I've just come to accept the fact that whenever I'm at a major film festival (or even a not-so-major one), I experience virulent sensory overload in just about every way. This year at Hot Docs, I've been a participant in the first CFC Media Lab's "Leave the Walls at the Door" workshop they've done in collaboration with the festival, which was intense and wonderful. More on this in a bit since it was just this afternoon--man, the world's wide open for some real substantive and innovative media, gaming, social change stuff--exciting. It's something I will have to process a bit before I write on it all, but honestly, I was quite honored to be in such an illustrious group of media producers and filmmakers. Suffice to say, it was an energetic group that cooked up an afternoon's worth of puzzling and innovative ideas for interactivity in documentary projects. The possibilities are endless. I also attended lots of micro-meetings with Canadian broadcasters to get the low-down on co-pros and such, and tomorrow I have a full day of moderating a panel in the morning and then diving into an afternoon of pitching. So I ain't just a blogger, got it? However, to take a moment to blog in the midst of all this about some things of note happening in NYC is a bit of a respite. And they are things I care about deeply.
Yance Ford, series producer of PBS' P.O.V. series sent word today that the top-notch series, our country's premiere broadcast showcase for independent documentaries (take a look at this season's offerings here), has launched its annual call for entries for the 2011 season. Ford is always available to talk to filmmakers with questions about the application process and can be reached at email@example.com. All subjects, approaches, and lengths are welcome to submit; this includes short-form work. Completion funding is also available; read the complete guidelines on the website here. Every applicant must fill out the online submission form; the deadline is Wednesday, June 30.
Laura Poitras' The Oath opens this Friday, May 7, at the IFC Center. On opening night, Karen Greenberg will moderate a discussion with Carol Rosenberg and Abdul Ghani. Rosenberg will have just returned from Guantánamo where she is covering the Omar Khadar military commission. Poitras, cinematographer, Kirsten Johnson, and co-producer and editor, Jonathan Oppenheim, will also be there in person. Do not miss a rare opportunity to see this award-winning, incredibly artful and important film by one of the most talented directors working today--in any genre--on the big screen. Read my recent interview with Kirsten Johnson here. The Oath will also air on P.O.V. this season; check the series' site for its air date later this year.