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Documentary Filmmaker Arrested on Baseless Charges

  • October 14, 2016
Documentary Filmmaker Arrested

The Huffington Post is reporting that documentary filmmaker Deia Scholsberg was arrested in North Dakota while filming protests against tar sands oil pipelines. She has been charged with three felony charges, including conspiracy to commit theft of property. Her footage and documentary film gear was confiscated. She faces up to 45 years in prison. As documentary filmmakers ourselves and well, as citizens of the United States, this comes as a shock and we are outraged at the treatment of Scholsberg. Schlosberg was acting and operating as a journalist, not a participant. This is a violation of her rights, the freedom of the press, and the first amendment. According to Josh Fox, director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary film "Gasland" the director of the film for which Schlosberg was…

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Finished Your Documentary Film? Forget About the Distributor

  • September 27, 2016
Digital Documentary Film Platforms ITunes, Amazon, And Netflix

I hate clutter in my email inbox so I am extremely selective about what I might subscribe to. "Nofilmschool" is one of those weekly emails that have made my cut. They consistently provide high quality articles and news relevant to the filmmaking industry, whether documentaries, feature films, or commercials. One of the most intriguing articles they have produced arrived in my inbox this week. It is titled, "How We Made $1.5 Million Self-Distributing: The 6-Step Playbook." Mind you, this was for a documentary film, not a dramatic feature film. In today's documentary film climate, unless you are Michael Moore or Davis Guggenheim, this is absolutely unheard of. Nearly every documentary film loses money. How do I know this? I've produced documentary films. I have many, many…

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  • April 1, 2016

I'm honored to report that I received the "Joint Service Achievement Medal" for my work making the documentary film "Jobs for G.I.s," which Z-Channel Film produced for DirecTV. The award reads: "While in collaboration with DirecTV and working alongside Denver Producer and Director Doug Gritzmacher of Z-Channel Films, Director Dorst's keen perspective was instrumental in capturing and melding the stories of five veterans from the services of the Army, Air Force, Navy and the Marines. His technical skills proved to be essential as he witnessed the realities most veterans face transitioning from military service to the civilian workplace." "GIJobs", a documentary feature film produced for DirecTV by Z-Channel Films. It concludes with "The distinctive accomplishments of Director Dorst reflect credit upon himself, Z-Channel Films, DirecTV and the…

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  • January 12, 2016
"Jobs For G.I.s" Screening In Denver Colorado

We had the pleasure this weekend to premiere our latest documentary feature film, "Jobs for G.I.'s" for the Denver community. We produced the film for DirecTV/AT&T in 2015 and after a year of intense work  it was nice to be able to finally show it off to my friends and colleagues. I held the screening at my studio space in Denver's RiNo Arts District. It's a home base I share with a number of other fantastic artists and creative people. I'm pleased to say the film was received very well. Many attendees commented on how they connected with our five characters on a deep level. Others loved the aerial shots of L.A. and others were impressed with the quality of the storytelling. "GIJobs", a documentary feature…

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  • November 1, 2015

Doug and I are excited to announce that our new feature documentary film, "Jobs for G.I.s," will premiere on DirecTV's Audience Network Nov. 7,  the week of Veterans Day. Z-Channel Films is the first production company that DirecTV chose to collaborate with as it ramps up its original documentary programming. It's been an intense year working on this movie. The characters are inspiring. Thanks for letting us into your lives Alex, Andy, Aneika, Christian, and Doreen!    

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  • October 28, 2015
Audio Mixiing Facility In Boulder, Coupe Studios

I spent the afternoon today working with the talented crew at the audio post-production facility Couple Studios in Boulder, Colorado, on a final mix session with our documentary film production, "Jobs for G.I.s." They came highly recommended from my friends at Image Brew Productions in Denver, who have worked with them often. They have done a fantastic job and have played a big role in bringing this film to life. "GIJobs" airs Nov. 7 on DirecTV's Audience Network.  

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