Accomplishments in 2010?  Wishes and Resolutions for the New Year that's coming at us fast? Would love to hear yours...

And to start us off:  I'm so proud to belong to this Workshop Online community -- and hoping for funding support for the 2011 Producers Workshop, in Boston and online!

Happy Holidays to all, 
Judith

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I certainly hope you get the funding for the 2011 Producers Workshop. It is a great investment in PBS' future programming.
Thank you! And what's your wish for your own projects? We can cheer each other on!
Accomplishments in 2010:
"El Beisbol" was awarded a public media grant from Latino Public Broadcasting! Please see http://www.lpbp.org/press_2010_public_media_content_fund.php

No doubt all the great things I picked up at the workshop and all of the wonderful people I met there certainly helped. Also this year, to help support my independent documentary film habit, I have been field producing a 2-hour documentary special for BET's 30th anniversary special. It airs Dec. 19th. Then it's back in the field with my new own doc, "Axe Cop: Brothers In Arms."
Sands of Silence WIP comes back to Boston, this time screening at the Human Rights and Sex Trafficking Film Forum organized by BITAHR (Boston Initiative to Advance Human Rights) http://www.bitahrfilmforum.org/films/ this coming Sunday Dec. 2nd! Survivor Virginia Isaias (YES!) will be in attendance at the Q&A (those of you who know the story will know how much her coming out to the open means to me and to the doc!)
Also in the same Film Forum, my short Sold In America will be screening tomorrow Friday Dec. 3rd. Survivor Maria Suarez will be in attendance!
I was a guest speaker but the film forum coincided with an award my ailing father received today in Spain from the Crown Prince itself so I had to be with him:))
We have some fun news to share at Channel 2- one of our Changing Seas episodes won a Suncoast Regional Emmy this weekend! I was very happy because I invested a lot of time and effort into this particular show, which deals with the effect legacy contaminants are having on dolphins. http://changingseas.tv/episode202.html
As for wishes, I am keeping all of my fingers and toes crossed that our current funder will decide to come back for an additional year or two. And I definitely hope the same comes true for the Workshop! I hope everyone is enjoying the season.
Cheers,
Alexa

Just finishing up my latest project "Songs of the Colorado" which we are going to show here locally at the tribal community center.  Also received R & D funding from NAPT to get my next doc "Chasing Voices,"  about J.P. Harrington and the Native American language revitalization movement off the ground.  Still have a couple of funding requests from CCH and ITVS still pending, so my wish is to get the rest of the funding.  I to feel blessed to belong to this Workshop online community.  Good luck with the funding, Judith!

Glad to hear Harrington is getting traction, such a good project!  I'll keep fingers crossed.  And if any of you are making connections with CPB (Angie Palmer, Joseph Tovares, others) and wanted to put in a good word for Workshop 2011, it couldn't hurt!  best, Judith

This has certainly been a busy year! I've been putting my animation and music backgrounds to use in the digital publishing space. My company, See Here Studios, releaseed two iPad children's books this past year, and we worked on infrastructure to allow us to ramp up production in 2011. More details at the links below:

iPad Storybook: Snow Globes for the Holidays
iTunes link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/snow-globes-3d-3d-2d-interactive/id4...
Video trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUMikdQXGeQ
 
iPad Storybook: The Wrong Side of the Bed
iTunes link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/3d-storybook-the-wrong-side/id364898...
Video trailer: http://www.youtube.com/user/seeherestudios#p/u/6/K9du-zoZTgQ

 

Many thanks to Judith and the Producers Workshop Team for keeping us all connected!

Happy Holidays to all,

Valerie

Having fun working on my new documentary THE ANIMATED ADVENTURES OF JUDO GIRL, the story of Teshya Alo, a 13-year old judo and wrestling phenomenon from Hawai‘i.  The film mixes footage of real life Teshya with sequences of her as "Judo Girl," an animated character representing Teshya's inner thoughts and emotions.  We completed a fundraising trailer for the film this fall, which can be viewed on our page or at YouTube.  And we just secured fiscal sponsorship for the film through Women Make Movies.

In October, we followed Teshya and her sister to their first international competition, the Pan American Judo Championships, in Panama City, Panama.  Both girls swept their divisions, taking home gold .  Teshya and the film project were even featured in a TeamUSA.org article, the official website of the United States Olympic Committee.  Hoping to continue filming for the project (and perhaps launching another one too) in 2011!   Happy holidays to all!

It was a pleasure to work with fellow Workshopper Yoni Brook as directors of THE CALLING, which premiered last week on Independent Lens!  And for my stories I was also able to work with the husband of another Workshopper from my year 2005, Laura Murray -- Misho Stawnychy recorded much of the sound on my stories for the series.  A screening version of THE CALLING is playing in Community Cinemas around the country, and the whole four-hour series can be ordered on DVD or iTunes and check out the outreach campaign at whatsyourcalling.org.

Thanks to Judith for her encouragement and for all the inspiration from fellow Workshoppers!  Clips available on my website www.veracityproductions.com and details and photos on my page on this site.  Happy New Year!!

- Alicia Dwyer

 

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It was an exciting year in 2010 as I finished up my new feature documentary, "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone", which is about the musical group Fishbone and the social and cultural forces that gave rise to this pioneering Black punk rock band from South Central-Los Angeles.

After we recorded the film's narration with Laurence Fishburne in the Spring we had our world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival.  It went gangbusters as we packed the house at all three scheduled screenings so they added a fourth encore screening, which put a smile to the face.  Plus Variety's review of the film was pretty great.  Since then we've continued to screen the film at festivals around the world, all the while picking up a few Best Documentary Awards and preparing for our theatrical release this Summer.

It's been a fun ride so far, but we still have some hustling to do and are currently putting our efforts into securing a national broadcast with PBS, so keep your fingers crossed and keep on rocking!

Chris

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