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Dear Producer: Producer Rate Sheet

The Producer Rate Sheet has been created as a tool for producers who are striving to build a sustainable career. A producer’s knowledge and time should be adequately valued and compensated by stakeholders who are reliant on our participation and expertise. Whether you lead a non-profit organization, run a film festival, teach at a university, or are a filmmaker trying to get your project off the ground, we ask that you reevaluate your beliefs about sustainability and your policies on compensation using this Producer Rate Sheet as a guiding star.

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A Toolkit for Inclusion & Accessibility: Changing the Narrative of Disability in Documentary Film

This Toolkit for Inclusion & Accessibility has been created by FWD-Doc in association with Doc Society and supported by Netflix, featuring a case study about Crip Camp (2020) and with a view to best practice, not just compliance. We find ourselves in an unprecedented moment of creative and financial opportunity for the documentary film industry, if we engage with authentic disabled storytelling and talent, make our media genuinely accessible, and better understand and cater to the world’s 1 billion D/deaf and disabled people — currently a seriously underserved audience for film.

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Black Film Archive

Black Film Archive is a living register of Black films. In its current iteration, it showcases Black films made from 1915 to 1979 currently streaming.

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Documenting Survivors of Trauma: Ethics and Consent

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How To Get Your Social Impact Project Festival Ready

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Rewriting Tips for Filmmakers

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Hispanic and Latino Representation in Film: Erasure Behind the Camera (Report)

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Wonderland Podcast

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Write Inclusion: Resources (List of Underrepresented Writers)

Looking to hire underrepresented writers? Check out this page of grassroots initiatives led by TV writers, curated by TTIE.

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What I Wish I Would've Learned In Film School

Dear Producer and the Documentary Producers Alliance have teamed up to bring together fiction and documentary producers to reveal what they don’t teach you in film school. From the truth about funding and distribution, to how to earn a living while making your films, and taking creative risks, these producers will teach valuable lessons whether you are currently in film school, never attended, or now a notable alumni.

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AMP Better Futures: Visioning In A Time of Crisis

Writer and activist Walidah Imarisha discusses the work of visionary fiction as a way of imagining a better future, and how organizing in itself is a type of science fiction.

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Collab Takeaways: Jason Blum’s Five Recommendations for Launching Your Film Producing Career

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Chicana Director's Initiative

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1in4 Coalition's 10 Ways To Support Disability Representation in Hollywood

1IN4 is an intersectional coalition of disabled creatives currently working in Hollywood focused on long-term institutional shifts to increase employment and authentic representation of disabled people. This resources outlines 10 ways film professionals can start supporting disability representation in Hollywood.

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FICM Mexican Filmmaker Directory

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Film Fatales Directors Database

A directory of directors for Film Fatales.

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Giving and Receiving Feedback

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Collab Takeaways: The Power of Cinematography: DP Kirsten Johnson Shares Her Filmmaking Philosophy

Kirsten Johnson

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Creative Capital's Livestreaming for Artists Online Workshop

This workshop, hosted by Creative Capital, explores how livestreaming can serve as a powerful tool for artists that are currently looking for ways to maintain their artistic practice and livelihood, especially as we continue to reimagine art making in a COVID world.

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The Creative Independent's Applying for Artist Grants Overview

Applying for a grant is not only a chance to share your work and have it be seen—it’s also a great exercise to put into words what it is that you’re seeking to create. Every grant is a chance to open up a relationship with a potential funder, curator, or peer. Use this guide to help you apply to grants.

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Restoring the Future: Building a More Abundant Media Arts System Through Restorative Values Practices

The Restoring the Future reports maps out systemic harm in the arts ecosystem and then, using a worldbuilding practice, creates a framework of provocations for implementing and operationalizing restorative values in the work of artist support and art production. Download the report and learn how to create a restorative arts practice whether you're a creator or cultural worker.

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Collab Takeaways: Brit Marling on the Art of Writing, Acting, and Collaboration

Brit Marling

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Collab Takeaways: Five Tips for Creating Strong Comedic Characters

Jenny Bicks

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