March 10, 2015

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Start Date: Immediately
Status: Full-Time; 9am-5pm

Talking Eyes Media is seeking an Associate Producer to work out of our Montclair, NJ office. The candidate should be a self-motivated individual with an interest in documentary film production and at least three years of experience. We are seeking someone with a high-level of organizational, communication, and production management skills.

The Associate Producer at Talking Eyes Media will support the production team throughout every aspect of project development (from pre-production through post- production and final delivery). In addition to providing creative and production support, this role is primarily responsible for operational and administrative support. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of documentary projects and storytelling across all platforms, strong research skills, and outstanding communications skills. They will have several years experience in documentary films and/or in television production. The applicant should be reliable, well organized, outgoing and friendly, a team player, have a sense of humor and be able to work quickly to meet deadlines. This position may require filming or editing.

·       Work closely with producer/director and team members to successfully complete projects on time and within budget
·       Research topics, story ideas, and content to identify possible production opportunities. Contact potential subjects and experts to conduct pre-interviews as needed
·       Build and manage all production schedules
·       Perform grant and funder research for projects; Assist with grant applications
·       Manage and craft film festival submissions
·       Provide additional office and production support as needed
·       Craft and manage content for website, blog, social media networks (Facebook and Twitter), and digital channels (YouTube and Vimeo); Write newsletters and project announcements

·       Knowledge of Photoshop, Premiere, FCP
·       Active knowledge of news/current affairs and documentary industry
·       Concern for social justice issues
·       Strong project management and organizational skills with ability to multi-task, prioritize assignments, and meet deadlines
·       Must be able to take initiative and work independently but also work with a team in a tight-knit environment
·       Able to formulate independent decisions using the available information and find a solution for, or deal proactively with problems
·       Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, to maintain confidentiality in daily operations and to conduct daily duties in a professional manner.
·       Must be comfortable using Mac computers
·       Extensive working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)


Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university in Film, Journalism, or Communications; OR two years related experience and/or training in film or television production

Please e-mail cover letter and resume to Julie Winokur at jwinokur@talkingeyesmedia.org with "Associate Producer" as the subject line.

We will conduct interviews on a rolling basis.

No calls please.

January 27, 2015

National Geographic features Newest Americans first documentary: Notes for My Homeland


National Geographic featured Notes for My Homeland today, the first documentary in Newest Americans: Stories from the Global City, a co-production of Talking Eyes Media, VII, and Rutgers University-Newark.



For the next three years we'll be partnering with these entities to find and produce stories about the various individuals that have migrated to the United States. The work produced by this collaboration of journalists, students, media-makers and educators will be presented on the Newest Americans website.


Notes for My Homeland profiles American-Syrian composer Malek Jandali, a man who captures the dream of a free Syria in his world-renowned music. The songs he writes are compelling to the point of provoking a personal retaliation from Assad.

“The strategy of dictatorship is to destroy the human spirit,” Jandali says. Despite the painful consequences he has suffered, he continues to strengthen the Syrian spirit with his music.

On January 31st, Jandali will make history as the first Arab-American composer to premiere his work at Carnegie Hall.

January 23, 2015

British Army Release


For the last few months, Talking Eyes has worked with the British Army to produce a three-part series documenting a side to the military that we don't often see: humanitarian aid. This week we launched the first two documentaries in the series!


Kosovo: 

From Blood to Honey 

British Army Major Ridge returns to the Balkans, where 14 years ago he worked to help rebuild Kosovo after a devastating civil war.

Watch Kosovo: From Blood to Honey



Philippines: 

From Haiyan to Home 

Major Hayward goes back to the Philippines to see the lasting impact of the aid she and her comrades gave after Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.






Look out for Emergency: From Battlefield to St. Bart's in February, in which British Army surgeons relate how military experience impacts the way civilian trauma care takes place.