The Empowerment Project internship provides a comprehensive documentary
film production experience. We are looking for exceptional students
interested in all phases of documentary production. Interns are expected
to be team-oriented and to become full participants in the production process.
Areas of interest available to interns include:
Pre-production/Research: Includes the researching
of specific issues for various film projects as well as grant writing,
fundraising, and volunteer recruitment. Experience working with Mac systems
and web updates a plus.
Projects currently in production and development include:
Iraq (no working title) - in pre-production and production.
Between Two Worlds,a documentary that follows a Macedonian emigrefamily
through their travails.
Quarry,a look at conflicts and resolutions between a corporate stonequarry
and its nearby residential neighbors.
Days of Resistance - a series of programs profiling
the growing resistance movement in the US.
Maud Gatewood-a profile of the life and work of North Carolina artist
Maud Gatewood, one of the most remarkable contemporary painters to come
out of the South, and one of North Carolinaís great artistic personalities.
The documentary will showcase a full archive of her work.
Is War the Answer? - a program dealing with community reaction in
Union Square after the tragic events of September 11th. Completed 2002
and now planned for theatrical release.
Production: Operating camera, audio, and lighting equipment.
Conducting on-camera interviews and creating effective B-roll segments.
Post-Production: Video editing which involves indexing, logging,
translating or coordinating translators, transcribing footage, rough cut
editing, and working in a team to craft documentary stories. Edit
programs used include Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, and Media 100.
Experience working with Mac networks a plus.
Community Organizing: Issue-oriented grassroots organizing, volunteer
releases, public relations, letter writing, petitions, fundraising,
meeting and workshop
facilitation. Work with local, national, and international contacts
on local, national, and
international organizing levels.
Public Relations: Engaging with EP professional contacts
and the media; organizing the booking of speaking engagements and film
screenings at colleges and universities for Director, Barbara Trent, and
of promotional screenings and theatrical releases throughout the country.
Archivist: Work with filmmakers and university special
collections in organizing and cataloging print and film materials used
in EP productions, including the archiving of all material used for the
Academy-Award winning The Panama Deception.
Participants attend a weekly intern meeting which include skills workshops
taught by staff and other area film and video professionals. Classes in
camera field production, lighting technique, and audio recording are also
made available to interns at our media facility.
Living arrangements can be made in the rural neighborhood where our
office is located or in nearby in downtown Chapel Hill.
Empowerment Project expects a commitment of a minimum of thirteen, 20
hour weeks (approximately three months or the equivalent of one academic
semester). Summer interns may have shorter terms but are expected to work
Comments from past interns:
I gained essential experience in the editing, distribution, and promotion
aspects of filmmaking...I was inspired by Empowerment Projectís devotion
to the democratization of the media...they taught me the true meaning of
I had the chance to assist with the process from the beginning......the
internship gave me the opportunity to learn in an environment rich in encouragement
I have gained much insight and experience in writing, researching,
and coordinating a production...I never learned so much in such a short
period of time!
If interested, please send a resume and cover letter addressed to Barbara
The Empowerment Project
2007 Jo Mac Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Phone: (919) 967-1963
Fax: (919) 967-1963
Web Site: http://www.empowermentproject.org
Decisions for our 2003 Summer Intern Class will be made after April
15th. Accepted students will be notified shortly afterwards.
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