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Live It: More Freedom on PBS






Freedom Riders | PBS

The story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.

* This documentary recently played to a sold out crowd in DC * Now, Everyone can watch and enjoy.  PBS has a great interactive website and WATCH entire film online FREE ! *

Click link for more info:


WGBH American Experience . Freedom Riders | PBS.


Watch It: (or listen) Interview on “Crime After Crime”

The Leonard Lopate Show: Crime After Crime – WNYC.

Director Yoav Potash and Joshua Safran, a lawyer who’s featured in the documentary “Crime After Crime,” talk about the film, which tells the story of a battered woman’s decades-long struggle to be released from a wrongful prison sentence. It opens July 1 at IFC Center.



Silverdocs: Free

I’m all about experiencing Silverdocs.  It’s simply a great community event.  Sometimes I feel like jumping into the sold out screenings and sometimes I like to go to the less popular events.  One of those events is the FREE lunch screenings.

What are you doing for lunch?  You could be multi-tasking.  These shorts are lovely.  Most of them are well done and under appreciated by the masses.

Shorts Programs at AFI Silver during Lunchtime (noon): FREE

WED / June 22 @ Noon

THUR / June 23 @ Noon

FRI / June 24 @ Noon

*It’s a different group of shorts everyday!

(just walk in and ask for a ticket – I walked in 10 minutes early without a problem.)

For more information:


Doc and a Drink is ALL NEW!

Doc and a Drink has been going through many changes.  Most notably, my partner in crime has decided to leave the D&D team.  I took a sabbatical from the blog.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue but, I am going to push forward.  I apologize for the break in coverage.

We now have a new look and a new style.  The post will have more pictures, more links,  and less verbage.

I just went to SIlver Docs today and I’ll be posting my review soon!

Cheers & Beers,




TIVA Event: Workflow for the AF-100 and 7D Cameras

This was my first TIVA event.   I didn’t even know they existed.  I’m a WIFV member but, this event was also promoted to “us” in addition to the TIVA members.  It cost $20.00 for non-members.  And I will note that it’s $100.00 to join the group, for a year,  at the basic level.  Overall – I was extremely impressed.  The food and mingle session was fantastic.  They had a good beer selection and variety of munchies.  Everyone was very friendly and approached me as a new face.  And above all these factors – the presentation was spot on.

For more about TIVA :

On to the main event….


Presented by Matt Gottshalk & Matt Nagy
With the DSLR look appealing to more and more filmmakers, and with the
introduction of Panasonic’s AF100, dealing with these cameras’
sometimes unwieldy video formats and sound issues is often more
difficult than it seems at first glance. This seminar will hit on
pre-production considerations, field techniques, and finally how to
deal with this in the edit room, whether you’re editing on Final Cut,
Avid, or Premier.




















I took many good notes comparing the AF-100 to the 7D cameras.  The presenters pointed out differences that I never even considered.  They actually had so much information for us on the work flow – we didn’t get to the post production presentation.  Maybe they will have a part 2?!

If you are into this topic I would approach the presenters.  They are reachable in many ways twitter, facebook, websites….


Matt Gottshalk is the owner of McGee Digital Media, a visual
communications firm based in Alexandria, VA. As an award winning
DP/Editor, Matt was one of the first in the DC area to embrace
shooting video with DSLRs in both corporate and broadcast
environments. Matt co-authored the best selling book; “From Still to
Motion, a Photographers Guide to Shooting Video on Your DSLR”, and has
taught classes on Digital Cinematography at NAB for Future Media
Concepts.  You can learn more about Matt at

Matt Nagy wears many hats as a Senior Specialist, Video Production at
the American College of Cardiology. He produces, shoots, edits, and
designs motion graphics for member-focused content. Most people know
Matt as a motion designer and one of the co-coordinators of WIFV’s
Animator’s Roundtable, but he has shot numerous projects on the RED,
Varicam, and DSLRs on both greenscreen and in the field. You can find
samples of Matt’s work on his website,

5 out of 5 Cheers

— REVIEWER: Becky Beamer

What are you doing this weekend?

Doc & a Drink is going to the “Our City Film Festival”.  Our first stop is the opening night party tomorrow (Saturday). It’s open to the public — Join us!

It’s at RFD’s (810 7th St, NW) and everyone knows RFD’s has an excellent beer selection.  Katy and I will be interviewing some of the local documentary filmmakers.  It’s going to be a blast.  It’s only 12.00 and all the money from the festival goes back into the organization.  Buy your tickets online – they will sell out! See you there (8-11pm).

**** Celebrate the opening of the film festival with filmmakers and VIPs.

Enjoy beer specials, great raffle give-aways, and performances by

Grammy nominee, Arts and Humanities Council of Washington grantee

and subject of past OCFF film, Blue Line

Then – this Sunday – is the main event.  The films are all about D.C. The festival is only on Sunday, at The Goethe Institute (812 7th St, NW).  For ticket information and a full schedule check the website:

AND – just added — is the closing event with the D.C Cupcake Girls…

Georgetown Cupcakes’ Sophie and Katherine will be special guests,

screening TLC’s Second Season of DC Cupcakes,Our City

hosting a Q&A, and cupcake decorating contest at the finale.

ONLY 10.00 to attend.  Buy tickets here.


5 out of 5 Cheers.

-becky beamer

Oscar List — People !!!!

Here it is – the list of nominations for the Oscars.  I don’t think any of the nominations are a surprise.  What do you think?

The nominations for the 83rd annual Academy Awards were announced at 8:30 EST, live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Los Angeles.

Nominees for the best documentary feature include:

Exit through the Gift Shop, directed by Banksy (Paranoid Pictures)

Gasland, directed by Josh Fox (Gasland Productions, LLC)

Inside Job, directed by Charles Ferguson (Representational Pictures)

Restrepo, directed by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger (Outpost Films)

Waste Land, directed by Lucy Walker (Almega Projects)

Among the notable “snubs” from the shortlist: Waiting for “Superman“, The Tillman Story, Precious Life and Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer.

Nominees for best documentary short include:

Killing in the Name (Nominees to be determined), A Moxie Firecracker Films Production

Poster Girl (Nominees to be determined), A Portrayal Films Production

Strangers No More, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon, A Simon & Goodman Picture Company Production

Sun Come Up, Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzge,r A Sun Come Up Production

The Warriors of Qiugang, Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon, A Thomas Lennon Films Production

Who Said There’s No Money in Documentary?

The numbers are in. A handful of documentaries made over 1 million in box office sales this year.

  • Jackass 3D – Distributor: Paramount – Release date: October 13, 2010 – Box Office: $116,896,922
  • Oceans – Distributor: Disneynature – Release date: April 22,2010 – Box Office: $19,422,319
  • Babies – Distributor: Focus Features Release date: May 07, 2010 – Box Office: $7,320,323
  • Waiting For ‘Superman’ – Distributor: Paramount -Release date: Septeber 24,2010 – Box Office: $6,415,448
  • Exit Through The Gift Shop – Distributor: PDA – Release date: April 16, 2010 – Box Office: $3,291,250
  • Catfish – Distributor: Relativity – Release date: September 17, 2010 – Box Office: $3,237,343
  • Inside Job – Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics – Release date: October 8, 2010 – Box Office: $3,311,773
  • Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work – Distributor: IFC – Release date: June 11, 2010 – Box Office: $2,930,687
  • Restrepo – Distributor: National Geographic – Release date: June 23, 2010 – Box Office: $1,330,894


Runner up with a decent profit :

  • The Tillman Story – Distributor: Weinstein Co. – Release date: August 20, 2010 – Box Office: $802,535


And just because you are all curious about Winnebago Man…. a few more.

  • The Art of The Steal – Distributor: IFC – Release date: February 26, 2010 – Box Office: $544,890
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers – Distributor: First Run – Release date: January 29, 2010 – Box Office: $453,650
  • A Film Unfinished – Distributor: Oscilloscope – Release date: August 18,2010 – Box Office: $320,486
  • Last Train Home – Distributor: Zeitgeist/Kinosmith – Release date: September 03, 2010 – Box Office: $285,848
  • Countdown to Zero – Distributor: Magnolia – Release date: July 23, 2010 – Box Office: $272,040
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child – Distributor: ArtH – Release date: July 21, 2010 – Box Office: $256,242
  • Sweetgrass – Distributor: Cinema Guild – Release date: January 6, 2010 – Box Office: $206,728
  • South Of The Border – Distributor: Studio Libre – Release date: June 25, 2010 – Box Office: $199,000
  • Winnebago – Distributor: Kino – Release date: July 9,2010 – Box Office: $181,039
  • Casino Jack and the United States of Money – Distributor: Magnolia – Release date: May 7, 2010 – Box Office: $176,865