Friday, April 29, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Our School follows three Roma (commonly known as "Gypsy") children in a rural Transylvanian village who are among the pioneer participants in an initiative to integrate the ethnically segregated Romanian schools. When their district is ordered desegregated, Alin, Benjamin, and Dana set out for the city school, optimistic for education and new friendships, even as funds earmarked for integration are questionably used to build a "Roma-only" school in their village. Their innocent optimism quickly sours when the children are met with baseless ostracism from peers and teachers alike.
Shot over four years, the filmmakers' tender portrait of rural village life and its rhythms fosters an intimacy in the children's profound reality and admiration for their indomitable spirit, which is then punctuated with shocking instances of prejudice and ignorance. Their story touches on issues ranging from institutionalized racism, public education, and the intractability of poverty, culminating in an outrageous finale that cements the Roma children's struggle in the annals of egregious human rights violations. Our School is an absorbing, infuriating, and ultimately bittersweet story of tradition and progress.
Friday April 22, 7:30PM at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9
Saturday April 23, 7:30PM at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9
Tuesday April 26, 3:45PM at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 8
Saturday April 30, 6:30PM at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 2
SEMPER FI: Always Faithful
Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger's loyalty belonged to the Marine Corps for 25 years. But when his nine-year-old daughter dies of a rare leukemia, Jerry gives up all else to investigate the cause of her death. His exhaustive search for answers leads to a shocking discovery: one of the largest water contamination cover-ups in US history. Bravely determined to hold the Marine Corps accountable for the unprecedented number of cancer cases and deaths at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, Jerry refuses to settle for the military's dismissive response to the many victims buried under their dubious bureaucracy. Outrage, perseverance, and enduring patriotic duty drive Jerry to reveal this grave national issue before Congress and the American public.
Directors Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon present a timely and sobering personal story, shining a light on the military's betrayal of American soldiers and their families. The film compels and empowers the viewer to demand the Department of Defense—America's largest polluter, according to the film—to protect its soldiers and civilians from toxic environmental conditions at military sites across the nation.
Monday April 25, 12:00PM at AMC Loews Village 7-1
Wednesday April 27, 7:00PM at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 5
Saturday April 30, 1:00PM at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 5
Monday, April 18, 2011
CALL FOR ENTRIES
14th UNAFF (UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION FILM FESTIVAL)
EDUCATION IS A HUMAN RIGHT
“Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups” (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Formats: 16mm and 35mm film; Beta SP, DVD (NTSC)
Preview: DVD (NTSC region 0 or 1) Please test your consumer-burned DVD
on several makes and models of players before submitting it.
All lengths are eligible
Entry fee: $25 for films up to 30 min. (late deadline $35)
and $35 for films longer than 30 min. (late deadline is $45)
Please send a check or money order payable to UNAFF or use PayPal using UNAFF web site www.unaff.org
Early Deadline – May 11, 2011*
Regular Deadline – May 21, 2011*
Late deadline –June 1, 2011*
THE ENTRY FORM: Print from www.unaff.org or www.withoutabox.com
• UNAFF Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary
• UNAFF Grand Jury Award for Best Short Documentary
• UNAFF/Stanford Video Award for Cinematography
• UNAFF/Stanford Video Award for Editing
• UNAFF Youth Vision Award
10 Alvarado Row - CERAS/CFLP, Room 114
Stanford, CA 94305-3084
Questions or comments: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (650) 724-5544
Their first event, starts next Wednesday night, April 20,
features the incomparable Ingrid Kopp.
Here is a list of all the workshops:
Meet the Funder: TFI New Media Fund
Wednesday, April 20 | 6:30 - 8:00 pm | FREE
Presented by Ingrid Kopp, New Media Consultant for the TFI New Media Fund
Meet the Funder: National Endowment for the Humanities
Wednesday, April 27 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | $20/$15 discounted rate
Transmedia, Why Do Funders Think It’s Important?
Monday, May 2 | 6:30 | 8:30 pm | $50/$40 discounted rate
Presented by Lina Srivastava, Principal of Lina Srivastava Consulting
Navigating the International Film Festival Circuit
Wednesday, May 25 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | $50/$40 discounted rate
Presented by Debra Zimmerman, WMM Executive Director
Selling to Broadcasters: Getting Onto Primetime
Wednesday, June 8| 6:30 | 8:30pm | $50/$40 discounted rate
$50/$40 discounted rate
Fear of Fundraising: An Essential Overview of the Basics
Wednesday, June 22, 6:30 8:30 pm | $50/$40 discounted rate
Presented by Tracie Holder, WMM Production Assistance Program Consultant
They are also offering SEASON PASSES: Four workshops for only $150/$120 (discount rate) or three workshops for $120/$80 (discount rate). Please note: Does not include Meet the Funder Events.
Click HERE to find the full details and registration. There are full descriptions of what the workshops entail on their site!
Monday, April 11, 2011
GOOD PITCH NY 2011 PROJECT LINEUP ANNOUNCED
Good Pitch NY 2011 will take place at the
Ford Foundation on Friday, May 20th, 2011
London, UK, April 4, 2010 - The lineup for the Good Pitch NY 2011, taking place at the Ford Foundation’s Manhattan headquarters on Friday 20 May, is announced today.
The Good Pitch is an invitation-only event, starting with an intensive two-day campaign development workshop for the filmmakers, followed by a day-long live event which brings together documentary films and organizations with social change and innovation at their heart.
Eight filmmaking teams will pitch their projects and associated outreach campaigns to an invited group of foundations, NGOs, brands, advertising and digital agencies, social entrepreneurs and media organizations with the aim of creating a unique coalition around each film to accelerate its impact and influence.
A project of the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation in partnership with the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, the team worked with staff and advisors to choose eight documentary projects for this edition of the Good Pitch out of several hundred applications. The selected filmmakers are Dawn Porter (Gideon's Army), Soniya Kirpalani (We The People), Marc Silver (Who Is Dayani Cristal?), Alison Klayman (Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry), Kief Davidson (Untitled Partners In Health Documentary), Katie Dellamaggiore (Brooklyn Castle), Patrice O'Neill (Not In Our Town III: Light in the Darkness), and Yoav Potash (Crime After Crime).
Dir. Katie Dellamaggiore
Amidst financial crisis and unprecedented public school budget cuts, Intermediate School 318 in Brooklyn, New York, has assembled the best junior high chess team in the nation. Brooklyn Castle follows five young teens for one school year as they struggle, grow and challenge themselves both on and off the chessboard.
We are delighted to see Katie Dellamaggiore included in the Good Pitch Line up with Brooklyn Castle. The film follows the students from I.S. 318, whose chess program is just one example of an innovative and accessible public education program that works. And yet while most educators, parents and politicians agree that programs like art, music and chess play a vital role in public education, in times of financial crisis they are the first programs to be cut. Through the telling of five personal stories, Brooklyn Castle makes an argument for afterschool programs and the critical role they play in addressing the needs of kids, especially disadvantaged kids that might otherwise be marginalized by the current public education system. We're excited to see her form partnerships and be able to make a difference in important New York after school programming.
Find out more here: http://britdoc.org/real_good/
“This is the first of two Good Pitches to be held in North America in 2011,” said Cara Mertes, Sundance Documentary Film Program Director, “and the range of topics and geographies represents a full spectrum of documentary storytelling.”
The projects focus on issues of immigration, human rights, global health, racism, migrant labor, hate crimes, poverty, domestic violence, and criminal justice and tell stories from The Emirates, China, USA, South Asia, Haiti, and US/Mexico/Central American borders.
In 2011, the Ford Foundation has joined the Good Pitch team as a major funder and host venue of the New York City event. The Ford Foundation joins the Tides Foundation, the Fledgling Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Impact Partners, CrossCurrents Foundation and anonymous donors as supporters of the Good Pitch. Working Films will continue to provide campaign development for the invited filmmakers.
“The ability to take complex, urgent issues and translate them into compelling stories is the remarkable skill of documentary filmmakers,” said Orlando Bagwell, Director of the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms Initiative. “As great cinema, documentaries can not only inform and inspire their audiences, but also catalyze viewers to become active participants in social change. Good Pitch makes that opportunity for action possible by connecting master storytellers to organizations on the ground working to improve people’s lives. The Ford Foundation is excited to be a new supporter and host of this year’s Good Pitch in New York City.”
The Good Pitch NY 2011 is the first event of 2011 on an annual, international tour, with further pitches planned for San Francisco in September and Europe in October. For more information on Good Pitch events in 2011, see www.britdoc.org/goodpitch.
Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation is a UK-based not-for-profit organization backed by Channel 4 TV. It is dedicated to reinventing funding and distribution models for British documentary filmmakers. As well as funding ground breaking social-issue films (such as double Sundance winner Afghan Star, Berlin winner The Yes Men Fix the World, Sundance 09 feature doc The End of the Line and Tribeca winner We Are Together), the Foundation brokers relationships between filmmakers and the NGO and brand sectors in the UK to create better, more effective films. The Good Pitch is a key part of the Foundation’s important work in this area.
Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program (DFP) supports contemporary nonfiction filmmakers globally with year-round activities, including the Sundance Documentary Fund, Creative Labs and workshops focusing on the art of documentary, and collaborative partnerships including the Stories of Change initiative with the Skoll Foundation, and major social justice and human rights initiatives with Open Society Foundations and Ford Foundation among others. The DFP has supported over 400 films since 1996, including The Oath, Nerakoon: Betrayal, Trouble the Water, Iraq in Fragments, Why We Fight, and Long Night’s Journey Into Day. The DFP is a core program of the Los Angeles-based non-profit Sundance Institute. Founded by Robert Redford, Sundance Institute is dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences.
The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than half a century it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.