Lunch + Learn Webinar: Legal Concerns Impacting Filmmakers
Please join us for our free monthly webinar which will be a discussion of legal concerns impacting documentary filmmakers with Sandy Forman , a Boston-based entertainment lawyer. Sandy and CID Executive Director, Susi Walsh, will be discussing wide ranging concerns for filmmakers such as appearance releases, rights clearances, work for hire agreements, fair use and copyright issues, and collaboration and coproduction agreements. This will be an interactive session where attendees will be able to present their questions (although please keep in mind that Sandy will be unable to give specific legal advice).

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, April 24th at 12pm ET.

Support CID Sponsored Films on
Give OUT Day
Give OUT Day is the only national day of giving for the LGBTQ community – a 24-hour online fundraising event that unites donors and nonprofit organizations from across the country to raise critically needed funds.

This April 19th , a number of CID projects will be participating. You can find the full list here and can either donate on the day, or before.
IFP 'Spotlight On Documentaries' Applications Open This Month
'Spotlight on Documentaries' is an extremely successful and viable forum for U.S. and International buyers, sales agents, and financiers to meet with filmmakers with new documentary feature and serialized projects. Presenting 60+ documentary projects ranging from those at an early financing stage (i.e. early development or in production) to those nearing completion (i.e. in post-production or at a rough cut stage), this section includes emerging and established filmmakers working in non-fiction.

Accepted filmmakers take part in pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with potential financing and distribution partners, speed dating meetings with festival programmers, invitations to private documentary events, and exclusive access to the IFP Screen Forward Conference.

Applications open this April. Read more here .
2018 Stowe Story Labs Applications Open
Applications for the sixth annual Stowe Story Labs are officially available. New England filmmakers can qualify for a NewEnglandFilm.com fellowship.

The 2018 Labs will be held September 8-11, 2018. Learn more here .
NYFF56 Submissions Now Open
The New York Film Festival was founded in 1963 and is produced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, which aims to demonstrate the development of international film art and contemporary trends in content, form, and style. The 56th edition of the festival will take place September 28-October 14, 2018 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Deadlines :
March 9, 2018 – Earlybird Deadline
April 27, 2018 – Regular Deadline
May 18, 2018 – Late Deadline

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 13-15
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 .
International Premiere of 'A Call To Remember'
' A CALL TO REMEMBER: THE DAVID SCHAECTER STORY ' will be having its international premiere at The Festival of Tolerance in Zagreb, Croatia. The festival will be taking place from April 8th - 14th. Read more here .
'The G Word' New Web Video & National 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.

Register here .
Support 'WBCN and The American Revolution'

A Message from Filmmaker, Bill Lichtenstein:

"Make a tax-deductible pledge before April 2 at 1pm ET, and help "WBCN and The American Revolution" to go the final mile!

'WBCN and The American Revolution' tells the incredible, true story of the early days of the radical, underground Boston radio station WBCN, set against the tumultuous and transformative era of the late-1960s and early 70s. It's the untold story of how "a radio station, politics, and rock and roll changed everything," which couldn't be more timely or relevant today.  

But we need your help to finish it! Please visit  www.FinishtheFilm.com  and make a tax-deductible pledge now to this non-profit production!  

You can also see the film's 13-minute rough assembly, including the film Opening, Chapter One ("Before the Revolution") and Chapter Two ("The Boston Tea Party") -- to be followed by the birth of WBCN in the backroom of the Tea Party club, at  https://vimeo.com/258358563

We changed the world one time. And we can do it again. But not without your help! Please click here to visit FinishtheFilm.com and make a tax-deductible pledge now."
'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 .
Living As Though People Matter
We are excited to share a new project that has recently taken on CID as their fiscal sponsor.
A Film By Michael Mazur & Caleb Stewart

' LIVING AS THOUGH PEOPLE MATTER ' is a feature length documentary that relays the story of Father Charlie Burrows, a Catholic priest and missionary who has given the best part of 40 years to improving the lives of the people of Cilacap, Indonesia. His narrative provides a natural vantage point from which the filmmakers, and audiences, will explore both the effectiveness of our current international aid models and our best hope for creating meaningful community despite religious difference.

Watch the trailer here .
"Mapping The Documentary-Journalism Landscape"
"This guide is designed to help filmmakers find information and make decisions that journalists make every day. Whether it be questions of what rights the First Amendment guarantees, what rights to privacy people can expect or what ethical decisions must be made when telling the stories of someone else’s life, this guide lays out a way to find that information."

Find the guide here .
We are grateful for the generous support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Center For Independent Documentary | 1-888-220-0918 | www.documentaries.org