July 2019 Newsletter
Center For
Independent
Documentary
Industry News & Opportunities
CID FILMMAKER WORKSHOPS 
With the generous support of the Boston Cultural Council, CID has now held our first three Filmmaker Workshop events. So far, filmmakers who have shared their works-in-progress include Eric Stange ('ACTIVIZED'), Kathryn Ramey ('El Signo Vacio'), and Monica Cohen ('Dreams of Chonta').

If you are interested in sharing your rough cut at a future Filmmaker Workshop, please reach out to Mira Simon ( mira@documentaries.org ).
HELP KEEP MASSACHUSETTS FILM JOBS ALIVE
On June 11th hundreds of industry members came to the Massachusetts State House to show their support at a public hearing for House Bill 2419 and Senate Bill 1728 to eliminate the sunset on the film and tv production incentive program.

The Massachusetts Production Coalition has now released a new short   3-minute animated video  that talks about the amazing economic impact of the film and television production industry in Massachusetts. Please share it with your legislators today through the Voter Voice link and ask them to watch it! 
NEW ENGLAND FILM STAR AWARD
NewEnglandFilm.com  has announced a free open call for the New England Film Star Award, a grant for a film by a New England filmmaker marginalized by race, gender, sexuality, able-bodiedness, or other. There is no fee to apply, and applications are due by July 15 .

For more information about the grant guidelines, eligibility requirements, and to apply click here .
CID Film News & Updates
ERNIE AND JOE ACQUIRED BY HBO
HBO has acquired the North American TV and streaming rights to Jenifer McShane's ERNIE & JOE . The film follows Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro who are part of San Antonio Police Department’s (SAPD’s) highly progressive and successful Mental Health Unit, which was founded in 2008. 

Ernie & Joe  made its world premiere in March at the  SXSW  Film Festival, where it received Special Jury Recognition. In addition, the film earned the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Feature at this year’s Independent Film Festival Boston. The film will continue its festival run at the AFI DOCS Film Festival and is slated to debut on HBO later this year.
WORLDS OF URSULA K. LE GUIN ON AMERICAN MASTERS
We're excited to announce that WORLDS OF URSULA K. LE GUIN will air on PBS American Masters  (US and Canada) on August 2, 2019 at 9pm. Please save the date and share it with your friends, or better yet, arrange a viewing party!
(Check your local PBS station for times in your location.)

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is the first feature documentary film about Ursula K. Le Guin, a singular writer who defiantly held her ground on the frontier of American letters until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature. Read more here .
EAST LA INTERCHANGE AVAILABLE TO STREAM ON AMAZON
EAST LA INTERCHANGE , the award-winning film by Betsy Kalin, is now available on Amazon . Amazon Prime members can stream the film for free and non-Prime accounts can rent the film for as little as $1.99. You can help the indie film get noticed on Amazon by watching, rating and reviewing. Every play, rating & review counts!  East LA Interchange  will be released to more platforms in the coming months.

East LA Interchange  follows the evolution of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights as it fights the largest and busiest highway system in North America. Will Boyle Heights, like many cities across the U.S., survive the next round of challenges from development and gentrification? Featuring  will.i.am  (The Black Eyed Peas), Danny Trejo (Machete), Father Greg Boyle (Homeboy Industries), and Josefina López ( Real Women Have Curves ).

Visit the film's website here .
STONEWALL: THE MAKING OF A MONUMENT STREAMING ON THE NEW YORK TIMES OP-DOCS
STONEWALL: THE MAKING OF A MONUMENT , directed by Cheryl Furjanic, is now live on The New York Times Op-Docs website ! The film explores the ways that LGBTQ people have made a monument to their resistance and resilience out of the area near The Stonewall Inn over the last fifty years.
WBCN AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AT THE WOODS HOLE FILM FESTIVAL
WBCN AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION will screen at the Woods Hole Film Festival in Falmouth, MA, on Monday, July 29, 9pm at Redfield Auditorium .  

Tickets are available here .
FROM BAGHDAD TO THE BAY AVAILABLE FOR EDUCATIONAL DISTRIBUTION
We happy to share  FROM BAGHDAD TO THE BAY' new official trailer

We are also excited to announce that the film is now available for educational distribution and includes Spanish subtitling and English closed captioning.

Over the past year at festivals, in classrooms, and at community screenings,  From Baghdad to The Bay  has sparked important and life-changing reactions from our viewers, including those who have had misconceptions about the LGBTQ and refugee communities. With this education release, we look forward to bringing this film to colleges and universities where the next generation of influencers are being cultivated.  More information here.

"a mandatory educational tool”
Jasmina Bojic  | Lecturer, International Relations, Stanford University 

“not only necessary, but life-saving.”
Dr. Ramzi Salti  | Lecturer in Arabic, Stanford University
RHINESTONE COWBOY PRODUCTION UPDATE
A message from director, Petrine Mitchum:

" RHINESTONE COWBOY is off and running! On Memorial Day weekend Holly & I went to the Nashville Boogie at Opryland where we attended the Western Round-Up Fashion Show filled with fabulous Nudie-inspired designs. During our week in Nashville we taped interviews with six designers and made plans to return to do more filming in September, if not before.

The overwhelming support of the Nashville community and Boogie attendees strengthened our conviction that the time is right for Rhinestone Cowboy !

Back in California, on June 17 we interviewed the great Chris Hillman, founding member of the
Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers & the Desert Rose Band at the Ventura Country Museum.
For more details and pictures from Nashville, as well as a photo of Chris Hillman and two of his
favorite stage garments, visit www.rhinestonecowboyfilm.com .

What’s next? Interviews with Dwight Yoakam. Marty Stuart, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings are in the works….. and we have a long wish list of performers, designers, curators and collectors
whom we hope to lasso. Meanwhile, we are collecting other visual and audio elements and
editing a new promotional video to entice distributors. We have interest, and just need to
deliver a “sizzle reel” to take us to the next level.

Our very successful Kickstarter crowd funding has brought us to this point but we need more
money to keep going. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to Rhinestone
Cowboy you can do so here ."
EXILE AND COMMUNITY: THE LIFE OF CAROLA DOMAR AWARDED MASS HUMANITIES GRANT
EXILE AND COMMUNITY: THE LIFE OF CAROLA DOMAR  has been awarded a Mass Humanities Grant to create a trailer and teacher’s guide that will supplement the film. The film is conceived as an educational tool for young people. The guide will be directed to middle and high school educators. Donations to this project are greatly appreciated and can be made here .
SALLY RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE BERKELEY ARTS COMMISSION
SALLY , directed by Deborah Craig, has received a grant from the Berkeley Arts Commission. 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.

Deborah's previous film, A Great Ride , is currently streaming on Amazon Prime as part of their All Voices Film Festival. The film is also streaming on Alaska Airlines. You can watch the trailer for their full slate of Pride films here .
LAST CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR THE ANNUAL IRISH AMERICAN MOVIE HOOLEY
The Fifth Annual Irish American Movie Hooley will be returning Sep. 27, 28, and 29th at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago . If your film is chosen you will be flown to Chicago and put up for the weekend at the luxurious Chicago Hilton on Michigan Avenue. Read more here.
SOLOMON TURNER INVITED TO "SUNDANCE CREATIVE PRODUCER'S SUMMIT"
Solomon Turner, producer of GHOSTS OF EMPIRE , has been invited to attend this year's Sundance Creative Producer's Summit at the Sundance Resort taking place August 1st through 4th. As part of the Institute’s evolving commitment to independent producers, the Summit is an invitation-only event for up to 50 producers and directors identified through the full array of the Institute’s creative development programs and the Sundance Film Festival. The Creative Producing Summit offers a crucial opportunity for these producers to meaningfully advance their projects.
MY HALF OF THE ROAD BEGINNING PRE-PRODUCTION
MY HALF OF THE ROAD (working title), begins pre-production in August. A big thank you to Travelers and General Motors for funding the production. Produced by Boyd Productions, LLC,   My Half of the Road  explores the impact distracted behavior is having on pedestrians and cyclists in United States and around the world. 
CID Sponsored Film Of The Month
THE FATE OF HUMAN BEINGS
A film by Heather Cassano

In Waltham, Massachusetts there is a cemetery where 310 unidentified people are buried. Graves are marked only with a letter and a number. “C” stands for Catholic and “P” for Protestant, the number indicating the order in which they were buried. The cemetery, known as MetFern Cemetery, served as a burial site for patients housed within the walls of two nearby mental institutions - The Fernald School for “feeble-minded” children and the Metropolitan State Hospital. Hidden among the trees of Beaver Brook Reservation, MetFern Cemetery is only accessible by hiking trails. 310 lives suspended in anonymity.  

Massachusetts has a sordid history of improperly interning and mistreating its citizens who fall within the definition of “mentally inadequate,” but the history of MetFern Cemetery is largely unknown even to those who live next door. Today, many residents in Waltham are surprised to learn of the cemetery’s existence. The feature-length documentary The Fate of Human Beings uncovers the history behind MetFern Cemetery, telling the stories of the people buried there. Through a mix of archival and present-day material, the film explores the depersonalization of disabled people prevalent throughout American society. Former patients of the two institutions, the funeral home director responsible for improving conditions in the cemetery, and family members of the deceased will form the narrative of the film.

Read more and contribute to the film here.
Featured Resource Of The Month
"Artist Opportunities with Upcoming Deadlines in July and August"
Every month, Creative Capital compiles a list of residencies, grant, and award opportunities as part of their commitment to sharing resources and opportunities for artists working in all creative disciplines. This month's list includes residencies in Barcelona and an open call for a fellowship in California.

Read the full list here .
We are grateful for the generous support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Mass Cultural Council, and administered by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.
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