Master Class

Rights Free Archival Footage and Stills

Where are the treasures and how can I get my hands on them?

DATE: Thursday, April 29 TIME: 7:00– 9:00 PM; SPRING 2010

Instructor: Bonnie G. Rowan
Fee: $25. $20 for Scribe Members

Interested in doing a project that might involve using historical or archival footage and stills? Don't know what obstacles and costs might be involved given our copyright clearance culture?

D.C. based Media Historian and Researcher Bonnie G. Rowan presents an overview of, and strategies for, searching the collections at the National Archives, the Library of Congress and other sources of rights-free visuals. She will also explain the intricacies of using materials under the Fair Use doctrine.

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Self-Distributing Your Indy Film

Saturday, May 22, 2010, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM, SPRING 2010

Instructor: S. Leo Chiang
Fee: $25. $20 for Scribe & WHYY Members

Self distribution can strike fear in the hearts of independent filmmakers and present a great challenge, yet there are many filmmakers that choose to self distribute.

In this class S. Leo Chiang will explain the ever growing world of self distribution to the educational market. He will explain the process of planning a direct mailing and email campaign, to getting the most out of non-theatrical screenings. He will also share his experience with the educational distribution efforts of A Village Called Versailles along with an introduction of New Day Films.

In partnership with ITVS Community Cinema and WHYY.

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Distribution: Prepare to Be Seen

Saturday, April 17, 2010, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM SPRING 2010

Instructor: Richard Power Hoffman
Fee: $25. $20 for Scribe Members

This workshop focuses on the preparation and delivery of your film for broadcast and other markets. It starts with knowing your project and its potential audience, extends to identifying potential partners and collaborators, and results in the decision of when and where to launch your film. Through diligent research and analysis of existing and emerging outlets, you will create a strategy that maximizes your viewer ship and profits.

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New Muslim Cool From the Inside Out

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Tuesday, November 17 5:30pm (FALL 2009)

Instructor: Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
Fee: $10. $8 for Scribe Members

In this special topic lecture, Jennifer Maytorena Taylor will take the class through a case study of New Muslim Cool, her award winning documentary about Hamza Pérez, a Puerto Rican rapper who changed his life from being a street hustler and started down a new path as a young Muslim. From the initial steps of production fundraising and researching the subject matter to synthesizing the story and character developments, Ms. Taylor will share the experience of over four years of production and editing. She will also talk about the process of national distribution, local and national marketing techniques and how social networking has played a part in this film’s development.

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Writing, Producing and Keeping the Faith with Julie Dash

Master Class

DATE: Wednesday, January 13, 2010; TIME: 3:30 PM-5:30 PM

Instructor: Julie Dash
Fee: $35. $20 for Scribe Members

Writer/director Julie Dash talks about her work and the strategies for staying true to an independent vision while working in the world of commercial cinema. She will screen excerpts from current projects, as well as her earlier works.

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