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) .
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...