
* How making a difference and making a living through documentary do not have to be mutually exclusive concepts.

WHEN?
Monday, May 2, 2011
6:30 pm Networking and Refreshments
7:00 – 8:30 pm Program and Q&A

WHERE?
Docs In Progress
8700 First Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

REGISTRATION FEE?
$25 if register and pay online no later than 5 pm on May 2. ($20 for Docs Insiders*)
$30 if pay by cash or check at the door. (no discounts)

  • The Docs Insiders Program is an annual membership program. For an annual fee, Docs Insiders get preferred rates on Docs In Progress and partner progrms and access to apply for the Docs In Progress Fiscal Sponsorship Program.

TO REGISTER, VISIT THE DOCS IN PROGRESS WEBSITE.

ABOUT THE FILM
Out in the Silence captures the remarkable chain of events that unfold when the announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson's wedding to another man, Dean Hamer, ignites a firestorm of controversy in his small Pennsylvania hometown. When the mother of a gay teen being tormented at a school in the town writes to Wilson, he is drawn back on a journey through love, hate, and understanding in rural America. Prior to its completion, Out in the Silence was workshopped through several Docs In Progress programs including Peer Pitch, Work in Progress Screenings, and One-on-One Consultations.

Out in the Silence has been playing the film festival circuit for more than 1 1/2 years, has been funded by the Sundance Documentary Fund, has screened on public television, and recently won a regional Emmy Award for Best Documentary. However, these kudos pale in comparison to the deeper impact the film is making in small towns across America as the filmmakers have taken it to community screenings one town at a time. The aim of this grassroots campaign is to expand public awareness about the difficulties that GLBT people face in rural and small town America and to promote dialogue and action that will help people on all sides of the issues find common ground.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Social activist and filmmaker Joe Wilson was frustrated by the limitations of traditional advocacy, and so he picked up a camera with hopes of reaching broader audiences with stories that inform and compel people to question and act. Wilson's work has been awarded winner of the Videomaker Magazine National Documentary Challenge, Audience Prize at the One-in-Ten Film Festival, and Best Short Film at the Barcelona Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, among other recognitions.

Scientist turned filmmaker Dean Hamer joined the journalism field after being invited to discuss his research on AIDS, human sexuality, and behavior genetics on numerous television news shows. He set out to communicate complex scientific and social ideas through compelling documentaries. Hamer's debut film, The Preacher and the Poet (also an alum of the Docs In Progress Work-in-Progress Screening Program), was a winner at the PBS/Independent Lens Online Shorts Festival. His work also has been awarded the Audience Prize at the One-in-Ten Film Festival, and Best Short Film at the Barcelona Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, among other recognitions. Hamer also has worked on productions for the BBC, Discovery Science, and network news channels. He has written three award-winning books, including The Science of Desire, which was a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year" in 1994.

Wilson and Hamer are partners in filmmaking as well as life, having produced over a dozen pieces for their company, qWaves.

While this talk will not include a full screening of the film, Out in the Silence can be viewed online on Hulu or SnagFilms or can be purchased on DVD or digital download through their a variety of sources.


Molly Knight Raskin
Tue 26 Apr 2011Link

Hi D-Word folks.
Looking for a production assistant with solid LIGHTING experience for a day-long shoot in Cambridge/Boston on May 3rd. We're making a short video tribute to a victim of 9/11 – shooting mostly interviews, some b-roll – full day. Possible second day the following week (May 9th)
PA must know how to beautifully light an interview and be willing to jump in to help carry equipment, setup etc. Day rate approximately $300-400, depending on experience.
(* We'll be shooting with a Sony EX 1R, and using a Kinoflo Lighting Kit: (1) 4x4 (4 bank), (2) 2x2, 3 C stands, 3 arms, gobbles, small ballasts, DAYLIGHT AND TUNGSTEN BULBS, extension cords)
If interested, please e-mail me at: mollyraskin[AT]msn[DOT]com
Thanks!

Edited Tue 26 Apr 2011 by John Burgan

Felix Endara
Wed 27 Apr 2011Link

BRANCHAGE FILM FESTIVAL is looking for Films!

The next Branchage International Film Festival will take place 22 – 25 September 2011. New work is what makes the festival really come alive.

Enter your film to be a part of it – the Branchage Programming Team want to see your creative talent!

We will take submissions of both feature films and short films, they can be fiction, documentary, art films, music vids or any indefinable cross over of the above.

Any length | Any genre | Any style

Learn more about the festival here:

http://www.branchagefestival.com/about-branchage/a-bit-about-branchage/

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: 1st February 2011

REGULAR DEADLINE: 25th April 2011

LATE DEADLINE: 25th May 2011


Rob Rooy
Wed 27 Apr 2011Link

Over the last several months, a local woman has transcribed something like 150 hours of footage for me. She's amazingly fast and accurate. She's interested in doing more, and I'm not going to have enough to keep her busy. So if anyone needs a reliable and reasonable transcriptionist, email me and I'll introduce you.


Yoni Brook
Thu 28 Apr 2011Link

Looking for a Portuguese-to-English transcriber/translator for interview & verite footage. Preferably located in NYC, but can be remote as well. Please contact yoni (at) ybpix.com


Hemal Trivedi
Thu 28 Apr 2011Link

I know it is a bit last minute but I need recommendations for a NY / NJ based PA tomorrow. We are going to be in Camden, NJ. It is a whole day shoot from we will leave at 10:30 a.m. and should return by 9:00 p.m. E-mail me on hemal_triv@yahoo.com Thanks Hemal


Jan Kriv
Thu 28 Apr 2011Link

In reply to Melanie La Rosa's post on Thu 1 Nov 2007 :

Hi, I'm not sure if you still looking, but here is the company I represent, we would be glad to have your business, and if you know that someone else is looking, please recommend us for their transcription services. http://www.transcriptioninstitute.com
We've done a lot of caption work, video work, etc... We will be glad to provide references


Roselly Torres
Fri 29 Apr 2011Link

FILM WORKSHOPS IN MIDTOWN MANHATTAN: Third World Newsreel Spring Evening Workshops Start May 3rd, 2011!

Walk-in seminars on production topics you need – from production planning and distribution, to new media production, sound recording and more. All classes are $20 ($10 for low income) unless otherwise noted. The workshops take place at Third World Newsreel. Register now by emailing workshop@twn.org.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 6:30PM
Kick (Start) Me
Roddy Bogawa speaks on using crowdsourcing to fundraise, and all the effort (and "killer rewards") needed to make it work. Having raised raised more than $20G Kickstarter in forty-five days for his new film Taken by Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis he should know! Bogawa's work Some Divine Wind, Junk and I Was Born, But... have screened in dozens of film festivals, gallery and museum venues including Sundance, MoMA and the Whitney Biennial. He is also a professor in media arts at New Jersey City University. ($20/10 low income)


Tuesday, May 10th, 6:30 PM
Sound Recording: Tips for Better Results and New Gear
An intro to getting decent sound and a look at some of the more popular mixers, hard drive recorders and radio mikes. Whether working with the 5D, the 900 or your tiny FS200. Facilitated by JT Takagi, recordist/filmmaker with gear courtesy of Professional Sound Services. ($20/10 low income)


Stay tuned for more! – Production Planning, Marketing and Distribution and a Master Class with Sam Pollard!

All Classes held at:
Third World Newsreel
545 Eighth Avenue, 10th Flr
between 37th and 38th Streets
1, 2, 3, A, C, E to Times Square
212 947-9277 x 15
RSVP and info – email workshop@twn.org


Jeff Justice
Sun 1 May 2011Link

Producers/Collaborators Sought: Doc Film On People Living In Cars

Hi there,

My name is Jeff and I am a first-time filmmaker. I have been filming footage of people living in cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs since last fall. I also live in my SUV and film my experience too.

Not having gone to film school, I am seeking producers and collaborators with filmmaking experience to help transform this footage into an actual film.

Here’s why you should work with me:

-Having worked on a major political campaign, I know how to make and confirm definite commitments with excellent follow though
-I live in my SUV making me all the more able to earn trust among fellow vehicle dwellers
-If I am able to make this film, because I live in my SUV, it will be an amazing underdog story
-I am an emerging YouTube personality. My videos have received almost 13,000 views in just 3 months, with almost 700 YouTube friends and 125 subscribers (I have not lost a subscriber yet). The channel is: jeff4justice
-I have hours and hours of original/unique footage on this topic
-I have researched this topic extensively
-This is a timely topic because of the economic crisis

Here’s what I have filmed:

-6 Interviews of people living in vehicles
-2 Interviews of government workers & elected officials who have been engaged with this topic
-5 interviews with people working in nonprofits serving homeless people living in vehicles
-2 interviews with local residents in neighborhoods with people living in vehicles
-2 interviews with local representatives of neighborhood groups in neighborhoods with people living in vehicles
-1 interview with a police officer
-1 town hall meeting on this topic

All interview subjects signed media releases forms.

I have also filmed various footage of vehicles that appear to be lived in, traffic scenes, and various filler footage.

Here’s where I have filmed:
Walnut Creek, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Venice/L.A. – all in CA

Here’s what I need to film more of:

-2 interviews with women living in vehicles
-2 interviews with families living in vehicles
-More racial/cultural diversity of interview subjects
-More in-depth follow along of 2-3 people/couples/families living in vehicles

Also, I just learned of a lawsuit involving people living in vehicles VS. the city of L.A. regarding laws that outlaw living in vehicles. Footage of the court events would be great too!

Equipment used:
-Kodak Zi8 camera
-Audio Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier Omnidirectional Condenser Clipon Mics

A 15 minute clip preview is available.

Like documentaries such as An Inconvenient Truth, Out In The Silence, The Cove, and Food Inc., this documentary has great potential be utilized as a platform for social movement to advocate for safe parking programs (similar to what exists in Santa Barbara and Ventura), the repeal/modification of laws illegalizing sleeping in vehicles, and a network of support for people in this situation.

Thank you for your consideration.

-Jeff Girard
530-329-3501
I am currently in the L.A. area

Background:

-Started first visible/viable LGBT group in anti-LGBT Yuba-Sutter area (north of Sacramento) in 2003, led it though end of 2007
-Volunteer recruiter/trainer with NO on 8 campaign in 2008
-Produced NO on Prop 14 Theatre viral vids in 2010
-Employed as security guard over 5 years – this means I have great FBI and CA Dept. of Justice background checks


Doug Block
Mon 2 May 2011Link

Nice presentation, Jeff. Good luck to you.


Koen Suidgeest
Mon 2 May 2011Link

What a great project! I hope you find someone Jeff.


Magdalena Hutter
Mon 2 May 2011Link

I'm still looking for a tripod for an Ex1, in New York, May 8 – 17. I'd also like to rent a small lighting kit (one or two dedo-lights or similar plus stands would be perfect). I'll take my money to a rental house if I have to, but if somebody has these things sitting around and would like to rent them out, let me know!


Shaleece Haas
Mon 2 May 2011Link

Hi All,
Our production company (based in the Bay Area) just finished a documentary shoot and we have 3 boxes of tape leftover. Anyone in the market for DVCPro HD (AJ-P66MPMC) tapes? They retail for $18/ea at B&H. We're offering the whole lot (32 tapes) for $450.


Kerry Candaele
Mon 2 May 2011Link

I'm looking for a local (Los Angeles/Venice) editor to finish the final section of my film about the global impact of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Following The Ninth www.followingtheninth.com Three to four weeks. Please reply to kcandaele@gmail.com for details.

Thanks much.
kerry candaele

www.followingtheninth.com


Kevin Hallagan
Mon 2 May 2011Link

Hey all, I am a film major, but in school am not getting enough practical experience. I am friendly and easy to work with and innovative/adventurous. Is anyone willing to take me on as a sidekick or a sort of second shadow this summer? I'm not looking for money or anything like that, I just want to learn and experience. I have a passport and am willing to travel.
I know it's a bit late to be asking for summer experiences, but I had a few internships which have fallen through and now I'm up a creek.
I am a great listener and I'm low maintenance, so you don't have to worry about me getting in your way.
Please consider

If you're interested, please contact me at klemwithak@gmail.com
Have a Great Day, everybody!
-Kevin


Michael B. McGee
Tue 3 May 2011Link

I'm an emerging, non-union Director of Photography / Camera Operator with over 10 years of experience working on national TV commercials, music videos, and feature narrative films. My years of working in still photography gave me an extensive understanding of lighting and composition which I've segued into my cinematography. Although, I have no experience in non-fiction storytelling, I am extremely passionate about documenting the truth. As Federico Fellini once said,"My fantasy is to make something REAL". So, please feel free to contact me whether or not your next project calls for a Director of Photography and/or Camera Operator.

http://exposureroom.com/members/MichaelBMcGee/f607d8b1d5b94d71a942140bf80967c4/


Jon Dieringer
Thu 5 May 2011Link

FLAHERTY NYC PRESENTS
Rebecca Richman Cohen's WAR DON DON

MONDAY, MAY 9, 7:30 PM, ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES
32 SECOND AVE, NEW YORK, NY, 10003
$9/GENERAL $7/STUDENTS & SENIORS $6/AFA MEMBERS

Director Rebecca Richman Cohen and producer Francisco Bello in person for discussion with Chris Santora, one of the Sesay trial prosecutors featured in the film!

Rebecca Richman Cohen's remarkable debut film WAR DON DON begins at the end of a decade-long civil war in Sierra Leone which has left a population devastated by mass murder, rape and savage disfigurement. Now, in the capital city of Freetown, United Nations soldiers guard a heavily fortified building known as the Special Court. Inside, a man named Issa Sesay awaits his trial. The prosecution say Sesay is a war criminal, guilty of heinous crimes against humanity. The defense says he is a reluctant fighter who protected civilians and was himself a victim of terrible poverty and violent coercion. Justice Benjamin Itoe says the Court means "to bring an end to impunity and to contribute to the peace and reconciliation process." WAR DON DON presents the trial of Issa Sesay in incredible detail and from myriad perspectives, offering a rare and penetrating view of international criminal justice.

"One of the most viscerally compelling documentaries of the year. It will leave you haunted."
Mary Anderson Casavant, Filmmaker Magazine

"Without eliding the grim human cost of the crimes and criminals involved, Rebecca Richman Cohen's unusually lucid documentary plays against type."
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"Fascinating and complex... a remarkably sophisticated examination of the machinery of justice."
The Independent Weekly, Raleigh, NC

===Bio===

Rebecca Richman Cohen is an award-winning filmmaker and a law school graduate with experience in international human rights and criminal defense. She interned as an investigator at the Bronx Defenders and continued to do investigative work at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, working on a legal defense team for Alex Tamba Brima in the AFRC-accused case. Five months after leaving the Brima defense team, she returned to Sierra Leone to begin production on WAR DON DON. Between trips to Sierra Leone, she has been adjunct faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where she taught an undergraduate seminar entitled "Human Rights, Mass Atrocity, and Documentary Film" and at American University's Human Rights Institute where she taught "Criminal Justice Stories in Film." Rebecca graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and with a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. For her work on WAR DON DON she was awarded the the Cinereach Award for excellence in vital, artful storytelling. WAR DON DON also won the Special Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival. In 2010 Rebecca was profiled in Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces in Independent Film.

===Moderator Bio===

Deborah Dickson, a three-time Academy Award nominee, is an independent filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY.

===Upcoming at Flaherty NYC===

Seva Lives (Francisco Serrano) Monday, June 12 at Anthology Film Archives

In 1983, a Puerto Rican newspaper published Seva: History of the first U.S. invasion of Puerto Rico in May 1898. This fictional account of the U.S. invading Puerto Rico and massacring its people was a national sensation. SEVA LIVESdeconstructs the sociopolitical debate of the facts and myths surrounding the history of Puerto Rico and explores the issues that arise when fiction meddles with recollections of the past. Organized by Cinema Tropical, this screening celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 7th Robert J. Flaherty Seminar, held in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico.


Barbara Rick
Mon 9 May 2011Link

Need a great NYC creative work space near everything in Union Square? Turn key production suite with six workstations available June 15th. Optional Avid. Call for details: 212.477.2211

http://outofthebluefilms.com/ProductionOfficeRental.pdf


Roselly Torres
Mon 9 May 2011Link

TWN Spring Evening Workshops 2011!

TWN presents its seasonal series of walk-in seminars on production topics you need – from production planning and distribution, to new media production, sound recording and more. All classes are $20 ($10 for low income) unless otherwise noted. The workshops take place at Third World Newsreel. Register now by emailing workshop@twn.org.


Tuesday, May 10th, 6:30 PM
Sound Recording: Tips for Better Results and New Gear

An intro to getting decent sound and a look at some of the more popular mixers, hard drive recorders and radio mikes. Whether working with the 5D, the 900 or your tiny FS200. Facilitated by JT Takagi, recordist/filmmaker with gear courtesy of Professional Sound Services. ($20/10 low income)

Tuesday, May 24th, 6:30 PM
Production Planning and Budgeting with Ann Bennett
Prepping your film – from R&D to production, post and distribution – with a special focus on budgets and planning your multiplatform strategy. Led by Producer/Director Ann Bennett, multimedia producer for Through a Lens Darkly ($20/10 low income)


Stay tuned for more! Production Planning, Marketing and Distribution.

All Classes held at:
Third World Newsreel
545 Eighth Avenue, 10th Flr
between 37th and 38th Streets
1, 2, 3, A, C, E to Times Square
212 947-9277 x 15
RSVP and info – email workshop@twn.org


Barbara Rick
Mon 9 May 2011Link

Want to get active on Twitter but been putting it off? Check out our May Twitter BASICS workshop for filmmakers and other creatives. Deets in the hidden section.

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Adam Johnson
Wed 11 May 2011Link

Looking for a Grant Writer

I am producing a Documentary about a Horse Sanctuary in Northern Idaho. As we profile the owner and volunteers at this ranch we touch on issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Autism Spectrum, Foster Care, Economy and the fate of unwanted horses.

Production: 60% complete
Post: 20% complete

We have already spent about 50k and need about 150k more in grants and other sponsorship. I am a first time Documentary Producer and am especially new to the Grant and Funding process. We need someone who has experience and success at writing Grants and other fund raising proposals to come on board with us. This is a PAID position.
Please email me at: adam@m2gmedia.com


Doug Block
Thu 12 May 2011Link

Adam, a number of D-Word members have raved about Joanna Rabiger as a grant writer.


Adam Johnson
Thu 12 May 2011Link

I just tried to get in touch with her yesterday coincidentally, but her website was having some issues and I couldn't get her an email. Thanks to you guys, I can now!


Barbara Rick
Thu 12 May 2011Link

In reply to Adam Johnson's post on Thu 12 May 2011 :

I second Doug, we've worked with Joanna and she's phenomenal.


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