July 1, 1998

Short Takes, July / August 1998


In anticipation of another tumultuous fall, IDA is awash with new personnel. Kim Tamny, who coordinated the 1997 IDA Gala, is the International Documentary Congress Three Coordinator; Philip Matthews is the Assistant Coordinator; and Nancy Mysel is the IDA Awards Coordinator. A hearty welcome to them all. And to all the grads, dads, and newlyweds out there who marched into a new dawn last month, warm congratulations!

Reel New York Launches Third Season

Reel New York, Thirteen/WNET's eight­ week summer festival of works about New York by local independent film and video makers, began its third season in June. The program airs narrative shorts, documentaries , cine-poems, video essays, experimental works, cine parables and animation. Among the documentaries in the series are Mama... I Have Something To Tell You, by Calogero Salvo; Tomboychik, by Sandi Du Bowski; Number One Local: Harry Nugent, by Bianca Bob Nugent; and Feet, by Vincent Grenier. For information on Reel New York, check out its website at www.wnet.org.

Archive Films Acquires Film/Audio Services

Archive Films, a leading stock footage library with more than 30,000 hours of historical stock footage, acquired Film/Audio Services and its Stockyard division last April. Film/Audio Services and Stockyard are global in scope and contain a variety of stock footage from documentaries, newsreels, feature films, travel films and home movies, dating back to the 1890s. Collections under the Film/Audio wing include the Universal Newsreels, the Ford Film Collection, Army-Navy Screen Magazines and a variety of other sources from different U.S. government agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Mines, and Presidential libraries. In addition to its own large library, Archive Films represents such special collections as The March of Time, The RKO/Pathe Library, The Prelinger Collection of American Life, Culture and Industry, and The Rohauer Collection.

Kodak Launches Emerging Filmmakers Program

Kodak unveiled its Worldwide Emerging Filmmakers Program at the Cannes Int'l Film Festival in May. "Kodak conducts a very successful worldwide student program which supports film schools and their students," said James MacKay, manager of marketing programs for Kodak's Professional Motion Imaging business unit. "The Emerging Filmmakers Program is designed to help talented filmmakers bridge the gap that frequently occurs between the completion of their formal education and the realization of their dreams." Among the 17 participants in the Emerging Showcase were 6 documentarians: Kenneth Chalk (Norwich University), Norwich Today: Manchester, VT; David Faulkner (Fitchburg State College). Explore! The Island of South Georgia; Paul Alexander Juutilainen (University of California at San Diego), Herbert's Hippopotamus; Katherina Rill (University of California at Berkeley), and the kings run 110 more; Nick Spark (University of Southern California), Upholding the Promise: Profiles in Judicial Courage; and Trina Wood (University of California at Berkeley), On the Beat. Among the core initiatives of this program are an alliance with the Directors Guild of America (DGA) to encourage diversity in the ranks of emerging directors; an Emerging Filmmakers Television Showcase, which will be featured on participating PBS stations; an educational seminar that focuses on tips for financing, marketing and distributing independent films; an International Film Financing Conference, designed to introduce new filmmakers to potential financiers; and an Internet magazine called Rising Stars, which provides news for and about emerging film­makers: each issue will feature advice about "making it" from successful filmmakers, news about industry organizations and events, and helpful filmmaking tips and techniques; also in formation about film festivals, grants, scholarships and internships, and industry ­related websites. To visit the Rising Stars webzine, go to www.kodak.com/go/motion and click on the Rising Stars icon.


The Retirement Research Foundation announced its annual National Media Owl Awards, which recognize media projects for and about older persons, and encourage creating productions that break down the traditional stereotypes of aging. The nonfiction awards were as follows: Television Non-Fiction: First PrizeHealthy Lives with Anne Keefe; Patrick Murphy, producer. Second Prize—Innovation: "Live Long and Prosper"; Jody Sheff, series producer; Elizabeth Arledge, producer. Honorable Mentions—Mother's Keeper; Marcia Franklin, producer; Lady of the Glades; David Counts, producer. Independent Films and Videotapes: First —Nobody's Business; Alan Berliner, producer. Second PrizeBest Man: "Best Boy" and All of Us Twenty Years Later; IDA member Ira Wohl, producer. Honorable MentionsFull Circle; Yasha Aginsky, producer; Loners on Wheels, IDA member Susan Morosoli, producer. Training Films and Videotapes: First Prize—Elder Abuse; Inez Odom, producer. Second Prize: Osteoporosis: Your Bones... Your Life; Helene Lerner, producer, and Gini Reticker, producer/director. Honorable MentionsI'd Rather Be Home; James Yanden Bosch, producer/director; Cuando el Sindrome Alzheimer's Entro a La Vida de Mi Mama y Como Vivir con de Paciente con el Sindrome Alzheimer's; Vanessa Rosario Urdaz, producer... The Gracie Allen Awards, presented by the Foundation of American Woman Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) last April , honored entertainment, news, feature and advertising programs that are creative and realistic in their treatment of women and women's issues. IDA member Andrea Kalin accepted an award on behalf of SPARK Media for the film A Voice of Her Own: Women and Economic Change in Asia; and a Documentary Award went to Marcia Rock for her film Daughters of the Troubles: Belfast Stories. Lifetime Television received 8 awards, including 2 for its Intimate Portrait Series; A&E Network received Honorable Mention for Joan Rivers: Can She Talk; E! Entertainment Television won an award for Gilda Radner: The E! True Hollywood Story; Canadian Broadcasting Corp. earned an award for Life & Times: Doris Anderson—Rebel With a Cause, and an Honorable Mention for Venture: Martha Sturdy's Breaking Out; CBS News earned 5 Gracies, while its local affiliates earned 1 and 3 Honorable Mentions; ABC News 20/20 won Gracies for A Healing Journey and Happily Ever After; Dateline NBC won 3 Gracies and 4 Honorable Mentions; 60 Minutes settled for one Gracie for Veronica Guerin; PBS won Gracies for Women Inc., Her Place in History, Adventures from the Book of Virtues: Faith, and Let the Women Vote!; and TBS/CNN was honored for Making it Happen—People Count: Road from Rio.


Green Chimneys, directed by IDA members Constance Marks and Bob Eisenhardt, won the Special Jury Selection for Outstanding Documentary at The Bermuda International Film Festival... Pepe Danquart and Mirjam Quinte took the Golden Gate Award for Best Documentary at the San Francisco Int'l Film Festival with their Off Season... The Cannes Film Festival will be the subject of a documen­tary, produced by the BBC in association with WDR German TV. Stephen Walker will produce and direct the project, which will follow three festival attendees as they negotiate their ways through the byzantine extravaganza that is Cannes... The UCLA Film and Television Archive launched the Los Angeles Int'l Women's Film Festival, under the guidance of IDA member Andrea Alsberg and Cynthia Felando. The Festival featured the L.A. premiere of IDA member Odette Springer's Some Nudity Required; other IDA members who worked on the film were cinematographer Sandra Chandler and editor Kate Amend... The Human Rights Watch lnt'l Film Festival played New York in June. Among the highlights of the festival were Terri DeBono and IDA member Steve Rosen's Beyond Barbed Wire; Out of the Past, the 1998 Sundance Audience Award winner by Jeff Dupre; and Melvin Yan Peebles's Classified X... The New York lnt'l Documentary Festival made a splashy debut in May, with a melange of older and newer docs screened at the DGA Theater in Manhattan. The opening night screening, Fires of Kuwait (1992), bowed at the Sony IMAX Theater. Among the classics programmed at the fest were Jean Rouch's Chronicle of a Summer (1961); and The Anderson Platoon, from CBS News Productions (1967). Other festival highlights included the New York premiere of Bennett Miller's The Cruise; Midnight in Cuba, by Dimitri Falk; and Out of Phoenix Bridge, by China-based documentarian Li Hong.