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Risky business
August 1, 2005

Risky business

Factual filmmakers are by nature an intrepid bunch, often trekking around the world to capture a story. But before setting out on their next adventure, doc-makers should check out Aon Insurance’s 2005 Risks in Global Filmmaking Map, which measures corruption, crime, kidnap and ransom, disease and medical care risks. It also evaluates terrorism and political risks; based on the number of incidents between March, 2004 and February, 2005, Iraq, India and Nepal ranked as the top three terrorist locations.

Video Volunteers

Docs can play a powerful role in social change, but it’s not just what’s on screen that counts. Video Volunteers in New York matches filmmakers with NGOs, not only to produce films that will educate and advocate, but to pass on skills that enable underserved communities to continue to use film as a tool for change. Projects are typically two- to four-month commitments. This fall, programs will begin in Kenya, Brazil and India, where eight women from slum communities will create a video magazine for a local cable network.

The dirtiest joke

Controversy or strategy? In mid-July, U.S. chain AMC Theaters said it wouldn’t screen Paul Provenza’s buzzy Sundance doc The Artistocrats, and distrib ThinkFilm is claiming censorship. The film, which opens across the U.S. on August 12, has no nudity, sex or violence, but features comedians telling their versions of an old Vaudeville joke – which often means using expletives to be, well, explicit. Anticipating trouble back in January, Provenza told RealScreen, ‘Michael Moore thought he was going to change the election. This movie is much humbler than that. It’s just a fucking movie. Having controversy over this movie would be a waste of everyone’s time – even if it were to sell tickets.’

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.