July 2018 NEWSLETTER
CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY
Lunch + Learn Webinar:
'Fiscal Sponsorship 101'
Curious about what a fiscal sponsor is? Wondering why you would need one? When you would need one? What you should be considering when you start looking for one?

Join us for a Q&A session with CID's own Executive Director, Susi Walsh. Feel free to bring all of your pressing questions!

The webinar will take place on Thursday, July 26th at 12pm ET.

POV's Call For Entries Is Now Open!
POV Call For Entries (CFE) for broadcast season 2019 and beyond is now open! Apply now and join the POV family of award-winning films stretching over three decades. The deadline is July 15th.

Learn more here .
Filmmakers Without Borders' Funding Opportunities
Filmmakers Without Borders (FWB) supports independent filmmakers around the world via grants and other funding initiatives. Supported projects include narrative films, documentary films, and new media projects that align with themes of social justice, empowerment, and cultural exchange. Their application deadline for Fall is August 1st.

Learn more here .
AmDoc's 'Artist Emergency Fund'
American Documentary (AmDoc) , the producing company of 'POV', has launched a new granting program that will serve as an emergency fund to help filmmakers who are faced with unforeseen emergencies such as health issues, eviction or disasters.

During the first year of the Artist Emergency Fund, one-time grants of up to $1,000 each will be awarded. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and reviewed based on demonstration of need and professional relationship to documentary filmmaking.

Learn more here .
HBO and IFP Launch Funding Initiative to Support 'Innovative Storytellers'
HBO and the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) have announced the IFP HBO True New Stories Funding Initiative, which will "identify and nurture storytellers with fresh and compelling perspectives as they develop their work".

The initiative will support a wide range of emerging filmmakers and journalists working across a spectrum of non-fiction genres, including print, audio, and video, and will support storytellers in developing their work visually via a wide range of content, including short-form, feature-length, and serialized content.

Learn more here .
CID FILM PRODUCTION UPDATES
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 between Juju 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 :
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 mira@documentaries.org 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.


SPOTLIGHT:
Ernie & Joe
ERNIE & JOE
A Film By Jenifer McShane

Ernie and Joe are not your everyday policemen—the kind that any of us usually conjure when we imagine officers on the scene; they are part of the San Antonio Police Department’s (SAPD’s) highly progressive and successful Mental Health Unit, which was founded in 2008. They respond to and engage with those in crisis—whether they are self-harming, threatening suicide, experiencing PTSD symptoms or homeless—and are trained to intervene without force, before and if any arrests are made. On the job, they look differently, wearing plain clothes, concealing their weapons, and traveling in unmarked cars. In the course of their police work, they act differently, too, emphasizing de-escalation, rapport-building, and empathy. Ernie & Joe  will follow these two skilled officers on the job as they negotiate—one unpredictable 911 call at a time—from squad car, to the scene, to follow-up care. Watching them help someone experiencing a psychiatric emergency, we will witness firsthand an innovative way to police, serve the mentally ill, and help families in need.

Learn more and contribute here .
FEATURED RESOURCE OF THE MONTH
'MIT Open Documentary Lab'
Interested in digital documentaries? Here's a comprehensive list of resources about the field, funding, festivals, digital tools and storytelling platforms, as well as community media.

Check it out here .
We are grateful for the generous support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
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