Doctor’s Hours for Filmmakers

The New York Foundation for the Arts will hold its first ever Doctor’s Hours for Filmmakers on November 10th. Registration begins tomorrow, October 25th at 10:00am. Your contribution? Bring dance film to conversation! Learn more: read the description below and visit NYFA online.

Starting a new film? In the middle, finishing, or trying to get one seen? Would you like some professional feedback on a work sample, trailer, website, outreach strategy, written material or grant application? Come to NYFA’s first Doctor’s Hours for Filmmakers, a variation on our established and popular Doctor’s Hours for Visual Artists. Doctor’s Hours will provide you with individual, 25-minute one-on-one consultations with theatrical and nontheatrical distributors, exhibitors, broadcasters, outreach strategists, and fundraisers. Bring a short work sample or trailer, or show them your website, written materials or a grant application. Each appointment will be $35, and there is a three appointment limit. TO REGISTER: To register for your one-on-one consultation visit *Please note that this link will not be active until registration begins at 10am on October 25th. Online Registration Begins: October 25th at 10am WHERE: New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) 20 Jay Street, Suite 740 Brooklyn, NY 11201 Consultants for November 10th Caitlin Boyle, Grassroots and advocacy-driven distribution, community screening initiatives, grassroots marketing and communications, audience outreach and engagement A leading champion of grassroots distribution for independent films, Caitlin Boyle is the founder of grassroots and community distribution firm Film Sprout and the architect of national screening and audience outreach initiatives for dozens of feature documentaries, including King Corn, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, The End of the Line, A Small Act and Bag It. She serves on the board of Brooklyn documentary arts center UnionDocs, and on the advisory board of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Research Institute for the Advancement of Cinema Arts and Commerce. Jim Browne, Distribution, festivals, exhibition, digital distribution options Jim Browne is a distributor and programmer. His company, Argot Pictures, provides theatrical distribution services for films such as Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L103; Secrecy, Crips & Bloods: Made in America; Throw Down Your Heart; American Casino and many others. He is a programmer for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, and for five years was a programmer for the Tribeca Film Festival. He started his career programming experimental films at PS 122, founded the film, music and performance touring series People’s Cinema, and was programmer and general manager of the Pioneer Theater in NYC. Anne del Castillo, Submitting work to television and navigating PBS Anne del Castillo has worked in independent film and public television as a producer, programmer, advocate and fundraiser for nearly 20 years. As Vice President of Development and Business Affairs for the PBS series POV, she is responsible for fundraising, program licensing, and the development of strategic initiatives. Previously, Ms. del Castillo was a production associate at American Masters, series coordinator at Frontline and associate director of the Austin Film Society. She has served on several funding panels, including the Center for Asian American Media, ITVS, NEA and NYSCA. Amy Finkel,Websites, interactivity, documentary production  Amy Finkel is a designer, documentary filmmaker, photographer and writer. She is the founder and creative director of Sailor Beware, an agency that specializes in web design and video. Her work has appeared on HBO, MTV, Comedy Central, The History Channel and PBS. She is an instructor at NYU and Parsons School of Design, teaching web design and documentary courses. Her film Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart was nominated for IDA’s Pare Lorentz Award, and she has since served as a judge for the IDA’s Documentary Achievement Awards and for New York Festivals, in their TV documentary division. Eliza Licht, Social media, community outreach, developing audiences Eliza Licht is Vice President of Community Engagement and Education at the PBS documentary series POV, overseeing the development and implementation of POV’s national community engagement and education campaigns. She works with community organizations, educators, and public television stations to present free screenings of POV films and to develop and distribute accompanying educational resource materials to audiences nationwide. Since joining POV in 2001, she has expanded POV’s community activities by nearly 400% and increased POV’s educational efforts by over 600%. She has served on the Media That Matters Film Festival Jury. Victoria Linchong, Proposals, grants, written materials Victoria Linchong is an actor, writer, director and producer who makes her living as an administrator and grants writer for nonprofit arts organizations. She is the Grants Manager at Theatre for a New Audience and was formerly Development Director of Theater for the New City and Development Assistant at Film Forum. Her work has included writing direct appeals, press releases and proposals to public and private funders. Victoria also has her own theater and film company, Direct Arts, which produces plays and films that explore the intersection between cultures. Lynn Lobell, Proposals, grants, written materials Lynn Lobell is Managing Director of the Queens Council on the Arts and penned the QCA Grant Writing Basics booklet. She has served as a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and she a member of the Advisory Board of the Astoria Performing Arts Center. Prior to her current position at QCA she was Director of the Queens Community Arts Fund. Lynn has worked as a freelance photographer as well as an artist’s representative and photo editor for various magazine publications. Michael Tuckman, Distribution, festivals, promotional campaigns Michael Tuckman’s mTuckman Media distributes films such as Frederick Wiseman’s Crazy Horse and La Danse (in partnership with Zipporah Films), and provides booking services for titles like I Am, Last Night and Connected. He was Vice President of Theatrical Sales for THINKFilm (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Born Into Brothels, Taxi to the Dark Side), and previously he was tapped to launch the theatrical division of Cinema Guild where he handled home video and television sales as well as theatrical distribution. He is a programmer for the the Scottsdale, Vermont, Cine-World Sarasota and Cinequest film festivals. Chris White, Preparing work for television, website content, trailers and editing Chris White is the Vice President of Programming & Production at POV, the PBS showcase for independent non-fiction film. He helps curate the series, oversees delivery requirements, produces and edits on-air content and short-form content streamed on the POV website, and he often works with filmmakers to cut down and re-structure their films for broadcast. As a freelance editor his recent projects include films on architects Daniel Libeskind, Ray Kappe and Rick Joy, and trailers for works-in-progress such as “Strong Island” by Yance Ford, and “The New Black” by Yoruba Richen. WHERE: New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) 20 Jay Street, Suite 740 Brooklyn, NY 11201 TO REGISTER: To register for Doctor’s Hours visit Online Registration Begins: October 25th at 10am Please note that you will need to register for our on-line payment system. When you sign-up on-line you will receive a confirmation from both our on-line payment system and NYFA. You must receive both in order for your registration to be complete. We only accept online registration and can not accommodate walk-in appointments. We apologize for any inconvenience. QUESTIONS: Please email NYFA Learning at
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