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Festival Tip: Don't Wait for the Late Deadline

Docs In Progress Executive Director Erica Ginsberg here.    In the coming weeks, I'll countdown from 10 to 1 of what I consider the most important tips on film festivals.   I will preface my tips by saying that, as an organization focused on documentaries, I am writing with documentary films in mind...and specifically knowing that many of our readers are emerging documentary filmmakers who may be working on their first films and are not necessarily coming out of film school.  That said, I think there are some things which may be relevant to fiction filmmakers and hopefully even more seasoned documentary filmmakers might find a tidbit here and there.  You may or may not agree with all I have to say but that's why I decided to share these on our blog.  Your comments are welcome.  So, without futher ado, let's get started:

 

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Radcliff's Reviews: Countdown to Zero

Fresh from his Silverdocs reporting, Docs In Progress resident critic, Matthew Radcliff is back with a new reflection on a documentary you can seeon the big or small screen.  This time it's Countdown to Zero, which just opened in Washington (as well as New York and Los Angeles) this past week at Landmark's E Street Theatre.

 

 

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More Reflections from Matt on Silverdocs: Art as Escape

 

Docs In Progress is pleased to offer more reflections on films at Silverdocs from guest reviewer Matthew Radcliff.

 

 

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Matt's Reflections on Silverdocs: All in the Family

Docs In Progress was lucky this year to have not one but two people on the ground at Silverdocs. Matthew Radcliff who has been contributing film reviews throughout the year to our blog filed his own report on the festival.

 

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A mini masterclass with Frederick Wiseman

While this is in many ways a continuation of Docs In Progress Executive Director Erica Ginsberg's Silverdocs coverage, she felt it important to give Frederick Wiseman his own blog entry.

 

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Erica's take on the films at Silverdocs

 

Docs In Progress Executive Director Erica Ginsberg has split the duties of Silverdocs reporting this year with Matthew Radcliff from Paignton Pictures.  While both have already chimed in a bit about the conference, what did they get from the festival itself?  First up, Erica...

 

 

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The Good Pitch at Silverdocs

 

Erica here for the next installment in Docs In Progress coverage of the Silverdocs Film Festival.  Matthew already provided his perspective on the Documentary Conference and I have few thoughts to add since my work schedule made it difficult for me to attend much of the Conference. The one piece of the Conference I did attend was The Good Pitch which was its second year at Silverdocs. Having seen Docs In Progress alums Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer's project Out in the Silence flourish partially as a result of participating in last year's Good Pitch, I wanted to see how a new batch of documentary works in progress are likely to make a difference.

 

 

 

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A view from the Silverdocs Conference

Silverdocs may be a sweet memory but it is still very much on the mind of those of us in the documentary community. Our amazing film reviewer Matthew Radcliff from Paignton Pictures is splitting the Docs In Progress Silverdocs coverage with Erica Ginsberg this year.  Here comes the first report from Matt spotlighting some of the conference sessions he attended.

 

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Silverdocs is Upon Us but Where is Erica?

Yes Silverdocs is here and so am I, but the Docs Insider blog has remained relatively silent.  I was stunned last night at the festival's industry lounge to have a fairly influential person from the documentary broadcast world asking me where my blog was.  Aside from being stunned that said person even read this blog -- as infrequent as it has become -- I also felt stunned that I am able to cobble together any words at all tonight to meet this surprising demand.

 

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Silverdocs is just around the corner...

 

We are less than a month away from Silverdocs (or more properly AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival) when the documentary world converges on downtown Silver Spring. It€™s still one of our favorite documentary festivals and it€™s not just because it is only a stone€™s throw away from Docs In Progress. / Israel/Palestinian Territories/USA, 2009, 81 minutes (Director: Julia Bacha)-This rousing film about one Palestinian village and its unlikely hero-humble family man turned activist Ayed Morrar-reveals the power of ordinary people to peaceably fight for extraordinary change.

 

 

 

 

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