With the future of DocuWeeks films dependent on theatrical runs and press coverage, where would we be without strong media partners?
The IDA is proud to welcome The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and TheLip.tv's BYOD as the three official Media Sponsors of this year's DocuWeeks program. Both The Village Voice and LA Weekly will be covering all of the films featured in DocuWeeks in New York and Los Angeles, respectively.
Returning again to support DocuWeeks, The Village Voice is the definitive source of information for news, music, movies, restaurants, reviews, and events in New York. As the nation's first and largest alternative newsweekly, the Voice maintains the same tradition of no-holds-barred reporting and criticism it first embraced when it began publishing more than fifty years ago.
Since 1978, LA Weekly has been decoding Los Angeles for its readers, infiltrating its subcultures, observing and analyzing its shifting rhythms, digging up its unreported stories and confronting the city's political leaders. From the beginning, the paper has found success by drawing in readers with comprehensive calendar listings and cultural coverage, and then keeping those readers loyal with bold news and political coverage and in-depth feature stories by some of the country's finest writers.
BYOD is co-hosted by Ondi Timoner, director of DIG!, Join Us and We Live in Public, and Vladimir Radovanov, entertainment attorney, and executive producer of We Live in Public. Each week the show explores a different documentary filmmaker or aspect of filmmaking, with special guests and a live Q&A diving deep into creative process and the business realities of producing and distributing films. Ondi and Vladimir share their insider views, opinions, and personal stories, welcoming audience participation. BYOD aims to entertain, inform, and elevate documentaries in general by bringing attention to films and film makers that deserve exposure.
BYOD will be shooting interviews with most of the filmmakers over the course of the DocuWeeks program. Co-host Ondi Timoner had this to say about their involvement:
"DocuWeeks is a crucial element in today's independent film world in that in democratizes opportunities for exposure and access to awards for filmmakers, alongside facilitating audiences hungry for enlightenment and inspiration to discover incredible documentaries they might otherwise miss. BYOD is the only talk show where documentaries ad their makers are discussed from all angles. We are thrilled to partner with the International Documentary Association and cover the filmmakers presenting at IDA's 2012 DocuWeeks. Personally, I look forward to discussing the journey with my fellow artists, and sharing it with you on Bring Your Own Doc."