IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs – Call for Documentary & Narrative Rough Cut Features
A National Program Connecting Mentors and Projects Before They Are Submitted to Festivals
Documentary Lab Submission Deadline: February 13
Narrative Lab Submission Deadline: April 17
Led by experienced producers, the Labs assist filmmakers in tackling the creative challenges of completing their modestly-budgeted, independently produced films - getting a leg-up before industry exposure. The five-day mentorship program in NYC challenges filmmakers to realize the full potential of their footage and stories with ongoing dynamic feedback and advice on technical & creative issues and distribution methods. The Labs are for first-time, narrative & documentary feature directors in the late stages of post-production. For more information & application: http://labs.ifp.org
Call for Entries: Full Length Docs about California
In the spirit of expanding our commitment to diverse voices and viewpoints, about our Golden State - California, KQED's Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories is again reaching out to the independent film community to find feature-length documentaries about California. Now in its fifth season, KQED is looking for 4 completed films and 1 nearly completed film for broadcast as part of the Truly California series. For more information and/or an application, please visit the Truly CA web site at http://www.kqed.org/trulyca or contact Elizabeth Pepin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: Must be postmarked by: February 5th, 2009
Genius in Motion Website Promotes Diversity Behind the Camera
Ponder This Productions, Inc. has launched Genius In Motion (www.geniusinmotion.com), an interactive Web community that recognizes people of color behind the camera in the film and television industries. The colorful and diverse Web portal will showcase and salute award-winning Geniuses behind the camera such as, Oscar winner, Guillermo Navarro (Cinematographer; Night at the Museum; Hellboy II); Emmy winner, Robi Reed-Humes (Casting Director; Their Eyes Were Watching God, Malcolm X), Academy Award winner, John Singleton (Shaft, Hustle & Flow) Salma Hayek (Executive Producer, Ugly Betty); Morgan Freeman (Producer, 10 Items or Less); Bill Cosby (Writer, Fat Albert) and Oprah Winfrey (Executive Producer, The Oprah Winfrey Show).
"This is simply a wonderful way to promote multiculturalism and contribute to diversifying the film and television industries," said Tracie Dean Ponder (Founder of Genius in Motion). "The lack of information about people of color behind the camera is blaring and those who have made significant contributions are relatively unknown. The industry still has an incredible amount of work to do when it comes to this issue. This undertaking is my small contribution."
The colorful .com will launch its premiere pages showcasing Geniuses behind the camera and allowing users to search the free encyclopedia database for profiles on people of color who have helped shape the industry. As Genius In Motion continues to develop, users will be able to participate in webinars, search articles, listen to podcasts and utilize an extensive database chock-full of rare fact-finding feats.
Fans are encouraged to keep the URL bookmarked, as the site unveils the people and the power behind making film and TV classics. During the month of January, geniusinmotion.com will present many geniuses, including casting extraordinaire, Robi Reed-Humes, Stephanie Lowry (Music Editor: Tropic Thunder; Stranger than Fiction) and Richard Chew (Editor: Star Wars, Bobby, Waiting To Exhale).
In February during Black History Month, Genius in Motion will recognize Academy Award nominated director, Spike Lee, Emmy nominated producer Tim Reid (Paul Mooney: Analyzing White America), award winning director, Euzhan Palcy and First National Vice President of the Screen Actors Guild, Anne-Marie Johnson.