First, A Thank You.

On behalf of all of us here at CID, we want to give a huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone who made a year end contribution to our organization. To say that it means the world is an understatement. We are energized entering this new year, and are excited to announce that we will be starting up a regular series of virtual 'Lunch + Learn' sessions aimed at educating filmmakers and arming them with helpful tools and strategies. You can read more about the first of these sessions below.

Again, thank you so very much for your support and a happy 2018 to you all!

-The CID Team
Upcoming Lunch + Learn Sessions with Seed&Spark!
We all have amazing films to make, but finding the money to make them (and the audience to watch them) can be challenging. Seed&Spark is a filmmaker-focused crowdfunding platform created to boost the career-building power of crowdfunding for creators. In this intro session, Seed&Spark Head of Education Julie Keck will touch on the basics of audience building, crowdfunding project set-up, campaign communication, and more. Bring your questions!

The first session will take place on February 15th at 12pm ET. We will have a repeat of the same session on March 6th at 3pm ET (12pm PT - lunchtime for those on the West Coast!).

CID welcomed into the UP Innovation & Learning Network!
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 .
The First Rhode Island Doc-Filmmakers' Night on Feb. 7th!
On February 7th, from 5pm - 7pm ET, the Cable Car Cinema will be hosting the first Rhode Island Doc-Filmmakers' Night. The evening will start off with a conversation about the role filmmaking can and should play today, both locally and nationally. This will be followed by a screening of 'Am I The Dream Or The Dreamer', a recent doc by Natalie Tsipori about the band The Low Anthem and Providence's Columbus Theatre.

These nights will be held regularly once a month and will be a place to discuss projects, share skills and resources, and provide mentorship.
The Upcoming Winter MPC Meeting on February 20th
Join your community of film and media professionals for a special Winter Meeting at WGBH Boston.

Register  here   for a great night of cocktails and presentations!
'Indie Grits Labs' featured on NEA's Art Works Podcast
Though it started 12 years ago as a DIY Southern film festival, Indie Grits have now become creators themselves, commissioning over a hundred works of various media from local and Southeastern artists.

This week on the NEA's Art Works podcast , listen to Seth Gadsden, the Director of Indie Grits Labs, and learn more about the festival as well as their rapidly growing programs.
World Premiere of 'Paternal Rites' At MOMA!
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 Berenba um 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 .

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.

THE PEACEMAKER has screened at premiere international documentary film festivals including   Full Frame, Hot Docs, Sheffield, Ambulanté   and DOC NYC. The film has won 4 Festival Awards: the Jury Award prize for the Nesnadny + Schwartz Documentary Competition at the 2017 Cleveland International Film Festival and a Special Jury Award for Vision and Storytelling at the 2017 Florida Film Festival, the Jury Award for Best Documentary at the 2017 Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival   and the Rotary Service Above Self Award at the 2017 Chagrin Documentary Film Festival. The film is supported by the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, Film Independent and the LEF Foundation.

To learn more about the film, click here .
'From Baghdad To The Bay' To Premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival!

'From Baghdad To The Bay' will be premiering 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)

'The Guys Next Door' Special DVD Sale!
In the 2.5 years since ' The Guys Next Door ' premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival, they've screened at over 45 film festivals, theaters, colleges and community showings. In October, they also had an incredibly successful national broadcast on PBS.

In celebration of their terrific run so far, they currently have a special DVD offer - over 25% off, plus free shipping and handling. Visit their website store !
Thomas Bena, Director of 'One Big Home' Gave a TED Talk!
Thomas Bena, Director of ' One Big Home ', recently gave a TEDx Talk to 1,000 employees of the Deloitte Company. In it, he explores the importance of fighting FOR something and not just against.

Watch his talk here .
SPOTLIGHT: Waking Famagusta
& The Angola Project: Detroit
We are excited to share two new projects (both currently in production) that have recently taken on CID as their fiscal sponsor! Check them out!

A mother/daughter-led urban reclamation effort aims at transforming a 43-year old ghost town in Cyprus into a model ecocity. Greek and Turkish-Cypriots unite to turn the once thriving historic tourist resort of Famagusta, a city occupied by the Turkish military since 1974, into a model for peace, reconciliation and sustainability in the troubled Middle East region.
If the island is reunited, Famagustians will be given the right to return home. When this happens, they will confront one of the largest reconstruction challenges Europe has seen since the end of World War II.


Filmmaker and performer Jeremy Xido grew up in Detroit as the only white kid in his neighborhood. He left home 20 years ago and hasn’t been back. Until now, when he returns to perform a stage piece he’s presented all over the world and to find out what happened to his childhood best friend, Boo. As he attempts to mount the show, his search for Boo—and any remnants of the home he left behind—takes over, unexpectedly thrusting him into the middle of the much-publicized battle over Detroit's identity. Jeremy starts to lose control of the stories he’s trying to tell—indeed of the movie we are watching—as he is confronted with questions of what is real and what is imagined.

A Massive List Of Winter 2018 Grants!
Compiled by the No Film School , this extensive list of opportunities is organized by deadline as well as category and includes longstanding contests along with brand new initiatives.

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