Working Films Opens U.K. Office

Working Films is excited to announce the opening of Working Films UK, a London office in partnership with the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation – extending the services of Working Films to filmmakers in the United Kingdom and Europe. Since 2007, the Working Films team has collaborated with BRITDOC on filmmaker trainings, strategy summits for feature documentaries, festival workshops and, most recently, the foundation’s very first North American Good Pitch at Hot Docs. Held at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival on May 7, 2009, in Toronto, the Good Pitch is…

Social Justice Film Conference Tour Comes to Jackson, MS

Reel Justice, a film conference on media activism will kick-off its national tour in Jackson, MS at Tougaloo College from Friday, March 27, 2009 at 6PM through Saturday, March 28, 2009. Sponsored by Working Films and the Andrus Family Fund the conference focuses on models for community reconciliation as a response to violence, and in particular police brutality, racially motivated violence and violence against women. Jackson activists Nsombi Lambright of the ACLU, Derrick Johnson of the NAACP and Chokwe Lumumba of the National Conference of Black Lawyers will join, filmmakers,…

Be a Change Maker This Summer!

Each summer we bring in people who possess the initiative to take on new and innovative assignments through our George Stoney Fellowship. We are currently accepting applications! The fellowship is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in using film and media as tools to create activist awareness of the most important issues we face today. You can read more about the namesake, George Stoney, and the qualifications for the fellowship here. Read what last years Stoney Fellow, Nekoro Gomes, had to say about his experiences: As a George…

The Good Pitch Comes to SILVERDOCS – Call for Entries

The second stop for The Good Pitch in North America will be at SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival June 18-22nd, near Washington, D.C. The Good Pitch at SILVERDOCS is now open for submissions. The deadline is Monday, March 16, 2009. The Good Pitch is a unique opportunity for filmmakers to pitch social-issue documentary projects and associated campaign strategies to an audience of NGOs, foundations, campaigners, advertising agencies, brands and media. Last summer we co-hosted the inaugural Good Pitch at the BRITDOC Film Festival, and had a spectacular time. The Good…

Announcing the 2009 Content + Intent Documentary Institute Participants

We are excited to announce the 8 film projects selected to be part of the 2009 Content + Intent Documentary Institute, Working Films’ Residency at MASS MoCA. We reviewed a number of extraordinary projects and faced a difficult decision narrowing it down to the 8 films that will be part of the residency, which takes place March 11-15th in North Adams, MA. Of the many amazing entries we selected those projects that we believe have the greatest potential to benefit from a collaborative workshop focused on creating intentional and strategic…

The Good Pitch Comes to Hot Docs – Call for Entries

The Good Pitch is a unique opportunity for filmmakers to pitch social-issue documentary projects and associated campaign strategies to an audience of NGOs, foundations, campaigners, advertising agencies, brands and media. Last summer we co-hosted the inaugural Good Pitch at the BritDoc Film Festival, and had a spectacular time. The Good Pitch at Hot Docs welcomes submissions from filmmakers of any nationality working on documentary projects with a human rights focus. There is no entry fee to apply and the deadline is  quickly approaching – February 20th, 2009. Two additional gigs…

Eighth Annual Cine Noir Festival of Black Film Deadline Extended

Rhonda Bellamy, Festival Director of the Cine Noir Festival of Black Film has announced that the deadline has been extended due to several late inquiries. The entry deadline is now February 6, 2009. The festival will be held March 12-15, 2009 in Wilmington, NC, the third largest filmmaking community in the country. The juried and invitational festival showcases features, shorts, animation, and documentary films. Prizes of $500 will be awarded in each category, provided there is a minimum of three entries that will be screened in any given category. Submission…

Don’t Just Watch: Participate!

On a cold night in January while I was visiting NYC, I ventured out to the 92YTribeca for the screening of The Accidental Advocate co-hosted by us at Working Films, and our good friends at Chicken & Egg Pictures. 92YTribeca is a new arts and entertainment venue whose motto is, “Don’t just watch: Participate.” I can get down with that. Before the film got started Judith, the Co-Founder of Working Films and Chicken & Egg, made an introduction and invited everyone to stay afterwards for a Q&A with two of…

Application Deadline approaching for 2009 Content + Intent Documentary Institute

You know how much we love watching and reading about new films, so please don’t deny us the opportunity to learn about yours. Send in your application today for the 2009 Content + Intent Documentary Institute, Working Films’ residency at MASS MoCA. If we have your application in our inbox by January 28, and your project is selected you will spend 5 jam packed days with the Working Films team in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. From March 11-15, 2009 we will guide you through the creation of an…

What is Real Food?

What is your favorite food? If you are like me, that’s an easy question to answer. Let’s try some more difficult questions: Where does your favorite food come from, and what steps does it go through to get to your plate? Does it originate in many different large-scale farms in far away countries? With the average vegetable traveling 1500 miles from farm to table, that is a very likely answer. I hope it’s not too much of an assumption that there is some form of vegetable involved in your choice.…