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His e-mail network became a kind of a Hollywood newsletter, a site where he and others could post information about what was happening in town. Wanting to get to know the faces behind the voices and e-mail addresses, Marc also became known for the mixers he'd organize, being able to fill up cool local hangouts with more than 500 power assistants at any one time. His e-mail list kept growing and eventually included top-level executives who were also eager to know what was going on. Marc moved up to become a literary manager with an independent management
The peculiar thing is that this setup may favor those who can write good grants over those who are poor grant writers but better filmmakers. This has been acknowledged, so many of the major arts foundations will go out of their way to offer you assistance in writing and framing your grant. Various periodicals can also help you considerably in this grant-writing business, such as the AFI Education Newsletter, The Independent, Foundation News, and the Journal of the Independent Documentary Association. There are also a number of good books that have come out recently that guide you through the grant-writing maze. Among the best of these are Shaking the Money Tree, by Morrie Warshawski, Money for Film and Video Artists, by Michael Wiese, and Get the Money and Shoot.
A few Web sites dealing with documentary have also put in a recent appearance, but the best of them, head and shoulders above the rest, is Docos.com (www.docos.com). Although it's based in England, the reach is truly global. Put simply, Docos.com is the broadest provider of documentary information I have come across. Its range is truly staggering, and in its free daily news bulletin, it covers everything from industry directories, production companies, and new books to markets, festivals, and a free showcase for new titles. It is extremely good on coproduction information and advice and also runs a unique and remarkable commissioning engine (www.commissioningengine.com), which tells producers and distributors who, worldwide, might be interested in producing or financing a given film. Finally, Docos publishes a fortnightly subscription-based print newsletter called DOCtv it provides a very good analysis of industry trends and is very useful for fast decision making. If I've gone on at...