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Behind the scenes of What We Got: DJ Spooky’s Journey to the Commons

What’s your favorite documentary traile

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What’s your favorite documentary trailer, 10min or less? Prepping for next round of @itvs Open Call.

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March 4, 2011 at 9:37 am

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You may love your Fox or MSNBC, but c’m

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You may love your Fox or MSNBC, but c’mon, no one does it like PBS & NPR. Save public media! Sign this now! #pubmedia

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January 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm

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Today begins 371 Production’s filming o

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Today begins 371 Production’s filming of the Penelope Project – Odyssey retold by residents of a nursing home. Blogging:

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October 8, 2010 at 5:59 am

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Almost Home Outreach Budget

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People always want to know what things cost.  Here’s what we spent to do the outreach for Almost Home.   Just click the link below to download a PDF of the budget.  Enjoy!

AH Budget (public).xls

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September 21, 2010 at 2:23 pm

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Almost Home Final Report

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Please click Almost Home Final Report to download a full report that details the work of making and doing outreach with our film, Almost Home.

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September 21, 2010 at 8:51 am

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Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues) on the derivative nature of creativity

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April 27, 2010 at 5:49 am

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Swing Your Parter Round and Round…maybe not!

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The National Center for Media Engagement published this template for partnership.  I’m using it to guide a partnership agreement discussion with Jae Rhim Lee for a film we are proposing to do together about death denial and the funeral industry.  I think you filmmakers out there might find it useful, too.

A Pre-Nuptial Contract

Just like personal relationships, production partnerships can be filled with satisfaction, strategy, and struggle.

The Proposal: I Think I’m In Love
Are the participants/decision-makers compatible? Will they be able to achieve resolution when potential conflicts arise? Are their editorial standards in-synch?

’Til Death Do Us Part
How long should the partnership last? Is this a monogamous relationship? How many partners will there be? What does each partner add to the project? Caveat: Each additional partner adds exponentially to meeting time and decision-making time and effort.

The Vows (Write Your Own)
What are the goals for each partner? Publicity? Name value? Clout? Added resources? Extension of project visibility and public service?

What is the project?
Are there broadcast, print, web, event components? What are the roles and responsibilities for each organization? (Be precise.) What are the editorial standards and policies? What is the process for finding consensus on issues and resolving conflicts? Who are the decision-makers for each organization? Is there a need for regular meetings?

Having the Marriage Blessed
Does the partnership need formal/informal buy-in or sanction from senior management, the GM, or the Board?

Will There Be Progeny?
Will there be secondary or limited partners? What are their roles, privileges, and obligations?

For Richer or Poorer
What are the financial obligations of each partner? What will each contribute in cash or in-kind? What are the roles in fundraising? For commercial/noncommercial partnerships, how will underwriters and advertisers be acknowledged?

Renewing the Vows
What are the check-in points to ensure that the partners are satisfied and that goals are being met? How will we determine whether to extend the term of the partnership? What are the criteria to critique project success?

Does the partnership have a name? How will each partner be acknowledged on air, in print, on the web, in signage? How will organizational logos be incorporated?  Basically, credits.

I Want a Divorce!
What is the process for ending the partnership on amiable terms?

Almost Home Film in BROOKLYN!

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Almost Home aired back in 2006, but that was just the beginning…

We saw how the film spoke to so many people either afraid of dealing with aging issues, or overwhelmed with the care of their parents or a loved one.

We’ve been working all over the country to put the film to work — screening it with community audiences, then following up with discussion groups facilitated by local experts who can answer questions and point people to help right nearby.

The topics usually include caregiving, changing the negative culture built up around aging, and end of life.

Now, I made the film, so of course I think its great.  (But rest assured, a lot of people have said the same).  So come for the film, stay for the discussion, leave with a clearer sense of how you can deal with issues that aging may present to you in your life now, or down the road.

Saturday, March 13th

Park Slope United Methodist Church (6th avenue and 8th street)


For more info, directions, etc….

Sunday, March 14th

Union Temple (at Grand Army Plaza)

10am – 1pm (with some food served)

For more info, directions, etc….

Hope to see you there…..and please, spread the word.

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March 8, 2010 at 11:01 am

Janesville project — short and sweet

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Short and Sweet -- Janesville in one page

Here it is -- the short and sweet summary of our Janesville film and community engagement project

NYC, San Diego, Raleigh-Durham, Delray, Florida — The Internet for Artists Tour Rolls On!

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A crowd at the Theater Communications Group conference talking with Steve Lambert

Internet for Artists leader Steve Lambert talks to theater people at the TCG conference

I’m guessing about 300 artists have attended our Creative Capital-sponsored Internet for Artists workshops.  I’m working to integrate our curriculum into the marketing and goal setting workshop that Creative Capital also sponsors for artists.  It’s all part of the Professional Development Program.

We created a wiki that I hope you find to be a useful resource.  Feel free to edit or ask questions.

And have a look at what my colleagues are up to.  (Yep, I ended a sentence with a preposition….and it felt good!)

Matthew Deleget

Steve Lambert

Eve Mosher

Blithe Riley

Sue Schaffner

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January 18, 2010 at 8:11 am