Social Justice and Web Series at Filmfest DC

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If your looking for a fun little excursion and have a hankering for a different kind of cinema, check out the Filmfest DC. They’re collection, which plays till Sunday the 21st, is pretty impressive with over 80 features, documentaries and shorts from all corners of the earth. Word Wizards, Inc. of course loves docs, since their so jam packed with talking heads footage which means transcription, but encourages visitors to see all the festival has to offer. The festival which takes place at various commercial theaters throughout Washington, D.C. have a program that can be downloaded from the website at http://www.filmfestdc.org/filmlist.cfm  

Social Justice

One of the unique highlights of the festival includes a Justice Matters Focus group of documentaries which uses the powerful medium of film to take a look at important social justice issues. Some of the subjects include affordable aids treatment, life in refugee camps, global change through entrepreneurship and protecting indigenous people. Word Wizards. Inc, loves these documentaries for a few reasons since they not only bring important topics to the masses that might be over looked, but also use lots of interview footage which requires transcription to great effect. For more information, check out their link here: http://www.filmfestdc.org/filmListSel.cfm?selSeries=Justice%20Matters 

Another unique panel looks at the outstanding quality of the different web series’s produced in the DC area entitled Best of the D.C. Web Series. Over the past decade a number of made for the internet shows, called webisodes, have sprung up in the area. They tend be the length of an average television show and are becoming increasingly popular since they’re cheap to make and can be distributed so easily. While they are intended for the internet, they are still make via the conventional production means. This entails shooting it with a camera which is followed  by plenty of transcription, logging and editing. For more info: http://www.filmfestdc.org/highlights.cfm  

Film festival’s like Filmfest DC are important since they give a voice to many films that otherwise would not be able to find an audience. Yes, some things like the internet and video sharing sites have made self distribution easier than before but its still tough to get them in front of people. Film festivals take only the best which means audiences have a certain quality to look forward to and that filmmakers have better chances to be recognized. To find out about all the screenings and films, check out the Filmfest DC website at  http://www.filmfestdc.org/.

 

 

 




A Festival Orson Welles Would Be Proud Of

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Most people have seen the film Citizen Kane and know of the famous director Orson Welles who was known for both his talent and his sometimes erratic behavior. He is however still regarded as one of the greatest film directors, one who had an absolute vision of what he wanted and was usually not open to suggestions.

Rosebud

I think the Rosebud Film and Video Festival in some ways carries on his spirit in that it has a very specific goal in mind. The festival, which celebrated its 22nd year this past January, only takes submissions from local DC, Virginia and Maryland filmmakers and producers. Their aim is to honor the truly creative, innovative and unusual works made entirely with in the local video production community and seek to promote all aspects of this business from writing, directing, transcribing, audio engineering, producing and everything in between.
Natasha

The festival’s founder Natasha Reatig founded the festival way back in 1991. Natasha, who worked for the dept. of Health and Human Services for much of her career, sought to  create an event that put the focus on local work and talent. Today Arlington Independent Media runs the festival but their goal is till the same.  They are a nonprofit public access membership organization who’s mission is to provide the community with training workshops and professional facilities.

Arlington Indepndent Media

To check out the festival’s website visit: http://www.arlingtonmedia.org/rosebud 

To read up more on Natasha Reatig, go to her site at: http://www.natashareatig.com/about_me.php 

To see some of Arlington Independent Media’s work, visit them here: http://www.arlingtonmedia.org/