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There's always something great going on at the Maine Media Workshops, a fantastic educational center to hone your craft in filmmaking, photography, multi-media and design located in lovely Rockport, Maine. Next week, they are tapping the local talent by hosting a workshop on documentary financing and distribution with filmmaker and rep extraordinaire Louise Rosen!
Hats off to Channel 4 BRITDOC for taking on the huge challenge of tracking what kind of difference a documentary can make!

When I was at film school, they called it killing your children.

From July 28 through July 30, Northeast Historic Film in Bucksport, Maine is hosting its 12thAnnual Summer Symposium: “Das Wunderkino: A Cinematic Cabinet of Curiosities.” With presentations on peepshow phenomenology, magician/taylor/filmmakers, laryngoscopes, amateur-made trick films, 1980s Australian youth culture, and much more, this is a conference that sounds like it will mentally transport participants even farther than the 227 miles it takes to get there from Boston.
Most people have a summer reading list. I have a summer screening list. Which, thanks to Mike Stoltz, has just gotten longer. LEF Flaherty Fellow Mike Stoltz gives us his "must see" list from the seminar.
Please share in the Flaherty glow. Jesse Epstein shines it brightly!
It’s our first big chunk of downtime at the Flaherty Seminar.  We’ve seen some great work so far and started some interesting discussions.
I've arrived at the 57th annual Flaherty Seminar and just finished our first round of orientations for Fellows - about 28 interesting people coming from all over the U.S. (though Brooklyn is a little over-represented!) and Latin America. As I write, the other 100+ filmmakers, critics, and programmers are arriving - and our first happy hour begins soon. I'm looking forward to watching dozens of documentary films this week... and to the legendary discussions to follow.
I had the privilege of attending a tribute to Ricky Leacock over the weekend at MIT's Media Lab. The program was filled with honest, funny, and moving stories from those who knew him best - his collaborators, his students, and, of course, his beloved family.
Last weekend I headed out to the Chicago Underground Film Festival, which was was a great experience. One refreshing thing was seeing shorts of different genres programmed together, instead of separated bycategory dividers between documentary, narrative and experimental films.

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