Call for Contributors for Agnes Films

From: denah johnston (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Mar 17 2010 - 18:38:38 PDT

My friend Alex is working on launching this site and I thought some
Frameworkers might be interested in contributing - I think it especially
important to have experimental/non-narrative voices represent.

Should you be interested in this project feel free to tell Alex I sent you!

Best Wishes,

Denah A. Johnston

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From: Alexandra Hidalgo <email suppressed>
Date: Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 7:55 PM
Subject: Call for Contributors

We are looking for contributions to, a new website for women
interested in making documentary films for both personal and professional

We seek articles from female filmmakers that will give advice to beginning
filmmakers. This site will cater to women starting their cinematic journey
at two different levels: making films for personal use or work to be
screened at festivals and other venues.

We invite contributions on the following topics:

   - Cinematography
   - Lighting
   - Sound
   - Editing
   - Equipment
   - Makeup
   - Soundtrack
   - Copyright/Legal Advice
   - Location/Subject Permission Forms
   - Interviewing Techniques
   - Funding
   - Filmmaking Narratives (first movie, disaster experiences, success
   stories, being a woman in the industry, etc.)
   - Profiles of women who have helped shape the history of film

 Contributions should be between 200 and 1000 words and accompanied by a 50
to 100-word bio and an author's picture. Photographs, screenshots and videos
can be used as illustrations when necessary. All contributors will be able
to give visibility to their personal websites and mention their own work in
their bios. is named in honor of Agnès Varda, the French filmmaker who
has been making women-centered documentaries and fiction films for over 50
years. Varda, in spite of the high quality of her work, remains an obscure
figure to audiences around the world. This is not surprising, since the film
industry is not always supportive of women who want to work behind, as
opposed to in front of, the camera. According to the 2009 Celluloid Ceiling
report, women accounted for only 9% of directors in 2008, with 22% of films
not employing women in any of the key production roles, while no films
failed to employ men in those positions.

In an effort to provide support to emerging and established female
filmmakers, our site aims to do the following:

We seek to foster a community of female filmmakers who support each other
with advice and information to help us find our way through a male-dominated
industry. We hope for our community to be diverse in terms of race, class
and sexual orientation.

We would like to help women not trained in cinematic techniques be able to
tell stories in this powerful medium.

We seek to shed light on the work of talented and committed female
filmmakers working today, who like Varda don't have the visibility they

If you would like to contribute, please email
(address suppressed) a 100-250 word proposal containing
the following:

   - A short description of the topic you would like to address.
   - The intended audience (personal, professional or both).

Please also include a 50 to 100-word bio, as well as your website url if you
have one.

We will get back to you within a month of your proposal. If accepted, we ask
that you send us your piece within two months.

Please forward this to anyone who you think might be interested. If you have
any questions, please write us at (address suppressed)
Thank you very much,
Alexandra Hidalgo
Documentary Filmmaker and Rhetoric Ph.D. Student
Purdue University

Department of English
Purdue University
500 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2038
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.