Short Takes, June 1996
IDA drew record crowds for the 1996 Docuday screening series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in March. Academy Award winner Anne Frank Remembered, on a double bill with IDA member Nancy Dine's Jim Dine: A Self-Portrait on the Walls, sold out the 600-seat Bing Theater, while IDA members Michael Jay Tollin, Charles Guggenheim, and Terry Sanders and Freida Lee Mock also attracted strong crowds for their respective films Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream, The Shadow of Hate: A History of Intolerance in America, and Never Give Up: The 20th Century Odyssey of Herbert Zipper.... The IDA Outreach program, spearheaded by Grace Ouchida, produced two videos in collaboration with students at Venice High School and Hollywood High School. The Venice High students, under the direction of IDA member Edward Landler, addressed the pros and cons of graffiti, while the Hollywood High students, supervised by IDA mem ber Kerry Neal, addressed fashion trends at their high school. IDA screened these videos at at the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies in May. The production workshops were funded by John Langley and Langley Productions, the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, and the California Arts Council.... Grace Ouchida, sporting her fiscal sponsorship coordinator hat, directed a workshop in April at Eastman Kodak in Hollywood. IDA Executive Director Betsy McLane and members Tom White and Karen Bartlett shared their expertise on fundraising and proposal writing. Many thanks, as always, to. Eastman Kodak for hosting the event and providing lunch.... The IDA and American Cinematheque ue launched a bimonthly series in May entitled Daring Documentaries/Fearless Filmmakers. George Ungar's The Champagne Safari the cover subject of last month's ID, kicked off the series.
Hot Springs Fest Lauded
Travel and Leisure magazine placed the upstart Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival In the heady company of Sundance, New York, Tokyo, and London as one of the top 20 film festivals worldwide. Held in a historic Southern resort and now in its fifth year, the Arkansas-based festival programs the winners of the annual IDA Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards, the year's Academy Award-nominated documentaries, and numerous other new and outstanding nonfiction films. Held in November, the festival has secured a permanent home at the former Malco Theater, a twin-screen, 50-year-old landmark theater in the city's historic district, and all screenings are free. For information, contact: HSDFF, 211 Exchange St., Hot Springs, AR 71901; phone (501) 321-4747, fax (501) 321-0211.
ABCNEWS VideoSource Adds Dubbing Facility
ABCNEWS VideoSource, the New York-based sales unit for the ABC News archive, has added a full tape-to tape dubbing suite to its facilities. The dubbing suite was built to enable Video Source to dub and deliver stock footage orders as quickly as possible. In addition to repping ABC News, the footage resource also represents the archives of Worldwide Television News, British Movietone News, and excerpts from Universal Newsreel. For information, contact: David Seevers, Manager, ABCNEWS VideoSource, phone (212) 456-5426.
As the Internet offers new opportunities for documentarians ID will monitor these developments and share some of them in Cyber Takes. If readers hear of new documentary-related Web sites, chat rooms, or on line services before we do, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PBS Online (http://www.pbs.org) provides national and local educational and informational resources, interactive events, and an online marketplace for public television products. More than 60 local PBS station have set up their own Web pages with content specific to their communities. Here are some key addresses for documentary fans:
- The American Experience: http://www.boston.com:80/wgbh/pages/amex/amexhome.html;
- The Language of Life with Bill Moyers: http://www.wnet.irg:80/lol;
- NOVA: http://www.boston.com:80/wgbh/pages/nova/novahome.html;
- NATURE: http://www.wnet.irg:80/nature.
And here are some selected home pages from the largest PBS markets:
- WNET/New York: http://www.wnet.org/
- KQED/San Francisco: http://www.kqed.org/
- WETA/Washington, D.C.: http://www.weta.org/
- WGBH/ Boston: http://www.wgbh.org/
- WHYY/Philadelphia: http://liberty.org/~WHYY
- KUHT/Houston: http:://www.kuht.uh.edu/kuht.htm/
Bravo's new Web site (http://www.bravotv.com) features programming information, profiles of highlighted artists and programs, resources for the film and arts communities, and hyperlinks to dozens of great sites. The site's interactive Gallery Art Online Contest, for example, enables users to submit their work-whether it's painting, poetry, photography, or other media-for possible on-air viewing.
The Frontline site (http://www.boston.com:80/wgbh/pages/frontlinehome.html); will offer online supplements for all its future broadcasts. On the day of each program's airing, this site will present additional stories, program transcripts, and hyperlinks to dozens of relevant Websites, in addition to offering graphics, photography, maps, charts, and RealAudio elements. When its first Websites appeared in October 1995 in conjunction with Waco: The Inside Story and High Stakes in Cyberspace, this Web site received over 1 million hits.
Film Festival News (http://shiva.comet.net/Film_Festival_News/) has taken the electronic plunge as well. Film Festival News online enables readers to find U.S. festivals by name, month, and state, with descriptions and contact information on each festival. Many festivals have their own Web sites and/or electronic mail, and these can be accessed directly from FFN.
Atlanta-based Oz Media has published one of the largest production resources for film and video professionals on the Web: Telefilm South (http://www.telefilm-south.com) Web browsers have immediate access to film and video directories from across the southeastern United States. All the information contained in state's film and video directory is included on the Web site, from pre production to post production.