New Workshops – Documentary Production & 8mm/16mm Filmmaking

I occasionally pass along newsletters from other organizations doing cool stuff. This is one you NY folks should check out. Some great workshops coming up in the next couple months. Details below.


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We are excited to be branching out  our operations and partnering with two fantastic local organizations starting next week to offer weekday courses. Raindance will be presenting a valuable Documentary Production Certificate program, and Mono No Aware will be bringing us exciting hands on opportunities for 8mm and 16mm filmmaking. Prices for both programs are very reasonable, and seating is limited in order to keep a level of intimacy so please sign up as soon as possible!

Raindance has been an important force in the international filmmaking community for  the past two decades. Founded by filmmakers for filmmakers, the organization started out with their now famous independent film festival in London, and later founded the British Independent Film Awards. Now with offices around the world including a newly formed New York City chapter, they continue to promote independent filmmaking through screenings, workshops, and seminars.

Together we are offering a “Documentary Production Certificate” with them beginning Wednesday, February 2 and spanning the next five Wednesday evenings. This certificate program provides the nuts and bolts from the early stages through distribution with some of the leading industry experts. Courses including Funding Fundamentals (with Reva Goldberg from Cinereach), basic legal contracts (Innes Smolansky, entertainment attorney), Documentary Production & Post Overview (Julia Mintz, producer), Film Festivals (Basil Tsiokos, doc consultant and Sundance programmer), and finally Outreach and Distribution with Lila Yomtoob (filmmaker-producer). These courses will provide important access and information on how to get started making docs, and if there is one you’ve been waiting on, the time is now. Also, as an added bonus, mention this email while signing up and receive a 15% discount, or join our Bodega Program and receive a 30% discount!

Mono No Aware has built a reputation over the past few years as one of the most exciting expanded cinema festivals in the world. Placing a strong emphasis on the cinematic experience, they pride themselves on showcasing 8mm and 16mm film accompanied in some capacity by performance. Past noteables include Paul Clipson, Tara Nelson, and Bradley Eros.

Picking up on a successful run of courses they previously taught, we are pleased to be hosting four upcoming series of workshops. These are all taught with experienced and practicing filmmakers.  Super 8mm filmmaking (instructor Lucas Millard), 16mm hand-painting on film, direct filmmaking workshop & Stop Motion Puppet Animation (Steve Cossman) and 16mm filmmaking (Fern Silva). Courses include film, processing, and equipment access. Thanks to our partners at Kodak for making these workshops possible.


Documentary Production Certificate

Raindance New York
Wednesdays, February 2 – March 2

8mm & 16mm Filmmaking Workshops

February and March 2011

Coup Pour Coup with Marin Karmitz
Sunday, January 30 at 7:30pm
Cory McAbee presents TnT

(Titles and Trailers)
Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 7:30pm

Grégoire Chamayou:

Hunter vs Hunted
Tuesday, February 1st at 7:00pm


Documentary Production Certificate – courses from Raindance New York

Learn how to fund, produce and distribute an independent documentary project, short or feature-length. There has never been a better time to make a documentary! Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the best industry professionals.
Wednesdays February 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 2.
All courses 7:00-9:30pm
All 5 courses- $196 / $166.60 for Members
Individual courses – $49

Limited number of seats. Book online or by phone at 646 217 4165.

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Week 1: Funding Fundamentals: Intro to raising money for your documentary

Wednesday, February 2 – Reva Goldberg (Cinereach)

This workshop will provide an overview of the landscape for funding documentaries. Some questions we will address include: Should I wait to find funding or just grab a camera and start following my story? When and how do I approach investors, broadcasters or distributors about getting involved with my project?

Reva Goldberg

By day, Reva Goldberg is Communications & Fellowships Manager at Cinereach, an NYC not-for-profit film foundation and production company that champions vital stories, artfully told.

There she handles all public communications, as well as serving on the grants selection committee, and heading up the Reach Film Fellowship program that provides a grant and seven months of advising to emerging filmmakers producing socially conscious short films.

Reva has an extensive background in film production, fundraising and audience building. Before joining Cinereach, she was a producer at Pureland Pictures where she produced the documentary All of Us, which aired on Showtime in 2008.

Goldberg also co-produced Pureland’s Toe to Toe, a narrative feature that premiered at Sundance ‘09. In 2004, Reva was Associate Producer of an Emmy-nominated History Channel documentary on the 9/11 Commission (produced by CBS). She has worked with TLC, UPN, Discovery, The Travel Channel, Washington Square Films/Arts, Cronkite Productions and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Reva is a graduate of the SI Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

Week 2: Basic Legal Contracts for Documentaries

Wednesday, February 9 – Innes Smolansky

Rights and clearances issues specific to documentary production as well as legal needs of documentary producers will be covered in this workshop.

Innes Smolansky

Innes Smolansky is a transactional entertainment attorney with over 10 years of entertainment law experience who represents individual producers and production companies, film investors, writers, directors, visual artists, performers and composers in independent motion picture production, documentaries, television, international co-productions, book publishing and personal management deals.

Specific expertise includes representing young filmmakers on legal and business transactions for low budget films. Ms. Smolansky was born in St. Petersburg Russia and studied at Brown University (B.A. magna cum laude); University of Pennsylvania (J.D.); University of Paris X (Diplome D’Etudes Juridiques Europeenes).

Week 3: From Script to Deliverables: The Nuts and Bolts of Documentary Production and Post-Production production

Wednesday, February 16 – Julia Mintz (Documentary Producer)

This seminar will focus on workflow and the creative process involved in putting together a production plan for your documentary project. It will give attendees an opportunity to engage in a dynamic dialogue with documentary industry professionals

Julia Mintz

Julia Mintz post produced and associate produced the theatrical documentary Soundtrack for a Revolution, about the civil rights movement, which premiered at Cannes and the Tribecca Film Festival. The film was also short-listed for an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature 2009.

Mintz has produced programs for NASA, PBS and NHK. She has worked as Post Production Supervisor for Discovery Channel, National Geographic, THINKFilms, and Miramax. Recent projects include A Son’s Sacrifice, winner IDA 2007 Short Documentary Film Award; The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo, Emmy® Award nominee; The Killer Within, Emmy® Award-winner, and Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life, Emmy® Award-winner for best documentary. Mintz post produced the acclaimed feature documentary Nanking, which won Peabody and Emmy® Awards, winning the Editorial Award at its national premiere at Sundance. Nanking was theatrically released by THINKFilms and HBO Documentary Films. Mintz’s feature documentary about the Jewish Partisans of World War II is currently in production.

Julia has taught seminars on filmmaking and digital production and post-production at numerous celebrated international workshops including the Toronto and Sante Fea Film workshops, Maine film Workshops, Woodstock Film festival, as well as the Key note speaker and Seminars at Hong Kong’s Film Arts festival in China. She has held an adjunct faculty position at LIU in NYC. Mintz is co-founder of Full Res Productions, a high definition and film production company, which focuses on the integration of creative story telling using new technologies and integrated design for films.

Julia is producing the documentary called “California State of Mind: the Legacy of Pat Brown” currently in the last stage of editing.

Week 4: Documentaries & Film Festivals: What You Should Know

Wednesday, February 23 – Basil Tsiokos (Programming Associate for Sundance)

This workshop will offer practical advice for documentarians from a seasoned film festival programmer about how to get your documentary into festivals and how to maximize your experience when selected.

Basil Tsiokos

Basil Tsiokos has been a Programming Associate for Sundance since 2005.
He also consults for film festivals, providing guest programming and logistical support, and for filmmakers, offering project feedback and festival and promotional strategies.

He co-produced the feature documentary THE CANAL STREET MADAM (world premiere, SXSW 2010 competition). Basil was the Executive and Artistic Director of NewFest: The NY LGBT Film Festival between 1996-2008.

He has served on festival juries including the Atlanta Film Festival, Atlantic Film Festival, Berlinale, Cleveland International Film Festival, Fantasia Film Festival, Full Frame, Outfest, SXSW, and Starz Denver Film Festival. His writing appears on, and he can be found on Twitter as @1basil1 offering advice and information to filmmakers. Basil is a graduate of Stanford University (BA) and New York University (MA).

Week 5: Outreach, marketing and self distribution strategies for documentary film

Wednesday, March 2 – Lila Yomtoob

In this course you will learn tools you will need to run a successful campaign for your film.

Lila Yomtoob

Lila Yomtoob is a filmmaker, a producer specializing in marketing and development, and former sound editor.

Her feature length directorial debut “High Life” premiered at San Francisco Indie Fest in 2005, and she has made several shorts and viral videos that played in festivals and galleries across the country.

Most recently she co-produced “Foreclosure” starring Michael Imperioli and is producer of marketing and distribution (PMD) on “Hidden Battles,” a documentary about the psychological effects that combat has on soldiers worldwide that premiered at Rhode Island Int’l Film Fest in 2010.

Ms. Yomtoob has also served on the selection committee for Brooklyn International Film Festival, The Nantucket Film Festival and the Crown Point Festival. Lila received her degree at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

She has several projects in development. To see a sizzle reel, visit

Raindance New York

8mm & 16mm Filmmaking Workshops

Presented with MONO NO AWARE
Sign up below for February and March 2011.


Instructor: Lucas Millard
Thursdays, Feb 3rd, 17th, and 24th – 7:00-9:15pm
Saturday Feb 12th – Noon – 4:00pm
In this class students will learn Super 8 techniques from start to finish.

Learn the art and craft of 18 frames per second filmmaking. This will be a hands-on class designed for the beginner that covers all aspects of Super-8MM filmmaking: Cameras, Angle, Story, Timing (exposure), Lighting, Editing, and Sound. Students will conceive, shoot and edit their own silent one-reel films. In this class students will learn Super 8 techniques from start to finish. We will also discuss how to promote your short film work with a list of S-8 friendly film festivals.

All equipment and materials will be provided for, however should you want to work with actors and props you will need to plan for that in conjunction with your shooting schedule. Finished projects will be presented at the conclusion of the course.

COURSE FEE: $95 (includes film, processing, and access to equipment)

CLASS CAP: 12 students

Lucas Millard is a filmmaker & camera professional currently living in New York City. His work in film and camera has been screened at festivals nationally – including SXSW, Cinematexas, Olympia Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Seattle True Independent Film Festival, Urbanworld Festival, Los Angeles International Shorts – and internationally – including the Venice International (Biennale) , Thessaliniki Int’l Film Fest (Greece), Tokyo Int’l Film Fest, Oldenberg Film Festival (Germany), American Film Festival (Wroclaw, Poland), and Cannes. Lucas was a recipient of the 2006 Texas Filmmaker’s Production Fund award for his short 35mm project, Western. He received an MFA in film production with a concentration in cinematography from the University of Texas at Austin in late 2007 and has subsequently led filmmaking workshops and courses in Austin and NYC. He picked up his first Super8 camera in 1998 and hasn’t put it down yet.


Instructor: Steve Cossman

Tuesdays, Feb 8th, 15th, & 27th – 7:00-9:15 pm

In this workshop students will learn to manipulate the surface of the film using a variety of direct film-making techniques; painting, scratching, collage, and masking in order to create an experimental film on 16mm. This intensive workshop is designed to introduce, explore and master (on some level) the ability to articulate movement through the tactile gesturings of this beautiful cinematic language.

The course will meet 4 times, beginning with a brief history of filmmakers using these methods along with their contemporaries. After instruction students will get their hands dirty almost immediately.

The goal is to have each participant create a well developed direct film work, that we will screen at the end of the session. Students will walk away with hands on experience of direct filmmaking, a finished film work, the knowledge to continue to work in this practice at home and a list of venues to pursue for exhibition. All materials will be provided for.

COURSE FEE: $75 (includes film and materials)

CLASS CAP: 12 students

Steve Cossman received his BFA in Sculpture & Painting and went on to study Cinema with a focus on Animation in the Czech Republic at FAMU. Currently he works as a curator, filmmaker and is founder/director of Mono No Aware, an ‘annual exhibition of expanded cinema’ showcasing contemporary artists who incorporate live projections as part of their work. Cossman believes that ‘time is constantly moving within a framework of units and that this irrepressible motion is the nexus of human experience’. Recent film direct animation film Tusslemuscle has screened at the Chicago Underground Film Festival, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, VideoEx in Zurich, LA Film Forum, Olympia Film Society, and the touring program of Ann Arbor Film Festival. His work can be found in the collections of the University of Seattle, WA, University of Hartford Art School, and The Len Lye Foundation, New Zealand. He currently has work in a group show at 35 Gallery in SOHO and a solo show of his video works will be held in June 2011 at Trinity College, CT.


Instructor: Steve Cossman

Tuesdays, March 1st, 8th, 15th &22nd – 7:00-9:15pm

In this workshop participants will learn to create their own stop motion animation short film.

Designed to introduce you to the wonderful world of puppet animation, you will begin by designing your own puppet and then learn to choreograph movement one frame at a time. Starting with a brief history of stop-motion films and filmmakers, students will get their hands dirty almost immediately. The entire sequence will be shot on film, developed and screened within the course of the workshop.

The ambitious goal is to have all participants work together collaboratively on a short 2-minute film. Students will walk away with hands on experience of stop-motion puppet animation, a copy of the finished film work and the knowledge to continue to working independently. All materials will be provided for, but students will be encouraged to develop their puppets with materials at home.

COURSE FEE: $90 (includes film and materials)

CLASS CAP: 8 students

Steve Cossman received his BFA in Sculpture & Painting and went on to study Cinema with a focus on Animation in the Czech Republic at FAMU. Currently he works as a curator, filmmaker and is founder/director of Mono No Aware, an ‘annual exhibition of expanded cinema’ showcasing contemporary artists who incorporate live projections as part of their work. Cossman believes that ‘time is constantly moving within a framework of units and that this irrepressible motion is the nexus of human experience’. Recent film direct animation film Tusslemuscle has screened at the Chicago Underground Film Festival, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, VideoEx in Zurich, LA Film Forum, Olympia Film Society, and the touring program of Ann Arbor Film Festival. His work can be found in the collections of the University of Seattle, WA, University of Hartford Art School, and The Len Lye Foundation, New Zealand. He currently has work in a group show at 35 Gallery in SOHO and a solo show of his video works will be held in June 2011 at Trinity College, CT.


Instructor: Fern Silva

Thursdays, March 3rd, 10th & 24th – 7:00-9:15 pm

Saturday March 20th – Noon-4:00pm

Enter the world of 16 mm filmmaking. In this workshop you will learn how to shoot and edit a short film. This will be a hands-on class designed for the interested beginner that covers all aspects of filmmaking: cameras, angle, story, exposure, lighting, editing, and sound. Students will conceive, shoot and edit their own silent one reel films, to which the students will have the option of adding sound. All equipment will be provided for. A finished work will be screened at the conclusion of the course.

COURSE FEE: $110 ($95 in advance to register, $15 on first day of class: includes film, processing and access to equipment)

CLASS CAP: 10 students

Fern Silva has been an active filmmaker since 2005 whose personal journeys and impulsery disposition give rise to his visionary process. He has created a body of film, video, and projection work that conveys a congruent existence through the aesthetics of reflections and detriments within controlled microcosms. His work has been screened and performed at various festivals, galleries, museums and cinematheques including International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Film Festival, Anthology Film Archive, Images Festival, Antimatter Film Festival, PDX Film Festival, World Film Festival of Bangkok, Biennale Bandits-Mages, Roulette Gallery, Millennium Film Workshop, White Box Gallery, and MOMA P.S.1. Although Brooklyn based, Fern Silva is from central Connecticut, he received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from Bard College.

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Voice of Russia radio is hiring in Washington DC

Pass this on to your colleagues in the DC area. And since VOR will be broadcasting in NY, perhaps there will be some future opportunities there as well. Stay tuned!


The “Voice of Russia”, the leading and the only Russian international
broadcaster, has recently embarked on a new project launching a 24-hour
radio station in New York and in Washington, DC. on AM bands (at the

bottom of this letter I have attached more info on VOR – in former times
similar Russian structure to VOA).

In the long run the format of the radio station would be similar to
international government run stations like Deutsche Welle, Radio France

International and BBC World Radio. VOR US would see its mission in
providing international and local news, informing the public locally on
current events, politics, and civic affairs; export Russian arts and cultural

riches to NY and Washington and give voice to diverse audiences. As we
envision approximately 30% of original programming and content will be
made locally by US production team while the rest will be produced by our

Moscow-based studio.

The project is unfolding gradually – right now we are broadcasting from
Moscow ( ), but tentatively in March 2011 our

Washington DC based on-air facility starts operating and local team will
start producing US based content. Our current personnel search is going
in various directions, but one of our primary concerns is hiring experienced
on –air talents, anchors/radio hosts and reporters for our locally produced

shows (approximately 3- hour long morning and evening shows). We will
be having interviews with candidates for the above mentioned positions in
Washington DC from March 1-March 11. So at this stage we have reached

some preliminary agreements but still searching for more candidates.

If you know people who might be interested in anchor/reporter‘s positions
based in Washington, please let them know about the opportunities ahead.

I will gladly provide more details on the show format and requirements for
candidates after January 12th. Here is an e-mail for letters of interest
and resumes:

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Bay Area Video Coalition Preservation Internship

This is an UNPAID internship, but BAVC is a great org and a great place to learn/network if you have 12-16 hours/week to spare. Details and contact info below.



Bay Area Video Coalition

Preservation Internship

The Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) is seeking an intern to work

side-by-side experienced video and audio preservationists for 12

weeks, 12-16 hours per week. Interns will gain valuable apprentice

skills, observe industry professionals and participate in the

day-to-day workings of a nationally recognized preservation facility.

Interns can expect to leave BAVC’s program with a thorough

understanding of video formats, preservation techniques, navigating a

preservation suite, and the administration of running a successful

program. The goal of the internship program is to expose new people to

the preservation field in hopes of increasing the number of industry

professionals exposed to the technical concepts around video and

digital preservation; as well as raising awareness in the production

community of the need for preservation.

Interns will start with preservation administrative tasks and will

grow into more advanced preservation projects depending on their

aptitude and ability to complete projects to industry standards. The

depth of advanced training of interns shall be left to the discretion

of BAVC’s staff on a case by case basis.

Skills acquired can include:

• Archival handling of videotapes

• Operating a patch bay

• Reading a waveform monitor, vector scope and audio meters

• Using a time base corrector

• Tape duplication

• Concepts in new and emerging technologies

• Tape inspection

• Assisting in preservation administrative duties

• Metadata and cataloging entry

Preferred qualifications:

• Knowledge of signal flow

• Understanding of basic video production

• Experience in a library, archive, museum, or education facility

• Desire to learn about preservation, conservation, and digital repositories

Preservation interns are not BAVC employees and will not be

compensated for hours worked. They will also not receive health

benefits or paid time off; however, college credit may be arranged.

All applicants must send a résumé and cover letter, which should

include a personal statement about  how this internship will build

from your existing experience and help you in your future goals to BAVC believes in a diverse work force and

applicants from underserved or minority communities are encouraged to


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Freelance work for American Association of Healthcare Journos

Potentially good pay for this multimedia freelance gig. Details below.


The Association of Health Care Journalists seeks freelance assistance in building helpful and dynamic web pages for fellow journalists trying to keep up with the implementation of health reform and the continuing health care debate.

This year-to-year commitment would include writing tip sheets for journalists, summarizing key issues, webcasting short interviews with top experts, and identifying good story examples and important dates for journalists. This writer would work with AHCJ's Web editor to encourage reader interaction and should be willing to share knowledge at AHCJ events. Experience in covering health reform a must. Multimedia experience a plus.

This freelance work will pay up to $12,000 a year.

Send letter stating applicable experience with resume (and story links) to by Jan. 28. Notes of inquiry can be sent to the same address.

Position details

We will be looking for a lead editor or "champion" in each of several topic areas we want to feature on the website. These new "learning centers" are expertise areas we feel are essential to reporting on health or health care.

The health reform topic champion will:

(at the front end)

  • write a collection of concise background briefs – explainers on the various elements going into the health reform law
  • set up a timeline showing when each piece of the law goes into effect
  • write or assign explainer pieces to go with each of the timeline elements, including localized story suggestions


  • contribute a blog item once a week to AHCJ's blog, Covering Health, that points out good work being done around the country or otherwise prepares reporters to advance their coverage
  • Search for key health reform-related events to add to AHCJ's Web calendar
  • Review crowd-sourced suggestions once a week and determine which to add to our resources
  • Arrange for occasional audio or video interviews with a health reform expert or fellow journalist
  • Assign occasional first-person stories/tip boxes by other journalists ("how I covered this aspect of health reform")

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CA fellowships to attend Health Journalism 2011

Fellowships available to attend this health journalism conference. Details and deadlines below.



2011 AHCJ-California Health Journalism Fellowships                                              

Need financial assistance to attend Health Journalism 2011, the national conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists?


Thanks to the California HealthCare Foundation’s generous support, AHCJ will be able to grant a number of professional fellowships for the April 14-17, 2011 conference in Philadelphia.


Fellowships are open to full-time California print, broadcast and online journalists and part-timers or freelancers who derive the majority of their income from journalism.


Fellowships include:

         all conference registration fees

         a one year membership in the AHCJ (new or extended)

         up to four nights in the conference hotel (Wednesday-Saturday)

         up to $400 towards travel


For more information and an application form (see below) or click HERE!  You may also cut and paste the following link into your browser:


The completed form and accompanying material must arrive in our office via e-mail to, or at the below address,

by Feb. 23, 2011:


Association of Health Care Journalists

Attn: Fellowships Program-CA

10 Neff Hall

Columbia, MO 65211


The Association of Health Care Journalists is an independent, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. Its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing.

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Deutsche Welle’s English’s Pulse looking for Asia, Africa freelance pitches

Hey folks. This from one of our long-time FC members who moved across the pond:

From my colleague, Kate Bowen, who runs Pulse, our youth culture show.
Please send pitches to: and tell her I sent
-Cyrus Farivar

Details below for traveling audio folks.


Our current series Europe on a Shoestring will be coming to a close
when the clocks change in March. At that time, we'll begin a new
series profiling young people all over the world who are making a
difference around them.


Find a young person (under 30) who is actively engaged in making the
world a better place in some way. This could be through peace
activism, environmental projects, providing music lessons to
underpriveleged children, cleaning up trash in their neighborhood,
volunteering at a senior center, rescuing an endangered species, etc.
Maybe they have founded an organization, maybe they are a small player
in a larger help organization, or maybe they are just being proactive
on their own. Whatever the case, it needs to be clear to the listener
that this person is worth profiling.

As I am particularly interested in geographical diversity, please keep
our series in mind when you are traveling to interesting places!


I am looking for a sound-rich package profiling your chosen
individual. While they are the focus of the report, clearly they
impact other people, so it's crucial to have a couple other voices in
there as well. Include as much

The packagd must be exactly 5 minutes long (as close as possible) to
make it as interesting as possible for rebroadcasters.


240 Euros.


The series begins with daylight savings time – the first show after
that is on Tuesday, March 29. It will run through the change of the
clocks in October. Please start submitting pitches as soon as

I very much look forward to your pitches and to making this an exciting series.

ps – We're still looking for a name for the series; your ideas are welcome.

Kate Bowen
Kulturredakteurin / Culture Editor

Deutsche Welle
Kurt-Schumacher-Straße 3
53113 Bonn, Deutschland / Germany

Tel: ++49 228 429-2592
Fax: ++49 228 429-4583

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5-channel sound installation at UnionDocs in NYC this Sunday, 1/23

This NYC Union Docs event looks very cool on many levels. Check it out!


If you're in NYC this Sunday, we have an amazing sound event at UnionDocs in Brooklyn. Anthropologist and sound artist Ernst Karel will be presenting recent and in-progress ethnographic electroacoustic work on a 5 channel / 5 speaker system.
Hope to see you there, and email if you have any questions!
Kara Oehler
UnionDocs Collaborative Program
Sunday, January 23 at 7:30pm $9 suggested donation
UnionDocs | 322 Union Ave | Brooklyn, NY 11211

Ernst Karel will present recent and in-progress work made from location recordings, in stereo, quadraphonic, and 5-channel configurations.  Work will include:  Heard Laboratories (and/OAR 2010) and a 5-channel extension of that project incorporating an electroacoustic interpretation by the Chicago Sound Map ensemble; a piece composed for German radio connected with Swiss mountain transport systems, an eight-channel work in collaboration with Helen Mirra currently on exhibition at Diapason Gallery; current quadraphonic work in progress; and if time allows, experimental ethnographic audio work coming out of the Sensory Ethnography Lab.

Discussion might take up the documentary use of nonlinguistic sound to produce ‘doubtful knowing’, in connection with ideas such as anthropologist of sound Steven Feld’s notion of ‘acoustemologies’, or sonic ways of knowing and being in the world, and the recognition (found, for example, in new books by sound theorists Salomé Voegelin and David Toop) that listening is an experience of a continuously fleeting, ungraspable present moment, and as such is “full of phemonemological doubt,” as Voegelin puts it (Listening to Noise and Silence, 2010:4): “The understanding gained is a knowing of the moment as a sensory event that involves the listener and the sound in a reciprocal inventive production.”

Ernst Karel works with analog electronics and with location recordings, sometimes separately, sometimes in combination, to create audio pieces that move between the abstract and the documentary. His musical biography includes classical trumpet, early-1990s Seattle ‘free noise’, jazz, extended-technique acoustic improvisation, and electronic/electroacoustic improvisation and composition. He performs widely both solo and in various collaborations, has made solo and collaborative sound installations, and his work has been released on and/OAR, Another Timbre, BoxMedia, Cathnor, Dead CEO, Formed, Kuro Neko, Locust, Lucky Kitchen, and Sedimental record labels, among others. Current collaborations include the long-running electroacoustic duo EKG and the New England Phonographers Union. He has worked as a live sound engineer, recordist, and editor at Chicago Public Radio, mixed audio and contributed sound design for nonfiction video. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago, where his fieldwork-based dissertation, Kerala Sound Electricals, was a study in the anthropology of sound. Karel currently manages the Sensory Ethnography Lab and the Film Study Center at Harvard University, where as Lecturer on Anthropology, he also co-teaches courses in media archaeology and ethnographic audio and video production.

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Ford Foundation to Put Up $50 Million for Documentaries

New funding possibility for doc filmmakers. Woo hoo!!


From the NY Times
January 18, 2011, 2:09 pm

Ford Foundation to Put Up $50 Million for Documentaries

Documentarians, rejoice! The Ford Foundation on Tuesday announced a five-year plan to pour $50 million into documentaries -– defined broadly, including online-only efforts -– that are focused on social issues.
“With the growth of the Web and social networks, the potential global audience for filmed content with a social conscience has exploded,” Luis A. Ubiñas, president of the Ford Foundation, said in a statement.
Although the documentary has flourished in recent years in large part because of festival support, the genre continues to pose severe financing challenges because of a lack of interest at the mainstream box office. The Ford Foundation’s program, called JustFilms, will dole out money in three ways. The first involves partnerships with organizations like the Sundance Institute, whose Sundance Film Festival opens on Thursday in Park City, Utah. JustFilms will contribute $1 million a year over five years to support Sundance’s documentary film workshops, for instance.
Other financing plans for JustFilms include an open application process -– details are at – and partnerships with other Ford Foundation grant-making programs where the introduction of a documentary film could help draw attention.
Directing the program will be Orlando Bagwell, whose credits include the award-winning PBS series “Eyes on the Prize,” which looked at the civil rights movement. Mr. Bagwell said the foundation’s major commitment “reflects our recognition that individual stories –- meaningful and well told -– can be a powerful instrument of change.”
JustFilms is already supporting several films, including “Detroit Hustles Harder,” a documentary that chronicles the lives of people who have decided to stay in that economically ravaged city and work for its recovery.
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Metcalf Fellowships Application Deadlines approaching

Some upcoming fellowships from the Metcalf Institute. Details below.



January 18, 2011




Metcalf Institute Deadlines for Seminar and Workshop on Oil Spill Research

Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting is accepting applications for two science training programs for journalists and informal science educators focusing on research on impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: Science Seminar, April 6-8, 2011, in Cocodrie, LA; and the 13th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists, June 12-17, 2011, in Narragansett, RI.


These fellowships are made possible by a Rapid Response grant through the National Science Foundation's Informal Science Education program.


Science Seminar: Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster

April 6-8, 2011 in Cocodrie, LA
Application postmark deadline: January 31, 2011


Participants will gain hands-on knowledge of oceanographic techniques, cultivate scientific resources and sharpen their reporting and communication skills, and discuss the latest research on the oil spill impacts with leading experts.


The seminar supports journalists and informal science educators with a minimum of two years professional experience and a demonstrated interest in environmental communication or reporting. Tuition free, includes room and board and some travel support. Applications for the 2.5-day Science Seminar must be postmarked by January 31, 2011.


For additional science seminar program information, call 401-874-6211 or email


13th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists
Coastal Impacts: One Year of Research on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

June 12 –17, 2011 in Narragansett, RI

Application postmark deadline: January 21, 2011


The Metcalf Institute 13th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists is a hands-on introduction to research methods, data analysis, translation of scientific research, and integration of science and policy. The 2011 workshop, Coastal Impacts: One Year of Research on he Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, will be held at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, June 12-17, and will explore the state of the science and methods used to assess the impacts of a major deep water oil spill. Fellows will gain a better understanding of environmental science research methods, cultivate scientific resources and sharpen their reporting skills through daily fieldwork and labs.


The Annual Science Workshop Fellowship includes room, board, tuition and some travel support. Applications must be postmarked by January 21, 2011. For additional Annual Science Workshop information, call 401-874-6211 or email

Details about eligibility and the applications for both programs can be downloaded at

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-- Kat Anderson Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting URI Graduate School of Oceanography Narragansett Bay Campus 218 South Ferry Road Narragansett, RI  02882


Office: 401.874.6009 Fax:  401.874.6486 

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REMINDER – Tax Q&A with CPA Jason Stallcup, Jan 20, Sandbox Suites, Union Square, SF, 6:30pm

Hey all. Just a reminder that CPA Jason Stallcup is giving his annual tax talk this THURSDAY, Jan 20 at Sandbox Suites in Union Square. It's intended for freelancers and other independents and he has endless knowledge (and patience for all questions) about the crazy rules that apply to us. Don't miss it!


Tax Tips for the Self-Employed


567 Sutter St.

San Francisco, CA 94102

How to find us
"Top floor"


$10.00 per person
refund policy

Sandbox Suites is bringing back the San Francisco superstar CPA Jason Stallcup for another round of tax talk with great tips and updated information on new tax law changes for the self-employed. Jason is great about answering everyone's questions and giving hot tips, so this is not-to-be-missed!

He'll also discuss:

  • New tax law changes: treatment of health insurance premiums and lowered self-employment tax
  • Documentation: what you need to keep for your records
  • Entity options: should you create an LLC or Corporation
  • Discussion of common deductions: Home office, auto expenses, travel, meals, etc.

Jason Stallcup is a CPA with an entrepreneurial background focusing on the self-employed and small-to-medium sized businesses. His expertise lies in tax preparation for all entity types and accounting services for businesses. Check him out at http://www.jasoncpa.c….

6:30-7 Refreshments & networking
7-8:30 Talk and Q&A
8:30-9 Networking

Please note this event takes place at Sandbox Suites Union Sq!

Tickets are $10 online, $15 at the door; free for Sandbox members – learn how to become a member

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