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3rdi NY organizes a day-long Super Workshop at the South Asian Journalists Association Conference:

Super Workshop: Making A Documentary — Treatments & Trailers

Featuring Parvez Sharma, Liz Mermin, and Jennifer Fox. Moderated by Pia Sawhney (Audio Producer Human Rights Watch) & Prerana Reddy (Curator NY Arab & South Asian Film Festival)

South Asian Journalists Association Conference
Thursday, July 12th, 10 am to 4 pm
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
230 West 41st Street (btw 7th and 8th Ave)
3rd Floor, Room TBA

Open to Non-Members, but Pre-Registration Required: http://www.sajaconvention.org
Cost is from $100 - $140 for entire 3-day SAJA convention

About the Workshop

Super Workshop: Making A Documentary - Treatments & Trailers

We'll explore two aspects of developing a documentary idea: making a trailer for your film, and writing a treatment.

Morning Session: Trailers

In the morning, director and cinematographer Parvez Sharma will discuss his debut feature A JIHAD FOR LOVE and speak on what he considered in advance, how he gained access to characters, and got the project off the ground. The first-ever feature length documentary exploring Islam and homosexuality, Parvez shot the project in twelve countries and in nine languages (www.halalfilms.net). The film is produced by Sandi Simcha DuBowski (TREMBLING BEFORE G-D) .

Office Tiger

We'll also watch selects of other new documentaries filmed in South Asia, and discuss how directors approached stories. Segments from: OFFICE TIGER, on the US company based in Chennai by Liz Mermin (BEAUTY ACADEMY OF KABUL) & THE NAME OF THE DISEASE on healthcare in rural India by Abhijit Banerjee Written statements from the directors considered. The focus is to help reporters with discrete ideas for films. So don't forget your list of ideas, as you will be asked to participate!

Afternoon Session: Treatments

Treatments are short proposals filmmakers use to fundraise and highlight ideas. In the afternoon, we'll take a look at treatments you wrote. Then internationally acclaimed director and master storyteller, Jennifer Fox will discuss the treatment for her latest film and speak on pitching new projects.


FLYING: CONFESSIONS OF A FREE WOMAN, directed by Fox, is a six-part documentary series on her own life and the lives of other modern women. Jen gathered 1800 hours of footage to tell the story, and two of the characters featured are from South Asia.

The film is being released July 4th at Film Forum; participants are encouraged to watch in advance of the session so Jen can speak to the camera technique used throughout (http://www.flyingconfessions.com)

Workshop is limited to 10 people, and co-sponsored by Third I New York (www.thirdi.org/~ny ). Since this is an all-day session, you may NOT sign up for other workshops on Thursday.

About Alwan for the Arts. Alwan for the Arts serves the Middle East and North African population and educates the broader community by providing access to the range of Middle Eastern and North African arts; thereby enriching the cross-cultural and artistic encounter. Since 1998, Alwan for the Arts has played a leading role in promoting the diverse cultures of the Middle East and North Africa in New York City. It organized film festivals and screenings, book/poetry readings and signings, lectures and conferences, art exhibits, musical and theatrical performances, and language and literature classes. In 2003, Alwan established a center in lower Manhattan which provides a physical base for its diverse cultural activities. For more info: www.alwanforthearts.org

About 3rd I. 3rd I New York's monthly film and music salon designed by local filmmakers and experimental DJs showcases the works of independent filmmakers of South Asian descent and local djs, musicians and electronica artists. Providing alternative forums for South Asian filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion. More info...

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This event is made possible in part through public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities/New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.