Upcoming Deadlines and News
TWN is now
on the 5th floor at 545 Eighth Avenue -
come visit us in our new space on the 5th floor, Suite 550!
HARVEST OF EMPIRE now in theaters !
The film HARVEST OF
EMPIRE won the ABC News VideoSource Award at the IDA Documentary Awards 2012,
and is now being screened theatrically.
HARVEST OF EMPIRE reveals the direct
connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and
today’s immigration crisis. Watch the trailer.
For theatrical screening info. For sales info.
The Other Town, Winner of Best Historical Documentary at the Greek Film
THE OTHER TOWN won Best Historical Documentary at the Greek
Film Festival Chicago. Congratulations to film director Nefin Dinç for this
well-deserved achievement! In THE OTHER TOWN, Greek award-winning writer
Hercules Millas and Turkish award-winning filmmaker Nefin Dinç join forces to
document the mutual contempt between the locals of two towns, Dimitsana in the
Peloponnese region of Greece and Birgi in western Turkey. Through candid
interviews with young students and senior citizens, this documentary film
explores the ways in which hostile relations between the people of Greece and
Turkey exist not so much due to their turbulent past history, but due to
contemporary nationalistic mentalities and education. Watch the trailer.
Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 Won Audience Award
for Best Documentary at the Barcelona G&L Film Festival
Third World Newsreel is pleased to announce that AUDRE
LORDE- THE BERLIN YEARS 1984 TO 1992 won the Audience Award for the Best
Documentary at the Barcelona G&L Film Festival. Congratulations to film director
Dagmar Schultz for this well-deserved achievement! AUDRE LORDE- THE BERLIN YEARS
1984 TO 1992 explores a little-known chapter of feminist activist poet Lorde’s prolific life, a period
in which she helped ignite the Afro-German Movement and made lasting
contributions to the German political and cultural scene before and after the
fall of the Berlin Wall and the German reunification. Watch the trailer on TWN’s
The 2013 Spring Evening Workshops - Finished April 25th
Besides its intensive TWN Production Workshop, TWN also sponsors a walk-in
series of workshops on various production topics. All are either sliding scale
or free, and presented at various locations. Stay tuned for next fall!
See this past spring's lineup below.
Thursday, March 28th at 6:30 PM - Sound Workshop- getting Decent Sound
with JT Takagi
Basic concepts, how to's, best practices and what to get - for the emerging indy filmmaker - and the already there filmmaker who has questions. Featuring new gear courtesy of Professional Sound Services. Location: TWN office, 545 Eighth Ave, Suite 550 (37/38 street)
Thursday, April 4th at 6:30 PM - Planning your Transmedia Production and Social Media Outreach with Ann Bennett
Ann Bennett is a documentary producer for the PBS film currently in
post-production, "Through A Lens Darkly" and a transmedia
producer for the national multimedia community engagement initiative, "Digital
Diaspora Family Reunion". This one-night workshop will include tips and
techniques for starting on your social media plan and configuring your doc for
various media platforms. and digital projects.
Location - Domestic Workers United, 10 West 37th Street, Suite 4W.
A Cosponsored workshop by Third World Newsreel and Domestic Workers United.
Thursday, April 11th at 6:30 PM - Working in the Props Department - and making "Changing Face of Harlem" with Shawn Batey
Shawn Batey, TWN workshop alum, is a long time Props Assistant for television, commercials and feature films, on shows including 30 Rock, Miracle's Boys, Inside Man, Chicago Hope, Law and Order and more. On top of this, she is also an award winning filmmaker. Her work includes Hair-Tage, Through My Eyes, 60+, Making the World Feel Better, and more. Shawn's films have screened at festivals and museums, and she is currently finishing her documentary, "Changing Face of Harlem", which is in the middle of an Indiegogo campaign for final finishing costs. Shawn will talk about how one gets into the industry in fields like Props, and how does one balance being an independent filmmaker at the same time. FREE!
Location: Maysles Institute, 343 Lenox Ave, NY (btwn 127 and 128 st) #2,3 to 125th street.
A Cosponsored workshop with
Thursday, April 18th at 6:30 PM - Distribution and Marketing - what you need to plan before you shoot. with Roselly Torres.
Roselly Torres is the Director of Distribution and Marketing at Third World Newsreel, and previously worked at LAVA (Latin America Video Archives) She will talk about what filmmakers need to be working on even before they produce their project, and how to prepare oneself to distribute and market your film.
NEW Location - at Third World Newsreel, 545 Eighth Ave, Suite 550 @ 38th street
Thursday, April 25th at 6:30 PM - Keeping your Films and Original tapes/Files - How are you going to Save them? - with the Activist Archivists
Members of the Activist Archivist Group will talk about what filmmakers need to consider when thinking about preserving their materials for future access - what will you do with your film, Umatic 3/4", VHS, DVs, DVDs - and even the files you shoot now? Plus - what does an activist archivist do?
LOCATION: El Barrio Firehouse Community Center,
175 E 104th Street New York, NY 10029 (Between Lexington and 3rd
Aves)Phone: 212-757-2670-- FREE!
A Cosponsored workshop with MNN El Barrio Firehouse
MORE TO COME!
All workshops except for those marked "FREE" are
suggested $20 (sliding scale for low income/students)
RSVP by emailing email@example.com
212 947-9277 x 15
For info on locations and registration, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
TWN Seeks Graphic Design & Final Cut Pro Interns
If you have graphic design or Final Cut Pro experience, live in New York City and
need to add more credits to your resume, please apply to our internship program
at Third World Newsreel. Send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com and
America's Media Makers: Development and Production Grants
The Division of Public Programs at the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities
funds radio, television, and digital projects in the humanities that are intended
for public audiences.
Deadline: August 14, 2013
Development Grants -More Info
Production Grants - More Info
NYSCA Grants to Individual Artists
To apply for a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, you must apply
through a non-profit. If you are interested in applying through Third World
Newsreel, you must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 3rd.
June 3, 2013
LPB's Public Media Content Fund
The Public Media Content Fund (PMCF) is an open
invitation to independent producers to submit proposals for a program, limited
series or short web-based digital video projects (no longer than 20 minutes) on
any subject that relates to or is representative of Latino Americans that is
appropriate for public television and/or one of its platforms.
June 3, 2013, 5:00 PM
POV Call for Entries
POV, public television's premier showcase for
independent, nonfiction film seeks programs from all perspectives to showcase in
its annual PBS series. All subjects, aesthetic approaches and lengths are
Deadline: June 28, 2013
MacArthur Foundation Documentary Film Grants
MacArthur's goal in media grantmaking is to provide
the public with high-quality, professionally-produced documentary films, deep
and analytical journalism, and well-produced news and public affairs
Deadline: July 31, 2013
Black Public Media/National Black Programming Consortium Submissions
National Geographic Society's All Roads Film Project Seed Grants
BPM/NBPC has a legacy of proudly supporting
producers and digital media storytellers who represent the global Black
The All Roads Film Project is a
multimedia festival and grants program dedicated to providing a platform for indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture storytellers from around the
world. The objectives are to showcase works by these artists to promote
knowledge, dialogue, and understanding with a broader global audience.
Deadline: 15th of each March, June, September, and December.
Grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to individual film and video artists
living in New York City who work in the genres of experimental, narrative,
animation, and documentary production.
Ford FoundationFord has announced its Social Issue Film Funding Initiative. A total of
approximately $16 million will be given through an open-application process to
filmmakers and mediamakers around the world who are working to create
documentaries that address urgent social issues.
ITVS International Initiative
The International Initiative was created to give U.S.audiences access to international stories and voices on American television and new media platforms. International funding is only available to independent filmmkaers who are neither U.S. citizens nor residents of the U.S.
The Dottin-Fasulo-Perez Memorial Workshop Fund
(TWN) family suffered three tremendous losses in 2010 with the passing of some
extraordinary workshop alumni: Jennifer Fasulo, Miriam Akoma Perez, and Laura
Dottin. As families, friends, activists and media arts communities heal from
these tragic losses, we also want to pay tribute to these strong and talented
women. Please see our memorial section below to read about their lives and work.
The leadership of Third World Newsreel has created the Dottin-Fasulo-Perez
Memorial Workshop Fund which will provide funding for the TWN Workshops. All
three of these women were accomplished media makers whose lives had been changed
by participation in TWN Workshops, a 34 year old program that has trained
hundreds of socially committed filmmakers. What more fitting way to pay tribute
than to facilitate the path for other emerging socially conscious filmmakers to
learn their craft? The Board of Directors of Third World Newsreel hopes that all
who can, will make a generous contribution for the 2011 calendar year to support
the Dottin-Fasulo-Perez Memorial Workshop Fund. To donate online, or for
information on making donations, please go to our
Announcing the TWN Film Preservation Fund
Third World Newsreel is working with the Preservation Committee of the
original Newsreel film collective to preserve many of the original Newsreel
films. Numerous historic short activist films were made in the late 60's and
early 70's - from Columbia Revolt
to Break and Enter
that are at
We recently finished the preservation of the films "Make Out" about a young
woman's inner thoughts during a date, and "Janie's Janie", an
important but rarely seen documentary shot in Newark by Geri Ashur, Marilyn
Mulford, Stephanie Palewski and others. It follows a woman who comes to see the
need to organize against a system that oppresses her at every turn - because she
is poor, divorced and a woman. An early feminist film, this project is deeply
personal and complex. These two films were preserved with the support of New York Women in
Film and Television's Women's Film Preservation Fund. NYWIFT also
help support the preservation of "The Women's Film" a classic early women's
We need your help to restore our other films, like "Columbia Revolt".
This film and other high caliber historic documentaries are at risk of being
lost for ever! It is critical that we preserve the early TWN films for future
generations of students, scholars, activists and audiences. To donate online, or
for information on making donations, please go to our
H2A Partners With Third World Newsreel on Indie Distribution Label, H2ONewsreel
The Hip-Hop Association (H2A) has been working with Third World Newsreel (TWN)
through a partnership called H2ONewsreel, to provide the Best in
Hip-Hop Media, Education, and Culture.
H2O NEWSREEL is poised to be the leading Hip-Hop multi-media independent
developer and distribution outlet. It acquires media projects and facilitates
the creation of curriculums and study guides for the education and urban entertainment markets.
H2ONEWSREEL offers among the most competitive percentage agreement to independent filmmakers
and split profits on a non-exclusive agreement. Formed in September 2008,
H2ONEWSREEL is now releasing its titles to the international educational sector.
H2ONEWSREEL is featuring documentaries including: Masizakhe: Building Each
Other (US/S. Africa), Frekuensia Kolombiana (Colombia), and an award winning
short series collection. o year-round exhibitions at different venues throughout
the US and internationally. Through online partnerships, we promote
upcoming screenings, trailers and shorts. Filmmakers whose projects are aligned with the
H2O NEWSREEL mission will be selected to work closely with staff members on
their marketing campaigns, programming and distribution goals, so that the H2A
can offer more cultivation and resources.
For more information on H2ONewsreel, go to the
James Allen Thigpen, Jr., passed suddenly Wednesday, January 13, 2010
in Columbus, Ohio. Fondly known as Jim, he was born May 28, 1950 in Columbus. He
is preceded in death by father , James A. Thigpen, Sr. He is survived by mother,
Louise of Columbus; sister Dorothy of Brooklyn, NY; brothers Steve (Veda) of
Columbus, Barry (Riccarda) of Franklin, TN, Robert (Molly) of New Albany, OH,
and life companion of 38 years, Larry J. Willis of Columbus, along with a host
of cousins, nieces and nephews. Jim graduated from East High School and with
honors from Ohio State University, with a degree in Psychology. He resided and
worked in a number of professional capacities in Columbus and New York City, and
owned a computer software development business. But Jim’s longest efforts were
on behalf of people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Throughout New York State, he was widely recognized as an effective advocate for
the principles of equal protection, justice and fairness for all. He had a great
passion for the arts, the internet, Web and software development. He developed
e-commerce websites and database applications for non-profit art and government
entities. Colleagues and friends describe Jim as always kind, empathetic,
sincere, respectful, and loyal toward every person. His kindness and compassion
will live in our hearts forever. The crew at Third World Newsreel remains
devastated by this loss. Jim was our beloved friend, co-worker, webmaster - in
fact he designed our upgraded website - and he was our consummate
a member of the 2010 Production Workshop, passed away October
25th, 2010, after a long illness. Laura was truly a passionate and dedicated
activist starting with her involvement with C.O.R.E. as a student during the
sixties. An anti-war activist, Laura was a founding member of the Black Student
Union at SUNY New Paltz and worked with migrant workers in the area. Later,
Laura became Vice Chairperson of Organization of Staff Analysis, a group that
fought and won collective bargaining rights for workers. She also worked with
organizations such as the African National Reparations Organization, Brooklyn
Neighborhood Improvement Association, National Black United Front, and the
Patrice Lumumba Coalition. For over a decade Laura worked with the African and
Caribbean Resource Center, producing community forums and radio programs. She
traveled extensively to Cuba, Grenada and Canada representing the organization.
Her media work started in the 80’s with WBAI-FM where she was a volunteer and
researcher for “Behind The News” and continued with her starting and
co-producing, with three other colleagues, the monthly news magazine “Cuba in
Focus” which still airs today. Laura also produced at WBAI the news magazine
“Caribbean Perspective”. A self proclaimed “computer geek”, Laura worked
professionally with computers as a manager of a computer support group. Her long
involvement with video and audio started in the 80’s where she documented and
recorded community activities and political struggles. Laura truly saw the
interrelationship of various media, computer technology, and the internet as a
means and tool for political activity. Her desire to be a storyteller and to
produce documentaries that spoke to our place in the world was her motivation to
be in the Production Workshop. To quote her, “I think every life is interesting
and instructive – it is the storyteller who must capture the essence”. Laura's
compassion and love for other people was always evident and she will be missed.
A memorial was held October 31st, 2010 in Brooklyn.
Miriam 'Sa'uuda Akoma Nsoroma' Perez
passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, August 24, 2010 in Ka'apuli, Hawaii,
while on vacation. Born in Brooklyn, Miriam is survived by her loving and
talented daughter, Maryam Afiya Perez, devoted friend Dorothy Thigpen, her
sisters and her brothers, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear
friends, including TWN's staff. Miriam and her daughter Afiya are part of the
Third World Newsreel family. Miriam was a beloved teacher of English and
Literature at Cobble Hill High School, and was one semester away from receiving
her Masters of Arts in Media Studies and Film from the New School of Social
Research. Miriam was also an accomplished writer, artist and documentary
filmmaker, and was awarded a Development Cohort grant from the Fledgling Fund in
2009 for her current documentary project, HOLLER. Her first film Walking with
FUREE, is part of Third World Newsreel's Call for Change Series and has screened
at the Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the
Brooklyn Academy of Music and many more national and international venues.
Miriam was an alumna of Third World Newsreel's Film and Video Production
Workshop. Miriam was passionate about using her artistic skills to address
social justice and fairness for all. As an avid believer in the Buddhist
principles of moral thought and action, Miriam was compassionate, loving, kind
and generous to all and always spiritually positive in her life pursuits. Her
beauty and intelligence will be missed and never forgotten by all. Memorial
services were held on September 3, 2010, at The Church Of The Open Door, in
Jennifer Fasulo A tragic accident in the summer of 2010 took from us
a committed and talented filmmaker, Jennifer Fasulo. An esteemed alumna of the
TWN Production Workshop, Jennifer was dedicated to feminism and social justice
activism, a testament to her integrity and compassion. Her first video, Women’s
Struggles For Freedom In Iraq (co-produced with Liz Miller), was selected for
the World Social Forum Film Festival in 2003. For several years she worked as an
Assistant Producer for Joy of Resistance: Multi-Cultural Feminist Radio at WBAI
Community Radio in NYC. Her writing has appeared in Women's ENews, ZNet,
Salon.com and the radical feminist journal Rain and Thunder. Her 2009 workshop
documentary, PRIMETIME: Fighting Back Against Foreclosure (with co-producer
Manauvaskar Kublall) is a strikingly human and concise explanation of the
subprime mortgage crisis and its disproportionate impact on families of color.
The video screened at the MoMA Doc Fortnight in 2009 and is being used by many
communities and classrooms today. We will miss her big smile, bright intellect,
talent and great heart at Third World Newsreel.