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Stephen Johnson on June 18th, 2006 at 10:12 am 

Great site! Can you give a shout out for The Forgotten Birds Documentary in production.

This is the story of one of the best minor league Baseball teams ever and in the International League called the Baltimore Orioles from 1903 through 1953. Yes, Baltimore had minor league Baseball for nearly 50 years and they won 9 IL Championships and three little World Series. This is where two Maryland born Hall of Famers got their start Babe Ruth, & Robert Lefty Grove plus many ballplayers went to the big leagues from these teams.

They paved the way for Major League coming back to Baltimore in 1954. One note to remember they had more attendance in a couple games then the Major League World Series in 1944 of the Browns/Cardinals with over 50,000 plus fans!

Also a song was made for the doc called The Forgotten Birds of Baltimore by Baltimore natives Jimmy Keenan and Executive Producer of the documentary Stephen Johnson.

Stephen Johnson

Gonzalo de Pedro on July 2nd, 2006 at 9:52 am 

I leave you here the information of another documentary film festival. Thanks and congratulations, we love your blog!

“Punto de Vista”, the Navarra International Documentary Film Festival, is now inviting submissions for the next edition of the festival which will take place 23th February – 3rd March 2007, in Pamplona (Spain). Rules and application form are available in the festival’s website .

The competition is open to participation by documentaries of any nationality made after 1st of June 2005. Fiction, institutional or publicity films will not be admitted, nor reports or works of a journalistic nature.

There are no limits with regard to subject matter, length or original language.

The “Punto de Vista” Documentary Film Festival is a space for celebrating, discovering and analysing the form of cinema generically grouped under the heading of ‘documentary’. It is held annually in Pamplona (Spain) in February.


The deadlines for receiving the films are the following ones:

-Films produced between the 1st of June 2005 and the 1st of August 2006: 10th of AUGUST 2006.
-Films produced from the 1st of August 2006 on: 9th of NOVEMBER 2006.


The Navarra International Documentary Film Festival has the following awards:

Official Prizes:

– “Punto de Vista” First Prize for the best film: 9.000 euro
– Prize Jean Vigo for the best Director: 5.000 euro
– First Prize for the best short film: 3.500 euro

Special Prizes:

– The Audience’s Special Prize for the best film: 2.500 euro
– Special mentions: The Jury will be able to award up to three special mentions, worth 1.000 euro each.

Should “Punto de Vista” First Prize be awarded to a short film, Prize for the best short film will not be awarded at all and its sum will be kept for the Jury in order to increase the sum of the Special Mentions or to award new ones.

V. Jaeger on July 4th, 2006 at 8:59 am 

‘Blood Of Eden’ Gets Green Light

“Blood Of Eden”, a new feature film documentary written and directed by Ziad Hamzeh, has begun principal photography in Washington, DC and Damascus, Syria. Conjuring up the visual feeling of the classic battle scenes and majestic beauty of Arabia that was masterfully created by David Lean in “Lawrence Of Arabia”, “Blood Of Eden” follows, explores and experiences the lives of extraordinary Arab women as they raise the stakes in the fight against religious fanaticism, societal barriers, political domination and archaic traditions all aimed to curtail the freedom of Arab women.

Ziad H Hamzeh writer/director of the highly acclaimed film “ The Letter: An American Town and the Somali Invasion” has taken on a new powerful and very personal project entitled “Blood Of Eden” to be shot this July in Syria, London, and the USA. The project will be completed in December 2006.

The film is produced by Hamzeh, Bert Brown and Marc Sandler. “Blood Of Eden” is a feature length documentary intended to be shown in USA movie theatres in limited release followed by distribution to TV broadcast and cable networks throughout the world. The film’s focus will be to examine the struggles and triumphs of extraordinary women of Syrian descent and their unique achievements. Producers Sandler and Brown stated that:” Mr. Hamzeh, a Syrian/ American Filmmaker, is uniquely qualified to bring such a project to fruition. In Damascus, Ziad grow up among six sisters and had the advantage of seeing their struggle from a truthful point view that allowed him an internal understanding of the real issues that face Syrian women. His growing up in his adopted country in the USA gives him an advantage of communicating a more universal look at women’s issues. Like the majority of his earlier work in theatre and film, Ziad will continue the pursuit of bringing women’s issues to the forefront”.

The story will concentrate on the activist female as she fearlessly continues to create awareness and advance the cause of rights for Arab women – from securing formal acknowledgements throughout the Arab world that women should be afforded basic human rights, to waging an international battle defending the integrity of the real Arab female, all accomplished with the firm hand of diplomacy and the power of her reach. One of the female stars is Bouthaina Shaaban, a passionate writer, teacher, and a diplomat. She clearly defines the “enemy” and passionately pursues a course for positive change.

Her courage is clearly exhibited in her writings and her means tend to be very effective. Her humanitarian stand is ever present in her actions in Syria and abroad. This film will encompass the magic that is Bouthaina and the spirit of the justice she seeks. Her sword is sharper than a razor and yet her sense of humanity runs deeper than a great many like her. Her presence is all encompassing while her humility is prophet-like. It is this humility and tolerance that raises people’s hopes, fed by the spring of her passion in her quest for a better tomorrow for our children. Her path to victory is by touching the souls of those silent, invoking the strengths of the courageous, and shedding light onto those whose hearts are in darkness.

Debra Markowitz on August 3rd, 2006 at 8:13 am 

The Long Island Film/TV Foundation and the Nassau County Film Office will be hosting the LI Big Fish Film Festival from October 16-19,2006. We are seeking entries that have been shot on Long Island or shot by someone who lives on Long Island. Filmmakers and films could have been in this past summer’s Film Expo but not have won an award. Long Island includes Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties. Request for entries are untill August 31, 2006. Fees for shorts films (less than an hour) are $15 and fees for feature films (an hour or more) are $30.

Fred Andrews on August 5th, 2006 at 9:54 am 

The Jubilee is accepting short documentaries of 30 minutes or less on any topic for its 11th celebration of independent film (April 12-16, 2007). Entry guidelines and forms are availalble at or through There are multiple deadlines with the extended deadline of December 10, 2006.

Best documentary will win $1000 of Kodak film stock and be eligible for the Best of Fest Prize of $5000 cash sponsored by TimeWarner Cable.

Fred Andrews on August 5th, 2006 at 10:01 am 

CinemaJAZZ 2007 is seeking both short and feature length films inspired by Jazz. This is a special program of the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee and will be held April 20-22, 2007. Top films will become part of the permanent collection of the Americn Jazz Museum and the Mutual Musicians Foundation.

There are multiple deadlines with the extended deadline of December 10, 2006.

Go to for entry guidelines and forms. You may also enter via – look under Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee.

Caleb on September 4th, 2006 at 2:26 pm 

I used your site a lot while making my first self-funded 48 minute documentary film for festival submission. I just wrote an article about my experience with lots of documentation and linked you guys up at the bottom. Thanks. Hope it helps other other filmmakers

Caleb on September 4th, 2006 at 2:29 pm 

(Sorry for the double posting, the last one had a typo in the link)

I used your site a lot while making my first self-funded 48 minute documentary film for festival submission. I just wrote an article about my experience with lots of documentation and linked you guys up at the bottom. Thanks. Hope it helps other other filmmakers

T. Fraser on September 20th, 2006 at 10:03 pm 

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Two words of advice from the PR side of the business for when you begin researching representatives. Due Diligence.


The Latino comedy revolution has taken the entertainment industry by storm. In an uproarious new documentary/concert film, audiences share in the struggles and successes of three pioneering Latino comedians who started it all over twenty-five years ago.

The Latin Legends of Comedy is an award-winning, independent release starring New York City’s first Latino stand-up comics Joey Vega, JJ Ramirez and Angel Salazar and is set for its theatrical release on Friday, September 29th at City Cinemas Village East in New York City.

With recent concert footage shot at the club where the trio got their start, the Comic Strip Live in New York City, The Latin Legends of Comedy chronicles the journey of these longtime friends as they break down the doors of the comedy establishment while providing a previously unheard voice for the Hispanic community.

Director Ray Ellin, who also produced the film, was compelled to tell this story after having seen, over many years, the impact these comics had on the industry.

“The more I saw these great comedians, the more it bothered me that despite their individual successes and achievements they were still flying under the radar,” explained Ellin from his New York office. “That was my main motivation for making the film. I wanted to help these talented guys achieve their well-deserved success in the industry while letting audiences know what hardships they had to face as trail blazers.”

The Latin Legends of Comedy features uncensored performances by Vega (who tours with Chris Rock and Marc Anthony), Salazar (“In Living Color,” “Carlito’s Way,” “Scarface”) and Ramirez (a regular on Comedy Central, Showtime and BET) and has been hailed as “wildly funny” by the New York Daily News and “a human force of laughter” by the Las Vegas Sun.

The film has shown a universal appeal with audiences of all ages. “We once held a screening at a film festival where the audience consisted of 200 Canadian Jews, all of whom were over the age of fifty,” laughed Ellin, who is also a successful stand-up comedian. “Not having one Latino or anyone born after the hula hoop was invented in the crowd made me nervous but their laughter told me that the movie has something for everyone. The humor crosses over.”

Adds Angel Salazar, who escaped from Cuba at the age of 12 by swimming to the American side, “Finally, a movie about Latinos, for Latinos, and starring Latinos. And it only took one passionate Jewish guy to make it happen.”

Coinciding with National Hispanic Heritage Month, The Latin Legends of Comedy public sneak preview opens on Friday, September 29th at City Cinemas Village East, located at 181 Second Avenue at 12th Street in New York and continues through Thursday, October 5th. Ticket prices are $10.75 and are available at the box office or through

A Q&A with the director and stars (schedules permitting) will follow each of the evening screenings.

My thanks to the Staff and Organization for their efforts.

Maxx22 on October 22nd, 2009 at 2:22 pm 

The split is of course awkward at best. ,

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