July 2008

The Doc Doctor's Anatomy of a Film: "This Is Where My Dog Is Buried"

A still from "This Is Where My Dog Is Buried"

The Doc Doctor takes a look behind the success of Israeli Producer and Director Nir Keinan's documentary This Is Where My Dog Is Buried. He describes the mistakes he made and the smart moves that ultimately led to the financing of the film. Also, check out the Doc Doctor's previous Anatomy columns.

About this column: Many filmmakers ponder in anguish, How do other people—celebrated people—do it? Am I taking too long to make this documentary? Does everybody spend as much money as I am spending, or am I spending too little? And when filmmakers share their lessons learned in interviews in the glossy trade magazines, their tales seem to follow the arc of otherworldy heroes rather than real documentary makers, i.e. human beings like you and me. So each month, the Doc Doctor will go out into the world (this real world) of filmmakers who are successful and find out how they made it. The "Anatomy of a Film Column" is a chance to learn from filmmakers' hits and misses in real life examples. —Fernanda Rossi, story consultant a.k.a. the Documentary Doctor

Beyond Broadcast Interviews: Prometheus Radio Project

A conversation with Prometheus Radio Project's Pete Tridish about the fight to keep low power radio alive for the community

Urbana Indymedia Barnraising in Urbana, IL (Photo: JJ Tiziou Photography)

In its 10th year, the Prometheus Radio Project has been building low power FM (LPFM) radio stations with farm workers, civil rights organizations, and neighborhood collectives -- basically any underdog community group that wants a slice of the increasingly consolidated media.

Beyond Broadcast: A Report from the Conference

Highlights from a conference that focuses on the state and future of public media

A segment from a map of the blogosphere from the Beyond Broadcast conference.

Randi Cecchine reports from the 3rd Annual Beyond Broadcast Conference held at SILVERDOCS with a series of interviews with community media leaders: Pete Tridish from the Prometheus Radio Project, Kevin Weston from New American Media, and Ivan Sigal from the United States Institute of Peace.

On June 17, 2008, I attended the 3rd Annual Beyond Broadcast Conference, titled “Mapping Public Media,” at American University. It was organized by the Center for Social Media and ran at the beginning of the week of SILVERDOCS Film Festival and Conference.

Beyond Broadcast Interviews: New American Media

A conversation with Kevin Weston, New American Media's director of new media and youth communication

A protest in LA (photo by Ryan Furtado)

Hand-picked as a valuable investment by the Ford Foundation, New American Media serves the more than 3,000 ethnic media outlets in the US by hosting conferences and roundtables and by connecting maintream outlets to the outlets run by and for ethnic communities. Kevin Weston reflects on the value of ethnic media and the benefits of multilingual polling.

Calling themselves “the first and largest collaboration of ethnic news organizations,” New American Media (NAM) represents a consortium of 3,000 ethnic media organizations, typically organized by ethnicity -- African American, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, and so on.

Beyond Broadcast Interviews: United States Institute of Peace

An interview with Ivan Sigal, a current fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, about how new media is changing war, peace, and the resolution of conflicts

Ivan Sigal (Photo by Joi)

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP), a nonprofit founded over 20 years ago, studies and supports peace. The organization focuses on conflict prevention, mediation, negotiation in conflict zones, and peace-building and stabilization.

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