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January 21, 2010 Filmmakers Workshop

Join us for the CID Filmmakers Workshop first meeting of the year!

Preparing a proposal for the upcoming LEF Foundation deadline? Or other Foundations? Preparing a fundraising campaign with an appeal to individuals? Not sure if what you have written is telling the story of your film in a way that will make it stand out and have people running to you with money?

Join your fellow filmmakers in a peer proposal review session. Bring your materials (yes, budgets too) and we’ll break into small groups and do a read and review. Come get some feedback BEFORE you send it to a review panel. We’ll have the ability to screen some trailers and work samples too, if your question is about your sample.

Filmmakers Workshop
January 21, 2010

6:30-7:00- networking
7:00-8:30 – proposal review session
8:30-9pm trailer viewing & networking

IMPORTANT!!!! Please bring several copies of your proposals or materials. Don’t worry, you wil not be leaving them! It will just make it easier within the small groups for sharing.

Filmmakers Workshops are held at the new CID space at 93 Border Street in West Newton.
The workshop is FREE. Please feel free to bring some food or beverage to add to the snack table.

While RSVPs are not required, we do appreciate knowing if you plan to attend so that we can plan refreshments.


NAMAC Conference sessions now available online

In case you missed the NAMAC conference in Boston this August, you can now watch or hear many of the sessions online. There are also a number of blogs recapping the conference and continuing the conversations that started there. You’ll find it all at :


Documentary on African American Photographers

Seeks Boston Interns & Volunteers

Award winning New York filmmaker, Thomas Allen Harris, (“12 Disciples of Nelson Mandela,” “That’s My Face”) will be in Boston in August to shoot segments for his upcoming documentary and multimedia outreach project on African American Photographers who use the camera lens as a tool for social change.

Harris and his team seek Interns & Volunteers to assist with videotaping, sound, photography, logging, online social media, and community/talent relations for the special event they are producing as part of the National Association of Media Arts Centers (NAMAC) biennial conference. (


* Tuesday, August 25th

* Wednesday, August 26th

* Thursday, August 27th


* Assistant Camera: Work with cinematographer using Sony ZIU

* Assistant Sound: Monitor two (2) Wireless Mics & one (1) Boom

* Photographer: Capture production stills & behind-the-scenes activities

* Multimedia/Scanning: Scan photos and archival documents

* Community Relations: liaison to interview subjects and talent

* Production Assistant: Work with producer/director to manage set/location

* Assistant Editor: Work with producer to log and digitize footage

* Blogger: Assist producer with posting updates to Twitter, Facebook, Blog

Each Intern should be available to work at least one (1) full day.  Intern Production Credit is available to those who qualify.   If you are interested in joining our hard-working and fun-loving production team, please call – Tel:  (212) 281-6002, Email: Please indicate in your response which internship category you are most interested in.

Thank you for your time and interest.  We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Kopkind/CID filmmakers camp 2009

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We had a great week at the Kopkind/CID filmmakers camp from August 2-9 up in Guilford Vermont. We’d like to especially thank our guests Sandra Forman, Nora Jacobson and the Vermont filmmakers group, Henry Ferrini, Deborah Chasnoff and Liz Canner for joining us and for sharing their expertise and their work.

Huge thanks to Dave and Cubby for GREAT food and making everything go so smoothly- and to Gilbert for his amazing stories and hospitality (and the BEST margaritas!).

For a slideshow of our week at camp visit:


Scenes from Kopkind/CID film camp August 2009(photos from Henry Ferrini)

Kopkind big toe

“Big Toe Up for Kopkind ” from Henry Ferrini

Kopkind HF4

Radical Relaxation & good food

Kopkind HF5

and more food and talking

Kopkind/CID Filmmakers Seminars & Grassroots Film Festival 2009 to begin on August 2nd!

Kopkind at Treefrog FarmThe Kopkind Institute and the Center for Independent Documentary will convene 10 filmmakers at Tree Frog Farm in Guilford Vermont this coming Sunday August 2nd. The public portion of the program, the Grasroots Film Festival will begin on Thursday August 6th.

Kopkind/CID film camp is a week of “radical relaxation”- a chance to breathe deep, think deeper and dive into new ideas and the blue clear waters of Vermonts lakes and rivers. For more info on the camp, check out this recent article: Radical Relaxation: The Kopkind/CID Film Camp.

We are pleased to announce this years 10 selected attendees:

Matthew Gossage, from Austin Texas

Ann Bennett, New York City

Dean Hamer, Washington DC

Brett Patricia Story, Montreal , Canada

Sanford Lewis, Amherst, MA

Betsy Kalin, Los Angels, CA

Sharon Arkin, Phoenix AZ

Joan Mandell, Detroit MI

Saroja Coelho, based in Central Europe

Kavita Pillay, Cambridge, MA

We hope that you will consider joining us for our FREE public events as part of the Kopkind Grassroots Film Festival:

POLIS IS THIS with Director Henry Ferrini in attendance
Thursday, Aug 6th, 7 PM at the Hooker-Dunham Theater, Brattleboro, VT. 139 Main Street. Polis is This wrestles with the six foot eight inch 275lb colossus of poetry. Charles Olson, in the squared circle of understanding. Through never before seen footage and interviews actor John Malkovich leads an all-star unit in a search and explore mission. Olson, the “big fire source” for a restless generation of poets known as The Beats stands more revealed than ever before. Through Director Ferrini’s poetry-in-motion lens, viewers can now see Olson’s landscapes through the fresh eyes of America’s Archaeologist of Morning. “Sublime…simply stunning” says Author Jim Harrison. “An invaluable contribution to our literature” notes Russell Banks. Charles Olson the “original aboriginal” fights to save his town from so-called progress as the bulldozer of change rumbles down Main Street USA. Polis Is This includes performances by: John Malkovich, Robert Creeley, Amiri Baraka, Pete Seeger, Jonathan Williams, Vincent Ferrini, Peter Anastas, John Stilgoe, Anne Waldman, Ammiel Alcalay, Susan Thackery, Charles Olson, Charlie Olson, Charles Boer, John Sinclair, Willie Alexander, Stefan Wolpe, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Charles Stein, Michael Rumaker & Black Mountain College. Seating is limited and reservations for this special screening in Brattleboro VT can be made by calling the Hooker-Dunham Reservation line 802-254-9276

STRAIGTLACED with Academy Award-Director Deborah Chasnoff in attendance
Friday, Aug 7th, 7 PM at the Organ Barn, Treefrog Farm, Guilford, VT.
“Straightlaced” is directed by Academy Award‐winning filmmaker Debra Chasnoff, and is the latest documentary film production from GroundSpark’s highly acclaimed Respect For All Project. Straightlaced, which features unscripted high school youth from around the country speaking candidly about harmful pressures caused by rigid gender roles and homophobia is surprisingly uplifting and entertaining. From girls who dumb down so they don’t intimidate boys, to boys who are sexually active just to prove they aren’t gay, to non‐conforming teens who face relentless bullying, the students in Straightlaced show how gender expectations are having unhealthy and often dangerous impact on the lives of today’s teens.

A Sneak preview screening with Vermont director Liz Canner of her new film – Friday, Aug 8th, 7 PM at the Organ Barn, Treefrog Farm, Guilford, VT.

Contact John Scagliotti at above address or email (for directions to the Organ Barn at Tree Frog Farm in Guilford}

Thank you again for your support and we hope to see you this summer at one or all of our public events.

NAMAC Conference is coming soon!

CID is proud to be the host, along with our amazing host committee, of the 2009 NAMAC confernce in Boston: COMMONWEALTH.

Shifting audiences. Evolving economics. Emergent technologies. Political opportunities.Together we can thrive on change to build and sustain the arts, media, and culture.

NAMAC’s biennial conference convenes this year in an extraordinary time. Come share your individual experiences and pool your knowledge as we develop radically new approaches to move our arts and media organizations forward. Hundreds of artists, media makers, scholars, technologists, policy advocates and activists will gather on common ground to make sense of the change and opportunity swirling around us.

Convened by the National Alliance for Media Arts + Culture, an association of independent media and visual arts organizations. We’re building a world where arts and media operate in a sustainable and creative environment, rooted in communities, interconnected through technology, and global in reach.

Conference Highlights:

Plenary Sessions
• Our New World Order: A State of the Field Address in Four Parts
• CommonWealth: Collaboration and Connectedness
• Art in Times Like These: Why We Do What We Do

Discussions on New Developments & Big Ideas
• Policy Update: Media and Arts in the Obama Era
• Creative Communities and Cultural Recovery: Arts as Economic Development
• The People Formerly Known As The Audience
• Reclaiming the Cultural Commons
• New Voices Rising: Technology, Art, and Media Crossing Critical Divides

Best Practice Presentations
• Getting Creative With New Distribution Models
• Arts for Social and Community Change
• Working Across Generations: Leadership Transitions in Our Organizations
• The Joys and Horrors of Partnership and Collaboration
• Getting Grants in Tough Times: Grantmakers’ Resource Review

Skill-building Workshops
• Fundraising with Pride and Power
• Twitters & Flickrs & Facebooks Oh My!: Social Media Bootcamp for the
Overworked and Underwhelmed
• Advocacy for Impact: Getting What We Need from Our Government
• Monetizing Your Media and Art in the Digital Age

A Media Arts Town Hall Meeting, where we gather for a deliberative dialogue to clarify our community’s priorities for policy and advocacy.

Meet & Greets with Funders, where you can converse directly with grant makers

“Open Space” discussions, both structured and unstructured, on the hot topics that you are eager to discuss with your peers

Tours of Boston’s most exciting media and arts organizations and landmarks by bus, foot, bike and even by boat!

• Youth media & arts tour
• Walking tours of public art in downtown Boston and on MIT’s campus
• Bike tour of artist live/work spaces and studio visits
• Tour WGBH, the preeminent public TV station, and its new “green” facility
• African American Heritage Trail tour
• Boat tour of Boston Harbor

• Opening Night Reception at the MIT Museum featuring Connections exhibit
• Boston Film & Television Industry welcomes NAMAC event on the waterfront at the Intercontinental Boston
• Closing Night Party at Artists for Humanity – cool youth arts organization in Boston’s greenest building

* Discount Rates, Student Rates and Day Rates available.

We’ve secured funding from the NEA to offer stipends to offset costs for NAMAC members to travel to Boston for Commonwealth. Support can be used only for travel costs or hotel support for the Park Plaza Hotel.

To apply for funding, please visit to download a brief application. Eighty travel stipends up to $250 each will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to organizations with budgets under $500,000. Limit of one stipend per organization; available to NAMAC members only.