Posts tagged documentary

FORGET BEAR HUGS! Team Paa Joe just wanted to thank EVERYONE that supported us on Kickstarter. 
So here, at long last, is the complete list of all our delightful backers - thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!!!
 
Paul Boateng
Constance Brinkley 
Stephen Etheridge
Becky Morris Knight
The Worksop Loop
Jessica Hayes-Gill
Richard Frost
Susan Fraser
Eleanor Keys
Ali Emm
Jason DaPonte
Masato Taniguchi
Caroline Cawley
David Wayman
Jared LeftLion
Harry Wilding
Katherine Pan
Nail Jay
Oscar Lhermitte
Jeremy Salfen
Nell Brooker
Michael Ogura
Tom Devey
Penny Reeve
Chrisón Thompson
Robert Brinkley
Dave Deighton
Rebecca Brand
Simon Linder
Brandon Kahn
Lisa Oliver
Jennifer Tucker
Andrea ‘Drizzy Drake’ Quainoo
Gus Péwé
N3V Games
Brian Golden Davis
Jenny Lee
Stephanie Weston Smith
Jane Nicholson
Lucy Bowers
Kallina Brailsford
Sharna Jackson
Susan Morris
Ed Bannard
Melanie Diggle
Trev Coker
Miles Morland
Ama Karikari-Yawson
Paul Atchison
Tim Talbot
Nick Lawford
Anna Ray
Elhum Shakerifar
Natalia Ossowska
Tomas Leach
Jen Mazer
Graeme
Tracey McMaster
Rhys Fowler
Stuart Elms
Amy Rose
Tom Walsh
John Sampson
Georgia Bateman
Chris Black
Sarah Mosses
Alexa Smith
Philip Formby
Cheri Quincy
Luke McGibney
Jennifer L Smith
Kris Williams
Suzanne Alizart
Mandy Briggs
Gifted Scribble
Mattias Kiiehn Nielsen
James Edwin Bettney
Sophie Bower
Erik Fonseka
Susan Kattwinkel
Rose Tea
Laura Leighton
Carlton Solle
Kate Mytron
Zoe Brummell
Subjective Films
Dianne Thomas
Ian Dinwiddie
Nick Tyler
Will Massa
Kate Stoddart
Anna Maloney
Letty Bonnell
Rowland Jobson
Vercruyssen Maxime
Colin Shanks
Andrew Payne
Jonathan Carr
Anthony J Sullivan
Lauren Squires
Rosamund Ward
Sally Morris
Clare Hansen
Sam Goodman
Ben Chapman
Chris
Sara Bivigou
Jean Power
Camille Sales
Kevin Tobin
Hamish Lindstrom
Alexander Sarlay
Jon Saxon
Jenna Elizabeth Round
Segun Lee-French
Bettina Reuhl
Virginia Ryan
Jes Benstock
Amy Blackwell
Rachel Jolley
German Kral
Anna Jeffries
Caroline Eccles
Bethan Weston
Jeffery Baker
David Stewart
Topher Batchelor
Raechel Beardwood
Ed O
Holly Elson
Aiko Hiramatsu
Sarah Winfield
John Keville
Jeanie Finlay
Caroline Pick
Chloe Johnson
Tony Kelly
Libby Durdy
Lucy Atkinson
Deborah Fletcher
Andrew Knight
Philipp Enders
Century Films
Shana Ponelis
Maren Strenge
Steven Dhoedt
Mark Michel
Eileen Wigley
Catherine Simpson
Mari
Jonathan hamilton
Sophie Goswami
Aimie Glenn
David Louis Lankester
Jordan Brooks
Stephen Jon
Kevin Tennant
Paul Henegan
Sue Jolley
Jim Silverman
Anna Seifert Speck
bang Short Film Festival
Mary Ellen Mark & Martin Bell
Daniel England
Malcolm Calvert Stubbins
JD King
Ben Knapp
Sue Collins
Alma Cunliffe
Chris & Helen Osborne
Philippa Cracknell
Tom Hemmings
John Slee
Kate Duncan
Nana Asamoah-Twum
Imogen Sotos-Castello
Curtis W. Jackson
Lucy McDonald
Sarah Tolman
Ruth Heinemann
Cary Welling
Ayanna Witter-Johnson
Adam Lee
Megan Wigley
Sasha Andrews
A+W
Cheryl Gill
Tom Wood
Rosemary Parkhill
David Chamberlain
Jo Allen
Diana Pasek-Atkinson
Rachel
Meryl Somersall
Melanie Grant
Bryn Mabey
Gary Thomas
Adrienne Maguire
Abigail Landon
Karolina Lidin
Rob Mackinder
Julie Gibbon
Vanessa Merrill
Toby
Andy Eastwood
Joe Hardy
Elspeth Berry
Alison Little
May Davies
Clare Long
Mathew Trivett
Alison Denholm
John Turrell
Will Wilkinson
Ian Gardiner
Russell Noon
Russell Slater
Christopher M Shannon
Leanne Rhodes
Lydia Evans
Ben Govier
Gavin Humphries
Andrew Senay
Kate Ibbeson
Mary Kearns
Jamas Enright
Kate Webborn
Katy Wigley
Debbie Senior
Rebecca Gove-Humphries
Sue Cullen
Rebecca Ashton
Pippa Kahn
Kayleigh Hunt
Andy Batson
Miles Clark
Tom and Roxy
Victoria Broackes
Mayhem Film Festival
Zena Marchington
Rachel Dargavel
Dana Moffett
Meli Gueneau
Christopher Hird
Margaret O Brien
Mark Frost
Tony Roe
Gabrielle Smith
Cailin Yatsko
Karen waters
Chris Bray
Mark Pyper
Dan Pascall
Edward Yeoman
Kathy Brummell
Peter Talbot
Gideon Malitskie
Jem Talbot
Saira O’Mallie
Ellie Manns
Thomas Freshwater
Dan Hodgett
Alex giles
Mike Mcloughlin
Lisa Tehrani
Donna M Capin, MD
Diana Smith
Anne Jennings
Spaceships are cool
Tommy Rampling
Matt Scullion
Peter Hutton
Mara Sprengel
MyMoog
Sinae Ha
TSquared Films
Mathew Nixon
Sita Owen-Shaw
Simon Laws
Dense & Andrew Fett
Jon Benson
Nathan Shelock
Vpoint.TV
Doug Smith
Adam Gahlin
Beth Kagan
David Jolley
Wellington Films
Elly Condron
Wellington Films
Elly Condron
Rocket Scenery
Marc Godait
Francois Matarasso
Broadway
Bottletop
Deborah Joan Haywood
Carol Williams
Rob Coke
Benjamin Wigley
Andrew Peter Smith
Marie Luckett
Miriam Jackson
Kelly Knight
Ruth Paxton
Ursula Liang
Farmer Ted
Winifred Boyd
Christina Wood
Mark Grieco
Martin Morgan
Shona Powell
Ali Gavan
Charlotte Poole
Arif Mahmood
Christopher Thomson
Tom Cooper
Adrian Bhagat
Rachel Clare Williams
Yvonne Mustapha
Chas Palmer-Williams
Charlotte Meredith
Thais Lenkiewicz
Cheryl Bowles
Mary Mizuno
Andrew Coles
James Ollerhead
Anthony Hammond
Emily Morgan
Paul Scullion
Peter
David Wallis
Bridget
Anne Whiteley
Jamie Wolpert
James Wigginton
Sarah Stout
Ted Hemsley
Al Needham
Karen Hoy
Nick Aldridge
Sam Derby-Cooper
Ashley Carter
waynex
Sam Potter
Sarah Lucas
Tim Smith

FORGET BEAR HUGS! Team Paa Joe just wanted to thank EVERYONE that supported us on Kickstarter. 

So here, at long last, is the complete list of all our delightful backers - thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!!!

 

  • Paul Boateng
  • Constance Brinkley
  • Stephen Etheridge
  • Becky Morris Knight
  • The Worksop Loop
  • Jessica Hayes-Gill
  • Richard Frost
  • Susan Fraser
  • Eleanor Keys
  • Ali Emm
  • Jason DaPonte
  • Masato Taniguchi
  • Caroline Cawley
  • David Wayman
  • Jared LeftLion
  • Harry Wilding
  • Katherine Pan
  • Nail Jay
  • Oscar Lhermitte
  • Jeremy Salfen
  • Nell Brooker
  • Michael Ogura
  • Tom Devey
  • Penny Reeve
  • Chrisón Thompson
  • Robert Brinkley
  • Dave Deighton
  • Rebecca Brand
  • Simon Linder
  • Brandon Kahn
  • Lisa Oliver
  • Jennifer Tucker
  • Andrea ‘Drizzy Drake’ Quainoo
  • Gus Péwé
  • N3V Games
  • Brian Golden Davis
  • Jenny Lee
  • Stephanie Weston Smith
  • Jane Nicholson
  • Lucy Bowers
  • Kallina Brailsford
  • Sharna Jackson
  • Susan Morris
  • Ed Bannard
  • Melanie Diggle
  • Trev Coker
  • Miles Morland
  • Ama Karikari-Yawson
  • Paul Atchison
  • Tim Talbot
  • Nick Lawford
  • Anna Ray
  • Elhum Shakerifar
  • Natalia Ossowska
  • Tomas Leach
  • Jen Mazer
  • Graeme
  • Tracey McMaster
  • Rhys Fowler
  • Stuart Elms
  • Amy Rose
  • Tom Walsh
  • John Sampson
  • Georgia Bateman
  • Chris Black
  • Sarah Mosses
  • Alexa Smith
  • Philip Formby
  • Cheri Quincy
  • Luke McGibney
  • Jennifer L Smith
  • Kris Williams
  • Suzanne Alizart
  • Mandy Briggs
  • Gifted Scribble
  • Mattias Kiiehn Nielsen
  • James Edwin Bettney
  • Sophie Bower
  • Erik Fonseka
  • Susan Kattwinkel
  • Rose Tea
  • Laura Leighton
  • Carlton Solle
  • Kate Mytron
  • Zoe Brummell
  • Subjective Films
  • Dianne Thomas
  • Ian Dinwiddie
  • Nick Tyler
  • Will Massa
  • Kate Stoddart
  • Anna Maloney
  • Letty Bonnell
  • Rowland Jobson
  • Vercruyssen Maxime
  • Colin Shanks
  • Andrew Payne
  • Jonathan Carr
  • Anthony J Sullivan
  • Lauren Squires
  • Rosamund Ward
  • Sally Morris
  • Clare Hansen
  • Sam Goodman
  • Ben Chapman
  • Chris
  • Sara Bivigou
  • Jean Power
  • Camille Sales
  • Kevin Tobin
  • Hamish Lindstrom
  • Alexander Sarlay
  • Jon Saxon
  • Jenna Elizabeth Round
  • Segun Lee-French
  • Bettina Reuhl
  • Virginia Ryan
  • Jes Benstock
  • Amy Blackwell
  • Rachel Jolley
  • German Kral
  • Anna Jeffries
  • Caroline Eccles
  • Bethan Weston
  • Jeffery Baker
  • David Stewart
  • Topher Batchelor
  • Raechel Beardwood
  • Ed O
  • Holly Elson
  • Aiko Hiramatsu
  • Sarah Winfield
  • John Keville
  • Jeanie Finlay
  • Caroline Pick
  • Chloe Johnson
  • Tony Kelly
  • Libby Durdy
  • Lucy Atkinson
  • Deborah Fletcher
  • Andrew Knight
  • Philipp Enders
  • Century Films
  • Shana Ponelis
  • Maren Strenge
  • Steven Dhoedt
  • Mark Michel
  • Eileen Wigley
  • Catherine Simpson
  • Mari
  • Jonathan hamilton
  • Sophie Goswami
  • Aimie Glenn
  • David Louis Lankester
  • Jordan Brooks
  • Stephen Jon
  • Kevin Tennant
  • Paul Henegan
  • Sue Jolley
  • Jim Silverman
  • Anna Seifert Speck
  • bang Short Film Festival
  • Mary Ellen Mark & Martin Bell
  • Daniel England
  • Malcolm Calvert Stubbins
  • JD King
  • Ben Knapp
  • Sue Collins
  • Alma Cunliffe
  • Chris & Helen Osborne
  • Philippa Cracknell
  • Tom Hemmings
  • John Slee
  • Kate Duncan
  • Nana Asamoah-Twum
  • Imogen Sotos-Castello
  • Curtis W. Jackson
  • Lucy McDonald
  • Sarah Tolman
  • Ruth Heinemann
  • Cary Welling
  • Ayanna Witter-Johnson
  • Adam Lee
  • Megan Wigley
  • Sasha Andrews
  • A+W
  • Cheryl Gill
  • Tom Wood
  • Rosemary Parkhill
  • David Chamberlain
  • Jo Allen
  • Diana Pasek-Atkinson
  • Rachel
  • Meryl Somersall
  • Melanie Grant
  • Bryn Mabey
  • Gary Thomas
  • Adrienne Maguire
  • Abigail Landon
  • Karolina Lidin
  • Rob Mackinder
  • Julie Gibbon
  • Vanessa Merrill
  • Toby
  • Andy Eastwood
  • Joe Hardy
  • Elspeth Berry
  • Alison Little
  • May Davies
  • Clare Long
  • Mathew Trivett
  • Alison Denholm
  • John Turrell
  • Will Wilkinson
  • Ian Gardiner
  • Russell Noon
  • Russell Slater
  • Christopher M Shannon
  • Leanne Rhodes
  • Lydia Evans
  • Ben Govier
  • Gavin Humphries
  • Andrew Senay
  • Kate Ibbeson
  • Mary Kearns
  • Jamas Enright
  • Kate Webborn
  • Katy Wigley
  • Debbie Senior
  • Rebecca Gove-Humphries
  • Sue Cullen
  • Rebecca Ashton
  • Pippa Kahn
  • Kayleigh Hunt
  • Andy Batson
  • Miles Clark
  • Tom and Roxy
  • Victoria Broackes
  • Mayhem Film Festival
  • Zena Marchington
  • Rachel Dargavel
  • Dana Moffett
  • Meli Gueneau
  • Christopher Hird
  • Margaret O Brien
  • Mark Frost
  • Tony Roe
  • Gabrielle Smith
  • Cailin Yatsko
  • Karen waters
  • Chris Bray
  • Mark Pyper
  • Dan Pascall
  • Edward Yeoman
  • Kathy Brummell
  • Peter Talbot
  • Gideon Malitskie
  • Jem Talbot
  • Saira O’Mallie
  • Ellie Manns
  • Thomas Freshwater
  • Dan Hodgett
  • Alex giles
  • Mike Mcloughlin
  • Lisa Tehrani
  • Donna M Capin, MD
  • Diana Smith
  • Anne Jennings
  • Spaceships are cool
  • Tommy Rampling
  • Matt Scullion
  • Peter Hutton
  • Mara Sprengel
  • MyMoog
  • Sinae Ha
  • TSquared Films
  • Mathew Nixon
  • Sita Owen-Shaw
  • Simon Laws
  • Dense & Andrew Fett
  • Jon Benson
  • Nathan Shelock
  • Vpoint.TV
  • Doug Smith
  • Adam Gahlin
  • Beth Kagan
  • David Jolley
  • Wellington Films
  • Elly Condron
  • Wellington Films
  • Elly Condron
  • Rocket Scenery
  • Marc Godait
  • Francois Matarasso
  • Broadway
  • Bottletop
  • Deborah Joan Haywood
  • Carol Williams
  • Rob Coke
  • Benjamin Wigley
  • Andrew Peter Smith
  • Marie Luckett
  • Miriam Jackson
  • Kelly Knight
  • Ruth Paxton
  • Ursula Liang
  • Farmer Ted
  • Winifred Boyd
  • Christina Wood
  • Mark Grieco
  • Martin Morgan
  • Shona Powell
  • Ali Gavan
  • Charlotte Poole
  • Arif Mahmood
  • Christopher Thomson
  • Tom Cooper
  • Adrian Bhagat
  • Rachel Clare Williams
  • Yvonne Mustapha
  • Chas Palmer-Williams
  • Charlotte Meredith
  • Thais Lenkiewicz
  • Cheryl Bowles
  • Mary Mizuno
  • Andrew Coles
  • James Ollerhead
  • Anthony Hammond
  • Emily Morgan
  • Paul Scullion
  • Peter
  • David Wallis
  • Bridget
  • Anne Whiteley
  • Jamie Wolpert
  • James Wigginton
  • Sarah Stout
  • Ted Hemsley
  • Al Needham
  • Karen Hoy
  • Nick Aldridge
  • Sam Derby-Cooper
  • Ashley Carter
  • waynex
  • Sam Potter
  • Sarah Lucas
  • Tim Smith

Producer Anna tells us what Paa Joe & The Lion means to her

Back in 2011 I got an email from Ben that was, as is his way, very direct and to the point.  It just said something along the lines of “Here’s a trailer I’ve put together.  Do you want to help produce it and make it into a feature?”  I watched the trailer and as soon as I heard Paa Joe’s laugh and saw the images of the different coffins there was absolutely no question, of course I was going to help to produce it!

And so the whirlwind began - applications for funding, Documentary Campus Masterschool, pitch workshops, Doc/Fest good times, and of course, going to Ghana. I’ve only been over once, to collect Paa Joe and Jacob before their trip to the UK, and it was incredible.

I was supposed to go another time, around New Year ‘13, but, the powers that be had other ideas. Just a week or so before Christmas 2012, on the day Ben and I were due to go to London and meet James Hunt from Sky Arts, I fell down the stairs and broke my foot. I was absolutely gutted as it meant I wasn’t allowed to fly with a cast on my foot and was strongly advised not to make the trip. I couldn’t believe it. image

The reason for the January trip was to film Paa Joe building his mother’s coffin, who had died earlier that year, and then her funeral.  I so wanted to be a part of it.  At the time I was struggling with my own grief, as my Dad died just a week before I tripped down the stairs, and I thought that going to Ghana to visit Paa Joe and be with his family during their time of grief might help me in my grieving process.  But alas, it wasn’t to be.

When Ben came back from the trip and showed me the footage he’d shot, I found it incredibly powerful.  I was still going through the motions of what had happened and watching Paa Joe, this big, strong character, organise funeral proceedings, build his mother’s coffin, and be surrounded by his family was somewhat difficult to watch but very beautiful too.  As I watched, memories of my father that had been locked away were released back into my consciousness and I felt as though I could see this in Paa Joe - as I watched him putting the finishing touches to the stunning white coffin, I imagined that memories of his childhood and his mother were being unlocked too.

Paa Joe & The Lion follows a man trying to save his business and legacy, but it also shows a man, and a family, dealing with emotions and difficulties that each and every one of us have to too.  It is poignant, moving yet also celebratory and has had a deep impact on my life.  I treasure this film, and Paa Joe and Jacob, very much and am looking forward to the next stage of the journey.

Thanks, Anna

A great reward for anyone involved in film and documentary making - or who just loves an awesome film festival! Sheffield Doc/Fest is an acclaimed event with fantastic guests, a brilliant programme and lots of exciting opportunities for documentary film-makers.
If you’re a director, producer, editor, cinematographer or just looking to get into the film industry then you can grab this perk and get yourself a unique networking opportunity. As well as getting to meet the other festival-goers you’ll get a Professional Date with the Deputy Director Charlie Phillips, who will give you a tour of the festival and advice on how to make the most of it.Big thanks to everyone at Doc/Fest for their support throughout our Kickstarter campaign and for donating this awesome, one-of-a-kind perk!
Visit kickstarter to grab this perk now - only 48 hours left!

A great reward for anyone involved in film and documentary making - or who just loves an awesome film festival! Sheffield Doc/Fest is an acclaimed event with fantastic guests, a brilliant programme and lots of exciting opportunities for documentary film-makers.

If you’re a director, producer, editor, cinematographer or just looking to get into the film industry then you can grab this perk and get yourself a unique networking opportunity. As well as getting to meet the other festival-goers you’ll get a Professional Date with the Deputy Director Charlie Phillips, who will give you a tour of the festival and advice on how to make the most of it.

Big thanks to everyone at Doc/Fest for their support throughout our Kickstarter campaign and for donating this awesome, one-of-a-kind perk!

Visit kickstarter to grab this perk now - only 48 hours left!

BIIIIIIIIIIIIG HUG!It’s time to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH to a bunch of our lovely Kickstarter supporters.So, to these very special people we send a big squeeze from all of Team Paa Joe…
Ben Chapman
Alexander Sarlay
Simon Linder
Christopher M Shannon
Sam Goodman
Clare Hansen
Russell Slater
Russell Noon
Rebecca Brand
Doug Smith
Jem Talbot
Ian Gardiner
Charlotte Meredith
Dave Deighton
Will Wilkinson
Sally Morris
Chas Palmer-Williams
If you’d like to join the roll call of awesome individuals head to our Kickstarter page now - we’ve only got a few days left and we’re SO, SO CLOSE!

BIIIIIIIIIIIIG HUG!

It’s time to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH to a bunch of our lovely Kickstarter supporters.

So, to these very special people we send a big squeeze from all of Team Paa Joe

  • Ben Chapman
  • Alexander Sarlay
  • Simon Linder
  • Christopher M Shannon
  • Sam Goodman
  • Clare Hansen
  • Russell Slater
  • Russell Noon
  • Rebecca Brand
  • Doug Smith
  • Jem Talbot
  • Ian Gardiner
  • Charlotte Meredith
  • Dave Deighton
  • Will Wilkinson
  • Sally Morris
  • Chas Palmer-Williams

If you’d like to join the roll call of awesome individuals head to our Kickstarter page now - we’ve only got a few days left and we’re SO, SO CLOSE!

Interview with Charlie Philips of Sheffield Doc/Fest FameThe wonderful folks behind Sheffield Doc/Fest have been very generous in their support of Paa Joe & The Lion so far. From hosting guest blog posts from us to offering up an exclusive Doc/Fest VIP reward as part of our Kickstarter campaign - including a special professional date with their Deputy Director, Charlie Philips. To give you a tiny taste of what it’s like to gain such exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the festival here’s a quick natter we had with Charlie earlier this week…

PJ&TL: What is your role at the festival?CP: Deputy Director…and what exactly does that entail?That entails doing everything really.  So anything from inviting people to come to the Meet Market, either to ask for money or to give money, helping to programme the films, raising money for the festival, just kind of anything and everything really.   What is the best thing about working for Doc/Fest?It has organisational ethics and a real commitment to helping filmmakers rather than doing an event for the sake of it. We’re totally committed to supporting the industryWho has been your favourite festival guest over the years?I was really excited to have Ira Glass.  He’s such a big hero of mine so purely on the basis of getting one of your heroes to come, that would be it… and he was really nice as well, really inspiring.What can a newbie from Doc/Fest expect from the festival?That we’ll treat you as an individual…that’s kind of what we do.  We try and give everyone a chance to live up to their potential and to get everything out of the festival.What are you most excited about for Doc/Fest 2014?Urrrmmm… well it’s too early to say anything really, we haven’t confirmed anything!  But just that it’s going to be even bigger and more exciting than ever, but I can’t say any more than that!
So, you’ll have to wait and see what surprises are in store for Doc/Fest 2014 but rest assured if you love films or want to get unprecedented support for your film this is the festival for you
http://sheffdocfest.com/
http://kickstarter.com/projects/paajoeandthelion/paa-joe-and-the-lion-documentary/

Interview with Charlie Philips of Sheffield Doc/Fest Fame

The wonderful folks behind Sheffield Doc/Fest have been very generous in their support of Paa Joe & The Lion so far. From hosting guest blog posts from us to offering up an exclusive Doc/Fest VIP reward as part of our Kickstarter campaign - including a special professional date with their Deputy Director, Charlie Philips. 

To give you a tiny taste of what it’s like to gain such exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the festival here’s a quick natter we had with Charlie earlier this week…

PJ&TL: What is your role at the festival?
CP: Deputy Director

…and what exactly does that entail?
That entails doing everything really.  So anything from inviting people to come to the Meet Market, either to ask for money or to give money, helping to programme the films, raising money for the festival, just kind of anything and everything really.   

What is the best thing about working for Doc/Fest?
It has organisational ethics and a real commitment to helping filmmakers rather than doing an event for the sake of it. We’re totally committed to supporting the industry

Who has been your favourite festival guest over the years?
I was really excited to have Ira Glass.  He’s such a big hero of mine so purely on the basis of getting one of your heroes to come, that would be it… and he was really nice as well, really inspiring.

What can a newbie from Doc/Fest expect from the festival?
That we’ll treat you as an individual…that’s kind of what we do.  We try and give everyone a chance to live up to their potential and to get everything out of the festival.

What are you most excited about for Doc/Fest 2014?
Urrrmmm… well it’s too early to say anything really, we haven’t confirmed anything!  But just that it’s going to be even bigger and more exciting than ever, but I can’t say any more than that!

So, you’ll have to wait and see what surprises are in store for Doc/Fest 2014 but rest assured if you love films or want to get unprecedented support for your film this is the festival for you

http://sheffdocfest.com/

http://kickstarter.com/projects/paajoeandthelion/paa-joe-and-the-lion-documentary/

Danke!

As Wayne (and Ferris) would say Danke to all these lovely people for pledging on Kickstarter and supporting the film.

  • Anthony J Sullivan
  • Chrisón Thompson
  • Jonathan Carr
  • May Davies
  • Penny Reeve
  • Alison Little
  • Kathy Brummell
  • Elspeth Berry
  • Joe Hardy
  • Andrew Payne
  • Jes Benstock
  • Yvonne Mustapha
  • Rachel Clare Williams
  • Andy Eastwood
  • Adrian Bhagat

Oh, and we have to say a special little thank you to actor Toby Jones who kindly contributed to the campaign this week. 

If you’d like to join this roll call of awesome people head to our Kickstarter page now!
http://kck.st/16uVnlT

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Some handy advice from Ben Wigley, the director of Paa Joe & The Lion, on how to make a good project video (even if you hate being on camera). 

We’re offering one lucky person a chance to grab a full delegate pass to Sheffield Doc/Fest right now on our Kickstarter. So, here’s our producer Anna Griffin to share some of her best experiences of this amazing film festival…

An Insiders Guide to Sheffield Doc/Fest
Roller Discos, Real Ale & The Best Documentaries in the World


Sheffield Doc/Fest really is unlike any film festival I’ve ever attended before.  It’s fun, it’s vibrant and there aren’t any egos in the room.  Well, not in the rooms I go in anyway.

As soon as you get off the train and you see the bright pink boards and flags with big bold writing “Sex & Docs & Rock ‘n’ Roll”, you know you’re in for a treat.  And everyone seems to be carrying record-bags with the same message.  And you want one! So you head to The Workstation and join the queue of excited film fans and filmmakers.  You get your bag and inside there’s a plethora of goodies!  A catalogue, a ‘who’s who’ guide, DVDs, badges, stickers, event invitations…it’s like being given the party bag before you’ve even found the party!

Then, the roller coaster begins.  First stop, get your ticket for the opening event!  If you don’t, the next day is like being in the playground at school when you didn’t watch Big Brother the night before and everyone else did.  Last year saw Jarvis Cocker lead a live orchestra including a brass band, a harpist, a choir and Richard Hawley!  The orchestra were providing the live soundtrack to The Big Melt, an archive film produced by festival director, Heather Croall, and Crossover Lab Director, Mark Atkin.  The event was held in The Crucible and it was stunning – completely immersive.  Everyone was wowed and Jarvis looked like he was having the time of his life.

The year before we were honoured to be in the presence of Rodriguez when he surprised everyone by performing a secret gig at the opening night party.  The crowd, from first time filmmakers to hugely influential commission editors watched and listened together.  It was beautiful.

Then the next few days are filled with whatever you choose to fill them with:

  • Gain insight into the inner world of documentary making with industry panels
  • Marvel at interactive, cross-platform projects in the Crossover Lounge
  • Watch filmmakers of the future try to secure their finance in front of a live audience in public pitches
  • …and of course watch films, films, films!

And if it all gets a bit too much, then you can just slip off to the Café Bar at The Showroom and sample some of Doc/Fest’s own real ale while you peruse the film and event guide and decide what you’re going to do that night.

And the night-time events kick total ass too!  The Thursday night is roller-disco night.  If you’re anything like me just make sure you’ve got someone with you to keep you standing.  Two years running I’ve crashed into a very influential distributor, luckily he’s also one of the nicest men in the industry so it’s fiiiiine, and maybe one day it’s something we’ll laugh about at the premiere of our film he’s distributed (fingers crossed, fingers crossed!) and Friday night it’s Guilty Pleasures hosted by Documentary Campus.  If the bright pink bunting and the roller disco weren’t camp enough, you just wait until you get to Guilty Pleasures.  The crowd of filmmakers, financiers, distributors and commissioning editors all whoop and squeal together when cabaret dance troupe Hot Gusset hit the stage.  Oh my, they’re amazing.

But of course, the most important and impressive part of the festival is the films that are showcased.  Sheffield Doc/Fest truly is one of the most influential and respected documentary film festivals in the world, attracting world premieres from films that go on to win accolades the world over.  I’ve only been going to Doc/Fest for the past 2 years but the documentaries I’ve seen there will stay with me forever. 

-    Searching for Sugar Man
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The Act of Killing
-    Ai Weiwei:  Never Sorry
-    5 Broken Cameras
-    The Moo Man

Big up the Doc/Fest team!  The most hard-working and nicest people in the industry who will do anything they can to help.  The other night, I was emailing Deputy Director, Charlie Phillips, and he was responding until 11pm!  “Why are you still answering your emails?”  I asked.  “Because you’re emailing” was the response.  For a group of people who are perpetually busy, they always make time to support filmmakers in any way they can.  So, thank you Doc/Fest team for being totally rad and creating one of the best events of the year.

-    Heather Croall – Festival Director, film producer & roller skating pro
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Charlie Phillips – Deputy Director, quickest man on emails, giver of great advice & super sharp dresser
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Hussain Currimbhoy – Director of Programming, another sharp dresser & great taste in films
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Sylvia Wroblewska – Business & Marketing Director, ex-Current TV producer, beautiful hair
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Chris Black – Marketplace Manager, super busy, super helpful, super beard.
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Mark Atkin – Crossover Lab Director, Head Master of Documentary Campus Masterschool, lover of bold dance floor moves


To find out more about how you can grab an exclusive Sheffield Doc/Fest pass head to our Kickstarter page now

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Project of the DayPaa Joe & The Lion, a documentary on the godfather of Ghana’s fantasy coffin craze

How cute is this miniature lion sculpture????Paa Joe is making these hand-crafted beauties as part of our Kickstarter campaign.50% of all the money made will go directly to him and 50% will go to making the film.Please check out our Kickstarter page for details of this and all our other amazing rewards

How cute is this miniature lion sculpture????

Paa Joe is making these hand-crafted beauties as part of our Kickstarter campaign.

50% of all the money made will go directly to him and 50% will go to making the film.

Please check out our Kickstarter page for details of this and all our other amazing rewards