April 29, 2009


Online application form opens — Monday, April 27, 2009
Application Deadline — Monday, June 8, 2009


The Creative Capital Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program supports individual writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through grants ranging from 3,000 to 50,000 USD.

Writers who meet the program’s eligibility requirements are invited to apply in the following categories:




new and alternative media

short-form writing

We regret that due to legal constraints we can only fund U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and holders of O-1 visas. For guidelines and additional eligibility requirements, please visit www.artswriters.org.


The Arts Writers Grant Program is pleased to announce a new writing workshop offered in partnership with the International Association of Art Critics/USA Chapter. For more information, please visit www.aicausa.org

April 17, 2009

IDA Panel at Digital Hollywood's 1st Content Summit!

International Documentary Assocation presents:

How to Grow your own Audience: Alternative Methods of Distribution and Marketing for Documentary Films

Tuesday, May 5 - 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Venue info:
The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
1700 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Moderator: Eddie Schmidt, President of the board, IDA
Speakers: Adam Chapnick, President, DocWorkers; Scott Hamilton Kennedy, Writer/Director, The Garden; Rick Allen, CEO, SnagFilms; Peter Yared, CEO, iWidgets; Steve Savage, Co-principal, New Video

The IDA is giving away 2 Free Day-passes! Be the first to email: maria@documentary.org with the subject "Free Digital Hollywood Spring Pass".

The Creation of a new event at DH, The Digital Hollywood Content Summit. We're bringing the world of content creators into the fold of digital production, marketing and technology. A series of panels on Tuesday, May 5 takes the audience through the creative process.

Including: Keynote Conversation: Tim Kring, creator of Heroes in conversation with Brian Seth Hurst, CEO, The Opportunity Management Company

The Amazine Line-Up:
David Gale, SVP New Media, MTV Networks; Danila Koverman, Director, HBOlab at HBO; Alexis Rapo, Vice President, ABC Digital Media; John Gilles, Vice President Media & Entertainment, Method; Suzanne Stefanac, Director, AFI Digital Content Lab; David Norton, VP Brand Integration, Ladder Up Media; Mark Vega, Partner/IP Steward, Omelet; Josh Bycel, Co-Executive Producer, Psych (USA Network); Adam Armus, Co-Executive Producer, Heroes (NBC); Jacob Rosenberg, CTO Bandito Brothers; Laura Nix, Director/Producer, Felt Films; John Hamburg, Writer/Director, I Love You Man & Along Came Polly; Adam Drucker,Casting Producer, A&E’s Intervention, Amazing Race; Scott B, Director / Cinematographer, Vortex, LA Coroner; Eva Orner, Academy Award winning producer, Taxi to the Dark Side; Jeffrey Tuchman, Emmy & Peabody Award winning filmmaker, Jamison Tilsner, Co-founder, The Streamy Awards; Adam Chapnick,President, DocWorkers; Scott Hamilton Kennedy, Writer/Director, The Garden; Rick Allen, CEO, SnagFilms; Peter Yared, CEO, iWidgets; Steve Savage, Co-principal, New Video; Eddie Schmidt, President of the board, IDA; Dave Vamos, Founder, Six Point Harness Studios; Aaron Simpson, Founder, Cold Hard Flash, Lineboil.com; Jorge Gutierrez, Creator “El Tigre,” Nickelodeon; John Andrews, SVP, Klasky Csupo, ka-chew!; Antranig Manoogian, President, ASIFA Hollywood;Glasgow Phillips, Writer, South Park, Kung Fu Panda; Micki Krimmel, Founder Sugar Packet, Inc, Mickipedia.com; Robert Bahar, Filmmaker, Made in LA; Melissa Fitzgerald, Actor & Filmaker, The West Wing, Voices of Uganda; Marc Morgenstern, Executive Director, Declare Yourself; Juan Devis, Director of Production, KCET New Media; Charles Annenberg Weingar! ten, Founder, Explore.com; Brian Sirgutz, President, Causecast

Click HERE for full agenda:

Click HERE for discount registration:

Dicsount Code: Affiliate Discount

Summit Pricing:
$135 regular, $95 for IDA members (Tuesday, May 5th Only)
Digital Hollywood Pass - Full - 4 Day Pass - Includes the Summit - $685 - Regular - $585 for IDA Members



October 17-25, 2009 Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford University -celebrates the power of international documentary films and videos dealing with human rights issues, environmental themes, protection of refugees, famine, homelessness, racism, disease control, women's issues, children, universal education, war and peace. Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we have chosen the theme:

Formats: 16mm and 35mm film; Beta SP, DVD (NTSC)

Preview: on 1/2" VHS (PAL/NTSC), DVD (NTSC region 0 or 1)
All lengths are eligible
Entry fee: $25 for films up to 30 min. (late deadline $35) and $35 for films longer than 30 min. (late deadline is $45)

Please send a check or money order payable to UNAFF or use PayPal using UNAFF web site www.unaff.org

Early Deadline – May 25, 2009
Regular Deadline - JUNE 1, 2009
Late deadline - June 9, 2009

THE ENTRY FORM: Print from www.unaff.org or www.withoutabox.com

Awards: • UNAFF Grand Jury Award for Best Long Documentary• UNAFF Grand Jury Award for Best Short Documentary• Stanford Video Award for Cinematography• Stanford Video Award for Editing

Please submit screening materials and background info to:

UNAFF 2009
Stanford University
10 Alvarado Row - CERAS/CFLP, Room 125
Stanford, CA 94305-3084

Questions or comments: Email info@unaff.org or call (650) 724-5544

April 10, 2009


Libraries Invited to Apply to Host "Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine" Exhibit

The exhibit explores the connections between the fictional young wizard's world and 15th- and 16th-century alchemists, naturalists, and occultists; twelve libraries will host the exhibit for four weeks.... Posted on April 10, 2009

Deadline: May 1, 2009

Native Voices Endowment Announces Request for Proposals

Grants and scholarships will be given to individuals working to document or revitalize the languages of Native American tribes that came in contact with the Lewis and Clark Expedition between 1803-1806.... Posted on April 8, 2009

Deadline: October 15, 2009

New York Community Trust's Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund Seeks Applications to Advance the Professional Development of Disadvantaged Young Artists

Grants of up to $60,000 will be awarded to New York City nonprofits working to support post-college disadvantaged adults seeking careers in the arts; the fund will not support pre-college artists in 2009.... Posted on April 8, 2009

Deadline: April 24, 2009

Theatre Communications Group and MetLife Foundation Announce A-ha! Grant Program

Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to TCG member theaters working to test or implement creative new approaches to artistic, managerial, production, and/or technological challenges.... Posted on April 8, 2009

Deadline: May 15, 2009


Production is underway on a new one-hour series, Hollywood Builders for DIY Network. The series takes a behind-the-scenes look at set builders working on films or television shows and how they put together ambitious designs. Show producers are still looking for projects to include in the series. If interested in featuring your film or TV show project currently in pre-production or production, contact Patrick Jager at pjager@highnoontv.com.

Lifetime Television seeks outgoing brides and grooms-to-be of all ages and ethnicities for a new series that explores their relationship and gives them a chance to really get to know each other. Participating couples will have the opportunity to win cash and prizes toward a deluxe wedding and honeymoon package.

To schedule an interview, send an email to castingengagedcouples@gmail.com and include your names, information, and a brief description of your engagement (i.e. how you met, how long have you been together, why you are a good couple together, when are you getting married, etc.) as well as a recent photo. Submitted materials will become the property of the producers and will not be returned. Also, selected couples would need to available to travel to a remote location for filming up to five days.

Producers of The Real Housewives of New York City and SuperNanny are casting for a new show where teens can trade in their parents and go live with another family. Teens of all types and interests from techo-savvy to hippies, to slobs and surfers to affluent to liberal are encouraged to apply. Parents can even nominate their own teens for the show! Send an email to ZConiglio@shedmediaus.com and include the teen's name, age, phone numbers for the teen and their parents, email addresses, city and state where they live and a description of why the teen would like to live with another family and any other information regarding the teen candidate.

April 09, 2009

resources for docs


The International Film Festival Portugal call for entries deadline is April 20, 2009. The Chicago International Childrens Film Festival early deadline is May 1, 2009. The LA Shorts Fest final deadline for submission is May 8, 2009. The early deadline is May 25, 2009 for the 12th UNAFF.


Pioneers of Prosperity is seeking proposal submissions from documentary filmmakers for its 2009 Caribbean competition (due: April 10). Adobe is offering two free eSeminars on April 21 and May 20. And Mitchell Block is running two doc producing workshops on April 18 and April 25.


The Video Festival Imperia has its 4th edition April 14-18 in Italy. Register now for NALIP 10 Conference, April 17-19 in Newport Beach, CA. April 22-24 in Frankfurt, Germany don't miss MEDIA-TECH Europe 2009. From April 30-May 5, the South East European Film Festival is happening at the Goethe Institute Los Angeles.

jobs in tv

JOB OPENING: EXP'D SHOWRUNNER with strong writing credits to oversee all creative aspects for a multi-episode doc series. Must be able to relocate for 6-8 month assignment. PRODUCERRESUMES@GMAIL.COM (4/11)

JOB OPENING: TV VIDEO PRODUCER/WRITER/Good Housekeeping Magazine/NY: 5+ yrs exp. Will be producer & head writer in charge of scripting & creative development. Send reel, writing samples & salary req to: magazineshr2@hearst.com (4/11)

JOB OPENING: GRAPHIC ARTIST/BRDCST DESIGNER/NY1 News/NYC: Design/animate on-air graphics pckgs. Create logos, build graphics Photoshop; animate After Effects. Tight deadlines. Demo reel. www.timewarnercable.com/careers 111821BR (4/10)

Casting Call

The CW's America's Next Top Model, produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with Bankable Productions, is holding one final open casting call this Saturday in New York City for Cycle 13. Eligibility requirements include: females age 18 to 27 of diverse backgrounds, shapes, sizes and with a height of 5'7" and under. To confirm the exact location in NYC and registration time, visit www.cwtv.com.

April 08, 2009

teaching the arts

* Professor of Theater
Blackburn College (Illinois)
(date posted: 4/3/2009)

* Assistant Professor of Theatre
Southwest Baptist University (Missouri)
(date posted: 3/31/2009)

* Costume Shop Supervisor (Lecturer), Theater Department
Hunter College of the City University of New York (New York)
(date posted: 3/30/2009)

* Assistant Professor of Dance
Swarthmore College (Pennsylvania)
(date posted: 3/30/2009)

* Tenure Track Faculty
Alamo Community College District Central Office (Texas)
(date posted: 4/2/2009)


13th Annual DocuWeeks™ Theatrical Documentary Showcases
Los Angeles & New York City - August 2009
(Specific dates TBA, all screenings completed by August 20, 2009)

Enter Now! Earlybird Deadline: April 14, 2009

DocuWeeks™ helps to qualify outstanding new feature and short documentaries for Academy Award® consideration, by providing its participants with a seven-day commercial theatrical run in Los Angeles County and in the Borough of Manhattan. (Shorts will screen in the County of Los Angeles only, per Academy requirements.)

For complete information about Academy Awards® consideration, please see the 82nd Academy Awards Special Rules for Documentary Awards (Rule Twelve) for complete eligibility and application requirements. Read Rule Twelve here.

Each filmmaker is responsible for submitting the Academy Awards® application. IDA will provide the filmmaker with proof of advertisement, guide listings and theatrical runs for submission to the Academy prior to the Academy deadline.

To apply for IDA's DocuWeeks™ please use the online submission process at Withoutabox.com.

April 02, 2009

more photos from the big night

My neighbor Rob Thorne escorted me for the big night - Thanks Rob!

I have no idea what I actually said.

After calming down a bit and able to actually pose for a picture.

My castmembers Stewart Calhoun and Liz Vital help me celebrate.

oh my goodness gracious!

On Monday night, among a standing-room only crowd, I won LA Weekly’s 30th Annual Theatre Award for Playwriting!!!!!

The crazy thing is they forgot to say my name during the list of the nominees so when they said I was the winner, I thought they were just announcing me as a nominee so I didn't get up!!! Everyone was jumping up and down and screaming at me to go up to the stage!!!! I was so confused. And then the spotlight hit me and I completely freaked out.
See photo above of me completely freaking out - enjoy!

I truly have no idea what I said in front of that microphone so let me say it now –

Thanks to Casey Stangl and John Spokes, Jamie Denton and Erin J. O’Brien and Victor Williams for believing in HOW CISSY GREW and making the production happen. Thanks to Jamie, Erin, Liz Vital and Stewart Calhoun (YOU WERE ROBBED!!!) for bringing the characters to life. Thanks to every member of our crew and marketing team who built and sold an absolutely gorgeous production that rivaled any regional!!!

Thanks to The MacDowell, The Echo Theatre, The NYU Grad Actors Collective, NYU Writer’s Lab West, The Tisch West Alumni Council, The Wednesday Ladies, SeaGlass Theatre, The El Portal, C. Josephine Hagerty, Nick Mills, Betsy Reisz, Ned Menoyo, Megan McNulty, Michael Goldenberg, Julia Cho, David Rock, Maura Teitelbaum and Abrams Artists Agency.


NEXT STOP – THE OSCARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

30th Annual LA Weekly Theatre Awards

The 30th Annual L.A. Weekly Theater Awards
Actors and chickens and bears, oh, my!

By Steven Leigh Morris
Published on April 01, 2009 at 9:41pm

View more photos in the 30th annual L.A. Weekly Theater Awards slideshow.

Dancing girls and impersonators joined co-hosts Jake Broder and Vanessa Claire Smith to transform the El Rey Theatre into the stage of Las Vegas’ Sahara Hotel, 1958, for the 30th annual L.A. Weekly Theater Awards on Monday night. Reprising their roles as lounge crooners Louis Prima and Keely Smith in their hit show Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara (now at the Geffen Playhouse), Broder and Smith were supported by their production’s six-piece jazz band and a gallery of supporting players from Sacred Fools Theater Company. That show walked away with the Musical of the Year Award in a very tight vote with some very heady competition from Joe’s Garage at Open Fist Theatre Company and Lovelace: A Rock Opera at the Hayworth. For much of the evening, the raucous, overflow crowd of 700 treated the excellent production, nicely paced by director Jeremy Aldridge, as a backdrop to their drinking and socializing.

From the stage, Queen of the Angels recipient Frédérique Michel repeatedly told the revelers to shut up. The only performer who could command some silence was Gwendolyn the chicken, who appeared contentedly on the arm of Center Theatre Group artistic director Michael Ritchie, as he gave a mock, somber homage to our hard times, adding that he always wanted to appear onstage with his pecker in his hand.

(Gwendolyn had been eating birdseed for a solid hour before her performance, and Ritchie was hoping that she would complement his performance by unloading during the act, but the bird was too well brought-up for such low comedy.)

Adding to the Dada were the artistic directors of the Colony Theatre and Geffen Playhouse, Barbara Beckley and Gil Cates, who performed a duet of “Under My Skin,” to which the Los Angeles Stage Alliance’s executive director Terence McFarland performed a spirited interpretive dance.

County Supervisor Zev Yaraslovksy’s keynote address acknowledged that the smaller theaters (the purview of the Weekly’s Theater Awards) are where the future of the theater lies, and Career Achievement recipient Dakin Matthews appeared digitally from Singapore, where he’s performing with an international company, directed by Sam Mendes. (Matthews’ fellow cast members Simon Russell Beale, Sinead Cusack, Ethan Hawke, Roger Bean, Paul Jesson, Richard Easton, and Rebecca Hall also sent their greetings to L.A. from Southeast Asia.) Matthews closed his video with a nod to Shakespeare’s most famous stage direction — “Exit, pursued by a bear” _ for Antigonus, whom Matthews is currently playing in The Winter’s Tale. As Matthews spoke, a large bear head entered the scene.


*Susan Johnston, How Cissy Grew, El Portal Forum Theatre
For more information about other winners and links to the slideshow:

life and food coaching by susan marque

New Day - New Built For Your Budget Class


Join the fun now on Tuesday nights! (or Wednesday morning if you are in Australia's time zone.) Built For Your Budget gets you 4 times as much time for your money with inspirational coaching to get you where you want to be.

Sign up now at http://www.susanmarque.com/4weeksforyou
the new session starts April 7th at 6pm (Pacific time)

You might even want to let me know ahead of time what you would like to work on in particular.

Would you like to let go of that last 10lbs.?
Would you like to know what foods will give you incredible energy or what foods can unknowingly drain you?
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You can be living a higher quality of life no matter what your economic status.

Let's begin and start creating magic and miracles in every day!

Join us http://www.susanmarque.com/4weeksforyou and tell your friends!!

Enrollment is very limited so please sign up right now! I look forward to talking with you soon!!!

Food & Life Coach Susan Marque

playwriting class in nyc

Voice & Vision

is pleased to offer
a six-week playwriting class with playwright

Karen Hartman

• Personal Dramatic Structure •

A vibrant, practical approach to shaping creative ideas without diminishing their fire. Using Karen's own approach to structure (developed while teaching at the Yale School of Drama), we will identify signposts and tools that give muscle and clarity to works in progress. The course emphasizes a personal approach to storytelling that resonates for the writer AND satisfies an audience. The special weekly-plus-weekend format allows each writer to develop writing throughout the month, while leaving plenty of time to present work at the end of the session.

Class feedback and generous individual attention will support artists at all levels, at any stage of a project.

Tuesdays, April 14th- May 5th from 7pm-9pm and
Saturday and Sunday, May 9th and 10th from 11am-3pm
at ART/New York- 520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets)

Tuition: $425

Register Now!

Call the Voice & Vision office at 212-268-3717 or email Abigail Katz at akatz@vandv.org

Karen Hartman has taught playwriting for years at the Yale School of Drama, Yale University, Bennington College, and other universities and New York theaters. She is the author of Gum, Leah's Train, Goliath (Dorothy Silver New Play Prize), Going Gone (N.E.A. New Play Grant); Anatomy 1968; Girl Under Grain (Best Drama in NY Fringe; ALICE: Tales of a Curious Girl (Music by Gina Leishman, AT&T Onstage Award); Troy Women; Donna Wants, Goldie, Max, and Milk; Sea Change, a musical with AnnMarie Milazzo, and MotherBone, an opera with Graham Reynolds. Her plays have been performed in New York at the Women's Project, NAATCO, P73, the NY Fringe, and Summer Play Festival, and at regional theaters including Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, the Magic Theater, Dallas Theater Center, and elsewhere. She has received new play commissions from ACT in San Francisco, McCarter Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, and others. Her work is published by Theater Communications Group, Dramatists Play Service, Playscripts, Backstage Books, and NoPassport Press. An alumna of New Dramatists and Yale (B.A., M.F.A.), Karen has received playwriting support from Rockefeller Foundation at Bellagio, the N.E.A., the Helen Merrill Foundation, a Daryl Roth "Creative Spirit" Award, a Hodder Fellowship, a Jerome Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship to Jerusalem, and Core Membership at the Playwrights Center.

doc screening in la

The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Melnitz Movies, and The International Documentary Association

A Documentary Salon Screening

a film by Leslie IWERKS

In the mid 1980’s, three men united together to follow a dream: Ed Catmull, John Lasseter and Steve Jobs pushed beyond the boundaries of what was known in the world of art and science to form Pixar Animation Studios. In 1995, their Academy Award® winning computer animated film, Toy Story, launched an entirely new animation industry, and their ensuing films have entertained millions of people worldwide. Yet over the last twenty years, Pixar’s dramatic rise has often been one of struggle, belief and sheer commitment as they forged their way into an unknown medium. The result has been a serendipitous blend of art, science, business acumen, and extraordinary vision and talent. Through never before seen archival footage, candid interviews, and visually stunning art and animation, Oscar® and Emmy® nominated director Leslie Iwerks takes us inside the fascinating and unique world of Pixar Animation Studios.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 @ 7:30 PM

Q & A with Leslie IWERKS.

UCLA James Bridges Theater

This event is free and open to the public.

The James Bridges Theater is located in Melnitz Hall at the northeast corner of
UCLA's campus

(Nearest cross streets are Sunset and Hilgard in Westwood.) $9 parking in Lot #3

playwrights panel in nyc

Romanian Cultural Institute New York in collaboration with the Lark present...

B a c k / g r o u n d s T o D r a m a t i c W r i t i n g
a FREE panel discussion with Romanian writers

Ioana Ieronim, Mihaela Michailov, Andreea Valean

moderated by playwright
Saviana Stanescu

Thursday, April 9 @7:30pm

Join us for a discussion on their unique paths towards playwriting:

Ioana Ieronim - poetry to diplomacy to playwriting
Mihaela Michailov - philology to theatre criticism to playwriting
Andreea Valean - from sociology to directing to playwriting to screenwriting

Illustrated with video clips and photos from productions.

A Q&A session will follow the panel.

For more information: www.icrny.org


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New York, NY 10016
(at 3rd Avenue)

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