Announcing Call for Entries for Rough Cuts in June – Deadline is May 30th

Hi folks. The next round of SF Rough Cut screenings is coming up. Details for submitting your work is below.


Wednesday, May 30th is the deadline

to submit to

Wednesday, June 20th at 7:30 p.m.

1310 Mission Street @ 9th Street, San Francisco
Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided
$7 admission


Rough Cuts is a series of work-in-progress documentary screenings that are produced every other month at a variety of locations throughout San Francisco. For each evening, we screen one rough cut of a feature-length documentary and then moderate a conversation about the film. These post-screening discussions are designed to give the filmmaker a better, more objective sense of what is working and not working with his/her film, with particular attention paid to improving the film’s structure and narrative clarity. We hope that the series also provides a welcome space for local filmmakers, film professionals, and fans of documentary film to meet and talk.

We are seeking long-form works with a final running time of 40 minutes or longer. Principal photography should have been completed, and we encourage filmmakers to submit cuts that are in the later stages of post-production (i.e. NOT first or second cuts).

Wednesday, May 30th
Submissions must arrive at CounterPulse by 5:00 p.m. [This is not a postmark deadline.]

Tuesday, June 5th
Selections will be announced and filmmakers will be notified

Wednesday, June 20th
Screening, followed by a discussion led by a guest moderator

To submit, and for more details about Rough Cuts, visit:

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Pulse of the Planet Seeking Stories

Hey audio folks. I'm thrilled to tell you that Pulse of the Planet is accepting pitches! Details below.


For those of you who may not be familiar with it, Pulse of the Planet is an award-winning daily two-minute radio series independently produced and distributed to over 200 public and commercial stations. The hallmark of the series is its use of ambient sound. Our stories are often seasonal and evergreen. We "track the rhythms of life on earth", including nature, culture and science as our broad subjects.

A typical story might be a seasonal nature event or traditional celebration of some kind. We also air science stories which may not be seasonal, but which have a sound "hook". Check out to get a feeling for the program.

The first step would be to pitch your story ideas: Tell us the subject matter, where it would be taking place, what you'd be recording and who you'd be interviewing. If we're not familiar with your work, you'll need to send us a link to hear a sample of it. We'll respond to the stories that interest us.

If we say yes to your story, we'll send you a set of guidelines and you'd be sending us raw sound and interview files, typically from 30 minutes to an hour of interview, plus sounds. How the sounds relate to the interview will depend upon the subject. We like stories which portray science in action, where we're hearing something interesting and its meaning is explained in the context of the story. To be clear – you'll be sending us raw sound, not a produced piece. In summary – an attractive pitch will have a strong sound component, and a compelling, seasonal subject.

We pay $250/story for raw sounds/interviews as described above which meet our standards, plus travel expenses, when necessary. We'll pay an additional $50 for a log of your sound files (not a transcription, a summary log) and another $50 if you send usable photographs to illustrate the story.

Please send your pitch ideas to I'll be glad to respond to generic questions in comments to this post.

All the Best;
Jim Metzner

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AIR and UnionDocs Unite for Sounds Elemental!, application deadline May 18

Hey folks. Applications for the next round of the AIR/UnionDocs Sounds Elemental audio intensive are due on May 18. Details below!



AIR is excited to announce that our popular Sounds Elemental audio intensives are coming to UnionDocs, a Center for Documentary Art in Brooklyn, NY. 

UnionDocs is a rising force in the creative media-documentary universe offering weekend screenings and events, workshops, as well as a year-long artist fellowship program called the Collaborative. They have an interdisciplinary focus, incorporating audio, film/video, writing, photography, interactive and other forms. Like AIR, their programs touch hundreds of media-makers each year, and the partnership represents a natural trajectory and an opportunity for their respective constituencies to further cross-pollinate and grow. 

The application window is open now and competition for slots can be stiff. AIR accepts only 10 producers for each of our two 2012 sessions: Sounds Elemental: Magnetism, held June 25-29, 2012 and Sounds Elemental: Gravity, held December 17-21, 2012. 

>Deadline to apply for the June intensive is May 18.<<

Learn more and find the application here:

Producers benefit from intensely individualized attention from sound artists-teachers Brenda Hutchinson, composer and installation artist Michael Schumacher, and UnionDocs’ own, Christopher Allen. New York Times deputy news editor Amy O’Leary leads an afternoon dive into storytelling and audio slideshows, a session that producers have called "enriching" and "inspiring."  

These intensives are designed to provide mid to advanced level media producers with a unique opportunity to spend an entire week exploring unconventional approaches to assembling sound. Over the week, there will be a combination of lectures on the history and landscape of contemporary sound art (think John Cage to Brian Eno to Pauline Oliveros), group discussion and critique, and hands-on “lab” time where students will create a short audio piece inspired by the theme of Magnetism or Gravity. 

+++Please note: The aim of this intensive is to inspire new ways of thinking about and approaching non-narrative audio craft, with the hope that will open new thinking and approaches for you in your everyday work. Please go here to learn more about the curriculum; we encourage questions in advance to ensure this course is the right match for you.+++

The cost is $700. A non-refundable $350 deposit is required upon acceptance. You do not have to be a member of AIR to apply. AIR members living outside of New York City who are accepted are eligible for a stipend (up to $150) to help underwrite the cost of the intensive and travel to NYC. 

++Full attendance is mandatory. If you are unable to attend each day of the intensive, please do not apply. Class meets from 10AM – 6PM, Monday through Friday.++ 

>Deadline to apply for the June intensive is May 18.<<

Learn more and find the application here:

Questions? Contact Membership Director Erin Mishkin at

About UnionDocs –
UnionDocs (UnDo) is a Center for Documentary Art that generates and shares big ideas. We bring together a diverse community of experimental media-makers, dedicated journalists, critical thinkers, and local partners on a search for urgent expressions of the human experience, practical perspectives on the world today, and compelling visions for the future.

About AIR –
AIR is a vibrant, tightly networked association of more than 800 journalists, documentarians, technicians, media entrepreneurs, and sound artists spanning 46 states and 14 countries worldwide. Founded in 1988, AIR has emerged as force for identifying, cultivating, and deploying talent to accelerate public media innovation and expand service to more citizens across the U.S. AIR's mentorship and training programs, unique in the industry, were launched in 1995 with a grant from the MacArthur Foundat

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