DAWNLAND ON INDEPENDENT LENS
The Upstander Project is pleased to announce the national broadcast premiere of DAWNLAND will be on Monday, November 5th at 10pm EST on Independent Le ns (WGBH in Boston). The film will also be free to stream after the broadcast through the end of November in honor of Native American Heritage Month.
Dawnland is also screening in Boston tonight, November 1st at 7pm as part of the Bright Lights Film Series at Emerson. Filmmakers Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip will be in attendance. More details here.
Another free screening is scheduled for November 15th at 6:30pm at the Watertown Public Library with learning director, Dr. Mishy Lesser. Details here.
KEEPERS OF THE LIGHT BROADCAST PREMIERE
KEEPERS OF THE LIGHT, directed by Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth, will have its broadcast premiere on Thursday, November 15th at 9pm EST on WGBH.
Built over 200 years ago in a small Wampanoag community at the tip of an island in the Atlantic, the Gay Head Lighthouse is one of America's most famous beacons. From whaling days to electrification, Keepers Of The Light tells the story of evolving technology, heroism and shipwrecks, and the people who are called upon in each generation to keep the light, woven with the story of the recent race against time to save the historic beacon from falling over the edge of the rapidly eroding cliffs.
YOUTH AND GENDER MEDIA PROJECT ON TOUR
Jonathan Skurnick continues to tour the country with his YOUTH AND GENDER MEDIA PROJECT films. Recent appearances include:
A screening of Becoming Johanna at the Out and Equal Workplace Summit for corporate LGBTQ inclusion staffers.Over sixty representatives from corporations all over the country came out to watch the film and many are excited to bring the team and the films to their employees for professional development sessions on inclusion.
Three screenings of Becoming Johanna with Johanna in attendance at Duke University, sponsored by more than twelve different departments at the University, including the Duke Office Of Diversity and Inclusion, Duke Children's Hospital, Duke Community Family & Medicine, Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke University, and the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity at Duke.
Jonathan recently signed with Speak Out, the country's foremost progressive speaker's bureau, which will help him reach more schools and companies with his transformative screenings and professional development sessions around trans youth inclusion.
SALLY TRAILER COMPLETED
Spanning nine decades from the 1930s to the 2010s, Sally tells the inspiring story of gay rights activist and feminist Sally Gearhart. Brilliant, charismatic, provocative and visionary, Sally worked side-by-side with Harvey Milk, was an icon to the first generation of lesbians to live openly and one of second wave feminism's most radical voices. Through contemporary witnesses, archival and found footage, animated sequences from Gearhart's cult novel "The Wanderground", and the octogenarian's own voice, Sally takes the viewer on a hilarious, complex and surprising journey to discover how a "good southern girl" became an "outrageous" lesbian separatist leader and then ended up living alone in the woods, left behind by those who shared her ideals and forgotten by history.
A CALL TO REMEMBER AT THE UK JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
A CALL TO REMEMBER, directed by Ken Winikur, is playing in the UK Jewish Film Festival. The film is also nominated for a Suncoast Regional Emmy in the Historical Documentary Category.
The film focuses on the life of David Schaecter. Born in a small town in Slovakia, his harrowing tale of surviving the Holocaust takes viewers on a poignant journey. After surviving Auschwitz, David emigrates to the United States, rebuilds his life and gives back to his community.
PATERNAL RITES AT PLURALITIES NONFICTION FILM CONFERENCE
In November, Jules Rosskam, director of PATERNAL RITES, will be giving the keynote address at Pluralities Nonfiction Film Conference, a national gathering in San Francisco presented by the Doc Film Institute at SF State that brings together thought leaders and innovators who are pushing the field forward for nonfiction forms in the 21st century. Paternal Rites will screen as part of the conference program.
The Paternal Rites team is also booking their Spring 2019/Fall 2019 college, museum and microcinema tour, with stops planned in Amherst, MA, Houston, TX, Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA and more. Click here if you're interested in booking the film.
MINISTER OF LONELINESS PRODUCTION UPDATES
Joe Applebaum and Stu Maddux are off to the UK to shoot their feature-length documentary, MINISTER OF LONELINESS. They will be shooting in the Midlands area of England at a number of organizations with programs to combat loneliness and isolation that will help them identify subjects for the film. They will then be traveling to Glasgow, Scotland to continue. There they will be looking at programs to help refugees who experience severe loneliness and isolation - moreso than other groups. Again, they will be looking for subjects. They are also hoping to make contact with Tracy Crouch, Minister For Loneliness in the UK Government. Fundraising continues as well... as usual!
THE BANJO PROJECT KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
Please help spread the word about THE BANJO PROJECT Kickstarter campaign, which ends November 18th: click here for more info.
The Banjo Project is nearing completion on a digital museum - banjo.emerson.edu - for exploring overlooked, misunderstood and forgotten cultural heritage, featuring curated stories about the long and contested history of America's quintessential instrument. Produced and curated by Marc Fields, a multiple Emmy winner for his arts and culture documentaries on PBS, The Banjo Project is built on over 300 hours of original media including video interviews, performances and rare archival footage with many of the most influential musicians, historians, collectors and builders. A fraction of this material was used in his 2011 PBS documentary, Give Me The Banjo.
ERNIE & JOE AWARDED AN IDA ENTERPRISE PRODUCTION FUND GRANT
Directed by Jenifer McShane, ERNIE & JOE, has been awarded an International Documentary Association Enterprise Production Fund grant! A huge congratulations to Jenifer and all of the awardees. You can read the full list here.
Learn more about Ernie & Joe here.
HOW I LIVE AT THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
A clip of the soon to be released film by Persistent Productions, HOW I LIVE, will play at the United Nations General Assembly this week as part of the United Nations General Assembly Official Side Event "Ensuring A Right To Cure: Childhood Cancer Care and Global Survival Disparities". One of the patients filmed, Gabo who is 14 years old from San Salvador El Salvador, will be in attendance. He is now in remission for leukemia.
Learn more about the film here.
FROM BAGHDAD TO THE BAY IN CALIFORNIA
Awarded 'Best Documentary' at Cinequest, 'Best Film: Programmer's Award for Excellence' at OUTshine, and 'Best First Time Feature Filmmaker Award' at the GI Film Festival San Diego, FROM BAGHDAD TO THE BAY screens seven times in California over the next month! Don't miss this incredible true story about an accused double agent and his epic journey to be true to himself against all odds.
10/13, 2pm: Mill Valley Film Festival
10/14, 2:15pm: Mill Valley Film Festival
10/17, 6:15pm: Arab Film Festival, SF
10/19, 5pm: Arab Film Festival, Oakland
10/21, 4:30pm: United Nations Association Film Festival
11/2, 4pm: Ojai Film Festival
11/10, 10am: Ojai Film Festival
DAWNLAND OCTOBER SCREENINGS AND BROADCAST PREMIERE
A message from filmmakers Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip:
We are announcing new October screening dates for DAWNLAND across the country. We are so grateful for these opportunities to engage with communities. For screening details and updates, please see our website. Please save the date for the broadcast premiere of Dawnland on November 10th at 10pm (EST) on Independent Lens on PBS.
THE PEACEMAKER OCTOBER SCREENINGS IN NEW ENGLAND
THE PEACEMAKER will be screening all over New England this month, with Q&As at every show! Don't miss the chance to see this award-winning film.
10/2, 7pm: Scituate, MA
10/9, 7pm: Springfield, MA
10/28, 2pm: Hartford, CT
10/28, 7pm: Newburyport, MA
BLINDSIDED AT QFLIX FESTIVAL
Lisa Olivieri's, BLINDSIDED, will be playing atqFLIX (New England's LGBT Festival) on Saturday, October 13th at 1:15pm at the Historic Hanover Theater. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the perfect time for the film to screen.
In March, Blindsided received the Jury Award for Best Documentary from qFLIX/Philadelphia. Commenting on the jury selection, the jurors stated, "Impressive on various levels, this important and effective yet humbly crafted film inspires deeply and has the ability to motivate a wide audience to create change."
You can follow the film on Facebook here.
MINISTER OF LONELINESS PRODUCTION UPDATES
Joe Applebaum and Stu Maddux have begun shooting their film, MINISTER OF LONELINESS. They had a fantastic interview with Colin McEnroe of Connecticut Public Radio, who has done an amazing amount of research on the subject and has dedicated entire programs to loneliness. Next week, Joe and Stu will be going to the Out & Equal Conference in Seattle with filmmaker John Scagliotti. They will be holding meetings forMinister Of Loneliness and also screening their previous films, Reel In The Closet and Gen Silent.
Then, in early November, they are off to the UK! With interviews and looking at programs in place to combat loneliness and isolation, a great portion of the film will be shot in England and Scotland.
Learn more about Minister Of Loneliness here.
PATERNAL RITES UPCOMING SCREENINGS
October is a busy month for Jules Rosskam's essay film, PATERNAL RITES. It screens several times at the Kansai Queer Festival in Japan, it's the closing film at Gender Reel in St. Paul, MN, and it will have its Florida premiere as documentary centerpiece at Tampa Bay's International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (TGILFF), with Jules scheduled to attend. In November, Jules will be giving the keynote address at PLURALITIES, a national gathering in San Francisco presented by the DOC FILM INSTITUTE at SF State that brings together thought leaders and innovators who are pushing the field forward for nonfiction forms in the 21st century. Paternal Rites will have its San Francisco premiere as part of that week's program.
The Paternal Rites team is actively seeking bookings. Screenings for professionals and students in the fields of psychology, gender, media and cultural studies strongly encouraged. Please visit the Paternal Rites booking page for more details.
ERROL FLYNN’S GHOST: HOLLYWOOD IN HAVANA U.S. PREMIERE
The CID-sponsored/NEH funded film, ERROL FLYNN’S GHOST: HOLLYWOOD IN HAVANA, will be making its U.S. premiere at the Golden Door International Film Festival in Jersey City on Sunday, September 23rd.
You can find more info and purchase tickets here.
RUTH AND MARGARET AWARDED NEH DEVELOPMENT GRANT
We are thrilled to announce that the National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a $75,000 development grant to RUTH AND MARGARET, directed by Nancy Kates.
Ruth and Margaret is a hybrid film (combining narrative and documentary elements) about groundbreaking anthropologists Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead. The two were lovers, soul mates and close intellectual companions in the 1920s and 30s, pioneering ideas about sexuality, gender, and race that transformed the field. Learn more about the film here.
DAWNLAND AT CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Upstander Project team is delighted to announce the DAWNLAND Maine Premiere at theCamden International Film Festival on Sunday, September 16th followed by screenings in Portland, Brunswick, Machias, and beyond as they bring the film home to Wabanaki territory.
Thanks to The Boston Globe for including ‘Dawnland’ in the “Names” column in the Sunday, August 12th paper.
And a belated thanks to the Huffington Post and Sarah van Gelder for this wonderful piece that interviews Dawnland impact producer, Tracy Rector.
WHERE THE PAVEMENT ENDS AT ICA AND CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
WHERE THE PAVEMENT ENDS, directed by Jane Gillooly, will be screening at the Camden International Film Festival this month.
The film will also be screening at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston on Sunday, October 21st at 3pm. Tickets can be purchased here.
FROM BAGHDAD TO THE BAY AT DOCUTAH FILM FESTIVAL & GI FILM FESTIVAL SAN DIEGO
FROM BAGHDAD TO THE BAY, directed by Erin Palmquist, will be screening at the DOCUTAH Film Festival in St. George, Utah on Thursday, 9/6 at 7pm and Friday, 9/7 at 3pm.
The film will also be screening at GI Film FestivalSan Diego on Friday, 9/28.
NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARYSTREAMING ON AMAZON PRIME
The award winning NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY,which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014, is now streaming on Amazon Prime. The film chronicles the life and times of controversial 1970s baseball pitcher Dock Ellis, and explores his lasting legacy.
You can stream the film here.
KEEPERS OF THE LIGHT WINS ‘EMERGING NEW ENGLAND FILMMAKER’ AWARD AT WOODS HOLE FILM FESTIVAL
Congratulations to filmmakers Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth who took home the ‘Emerging New England Filmmaker’ award for their film KEEPERS OF THE LIGHT at the 27th annual Woods Hole Film Festival in Cape Cod.
The film will also be screening at the Maritime Film Festival in Maine this month.
UPCOMING KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR SHIRLEY CLARKE DOCUMENTARY
Filmmaker Immy Humes will be launching a Kickstarter campaign on September 25th for her project SHIRLEY CLARKE DOCUMENTARY.
The film will tell the story of the great but little-known, Shirley Clarke, the only woman in the American New Wave. Clarke was a pioneering artist who dissolved the boundaries between documentary and fiction and left us several landmark films peopled by numerous African-American actors and non-actors, one complex gay hustler, jazz geniuses, heroin addicts, Harlem teenagers, and the aged poet Robert Frost.
Stay updated on the Kickstarter campaign by following the project on social media!
UPCOMING KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR THE BANJO PROJECT’S DIGITAL MUSEUM
Since 2002, THE BANJO PROJECT has produced and collected over 300 hours of original video, with interviews and performances of banjoists in all styles, builders, historians and researchers: Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Rhiannon Giddens, Mike Seeger, Taj Mahal, and many others. Producer Marc Fields knew from the start that the banjo’s long and contested history could not be fully represented in a standalone TV documentary ( GIVE ME THE BANJO, narrated by Steve Martin, PBS, 2011). He spent the past seven years developing other media platforms, finally arriving at an innovative media platform he’s calling a digital museum.
Built on a searchable archive of original media, archival footage, stills and recordings, The Banjo Project is an online cultural resource devoted to the instrument’s co lorful and complicated history, combining interactive documentary, up-to-date cultural research and curated content. The Banjo Project’s Digital Museum is scheduled to launch in June 2019 in beta prototype form, with the help of a Kickstarter campaign starting in September to fund the final stages of production and licensing. To learn more and follow the campaign, check out The Banjo Project’s Facebook page.
The Digital Museum site is still under construction, but check out the below links for a preview of what’s to come:
'DAWNLAND' SCREENINGS IN AUGUST
We are excited to announce two more screenings of DAWNLAND taking place this month:
Santa Fe, NM Smithsonian's National Museum Of The American Indian 2018 Native Cinema Showcase with Impact Producer Tracy Rector and film participant Esther Anne of Maine-Wabanaki REACH
Boston, MA - Teacher Activist Group - Boston BBQ with filmmaker Adam Mazo
Numerous film festival and community screenings are planned for the fall and new screenings are being added regularly at Dawnland.org . You can request a screening at Dawnland.org.
PRODUCTION UNDERWAY ON 'MINISTER OF LONELINESS'
Production is underway on the new documentary, MINISTER OF LONELINESS (working title). This multi-length documentary and web channel will be the first deep dive into the growing epidemic of loneliness and isolation. It is cutting million's of people's lives short around the world and is becoming a serious health concern. The filmmakers initially began the film with the idea of looking at the effects of loneliness on people aging with HIV. However they quickly realized that this illness spares no one. Check out director, Stu Maddux's thoughts on it and the new film here . Read more and contribute to Minister Of Loneliness here.
'LOVE GILDA' SCREENING AT KOPKIND/CID FILM CAMP
We are thrilled to be having filmmaker, Lisa D'Apolito, back to Kopkind CID Film Camp- not to workshop her film this time, but to screen it in the theater! Join us inBrattleboro, VT on August 3rd for a screening of LOVE GILDA ! Lisa will be present and holding a Q&A after the film. More details on the screening can be foundhere , and don't forget to check out thebrand new trailer!
'KEEPERS OF THE LIGHT' NOW SCREENING
KEEPERS OF THE LIGHT , a film by Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth, had its world premiere on the Aquinnah Circle on July 19th. The film will soon be headlining the Woods Hole Film Festival , and then be part of a special presentation at theNational Lighthouse Museum on Staten Island . It will also screen at the Martha's Vineyard Film Center on Tuesday - August 7th , National Lighthouse Day.
Built over 200 years ago in a small Wampanoag community at the tip of an island in the Atlantic, the Gay Head Lighthouse is one of America's most famous beacons. From whaling days to electrification, Keepers of the Light tells the story of evolving technology, heroism and shipwrecks, and the people who are called upon in each generation to keep the light, woven with the story of the recent race against time to save the historic beacon from falling over the edge of the rapidly eroding cliffs.
'DIVINE DEVIANCE' TO FILM AT FOLSOM STREET FAIR IN SAN FRANCISCO
Award winning filmmakers and community influencers have come together to produce DIVINE DEVIANCE , a multi-part documentary series that puts global awareness and understanding of kink, BD/SM and fetish sexuality front and center.
During the Folsom Street Fair , Sunday, September 30, 2018 , filmmakers will be on hand to conduct interviews and capture imagery to be used in the first part of the series, covering the history of kink, BD/SM, and fetish. A panel of community insiders will also be filmed in the days before Folsom Street Fair, discussing and debating the various important milestones in this history, to provide context and background to the present-day expression of these sexualities.
Read more and contribute to Divine Deviance here.
NATIONAL BROADCAST PREMIERE OF 'DAWNLAND' ON INDEPENDENT LENS
A note from CID filmmakers, Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip:
We're thrilled to announce the national broadcast premiere of DAWNLAND , which will be on Independent Lens on PBS on Monday, November 5th at 10pm EDT.
Please share the image to encourage others to save the date. Independent Lens is an Emmy Award-winning weekly series that features documentaries driven by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers.
We are working tirelessly to shed light on this country's long and hidden history of separating children from families and how that connects to taking away the land from Indigenous peoples. We hope Dawnland will point an innovative way forward rooted in truth telling, healing, and decolonization.
THE '4TH ANNUAL IRISH AMERICAN MOVIE HOOLEY' IN CHICAGO
A note from CID filmmaker, Mike Houlihan:
The 4th Annual Irish American Movie Hooley runs Sept. 28, 29, and 30th in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center . This is a call for submissions for full length narrative or documentary feature films, preferably Chicago premieres. Films must deal with Irish or Irish American themes or be written, produced or directed by someone who is Irish or Irish American. Go to https://moviehooley.org for more info.
'PLAYING FRISBEE IN NORTH KOREA' IN 2018 WOODS HOLE FILM FESTIVAL
CID filmmaker, Savanna Washington's new film 'PLAYING FRISBEE IN NORTH KOREA' has been accepted into the 2018 Woods Hole Film Festival.
The film is the first to be produced and directed by an African-American female filmmaker from inside North Korea, and shows how something as simple as frisbee can break down barriers between people.
Watch the trailer here
JARS FILM FESTIVAL 'YOUR FIRST TIME'
A note from CID filmmakers Shelby Hougui and Julia De Santis:
Do you remember the first film you made? The one that you cringe to think of now, but that was important to you at one time? What if there was a home for that film?
JARS Film Festival (a collaboration betweenJuju Films and Without Bounds Creative ) is that home, and we want to see your “first” film! This will be a night of drinking, cringing, laughing, and sharing of films in Brooklyn (on July 26th) !
The deadline for submissions is July 6th: www.jujufilmsnyc.com/jars
RIDGEFIELD INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL IS OCTOBER 18th - 21ST
The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival(RIFF) brings innovative films and filmmakers to Ridgefield, CT for an annual four day festival that includes screenings, panel discussions, and nightly parties. Even better, the Festival Director is CID filmmaker, Megan Smith-Harris (director of THE BUDDY SYSTEM )!
The extended deadline for submissions is July 15th . If you are a CID filmmaker, you are eligible for a discounted submission. Contact email@example.com for the code.
Learn more about the festival here
'THE PEACEMAKER' AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER ON ITUNES
James Demo's, THE PEACEMAKER , is now available for pre-order on iTunes!
THE PEACEMAKER is an intimate portrait of international peacemaker Padraig O'Malley, who helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself. The film takes us from Padraig's isolated life in Cambridge, Massachusetts to some of the most dangerous crisis zones on Earth – from Northern Ireland to Kosovo, Nigeria to Iraq – over five years - as he works a peacemaking model based on his recovery from addiction. We meet Padraig in the third act of his life in a race against time to find some kind of salvation for both the world and himself.
Check it out here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-peacemaker/id1393921284?ls=1
WORLD PREMIERE OF 'WORLDS OF URSULA K. LE GUIN'
After 10 years in the making, CID filmmaker Arwen Curry is proud to announce the World Premiere of WORLDS OF URSULA K. LE GUIN at Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK on June 10th and 12th. The visually rich documentary explores the life and legacy of the groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy writer, who passed away in January. Featuring Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Michael Chabon, Samuel R. Delany and more.
'CRIP CAMP' WINS BIG AT DOCLANDS DOC PITCH
A huge congratulations to CID filmmakers, Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham whose film, CRIP CAMP, took home the $25,000 grand prize at the DocLands Documentary Film Festival DocPitch! DocPitch works to connect filmmakers and their ideas to distributors, organizations, philanthropists, fellow filmmakers, and future audiences.
In the true spirit of supporting indie films, Jim and Nicole chose to pay it forward and donate $5,000 of their prize to another project that pitched.
Learn more about 'Crip Camp' here.
'FROM BAGHDAD TO THE BAY' AWARDED BEST FILM AT OUTSHINE MIAMI
CID filmmaker, Erin Palmquist, is thrilled to share that FROM BAGHDAD TO THE BAYwas awarded 'Best Film' at the OUTshine Film Festival in Miami, FL!
The documentary follows the journey of an Iraqi refugee and former translator for the US military. Wrongfully accused of being a double agent, tortured, and ostracized from his family and country Ghazwan Alsharif struggles to rebuild his life in the US while coming out as an openly gay man.
Read more about the film here.
ENCORE NATIONAL PUBLIC TV SCREENING OF 'THE GUY NEXT DOOR'
In celebration of LGBTQ Pride month, the award-winning documentary THE GUYS NEXT DOOR from the filmmaking team of Allie Humenuk and Amy Geller, is having an encore National Public TV screening on PBS'sThe World Channel on Tuesday, June 19th, 9pm. It will also premiere locally on Maine Public Television on Thursday, June 28th, 10pm and Saturday, June 30th, 11am. If you've missed this heartwarming story of family, friendship and gay rights, please watch!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LEF MOVING IMAGE FUND GRANTEES
LEF Foundation announced 10 Moving Image Fund grants totaling $190,000 in support for New England-based documentary filmmakers. Five of these were CID sponsored films! Congratulations to the below, and a huge thank you to LEF for their incredible support.
El Signo Vacio (the empty sign) ($15,000)
Directed and Produced by Kathryn Ramey
Where The Pavement Ends ($25,000)
Directed by Jane Gillooly
Directed by Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip
Ernie and Joe ($25,000)
Directed and Produced by Jenifer McShane
Stalin, Lenin, and Other Tales From South India ($25,000)
Directed and Produced by Kavita Pillay
'EAST LA INTERCHANGE' AVAILABLE ON DVD
A message from filmmaker, Betsy Kalin:
As EAST LA INTERCHANGE continues its educational tour of colleges and universities, we’re thrilled to announce that we just released it on DVD for home use! Please check out this award-winning documentary about one community’s history of resistance, activism, and diversity featuring will.i.am, Father Greg Boyle, Josefina López, and narration by Danny Trejo.
Visit: http://www.eastlainterchangefilm.com/buy-dvd/ We're so excited to finally be able to make 'East LA Interchange' available to everyone.
BENEFIT CONCERT FOR 'OUR NEIGHBORHOOD'
Want to hear great live music and support documentary film? Check out the benefit concert and screening for Seth Fein's OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, a new documentary about the origins of fake news in Washington's TV Cold War against Fidel Castro in the sixties.
The event will take place on June 16th, from 6pm - 9pm at Terraza 7 (40-19 Gleane Street, Elmhurst, Queens 11373). Live music by Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino from their recently released CD, Rios de Norte y Sur.
BOOK A 'DAWNLAND' SCREENING
A message from co-director, Adam Mazo:
We're excited to announce that we're now booking screenings of DAWNLAND for fall 2018 and beyond.
If your conference, tribe, school, museum, theater, faith organization or theater are interested in organizing a 'Dawnland' screening event or teacher professional development workshop please be in touch. We hope to join you in person or via video whenever possible. Our schedule for the fall is filling up quickly!
'LIFE INTERRUPTED' SCREENING IN OAKLAND, CA
LIFE INTERRUPTED screened at The Maple Theatre in Metro Detroit to a sold-out crowd. The screening was a benefit for Gilda's Club, Metro Detroit and raised over $12,000.
On June 5th, The Berkeley Film Foundation will present LIFE INTERRUPTED at The New Parkway Theatre in Oakland as part of their spring film series. The event includes a post-screening Q&A.
Tickets can be purchased online here.
'GETTING STARTED' AT OUTSHINE MIAMI
Andrea Meyerson is touring the festival circuit with her new film GETTING STARTED, about two women who meet online and the challenges they face in their relationship.
The film had its world premiere in Miami at OUTshine where it won the Audience Award for Best Short. Read more here.
BROADCAST PREMIERE OF 'DAWNLAND' ON INDEPENDENT LENS
A note from the filmmaker, Adam Mazo:
BIG NEWS! We're thrilled to announce the broadcast premiere of DAWNLAND will be on Independent Lens on PBS! Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series airing on PBS Monday nights at 10:00 PM. We promise to update you as soon as we learn the airdate, which will be during the 2018-19 season.
Thanks to the Boston Globe for the front page story on Dawnland film participant Dawn Neptune Adams. We're grateful to Dawn for sharing her story in this way, and thrilled to see the film described as "riveting".
'FINDING KUKAN' PBS BROADCAST PREMIERE
We are excited to announce that FINDING KUKAN will be having its PBS broadcast premiere on May 8th at 8pm ET on America ReFramed on PBS World Channel. Read more here.
The film is also streaming on Kanopy and available for educational distribution through New Day Films.
'THE YOUTH AND GENDER MEDIA PROJECT' IN CA
THE YOUTH AND GENDER MEDIA PROJECT has been screening their films to enthusiastic audiences all over California this Spring. Johanna Clearwater has been accompanying director and educator Jonathan Skurnik on many of these screenings, wowing audiences with her wisdom and poise.
'CIRCLE UP' SCREENING AT MFA BOSTON
Julie Mallozzi’s film CIRCLE UP will screen at the Museum of Fine Arts May 9-13, including a special Mother’s Day weekend event Saturday, May 12 at 3pm with filmmaker and subjects.
The film tells the story of a group of Boston mothers seeking true justice for their murdered sons – justice that involves not revenge and mass incarceration but forgiveness, accountability, and community healing.
Other screenings can be found here.
'FINDING THE GOLD WITHIN' - SEVEN YEARS LATER
Filmmaker Karina Epperlein flew the protagonists of FINDING THE GOLD WITHIN - Brandyn, Imani, Stacee, Shawntrail, Darius - to Berkeley for a reunion writing workshop on April 23-26. Together they reflected on the effects that Alchemy Inc. and the seven year journey the film has had on their lives. They skyped with Alchemy founder and director, Kwame Scruggs, and the sixth protagonist, Tyler, who could not make it.
The purpose of the reunion was to see how the work - Alchemy, the film, the outreach and traveling, their relationships - is still living and growing. The intensive days of looking back and envisioning forward brought forth deep and stimulating conversations among them and they did not shy away from the darker aspects of life. The topics they shared in a final presentation Sunday afternoon in Karina’s living room initiated another bigger circle of insights, inspiration, delight, tears, and laughter.
From introspection, to sharing with others, they felt the powerful ripple effects of their 7 year collaboration, and they hope to build on this in the future.
'Finding the Gold Within' is available for streaming through GOLD Streaming. Their GOLD Facebook continues to have updates on the protagonists and Alchemy.
KOPKIND CID FILM CAMP SUCCESS STORIES
Lisa D'Apolito's film, LOVE, GILDA, opened the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18th to rave reviews. Lisa had attended Kopkind CID Film Camp in 2014 and had workshopped the film then. Congratulations, Lisa!
Savanna Washington's film, PLAYING FRISBEE IN NORTH KOREA has just been accepted into Hot Docs Doc Shop under the category, 'Hot Docs Recommends'. Savanna says, "It was because of my time at CID's filmmaker camp a couple of years ago that I got the feedback I needed to make significant changes to the film that got us to where we are now." Congrats, Savanna!
'PATERNAL RITES' IN GERMANY AND CANADA
PATERNAL RITES has been selected to screen at two international film festivals! First up in May, will be the German premiere at the The 13th Annual XPOSED International Queer Film Festival in Berlin, and then in June, the film will go on to have a Canadian premiere at Inside Out, Toronto's Annual LGBT Film Festival. Screening dates and times will be announced shortly, please keep visiting paternalritesfilm.com for details.
'KEEPERS OF THE LIGHT' THIS FALL ON WGBH
A note from the filmmaker, Liz Witham:
I am thrilled to announce that our documentary KEEPERS OF THE LIGHT will premiere this fall on WGBH. We will also be announcing our festival/theatrical premiere screenings soon. We are still seeking funding for finishing expenses such as color correction, sound mix, and composer. If you would like to support this project, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have great broadcast underwriting opportunities available!
Watch the trailer here.
'MINISTER OF LONELINESS' ON THE SEARCH FOR SUBJECTS
Producer Joseph Applebaum and director Stu Maddux have embarked on their search for subjects for their latest feature-length offering, MINISTER OF LONELINESS. The documentary explores the growing epidemic of chronic loneliness around the world caused by a perfect storm of changes in society. Of particular interest to the filmmakers are young people affected by technology, new mothers, and people aging with HIV. An estimated 49 million Americans are believed to suffer from the effects of loneliness and that number is growing at an alarming rate. There is now a body of medical evidence that suggests feeling lonely during much of the week is as dangerous to your health as smoking or obesity. The filmmakers (The Clowder Group) have begun approaching NGOs, potential strategic partners , and corporate sponsorship in the US, UK and Japan. Stay tuned!
SETH FEIN, DIRECTOR OF 'OUR NEIGHBORHOOD', FEATURED IN JUMP CUT
Seth Fein, director of OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, was featured this month in Jump Cut. His film looks at the US government's TV propaganda in Latin America in the 1960s. You can check out the full article here. Seth will be holding a fundraiser for his film in Queens, NY in June - keep an eye out for more details in next month's newsletter!
'KU KANAKA/STAND TALL' TO PREMIERE ON PBS WORLD CHANNEL
Marlene Booth's new film KU KANAKA/STAND TALL will premiere on the PBS World Channel on Monday, May 7th at 9pm ET/8pm CT.
The film follows Terry Young, who in August of 1969 at 15 years old, took a dive from the rock wall perch where he and his friends were messing around, hit his head on sand in the shallow waters and in one split second, became a quadriplegic. Paralyzed from the neck down with only limited use of his hands and arms, he nonetheless graduated high school, college and as a PhD; competed as a wheelchair athlete; got arrested for the cause of Hawaiian sovereignty; and pioneered as a professor in the field of Hawaiian Studies. Read more here.
WORLD PREMIERE OF DAWNLAND AT THE CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
We are thrilled to announce the world premiere of 'DAWNLAND'! For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to save them from being Indian. In Maine, the first official "truth and reconciliation commission" in the United States begins a historic investigation. Dawnland goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.
APRIL 13-15th - WORLD PREMIERE at The Cleveland International Film Festival (3 screenings)
For a full list of screenings and ticket information visit www.dawnland.org
GASPAR GONZALEZ NAMED POYNTER FELLOW BY YALE UNIVERSITY
Congratulations to CID filmmaker, Gaspar Gonzalez, who has been named a Poynter Fellow by Yale University. He will be in residence April 12th- 13th. Events will include a screening of his latest feature, ' A LONG WAY FROM HOME ' , and a seminar on the business of documentary filmmaking. Details here .
'THE G WORD' NEW WEB VIDEO AND ADVISORY BOARD
'THE G WORD' team has announced the official launch of their new web video ' My Family Still Calls Me Gabby ' . This 7 minute piece is a collaboration with Ilan - a nineteen year old Queer/Trans/Gender Non Conforming artist whom they met at the Early Entrance Program (EEP) for Gifted Tweens and Teens at Cal State Los Angeles.
The team is also excited to announce their new National Advisory Board, which includes 22 top-tier experts in the fields of psychology, education, policymaking and social justice. Learn about them here.
'JUST ONE DROP' STREAMING FOR WORLD HOMEOPATHY AWARENESS WEEK
In honor of World Homeopathy Awareness Week, you can sign up now to stream director Laurel Chiten's, 'JUST ONE DROP'. The film has been showing at sold out screenings in theaters around the country, and this is a unique opportunity to watch it from home.
The North America stream will take place on Tuesday, April 10th at 8pm EST/5pm PST. It will be followed by a live Q&A session moderated by filmmaker, Laurel Chiten, and featuring a panel of homeopathy experts.
'FROM BAGHDAD TO THE BAY' AWARDED BEST DOCUMENTARY AT CINEQUEST
We are thrilled to share that 'FROM BAGHDAD TO THE BAY' won the Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature Film at Cinequest! An estimated 700 people were present for the screening.
The film will next be screening at the OUTshine Film Festival in Miami on Sunday, April 29th. More details here .
'SUMMER READING' PARTICIPATING IN SEED&SPARK'S 100 DAYS OF OPTIMISM
'SUMMER READING' was selected to participate in Seed&Spark's '100 Days Of Optimism' , a crowdfunding rally for stories lighting the way to a brighter future.
The film is a story of two young women traveling across America, along the way meeting both with renowned and roadside psychics of all schools – tarotmancers, astrologers, and even animal communicators.
Learn more, share and fund here.
LGBTQ Filmmakers Hit High Seas: Pride of the Ocean Festival Highlights Gay History, Trans Characters in Film, Plight of LGBTQ People in Caribbean
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – More than 60 LGBTQ filmmakers, directors, writers and cinema fans from across the country departed Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 25 aboard the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas on the 11th annual Pride of the Ocean Film Festival.
Founded by Emmy Award-winning documentarian John Scagliotti (“Before Stonewall,” “In the Life”), Pride of the Ocean features LGBTQ-produced shorts, documentaries and features along with intimate discussions and workshops with the filmmakers.
A focus of the program is the importance of preserving LGBTQ history through film. Scagliotti created “In the Life,” the first LGBTQ-themed television newsmagazine that premiered in 1992 and was broadcast for two decades on PBS. His film, “Before Stonewall” was one of the first to document gay history before 1969.
“We’re here to discover together what we can do as artists to preserve our history,” said Scagliotti, “and we’re especially fortunate to collaborate with the leaders of three preeminent LGBTQ libraries and archives.”
The executive directors of the Stonewall National Museum and Archives in Fort Lauderdale, University of Southern California ONE Archives and GLBT Historical Society of San Francisco are all onboard to participate in panel discussions about the wide range of historical resources available for filmmakers, including film and tape, photographs, oral histories and documents.
Chris Rudisill, executive director of the Stonewall National Museum and Archives said, “Our work really goes hand in hand. Everything in our archives has a story and working with filmmakers offers an opportunity to explore those stories.”
In partnership with the Center for Independent Documentary, “CineSLAM” workshops offer filmmakers the opportunity to pitch future projects and receive critical feedback on sizzle reels and rough cuts from producers, funders and critics. Executive Director, Susi Walsh, is moderating the workshops.
“Many of the shorts that are workshopped are often excerpts from longer films that are being developed. The feedback from our workshops help filmmakers clarify their subject matter with both potential audiences and the funding community,” said Walsh. “Past participants have even met funders for their projects on their cruise.”
Sam Berliner, an independent filmmaker and director of Translations: the Seattle Transgender Film Festival, is leading discussions about the historical appearance and evolution of transgender characters in film, assisted by Sam Feder (“Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger”) and pioneering trans scholar and filmmaker Susan Stryker (“Screaming Queens”).
While the ship is docked in Jamaica, an island infamous for bloody anti-gay violence, participants will remain onboard for two screenings: Scagliotti’s “Dangerous Living,” which explores the daily perils of life for LGBTQ people in Third World countries, and Bahamian filmmaker Kareem J. Mortimer’s moving 2011 drama, “Children of God,” set in his own country where homophobia still remains rampant.
“It’s changing slowly, but unfortunately, murderers still get off because of ‘gay panic’,” Mortimer said. “A close friend of mine was killed violently (during filming) and I knew I had to confront that in the film.”
Pride of the Ocean Film Festival is funded by a generous grant from the Chessie Foundation and supported by The Pollin Group, a leading travel agency that specializes in meetings and festivals on cruises.
Next year, Pride of the Ocean will sail from New York City, June 8 – 15, just days before the city celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, considered the beginning of the modern gay rights movement. In addition to screenings and workshops, the program will also delve into the stories of LGBTQ veterans and first responders.
For more information, go to PrideOfTheOcean.com.
The official world premiere of PATERNAL RITES will be at DOC FORTNIGHT 2018 - MoMA’s very prestigious International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media. The film will screen at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on Saturday, Feb. 17th at 4pm with director Jules Rosskam, producer Marc Smolowitz and other special guests from the film in attendance. Tickets go on sale February 1st and can be purchased on the MoMA website here.
'A Call To Remember: The David Schaecter Story' Premiered at the Miami Jewish Film Festival! The film premiered to a sold-out house, and was followed by a Q&A with David Schaecter (the subject of the film), two of the producers on the project, Michael Berenbaum and Dennis Scholl, and the director, Ken Winikur.To learn more about this film, click here.
THE PEACEMAKER Is Opening In NY on February 9th! The award- winning and critically acclaimed documentary THE PEACEMAKER, will open in New York at Cinema Village on Friday, February 9, 2018 ahead of a wider release. Tickets can be purchased here. There will also be special Q&A's with Padraig O'Malley and various partners which will be listed on the film's Facebook page and website.
FROM BAGHDAD TO THE BAY to premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival! The film has already received great press coverage in both the San Francisco Chronicle/SF Gate and the NBC Bay Area News. See the four screening times below, and click the link to purchase tickets. You can also visit the film's page on the CID website here.
Saturday, March 3rd at 5pm (Redwood Century 10)
Sunday, March 4th at 7:25pm (Redwood Century 10)
Saturday, March 10th at 4pm (The Hammer Theatre)
Sunday, March 11th at 3:15pm (The Hammer Theatre)
We are thrilled to share that CID was accepted into the UP Innovation & Learning Network! UP is the Mass Cultural Council's Universal Participation Initiative which seeks to break down the barriers that prevent full civic participation in the cultural sector of the Commonwealth.
CID will be taking part in immersive workshops in universal design principles to steward ADA compliance, access plan implementation and engagement strategies. We are looking forward to sharing what we learn with you!
To read more about this initiative, click here.
In 2004, a diverse group of filmmakers, media arts organization representatives, film/video union and business owners gathered at the home of Lyda Kuth to map out the state of the film and video industry in Massachusetts. We realized that building a strong and vibrant media ecology in our state would require all of us working together, finding solutions to attract new sources of support for the industry and helping one another. We identified a significant opportunity offered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council – The Adams Arts Program—which was designed to provide funds and technical assistance to efforts that include cultural organizations and artists in the design of community and economic development strategies. CID submitted a proposal to this visionary program on behalf of a consortium of partners in the field- and we received the essential seed funding that made the development of the Massachusetts Production Coalition(MPC), and all of its programs and initiatives possible. Simply put, MPC would not be the organization it is today, and the work of developing our industry would not have experienced the success that it has without the support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. From 2005- 2017, CID administered the Adams Arts Grant on behalf of our field.
Some highlights of the impact this funding created:
- Research and writing of 2 industry economic impact studies
- Funding for staff and administrative support
- Hosting the 2007 National NAMAC conference held in Boston with hundreds of representatives of the media arts field from around the country attending
- Quarterly MPC Member Meetings
- Seminars and workshop training programs (including a retraining program with the state division of unemployment)
- Annual Mass Media Expo events
- Campaign to support local commercial production
- Print and production guides
These initiatives have supported and brought together the very broad spectrum of film, television and media industry members in the state. And they have been essential to boosting the economic climate for the robust film and media community we now have. To put this in perspective, since 2013 through MPC's Adams Arts funded programs alone, this has generated attendance of over 7,000 admissions to quarterly MPC Meetings; regular workshops and seminar programs, and the annual Mass Media Expo. 2017 is the final year of the Adams Arts program as the Mass Cultural Council pursues new initiatives to advance a cultural economic development agenda. We are incredibly grateful for MCC's support through these formative years. We look forward to furthering our industry's work, continuing to be a leading creative economy generator for the Commonwealth while enriching its cultural assets.
At the Mass Media Expo on November 4 th , we were thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize and thank this early and crucial supporter of the MPC and our industry. CID’s Executive Director (and an MPC founding board member) Susi Walsh, and IATSE local 481 Director Chris O’Donnell presented a plaque to the MCC and Adams Arts Program Officer Meri Jenkins. The Massachusetts Cultural Council has been the very best kind of supporter. We are especially grateful for the guidance of our program officer Meri Jenkins, who accepted this recognition on behalf of MCC. In her remarks presenting the award, Susi Walsh said “Throughout their support Meri asked the hard questions, inspired us to base our vision on real data and hard facts; but most importantly she also asked us to dream, encouraged us to take risks, and be bold in our work.” The plaque is inscribed with our thanks: “With our deepest appreciation of your longstanding support and commitment to the Massachusetts Film and Media Arts community.” In her remarks, Meri Jenkins said “I believe the policy is written by the people who do the work, not by government. Our role is to support the creative ideas of the people who do it. Not to tell you the way we think you should do it. It made sense, and I hope it made a difference. And I hope out of it comes some work that will be truly phenomenal."