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[upd] DOLLAR STOREYS (and ’99ways’…)
Hello friends and colleagues from the recent IFC gathering in
You may recall I presented the Third Coast Festival’s “99 Ways to Tell a
Radio Story” project during the listening sessions there, and also mentioned a new TCF project called “Dollar Storeys.” There wasn’t much time to talk about it, so wanted to follow up with this email.
For Dollar Storeys, we’ve chosen three items from an “everything for a dollar” store (I think these exist everywhere?!) and are inviting producers/radio fans to submit 2:30 – 3 minute finished audio stories inspired by one of these items.
The items are: a bicycle bell, a 4-pack of wooden mousetraps, and a ceramic mug that reads “Well-behaved women rarely make history”. You can see pictures of them, and read more about the project here: http://www.thirdcoastfestival.org/shortdocs_2007_archive.asp
and you can hear the first few storeys that have come in, here: http://www.thirdcoastfestival.org/shortdocs_2007_archive_DS.asp
We’re accepting Dollar Storeys until August 30th. At that point we’ll choose four of those submitted to be our official “2007 TCF ShortDocs” and will bring the producers to Chicago to present their work at our annual Conference.
Besides that we’ll be featuring some of our favorite Dollar Storeys on our weekly radio program, Re:sound, and may play some at public live listening events. The Dollar Storey archive will remain
posted on our website permanently, where anyone can hear all of the pieces that are submitted.
I’m especially writing to let you know that we can accept Dollar Storeys in ALL languages,
not just english. Just provide a word document of an english transcript, and we’ll be able to
post that along with your Dollar Storey. And while we won’t be able to
play your DS on the radio if it’s not in English, it will be up for consideration as a TCF ShortDoc.
If you have any questions, just let me know. In the meantime, hope you’ll consider making a
Dollar Storey, and will spread the word around your respective departments. It would be great
to hear from you!
Best wishes from Chicago,
The full archive (all 101) of the 99 Ways project is posted here, for your listening enjoyment:
Chicago’s fabulous Dollar Store Show: www.dollarstoreshow.com
IFC 2007 seminar: “At first sight: my ways of doing interviews”
- “I Have Found the Person” or Diogenes fulfilled. On perception of the interviewed person and on internal and external preparation of the meeting.
- “A Good First Impression” a successful first meeting.
- “Invisible Microphone” an interview or a conversation? Trust or interrogation?
- “Invaluable Details” – how to form questions and in what order?
- Responsibility for the person interviewed
seminar text (intro…)
A few days ago I was going back home from work by taxi.It happens quite often when I’m editing features until late at night.
This time I came across an unusual taxi driver who seemed to be quite interested in what I do in radio.”You just had some night program on the radio, didn’t you?” – he asked.
“Actually, I was finishing my new feature with an editor” – I replied, certain that the conversation would end here.
“You make features! That’s incredible! You must be very happy, then!” he exclaimed. “Why ?” – this time I was the surprised one. “Because you never get bored, you meet interesting people, every time you tell a completely different story…”.
“Most of the time I listen, you know”. “Just like me! We have a lot in common then!”.
In the rear-view mirror I saw a glint of satisfaction in the man’s eyes.
Kasia Michalak (b.1972 ) works for Polish Radio (Regional Broadcasting Station – Radio Lublin SA ), in the Documentary Department. Kasia won the Prix Europa Radio Osterreich 2005 (with Monika Hemperek), and Prix Italia Venice 2006.
Press Meeting DR in Hi-Fi quality now!
coming up: Radio Festival in Moscow
oops. everything in Russian…
website: ‘Ð’ÐœÐ•Ð¡Ð¢Ð• – Ð ÐÐ”Ð˜Ðž’
Letter of Chair (IFC 2007)
The dust has now more or less settled on International Features Conference which was held in Copenhagen some weeks ago.
It was a good week with a lot of hard work. It was, of course, tinged with great sadness by the news that Danish Radio has taken a purely economic decision to close its documentary strands, Dokumentarzonen and Ultralyd, in the near future. Nevertheless our Danish colleagues made us feel most welcome and ensured that the conference went smoothly.
So our thanks are due to them for their fantastic organisation, their hospitality and the sheer good fun with which they provided us. I’m sure we’ll hear more about their struggle over the next few months: courage and fortitude.
As you know, the election of a new EBU Features Group took place during the IFC on 2 May. The outcome of the election is that the EBU Group now consists of Edwin Brys (VRT/Belgium), Lorelei Harris (RTÉ/Ireland) Chair, Kari Hesthamar (NRK/Norway), Alfred Koch (ORF/Austria), Ulf Köhler (ARD-MDR/Germany), Thomas Ravn-Pedersen (DR/Denmark), Anna Sekudewicz (PR/Poland) and
Marwil Straat (NPB/Netherlands). In addition, we have co-opted our webmaster extraordinaire, Willem Davids of RVU/Netherlands, onto the group. We’re really looking forward to working to with Daniela Manilova of Bulgarian Radio in preparing the 2008 International Features Conference in Varna, Bulgaria.
Finally, a big vote of thanks is due to Ljubo Pauzin (photo (L.)…
…of HRT/Croatia for all the sterling work he has put into the EBU Features Group over the years. He’s brought us humour and wit and wisdom by the spade load, so Ljubo:gratitude.
Finally, to everyone who was at the IFC in Copenhagen, please please return the IFC Evaluation Form if you haven’t already done so. It’s the best guide we’ve got to planning the next conference.
(Chair, EBU Features Group)
Letter to DR
Attached you will find the letter I have sent to DR’s management concerning the closing-down of its radio feature.
Danish Minister of Culture
15 May 2007
Director General, DR
Director Radio DR
Head of Radio, EBU
and to the world’s feature community
Ref.: 33rd International Feature Conference
28 April – 3 May 2007, Copenhagen, DR
The participation in the International Feature Conference is a must for PRIX EUROPA. The IFC is worldwide the most competent platform for new trends, fresh talent, exchange of craftsmanship and cross-border cooperation in the field of Radio Documentaries.
The choice of DR for this year’s venue was not accidental, but an expression of respect for Danish Radio Doc and its merits for this powerful genre of radio. And so, the delegates came from all over Europe, Australia, China, Canada and the United States to Copenhagen. However, at the official opening, all 115 delegates became the witnesses of an execution:
In the opening speech they were told that the Radio Feature will be closed down in Danish Radio.
It was a morbid signal, negative for the professional self-understanding of each delegate and for DR itself.
PRIX EUROPA selects, awards and promotes the best European productions in television, radio and internet. Among its many competing programme categories, the Radio Doc group has always been the most vital, most passionate and largest one. PRIX EUROPA thinks that the negative decision DR has taken about this vibrating genre of radio should not become infectious for other broadcasting organisations and their producers.
Therefore PRIX EUROPA states that it is impressed by the quality and the strength of feature production, and that it strongly believes in its future. To translate this into a message of confidence to the feature makers of the world and into an action of integration of the Danish colleagues, PRIX EUROPA invites two of the Danish organisers of the 33rd IFC in Copenhagen to come to Berlin from 13-20 October as the two coordinators of the biggest jury group (80 participants) of PRIX EUROPA. We invite Lisbeth Jessen and Thomas Ravn-Pedersen to run the toughest contest at PRIX EUROPA for the following two awards:
1. PRIX EUROPA
Best European Radio Documentary of 2007.
2. PRIX EUROPA RADIO ÖSTERREICH 1
Donated by ORF.*
We will carry all cost incurred for the two Danish coordinators.
Peter Leonhard Braun
* Radio Österreich 1 is the most successful cultural radio channel of Europe with an audience share of 9.1% nationwide. Among its many listeners, radio feature has an outstanding acceptance.
“… I have a dream.”
I’m a radio producer here in the US. And I have a dream.
I’m sure that you know that in the US, we don’t really have features departments. Most feature work is done by independent production companies like Radio Diaries, Soundportraits, etc. We do have the excellent Third Coast to celebrate documentary work, but it’s not the same. There’s very little institutional support behind it. Since we don’t really have a strong tradition of the radio feature, I’d like to find a way to study radio feature making with an outfit outside the US. I want to learn from the masters so to speak.
My idea would be to find an organization/person that would want to host me as an intern, then I find grant money to come over for 6 or 9 months and work alongside that person. So I guess my question for you is, does this sound like a crazy idea?
Can you think of any features departments or producers who might be open to this idea? Do you have any advice about how to pursue and idea like this? How I might make a match?
By way of background, I’ve been making radio pieces here in New York for about 5 or 6 years. I do work for several national shows on a regular basis – PRI’s Studio 360 and NPR’s Day to Day. To give you an idea of my ability, I’ve given you links to some recent work below:
From This American Life: I’m Not A Doctor but I Play One at the Holiday Inn. A former heroin addict realizes that he wants to help other addicts kick their habits. The problem is, he wants to do this using a hallucinogenic drug – Ibogaine – that is completely illegal, and which requires medical expertise he doesn’t have. http://www.thislife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?sched=1161
From Radio Lab: Grandpa. A young guy is challenged by his father to an artistic duel. The challenge: who can take better photos of Grandpa dying? Father or son? You can go to this site and pull down an mp3. http://homepage.mac.com/ramenshopradio/FileSharing3.html It’s the audio named Granpa-416-bnc.mp3. Or to hear the whole show, you can go to http://www.prx.org/pieces/18435 My piece about comes up at about 48:00.
I realize this e.mail has come out of the blue, but I have to start somewhere and you seemed like the perfect person.
I look forward to hearing from you.