Uncertainty, fear and hunger: what it is like to sleep rough on Wellington’s streets

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Regina Tito now works with DCM a homelessness service in central Wellington.

Regina Tito now works with DCM a homelessness service in central Wellington.

For some people, sleeping on the streets is safer than being at home.

Wellington woman Regina Tito can still recall the night that family violence forced her out of her house and on to the streets aged 11.

That night she made the roof of Epuni railway station in Lower Hutt her home.

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Hearts and eyeballs

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 10.04.04 amAs audiences fracture across screens and platforms, Loading Docs are thinking outside the box to create and distribute NZ short documentaries. Julia Parnell tells us more.
Loading Docs was created to inject some innovative thinking into the creation and distribution of New Zealand documentaries. With backing from NZ On Air and NZ Film Commission they have taken short docos to screens around the world including film festivals, TVNZ OnDemand, mainstream media and in-flight entertainment.

 

Each year Loading Docs selects 10 short documentary proposals, which are then supported from development through to distribution. As they get ready to release the 2016 shorts, executive producer Julia Parnell shares her top tips for connecting with media and audiences.

“Think about your audience as a community and have meaningful engagement with them, you want hearts not eyeballs.”

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It is Getting Hot in Here!

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It might be cold outside but it is heating up in the LD office!

The filmmakers are busily buffing, shining and putting the finishing touches on their short docs and we are getting ready to launch with a bang. The launch party is set for the 4th of August at The Academy and then all our hard work will be up to view online and OnDemand from that night.

We owe a huge thanks to our post production facilities Toy Box and Sale Street Studios for their expertise with grading and sound, working their magic on the shorts and making a tough job fun.

You will love the true stories of transformation, growth, adversity and hope we have in store for you so set your alerts to view the collection and choose your favourite one.

Don’t forget that two of our shorts are playing in the NZIFF, How Mr and Mrs Gock Saved the Kumara is showing in Auckland before The Music of Strangers. See more here.

Water for Gold is showing before When Two Worlds Collide. Check it out here.

Whatever your choice for viewing, staying in by the fire or going out to the cinema – we have got something for everyone!

In the meantime here’s a behind the scenes peek from Water For Gold (premiering in the NZIFF) – Director Rose Archer interviewing Professor Jane Kelsey.

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Exciting things are happening for LOADING DOCS!

As we hit the halfway point of our third year in operation, we thought it was time to share some of our recent successes with you!

LOADING DOCS WINS BEST NZ ONLINE DOCUMENTARY SERIES!
Loading Docs won the prestigious NZ On Air Best NZ Online Documentary or Web Series at the Doc Edge Awards 2016. The Doc Edge Gala Awards Night 2016 was held at The Roxy Cinema on the 12 May. Each year Doc Edge celebrates excellence and achievement by presenting local and international awards in various categories.

Loading Doc’s Producer Julia Parnell who attended the event said, “We are thrilled to receive this award on behalf of all the film-makers involved in making Loading Docs a success. To get this recognition in our third year of rolling out the Loading Docs program is proof of the outstanding talent in New Zealand, and the desire from audiences to see quality content.”

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Julia Parnell and NZ on Air’s Brenda Leeuwenberg at the Doc Edge Awards ceremony.

Thanks Doc Edge!

LOADING DOCS HITS 1.2 MILLION VIEWS

This momentous milestone has been achieved cumulatively for the 19 short documentaries created to date, with statistics taken from our primary platforms; TVNZ OnDemand, Vimeo, The NZ Herald and CNN’s Great Big Story. It is a testament to the interest in New Zealand stories both here and around the world!

SMASHING ANOTHER BOOSTED RECORD

Last year, Kusuda the short film that follows Japanese winemaker Hiro Kusuda held the record of achieving the highest percentage over their target on crowdfunding platform Boosted.

We have out beaten ourselves, setting another major record with our 2016 film Mister Sunshine (formerly The Impeccable Larry Woods). The filmmakers raised $8,957 achieving 447% of their target amount, the largest ever percentage for the crowdfunding site. Mister Sunshine knocked down Kusuda who achieved this record with 357%. Congratulations to the Mister Sunshine team!

YES, THERE HAS BEEN A LOT HAPPENING – BUT THERE’S MORE TO COME!

The 10 upcoming shorts for LOADING DOCS: CHANGE are heading into post-production now. Check out the behind the scenes photos and see what they are up to all on our Facebook page. Here are a few visual updates from the various shoots…

Director Louise Leitch on set for Same But Different. 
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On set  of Aka’Ōu. 
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Watch this space for 10 more inspiring short documentaries later this year.

A Standing Ovation!

Crowdfunding has drawn to a close with all ten 2016 Loading Docs films surpassing their targets. A huge thank you to all who supported and shared the campaigns, every donation means so much and is a tribute to each documentary team and the strength of their unique stories.

The gold star award goes to the gentlemen from Run Charlie films
who outstripped their original Boosted goal by reaching over 400% with their documentary short Mister Sunshine.

Thanks also to Boosted for their incredible support.

The teams have already worked so hard to get to this point but the hard work has only just begun, the next phase is Production!

Keep following us on our Facebook page to stay up to date on their progress. You might even get some behind the scenes previews!

Thank you again – Shine on Documentary Stars!

Bravo!

High fives and victory laps awarded to 5 of the Loading Docs teams who have achieved their Boosted targets in crowdfunding before surpassing the 2 week mark. Well done to Blood Sugar, The Impeccable Larry Woods, Same But Different, Imagine the World is Ending and How Mr and Mrs Gock Saved the Kumara.

There are still five short docos yet to achieve their goal $2000 – you can see their progress and perhaps flick a few dollars their way here.


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Here is Dahlia from Blood Sugar and her Loading Docs logo redesign! Thanks Dahlia. Great work.

 

 

 

LOADING DOCS 2016: GET SET TO GET BOOSTED

Media Release 23 February 2016

On Tuesday 23rd February, 10 incredible new Loading Docs projects will launch their crowdfunding campaigns. It is a nerve wracking time for all ten teams as they embark on their mission to raise $2000 in one month in order to unlock access to match funding and begin their Loading Docs journey. They will then create 10 unique 3-minute documentaries that delight, engage and change the way that New Zealanders see exceptional real life local stories.

These 10 new films come hot on the heels of an impressive milestone for the Loading Docs brand, whose previous documentary shorts have cumulatively hit a million views across a variety of platforms; Online, OnDemand and on the big screen.

The 2016 Loading Docs shorts will create the opportunity to experience change in many different ways. Some films share personal stories of dramatic change, others address major social, political and environmental changes, and all have the potential to change the way viewers think and feel.

For the third year running the Loading Docs initiative will fund, create and distribute ten local 3- minute documentaries online, with support from NZ On Air and The New Zealand Film Commission. The documentary makers each need to raise $2000 via crowd funding. Once that target is met the Loading Docs fund contributes $4000 worth of production funds plus a post- production package at Toybox and Sale Street Studios. Each Loading Docs project also receives ongoing mentoring and support throughout production.

The documentaries are then created and released in July. “With online marketing and distribution ruling modern media, crowdfunding is an integral starting point for the Loading Docs teams, providing an opportunity for the filmmakers to find an audience for their work early in the creative process. This way the core audience is invested in the subject matter, the process and ultimately the stories and filmmakers themselves” says Executive Producer Julia Parnell.

Loading Docs has once again partnered with arts funding website Boosted and the ten campaigns will run for one month, ending on the 24th March. Auckland Boosted Ambassador, Dominic Hoey has this to say about working with Loading Docs this year “At Boosted we’re all really excited to get behind Loading Docs for another year, and help some of the country’s most promising film makers bring their ideas to life.”

The initiative’s executive producers Anna Jackson and Julia Parnell are thrilled with the high calibre of this year’s shorts and hope the public will also be inspired to get behind the incredible talent and the compelling local stories and give them the Boost they need to get their documentaries made.

See the 2016 LOADING DOCS: CHANGE 
shorts HERE. 

2016 Filmmaker Workshop – Time for Change

Loading Docs has had a terrific start to the year with all the filmmaking teams converging at Studio One – Toi Tū in Ponsonby for a weekend of story development, crowdfunding prep and marketing insights. The workshop also offered a chance for the teams to connect with each other and get inspired about the Loading Docs family as a whole. We love this opportunity to get to know everyone more.

The teams started off the weekend with a brief pitch of their projects to rest of the group, the diversity, passion and talent in the group was thrilling! Loading Docs Change promises to be full of dynamism and heart. Check out the 2016 Loading Docs here.

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Once again our special guest Kathryn Burnett worked her magic with the teams uncovering essential points in their stories, there is no doubt that her insights both clarify and expand the team’s visions of their documentaries. Kathryn Burnett  is an award-winning screenwriter and creative training consultant extraordinaire. Check out Kathryn’s work on her website.

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Our second special guest was our publicist Julie Warmington who took the teams on a whirlwind journey through marketing and publicity. With over 20 years working in the entertainment industry, Julie has worked in a variety of fields including; marketing, publicity, digital marketing, social media strategy, with credits to her name with Sony BMG, MySpace, Rhythm & Vines, TVNZ, Sci Fi Channel, Channel 4, Warner Music, Virgin Music and Vertigo Films to name just a few. Julie worked on the launch of the first series of both Heroes and Skins in the United Kingdom.

Here she is  mid-session with the Director of Street Smart Leigh Minarapa.

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Our Executive Producers, Julia Parnell and Anna Jackson gave the teams a primer on Loading Docs  production processes and crowdfunding strategies, laying the foundations for an epic celebration of short docs, NZ stories and filmmaking talent.

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After much work and productivity we finished up with a chance to relax in the sun.

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Next stop Crowdfunding!

Stayed tuned to see the progress of each team and follow us on facebook to keep up to date with the latest developments for Loading Docs: Change.

We Announce the filmmakers for 2016!

MEDIA RELEASE 4 FEBRUARY 2016

LOADING DOCS 2016: CHANGE

Loading Docs: the documentary initiative that produces short films and big talent.

Loading Docs, the online documentary initiative, is back for a third year to launch another ten cutting-edge, 3-minute shorts that tell true stories of transformation, growth, adversity and hope. The theme for this year’s selection is ‘change’.

From more submissions than ever before, a panel of industry experts have selected 10 incredible new projects. This year’s Loading Docs shorts will provide viewers with the opportunity to: meet the millionaire who became a shoeshine man, face ‘the end of the world’ with two teen poets, enter into medieval combat, discover how friendship changes when your best mate becomes a woman and much more. Some films share personal stories of dramatic change, others address major social, political and environmental changes, and all have the potential to change the way viewers think and feel.

After a fantastic year in 2015 the previous Loading Docs shorts are still spreading far and wide. The collections from 2014 and 2015 have been viewed over 1,000,000 times across all platforms – some international outlets include CNN Great Big Story, The Atlantic, The Guardian, National Geographic, The Daily Mail and The Japan Times. These little stories are packing a big punch with a long tail.

As in previous years, the 2016 Loading Docs shorts are supported by NZ On Air and the New Zealand Film Commission. They will be launched online on the Loading Docs website and on TVNZ OnDemand. Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming crowd funding campaigns and for launch details.

See previous year’s short documentaries here.

The 2016 LOADING DOCS: CHANGE shorts

Blood Sugar
Dir: Joe Hitchcock
Prod: Morgan Leigh Stewart
Location: Auckland
Four-year-old Dahlia leads us in her bittersweet world of blood, needles and sugar.

Bludgeon
Dir/Prod: Ryan Heron, Andy Deere
Location: Taranaki
Knight-in-waiting Martainn must battle his inner demons if he hopes to achieve his dream of becoming a champion in his beloved sport of full contact medieval combat.

Imagine the World is Ending
Dir/Prod: Doug Dillaman, Brendan Withy
Location: Auckland
Can two schoolboys change the world with a poem?

Same but Different
Dir: Louise Leitch
Prod: Sue Ruffell
Location: Christchurch
Best mates, Byron and Neil, must re-calibrate their friendship when Bryon transitions from a man to a woman.

Street Smart
Dir: Leigh Minarapa
Prod: Nathaniel Lees
Location: Wellington
Being visible in a world that doesn’t want to see you.

Mister Sunshine
Dir: Eldon Booth
Prod: Alex Lovell
Location: Auckland
Larry Woods is a shoeshine man on a mission to peddle goodwill and cheer; a far cry from his hedonistic days as a member of Auckland’s wealthy elite.

Water for Gold
Dir: Rose Archer
Prod: Sandy Wijetunge
Location: Auckland
An animated conversation with leading legal professor, Jane Kelsey, on how international trade law is leading us to trade water for gold.

How Mr and Mrs Gock Saved the Kumara
Dir: Felicity Morgan-Rhind
Prod: Arani Cuthbert
Location: Auckland
When two young Chinese refugees fall in love in 1955 their passion for each other and the land changes the way New Zealand farms kumara, our iconic indigenous crop.

Aka’ōu: Tātatau in the Cook Islands
Dir: Robert George
Prod: Lucy Cole
Location: Rarotonga
Against the odds an Englishman living with Cystic Fibrosis who has devoted his life to learning the ancient Polynesian art of tātatau (tattoo) and now he must find the right apprentice to continue the tradition, before it’s too late.

The Colourist
Dir: Greg Wood, Peter Alsop
Prod: Declan Cahill
Location: Auckland
A photo colourist from the 1950s picks up the cotton wool one more time to showcase the wonderful aesthetic of a lost art.