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Extra: LESFF unveils line-up; NFB calls emerging doc makers

Lower East Side Film Festival reveals line-up Ali Weinstein‘s Mermaids is slated to close the seventh annual Lower East Side Film Festival (LESFF). LESFF features the innovative work of creative, up-and-coming filmmakers, ...
May 29, 2017

Lower East Side Film Festival reveals line-up

Ali Weinstein‘s Mermaids is slated to close the seventh annual Lower East Side Film Festival (LESFF).

LESFF features the innovative work of creative, up-and-coming filmmakers, showcasing those films from June 8 to 15 across New York City’s Lower East Side.

Weinsten’s Mermaids (pictured), which is exec produced by Ron Mann and enjoyed its world premiere at Hot Docs, traces the lives of five women part of a growing “mermaiding” subculture. The film holds its U.S. premiere on June 15 at Sunshine Cinema at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Further documentaries screening at the New York-set festival include Academy Award-winning director Frederic Bohbot‘s Kosher Love, a thought-provoking look at love and relationships in the Orthodox Jewish World; Serena Dykman‘s Nana, a transgenerational doc in which the filmmaker retraces her grandmother’s Auschwitz survival story; and Aaron Feldman’s world premiering Poop Talk, in which 50 comedians – including Adam Carolla, Nikki Glaser and Eric Stonestreet – explore how society deals with poop.

LESFF will also hold a “Writing The Documentary Screenplay” panel with featuring David Riker (Dirty Wars), Sarah Burns (The Central Park Five), Jeremy Chilnick (Rats, Greatest Movie Ever Sold) and Nelson George (Hip-Hop Evolution). The Writers Guild of America East president Michael Winship will moderate.

NFB calls on emerging Saskatchewan filmmakers

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and Doc Lab Saskatchewan has put out a call for emerging creators across the province of Saskatchewan with an interest in documentary shorts.

Doc Lab Saskatchewan will bring three emerging creators into a professional production environment to write, shoot, and edit their short documentary ideas.

Three winning finalists — from Saskatoon, Regina and rural Saskatchewan — will work with NFB producers and mentors beginning Sept. 4 to create a five- to seven-minute short, which will be launched in November 2017. Winners will also travel to NFB’s Montreal headquarters for final post-production.

Doc Lab Saskatchewan is a partnership between Creative Saskatchewan, Paved Arts in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative in Regina.

Deadline for applications is July 14.

Interdoc 2017 calls for submissions

The seventh annual International Documentary Masterclass has called on students, film and television professionals to submit documentary projects for Interdoc 2017.

Organized by the Independent Film Centre since 2011, Interdoc serves as a 10-day documentary skills development workshop in which emerging filmmakers are provided with guidance through scriptwriting and directing by prominent Serbian doc directors Dragan Elcic and Mladen Maticevic.

Interdoc 2017 runs Aug. 17 to 27 in Pozega, Serbia.

Deadline for applications is June 10.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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