Posted: 02/25/2014 by Stefanie Malone
Doug Pray and Peter J. Vogt, in association with Northwest Film Forum, are proud to introduce their third annual Wild Mind Film Camp, an 11-day intensive master class for documentary filmmaking in the Washington Cascades. The Camp runs from July 16-27.
Wild Mind Film Camp is a hands-on, in-depth learning experience for ten developing professionals and inspired nonfiction filmmakers who want to dramatically improve their documentary skills and knowledge. Each day features a mix of classes, workshops and live production in a supportive community atmosphere. Amidst the astonishing beauty and fascinating culture of the Methow River Valley, this is a rare and excellent opportunity to work one-on-one with real pros, real equipment and real subjects.
Wild Mind Film Camp's instructors have produced films that led to 14 Sundance premieres, 4 Emmys and an Oscar. The faculty includes directors Doug Pray (HYPE!, SURFWISE, ART & COPY) and Peter Vogt (ICONS AMONG US: JAZZ IN THE PRESENT TENSE), cinematographer Shana Hagan (QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, SHAKESPEARE BEHIND BARS) and screenwriter / story expert John Jacobsen (host of PBS's "The Artist Toolbox").
Please note that Wild Mind Film Camp is not designed as a purely technical workshop, nor is it a film-industry career seminar; it's about storytelling in documentary films and developing the artistry, sensitivity and skills to do it well.
To apply, visit: www.wildmindfilmcamp.com. Application deadline is March 15.
Posted: 02/21/2014 by Faith DeVeaux
Faith DeVeaux, author of When Duty Calls and writer/producer/director of the upcoming WWII documentary Double Victory: Two Warriors in the Fight for Civil Rights During WWII, will be discussing both works on the next broadcast of Afternoon Tea with Mama Jean.
The show will be aired on Sat Feb 22, 2 PM Eastern and Sun Feb 23, 8 AM Eastern
on the Radio Ear Network http://www.radioearnetwork.com/broadcast-schedule.html
and also through the app Spreaker.com http://www.spreaker.com/show/the_afternoon_tea_jean_moon_s_tracks
Carry On Harry (Faith is #7 on playlist) http://www.carryonharry.com/authors-ontalkshow.php
Synchronicity with Jane Hernishin 6/8/2012
WordThirst Literary Journal with Ashea Goldson 4/19/2012
Posted: 02/12/2014 by Sue Arbuthnot
Directors Sue Arbuthnot and Richard Wilhelm announce the World Premiere of their feature documentary "Dryland" at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at the Historic Wilma Theater in Missoula, MT. "Dryland" offers a portrait of a rural town in transition through the eyes of a young man pursuing his dream. Filmed over ten years, "Dryland" follows Josh, whose desire to remain on his family farm parallels his quest to win the rambunctious Lind Combine Demolition Derby. "Dryland" is called "bittersweet and beautiful" by Modern Farmer Magazine, and described by Jennifer Fahy of Farm Aid as "both a raucous celebration of the culture of agriculture and an honest look at the reality of family farming. The question at its premise, whether the family farm can sustain the next generation, is a question faced all over this country and one that is crucial to the future of the food system and our nation." We are especially proud of the film's original score by Mark Orton, who just scored the Academy-Award nominated "Nebraska", as well as "The Real Dirt on Farmer John," "The Good Girl," and "Sweet Land." John Mellencamp, Farm Aid founder, donated a song to the film as well. Director Sue Arbuthnot will appear on a panel discussion at Big Sky, "The Documentary Career: Is Documentary Filmmaking Sustainable?" moderated by IDA Education Director Ken Jacobson. http://www.drylandmovie.net/
Posted: 02/09/2014 by Nancy Bechtol
My first Independent Feature Documentary is now completed. Amazing journey which started with me agreeing to "walk the path" with Chris Drew. Myself and 2 crew/friends Ron Grenko and Hermann Wieland, came forward to document his challenge for First Amendment Rights. It is one of the most challenging things I have ever done. Shot in 5 different formats over the years 2002-2012. ©2014 TRT:99 min colour/bw " Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist" Shot on location downtown in Chicago. A documentary in definition a hybrid in visual dialogue. (In a presentation of a short clip of the film in progress, last April to Columbia College Journalism students, I was asked if it was "journalism" a "documentary" or an "art movie" - good question!) The film contains 17 interviews with people who knew him well, including the 2 pro bono attorneys Mark Weinberg and then for the criminal defense, Josh Kutnick who defended Chris in the 2.5 year court case, his wife, Deborah and Il State Representative,Elaine Nekritz, and friends and supporters, community from Occupy Chicago and the American Indian Center where the nonprofit, Uptown Multi-Cultural Arts Center resided. Footage includes 2002-2007 Anti-War Marches in the streets of Chicago, which Chris participated. Historical setting and depth of the times we lived. As an artist, cinematographer and editor, producer of the film, I produced in my studio, Shadow Bechtol Studio with the Technical Supervisor, my husband, David Bechtol. The Music is courtesy of Hey Now Records, Behind the Sun, Andy Alton & David Mansfield. It is truly the heartbeat of the film.
brief synopsis: Chris Drew, artist and activist, was downtown Chicago, selling Art for $1 to protest the Chicago Peddler's Ordinance. He was arrested, but those charges were dropped and replaced surprisingly with Class One Felony Eavesdropping Charges, which carried 4-15 years in prison if convicted. The Illinois Eavesdropping Law was declared Unconstitutional! Press was all over it, Local, nationwide and even international, as well as social media. this is a true story.
Currently, I am in the process of Release of the film, and all that goes with that. Many decisions forthcoming, I will keep you posted. Quite another journey.. I welcome your input and sage advice..thanks!
Posted: 01/30/2014 by Rebecca Crow
In America's most recent war on reproductive health care, tensions are raging in the battle over Mississippi's last abortion clinic. The Last Clinic is a film that documents this battle and the potential effects that could reverberate nationwide.
It is the story of the women in Mississippi who are in need of reproductive health services and often caught in the battle over access to care. It’s the story of the people determined to end abortion in Mississippi and those who are desperately working to keep the last clinic open.
Mississippi is one of 5 states with a sole abortion clinic and due to a pending lawsuit, it is also the only state within those five states that have an imminent threat of closure. If the clinic closes there will be no option for women in Mississippi to receive an abortion in their state.
If Mississippi successfully blocks access to abortion it will set a precedent for other states to do the same. It gets more and more urgent to tell the stories of the women affected by this struggle every day.
We are excited to announce the launch of our Indiegogo campaign:
Please visit our page and spread the word. Be a part of making this film become a reality!
Posted: 01/28/2014 by Harry Pallenberg
The award winning documentary film WHERE THEY RACED: Speed Demons in the City of Angels will be screening on Sunday Feb. 9th at 1:00pm at one of the coolest museums in Los Angeles - the Automobile Driving Museum. What sets this museum apart is that they actually take you out for a ride in one of their vinatge cars... so come early and take a spin. The cars scheduled to be available include a 1935 Chrysler Airflow, a '36 Packard Phaeton and a 1941 Cadillac Convertible.
We'll also be at The Petersen on Feb. 26th. More info, trailers and so on here: www.wheretheyraced.com
Posted: 01/09/2014 by Georgy Molodtsov
A regional international television conference INPUT ("TV - in the public interest") took place in Moscow in the middle of December, 2013.
In parallel with the event Russian Documentary Guild organized a series of documentary films screenings and pitching session for international decision-makers as a part of International Promotion project RGDoc Promo - Russian Documentaries.
In parallel with the screening of documentary films and programs, Russian Documentary Guild organized screenings of Russian documentary films and pitching of projects with international potential. This activity became possible with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation in the frames of the program of international promotion of Russian documentaries.
One of the main goals of the screenings was to raise the interest of foreign distributors, TV stations, film festivals and film markets to Russian documentaries and enable young promising projects to find financing and distribution capabilities at any stage of production.
Russian Documentary Guild invited:
- Peter Jager, managing director of distribution company Autlook Filmsales, Austria
- Irem Couchouron, representative of the international film market Sunny Side of the Doc, France
- Sylvia Wroblewska, representative of industrial programs festival Sheffield Doc / Fest, UK
- Jouko Salokorpi, National Coordinator of INPUT conference in Helsinki, Finland
Simona Baumann, representative of German Films in Eastern Europe, well-known producer of many famous documentaries made in co-production with Russia became the moderator of the pitching.
The list of promising Russian projects:
Адаптация | Adaptation, directed by Nikita Sutirin
Волонтеры. Игра с огнем | Volunteers. Game With Fire, directed by Konstantin Davydkin
КЕМТО | Some_One, directed by Evgeny Pohis
Коллектив индивидуалистов | Team Of Individualists, directed by Anastasiya Glebova
Крылья | The Wings, directed by Darya Khenova
Логово серого волка | The Lie Of The Grey Wolf, directed by Vasily Sarana
Пермь-36, территория свободы | Perm-36, A Territory Of Freedom, directed by Sergey Kachkin
Петь | Sing, directed by Olga Korotkaya
Посланники большой земли | Siberian Floating Hospital, directed by Tatyana Soboleva
Последний мужчина | Tha Last Man, directed by Elena Demidova
Потерянные дети | Lost Children, directed by Olga Arlauskas, Nikita Tichonov-Rau
Солнечный день. Продолжение | Sunny Day. To Be Continued, directed by Yuliya Kiseleva
Соль земли | Sault Of The Earth, directed by Evgeny Grigoriev
Цой 2.0 | Tsoy 2:0, directed by Dmitry Pichulin
Educational Part: Workshops Of International Experts
In parallel with the main conference activities there were also held educational workshops, lectures and presentations, affecting all areas of training, production and distribution of documentary films: presentations of Sunny Side of the Doc and Sheffield Doc / Fest, a large-scale workshop of one of the leading distributors of documentary films in Europe Peter Jager on basic models of the global distribution of documentary films, master-class of Austrian specialist in new media Herwig Kopp "Interactive Storytelling and Documentary Production" and etc.
Press Centre of the Russian Documentary Guild
Posted: 01/07/2014 by Pan Nalin
Kino Lorber has acquired Pan Nalin’s widely sold feature-doc Faith Connections for the US. Pan Nalin’s Faith Connections which premiered to packed houses at Toronto, with amazing response from audience, critics and buyers. It has sold several key international territories including France, Germany and Australia.
Pan Nalin, debuted with his masterly crafted SAMSARA (Miramax) has been making fiction and non-fiction movies since over a decade. His films are released in over 70 countries.
Faith Connections is set to have its US premiere at Palm Spring International Film Festival on 11 & 12 th January 2014.
Gaurav Dhingra of Jungle Book Entertainment, India, producer, quote from Screen;
“Pan Nalin as an Indian filmmaker has developed worldwide audience with innovative story telling and deeply emotional movies like Samsara, Valley of Flowers, Ayurveda:Art of Being. Faith Connections takes a leap ahead into major mainstream feature documentary to come out of India –probably the first Indian doc to break into international theatrical market. We are thrilled at our association with US distributor Kino Lorber for its US release. We are certain American spectators would love Faith Connections as it will plunge them into the biggest human gathering on earth and make them discover deeply moving stories.”
Faith Connections has been acquired by Sophie Dulac Distribution for France, NFP for Germany & Austria, Madman for Australia & New Zealand, Filmcoopi for Switzerland, Contact Films for BeNeLux among others. The film will have also exclusive market screenings during the Berlinale.
Faith Connections has been produced by Jungle Book Entertainment (owned by Dhingra & Nalin) in coproduction with Cite Films & Virginie Films France.
More info at:
Official website: http://faithconnections.in
Official Trailer: https://vimeo.com/66136711
Official Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDMq_X6a66
Posted: 12/03/2013 by Tricia Todd
Very excited to have a distribution deal with Sideways Film for International sales. Killing The Messenger also available on demand from our website:
If you are in the DC area on December 12th please see join us at the National Press CLub for a screening and panel discussion on violent censorship of journalists.