Supporting local indie documentary filmmakers

and cultivating new indie documentary filmmakers of all ages 

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What happens @ Docuclub?
  • Provide constructive feedback on rough cuts and trailers in a supportive environment

  • Network with local producers, directors, composers, editors

  • Connect with those needing help with their projects

  • Guest speakers

  • Collaborate on projects

  • Discuss and share various elements of documentary filmmaking including but not limited to:

    • Project/business plans

    • Production tips

    • Film and Audio Equipment

    • Interviewing

    • Story Telling / Structure and Creativity

    • Human Rights Advocacy

    • Post Production

    • Narration

    • Film Festivals

    • Editing and NLE software

    • Legal Rights

    • Contracts

    • Music and Sound

    • Graphics

    • Local and National Film Resources 

    • Promote Local Film Events

Are you considering to produce or direct your first documentary film and not sure where to begin or what is all involved? 

Do you have a rough cut of your upcoming film or trailer and need constructive feedback in a positive and supportive environment amongst experienced filmmakers? 

Are you a filmmaker and want to share your experience or expertise? 

Are you a documentary film lover and want to learn more about the art of documentary filmmaking? 

COME JOIN US!

 

We are a group of local indie filmmakers who gather once a month in a relaxed and fun environment to critique rough cuts, learn, contribute, network and talk filmmaking. That is what we are about!

 

Free and open to the public!

We love new filmmakers!

NEXT EVENT
Date: Friday, September 20, 2019
Location:
544 S 5th Ave

Tucson, AZ 85701-2414,

Time: 6pm 
Fee: $0
 
Past Guest Speakers
SEPTEMBER 20, 2018
MELODY GILBERT

Founder of DocuClub Minnesota, Melody Gilbert is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker and film professor who has directed character-driven stories for film and television for more than 20 years.

 

She has directed, shot, produced, (and sometimes edited) five independent feature-length documentaries since 2002: Married at the Mall (2002), Whole (2003), A Life Without Pain (2005), Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness (2007) and Fritz: The Walter Mondale Story. (2008). She is the executive producer of Disconnected (2008), NUMB(2011), American Heart (2014), and she is the producer of the award-winning film The Starfish Throwers (2014) name the most heartwarming film of 2014 by Huffington Post.

 

Melody is also the co-director of Steps in the Fire(2014), the first 3D documentary in Bulgaria, and the producer/writer of Women Outward Bound (2015). Melody just finished her latest film Silicon Soul (2018) and is on the film festival circuit.

 

Melody taught documentary filmmaking and multimedia journalism at the American University in Bulgaria and is currently teaching film at the University of Minnesota. 

 

To learn more go to www.frozenfeetfilm.com

 
FRIDAY OCTOBER 19, 2018
Screening of 'Victor Walk' + Q&A
MICHAEL DAVID LYNCH

Growing up in Ann Arbor Michigan, Michael found his love for movies at the cinema and later as a projectionist, getting an inside peek at all that film had to offer. He followed this passion to Chicago IL, where he studied film at Columbia College Chicago. It was here that he conceived the idea for Burden, a massive science fiction film of epic proportions that featured Peter Cullen the voice of Optimus Prime and full shut down of the financial district of Chicago. After graduating, Mike headed for Los Angeles, where he hit the ground running, working on huge Hollywood movies such as “Inception” “Die Hard 4”  “Ironman 2” and “Transformers 2”.

 

Ever determined to leave his own mark on the medium, he went on to produce several successful films including: “Drop” “Between Us” and “This Thing with Sarah.” Today, he celebrates his feature film directorial debuts with “Dependent’s Day” and “Victor Walk.” Two very different films that cover very different territory, showing the versatility and heart of a talented director who is sure to keep telling important stories. 

 

Writer/Director/Producer "Dependent's Day"

www.DependentsDay.com

 

Director/Producer "Victor Walk"

www.VictorWalkDoc.com

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 30, 2018
Screening of "It's A Girl: Three Deadliest Words in the World"
EVAN GRAE DAVIS

Tucson Filmmaker and Social Justice Advocate

 

I am the husband of Jennifer, father of Jarrett and Ashton, adventurer, activist, speaker, documentary filmmaker, director of It’s a Girl Movie and social justice advocate.
 
My passion is to create (and equip others to create) strategic media communication tools that impact culture through storytelling methods that engage the heart.
I grew up in the mountains and deserts of the Southwest, and was infused early on with a passion to explore and make my mark on the world. The youngest of four children, I spent my childhood scrambling to keep up with an older brother while we attempted to conquer the world Huckleberry Finn-style. My parents dedicated themselves to helping people recover from addiction and get back on their feet after prison or homelessness.
 
College found me fascinated with cameras and telling stories and it seemed a natural fit to capture stories about suffering people who needed a helping hand and those who gave it to them. Before I knew it I was working with nonprofit organizations throughout my city, creating tools for them to raise funds and mobilize the community to get involved.  This soon expanded to working with international humanitarian and aid NGO’s and non-profits.
 
Nearly 30 years and hundreds of stories later, I am privileged to still be traveling the world with camera in hand, meeting amazing people and creating impactful content.
 
My most recent project captures the plight of over 200 million missing women. It’s a Girl is a feature length documentary about gendercide. In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. Shot on location in India and China, It’s a Girl explores the issue. It asks why this is happening, and why so little is being done to save girls and women.
I have been privileged to occupy the coveted red carpet on two TEDx stages– TEDxGateway in Mumbia, India and TEDxGrandRapids, to talk about the complex cultural forces underlying the practice of gendercide.
You can find me sitting around the table and chatting with friends on LinkedInInstagramfacebook, and twitter.
FRIDAY JANUARY 18, 2018
DAVID LAWRENCE GRANT
David Grant is an award-winning screenwriter and playwright.
 
As a screenwriter, he has written for Russell Simmons’ Def Pictures, HBO, the Showtime Network, and Davis Entertainment, in addition to numerous projects for the producers of informational/training DVDs and web series.
 
As a playwright, he has been commissioned to write new work for the Minnesota Science Museum, Minnesota Historical Society, VocalEssence, The Playwrights’ Center, Mixed Blood Theater, The History Theatre, The One Minute Play Festival, and Bedlam Theatre, in collaboration with Voices of Cedar Riverside.
 
He has recently completed work as writer/consultant on the feature documentary film, “Word of Honour: Reclaiming Mandela’s Promise,” for Mondé World Films, and is commencing work on the feature-length documentary, “Killing Mookie,” for Bully Productions.
 
He has been a recipient of screenwriting fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the McKnight Foundation. He and Twin Cities Public Television were awarded the 1990 Regional Emmy, Best Original Dramatic Program, for “The Screenplay Project: Four Shorts.” A DVD about one of Hazelden Foundation’s programs, “Healing the Healers,” for which he wrote the script, was awarded the 2009 Cine Golden Eagle. He has served, along with poet Ethelbert Miller, as a mentor to the 2013 Fellows of the Givens Foundation’s Collaborative Retreat for African American Writers.
 
Mr. Grant has taught screenwriting at The Loft in Minneapolis, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Thomas and the Augsburg College MFA in Creative Writing Program. He currently teaches screenwriting at Film North. He spends most Saturday afternoons out at the Ramsey County Correctional Facility doing life skills groups with male inmates for an organization called Build My Life, LLC.
 
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2019
AGENDA:
 
We have one DocuClub short film to screen, an Oscar shortlisted short film to present AND  super excited to have our first educational program on the agenda! 

Evan Grae Davis will lead a workshop on documentary cinematography. He will share the specific tools he uses in the field - from cameras,
lightingand sound, to tips for getting that cinematic look.

Evan Grae Davis is a documentary filmmaker and freelance creator who works with businesses and nonprofits to mobilize their audience through documentary-style, emotionally engaging visual stories. Evan has nearly 30 years experience creating content ranging from commercial and promotional, to feature documentary and everything in between. His extensive work traveling internationally has resulted in a “guerrilla production” approach utilizing minimal resources for maximum results.

This workshop will include:

–Creating authentic engagement through unscripted visual storytelling
–Creating a high-quality visual product
–Camera, lenses and camera settings
–Low-cost lighting options, use of natural light, and dealing with diverse conditions
–Do-it-yourself location sound
–B-Roll– how to plan for and capture impactful b-roll

We will assemble a basic kit including camera, lighting, 
audio and support. We’ll set up a couple of interviews exploring various common settings and conditions. We’ll talk through and shoot some b-roll.

This workshop is perfect for:
–Anyone who wants to up your game as a cinematographer or videographer
–Students or anyone starting out in the film or production business
–Anyone who desires to make a documentary of their own but needs help getting started
–Anyone who wants to learn more about documentary storytelling

This workshop is normally $50, but DocuClub Tucson is bringing this workshop to you for free! Seating is limited, so arrive early for some networking.
 

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